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Today Started A New Gig

Today Started A New Gig

Today I start­ed a new con­sult­ing gig train­ing in Quark. It’s a lot of fun. It’s al­so prof­itable, but the fun is the main draw for me. The gig should last about two weeks. For more on Quark, see these very ac­tive dis­cus­sions on…
Job Posting:  Kissing Ass

Job Posting: Kissing Ass

I found the be­low in a pub­licly post­ed job open­ing. Its good to know ex­act­ly what you want in an employee.“If you have ex­pe­ri­ence in the print­ing, copy­ing and/or kiss­ing ass/Graphic Arts fields please join our ranks. ”…
The Cutthroat (and Sophomoric) Literary World

The Cutthroat (and Sophomoric) Literary World

A glitch this week in Amazon.com’s site soft­ware re­vealed the re­al names of thou­sands of peo­ple who had post­ed anony­mous re­views of books… And it re­vealed a whole new world of cut­throat, pet­ty, and of­ten ju­ve­nile be­hav­ior among pub­lished au­thors and…
Response to “The Gay Marriage Thing”

Response to “The Gay Marriage Thing”

“Pagans (from what I am told) don’t get mar­ried, they get hand fast­ed. Is hand fast­ing even valid ac­cord­ing to the state/courts?” No, it’s not le­gal in and of it­self. Couples who be­come hand-fasted must ei­ther use a priest­ess li­censed…
Must Read:  World of Ends

Must Read: World of Ends

I don’t say “must read” very of­ten in any context–much less to the di­verse read­er­ship of my blog. This time, how­ev­er, I say it. You must read the be­low web page. World of Ends: What the Internet Is and How to Stop…
Free Blog Makeover Contest – Act Now!

Free Blog Makeover Contest – Act Now!

Win a free, professionally designed makeover of your blog--no strings attached! Write me an essay telling me about your current blog, the blog of your dreams, and why yours should be the blog that wins a free makeover.
From the Pointlessly Extravagant File, #32

From the Pointlessly Extravagant File, #32

Oh. My. God. What a shamelessly pointless extravagance. Moreover, what a naked ploy for men’s money.Photo by eWeekMy Love Affair with Acer’s Ferrari Notebook“Every other notebook I have ever had pales in comparison to my new…
Carlie Brucia’s Body Found

Carlie Brucia’s Body Found

CNN​.com – Carlie Brucia’s body found; mur­der charges filed – Feb. 6, 2004 God damn it! I wish they had found her alive. Eleven years old… We have an eight and a six year old. As a par­ent, the Carlie Brucia case, and all…
“Queer Eye” Picked My Computer

“Queer Eye” Picked My Computer

A Queer Eye for the Straight PC?According to an e-mail I got from someone referencing my post Computer Meltdown (restoration):

“BTW, your new computer looks like ‘Queer Eye’ picked it out.” That’s funny. Thanks!…
Computer Meltdown (restoration)

Computer Meltdown (restoration)

My new computer (front)As you may recall from my Computer Meltdown (literally) post, this past Wednesday I burnt out not only my computer’s power supply, but its CPU, the CPU fan, and three case fans. The CPU chip was…
New Super Hero Movies & Catwoman (The Slut)

New Super Hero Movies & Catwoman (The Slut)

Halle Berry’s her slutty Catwoman costume.SuperHeroHype.com has tons of hype and news on a slew of super hero movies in production or pre-production. Along with the obvious X-Men 3, Spider-Man 2, DareDevil 2, and Hulk 2
Changes To This Here Blog

Changes To This Here Blog

After a while of try­ing to fig­ure out how I want­ed it, I fi­nal­ly did some­thing use­ful with cat­e­gories today. As you can see in the sec­ondary and ter­cia­ry nav­i­ga­tion links at left (be­tween this col­umn and the pho­to), I’ve ex­pand­ed the sin­gle…
Photoshop No Longer A Counterfeiting Tool?

Photoshop No Longer A Counterfeiting Tool?

Aw, shucks! You can’t scan $20 USD bills in­to Photoshop any more. Interesting. Wired News: Copy No-No: Adobe and Uncle Sam“Adobe ac­knowl­edged last week that its Photoshop CS dig­i­tal edit­ing pack­age in­cludes a “coun­ter­feit de­ter­rence sys­tem” de­signed to…
Skin:  ImaginationBox for Sysmetrix

Skin: ImaginationBox for Sysmetrix

I posted a new SysMetrix skin to WinCustomize. The skin is part of a suite of skins I’m building for DesktopX, WindowBlinds, Quintessential CD Player (“QCD”), CursorXP, Bootskin, and probably IconPackager. The entire suite, like the SysMetrix skin shown here,…
How Spam Can Happen

How Spam Can Happen

This is how a sin­gle lapse in e-mail ad­dress dil­li­gence two years ago can re­sult in an on­go­ing flood of hun­dreds of spam mes­sages per week. As you know my sys­tem was down for a cou­ple of weeks while I moved. This morn­ing “go…
Undeletable File Deleted

Undeletable File Deleted

Every morn­ing for the last two weeks I’ve been dis­tressed to find my pri­ma­ry Windows XP sys­tem blue screened when I walk in­to my home of­fice. The prob­lem, I dis­cov­ered pret­ty quick­ly, was with Safety_Net, my home network’s large back­up drive. Within the…
Life Cycle of DTP

Life Cycle of DTP

PageMaker, a true piece of his­to­ry, birthed the Desktop Publishing Revolution, lead­ing it through its infancy. Quark was the adoles­ence of the bur­geon­ing Desktop Publishing in­dus­try, re­bel­lious and impetuous. InDesign is the Publishing and Layout in­dus­try all grown up, ma­ture, so­phis­ti­cat­ed, con­fi­dant, freeing.…
Microsoft Fires Mac Fan For Blog Photo

Microsoft Fires Mac Fan For Blog Photo

Once again, be care­ful what you blog. The most in­nocu­ous thing may get you fired, just like Michael Hanscom of Seattle, WA, re­cent­ly ter­mi­nat­ed by Microsoft for men­tion­ing that MSCopy (the Microsoft in-house print shop) was lo­cat­ed in the same…
Server Issues Resolved

Server Issues Resolved

I’ve worked out and re­solved the MySQL serv­er is­sue that kept my blog sedan­tary through­out this past week­end. Give me a lit­tle time and I’ll have re­spond­ed to everyone’s com­ments and up­dat­ed the Saturday Slant page to tie in­to the be­low post.…
SVG Finally Starting To Come Alive

SVG Finally Starting To Come Alive

The W3C has just an­nounced the first SVG Competition, this one to de­sign a SVG Tiny greet­ing card of 30k or less. The win­ner re­ceives a Nokia 3650 tri-band GSM handset.“Announcing the first of­fi­cial SVG Mobile Competition. Nokia have pro­vid­ed a 3650…
Plan To Reduce Spam:  Tip

Plan To Reduce Spam: Tip

I got this e-mail from Arianna at http://​blog​.re​al​i​ty​crutch​.com/ about my Plan To Reduce Spam:“Hi I liked your spam plan, I’ve been do­ing what I can but didn’t think of key­ing ad­dress­es, great idea. I looked to see how you cre­at­ed a safe…
Shortcut To Change Search Bar

Shortcut To Change Search Bar

Recently I re­ceived the be­low ques­tion from a read­er. I an­swered the read­er, but I thought I would al­so share the an­swer with any­one else who might be curious.“nice site. I’ve bor­rowed your blogroll code — its great by the way. Do you know…