Archives for: "December 2010"

Dec/31
2010

Guns Are Not Toys

In a town near me there was a tragedy. One 12-yr old shot another 12-yr old in the head and killed him. The two 12-yr olds were home alone for a few hours and they were supposed to be playing video games, not snooping in Daddy's dresser. The one boy… more »
Dec/30
2010
It happens every fucking time, just as it has for years on end, once loaded fucking MS Office won't die. You know you'd think after a decade this is something that would get fucking fixed. But no. Now it's Windows 7 and when I opened a word document on… more »
Dec/29
2010
There really isn't anything to add here, but I dare you not to chuckle. MILWAUKEE (AP) — A Wisconsin man has earned bragging rights as the champion liar of 2010 with this line: "I almost had a psychic girlfriend but she left me before we met." David… more »
Dec/28
2010
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A pilot who posted YouTube videos criticizing security at San Francisco International Airport says he's shocked at the national uproar they've created. Chris Liu told ABC's "Good Morning America" on Tuesday that he wasn't aware so… more »
Dec/28
2010
Corporate profits are up. Stock prices are up. So why isn't anyone hiring? (NYT) Why indeed. The better question in my mind is why do Americans continue to vote for those who want to keep us impoverished and out of jobs? Big money and big finance hail… more »
Dec/27
2010
A little girl dies from being run over by a snowboarder. Tragedy, yes, but that's not the entire story. The news naturally wants to work the tragedy angle for all its worth. But why is the outrage all so one sided? From first glance the information is… more »
Dec/26
2010
Android Virtual Device 22 (v8) loads faster than v23 (v9) (although by faster I mean it only takes a few minutes to load, as opposed to a few eons). But at least it loads fast enough that your "Hello World" tutorial application will actually run and not… more »
Dec/26
2010
After holiday sales take a bit of stamina to get through. Sure stuff is "on sale" but mostly in colors and sizes I don't want or barely like. If I have to talk myself into a color or style then clearly it's not for me. When I do see something that makes… more »
Dec/25
2010
Last week a friend of mine was shopping for a holiday dress for her daughter. The store had two dresses left in her daughter's size. She had both dresses hung up in front of her as she pondered each and tried to decide which would look nicer on her… more »
Dec/25
2010
It I'd ordered from Ebay or even another third party vendor I'd have reason to check, but when the item itself came from Amazon why would I break the shrinkwrapped seal just to check if the disk was in the case? It's a holiday present after all, and who… more »
Dec/24
2010
At the grocery checkout (the social litmus test of the moment) was a copy of US magazine "MEET THE NEW TEEN MOMS" it screamed. On the cover some barely-over-jailbait aged teen clutched twins with an enormous smile. Of course she's smiling! She's on the… more »
Dec/24
2010
But let there be no confusion: the In Demand yule log in high definition, already available at any hour on demand, is not the classic yule log on WPIX (Channel 11 in New York), which is also available in HD as well as in standard definition, and which… more »
Dec/24
2010
So I got a new phone, nothing exciting enough to blog about really, but the usual 20 month upgrade. Frankly there wasn't too much wrong with my old phone except the battery draining every 18 to 20 hours so I just put it aside and got a new one. Weee.… more »
Dec/24
2010
Everyone has some, a comfy shirt, sweats, even socks that they just love. They usually only make it out of the laundry to go right back into the laundry the next day, because if it's clean you want to wear it (job, of course, permitting). Even though… more »
Dec/23
2010
LONDON (AP) — Britain's Royal Mint has released a commemorative coin featuring supposedly lifelike portraits of Prince William and his bride-to-be — but critics say Kate Middleton has a right to be horrified. Images of the couple on the memento bear… more »
Dec/22
2010
In the JNI framework, native functions are implemented in separate .c or .cpp files. (C++ provides a slightly cleaner interface with JNI.) Ah yes, I remember when Java came out. People flocked. "Oh, oh!" They all cried, "We have seen the light and it is… more »
Dec/21
2010
Israel wants him out. Why? Because he's their spy. And that's their only justification. Well guess what, he got caught, and spies who get caught tend to get dead. But America is a civilized nation, we only incarcerated him. JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's… more »
Dec/21
2010
I drive a stick. Most of the time I don't roll back too much when stopped on a hill, but when it's icy I may roll back a bit more trying to get traction. So when you stop right the fuck up my ass it's really your lookout because I'M DRIVING A STICK.… more »
Dec/21
2010
I've noticed that some new vehicles are starting to come with LED tail lights. And the reason why I've noticed this is because I've had to squint against a painfully bright glare in the dark. I'm sensitive to bright lights, although most of the time… more »
Dec/21
2010
LOWELL, Mass. (AP) — Boston Cardinal Sean O'Malley has apologized to parishioners at a Roman Catholic church because a priest called several men "cowards" for accusing the church's former pastor of abuse.[...] Kempa took to the pulpit on Dec. 11 to lash… more »
Dec/21
2010
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — An Abu Dhabi luxury hotel that boasted an $11 million Christmas tree decorated with gold and gems admitted Sunday it may have taken the holiday spirit a bit too far. A statement from the Emirates Palace hotel said… more »
Dec/21
2010
The party of "No?" Ha! They've even found a way to exceed that excess. The same people driving the lawsuits that seek to dismantle the Obama administration’s health care overhaul have set their sights on an even bigger target: a constitutional amendment… more »
Dec/21
2010
Big-ass poster outside a closed door at work today: "If you even THINK you might be sick stay the fuck away from my office." Ok maybe that wasn't the exact wording but it's close enough. Seriously? I didn't know you could do something like that. It's… more »
Dec/20
2010
Please don't get huffy when I don't say Merry Christmas. There may be a very good reason for my word choices. I'm an atheist. I don't hide that fact. But let me run down my rules of the road for the Christmas season. I think they're fairly reasonable.… more »
Dec/20
2010
. . . to power the old mp3 player I keep in my desk draw as a backup when I have a deadline and I forgot to charge my regular mp3 player. more »
Dec/20
2010

Stupid Personnel Tricks

Personnel: You need to fill out time cards for a sick staff person. . . . later . . . Me: Done with the timecards. Personnel: It's filled out, but you didn't fill it out right. . . . looked it over, I don't agree, and . . . Me: I just found out that the… more »
Dec/19
2010
Y'all can go back to bed now. Tomorrow's another Monday... more »
Dec/19
2010
Seen on the road yesterday: Santa, complete with red suit and beard, on a Harley in 40 degree weather. Maybe not exactly crash-proof but you still gotta hand it to the guy. Apparently he was doing it just for fun. more »
Dec/19
2010

I <3 Olives

Nuff said. more »
Dec/18
2010
What happens when an ecosystem goes awry? What happens when predators outnumber prey? Mayhem right? The predators start going after smaller prey and eventually each other. Frankly I can hardly wait for the latter to happen, but consider the damage being… more »
Dec/18
2010
Who is Francis J. Manion? He's a lawyer for a creationist professor of astronomy who was passed over for a position at the University of Kentucky. Note that he wasn't passed over because he was a creationist but because he inserted his religion into his… more »
Dec/18
2010
NEW YORK (AP) — Word that the world's largest military power will allow gays and lesbians to serve openly in the military brought strong and swift reaction Saturday, with supporters declaring a civil rights milestone and detractors insisting it would… more »
Dec/18
2010
I have a funny reaction to that phrase when it's not the biological parents. And before you jump the gun I'm not just referring to its use with gay parents, but also couples using surrogate mothers, and kids out of wedlock. I bumped into the phrase… more »
Dec/18
2010
Anger. It really doesn't solve anything. So why would a company do something to directly infuriate their customers? Someone needs to ask Verizon that because calling in for help results in immediate and unconfined fury. I called this morning because the… more »
Dec/18
2010

The Long Good-Bye

The last of my core group of friends from high school is moving 600 miles away today. I've known him since I was fourteen, which makes him the only friend that I've actively remained social with for such a long time. Best friend? I dunno. We got on each… more »
Dec/18
2010
Here are two concepts I want you to merge in your brain: The first is your reaction to a supermarket product with all new labeling but the same old shit inside. It's bright, shiny, alluring but you and I both know that what is inside, what you're… more »
Dec/16
2010
"You want a happy meal with a toy. Now when I count to three and snap my fingers you will run to your mother and demand to get one." Not that I ever recall seeing spinning wheels mesmerizing me on a McDonald's commercial, but Monet Parham seems think… more »
Dec/15
2010

Lies...

The Wicked Witch of the West isn't dead. She works at my company. What's more she's the fucking office manager. Oh and for the record I tried water. It didn't work. Battery acid (aka the local coffee) maybe, but no, not water. more »
Dec/15
2010

Let's not agree

Agree to disagree? No. I don't care if your my boss. I don't care that you think you understand the details of the report I created. It's irrelevant. When I tell you that you don't understand what the report is telling you, you should give that weight.… more »
Dec/14
2010
You can't even handle the toothpaste in the morning without a Hindenburg-like disaster. Trust me it can happen. more »
Dec/13
2010
We were on a starship, not a huge one, but a smaller vessel that could accommodate about a hundred people. It was roller derby night, and people were lacing up their skates. I already had mine, rented or borrowed I'm not sure, and they were bright red.… more »
Dec/13
2010
The sidewalk is wide, tree covered, and kept free of snow. So why the fuck do the pedestrians on the busy, curving road need to walk in the street? I came around the corner this morning, bleary-eyed and tired from a stressed-out weekend and nearly… more »
Dec/13
2010
It's been ruling the news: article after article about intolerance coming from the ultra-religious. Why is that? Isn't god supposed to be on their side already? Why do they have to attack their fellow man if they've already guaranteed themselves a spot… more »
Dec/13
2010
My car is still being repaired so I am still driving a rental. I never anticipated I would be in this car more than a few days, so I had no desire to get intimate enough with it to read the owner's manual. Today when I left work, I noticed a new display… more »
Dec/13
2010

Forced Gaiety

The holiday season is upon us. That means spending time with friends and family. It also means for many of us holiday parties at work. Depending on where you work and with or for whom you work this could be a welcome experience or one that might be less… more »
Dec/13
2010
. . . and even if they are not, it is prudent to make them think they are. I recently read a blog entry on a local newspaper website where the author was a bit dissatisfied with the arrangement of products in the store. She felt that there was too much… more »
Dec/12
2010
As if the actions done in the name of Islam couldn't get any stupider. Naushad Valiyani was detained on Friday following a complaint by a medical representative who visited the doctor in the city of Hyderabad. "The arrest was made after the complainant… more »
Dec/11
2010
Back in college we always threw the phrase around "Fucking clean up after yourself you slob, your Mom doesn't live here." As a parent I now understand how wrong that was, because it's the parents that *should* be making sure their kids pick up after… more »
Dec/10
2010
It's the end of the day and I kinda stumble into the parking lot, my mind full of all the shit I *didn't* get done. My feet are on automatic, I roughly know where my car is parked, at least within a good 50 to 100 feet. As I close on where I ~think I… more »
Dec/10
2010
Wow. For once someone actually stood up and filibustered. The guy didn't even go to the fucking bathroom for 9 hours and instead he gave a non-stop, coherent speech about his principles. Pretty fucking ballsy for an old dude. What he said was: "What the… more »
Dec/09
2010
People love to trash shit for a cause. In this case a bunch of self-proclaimed "hackers" are pissed that their dick-dangling hero of Wikileaks is under arrest. So as retaliation they are DOS-ing big sites like Amazon, Paypal and Mastercard in the middle… more »
Dec/09
2010
This poem was written by Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo. China has him in prison and is doing everything they can to try and smother news of the award. The poem is reprinted here from the NY Times to show the power of words, and the overall… more »
Dec/09
2010
I mean, I'm just asking the obvious. Recently she posted an Op-ed piece in the Times, I won't bother linking it here, it's pure narcissism at it's finest: "Look at me! I used to be married to John Lennon!" Yeah ok you were. That was his mistake, not… more »
Dec/09
2010
Ah America the land of great equality. You think I managed to type that with a straight face? Yah no. Of course not. But the latest litmus of where you stand is now the pat-down. If you're "someone" then you don't have to be subjected to it. But if… more »
Dec/08
2010
My car is in the shop for body work, so I need a rental car. Initially I choose Enterprise. The key chain and a little sticker on the dash indicated that there is no smoking in Enterprise's vehicles. However, the car reeked and there was cigarette burns… more »
Dec/07
2010
Do you think hamsters ever get tired of running in their little wheel? All the little rodents I ever had as a pet never did. They just hopped right in and scurried away, oblivious to the fact that the scenery never changed. Spin, spin, spin for hours on… more »
Dec/05
2010
The boy is good, really good. In fact I'd like to put a lot of "reallys" in there to approximate my true opinion but that might get a little boring. Sure I've admired his work before and I've referenced him in the past but this latest ditty made me a… more »
Dec/05
2010

The Dead Can Teach

Before you think this is some cute post about zombies let me give you the context... The distribution and publication of photos of dead servicemen and women can be controversial because some people feel it disrespectful. Others feel such images reflect… more »
Dec/04
2010
“You don’t raise taxes if your ultimate goal, if the main thing is to create jobs,” said Senator John Thune, Republican of South Dakota, echoing an argument made repeatedly by his colleagues during the floor debate.(AP) Basically the republicans said:… more »
Dec/04
2010
Chinese restaurants aren't usually the place to worry about manners. The Occidentals themselves have different cultural attributes, for example, slurping loudly isn't considered rude. But I still think that blowing your nose in the napkin is. The man… more »
Dec/03
2010
My bank redesigned its website. I hate it. I really hate it. I just want to know - Did anyone complain about the old website? I know I didn't. I liked it. I found it very functional. By the way, the "offers" on the side are about as welcome to me as… more »
Dec/03
2010

Sell Out

As I walked back to the four star hotel, after eating a meal that cost much more than a Wal-Mart employee makes in a day, at the end of a week of being sheltered and fed by the corporation, I fell in behind three gangly youths. They were clad in black,… more »
Dec/03
2010
Teenagers know it all. They have gained so much knowledge in their short lives that they know more than the old folks. It seems at least some Muslim kids, especially an aspiring jihadist, are no different. According to a foxnews.com article on Mohamed… more »
Dec/02
2010
Ya gotta love it. Instead of educating people on diet and exercise, instead of changing how people view themselves we need to offer them surgery as a means to reach their "ideal". Weight-loss surgery, once a last resort for extremely overweight people,… more »
Dec/02
2010
The new republicans want to fight. Note there wasn't anything more to that sentence, it just ended abruptly at "fight". This is because there isn't anything they really are fighting for except their image. Frankly I'm ok with this and I hope the… more »
Dec/02
2010
The guy is old so you kind of can't blame him. He's just out of touch. He comes from a generation where to be gay was something to be ashamed of. It was something you kept a secret. It made you weak because you had to constantly be on guard that someone… more »
Dec/02
2010
BOSTON (AP) — As a former Massachusetts police chief heads to trial on manslaughter charges in the accidental shooting death of an 8-year-old boy at a gun fair, prosecutors and defense attorneys are wrangling over a horrific piece of evidence: a… more »
Dec/02
2010
I'm serious here folks. After two flights from the west coast to east I can tell you United Sucks Most. When the woman next to me got physically stuck, and I mean STUCK, in her seat because the man in the row ahead reclined his chair she called a… more »
Dec/01
2010
As I headed through the checkpoint at the airport the uniformed guard stopped me. "Take off your hat!" She commanded with authority. I complied, dashing back to my bins of baggage that were swiftly disappearing into the conveyor's maw. I managed to just… more »