Archive for March, 2007

funny links for the day

Wednesday, March 28th, 2007

http://www.scribd.com/doc/5107/They-didnt-study

http://xkcd.com/

great stuff

flowers for all anon

Wednesday, March 28th, 2007

i know it’s geeky, but this morning i was all juiced because there was a seat in the very front of the very first car of the train — this and the very last seat of the last car have the only windows that look out in the direction of the tracks, and have the best views.

anyway, so there i am all agog, and i see it, and bemoan the knowledge that there is no way i’ll get my camera out in time.

this totally rundown, littered 1/2-block graveyard ringed on two sides by graphitt-covered, windowless, buildings and general urban decay, with streets on the other two sides, all fenced in by mangled chain-link with a truck-wide gate open, and well worn tracks leading in side, and there, in the middle, among the markers of the dearly departed, a porta-potty stood. and if i read the visual cues correctly, right atop a grave.

the cynic in me chortled audibly, but now i’ve got it stuck in my head, and the symbolism it evokes is percolating, retracing my long walk in spring grove cemetary, spindling away — i gotta code now, brb

al gore tells congress to follow britain’s example

Thursday, March 22nd, 2007

How are our European counterparts doing?

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/4930d80e-be64-11da-b10f-0000779e2340.html
http://www.accessmylibrary.com/premium/0286/0286-12176819.html

Not so well apparently, but, at least the European governments have the balls to try.

American conservatives think America is weak country that couldn’t withstand a strong change in policy, but more than that, they don’t have the balls try to change how we view pollution or treat polluters, because conservatives fear that they would lose their political clout, which is based on large political donations from people who financially benefit from government opposition to environmental protection.

the groggyjava show :: #029

Wednesday, March 21st, 2007
Just really good tunes, this one
 
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NPR Movie Reviews Suck Ass

Tuesday, March 20th, 2007

NPR movie reviews universally suck all ass, they drag on forever, ruin the plot, over-analyze the script, and are more like narcissistic linguistic masturbation than an actually movie review.

What they are really saying is ‘ooooh look at me! i can compare this film to all sort of weird obscure artistic references, and put the film into the historical context of the director so you don’t have to–won’t you sound sooooo smart at your next cocktail party?”

I hate them and turn the station the second one of them starts, because in the best case scenario they over-analyze it, in the worst, they spoil your ability to make your own judgments about the flick by coloring your perception of the movie with their overly in-depth analysis.

I prefer to see a movie having heard nothing about it. My best movie-going experiences have always been when I don’t even have basic knowledge of the movie’s content.

Example — i had zero idea what the movie boogie nights was about — and the way that movie unfurls (hehe) its weird and wonderful payload is great experience that i simply could not have had, had i listened to npr drone on for 20 minutes about the socio-economic commentary the director so deftly made on the free-wheeling 70’s L.A. porn culture.

kill me now

Monday, March 19th, 2007

i am reverse-engineering and reconstructing about 20 online applications for various loans and bank accounts for a small bank’s web site, extracting all the input fields from some unknown content management system and rebuilding the whole thing in the java programming language, which is not my strongest suit, with a spiffy new automated audit trail generator with hooks into the new content management to get style info.

i have no spec to work from, so i am designing, coding and debugging all at the same time, which is usually a delicious clusterbomb of mind-bending insanity but since this is a banking web site it is mainly drudgery.

the tedium of it all is rather like having a metronome with a small hammer mounted on the arm methodically, rhythmically, incessantly tapping on every single pain receptor in my entire central nervous system while having bamboo shoots soaked with sulfuric acid jammed up under my fingernails.

were i not being paid hourly i would have jumped out the 6th floor window to the blissful release of death onto the pavement in the back alley below.

calgon, take me away.

*aims the steve-jobs-shiny-gizmo to the reggae playlist and spins the volume to 11 and hunkers back down into the hell that is debugging polymorphic code that does nothing interesting*

feeling all a-twitter

Monday, March 19th, 2007

okay, so i don’t know why — i mean, i’m not very interesting — but i signed up for twitter, which bills itself as a micro-blog/community. sounds like a great idea for groups of people attending a large conference, or like in my case when i’ll be attending an out-of-town wedding where lots of people will be staying at lots of difference places, doing different things, and i think that it would work well to keep everyone in touch whilst scattered about the ‘foreign’ city.

if you don’t like free speech…

Tuesday, March 13th, 2007

go live in red china

and leave america to americans

who knew beer would make bad tv?

Tuesday, March 13th, 2007

Bud TV established and well-funded by Anheuser-Busch has apparently flushed it hopes down the drain. I wonder what a $39 million hangover feels like.

http://news.zdnet.com/2100-9588_22-6166631.html?part=rss&tag=feed&subj=zdnn

pissy art

Tuesday, March 13th, 2007

Great fine art pissers.mouth-shaped pisser

http://www.secretsites.de/joblog/?p=281