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Family As Clients, A Bad Idea

Family As Clients, A Bad Idea

Recently a fam­i­ly mem­ber asked for help with a design project. I agreed, but it brought back to mind the last time I worked for fam­i­ly. I’ll share it. A few years ago my uncle was run­ning for Senator of an East Coast state.…
Giant Black Hole Rips Star Apart

Giant Black Hole Rips Star Apart

Wow. All I can say is a stunned “wow”. Chandra :: Photo Album :: RX J1242-11 :: 18 Feb 04Illustratoin of star being ripped apart by giant black hole.…
Physics of Comic Books Taught At UMinn

Physics of Comic Books Taught At UMinn

Uncanny physics of com­ic book super­heroes “Can you teach a physics class with only com­ic books to illus­trate the prin­ci­ples? University of Minnesota physics pro­fes­sor James Kakalios has been doing it since 1995, when he explained the prin­ci­ple of con­ser­va­tion…
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…
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

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 con­textmuch 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…
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 Ferrari-branded note­book from…
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…

"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 burnt…
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, is based…
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…
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…
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,…
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…