Archives for December 2006

Cause of Death

BBC: A statement from Betty Ford said: “My family joins me in sharing the difficult news that Gerald Ford, our beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, has passed away at 93 years of age.” The statement did not give the cause of death. Um, at 93, the cause of death is probably “old age.” Does […]

Sneetchcrafted Chocolate

Reading this investigative journalism piece about extremely overpriced chocolates made in Plano (Dallas) Texas, you will learn a whole lot about the origins, processing, and packaging of chocolate. Bonus: The word “Sneetchcraft,” following Dr. Seuss. “This collection of four of Dr. Seuss’s most winning stories begins with that unforgettable tale of the unfortunate Sneetches, bamboozled […]

Strong Medicine

Between the rampant consumerism, the killing carried out in the name of God, and your everyday garden-variety family dynamics, it takes a heckofalotof positive, weird, and funky energy to keep the cultural balance this time of year. In an attempt to stay sane, the past three days I’ve deep-listened to: * Frank Zappa’s, We’re Only […]

The Difference Snow Makes

Great photo comparison of the Denver airport with and without 36″ of snow.

I Am The Slime

A little pre-holiday Frank Zappa for you, I Am The Slime: I am gross and perverted I’m obsessed ‘n deranged I have existed for years But very little had changed I am the tool of the government And industry too For I am destined to rule And regulate you I may be vile and pernicious […]

Cliche Finder

Clever: Cliche Finder, by Aaron Swartz.

Coop Holiday Shopping

I went to the Coop at 1:30 PM today, three shopping days before Christmas, and the first day off of work for most people. I knew it would be a scene, but it was such a scene I got a photo pass from the store manager and took a few shots. When you arrive and […]

Car Security Hacks

The post begins: So, you know those cars with that keyless entry pad? The one under the driver’s side handle? And ends with: I am going to give you a sequence of minimal length that, when you enter it into a car’s numeric keypad, is guaranteed to unlock the doors of said car. It is […]

When You Act You Make New Facts

Important intellectual analysis from Jay Rosen on how the Bush administration has played the media. In Without a Doubt (subtitled “Faith, Certainty and the Presidency of George W. Bush”) Suskind was not talking about an age old conflict between realists and idealists, the sort of story line that can be re-cycled for every administration. It […]

JibJab’s Year in Review

This will be making the rounds: Nuckin’ Futs: JibJab’s animated year in review. Bonus blast from the past: Big Box Mart

Eating Soy Leads to Homosexuality and a Small Penis

Really! That’s what this Christianist guy Rutz says over at the WorldNet Daily. Soy is feminizing, and commonly leads to a decrease in the size of the penis, sexual confusion and homosexuality. That’s why most of the medical (not socio-spiritual) blame for today’s rise in homosexuality must fall upon the rise in soy formula and […]


Been meaning to post this for a while: Wesabe. There’s a good tour describing the app. Wesabe is a community of people who share our experiences with our money so we can help each other make better financial decisions. We do this by aggregating and analyzing our community members’ personal financial data, and showing tips […]


PawSense: Catproof your computer. When cats walk or climb on your keyboard, they can enter random commands and data, damage your files, and even crash your computer. This can happen whether you are near the computer or have suddenly been called away from it. PawSense is a software utility that helps protect your computer from […]

Monday Blues

Observe the following: 1. It’s 40 degrees F outside. 2. I’m wearing a t-shirt, a flannel shirt, a wool sweater, and a ski jacket. 3. I’m freezing, my sore throat is a lot worse today than yesterday, and I can’t tell if my muscles ache or if it’s tension because I’m cold. Ugg, I hope […]


Confidential to Hannah: This Wordie thing appears to be another excellent opportunity to avoid writing. ;)

Teenar, Girl Guitar


I Can’t Help It, If I’m Lucky

Just quoting a lyric from the weekend, no hidden meaning. Someone’s got it in for me, they’re planting stories in the press Whoever it is I wish they’d cut it out but when they will I can only guess. They say I shot a man named Gray and took his wife to Italy, She inherited […]

Rich People Don’t Care About Gas Prices

Great essay, with attitude, on why Ford, GM, and Chrysler are sucking eggs so hard. We’re looking at two strategies here. Toyota: build affordable transportation for the masses at a quality level that slightly exceeds expectations relative to price. GM et al: build oversized, under-engineered and fuel inefficient cars for people who don’t care about […]


Since I’m under deadline, I’m messing around with my weblog configuration. Weblog commenting is totally broken. I just deleted 5,835 junk comments, all spammed since Thanksgiving. Then I went into the approved comments and find that there are 3,300 of them, when in fact only between 300 and 800 are valid. So I’ll have to […]

Know Your Cell Phone

Did you know that when you turn your cell phone “off” it is not actually off? Well, I had previously heard a rumor that the GPS (global positioning system) stuff was still available when a cell phone was “off,” enabling it to be used as a tracking device. But that was a rumor, and I […]