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Do they say that good things come in pairs? Well they did for me last night. Not only did we finally get DSL installed (it’s so much nicer than dial-up), but an anonymous donor (who said “no thanks required”) gave me a Gmail invite. Thank you kind sir, for I can now also be reached at (at)


With the number of times that I hit snooze in the morning, it sometimes amazes me that I get to work on time.


OK, I’ll be daring. I’ll play devil’s advocate. I’ll say what some people might be thinking.... So, who wants to place bets on how long Iraqi democracy lasts? (U.S. returns sovereignty to Iraq.) I know, I know, I’m so jaded.


Worst. Weekend. Ever.

Photo of our closet after two (of three) full shelves collapsed.


Some good words from Jay Sears-Tate (the first message) in Wired’s Rants & Raves about Spyware. A sample:

You pay for a computer. You also pay for Internet access. Then someone who decides you need to "save 10 percent on a flight" ends up costing you more money in technician fees or hardware replacement.


Well, it’s a start... merchandise:


Another myth debunked. Turns out you actually can fold a piece of paper in half more than 8 times. Kottke also provides a good link to information about the high school student who actually derived a mathematical formula debunking the myth.


Awesome news! Congratulations to the crew and team and everyone behind SpaceShipOne. I can only hope that this success will help further push private spaceflight initiatives, and that someday I’ll be able to afford a ticket to space.


As I was cleaning through my junk e-mail folder, I came across a lovely piece of spam. It’s subject read: “Do you want your P^EN1S to be HARD al1 the time?”. Now that’s an interesting thought, isn’t it? How are you going to go to work like that, or to the store? You’ll probably not only get some strange looks, but also some threats if you try to go to church, or the beach, or a public park. But then you’ve also got to wonder, just who would read that subject and say: “Yes, I do want my penis to be hard all the time. No matter how awkward it is the rest of my life, I do want it hard all the time.” But then again, I guess somebody does actually say that, because there must be somebody buying this stuff to keep spammers profitable.


As if you needed more reasons, here’s some more on Why You Should Dump Internet Explorer.


Very interesting... and also kind of scary: Fourteen Defining Characteristics Of Fascism. The scary part is that, as a nation, the United States seems to be slowly slipping into a state like this (“tend to make constant use of patriotic mottos”—freedom fries anyone?; “even when there are widespread domestic problems, the military is given a disproportionate amount of government funding”; “the governments of fascist nations tend to be almost exclusively male-dominated”—President Bush Signs Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003 [ref]; etc.), and it makes me fear for our nation.

A quick Google search found more discussion on this topic.


OK, I’ve changed my mind. The best part of The WB's Superstar USA was that it gave a chance for fame and stardom to those people who would’ve otherwise never had a chance at fame or stardom.


I’ve noticed that there are basically two types of restaurants: those with pictures of their menu items, and those without.


Yes, you need to create a quick, free log-in to read the article, but “The Irresponsible Investor” is a really good article about investors pushing corporations to greed and to breaking ethics, etc.


“Hello, my name is Joe, and I am addicted to The Simpsons Hit & Run.”

“Hi Joe, and welcome to The Simpsons Hit & Run Anonymous.”


It may be a bogus story from The Onion, but boy can I relate: “Poll: Many Americans Still Unsure Whom To Vote Against”.


Damn. Thanks to playing The Simpsons Hit & Run, I missed the start of the Reno 911 marathon tonight on Comedy Central.


This is outrageous. They want to ban taking photos on the subways and buses in New York? What, have we become so paranoid as a nation that we don’t want people taking pictures of stuff that everyone else can see? In a public environment, what are you going to protect—what are you going to hide—that can’t already be seen by anyone in that public environment? How are the subways going to be safer from somebody not being able to take a picture of something that they (and everyone else around them) are looking at? Read more about this, and responses from photographers in the article: “Forbidden Photos, Anyone?”.

If this ban does go into effect, and the authorities do start to enforce this ban, then I would love to hear about painters now painting detailed pictures of what they see in the subway. It’s still a visual record of a scene much like a photograph is, so will they move to ban that as well?


If they don’t want you to drink and drive, then why are there billboards with beer advertisements along the highway?


Judy’s mothership is coming. They’re opening a Burberry store in the Boca Raton Town Center Mall.