Jul 29 2005

Full of Wit

I’m witty! I mean people have told me I’m full if wit quite a few times… at least I think they said wit… 😉

the Wit
(52% dark, 34% spontaneous, 22% vulgar)
your humor style:
CLEAN | COMPLEX | DARK

You like things edgy, subtle, and smart. I guess that means you’re
probably an intellectual, but don’t take that to mean you’re
pretentious. You realize ‘dumb’ can be witty–after all isn’t that the
Simpsons’ philosophy?–but rudeness for its own sake, ‘gross-out’ humor
and most other things found in a fraternity leave you totally flat.

I
guess you just have a more cerebral approach than most. You have the
perfect mindset for a joke writer or staff writer. Your sense of humor
takes the most effort to appreciate, but it’s also the best, in my
opinion.

Also, you probably loved the Office. If you don’t know what I’m
talking about, check it out here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/comedy/theoffice/.

PEOPLE LIKE YOU: Jon Stewart – Woody Allen – Ricky Gervais

My test tracked 3 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:

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You scored higher than 43% on dark
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You scored higher than 43% on spontaneous
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You scored higher than 18% on vulgar

Link: The 3 Variable Funny Test written by jason_bateman on OkCupid Free Online Dating

Jul 29 2005

Shoot someone? Not Smith & Wesson’s fault. Copy a movie? Grokster’s fault.

The Daily KOS has a great post comparing a law shielding the gun industry from lawsuits with the recent Grokster decision: Shoot someone? Not Smith & Wesson’s fault. Copy a movie? Grokster’s fault.

He makes an excellent point. We all know a lot of illegal file trading happens using Grokster, but the amount of misuse is not the issue. If the software has a legitimate purpose (there are plenty of legal files to be shared) it must be allowed to exist. A calculator can be used to help build a bomb – does that mean you can sue Texas Instruments when a bomb blows up your husband’s workplace? Not a chance. It’s just a tool.

Hollywood needs to realize that people are sending them a message: “Fix your distribution system, the current one is too slow and expensive!” Most companies/industries try to listen to their customers. The movie and music industry sues them…

Huge special interest groups (NRA et al) won’t ever let guns be banned, but Hollywood is lobbying hard to have P2P banned. Thankfully file sharing has it’s own advocates (EFF et al) but until the law is interpreted consistently it seems P2P will keep getting the shaft…


Jul 27 2005

Define “News” please

Why I don’t bother to watch network news:
Tom Cruise vs Darfur

Be a Witness


Jul 27 2005

The Christian Paradox

The August edition of Harpers has an interesting article that asks just how “Christian” America really is.
Answer: Not very

Only 40 percent of Americans can name more than four of the Ten Commandments, and a scant half can cite any of the four authors of the Gospels. Twelve percent believe Joan of Arc was Noah’s wife. This failure to recall the specifics of our Christian heritage may be further evidence of our nation’s educational decline, but it probably doesn’t matter all that much in spiritual or political terms. Here is a statistic that does matter: Three quarters of Americans believe the Bible teaches that “God helps those who help themselves.� That is, three out of four Americans believe that this uber-American idea, a notion at the core of our current individualist politics and culture, which was in fact uttered by Ben Franklin, actually appears in Holy Scripture. The thing is, not only is Franklin’s wisdom not biblical; it’s counter-biblical. Few ideas could be further from the gospel message, with its radical summons to love of neighbor. On this essential matter, most Americans—most American Christians—are simply wrong, as if 75 percent of American scientists believed that Newton proved gravity causes apples to fly up.

Read The Christian Paradox

The City pages just recently published an article in the same vein about Grace Church in Eden Prairie.
My take: I would have been visibly uncomfortable at this service. Not that I’d ever go to Grace Church in the first place… it’s just not my bag, baby.

It is the day before Independence Day in the Year of Our Lord, 2005, and our men and women in uniform are fighting overseas for our God-given freedom. That’s what a few thousand worshipers have come to hear about during the 10:30 morning service at Grace Church, the casinolike “independent evangelical” complex that sits amid the rolling hills of Eden Prairie. The arena-sized parking lot is filled with newish cars and trucks, including a souped-up Lexus adorned with American flags, flag decals, and 1280 The Patriot bumper stickers. Parked next to that is a sedan whose lone sticker testifies, “Mary Kay: Enriching Women’s Lives.”

Read Onward Christian Soldiers.


Jul 22 2005

Dump Adobe Reader

It’s widely and universally known that Adobe (aka Acrobat) Reader is about the slowest loading piece of software… ever. Glacial at times.

There’s a few things you can do about this:

Never view a PDF again
or
Hack the Adobe Reader plug-ins directory and remove the plugins you rarely or never use – but be careful or you may end up with an error message on every load (this happened to me)
or
Get Foxit PDF Reader (it’s free!)


Jul 22 2005

Egg and Muffin Toaster!

Mmmmm... toasty
Makes me hungry just looking at it… mmmm… toasty.

Back to Basics – Egg and Muffin Toaster