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Sunday, April 29, 2007

Didn't stop this dude...

Via: Flixya

Saturday, April 28, 2007

Not only is this a week late, I didn't necessarily click all the links here to get the full story. But on the face of it, doesn't it just feel wrong somehow? Kind of like when you see someone picking on a handicapped person. The handicapped person may have even started it, but still.
Boing Boing: Mayor of Boston bans Boing Boing

Jake tried to access Boing Boing from Boston's free WiFi network and got this notice -- topped by the seal of the Mayor of Boston no less! Banned in Boston -- first they came for the Mooninites, then they came for the Boingers.
(Oh, this actually wasn't done on Google Notebook, but a Google Toolbar app. Yeah, yeah, I know...there goes my privacy, right? Hell, it's not like I'm putting my credit card numbers up, so wth?)

(EDIT: The only trouble is that I can't tag any of my posts from the toolbar app. Oh well, I'll live.)
Guccione Jr. Has Omnivorous Appetite: Wants Omni, Travel Title Too

by Joe Mandese, Thursday, Apr 26, 2007 7:00 AM ET
OPENING A NEW CHAPTER IN one of America's most storied publishing dynasties, Bob Guccione Jr. is in talks with his father Bob Guccione Sr. to acquire Omni, the seminal science and science fiction magazine that spawned a new category of consumer magazines, including Discover, the publication Guccione Jr. now presides over as CEO.
OMNI was one of those things I didn't realize the value of until it was gone. Hopefully, this pans out.

(And, here again, is another post brought to you by Google Notebook!)
Because it's been too long since the last one, and you know you've wanted it...

Your Personality Is Like Ecstasy

You're usually feeling the love for the world around you - you want to hug everyone. And while you're usually content to sit back and view the world with wonder... Sometimes you're world becomes very overwhelming and a little scary.

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Rendering to Ceasar what is Ceasar's was a pain, but between Uncle Sam sticking it to us and the State of New York giving us a refund, we just about broke even.

Saturday, April 14, 2007

I'm irritated right now. I'm finally situated in a coffee shop that makes the back room of Donkey look bright and sunshiney by comparison (i.e. I love this place!) only to find that I've left two of the projects I wanted to work on at home! But it's all good. I've got lots of other To Do lists to go through.

On the up side, I got two books from the library that I never thought I'd get outside of Amazon:

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I've been very wary about buying a new book sight unseen, not necessarily for monetary reasons but because my reading time is so limited. (Not to mention the fact that the Spring Booksale is around the corner. ) But, I've wanted these for awhile and now I get to try them for free. Ah, the joys of the local library.

Back to work...
8 Habits of Highly Ineffective Emailing

My biggest peeve is #3
Send an Email that’s Completely Unnecessary - These are probably my biggest pet peeve of all. Emails that consist of reciprocal greetings or acknowledgments that are just a waste of server space. For example, Ted emails me asking if I can send him the latest office phone list. I send it to him and 10 seconds later I get an email that contains nothing but “Thanks!”. While I understand he’s just being polite, that’s another message I have to read. (I know this may come off as somewhat prick-ish, but you wouldn’t believe the amount of email I get like this). Obviously, If Carl from Facilities donates the bone marrow that helps you beat that pesky cancer, a “thank you” is probably in order - in addition to some flowers or free yard work. Otherwise, just let me get back to work.
Though I confess that I've been guilty of #6:
Walking Over to the Recipient 10 Minutes After Sending the Message to Make Sure They Got It - I realize there are certain people who still don’t fully trust “technology” as a whole. They don’t like buying things online, they think every time Windows hiccups it’s because a hacker has taken over their computer and is now using their credit card to finance a trip to Tanzania. That’s all fine, but folks - I implore you - please have some faith in the email system at work. I realize that occasionally emails get lost, but that’s not reason to personally verify the delivery of each and every message you send.

And, on a separate but related note, coming over to ask if I got your email because it’s very important doesn’t work well, either. The beauty of email is that it’s asynchronous. You can send me a message and I’ll read it when I have time, not necessarily the moment you send it. Just let me do my thing and I’ll read your message the very next chance I get, cross my heart. Oh, and if it’s an actual emergency - please, by all means, run over to my desk - but feel free to skip the email.
(Once again, a post I've saved up for a few days, copied and pasted from a Google Reader/Notebook thing!)
Some of us laugh, but some of us know this hits a little close to home for some people.

John Rogers said it best about allegations of a double-standard between reactions to Imus and reactions to others who may have said similar things.
America loves a rebel.

America loves a bad boy.

But America hates a fucking bully.
(This post brought to you by Google Notebooks ;)--god, it's almost too easy now)

Thursday, April 12, 2007

This makes the fact that I haven't gotten around to reading SLAUGHTERHOUSE FIVE yet that much sadder.
Novelist Kurt Vonnegut Dies at 84
Thursday, Apr. 12, 2007 By AP/CRISTIAN SALAZAR

(NEW YORK) — Kurt Vonnegut, the satirical novelist who captured the absurdity of war and questioned the advances of science in darkly humorous works such as "Slaughterhouse-Five" and "Cat's Cradle," died Wednesday. He was 84.

Vonnegut, who often marveled that he had lived so long despite his lifelong smoking habit, had suffered brain injuries after a fall at his Manhattan home weeks ago, said his wife, photographer Jill Krementz.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

...where once again, the jocks stand to put one over on decent people geeks.
Doctor Who threatened by football

The next episode of hit sci-fi series Doctor Who will be shelved for a week if Saturday's FA Cup semi-final runs into extra time.

BBC One is showing Watford's clash with Manchester United before the drama, and says it will postpone the show to make way for any extra play or penalties.

A spokeswoman said the programme could not be broadcast after extra time as it would be "too late" for younger fans.

Monday, April 09, 2007

I read this article a few days ago and the possibilities astounded me.
Firefox OS: Why My Hard Drive & Software are Obsolete
Imagine not needing to sort through a damn hard drive (which in my case includes the 40GB on the laptop, 15GB on the backup laptop, my 250GB external drive, as well as 3 USB flash devices--4 if you count my old mp3 player that I use as a flash drive--to add another 3+ GB). Sure there are security and privacy issues, but as if I'm going to store my Money files on anyone's server.

It's still intriguing, though--the idea of storing text, word-processing and spreadsheet docs, photos, and video online. Google provides all sorts of gadgetry and widgetry for all of that. Hell, I'm composing this post on Google Notebook. I may not finish this post tonight, but maybe tomorrow at work on a borrowed terminal at lunch. And when I'm done, I'm going to cut and paste this right onto a Blogger post form. Once upon a time, I might have composed this on Notepad or with the Firefox ScrapBook extention, or whatever else would be available to me regardless of whether or not I was online.

That's not to say I'd do away with my OS and it's apps, even if it were completely feasible and secure. I wouldn't even go 100% with Google--I still like Backpack (although I'm more of an hPDA person, now). Plus, the article assumes that you're always going to have internet access, and that's just not true right now, at least not for me.

But I can envision a scenario where my laptop could blow up and between wi-fi, Google's apps, flash drives, and my backup laptop, I could be up and running again with only the inconvenience of not being completely 100% up-to-date.

Now, if only I could get those Borg implants...

Sunday, April 08, 2007

From a couple years ago, but still...Happy Easter!