Archive for September, 2010

Kenzero

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

Interesting blackmail scam – the Kenzero trojan publishes your porn browsing habits to the Internet, and then charges ten pounds for removal.

Decisions…

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

One of the nice things about traveling is that it breaks you out of your daily routine, and forces you to make choices that you wouldn’t normally have to make. In the process, it gets different parts of your brain working and stimulates creativity and intelligence.

For example, last night at the bar, I had a choice I don’t normally get: Labatts bottles or Genny Cream Ale on draft?

Mad As Hell

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

Carl Paladino, the loudmouthed real estate developer running on a platform of plainspoken anger, is now the Republican nominee for governor. A Western New Yorker will be on the ballot for the first time since the Truman administration.

Good for him. It’s nice to see someone who’s not, say, the son of a former governor running for the office. Didn’t we have a whole war about that one time?

Primary Day

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

Stopped at the polls this morning for some primary voting action. We’ve got those new optical scanner voting machines now, so I had to fill out a paper ballot (behind a “privacy screen” that any standing adult could have easily seen over) and then feed it into a scanner. I didn’t feel the power of the electorate. I felt like a government clerk.

Bring Back The Lever!

Well Oiled Machine

Monday, September 13th, 2010

The Yahoo NASCAR blog (which I do not read regularly) posted an awesome video of a group of Canadian army soldiers stripping a Jeep down to its lug nuts, putting it back together, and driving off in it. All in under 4 minutes.

Now, granted, Canada’s not even a real country anyway, but it’s pretty cool to watch. Simple engineering, a lot of discipline, and a bit of precision make for a good use of 4 minutes of your day.

Thoughts on Bills/Dolphins

Monday, September 13th, 2010

I forgot to post season predictions this year. Whoops. And I don’t want to do it now, because after that egg they laid against the Fins yesterday I’d vote for 0-16.

If I’d paid to watch that game, I would have gotten drunk too.

Plattsburg(h)

Monday, September 13th, 2010

Went down to the hotel lobby to have my breakfast this morning, and what should appear on the continental buffet but a heaping pile of Franks Red Hot in those little single use packages. That almost made the redeye flight up here, switching in Dulles, having to ride a ferry across lake Champlain in a gale force wind, after watching the Bills lose their home opener at a bar which apparently has little grasp on what the term “hot wings” mean, worth it.

We Are One

Friday, September 10th, 2010

I’ll make this short and sweet. The NFL Player’s Association drummed up a great idea to show unity by having the players hold up their index fingers together, on both sides of the field, just before the game began.

“Even though five minutes from then we were going to go out and bash each others’ heads in,” Saints quarterback Drew Brees said, “we’re all one voice.”

The minimum salary for an NFL practice squad member is $5,200 every week. Over the course only 10 weeks each player on the practice squad, without seeing a split second of TV time, demolishes the median income for the United States of America. I don’t care how tired it sounds, I cannot find any sympathy for this kind of greed. And fans are the first to point out how much the owners pocket, how much the teams make. Who exactly do fans think is going to pay for a raise? I’m sure that if these professional babies, people who can retire at the ripe age of 25, get the kind of pay boost they want ticket prices around the league are going to resemble Bills’ Toronto games.

Maybe that’s just the part of me that used to work in a union talking. Maybe that’s the part of me that wanted paramedics to make $15 per hour instead of $11, so maybe my view is a bit distorted.

Park 51

Friday, September 10th, 2010

Whoever coined the term “Ground Zero Mosque” missed his true calling. (I say his, because it was almost definitely an old white Republican man working at Fox News.) It’s neither a mosque nor at the WTC site, and yet you’ve got every dipshit teabagger in America yelling about a complete fabrication. He has a bright future in advertising.

Anonymous Manipulator, I salute you.

Convocation

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

The Canisius Presidential Convocation is this afternoon. This should be interesting.

For the first time in the 140 year history of the College, we now have a President who is not a Jesuit. And this will be his first time giving the State of the College address, outlining his plans for the future. I think we’re all going to be replaced with robots.