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Blah for 2004.04


“If you don’t have anything good to say, don’t say anything at all.”


Here’s something funny on the “potential pitfalls and dangers of using stock photography”: tales from the office #539.


Hilarious. So this is why they can’t find any WMD in Iraq: Saddam’s Interrogation Logs.


So, you’ve heard of the guy who named his son 2.0 instead of Jr or II. Well now, I’ve got a better one: “the Sequel”. Sure, laugh now, but it won’t be long before children the world over are named “John Doe, the Sequel” or “Paul Smith, the Sequel”.

Although... maybe it would work better for your clones rather than your children.


Through the power of the internet, friends sharing with friends and such, perhaps blogging this observation will lead to public knowledge of the subject, making the desired result a sort of second nature for groups on their next outing, making it unnecessary for me to be "that guy" who tries to arrange a group on the spot.

- Sitting at a Table: An Observation
by Diznang: the floaty-man blog.

Trust me, this is worth reading. Not only for the humor built into the writing style, but for the good idea it’s trying to spread.


So I’ve signed up for the The Spring 2004 Edition of Burn It. It sounds fun. You make a few CDs of music based on a theme (this Spring 2004 one is on cover songs), and then send them to the other people in your group. Sounds like a great way to spead the music I like and to hear new music I may have never heard of (and may even like).


I want to see a cheap version of The Apprentice. You know, like a “McDonald’s Night Manager Apprentice”.


Mark Fiore does it again. Another great political cartoon done in Flash: “The Buck Stops Where?”.


Please, sign this petition to try to help save Wonderfalls. If not for yourself, do it for the fans.


There’s a long discussion going on over whether or not the comic strip Frazz is really done by the creator of Calvin and Hobbes under a pseudonym.


Yeah! We got our tax refund!
Good, we can save it away for property taxes.
Uncle Sam giveth, and Uncle Sam taketh away.


Well, if a group of Russian space experts think that they can put people on Mars in 10 years, then I wish them luck and hope they can do it. Russia led so much of the early space race, it would be nice to see them rise up to that again and to give us a run for our money.


I’ve been reading an amazing story (with amazing picutres) of motorcycling through Chernobyl. (Mirror sites.)


I swear.

This Sunday I got my car washed. By Monday morning a bird had already crapped on it, and this morning the condo’s lawn people were blowing leaves and grass clippings all over it. There’s just no winning.


(Here’s something I’ve been meaning to mention for a long time.) There’s so many movies, books, stories, etc. about humans receiving alien messages from outer space, but what about the opposite? From the Astronomy Picture of the Day for 2003 July 9 (emphasis mine):

The bright star HD70642, visible with binoculars toward the constellation of Puppis, was already known to be a star like our Sun. Now a planet with twice Jupiter's mass has been discovered in a nearly circular orbit at approximately half the orbital distance of Jupiter. Such an orbit allows the possibility of habitable Earth-type planets orbiting further in, a possibility not likely with all previously discovered planetary systems with massive planets occupying disruptive closer elliptical orbits.... At only 90 light years distant, extremely faint early radio broadcasts from Earth are now passing this planetary system.

So, what if intelligent life exists in this planetary system? And what if they’re about 100 years behind us in technology? (It would be an extremely rare coincedence, I know.) Thinking like this, we could imagine that, as they’re starting to understand and use radio waves, they’ll be picking up our radio broadcasts. This would mean that, instead of us receiving “first contact” messages from aliens, they would be receiving our “first contact” messages. And if they were to start sending radio waves back to us today, we wouldn’t know of it until 90 years from now!

It’s a pretty interesting idea to think about.


Check these out: Spirit’s weblog and Opportunity’s weblog. They’re not NASA’s weblog for the Mars Rovers—they’re funnier.


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