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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…
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…
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…
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…
“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…
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…
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…
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,…
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…
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…
Plan To Reduce Spam:  Tip

Plan To Reduce Spam: Tip

I got this e-mail from Arianna at http://blog.realitycrutch.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…
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…
Portfolio Expanded

Portfolio Expanded

Portfolio SampleI’ve updated and expanded my online Portfolio to include over a dozen new items in the areas of Web Design, Web & Flash Design, Promotional, Advertising, Magazine Layout, Magazine Makeover, and Merchandising.
I Made Dis (for SysMetrix)

I Made Dis (for SysMetrix)

ONW skin for SysMetrixI made dis skin (actually two), On Night’s Wings versions 1 and 2 for SysMetrix. Over 300 downloads in 48 hours. Version 1
Version 2