Archive for July, 2008

Good morning, anonymous

July 31, 2008

I got an email from a recruiter that starts out, “Good morning, anonymous”

At least my identity is being kept hidden from some people 🙂

Is the Audible Smirk really Jethro Bodine?

July 31, 2008

Well here’s some of the items Cuil came up with while searching for “Audible Smirk”:

Max Baer –

Max Baer sign back (The Record-Courier)Douglas County Commissioners voted 3-2 Thursday to deny a 109-foot sign advertising Max Baer Jr.’s Beverly Hillbillies Mansion and Casino at the northern end of the county

Brittanie –  max baer, james braddock, jim braddock, along came a spider, …4 hours ago … wow gold; charles manson; brittanie cecil; ben ten alien force.com; kathy griffin; sharon tate; hp officejet 5610 all in one printer fax scanner copier; usps food driv…

The “Audible Smirk” appears to have something in common with Max Baer, according to Cuil.

Also, turbines:

Turbine –  

turbine goulds warranty turbine frame turbine frame turbine video frame turbine frame 1-2-3 warranty program goulds pumps technology pumps program classes

 and Property Guy

A for sale by owner business. Discusses residential and commercial properties, renting, listing a property, virtual mall, employment opportunities and company information.

and Quantum skating

Einstein uses quantum physics to calculate new skating moves / Nice job matching the lighting on the two pics. / Al is experimenting with skateboard physics.

Countrywide wins worst company tournament

July 31, 2008

The winner is…

The Lucky Golden Shit award will get shipped to Angelo “Golden Boy” Mozilo, former Countrywide CEO, who steered the ship of financial doom from its inception to the height of its unfettered raping of the American Dream, just as soon as we find a good mailing address for him. The receipt for the Lucky Golden Ship will get mailed to Bank of America CEO Kenneth D. Lewis, along with a certificate of completion.

The Knoxville church shooter hated America

July 31, 2008

Well, it’s a free country, sort of, for now I guess. So I can make a claim like this post’s headline, a claim no worse than many made by these folks who influenced the shooter Adkinsson. That, and I perhaps his feeling that his ex was a bitch.

Now, was Adkinsson a mild mannered homebody who bought some bestsellers at his local Barnes and Noble, and was transformed through reasoned argument by the likes of Ann Coulter to go out and start bumping off liberals? No, he was likely an unhinged person made so by his lack of life success. America does hate losers. He latched onto the prevailing right wing propaganda (especially strong in the South) and projected his failures upon liberals, of which apparently his wife was one of. The way people would blame Jews for their troubles in the past. As for the choice of target, probably the only place he knew of where he could find bunches of liberals to blow away (he had like 75 rounds of ammo) was his wife’s Unitarian church.

Cuil?

July 30, 2008

Anything touted as a “Google Killer” has a tough row to hoe. The only thing that matters about Cuil is whether a search for “audible smirk” comes up with anything.

Here goes

We didn’t find any results for “audible smirk”

Some reasons might be…

  • a typo. Please check your spelling.
  • your search includes a term that is very rare. Try to find a more common substitute.
  • too many search terms. Please try fewer terms.

Finally, try to think of different words to describe your search.

Oh well, but wait I didnt put “audible smirk” in quotes

Lets try that

This is much better. Thank you.

Microsoft says you’re deluded about Vista, or why not Windows Classic?

July 30, 2008

Apparently Microsoft you’re full of it if you believe that Vista is a piece of crap, so they commissioned a PR firm to conduct a blind taste user test with a mythical OS called ‘Mojave’. One group was presented with a new OS called ‘Mojave’ and asked their opinion after using watching it in action. There didn’t seem to be a control group of actual Vista users, so the study wasn’t controlled and the users didn’t actually have to use the product.

Regardless, the perception is out there and is probably stronger among IT professionals who won’t touch it. And Microsoft has been going ahead with Windows 7 or whatever it will be.

Maybe Vista is Redmond’s New Coke and people are clamoring for Coke Classic, Windows XP. Coke commission blind taste tests too, real tests, that showed that people either actually preferred New Coke or couldn’t tell the difference. But Coke managed through bad marketing to screw themselves, leading to the decision to bring back the old formula as ‘Classic’, then over the years dropping the ‘Classic’ from the name on the cans.

Use GPS for your pub crawl

July 30, 2008

Garmin is offering a digitized Good Pub Guide for its friends in the UK. There are upset worry warts across the pond who are aghast that Garmin would aid the bad habits of that fairly familiar phenomenon, the drunk driver. I say cheers to a plastered bloke who can manage to take direction from his GPS while staggering about between his drinking sessions.

Zimbabwe dollar to be redenominated

July 30, 2008

Apparently the spectre of bread costing Z$250 billion, the government will be dropping ten (10) zeros off of the currency.  That’s 10,000,000,000. So that loaf of bread will now cost Z$25. As of yesterday a single US dollar was going from anywhere from Z$110 billion to Z$500 billion (quite a range, those particular currency dealers must not be on the same street). It’s nice to be a dictator, where you can arbitrary wash that inflation right out of your hair, however much Mugabe has left. Mugabe says that if things keep getting worse with the Z-dollar, then ’emergency measures’ will be needed. How much more emergency can things get there?

For those who purchased your bills on EBay you better hurry to redeem your bills because I would assume the old bills will be pulled from circulation, except for the report that Zimbabwe was running out of paper to print bills on.

Spam king apparently kills family then self

July 25, 2008

OK, so how does a prisoner, even if it at a minimum security facility, just walk out with his wife (who was coerced by the prisoner to take him back home). Now, you have two murder victims.

I realize that there isn’t a direct connection between what I am about to write, but the next time you do something so stupid as reply to a piece of spam for a sex aid or whatever, think of the above incident. Maybe that will stop you as the only technological way to stop spam is to not respond to it and hope that it will not be profitable for whoever is doing it.

Zimbabwe should just post all its currency on Ebay

July 23, 2008

The official exchange rate for Zimbabwe dollars is (July 23, 2008) is 1 US Dollar = 33,288,144,660 Zimbabwe Dollars, but according to this story a UK pound is trading for $1.4 trillion Zimbabwe dollars.

However today on Ebay a $100 billion Zimbabwean note (real?) has a bid price of 40 GBP (practically $80 US) and a number of bidders for 12 available bills.  Clearly Zimbabwean currency is worth a lot more than the usual channels!