Monday, December 13, 2004

Maybe it's just me (I'm often well off the mark from the rest of what are laughingly referred to as "normal people"), but it appears they banned the wrong thing here.
Tim Blair has moved to a new home. Update your bookmarks accordingly.

Thursday, December 09, 2004

Wednesday, December 08, 2004

Tuesday, December 07, 2004

Presented as-is, because no commentary is required: The Morning News - The 2004 Good Gift Games Guide

Monday, December 06, 2004

Once again, reading Wretchard daily will give you the US RDA of insightful commentary. Today Wretchard talks about the Philippines and logging and it's much more interesting than you'd imagine from that lead-in.

Well, I had no idea he even had a blog; some fan I am, huh? Anyway, Penn talks about the time the TSA guy grabbed his groin. Man, he's always nearly been my hero, but I may have to promote him now just on the basis of this quote:

Well, it's not really the right word, but freedom is kind of a hobby with me, and I have disposable income that I'll spend to find out how to get people more of it.



Update: how old is that post anyway? Jeebus

BWA ha ha ha ha! "He was an idiot," he said when speaking about the real Communists joining the fake Communist group who are now demanding reparations.

Thursday, December 02, 2004

Man, why haven't we had one of these forever? Now that it's there, it seems obvious that we've always needed one. OneLook Reverse Dictionary

Wednesday, December 01, 2004

I suddenly like Pat Sajak a whole lot more.
Now THAT is cool. I was reminded yesterday why I don't generally read or respond in comment threads, but the level of breathless panty-wadding in the responses to that is just staggering.

Found on Virginia Postrel's blog which you should be reading daily. There's even a link over there <=== on the blogroll. Off you go.

Friday, November 19, 2004

Thursday, November 18, 2004

BWA ha ha ha! I have officially now seen everything: internet hunting

Wednesday, November 17, 2004

Wednesday, November 10, 2004

I'd like to join Frank J. in wishing the U.S. Marine Corps a happy birthday with this loverly joke.

Tuesday, November 09, 2004

Wednesday, October 20, 2004

Damn, that's harder than it ought to be.
A very interesting sort-of game, but I can't seem to complete it. I get the ball down to ground level but then I can't figure out what to do next. In any case, the first part is an interesting experiment: TREASURE BOX
Slashdot interviews Neal Stephenson: Slashdot | Neal Stephenson Responds With Wit and Humor.
Now THAT'S cool.

Tuesday, October 19, 2004

Holy effing crap. What did we do as a nation to deserve this much negative karma?

Thursday, October 14, 2004

BWA ha ha ha ha! Snort! You're killing me with this stuff.
Given the amount of election fraud going on all over the planet, surely nobody will mind if I vote for Lileks for US Senate in 2006, right?

Wednesday, October 13, 2004

HAR HAR! I've been claiming for quite a long time that outsourcing saves no money at all because you have to build in an entirely new layer of expensive U.S. executive types to manage the relationship and spin the (bad) results coming back. To that I can now add you must hire more lawyers.

Friday, September 10, 2004

Tuesday, September 07, 2004

Mark Steyn gets it right: it isn't enough to be sad ... you have to do something about it.

Monday, August 30, 2004

SDB calls it quits. I understand how he got to that point, but I'm still quite irked at all the peasantry who felt compelled to mailbomb him into this state.

Damn, but this sucks.

Monday, August 23, 2004

Friday, August 20, 2004

Friday, August 13, 2004

Thursday, August 12, 2004

How quaint! Telephone exchange names and everything! "Get Me PEnnsylvania 6-5000"
Sometimes you just don't know if it's true, or merely crap. But ... Bob Cringely is hoppin' mad about a study on the link between sentencing guidelines and deterrence. I have no idea if it's true, as I said, but it was interesting to read about.

Tuesday, August 03, 2004

I don't think anybody will be surprised to hear I won't be voting for Kerry come November. But ... one of my favorite writers, P.J. O'Rourke, won't be voting for him either. "How come?" I hear you plaintively ask. Well, I'll let him tell you.

Monday, August 02, 2004

Monday, July 26, 2004

Since nobody reads this page and it's really just my bookmarks, here's where CapLion explains how to break in a new engine. Lee needs this now, and I hope to be needing it shortly.

Friday, July 16, 2004

Holy effing crap. Read and be boggled. Assume for the sake of argument that this is not a completely fictionalized account; shouldn't this kind of behavior warrant investigation and/or changes in TSA/FAA policies to prevent "untoward" consequences?

"Holy crap", I say.

Thursday, July 15, 2004

Well, dag! And here I've been wasting all that energy folding my shirts the old-fashioned way, when Japan has perfected the Insta-Fold technique!!!!1! We're doomed! Doomed, I say!

Wednesday, July 07, 2004

Dag! That's going to leave a mark! J. Milt Heflin opens up a can of whoop-ass on some media types who pooh-poohed the efforts of NASA space personnel on EVA. w00t!
Well, now I just feel inadequate. Last time we (the family) went to Walt Disney World, we were there for like five days and I didn't get the feeling we'd seen everything there. Or really even a large percentage of everything there. This guy, however, rode every ride at The Magic Kingdom (all 41!!) in 10 hours and 40 minutes. Holy effing crap.

Friday, July 02, 2004

BWA ha ha ha ha ha! I don't see how they could even walk after all that.

P.S. Yes, it's a joke. The Constitution didn't actually sail until 1797, according to the official website of the ship.

Thursday, July 01, 2004

I'm sorry, I must have misunderstood what you said. They found how many whats again?

Monday, June 28, 2004

Ouch. Michael Moore comes in for yet more vitriol. I haven't seen the film, but I have seen Mr. Moore interviewed on the teevee several times recently, and his ickiness comes wafting out of the teevee like a noxious cloud.

Lee loves him, of course, which is one of the reasons why I have to thwack Lee in the back of the head every now and then.

Sunday, June 27, 2004

Yet more people continue to weigh in on the connections between Saddam and Osama Bin Laden. I hear you ask "who?" Well, President Bill Clinton is who I've got in mind now.
Well, damn. Just between you and me, President Bush is weak on: Saudi Arabia and his (obviously) close relationship with them, the amount of conflict-of-interest running throughout the State Department and his continued non-efforts at getting them to play on our side of the game, and heaps of social issues not least of which is the whole ugliness of the "assault" weapons ban. So why, then, do The Left continue to shoot themselves in the foot repeatedly trying to wing President Bush on anything having to do with Iraq? How many times are you going to make the exact same underestimation of how much homework he's done? Case in point: THE BELGRAVIA DISPATCH: Joe Wilson: A Botched Niger Mission?

Tuesday, June 22, 2004

I had put these in the comments section, but they're important enough to put at the top level so you can notice them.
The New York Times > National > 9 / 11 Panel: U.S. Must Focus Intelligence
The New York Times reports that the 9/11 commisioners themselves state that there is no substantial disagreement between their views and the publicly-stated view of the Bush administration vis-a-vis ties between al-Qaeda and Iraq.
The New York Times > Opinion > Op-Ed-Columnist: The Zelikow Report
It turns out that the rhubarb was engendered not by an official commission judgement, but rather by a leaked interim memo prepared by the commissioner's staffers. Let me repeat that: it wasn't the commission's judgement at all.


Amazingly enough, the commission is distancing itself from the report by saying they don't get involved in what their staffers do in their spare time. I'm just boggled that they'd let that get out and be attributed to them. "Nonpartisan" my rosy red butt.

Thursday, June 17, 2004

So, after the independant commission says "We have no credible evidence that Iraq and al-Qaeda co-operated on attacks against the United States" (Commission report on al-Qaeda)
US President George W Bush has still insisted Saddam Hussein had a relationship with Osama Bin Laden's al-Qaeda network. Offering no evidence of this at all. (It's true, because I say it is, syndrome. If you repeat it enough people will start to believe.)

But he said his administration never asserted that the former Iraqi leader had a role in the 11 September 2001 attacks on New York and Washington, Which is news to me, as I remember fingers being pointed quite pointedly.

The funny thing is, Osama Bin Laden has been quoted several times, as disliking the Secular Iraq regieme. Although I'm sure he *would* take money from anyone.

Wednesday, June 16, 2004

So the US has given up trying to find weapons of mass destruction, and admits that there never were any.
And now they can't pin Iraq with Al-Queda for 9/11 either.
So I think it's time to face facts. The US government *IS* lying to you.
Really this shouldn't be any suprise to anyone. (Arms for hostages, "I have no recollection of that", "I am not a crook", etc etc etc)
Now maybe the US government should try going after the real terrorists of 9/11, instead of giving them breathing space, and commiting the vast majority of their resources to Iraq.
Don't get me wrong, Saddam Hussein wasn't a nice guy, and the world will be a better place without him, but none of the reasons for going into Iraq are true.
Maybe the US would be better suited trying to bring Bin Laden to justice, instead of faffing about in Iraq ?
I fell into Oddpost because Joel Spolsky sent me there. I must say I'm staggered with what those guys have done with a browser window. It's incredible. One of the founders, in fact, has his very on blog about Oddpost and his feelings in general: Oddblog

www.oddpost.com is the address if you're looking for an incredible web-based email client for a quite reasonable $30/year subscription fee.
Raymond Chen has been a developer at Microsoft since the beginning of time (approximately). In his blog, "The Old New Thing," he often explains the archaeology of Windows. Not that his explanations excuse their misbehavior necessarily, but I'm almost always curious about how things got to be the way they are. He might be going into the blogroll here in the near future.

Tuesday, June 15, 2004

With known Bush sceptics not allowed to sign, A group of senior former US government officials will release a statement later this week condemning President George W Bush's foreign policy..
They say Mr Bush's policies have made the US more isolated and less safe, and damaged its standing in the world.

Monday, June 14, 2004

Well today isn't the 1st April, so maybe this just got posted late. Or maybe someone has actually made it work.

Monday, June 07, 2004

Well, well, well. Is anyone actually surprised by this ?

Thursday, June 03, 2004

Ooooh ... let me bookmark this HOWTO on "How To Beat A Speeding Ticket." In my youth I could have used this a lot more, but it may yet come in handy.
To this I can only reply "duh." Did we really need a study to tell us that? I would have thought that was obvious.

Tuesday, June 01, 2004

Finally! A bit of boating lore I can support.
Lee, I'm looking directly at you when I say that Richard Clarke states that he approved the flights containing Osama's relatives out of the country right after 9/11. "So what?" I hear you say. You'll forget that and come back nattering something stupid after watching Michael Moore's upcoming film Farenheit 911 and I'll have to remind you that it was yet another Bush-hater who let them go and not anybody related to the President.

Mark my words, young man.

Thursday, May 27, 2004

Why, Jon Stewart didn't sound like a partisan hack at all. Are "The Daily Show" writers that far left that they're dragging Jon Stewart over to "I can almost see the moonbats from here" territory?

Wednesday, May 26, 2004

Some people are too stupid to let out alone. Now is it the guy who was on the phone while playing Grand Theft Auto or the guy who thought the chat about the game was real ?

Tuesday, May 25, 2004

Thursday, May 20, 2004

The Belmont Club has an eye-opening article about how our new high-speed news coverage continues to evolve and react, so that even now we're not really sure when we know anything. "Very thought provoking," I say.

Wednesday, May 19, 2004

"Bayonet Brits kill 35 rebels" according to The Sun. The article goes on to say that this is the first bayonet charge since the Falklands War. Way to go, Tommies! We don't need no stinkin' bullets when we have sharp pointy bits at the end of a stick!

There's nothing quite as mad as a mad Englishman, don't you know, and boy am I glad you're on my side of the conflict.

Tuesday, May 18, 2004

Woo hoo! We're on the way! Yet another gummint monopoly is poised to fall (boy, do I hope so anyway)

Friday, May 14, 2004

Thursday, May 13, 2004

Hee hee hee!
I haven't written anything about the War on Terror in quite some time. I have two big reasons, really: (1) I'm stupidly busy with work and (2) I don't know what to say. As far as point #1, that's just the nature of the beast when you're trying to start up any business enterprise, and software consulting isn't an especially simple field to be in.

As far as point #2, I'm just ... boggled. I don't have any grand sweeping suggestions for how to solve the whole problem; I only have the observation that we can't go backwards but must push forwards through victory or else we can look forward to a never-ending succession of 9/11s until we are all under Shari'a law (or dead). I don't advocate genocide. I am absolutely opposed to genocide. Genocide is bad, mmkay? Am I making it absolutely clear that "killing them all" is a bad idea?

The problem is I don't know what else we have as options. Although I thought last year that President Bush was the right man to drive us through to victory, I'm not entirely sure anymore. He seems to be disengaging, and whatever momentum the "democracy building" process might have had seems to be dissipating with each day. Perhaps it's because Iraqis aren't capable of self-government (which is just a stupid theory on it's face, not to mention revoltingly racist). Perhaps it's because things are actually going okay but our overwhelmingly "Anybody But Bush" media are determined to establish that Iraq is the new Tet. Perhaps it's because the President's team didn't have a contingency plan in case the Iraqis didn't all fall over themselves welcoming back Chalabi.

The only thing we have going for us is that the United States military forces are on the ground and are in charge. There is no more resourceful, adaptable, admirable collection of citizens anywhere in the world. As always, there will be some criminals in any group that size, but the armed services are so much better than any other group we could have in place that there's no question about letting them leave before they're done.

So how do they get done? The Marines in Falluja have bottled up al-Sadr quite effectively, and Iraqi forces are taking more control of the situation there. Hooray! A small pocket of "victory" there in the Sunni Triangle. Except, of course, that the Iraqi military forces there include quite a number of ex-Baathists; Saddam's general officers seem to have just hopped over to a new flag and off we go. How can we not be conflicted about that?

The civilians in Najaf are demonstrating, demanding that the militants get the hell out of their neighborhoods and go the f*ck home. Hooray! There's no "but" here; the Iraqis are doing what they ought to be doing, what we would be doing if it was happening in our neighborhoods. An untrammeled victory for the forces of liberal democracy (small 'l', small 'd').

Iraq is a country the size of California. What the hell else is going on over there? Where did the 3ID and 4ID go? They're not even peripherally in the news. I'm quite confident they're not sitting around with their thumbs up their butts, but I have no idea what they're doing. I hope, whatever it is, that it's a good thing.

Sunday, May 09, 2004

Saturday, May 08, 2004

Friday, May 07, 2004

What? Michael Moore was lying? That can't be ... he's a paragon of truth-telling, isn't he?

Wednesday, May 05, 2004

Now this is freakin' cool. It's a summary of other news sites headlines, where the color of the box codes the category of headline, and the size of the box codes how many news sites are carrying the story. What a fabulous idea, and it's going right into the ol' bookmarks.

Tuesday, April 27, 2004

Monday, April 26, 2004

BWA ha ha ha ha ha. Finally, a plug-in we can all be happy about.
Well, there goes another hunk of time. You people need to quit writing things that encourage me to spend that much time investigating. Just stop it.

Monday, April 19, 2004

Who says karma is not a living breathing thing ?
CEO of McDonalds dies of a heart attack

Thursday, April 08, 2004

Holy crapping crap. I know I'm not a tough guy, but damn!

Wednesday, April 07, 2004

Microsoft even publish a tool to purge that sort of information ... they just can't be arsed to use it, I guess.
Strike that out indeed.
The GAO released their report on DOD software development practices.

Why?
"The Department of Defense (DOD) has been relying increasingly on computer software to introduce or enhance performance capabilities of major weapon systems. To ensure successful outcomes, software acquisition requires disciplined processes and practices. Without such discipline, weapon programs encounter difficulty in meeting cost and schedule targets. For example, in fiscal year 2003, DOD might have spent as much as $8 billion to rework software because of quality-related issues.

GAO was asked to identify the practices used by leading companies to acquire software and to analyze the causes of poor outcomes of selected DOD programs. GAO also was asked to evaluate DOD's efforts to develop programs for improving software acquisition processes and to assess how those efforts compare with leading companies' practices."
$8B isn't much to the DOD, but it's a lot of money to everybody else.

What does the GAO recommend? Let me grab a highlight:
Software developers and acquirers at firms that GAO visited use three fundamental management strategies to ensure the delivery of high-quality products on time and within budget: working in an evolutionary environment, following disciplined development processes, and collecting and analyzing meaningful metrics to measure progress. When these strategies are used together, leading firms are better equipped to improve their software development processes on a continuous basis. An evolutionary approach sets up a more manageable environment - one in which expectations are realistic and developers are permitted to make incremental improvements. The customer benefits because the initial product is available sooner and at a lower, more predictable cost. This avoids the pressure to incorporate all the desired capabilities into a single product right away. Within an evolutionary environment, there are four phases that are common to software development: setting requirements, establishing a stable design, writing code, and testing. At the end of each of these phases, developers must demonstrate that they have acquired the right knowledge before proceeding to the next development phase. To provide evidence that the right knowledge was captured, leading developers emphasize the use of meaningful metrics, which helps developers, managers, and acquirers to measure progress. These metrics focus on cost, schedule, the size of a project, performance requirements, testing, defects, and quality.

In a review of five DOD programs, GAO found that outcomes were mixed for software-intensive acquisitions. The F/A-18 C/D, a fighter and attack aircraft, and the Tactical Tomahawk missile had fewer additional cost and schedule delays. For these programs, developers used an evolutionary approach, disciplined processes, and meaningful metrics. In contrast, the following programs, which did not follow these management strategies, experienced schedule delays and cost growth: F/A-22, an air dominance aircraft; Space-Based Infrared System, a missile-detection satellite system; and Comanche, a multimission helicopter...
So agile software processes work? Wow! Who'd a thunk it! I am so tempted to print this out, highlight a few key paragraphs, and send it along to a number of deserving clients.
"Come on, honey! You don't want me to develop *CANCER*, do you?" Let me know how well that works for you.

Wednesday, March 24, 2004

Now that's a fun commercial. I don't know that it makes me want to buy an iPod (more than I did before watching), but I certainly enjoyed the homage.

Thursday, March 11, 2004

I'm going to go out on a limb here and opine that she's merely the first one.

Wednesday, March 10, 2004

Tuesday, March 09, 2004

An American Bird, a robin, made it all the way to England, only to be lunch for a sparrowhawk.
And ornithologists from all over England where there to witness it too.
Sucks to be you.

Wednesday, February 25, 2004

An interesting piece about religion and America
I'm left wondering with statistics like these :-

According to an ICM poll in January 2004, Americans believe in the supernatural (91%), an afterlife (74%), "belief in a God/higher power makes you a better human being" (82%), God or a higher power judged their actions (76%), and perhaps most tellingly "would die for their God/beliefs" (71%).

what the actual number of people interviewed was ?

Wednesday, February 11, 2004

Wednesday, January 28, 2004

BBC chairman to quit over Hutton: now that's accepting responsibility. I applaud him (and them) for admitting their duplicity.

Monday, January 19, 2004

So if your name was Micheal Rowe, what you have as your domain name ?
Microsoft apparently are litigating !

Thursday, January 15, 2004

Well, sure it's a Photoshop job, but you still should look at it. BWA-hahahahaha!

Monday, January 12, 2004

Oh, my aching sides. My good friend Mr. Panthorn claims he's ordered a gross of these, and I'm reasonably sure I believe him.
Well the new Doom3 video looks great.
Due out In a couple of months, or mid year, depending on who you ask....
You always thought it may be the case, but an insider says your doubts are well founded.

Friday, January 09, 2004

Oh, my aching sides. I read "The Credit Card Prank" and thought I was going to hurt myself laughing. I hope you have the same reaction.

Tuesday, January 06, 2004

So Japanese cars are giving the American manfacturers a spanking. Toyota is now the biggest seller of passanger cars in the US.

The American manufacturers are wining about dollar/yen rates etc etc.
"Frankly, it's time (for Japan) to get off the 'We're going to export everything we make to somebody else'," said Rick Wagoner, GM's chief executive.

Here's an idea you GM, make your cars better. The reason you're losing out to the japanese is that your cars are crap. Ask anyone. It may not be a popular opinion, but that doesn't make it untrue.
Stop whining, and get your arses in gear, and make better, more reliable cars.

Monday, January 05, 2004

Everyone should read this. Things you can't say.
A very interesting read.