Saturday, January 30, 2010

Thursday, January 28, 2010

I would have liked to see the fact of persistent unemployment confronted more directly. Business people are greedy. The world is awash in dollars (unlike in the 1930s when the money supply was strangled by being pegged to a limited supply of gold). If a business person could hire an American and make a profit by doing so, the American would be hired. Some combination of regulations, taxes, costs, and education level make it unprofitable to hire those Americans who are currently unemployed. Obama proposes complex, temporary, and patchwork changes to some of these factors. If a small business person were smart enough to navigate this landscape of regulation and limited-time tax breaks, couldn’t he navigate the regulatory and tax landscape in Singapore, Brazil, China, or India?

Philip Greenspun’s Weblog » Comrade Obama’s Speech to the Politburo


Phil Greenspun’s analysis of the State of the Union speech is right on the money.

I would have liked to see the fact of persistent unemployment confronted more directly. Business people are greedy. The world is awash in dollars (unlike in the 1930s when the money supply was strangled by being pegged to a limited supply of gold). If a business person could hire an American and make a profit by doing so, the American would be hired. Some combination of regulations, taxes, costs, and education level make it unprofitable to hire those Americans who are currently unemployed. Obama proposes complex, temporary, and patchwork changes to some of these factors. If a small business person were smart enough to navigate this landscape of regulation and limited-time tax breaks, couldn’t he navigate the regulatory and tax landscape in Singapore, Brazil, China, or India?

Philip Greenspun’s Weblog » Comrade Obama’s Speech to the Politburo


Phil Greenspun’s analysis of the State of the Union speech is right on the money.

In this big dramatic production that didn’t do anyone any good (and was pretty embarrassing, really, if you think about it), thousands upon thousands of phonies across the country mourned the death of author J.D. Salinger, who was 91 years old for crying out loud.

Bunch Of Phonies Mourn J.D. Salinger | The Onion - America’s Finest News Source
In this big dramatic production that didn’t do anyone any good (and was pretty embarrassing, really, if you think about it), thousands upon thousands of phonies across the country mourned the death of author J.D. Salinger, who was 91 years old for crying out loud.

Bunch Of Phonies Mourn J.D. Salinger | The Onion - America’s Finest News Source

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Claiming that he completely forgot about the much-hyped electronic device until the last minute, a frantic Steve Jobs reportedly stayed up all night Tuesday in a desperate effort to design Apple’s new tablet computer. “Come on, Steve, just think—think, dammit—you’re running out of time,” the exhausted CEO said as he glued nine separate iPhones to the back of a plastic cafeteria tray.

Frantic Steve Jobs Stays Up All Night Designing Apple Tablet | The Onion - America’s Finest News Source
Claiming that he completely forgot about the much-hyped electronic device until the last minute, a frantic Steve Jobs reportedly stayed up all night Tuesday in a desperate effort to design Apple’s new tablet computer. “Come on, Steve, just think—think, dammit—you’re running out of time,” the exhausted CEO said as he glued nine separate iPhones to the back of a plastic cafeteria tray.

Frantic Steve Jobs Stays Up All Night Designing Apple Tablet | The Onion - America’s Finest News Source

Monday, January 25, 2010


Clowning Around (via Walmart)


ROTFLMFAO!!!


Thanks to Karla for showing me this :-)

Less than two weeks after converging upon the site of a devastating magnitude 7.0 earthquake, American anthropologists have confirmed the discovery of a small, poverty-stricken island nation, known to its inhabitants as “Haiti.” Located just 700 miles off the southeastern coast of Florida, the previously unaccounted-for country is believed to be home to an estimated 10 million people. Even more astounding, reports now indicate that these people have likely inhabited the impoverished, destitute region—unnoticed by the rest of the world—for more than 300 years.

Massive Earthquake Reveals Entire Island Civilization Called ‘Haiti’ | The Onion - America’s Finest News Source
Less than two weeks after converging upon the site of a devastating magnitude 7.0 earthquake, American anthropologists have confirmed the discovery of a small, poverty-stricken island nation, known to its inhabitants as “Haiti.” Located just 700 miles off the southeastern coast of Florida, the previously unaccounted-for country is believed to be home to an estimated 10 million people. Even more astounding, reports now indicate that these people have likely inhabited the impoverished, destitute region—unnoticed by the rest of the world—for more than 300 years.

Massive Earthquake Reveals Entire Island Civilization Called ‘Haiti’ | The Onion - America’s Finest News Source

Saturday, January 23, 2010

The barge set sail Friday afternoon. Puerto Rican authorities say that when it arrives in Haiti on Monday morning, it will be the largest single shipment of aid to arrive there since the January 12 earthquake.
The roughly 4 million pounds of food are enough to feed the people of Port-au-Prince for a week. Organizers say it would take 150 planes to carry as much cargo.

Puerto Rico sends ‘Barge of Hope’ to Haiti - CNN.com


Let’s hope that the shipment gets into the hands of the people that need it.

The barge set sail Friday afternoon. Puerto Rican authorities say that when it arrives in Haiti on Monday morning, it will be the largest single shipment of aid to arrive there since the January 12 earthquake.
The roughly 4 million pounds of food are enough to feed the people of Port-au-Prince for a week. Organizers say it would take 150 planes to carry as much cargo.

Puerto Rico sends ‘Barge of Hope’ to Haiti - CNN.com


Let’s hope that the shipment gets into the hands of the people that need it.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010


karlaakins:



“The Difference Between Life and Death


Colonel Dr. Itzik Kryce, hospital commander of the field hospital in Haiti speaks to his teams: “You are the difference between life and death in this region”, he tells them. “We are doing an important thing here.”

So proud, we are here in Israel - little Israel has reached across the world. There are no rescue teams, no medical teams from Saudi Arabia, from Egypt, from Lebanon or Jordan. Syria and Turkey and so the oil-rich Arab Gulf States…little Israel - the first to establish an operating room and begin treating the wounded, little Israel - whose teams have pulled many to safety and others who are systematically helping with the dead.

So proud, we are of you - our Israeli sons and daughters in Haiti.”


— Via A Soldier’s Mother



Their achievement is worth of praise, these guys packed up a field hospital into two 747 jets, flew to Haiti and setup shop in less than two days. And almost nobody heard about it because everyone was obsessed with Yele and with Chavez and The French politicizing the American involvement in the relief effort.

Monday, January 18, 2010

France accused the US of “occupying” Haiti on Monday as thousands of American troops flooded into the country to take charge of aid efforts and security.

US accused of ‘occupying’ Haiti as troops flood in - Telegraph


This idiocy needs to stop. First Venezuela’s Chavez, now the French, are using the Haiti disaster for political grandstanding while WE are the ones spending hard cash on the relief effort.


How much money do you think our country has spent already sending soldiers and marines down there, plus all of those ships, aircraft and the USAF special operations personnel that were in-country immediately? Is anyone else in the world spending that kind of money?


Do we get thanks for that? No, we don’t. Instead we get assholes like Hugo Chavez immediately spewing anti-American venom to anyone that bothers to listen. The French, of course, can’t miss this opportunity to stick it in our backs.

France accused the US of “occupying” Haiti on Monday as thousands of American troops flooded into the country to take charge of aid efforts and security.

US accused of ‘occupying’ Haiti as troops flood in - Telegraph


This idiocy needs to stop. First Venezuela’s Chavez, now the French, are using the Haiti disaster for political grandstanding while WE are the ones spending hard cash on the relief effort.


How much money do you think our country has spent already sending soldiers and marines down there, plus all of those ships, aircraft and the USAF special operations personnel that were in-country immediately? Is anyone else in the world spending that kind of money?


Do we get thanks for that? No, we don’t. Instead we get assholes like Hugo Chavez immediately spewing anti-American venom to anyone that bothers to listen. The French, of course, can’t miss this opportunity to stick it in our backs.

It allows the Mujahedeen, the Taliban, al Qaeda and the insurrectionists and jihadists to claim they’re being shot by Jesus rifles

U.S. Military Weapons Inscribed With Secret ‘Jesus’ Bible Codes - ABC News


If lives weren’t at stake, this would almost be funny. This company is doing more than $600 million in business with the US military, and they are embossing references to the bible in the equipment. How come nobody noticed this before?


Besides the obvious separation between church and state issues, I think it is funny that people are worried about somebody getting shot at with a rifle that has a biblical reference inscribed into it. Would it hurt more than if the same rifleman shot you with an identical weapon that doesn’t have such inscription? Would it kill you less?

It allows the Mujahedeen, the Taliban, al Qaeda and the insurrectionists and jihadists to claim they’re being shot by Jesus rifles

U.S. Military Weapons Inscribed With Secret ‘Jesus’ Bible Codes - ABC News


If lives weren’t at stake, this would almost be funny. This company is doing more than $600 million in business with the US military, and they are embossing references to the bible in the equipment. How come nobody noticed this before?


Besides the obvious separation between church and state issues, I think it is funny that people are worried about somebody getting shot at with a rifle that has a biblical reference inscribed into it. Would it hurt more than if the same rifleman shot you with an identical weapon that doesn’t have such inscription? Would it kill you less?

… Then, one day I was discussing this with a guy who’d written C++ from the beginning. He said he could never remember whether his variables were referenced or dereferenced, so he always used pointers. He said the little asterisk always reminded him.

The Invention of C++ - Nice bit of net lore


What a great interview, it explains the origins of what we programmers call “overcomplexification.”

… Then, one day I was discussing this with a guy who’d written C++ from the beginning. He said he could never remember whether his variables were referenced or dereferenced, so he always used pointers. He said the little asterisk always reminded him.

The Invention of C++ - Nice bit of net lore


What a great interview, it explains the origins of what we programmers call “overcomplexification.”

Sunday, January 17, 2010

The Haiti earthquake has already triggered hundreds of thousands of donations to musician Wyclef Jean’s charitable foundation, which expects to raise upwards of $1 million a day in the disaster’s wake. However, Internal Revenue Service records show the group has a lackluster history of accounting for its finances, and that the organization has paid the performer and his business partner at least $410,000 for rent, production services, and Jean’s appearance at a benefit concert. Though the Wyclef Jean Foundation, which does business as Yele Haiti Foundation, was incorporated 12 years ago—and has been active since that time—the group only first filed tax returns in August 2009.

Wyclef Jean Charity’s Funny Money - January 14, 2010


Double bad news for people trying to donate to the Haiti relief funds. First somebody figured out that sending out money through a phone bill donation is not exactly the most expedient way, after all, the phone company will have to get paid so they can send the money to the charities (at least one company is paying these donations ahead of their collections, good for them) but now one of the two main channels for these cell message donations is brought into question for shoddy accounting practices.


And who the hell knows what else.

The Haiti earthquake has already triggered hundreds of thousands of donations to musician Wyclef Jean’s charitable foundation, which expects to raise upwards of $1 million a day in the disaster’s wake. However, Internal Revenue Service records show the group has a lackluster history of accounting for its finances, and that the organization has paid the performer and his business partner at least $410,000 for rent, production services, and Jean’s appearance at a benefit concert. Though the Wyclef Jean Foundation, which does business as Yele Haiti Foundation, was incorporated 12 years ago—and has been active since that time—the group only first filed tax returns in August 2009.

Wyclef Jean Charity’s Funny Money - January 14, 2010


Double bad news for people trying to donate to the Haiti relief funds. First somebody figured out that sending out money through a phone bill donation is not exactly the most expedient way, after all, the phone company will have to get paid so they can send the money to the charities (at least one company is paying these donations ahead of their collections, good for them) but now one of the two main channels for these cell message donations is brought into question for shoddy accounting practices.


And who the hell knows what else.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Earthquake victims, writhing in pain and grasping at life, watched doctors and nurses walk away from a field hospital Friday night after a Belgian medical team evacuated the area, saying it was concerned about security.
The decision left CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Sanjay Gupta as the only doctor at the hospital to get the patients through the night.
CNN initially reported, based on conversations with some of the doctors, that the United Nations ordered the Belgian First Aid and Support Team to evacuate. However, Belgian Chief Coordinator Geert Gijs, a doctor who was at the hospital with 60 Belgian medical personnel, said it was his decision to pull the team out for the night. Gijs said he requested U.N. security personnel to staff the hospital overnight, but was told that peacekeepers would only be able to evacuate the team.

Security concerns cause doctors to leave hospital, quake victims - CNN.com


The sad thing here is that the UN has the resources to play a PR campaign to cover their asses over this mess, and try to pin the blame on whoever was in charge of the medical team, but they don’t have the resources to protect a small hospital overnight.


This is immoral.


What I don’t understand is this: are medical teams run by the UN, a military police body, so pathetic that their doctors aren’t armed? Hippocratic oath and rules of warfare aside, medical personnel are allowed to protect themselves. OUR medical teams in the military carry sidearms, but the UN team is scared of some stragglers wielding machetes?

Earthquake victims, writhing in pain and grasping at life, watched doctors and nurses walk away from a field hospital Friday night after a Belgian medical team evacuated the area, saying it was concerned about security.
The decision left CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Sanjay Gupta as the only doctor at the hospital to get the patients through the night.
CNN initially reported, based on conversations with some of the doctors, that the United Nations ordered the Belgian First Aid and Support Team to evacuate. However, Belgian Chief Coordinator Geert Gijs, a doctor who was at the hospital with 60 Belgian medical personnel, said it was his decision to pull the team out for the night. Gijs said he requested U.N. security personnel to staff the hospital overnight, but was told that peacekeepers would only be able to evacuate the team.

Security concerns cause doctors to leave hospital, quake victims - CNN.com


The sad thing here is that the UN has the resources to play a PR campaign to cover their asses over this mess, and try to pin the blame on whoever was in charge of the medical team, but they don’t have the resources to protect a small hospital overnight.


This is immoral.


What I don’t understand is this: are medical teams run by the UN, a military police body, so pathetic that their doctors aren’t armed? Hippocratic oath and rules of warfare aside, medical personnel are allowed to protect themselves. OUR medical teams in the military carry sidearms, but the UN team is scared of some stragglers wielding machetes?


Downfall of Grammar (via mwombat)


I hereby declare that this is the second best Downfall spoof ever. The best one is of course when Hitler got banned from X Box Live.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Following a 33-14 drubbing at the hands of the Baltimore Ravens, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady admitted that his team deserved to be booed, but said that “to suffer jeers from shortsighted brainless front-runners like Patriots fans was both laughable and pathetic.

Tom Brady: ‘I’d Have Booed Us Too, But Patriots Fans Are Still Ungrateful Front-Running Shitheads’ | The Onion - America’s Finest News Source


This is even funnier because my boss is a Ravens fan.

Following a 33-14 drubbing at the hands of the Baltimore Ravens, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady admitted that his team deserved to be booed, but said that “to suffer jeers from shortsighted brainless front-runners like Patriots fans was both laughable and pathetic.

Tom Brady: ‘I’d Have Booed Us Too, But Patriots Fans Are Still Ungrateful Front-Running Shitheads’ | The Onion - America’s Finest News Source


This is even funnier because my boss is a Ravens fan.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010


Pat Robertson on Haiti Disaster


Dog Senses Arcata Earthquake at News Station (via Mecaguedelarisa)

Something happened a long time ago in Haiti, and people might not want to talk about it. They were under the heel of the French, you know, Napoleon III and whatever. And they got togethter and swore a pact to the Devil. They said we will serve you if you will get us free from the French. True story. And so the devil said Ok its a deal, and they kicked the French out, the Haitians revolted and got themselvers free. But ever since they have been cursed by one thing after the other, desperately poor. That island of Hispaniola is one island cut down the middle - on one side is Haiti, on the other side is the Dominican Republic. The Dominican Republic is prosperous, healthy, full of resorts, etc. and Haiti is in desperate poverty. Same island. They need to have, and we need to pray for them a great turning to god, and out of this tragedy I’m optimistic something good may come, but right now we’re helping the suffering people and the suffering is unimaginable.

Pat Robertson (yes, he DID say it exactly like that)
Something happened a long time ago in Haiti, and people might not want to talk about it. They were under the heel of the French, you know, Napoleon III and whatever. And they got togethter and swore a pact to the Devil. They said we will serve you if you will get us free from the French. True story. And so the devil said Ok its a deal, and they kicked the French out, the Haitians revolted and got themselvers free. But ever since they have been cursed by one thing after the other, desperately poor. That island of Hispaniola is one island cut down the middle - on one side is Haiti, on the other side is the Dominican Republic. The Dominican Republic is prosperous, healthy, full of resorts, etc. and Haiti is in desperate poverty. Same island. They need to have, and we need to pray for them a great turning to god, and out of this tragedy I’m optimistic something good may come, but right now we’re helping the suffering people and the suffering is unimaginable.

Pat Robertson (yes, he DID say it exactly like that)
Is this guy a saint or something? Who turns down an opportunity to be unfair to Jimmy Fallon?

Conan May Leave ‘Tonight’ | The Onion - America’s Finest News Source
Is this guy a saint or something? Who turns down an opportunity to be unfair to Jimmy Fallon?

Conan May Leave ‘Tonight’ | The Onion - America’s Finest News Source

Spinal Tap - Big Bottom (via Whuntmore)


Weirdest #earworm of the month. Even weirder, first time I notice David Gilmour is playing.

Any car which holds together for a whole race is too heavy.

Colin Chapman
Any car which holds together for a whole race is too heavy.

Colin Chapman

Tuesday, January 12, 2010


5 Seasons Of LOST in 8 minutes (via bspcn)


Oh God, this is is SO good. Just don’t try to make sense of it if you have never seen the show. The video mostly proves the point that the writers of this show smoke a lot of weed.

Then again, John McCain also was light-skinned and didn’t speak with a Negro dialect, so maybe there’s some X factor Harry Reid is missing.

Reid Under Fire For Racially Charged Comments | The Onion - America’s Finest News Source
Then again, John McCain also was light-skinned and didn’t speak with a Negro dialect, so maybe there’s some X factor Harry Reid is missing.

Reid Under Fire For Racially Charged Comments | The Onion - America’s Finest News Source

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Thursday, January 7, 2010


Bugatti Veyron at Le Mans (via pvera)


One of the cool things about Forza Motorsport 3 is that it lets you record HD video directly through the game, then it uploads it to your profile. Too bad that you are only allowed one video at a time, and posting takes a while …