Thursday, June 28, 2012


No matter what, part of the country will be breathing a sigh of relief, and part will be gasping in horror.

I hope to be in the sighing half.

UPDATE: Well, the Supreme Court upheld the Obamacare individual mandate. Guess I'm in the gasping half.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

I Can't Wait Until This Is Me

[via Large Size Paintings]

Except I'd have a shotgun across my lap to chase teenagers off my lawn with.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Yeah... Just Awful...

The Week panics over Acxiom, a company in Arkansas that collects and sells data about people:
"If you are an American adult," says Singer, "the odds are that it knows things like your age, race, sex, weight, height, marital status, education level, politics, buying habits, household health worries, vacation dreams - and on and on." It does more than collect that information, though. It uses it to pigeonhole people into one of 70 very specific socioeconomic clusters in an attempt to predict how they'll act, what they'll buy, and how companies can persuade them to buy their products. It gathers its data trove from public records, surveys you've filled out, your online behavior, and other disparate sources of information, then sells it to banks, retailers, and other buyers.
So... for only the tiniest, marginal, indirect cost on my part, this company makes sure that thousands of retailers only bother me with ads for things I might actually have need of, or at least be interested in, instead of bombarding me with random garbage I don't care about?

Absolute monsters, the lot of them...

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

I Was in the Navy, So I Can Get Away with This

United States Armed Forces Cross-Service Terms Primer

Full disclosure - the best boss I ever had was former Air Force Special Ops, so I endorse the chops-busting at the link with all due love & respect.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

The Many Uses of Hmmm

Although I use this particular 4-letter word a lot in my writing, I never really think of it as a word in my head. However, as this article points out, it's got 4 different meanings, depending on pitch:
Spoken with a rising intonation: "I didn't understand — say again?"

Prolonged, with ample m's: "I'm thinking deeply about what you said."

High-pitched: "Yes, maybe — good idea!"

Uttered quickly and at a lower register: "I am dubious."
Oddly, I didn't realize they were right until I tried them all out.

Pretty cool.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Better Plan

Obama wants to spend hundreds of millions of dollars so that corner stores in ghettos will stock fresh fruits & vegetables.

Which no one wants to buy.

Which will rot on the shelves and be thrown away.

Why not save some money and be more efficient? Just buy fresh produce and throw it right in the dumpster. Probably cut costs at least 40%

Friday, June 8, 2012

If This Works, I May Finally Stop Hating on Tablets and Smart Phones

A touchscreen that turns on-screen keys into actual bumps on the screen so that you can feel them.

I'm a touch-typer, so I need that tactile feedback.

Now they just need to solve the problem of letting the device know that I don't actually want to type "asdfjkl;" - I'm just resting my fingers on the home-row keys.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Wait... What?

From a profile on a Connecticut commie:
she has played an active role in the broad labor and people's alliance that defeated the ultra-right in the 2008 elections and continues to mobilize for health care, worker rights and peace

How does one "mobilize for peace"?

Do you gather an angry mob together with torches and pitchforks in order to peacefully sit around putting marshmallows on the pitchforks and roasting them over the torches?

Or is this a bland euphemism for threatening mob violence on the properties of various businesses unless they pay protection money (aka the "peace mobilization fee")?

Monday, June 4, 2012

How to Make Scrat Very Sad

Tell him he missed out on this:

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