Archive for May, 2007

31
May
07

M4 Accessories

At some point, one must concede that too much really is too much…

31
May
07

Annoy Your Friends

And piss off your entire family, while you’re at it. How? Join some “network marketing” scheme. Call it MLM, or network selling, it’s still some variation on a Ponzi or pyramid scheme. I don’t care if it’s Amway, Herbalife, Shaklee, or some new-fangled energy company. If it’s got to be sold with more pressure than a used car peddler can muster, if the product proponents are cult-like in their zeal for the stuff, if there is religious like recruitment going on… RUN AWAY. And better yet, stay away from me.

The whole premise of network marketing is that you get peons who are more stupid than you to work “under” you so that you can get a piece of everything that is “downstream”. Tiny problem… Somewhere along the line, some poor shmuck actually has to sell something. Yeah. And explain to me why it’s better for me to be totally inconvenienced and pay too much when I can just go get what I need from the store? Oh, your stuff is better. Right, sorry. Slip on the reality shoes and take a few steps around. You’ll realize that the only money making thing involved with these gigs is the sign up kits. Nobody stick with selling this stuff for more than a few minutes, so the only way the folks at the top make any money is through a constant influx of new suckers, er salespeople. Do the math. See how many people it actually takes to generate the claimed income at the rah-rah meetings.

31
May
07

Untrained Chillun

It would have undoubtedly been beautiful. Eight Tibetan monks had sat cross-legged on the floor of Union Station in Kansas City for two days “meticulously pouring the sand into an intricate design as an expression of their Buddhist faith”. Bu they don’t work non-stop. So they took a break for the evening. And then some snot-nosed little boy showed up, ignored the roped off area, and did a little tap dance on the sand. All this was caught on video. Including the boy’s mother who just grabbed the boy by the arm and walked away. No apology offered, no nothing. The monks just started over.

31
May
07

Dent In Spam

There’s a lot of spam out there. A good portion is in your email box. Try this on for size… As a result of the arrest of prolific spammer, Robert Alan Soloway, federal authorities said that computer users across the web could notice a decrease in the amount of junk mail.

30
May
07

Bacon, Bacon, Bacon

All hail bacon. It should be its own food group. And to prove your love of bacon, head on over to The Bacon Show. It’s a blof that promises one bacon recipe per day, every day, forever.

30
May
07

The TSA Chronicles

Everyone knows that there are things you should not do or say in fron of or near the fine folks at TSA. They take their airport gigs pretty seriously and you really do not want to miss your plane. So here’s another piece of good advice if you happen to be a hipper-than-thou film director: Speak English. Do not say “I’m here to shoot a pilot.” That’s what Mike Figgis did in front of security screeners at LAX. As a result, he spent around 5 hours with the fine folks of TSA in a bit of a Q & A…

29
May
07

Outstanding Words!

BOSTON, MA — The editors of the American Heritage® dictionaries have compiled a list of 100 words they recommend every high school graduate should know. “The words we suggest,” says senior editor Steven Kleinedler, “are not meant to be exhaustive but are a benchmark against which graduates and their parents can measure themselves. If you are able to use these words correctly, you are likely to have a superior command of the language.”

The following is the entire list of 100 words:

abjure

abrogate

abstemious

acumen

antebellum

auspicious

belie

bellicose

bowdlerize

chicanery

chromosome

churlish

circumlocution

circumnavigate

deciduous

deleterious

diffident

enervate

enfranchise

epiphany

equinox

euro

evanescent

expurgate

facetious

fatuous

feckless

fiduciary

filibuster

gamete

gauche

gerrymander

hegemony

hemoglobin

homogeneous

hubris

hypotenuse

impeach

incognito

incontrovertible

inculcate

infrastructure

interpolate

irony

jejune

kinetic

kowtow

laissez faire

lexicon

loquacious

lugubrious

metamorphosis

mitosis

moiety

nanotechnology

nihilism

nomenclature

nonsectarian

notarize

obsequious

oligarchy

omnipotent

orthography

oxidize

parabola

paradigm

parameter

pecuniary

photosynthesis

plagiarize

plasma

polymer

precipitous

quasar

quotidian

recapitulate

reciprocal

reparation

respiration

sanguine

soliloquy

subjugate

suffragist

supercilious

tautology

taxonomy

tectonic

tempestuous

thermodynamics

totalitarian

unctuous

usurp

vacuous

vehement

vortex

winnow

wrought

xenophobe

yeoman

ziggurat