red eye links

it’s late, but i have a few mins to kill while i wait for my big brother implementation to refresh.

google maps mashup: find the general geographic location of a phone number [rmlabs]

pictures showing the effects of global warming. fingers point to well-known history of flatulence by filipinos [bbc]

men are happiest with smart wives. i am happiest because she’s smart and hot [tangotogether]

nba ref being investigated for fixing games. he must have worked every warriors game in the last 10 years. [espn]

pictures showing pollution in china. i told les to bring a paper mask or a stylish bandana when she goes there in a couple months. [guardian]

moving to canada

so, someone was comparing clinton to bush the other day and i was thinking that there really was no comparison. clinton was a philandering mess, and not just any mess but a big mess because lewinsky was pretty damn ugly. clinton lied under oath and was generally reviled by the american public when that scandal hit. i won’t minimize his crimes, but lewinsky and whitewater seem pretty modest by bush’s current hot mess we’re in with iraq and the middle east in general.

i think it’s time to start looking at real estate in canada. i can’t remember the last time i heard about someone hating canada.

anyway, pardon my rant. i just think it’s going to get worse before it gets better.

t-minus one week

a lot of things that i’m juggling at the moment all share the same finish date – next weekend. marcos birthday party, moving some work assets out of marina del rey, and accomplishing my work bonus objectives.

my father-in-law and i pulled up our old, nasty carpet in the tv room this weekend and everything underneath it in preparation to lay down some more pergo floor to match the other areas in the house. even though we’re watching our money closely these days, this was a good opportunity because we’ll get the money back if we sell the house sometime down the road. it’s not an immediate return on investment, but there’s no way the house would ever sell with that nasty white berber carpet installed. there’s just no way a family of 4 and our sundry boarders could ever keep that white carpet clean. the pergo arrives next week and we’ll get it all in before marcos’ birthday party this weekend.

i also am trying to maximize my bonus payout, which finishes out at the end of the month. i’ve managed to get the software licensing piece under control, as well as building out a monitoring system for our office.

for the next 10 days, my armpits will most likely be advising me that i’ve taken on too much work than i can manage.

women don’t play battleship

check out this 50’s era battleship board game box cover. note the women in the kitchen cleaning in the background while the men of the house attend to more serious matters. seems like some hidden message there that the women belong in the kitchen, or that women are not good for anything but cleaning. you definitely won’t see anything like this at my house, because marcos is too young to play board games yet.

how gullible are we?

A student at Eagle Rock Junior High won first prize at the Greater Idaho Falls Science Fair. He was attempting to show how conditioned we have become to alarmists practicing junk science and spreading fear of everything in our environment. In his project he urged people to sign a petition demanding strict control or total elimination of the chemical “dihydrogen monoxide.”

And for plenty of good reasons, since:

1. it can cause excessive sweating and vomiting
2. it is a major component in acid rain
3. it can cause severe burns in its gaseous state
4. accidental inhalation can kill you
5. it contributes to erosion
6. it decreases effectiveness of automobile brakes
7. it has been found in tumors of terminal cancer patients

He asked 50 people if they supported a ban of the chemical.

* Forty-three (43) said yes,
* Six (6) were undecided,
* Only one (1) knew that the chemical was water.

The title of his prize winning project was, “How Gullible Are We?”

declining viewership links

i think i went from 3 viewers to 2 in the last week because i haven’t posted much. my advertising dollars are definitely going to shrink:

corey sent this over. both he and i are the victims here [yahoo news]

intersting origins of common things [neatorama]

man dressed as a tree robs a bank (potential nsfw site) [dlisted]

how to get help instantly through a company’s phone tree [gethuman]

12-year-old and 10-year-old kidnap a 1-year-old [dlisted]