31 December 2007

The 50 Most Loathsome People in America

Aside from the obvious #1, #32 seems harsh; it's hardly their fault if the #9's of the world can't think for themselves. The 50 Most Loathsome People in America

Provenance: Blogometer > Mr. Gloomy Pants > Suspect Device (or invert it, I'm too lazy.)

30 December 2007

Wordpress Automatic Upgrade plugin

Greatest. Plugin. Ever. All you WordPress users should go grab the Wordpress Automatic Upgrade plugin. Upgrade your WP site in less than 5 minutes.

24 December 2007

Happy Christmas

Happy Christmas all.

19 December 2007

The Jokes Write Themselves Dept.

The American Cornhole Association. For real, but not what you think (you dirty, filthy minded person you). When you're done getting your gear, head over the Cornhole Party.

18 December 2007

Popcorn makers removing chemical

Back in May, a Washington Post article detailed the effects of diacetyl of workers at popcorn factories. Known to some as "popcorn lung", the chemical causes a rare but fatal lung disease, which only a transplant could cure.

Now four major popcorn manufacturers (the Orville Redenbacher, Act II, Pop Secret and Jolly Time brands) have agreed to remove the chemical. The only question that remains is what is being done to help those already affected. The linked article says that over 500 lawsuits are pending, and that many settlements have happened confidentially, but the House has also passed a bill to limit damages. Sounds like a few corporations want to have their cake and eat it, too.

Popcorn makers removing chemical

Done with Digg

Today marked the end of my regular use of digg as I unsubscribed from their RSS feed. Between election spam, recycled links from dozens of sites I already read, or whatever insipid Top 10 list got spammed to the front page by people gaming the system, digg has become a torrent or useless information. Their RSS feed kicks out hundreds of posts every day; missing one or two days with Google Reader results in a level of flotsam management that makes my inbox look downright tidy.

I'd ditched the diggnation podcast a while ago, mostly because I never got around to actually watching the thing. I haven't missed it at all and I doubt I'll miss digg much either. Since signing up in mid-2005, I was an avid user of digg; I didn't submit many stories (2, actually) mostly because I was reading such interesting stuff that other people put up. But, with digg's more recent turns towards becoming a full-on social site (leaving "news" behind), it's become a bastion for the worst of the web; spammers, trolls, and SEO "consultants".

So, I'm done with digg. Any suggestions (and don't say reddit) for other, early-days-digg sites?

YouTube - World of Warcraft Commercial - Verne Troyer

You've seen the Mr. T ad, you've seen William Shatner; now, it's  Verne Troyer.

13 December 2007

Dead Xbox

After little less than a year, our Xbox 360 has succumbed to the 3 red rings of death. After speaking with "Adrian" in multi-click phone transfer land, we receive an incredibly well-designed (and, I'm assuming, oft-used) shipping box system to send back the unit. At Christmas. Via UPS. Yeah, not expecting to see any gaming for a while.

12 December 2007

You Don't Say

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For the love of... seriously? No wonder I can't understand the email I receive.

11 December 2007

Google Street View for Detroit

Google's Street View, famous for the tempest in a tea cup of daring to show photos of idiots you could see by driving the street yourself,  has launched for, among others cities, Detroit. And the race is on to find a crime in progress on the streets of Detroit via Google Street View. (Just to get started: Comerica Park, Joe Louis Arena, Tiger's Stadium, Detroit Opera House)

Street View Images for Dallas, Detroit and Other 6 Cities

05 December 2007

Bloody Hell - Dell's $4500 World of Warcraft Laptop

You just don't need this much computer to play WoW.  Now, for Crysis....
XPS M1730 World of Warcraft®  Edition

  • 17" HD widescreen notebook complete with World of Warcraft backpack

  • Illuminated speaker grills and faction specific Honor Badges

  • Back-lit keyboard stays awake as long as you can

  • Track your stats with the world's first built-in notebook Logitech®  GamePanelTM  LCD

  • Enhanced graphics with NVIDIA®  SLITM  technology and AGEIA PhysXTM  Mobile TechnologyTM

  • Pre-loaded with World of Warcraft, World of Warcraft: Burning Crusade and all major game patches

  • Golden Ticket for a custom FigurePrintTM  of your actual in-game World of Warcraft character with your actual armor and weapons

  • World of Warcraft Beta Club Key Card with a key to future World of Warcraft beta tests

  • World of Warcraft and The Burning Crusade Collector's Edition Account Upgrade Certificates

  • Exclusive desktop background artwork and screensavers

  • Additional loot like a behind the scenes DVD, soundtrack, Warcraft novels, strategy guides, trading cards, etc



Aside from the PhysX technology, it's sporting Duel Core 2.2 Ghz chip, Vista Ultimate, 2 GB of RAM (that's it?), and 160GB hard drive. No Blu-Ray or HD-DVD (for the HD screen). Luckily, if you buy this laptop, Blizzard already owns your soul so Dell can't ask you for that.

Slashdot | Dell's World of Warcraft Laptop

03 December 2007

When Chickens are Outlawed...

"Chickens lay eggs," Kunselman said. "I want fresh eggs. It's just a simple ordinance change."

"I want to have fresh milk," Rapundalo said. "Let's change the ordinance to allow cows or goats."

Yes, because the equivalent of an easily confined, flightless mammal is a medium to giant-sized, free-roaming one. Is this seriously the slippery slope that Ann Arbor City Council fears? Chickens are a starter animal for larger, more insidious animals? Warning, Councilman Rapundalo, many people in Ann Arbor legally own dogs; this, to me, implies it's legal to own an armored polar bear. Looks like ryan doesn't have to worry about parking downtown anymore.

Mich. councilman pushes chicken law