Friday, May 04, 2007

So now I have to budget how much?

I might have to spring for the new Photoshop CS3 (I've been putting it off and sticking with my old copy of Photoshop) since Photoshop lets you do this. Very nice.

Thursday, May 03, 2007

What he said

I sent a copy of the now-famous "09 F9" number in various forms to a handful of people. The whole AACS thing irked me, but I couldn't easily explain why. Now I don't have to, thanks to Ed Felten.

Do people still say that?

I was listening to the Adam Carolla show while driving in this morning. Today's in-studio guest was Ted Nugent, well-known bowhunting advocate. They took a phone call from a listener who had a question for Ted. The caller, J. Random Listener, started out claiming to be a fellow sportsman and hunter, presumably to establish his Man Club bona fides or something, but rapidly escalated into calling Ted a punk and ... a "chickenhawk."

I was astounded. Here, live, in person (sort of), an actual human being (henceforth "Person A") called another human being (henceforth "Person B") a "chickenhawk" because Person B didn't join the military. What year is it again? Is it possible to have been online-aware enough to get the "call Republicans 'chickenhawks'" memo but not actually clued in sufficiently to realize that the whole "chickenhawk" argument has been laid to rest rather forcefully? Even the normally anti-Republican Wikipedia has an entry for "chickenhawk" that lists a whole slew of reasons why "chickenhawk" is passe.

Or is it still alive elsewhere, and I'm not looking in the correct fever swamps?

It's just bizarre.

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Get Some Nuts!

Quit yo' jibber-jabber, foo!

I don't think that means what you think it means

I'm driving in to work today listening to the radio when I heard a commercial from the State of Washington trying to get people not to speed. First, I'm not sure why they bother since everybody in this place drives like old women; if you transport anybody from here to Atlanta, they'd be a road hazard akin to a rock slowly rolling down the middle of the highway. Anyway ... the commercial makes a big point of saying that 1 in 3 fatal accidents involve speed, so slow down.

Wouldn't that mean that you'd rather be speeding than not? If only 1 in 3 people killed in accidents are speeding, then 2 in 3 are not speeding, so not speeding appears to be less safe. Way to go, State of Washington!

Numbers sure are hard, aren't they?