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Heh

How to Identify a Crazy Person

1) Locate a sufficiently large body of people from which to pull a sampling. Something on the order of, oh, say a City Council.
2) Observe this group. Note any strange behavior that stands out from the larger group.
3) Pay particular attention for irrational conclusions or outbursts.
4) If one of the group stands out from the rest through either of the tests above, you've found your crazy person.

Today's experiment involves the Detroit City Council. The City faces an incredible financial burden and deficit, one which has the potential to put them into receivership. Lightening this load would seem to be a priority. So when the Zoological Society offered to take over almost every dime of funding needed to keep the zoo open, seems like a, well, I'll go with Detroitblog and call it a "no-brainer".

Ah ah ah! Not so fast there my logical reader. Things are not that simple. Exhibit A is City Councilwoman Barbara-Rose Collins. See, the Zoological Society's plan isn't …

New Python!

PBS announced today that six new Monty Python specials are in production for broadcast on PBS in 2006. Each of the exclusive to PBS six one-hour programs will focus on one member of the original Monty Python troupe - Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam, Michael Palin and Terry Jones - and showcase favorite clips from the group's television series and movies, mixed with new footage. The five living Pythons - Cleese, Idle, Gilliam, Palin and Jones - will each produce and write their own episode, with the five collaborating on a sixth special to honor deceased member Chapman.

Sweeet.

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RIAA says ripping your own CD isn't (is not) fair use

I'm not one for more laws (are you paying attention Mr. President?), but perhaps we could get some legislation that puts these moronic, withering, old-world industry lawyers in their place. Via Boing Boing, we get news that the EFF has unearthed some interesting wording in the RIAA latest filing. Basically, when they said (in MGM v Grokster) that ripping a CD and transferring that to your iPod was fair use, they didn't really mean that. Lovely.. now we have to fight for rights we already have.

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Idiots

No Costco in (or near) Ann Arbor. Damn NIMBY's; wait, no, there's no one in that area. Congrats, Ann Arbor, your incongruent thought patterns are spreading.

Notes to friends on the West side: 1) I need a new job (call me) and 2) ARG!

Huh, who knew?

With the Olympics *yaaaawn* going on, it seemed fitting that today's Ask Yahoo question was "Who was the 'agony of defeat' guy?" Remember him, the poor dude who fell just as he was leaving the ski jump ramp? Apparently, so did lots of other people.

Check out the answer to the question.

Game Discs Days Are Numbered

"Let's be fair. Whether it's five, 10, 15, 20 years from now, the concept of driving to the store to buy a plastic disc with data on it and driving back and popping it in the drive will be ridiculous," Moore said. "We'll tell our grandchildren that and they'll laugh at us." - Microsoft VP Peter Moore

Some people already knew that, Pete. Why is it news? And why, when some VP of the Week at Microsoft says stuff like this, does the hugely popular game company doing it not even get mentioned in the article?

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(Sidenote: This post brought to you from Opera; if someone can tell me how to change the coloring on Bloglines, I'd consider switching.)

Stupid Business Tricks - H&R Block

All my tax documents are in and I'm ready to get filing. Gotta get the software, right? So, after the craptastic DRM that TurboTax decided to put in their software a while back, I've been a customer of H&R Block. Decent reputation, solid software. I head over to the site, find the federal and state option I need, add it to my cart and prepare to check out.

But, what's this in my shopping cart?

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Product: Extended Download Protection. Right. What exactly is Extended Download Protection?

Extended Download Protection ensures you have a back-up copy of your TaxCut software purchase in the case of a system failure

That sounds like a nice feature. How do they do that, send you the discs?

With Extended Download Protection, you may re-download your TaxCut software up to two years after the date of purchase.

Whaaaaa? So, I'm paying $4.99 for storing a sub-100 MB file in (I'm assuming) the same place it is now, on the off chance I'll need it two years from…

Ah, West Michigan

From the ever entertaining Sploid comes the woeful tale of East Grand Rapids kids gone bad. Or normal, depending on your perspective.

Sploid: 'Our kids drink? Do something!'

A hilariously appropraite title considering East GR is full of a) rich people, b) drugs, and c) rich people who do drugs. I can't tell you the number of East GR kids that hang out at the club du jour doing coke, speed, meth, or weed. You know, kind of like everyone else in the world.

The fact that the uppity parents in this enclave are so clueless as to think that giving their kids hundreds of dollars a week in "allowance" would automatically teach those kids responsbile ways to spend that money is so American, it hardly deserves mentioning. Yet, here we are, reading about it in many papers across the state. Why, I'm surprised these kids even have time to drink, what with all the committments to charity work and family time.

Kudos to the parents for outing their kids to the school, though. No…

Apparently We DO Need a Law

Following up on this post, wherein I went off on the twit who's tit was the subject of much consternation in Ann Arbor. The City Council saw fit to pass an ordinance to address this pressing issue. What was left out in the first report was that Ms. Fuks decided to breast-feed her spawn in the pool of the YMCA. Pardon my French but are you les phucking kidding me? Never mind the obvious "typical Ann Arbor" tack I could take on this, but who the hell thinks it's even reasonable to do that in a public pool?

Pardon me while my incredulities spike.

Ignore the social faux pas, ignore the distractions to everyone else. Have you ever been in a public pool? Near one? Seen one? This is not an aquarian environment in which you want to immerse yourself and then shove an exposed body part into the mouth of a immuno-poor organism. Did I miss the meeting where public pools suddenly became pristine bodies of water like Lake Vostok? And aren't there tons of other people and childre…

Your Daily Dose of Crazy

To get to work, J-- and I have to park in a lot a little bit away from our buildings; not a bad walk for working at the U. To get to our buildings, we shoot down the parking lot and take the sidewalk (I know, stellar blogging, but hang on).

The sidewalks are, well, crappy. Not that the cement is jutting out all over the place, they just happen to run in front of student housing, a business that doens't open until 8ish, and parking lots maintained by workers who don't get to that part of town until well after 8. Generally, when you come into work, thye're icy and snowy, but passable. Today was your standard day after snowstorm sidewalks.

So, as we gingerly made our way across the parking lot, a woman, in full It's-20-Outside-In-Michigan gear walking in front of us slipped and fell down. Not fell like both feet went over her head and she broke the fall with her neck fell, but slipped and kind of collapsed to the ground, bent up in a full-length padded parka, boy wasn't…

The problem with religion is that people believe it

From the Boston Globe, a paper that went up a tick in my book today.

HINDUS CONSIDER it sacrilegious to eat meat from cows, so when a Danish supermarket ran a sale on beef and veal last fall, Hindus everywhere reacted with outrage. India recalled its ambassador to Copenhagen, and Danish flags were burned in Calcutta, Bombay, and Delhi. A Hindu mob in Sri Lanka severely beat two employees of a Danish-owned firm, and demonstrators in Nepal chanted: ''War on Denmark! Death to Denmark!"In many places, shops selling Dansk china or Lego toys were attacked by rioters, and two Danish embassies were firebombed.
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It didn't happen, of course. Hindus may consider it odious to use cows as food, but they do not resort to boycotts, threats, and violence when non-Hindus eat hamburger or steak. They do not demand that everyone abide by the strictures of Hinduism and avoid words and deeds that Hindus might find upsetting. The same is true of Christians, Jews, Buddhists, Mormo…

Things Overheard During the Superbowl

For context, we live near Detroit.

I'd forgotten what a real football game looked like
I'm having a hard time reversing (as in watch the commercials, not the game).
Poor Mike Holmgren (Seattle coach)
Poor Paul Allen (owner, Seattle; co-founder Microsoft)
F**kin dog! You would have been in less trouble drinking the last Coke.
*sniff* Damn commercials