Archive for September, 2010

Radiation Stickers

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

Well, well, look at what I stumbled onto on eBay. (Warning – PDF).

If you do a search for “radiation sticker”, you’ll find a whole bunch of these. They appear to be adhesive metal plates that are supposed to reduce the amount of radiation coming from a mobile phone. Apparently people don’t realize that the “evil radiation” is what actually makes the phones, you know, do something.

Employee Monitoring

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

Extraspy, the software company with just a little bit more spy than their competitors, has released their latest product.

One of the main troubles in any business is control over the efficiency of employees. This great tool from ExtraSpy Software allows you to track any Network LAN, giving you the most complete information on what, how and when your network users performed. Activity monitoring software is a means of employee’s monitoring. ExtraSpy Employee Monitor allows organizations to rapidly and at minimal cost monitor and examine the activity of their employees on the Internet and in various applications. Any PC in the LAN under control can be spied remotely.┬áIt is usually deployed over a big business network and allows for easy centralized record viewing via one central networked Personal Computer.

Finally, Big Brother monitoring at Little Brother prices.

Literally

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

A fairly amusing site pointing out the folly of those who use the word “literally” improperly. I literally stared at my monitor for several minutes, literally sipping my morning coffee, and literally laughed a little to myself.

Phil Davison

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

A Republican councilman in Miverva, Ohio challenged the Undertaker to a match at Wrestlemania made a bid for the GOP nomination for the position of Treasurer of Stark County, Ohio.

I don’t have too much to add to this video. The man is obviously passionate and emotional…I just wonder if he has any idea what a Treasurer does.

Hounder

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

Since I needed a new bike, quickly – walking to work really sucks, especially in the rain – I ordered a Nashbar Hounder on Sunday night. It’s a pretty typical single speed / fixed gear road bike, with flat bars, caliper brakes, a flipflop rear hub, and 700×28 road tires on it.

(It was on sale when I ordered it – the total was about $205, shipped. I see that the sale has ended now, unfortunately.)

The bike arrived quickly, dropped off by FedEx on Tuesday morning. It was one flat box, so I thought that the assembly would be a bit involved. Fortunately, I was wrong. There were really only five major components – the frame/rear wheel/crank, the front wheel, the stem/handlebars, the seatpost/saddle, and a box with a few odds and ends (reflectors, pedals, front brake, etc.) There were no assembly instructions, oddly, but it only took me 45 minutes or so to get it all together.

I haven’t ridden it a lot yet, but I’ve taken it to campus and back a couple of times. The ride is smooth, though the higher-pressure tires make little bumps and pebbles more noticeable. It feels strange to corner and manuever on such thin tires, but I’m sure I’ll get used to it. It’s a heck of a lot lighter than the Escalade, too – the frame is chromoly, which probably helps. All in all, this seems like it will be a nice simple bike for the next few months.

Wiretapping

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

The government is insisting that their ability to track criminals is becoming less and less relevant as more communication moves to the Internet. Their solution? Legislation to force vendors of communication services to make allowances for wiretapping by law enforcement.

This is absurd, and it doesn’t actually work – the technology behind decentralized cryptography won’t allow it to happen. This is the modern equivalent of declaring Pi to be equal to 3 via legislation.

We need people with some tiny modicum of technical savvy drafting these bills.

Richard Tillman

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

Richard Tillman was on Real Time With Bill Maher over the weekend, and it was a hell of an interview. Tillman is the brother of Pat Tillman, a star football player who walked away from a giant contract in order to enlist as an Army Ranger in the Afghanistan War. He was promptly killed by friendly fire and the military tried their damnedest to cover the whole thing up. Definitely worth a watch.

Segway into the Afterlife

Monday, September 27th, 2010

The owner of the Segway company apparently rode one of the ridiculously overpriced mutant scooter things off of a cliff and died.

This irony is offered without comment.

SNL

Monday, September 27th, 2010

You know, might have voted for this guy.

Gov. Paterson on SNL
Also, how is this offensive? Have I become that jaded?

Stolen

Saturday, September 25th, 2010

Some goddamn dirtbag stole my bike last night.

I am so pissed.

If anyone has a picture of the Escalade for the “missing” ad, let me know. I can’t find any.