Saturday, February 17, 2007

Make Money At Home!

You guys know I'm always trying to help out, right? So I've got an invention that will make you billions of dollars. Because I'm a little busy at the moment, I'm giving it to you to develop and make your fortune. In return, I ask only for a ten percent from the gross.

Here's the idea:

So, if we can get a V-chip in the TV that is supposed to block out violence in tv shows, the next obvious step is to implant tags in programming - violence, sex, adult language, breaking news, information that may upset your worldview of the US at the center of the universe, etc... This way, your TV or TV or whatever could check these tags against a master list of user-defined no-fly list. For example, if I like the old new Star Trek, but dislike Wesley Crusher, even though my Tivo or Media Center knows to record it, I can tell my tv not to allow him on my screen.

The reason I think this would be a good idea, and the reason I would buy it, IS TO GET BRITTANY SPEARS AND ANNA NICOLE-SMITH OFF MY F(*&^ING NEWS. There is nothing even remotely newsworthy about the legal struggles of her newly shorn newly tattooed corpse.

Until this invention is put into wide practice, ummm... if Ted Turner, or the someone in charge of programming from CNN is watching this. Please, for the love of all that is good in this world, repeat you yourself, "it's a news channel, it's a news channel , it's a news channel."

Thursday, February 15, 2007

At Least the Taft Coin Should Be Bigger

Ok, I really love the idea of a dollar coin. Heck, I'd even be for a two dollar coin, but I have to say I'm a bit disappointed in the way that the new dollars are being produced.

They're the exact same size, weight and shape of the Sacajawea dollars for a few years back. Wasn't the main problem with the blasted things that they felt too close to a quarter? So won't the new coins have the same trouble? Yes, yes, I know it'll make using old mechanisms in vending machines a little easier, but I don't see that as a viable reason if the thing dies out ina couple years anyway.

Why not change it up a little bit? ridges? larger size? thicker? The one pound note has a wonderful heft to it. Heck even the old half dollar coin felt very different. Where did those go, anyway?

Also, I think probably the only way they'd really catch on is if dollar bills were drastically reduced (or taken out of) circulation.

I still hope they work out ok, but yeesh.

(by the way - if you even become a comedian, Taft jokes always kill.)

Monday, February 12, 2007

To Err is Vista

No, this isn't the full rant, because I haven't gotten my head around all of the issues with Vista yet. Short version - just like everyone else is saying, don't upgrade until the first service pack. Unless you're buying a new computer, then go ahead and get the whole shebang all together.

I just wanted to provide you with my favorite of all the errors I've gotten go far:


I want to give it out to students.

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Alphabet Meme

From The Scrivnitical Scrivener:

Memetical Alphabetical Meme.

As a side note, I'm listening to the God Delusion on audiobook, and he's pronouncing the word meem. I guess that makes sense phonetically, but I always thought it was mem. Sounds weird. meeeem. meeeeem.

A- Available or Single?
Not only available and single, but also desperate!
B- Best Friend? I always thought it was kind of cruel to have one best friend (read: none)
C- Cake or Pie? Piecake
D- Drink of Choice? I go through all varieties of diet sodas in embarrassing quantities.
E- Essential Item? The internet tubes
F- Favorite Color? I like nice deep colors - usually greens
G- Gummi Bears or Worms? Gummi Bears - they're easier to stick on your forehead
H- Hometown? Yes.
I- Indulgence? Huh?
J- January or February? Not much difference really... I like where there is no weather, mind you.
K- Kids and names? Nope
L- Life is incomplete without...? Self-replicating DNA? Oh, personally? Let's be cliche and say growth.
M- Marriage Date? The future, I hope
N- Number of Siblings? One of each flavor.
O- Oranges or Apples? Both and more
P- Phobias/Fears? Just the standard ones, I guess. A little bit of heights and such...
Q- Favorite Quote? - "Why not?"
R - Reason to Smile? - I smile all the time. Nervous habit I guess. I also just happens that I'm generally a happy guy.
S- Season? I favor fall
T- Tag 3 people? You, you and you.
U- Unknown Fact About Me? Hmmm... I guess I'd need to know what you already know about me first...
V- Vegetable You Hate? I don't think there are any vegetables I hate really. I've never rushed to eat mushrooms, but they're not evil or anything. Pretty good on a pizza anyway.
W-Worst Habit? Procrastinating (blog-related?)
X- Xrays You've Had? dental ones a few times
Y- Your Favorite Foods? I'm a southern boy at heart I guess - fried foods, Mexican food, pizza - add in a dash of mild funkiness- Ethiopian, most Asian foods... hmm... Let's go ahead and say I like food.
Z- Zodiac? I get frustrated by people who buy into this for more than amusement's sake, but I find it funny. I'm a Leo Ox - said to be boring and stolid and reliable.

edited to fix a missing Q and R