23 June 2005

Gizmodo hates old rich women

I wish I got reader email half as crazy as this.

12 June 2005

Eat with your mouth closed!

There are few habits that are more disgusting than eating with your mouth open. I'm currently sitting at a great coffee house trying to enjoy the day and get some work done. Unfortunately my enjoyment is currently being ruined by a loudmouth directly in front of me that lacks basic public etiquette. This otherwise articulate and clearly educated woman has never learned to eat with her mouth closed or to not talk with her mouth full. What the hell is wrong with people?

10 June 2005

Anyone see a problem with this package tracking log?

Date Time Location Service Area Checkpoint Details
Jun 10, 2005 06:11:00 AM LAS VEGAS NV US Arrival Scan
Jun 10, 2005 05:55:00 AM LAS VEGAS NV US Arrival Scan
Jun 10, 2005 02:21:00 AM ONTARIO CA US Departure Scan
Jun 10, 2005 12:07:10 AM ONTARIO CA US Out for delivery
Jun 09, 2005 10:43:37 PM ONTARIO CA US Arrival Scan
Jun 09, 2005 10:24:00 PM ONTARIO CA US Arrival Scan
Jun 09, 2005 09:15:00 PM MATHER CA US Departure Scan
Jun 09, 2005 08:25:00 PM MATHER CA US Arrival Scan
Jun 09, 2005 08:25:00 PM MATHER CA US Arrival Scan
Jun 09, 2005 07:43:00 PM SPARKS NV US In transit
Jun 09, 2005 07:43:00 PM SPARKS NV US Departure Scan
Jun 09, 2005 06:51:39 PM US Carrier notified to pick up package
Jun 09, 2005 06:51:39 PM US Carrier notified to pick up package

Yep, my Father's Day present started in Nevada and had to go through California to get back to Nevada. Thanks Amazon!

Kim's Videos busted for bootlegs

According to a BoingBoing reader Kim's Videos in the East Village should be allowed to carry bootlegs as compensation for promoting lesser-known acts...

Kim's Videos, one of the few remaining landmark music stores of the East Village on St. Mark's Place, just got raided for bootlegs. That they have bootlegs is not news; anyone could see that they've had them for years. But they are also destination shopping for a whole lot of official product,...

Why should I feel anything but happy about this? I've heard all the rhetoric about how the MPAA is evil. The MPAA prosecutes obviously innocent people. The music industry doesn't pay artists a fair cut of the profits. I've heard it all and agree with pretty much every complaint against the MPAA and music studios. The only time I agree with these corporate monsters is when they target actual violators. Here's a question for everyone that thinks artists get screwed by the industry. How much does an artist earn from the sale of a bootleg? Nothing. Not a dime.

Obviously bootlegs are good. We should bootleg every artist we can and sell the bootlegs. That way artists won't get screwed by the MAN anymore. I love this logic. I want to break the law too. I want to fill my kitchen with stolen goods but I promise to tutor the homeless for free. Anyone that arrests me from now on is just a money-grubbing ogre with no sympathy for the homeless or fine kitchenware.

08 June 2005

Iraqi weapons in London

Dear idiot reporters,
The discovery of weapons and "spy gear" locked in a safe in the abandoned Iraqi Embassy in London is not news. It's not notable in any way. It's propaganda to point out how friendly and submissive is the new Iraq when compared with the old bad Saddam Iraq. You've been had. Every embassy has guns and spy stuff. This is normal.

06 June 2005

Rescue Me Returns

Stay home on June 21st and watch the return of Rescue Me.

05 June 2005

ASP.NET 2.0

Today I started learning the new ASP.NET pramming model in earnest. My first impressions are good overall. I like the simplified project file model that does not require every file in a website to be registered with the project file. In my group we've seen more than one crazy merge on project file changes. One of the things I totally utterly disagree with, however, is the "simplified code-behind model" using implictly defined control object references. How that encourages seperation of code from display is beyond me. The new simplified model requires the code-behind editor to know about every control defined in the ASPX page. That's idiotic and hardly improved seperation. In 1.1 I had to declare a private field reference to every server object I wanted to manipulate. The advatage to this is that I can write an manipulate control references that don't yet exist in the ASPX. That allowed the code-behind editor and the ASPX editor to develop in parallel. Now the code-behind editor has to wait for the ASPX editor to add a control. That's not faster or simpler. It's downright stupid and a great example of tight coupling, a.k.a., bad nasty programming.