No more! Google Gears is a browser plug-in that promises to make Google apps available offline. Right now its just Reader, downloading 2000 feeds for later; but soon the entire family will be able to pull the plug. Compose emails and send them when you go online, view your calendar offline without having to sync with outlook. The ramifications are... well honestly not good for Microsoft. Now web apps are just as reliable as desktop ones, except that they globally sync documents automatically. Yippie.
I can see this splitting the little not-quite-druggies in three directions:
1) Finding real recreational drugs to do
2) Canned air roulette, where you pick from a selection of identical cans and hope it doesn't smell like vomit.
and 3) Reverting to the more primitive, lactose rife, abuse of whippits.
Lets imagine for a second that President Brush is in charge of dividing up a cake at a party. Everyone watches as he cuts 6 pieces for 12 people, gives one to Chaney and then puts 2 on the floor for Barney. Would you rather he did this because he was trying to screw people out of cake and is obviously an asshole, or because he is an actual, legal, moron?
I'm not saying that's exactly what's going on in Iraq, its obviously more complicated. But those are just about the only two reasons I can think of to explain his stubbornness. This Slate article does a nice job summarizing the "What the fuck are you talking about" crowd's reactions when Bush says things on TV. Things like:
"Al-Qaida is going to fight us wherever we are"What? That last one is new to me. Hasn't the middle east been a hotbed of violence since like the beginning of religion?
"If we were to fail, they'd come and get us."
"Al-Qaida will be emboldened"
"The Middle East looked nice and cozy for a while."
Look, if you can find a hole on the boy that you want to put your lips on, be my guest.
Got this one from Dee's RSS feed (yeah, I talked him into it)
Its a Swedish invention to aid in removing whatever liquid -or near liquid- may be in or coming out of your child at a rate no sufficient to satisfy a parent. That's right folks, line up to get your snot straws. Just the thought of sucking some phlegm into my soft palate is enough to make me want to ralph.
You know how Google started connecting you to businesses via Google Maps a while ago with Click To Call? And you also probably know about Google SMS, where you get specific search results by sending SMSes to GOOGLE. Well mash those two up and throw in a dash of voice recognition and you've got GVLS. Its not a very catchy name, but very descriptive.
Check it out, pretty cool if not completely functional.
- The handbrake is equipped with ABS
- There are 10 radiators, the tenth to cool the hydraulic oil used to raise the spoiler.
- The car rides at 5" in normal mode, at 130 mph it switches to handling mode which raises the spoiler and lowers the suspension 2 inches.
- There's also a top-speed mode, activated by a key in the door, which drops the car to 2.5" and is deactivated if you tap the brake or turn the wheel.
- The car runs for 12 minutes at top speed (253mph) before running out of gas. That's a 50.6 mile range.
- The car will stop from full gait in under 10 seconds.
- 0-60 in 2.64 s
- 0-100 in 6 s
- 0-150 in 11 s
- 0-200 in 22 s
Well now even the government is apparently for sale; and not just the traditional back-room-lobbyist-for-sale we're used to. 20th century Fox has commissioned a special edition US quarter that is legal tender. It has the Silver Surfer on the back and lists the Fantastic Four movie website. You read that right, advertising on our money. How perverse is that?
I like the Silver Surfer and everything, but this gives me the jibblies. How long before I see the Exxon-Mobile Presidential motorcade or the Mountain Dew Supreme Court?
Moral of the story: if you're scamming off my unsecured WiFi network, watch the fuck out; I'm callin the cops when I catch you.
Now, I'm not saying that 13 squirrel deaths is on par with the black death, I just always assumed that the plague was something we didn't really have to worry about. You know, ever since we stopped eating rats and flinging shit in the street.
BBC NEWS | Americas | Plague kills monkey at Denver Zoo
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Diet Coke is still putrid. The peanuts are long gone, the open can has been sitting on my desk for about 3 hours now, and I'm about half way done with it. I really don't know why people subject themselves to this kind of abuse. (the vending machine stocks twice as much diet as regular) I would much rather just drink water than force this swill down. Ugh. Well, mark it down, May 17th 2007 I tried Diet Coke. Don't need to do that again for a while. Maybe I'll schedule a tentative re-taste for late 2010.
Also: Did honey roasted peanuts used to have a lot more sugar all over them or is it just me?
Well the AC Measurement Committee released a decision earlier in May in response to several clarification requests posed by an unknown team. They're mostly about ACC rule 17 which restricts movement and distortion of submerged appendages.
Mostly what this means is that a team thinks they've got a way to get a little more righting moment through a tack by canting the keel to leeward (diagrams) prior to the tack gaining power and acceleration from the righting moment through and post tack and then returning the keel back to centerline.
I feel like they're trying to figure out how to roll-tack a 70 foot boat with a 20 ton bulb ballast.
But that's not what I want to talk about. This article discusses Americans who have backed themselves into a lifestyle where driving isn't optional. A 55 minute commute is shameful, and an SUV makes it painful, but even 4 bucks a gallon isn't enough to uproot an entrenched yuppy. The commentary points out that American drivers just pay what they have to, and cut costs in other areas of the budget. Walmart, for instance, is one place where we could consume less if we needed to. And their earnings report shows that's exactly what is happening.
I do like that news, but the connection made me wonder, if Walmart started selling gas as a loss leader, would I hop on board? I haven't even been to a Walmart in years and years, mostly because they're killing America with homogeneity and cheap crap. But I also hate gas companies and anything that makes them sweat a little seems like a good thing. So obviously I'm torn. At what point would I be unable to resist the call of Wal-gas? 20 cents cheaper? 30 cents? Luckily I don't think any plans are in the works for this, so its just an exercise in hate prioritization and Walmart can stay on the "dead to me" list.
I know this sounds lot like my "baby's thoughts" Machine Learning brainwave analyzer. But this would be an implant measuring relative pressure, rather than a non-invasive analysis of you tater's nuro-electrical feedback.
And by the way, under my current understanding of copyright law, this documents these ideas as my intellectual property. So back off. I guess that's just one more reason for the decline in posted mail and the subsequent rise in rates.
Stanley, did you get a 21 ton weight dropped on you by that damn coyote while you were trekking across the desert? No, I guess not. That's just a Passat instead of a Toureg because the Stanford team doesn't need much ground clearance for this Challenge. Its more Urban in nature. Something about naming your entrants to give them a little anthropomorphic sympathy and then calling the next machine by the same name strikes me as a little off. I mean, they couldn't have just build another robot, called him johnny 5 and treated him like a family member.
Take for example the glove design that took home 200 Gees.
In more important news, I didn't receive a single email about this. Awesome.
Although that's apparently harder for some moms than others, as evidenced by this product. Milkscreen is a litmus test for alcohol in breast milk. So you can throw back a couple shots and little Cleatus won't feel the effects in his breakfast nip. Alright, fine. But I can't help wondering if breastfeeding is actually better than just formula for a kiddo with a sauce monster mommy.
But I digress, Chevy is renting a crap-load of Camrys to put in their show-rooms so customers can kick tires and compare the two without having to leave the dealer. They never want you to leave the dealer. Its hard to tell if the gambit will work out, cause people might not agree that the Malibu is better, and they still have to convince shoppers to stop at a Chevy dealer to begin with. But at least they're rolling the dice.
Bottom line this means for car buyers: there are going to be a bunch of used Camrys hitting the market in 18 months that have almost no miles on them. But the seats will be blown out and the surfaces will have disgusting people grease all over them.
I can just imagine the group sitting around whatever shit-hole hideout they could find brainstorming 'hooks' they could use to help identify their gang. One member pipes up "We could steal their underwear" just as a joke cause they're running out of steam. They all chuckle for a little and it dies down. Someone else quietly says "I like underwear" Another, gazing off into the distance, barely audible "yeah..." And so the Underwear Bandits are born.
So the Electronic Communications Privacy Act is Unconstitutional and Verizon is a wonderful company that fights for the American way of life that 'the man' is always trying to stifle. And if you believe that I've got a bridge to sell you. Anyone? No takers?
This is particularly ridiculous because their first defense of "just following orders" got shot down by a judge. Sure, it wasn't a good excuse, but it makes the subsequent claim of "oh, it was completely our volition and we were just expressing ourselves" sound particularly weak.
I know, it looks like we're close to nailing some bass-holes to the wall, but the Brush administration is working on pushing through a chunk of legislation that would grant immunity to the poor, picked-upon telcos. Seems kinda shady; Verizon did a favor and gets a little in return.
- Techdirt: Verizon Says It Has A First Amendment Right To Illegally Give Your Call Records To The Government
Sounds rough, right? Especially when you realize that these are terrible, terrible watches that no one would possibly mistake for a Rolex, and the fine is being levied because they "infringe" on the Rolex Trademark. Secondly, why is the US government assessing this fine at the border, rather than letting Rolex take up the cause if they deem it worthwhile? And third, why the hell is a consumer being fined for trademark infringement? Shouldn't it be the manufacturer of vendor that pays the price. Trademarks are meant to protect consumers from being tricked into believing an imitation product is authentic, not to confer ownership of the mark. This guy wasn't selling the watches, so there is no consumer to "protect" except maybe the victim of this ridiculousness.
"What happened, Daddy?" AJ asked, "I burned the sausage," I said.
He looked at me, wheels turning, assessing the situation. Finally, he went for it and said in his finest Donald Trump, "You're fired!"
Cracked me up.
"You're fired! Hahaha," with that fake laugh of his. "You're fired, Daddy! Fired!"
"Aaron Julius," I said in that well-practiced Authority Voice that dims his eyelids. "What did Daddy tell you about 'funny?'"
Bottom lip out. Words an elusive monotone. "It's only funny the first time."
This seems like an excellent rule, but I'm not really sure when its best imparted. Cause babies definitely do not agree, a funny thing is funny each and every time it happens. Maybe that's why they need to be told about adult humor, rather than just letting them make terrible jokes until they stumble upon the tenet after a long and painful stint in high school.
I have a new car. As a result I've been sensitive, maybe overly so, to all bumps and potholes that I hit as I drive. The stiffer suspension also doesn't help out much. So as I saw you handiwork coming up at 80 miles an hour I was bracing for a shock.
I'm pleased to say that your patch was flawless. Sure it looked like a big metal plate thrown in the road, but I honestly think that driving over your work was smoother than the highway itself. So good job road crew on Rt 50. Maybe you could tell the guys on Rt 29 what's up one of these days. They seem to think leaving 3 inch pipes and manholes sticking out of the blacktop are acceptable. If you know the guys I'm talking about, please let them know this is not the case.
Thank you and keep it up
~ Rt 50 Driver
Nonsense segways aside, they've decided to break up the "early adopter" tag (since technically a third of people are now, and we can't all be early adopters) into several sub groups. A quarter of the third are now called "Lackluster Veterans," which I can only assume refers to the number of times I've been burned getting hopeful about some swanky new product. Although to be fair, it is not I that is lackluster, its your crappy products that fail to impress.
I recently realized I'm in this group because I do read about new stuff, but I have absolutely no plans to get any of it and I'm often underwhelmed. Why just this morning a friend asked me about the iPhone (somehow people assume I'll be getting one) :
In your expert technical opinion, would you switch to ATT (Cingular) because of the iPhone? Looks so appealing. Bluetooth. iTunes. Bluetooth. But I am a Verzion Wireless customer with 4 lines on a family plan. Contract aside… Thoughts?
no, i would not. I would not pay for an iphone if they had it on verizon.
But is that because of iPhone or Verizon? Like what are 1-3 reasons why? I mean, I think I'd rather just have a phone and then an iPod with Bluetooth. But… yeah. Looks so pretty.
Uh, I've been down on gadgets lately. Especially gadgets they tell me will change my life. They're not going to magically fill some void I never thought possible (unless maybe I go live in the desert for 6 years and come back amazed at the advancements they've made.) I mean, look at the "innovations" they've got lined up: live streaming video (what's the point? video was novel, but now they're all doing it cause they can, not cause they should) stupid rings for everything imaginable (i've just gotten rid of all my rings for individual people cause I never know what it sounds like and don't know its me ringing.)I can't run itunes all the time on my computer cause it sucks up too many resources. I don't buy from itunes music store cause I'm not willing to pay more for no DRM. I've been leaving my ipod in my car lately, so i don't carry it around anyway. And I've been listening to CDs in my car that i haven't heard for a while. I don't use my bluetooth headphones anymore cause I just don't care enough. I've also slowed down buying music on emusic, which is trouble cause I get 40 songs a month regardless.
I've also realized that phones seem cool when you get them and then always seem played out in a year or so cause they keep one-upping the current model, just wait till apple gets on that train, they freaking laid the track in that ploy. If i cared about the phone i had I'd look into something like helio. But when it comes down to it they're all too expensive. 250 bucks for a phone (more for an iphone, right?) and then a hundred bucks a month is unreasonable for my needs. 30 second - 2 minute conversations, occasional text messages and moderate Internet usage.
*Sigh* Such an old man. What happened to the young, innocent, uncynical me that got excited about mini-discs and rios and chocolate chip pancakes wrapped around sausage on a stick?
So by all means, lets make federal funding benchmark dependent. Hell, lets run it like the old no child left behind program, where if a war doesn't pass basic democracy progress tests, it gets funding yanked and left out in the cold. Then parents of soldiers could choose to send their children to a different war that they think is better. Hmmm, maybe that legitimizes a terrible idea, no not war, the no child left behind act.
Honestly, lets run the country like a company. We're bleeding money, sorry, more like hemorrhaging, because of terrible decisions of the CEO. Don't you think that after eight years of mismanagement the stockholders might want the board to can that chump? I don't care if we are in the middle of a product release, or a federal investigation, someone who makes decisions based on gut feelings that prove wrong time and time again (even if he is the decider, or the commander guy) has got to go. He doesn't own the company, we just hired him to manage it for a while. And He's doing a terrible job.
Alright, I know what you're going to say. Recent investigations cast doubt on the T-Rex's predatory status. Its large olfactory and legs combined with small arms and eyes may point towards a scavenger role. But one thing is for sure, that son of a bitch ate meat.
That said I don't know if this is a good idea. My very best common sense screams no, but I've never been one to shy away from odd food combinations. So what the hell, if I find myself in Mississippi I'll probably try a Kool-aid Pickle.
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and change the form email so that I'm not bludgeoned with Verizon marketing every time you send me something. Amazing!
And if that doesn't work we should go break a window in some Verizon executive's corner office cause that's ridiculous.
Oh man, the next time I can't think of what to get someone, I'm going to get them nothing. I mean, sure, I've gotten people nothing before, but I didn't wrap it and give it to them. What better way to say "I resent having to think of something to give you." Of course TreeHugger does have a point about pointless packaging, except that in this case the packaging is the product. This is about the only think I can think of that I actually hope people will re-gift.
Some kinds of girl ducks are so hott and are such teases that the boy ducks just can't help themselves. I'm not going to go into the mechanics of how duck rape might go down, but apparently that's pretty much what happens when an inferior male thinks it'd be nice to have some shodies that look like him. So to combat this females have developed intricate love canals with twists and dead ends to prevent the full monty. Tricky, but not tricky enough, because the guys just developed corkscrew duck johnsons to get the job done. Its kinda like a duck nookie arms race. I'll let you click through for the pictures if you're really into it. Eww.
Do you SEE how much cooler Europeans are than Americans? Imagine this happened at any school in the US and think of the onslaught from countless groups that take heinous and irreparable offense.
- Students' stage strip for teachers |Metro.co.uk (NSFYourMom)
The police found nothing illegal in the student's bedroom, but confiscated five decorative swords in the search. Sword ownership rights have been under heavy fire since they were determined to be the leading cause of death during the Siege of Acre in the third crusade.
Basically knee jerk reactions cause people are scared of everything these days. Maybe this is just our way of sticking it to middle-east extremist terrorist groups. You can't frighten us cause we're already more scared of ourselves than we'll ever be of you. Or maybe we're slipping back into those good old days of witch-huntery where you'd better accuse someone else of not following the crowd blindly before they decide to dunk you underwater first.
you often find confident people who are immune to e-mail addiction. They just don't understand what the fuss is about. They check e-mail when they need to; they turn it off when they've got stuff to do. It's a tool that serves them.
I don't get what the fuss is about. I check my email and empty my inbox of items that are no longer pending. When I have access to it I deal with it. I don't feel the sky pressing down on me when I'm cut off from email for a few days, and I never check my work email out of the office. I can. But I don't. I have separate accounts for work, personal, even for business-personal, and of course blog.
So if you can "often" find people like me who use email as a primary communication tool, yet know how to use it and - more importantly- how to not use it, why is anyone railing against email? (besides an opportunity to cash in)
Many people who are addicted to e-mail are more correctly described as addicted to work.
There we go. The problem isn't the technology, its the people who don't have enough sense to use it in a manner that's effective. Seems to me that calling it an email addiction is just a way to avoid telling people they suck at life.
Sent to you by Jeremy via Google Reader:
The Email link at the bottom of each item now pops up an inline email form that lets you address your message with the same autocomplete available for your Gmail contacts, add a note, and send the item in its entirety, images and all. Google Reader's shared items are intended to be the way you share items with Google Reader for the feed reader-savvy crowd, but I don't know of that many people who've ever done that. Email, on the other hand - god yes. Just give me a quick keyboard shortcut and I'm in love! Adam Pash
Things you can do from here:
"The budding romance between Jen and Tom is really the foundation of the show," said director Howard Gatson, who has made their connection "more believable" by casting more traditionally attractive actors in the roles. "People are going to tune in every week to see if Jen will ever leave her fiancé to be with Tom. And they'll be so relieved when she finally does in episode three."
Dwayne will play a more stern, grizzled Iraq war veteran that will lend more credibility to his authority. CBS is also making various format changes to suit their viewers, mostly making the show less confusing.
The faux-documentary format has been dropped in favor of a traditional three-camera setup, and a laugh track has been added to fill in any painful, awkward pauses in dialogue that might slow down the show.
Removing disorienting camera angles and telling viewers when to laugh should go a long way in enticing typical CBS audiences to stick around. Of course there are critics that say thowing the same concept with different actors won't automatically produce a hit show, but CBS remains optimistic and is venturing forward with near reckless abandon.
They have already commissioned two 12-episode seasons of the reworked sitcom, tentatively titled The Office, and slotted the show for their most competitive time slot, Thursdays at 8:30 p.m.
Is there room in this town for two event planning/invitation web service (this town being you know, the whole world)? Evite owners Ticketmaster seem to think there's not.Whoa! Hold it right there. I knew there was a reason I hated Evite so much. They're owned by Ticketmaster? I swear, I have a sixth sense for douche-bag parent companies.
So there's a big hike in the works for Internet radio royalties. Almost a 3x hike, that will surely drive a lot of stations off the air. Some have proposed a solution of just not playing any RIAA music and settling the royalty fees with independent labels at a reasonable rate. Seems reasonable, two parties doing business, providing services and products in exchange for payment. Unfortunately it won't work because the RIAA created royalties collection agency, SoundExchange, somehow swindled a compulsory license out of the Copyright Office over all recorded music. That means that they are entitled to collect royalties on all music played on Internet radio and the artists or labels they "represent" can pay to join the association to collect their cut. What this means is that an entity that does not own the rights to property is collecting fees for performances, even if the owner doesn't want to, and then takes a cut before passing it on to its owner. What if the artist never comes looking for their royalties? Well, SoundExchange is entitled to all unclaimed fees. Wow. How the hell did this happen? We're going to have to change the expression to "Death, Taxes and the RIAA"
The RIAA tells people that simply listening to music without paying for it is a terrible crime that people should be punished for. Yet... the RIAA getting money for non-RIAA music and not paying the deserving artists that money is perfectly legal? Damn, the RIAA lobbyists are good.
Lawmakers: We don't need music middle men any more. Distribution, marketing and compensation aren't insurmountable hurdles to the everyman. In fact it is becoming more and more evident that the RIAA exists only because of the laws channeling money into it, which it uses to lobby for laws that will force more income. This is good for the RIAA, but not for the Musicians and Consumers; the hosts to the RIAA parasite.
Single people have too many choices and are constantly search for something better. The article discusses the effects of speed-dating and online matchups, but the real tidbit is for the short guys in the crowd. If you're 5' 8" and make $146,000 more than a 6' competitor, ladies won't know you're not as tall. Or they just won't care you're shorter. 5'2" guys, you need $277,000 more; sorry. And of course men don't care what women do- "Oh, you work in a slaughterhouse? That's great, what time do you get off work?"
collateral damage'. The Pentagon isn't admitting anything, but you can see the proposal from the Naval Surface Warfare Center . Wait, isn't this idea from RoboCop 2?