Archive for April, 2009

The Taiwan Countdown

Sunday, April 26th, 2009

I’m going to Taiwan on Thursday (at 1am, yikes!) for two weeks. ¬†I may not blog. ¬†If I do, it will be sporadic. ¬†I expect to have a great time–and look forward to all the next experiences. ¬†And practice speaking Mandarin. ¬†Woo hoo!

Geocities…is gone…

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

Geocities, once a rather popular free hosting site, is closing down forever.  It had been around for 15 years, and purchased by Yahoo a few years ago.

I’m blogging about this because…oh, sweet memories…Geocities was my FIRST webpage EVER.¬† Yeah, I’ve been doing this webpage-making-thing for 15 years.

My page was located at http://www.geocities.com/soho/7345/.¬† I’m not linking it because it doesn’t work, obviously.¬† Ah, those were the good ol’ days.¬† I think one of my first pages had about 15,000 blinking/scrolling/bizarre Javascripts running on it, complete with jazzy MIDI files in the background.

What’s Facebook Turning Into?

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

I have a feeling…that Facebook is going to complete change how we use the Internet (if it hasn’t already). ¬†It’s a communications center, social hub, photo sharing, Twitter, network gaming, application…site. ¬†It does everything. ¬†I foresee “FacebookOS”, where computers will be centered around Facebook. ¬†The folks over there are pretty damn smart, I’ll bet they’re working on it already. ¬†The fact of the matter is, it’s very well organized, and actually capable of doing SO MUCH. ¬†If I didn’t want to have total independence from third parties, I’d be hosting this blog on Facebook.

Definition: Errorgasm

Monday, April 20th, 2009

Have you ever heard of an errorgasm? ¬†Chances are, you haven’t, but you’ve either experienced, or been adversely affected, by an errorgasm.

An errorgasm is defined as a noun, meaning “a large number of errors occurring at once, generally as a result of a coding error or server problem.” ¬†In use, After launching his code changes to the high traffic production server, John realized there was a bug after the server had an errorgasm, resulting in thousands of server-error notifications in his inbox. Or, Don’t forget to check your code on the development server, otherwise we’ll have an embarrassing errorgasm.

Drugs and Legalization

Sunday, April 19th, 2009

Family Guy (the TV show) tonight was focused on Marijuana legalization.

According to Brian, the reason for making Marijuana illegal was the competition of hemp vs. the established industries.  A campaign of fear and lies was started with the goal of creating anti-drug laws.

That’s not why I’m talking about drugs.

For the record, I’ve never done any recreational drugs except alcohol (yeah, it’s a drug) and one cigar (tobacco). ¬†For years, I was very anti-drugs, because I felt that their effects on people were solely negative, and that they should be prohibited.

In the last few years, however, I have arrived at a different conclusion, for a variety of reasons.

Legalize drugs.  Plain and simple.  My reasons:

  • Sure, there are going to be people who abuse them, but hell, people abuse everything else anyway, why should we give drugs special treatment?
  • Taxable revenue: the government can GET money from drugs–sales taxes, etc, like tobacco or alcohol.
  • Less enforcement spending. ¬†Come on–we probably spend billions of dollars trying to prevent drug use.
  • It’s not our business! ¬†People should be allowed to do what they want to do to themselves. ¬†We make laws to keep OTHERS from doing bad things to OTHERS. ¬†Why are we controlling what people do themselves?
  • Destroy gangs/terrorist groups/bad countries’ sources of income. ¬†If drugs are legal, they’re cheaper. Which means the sellers won’t make as much money. Which brings me to my next point:
  • Lower crime. ¬†If drugs are cheaper, people don’t need to steal from others (or mug or kill) to get money to support their habit.

So if you’re concerned about where society will go if everyone has the legal right to use drugs, don’t be. ¬†A company can still have the ability to tell an employee not to use a drug while they’re on the job, just like people can’t come to work drunk.

Social Security = Ponzi Scheme

Sunday, April 19th, 2009

I’m sure you all know this, but I was just thinking about it last week after receiving a Social Security statement.

Social Security is a Ponzi Scheme. If you don’t know what a Ponzi scheme is: it’s when a person asks other people to invest with them, with the promise of some kind of return. There is no actual investment; the investors are merely paid off via NEW investors’ money. The problem is, there are not infinite people willing to invest, therefore Ponzi schemes always fail–and dramatically (think Bernie Madoff).

Social security is the same thing. ¬†We pay money into the system, expecting to get something back–but really, we’re just paying for the older generation’s social security checks. ¬†Sure, this is fine, as the population keeps growing, and giving to social security is¬†compulsory, but what if our future generations aren’t big enough to support the older generation? ¬†More importantly, if life expectancy continues to go up, no one will be able to retire or receive the benefits they paid into.

Yikes.

Get a PC Ad Parody

Thursday, April 16th, 2009

I found this to be relatively cute:

Getting Ready For Taiwan

Thursday, April 16th, 2009

So I’m leaving for Taiwan in exactly two weeks. I’m really excited! I’m going with two buddies (who prefer not to be mentioned on the blog, ever), but I suspect that with our busy itinerary, we’re going to have a hell of a time. I’ll be sure to take lots of pictures, video, and hopefully write more stuff here. Does anyone out there have any suggestions of things we just MUST see or do?

Pacific Dining Car

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009

The other night, I went out with a friend. Famished, we tried to figure out where to eat.  The problem, though, was that we were in Downtown Los Angeles, and it was almost midnight.  She was wearing flip-flops, and I was wearing jeans, a t-shirt, and beat up tennis shoes.

But I had an idea.

I called the Pacific Dining Car, a magnificent steak house just a bit east of Downtown on Sixth Street. ¬†Yes, they were open (in fact, they’re ALWAYS open), and yes, they had relaxed the dress code since I was last there. ¬†So Pacific Dining Car it was.

A $12 glass of wine and $50 filet mignon later, I was satiated. ¬†Though it was a definite hit to the wallet, I’d say it goes on my list of the best steaks in the greater Los Angeles area. ¬†Yes, there’s the Ruth’s Chris chain, and Maestros in Beverly Hills, but I’m not a big fan of a butter-drenched steak. ¬†Arroyo Chophouse/Parkway Grill (they’re practically identical) aren’t too bad, but they can be mediocre, too. ¬†JJ’s is just too expensive, and as much as I love the private clubs, their hours are far too limited.

If you’re in LA at any hour in the morning and you just need that steak, lobster, or combination thereof, hit up Pacific Dining Car. ¬†It rocks.

How to Bore a Man

Saturday, April 11th, 2009

A truer comic has not been written:

How to Bore a Man

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