Time for the holidays...

Now that the holiday season is upon us, time to break out the standard and not-so-standard tunes. And of course, still waiting for this logo to show up on Google:

The Airing of Grievances: "During the past year, you have disappointed me in the following ways..."


Democratic Party, Republican Party...Jedi Party?

Still upset about the election? A dose of humor for ya...spotted in Lynchburg, Virginia:


"Fear and Loathing in Las Veg"...er, Redmond.


Microsoft Corp. warned Asian governments on Thursday they could face patent lawsuits for using the Linux operating system instead of its Windows software.

Linux violates more than 228 patents, according to a recent report from a research group, Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer said at the company's Asian Government Leaders Forum in Singapore.

I bet Microsoft holds about 200 of said patents. Next up: Patent on the 'space bar' and royalties per use. Asses.

UPDATE: It's actually 283, but were quoted as "potentially to be used to support claims of infringement". Doesn't mean they would succeed. For example, SCO is eating crow now.


Technology gone too far....(sigh)

You thought e-mail and "smileys" were emotionally detached methods of communicating? This is a prime example of how bad it's getting. The ROBOTIC HUG. I'm not kidding:
"Now, robotics researchers at Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh have designed a soft, huggable pillow that uses sensing and wireless phone technology to provide a physical touch, and thus better social and emotional support, for distant family members."



Yeah, I couldn't help it. It being Halloween and all, you shouldn't be suprised at my costume. A certain someone at the party managed to snap a pic with her camera and send it to me...so, I took the liberty of a little Photoshop work for a new banner for the site. Took me a while to decide to post it...call it an exercise in humility.

How long it stays up there depends on how ridiculous I think I look. But hey...who ever did anything NORMAL on Halloween anyway? If you knew my friends, this is nothing compared to their oddities.

And yes, I know the prints from DT 7 are available now on Whelan's site. As the representative Dark Tower Junkie of my group of friends, it's my job. ;^> A damn pretty penny for them...ouch.


Map time...today's color=PURPLE.

Trying to avoid nightmares of Barney....if you're tired of the typical "red state vs. blue state" map pushed by the media (which makes it look like we're full of Republicans), here's a better representation of the recent election:

Lots of red, but not many people live there. Always nice to know that Asshat Bush was re-elected by the most remote, out-of-touch part of our population. Do they even HAVE television to watch the political ads? Ugh. Check out the whole article for a nice discussion on map granularity that says it all.


Kerry concedes...

Looks like barring a major upset, Ohio has a spread about the same size as the number of uncounted provisional ballots. Kerry would have to carry (ha, a joke!) almost all of them. He's called Bush to concede. Speech later today.

Back to 4 more years of the same. All you who voted for the 2 big parties....one day when Social Security falls apart and you're paying 70% federal tax for 500 different social programs while we fight 4 wars in the Middle East with our kids...you'll change your mind. For now...shut up and pay your massive taxes, bitches! ;^>


Fun in Florida...again?

Some optical machine in FL used for early voting has a memory card failure...13,000 votes to recount now.

Now, that's all fine and dandy, I expect the occasional hardware flaw. What if that had been one of the new Diebold e-voting machines we have here in MD? Yep, 13,000 votes down the drain.

UPDATE: Nope....Ohio's going to be the problem. Provisional ballots.


Time to decide the fate of the free world, people! I don't care why or who or how....just get your ass down to the polling places or shut up and pay your taxes for the next 4 years. ;^>

Here's to hoping someone carries both Ohio and Florida so I can go to bed EARLY this time!


Paging Mr. LaForge?

Real original design on the new retinal displays....paging Mr. LaForge? Please report to engineering:

What makes the VRD so unique is that there is no screen. The device literally paints a video image onto your eyeball with a laser beam. The picture is crisper and brighter than any competing heads-up display and doesn't guzzle power like postage-stamp LCD or LED screens.