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Saturday, September 18, 2004

Separated at birth?




Three-year-old Sophia Parlock cries while seated on the shoulders of her father, Phil Parlock, after having their Bush-Cheney sign torn up by Kerry-Edwards supporters on Thursday, Sept. 16, 2004, at the Tri-State Airport in Huntington, W.Va. Democratic vice presidential candidate John Edwards (news - web sites) made a brief stop at the airport as he concluded his two-day bus tour to locations in West Virginia and Ohio. Yahoo! News - Top Stories Photos - AP

Thursday, September 16, 2004

Almost an arbitrage opportunity? So an I-Banker bought $15k worth of Dodgers tickets (a whole section in the part of the outfield where Bonds frequently hits home runs) in hopes of locking up the #700 ball. Looks, like it won't pan out, but he gets an A for effort.

Wednesday, September 15, 2004


The Curt Jester: MS Forger: Introducing a new product in our Office line called Microsoft Forger. We have been copying other peoples software ideas for years, so who is better to provide you with a product that imitates other peoples style and signature. Microsoft Forger is the ultimate product for pundit-proof forgery.

Tuesday, September 14, 2004

Britney Spears spelling correction: "The data below shows some of the misspellings detected by our spelling correction system for the query [ britney spears ], and the count of how many different users spelled her name"

Typing with one hand will do that.

Redwood Asylum: "The RSS bandwidth troubles that Robert Scoble reported last week have reverberated through the community and many, many voices have decided to weigh in"

Seems like to make this stick, they may have to do something server side to start banning clients that don't respect the correct headers, in addition to providing some level of compression or scalable distribution (such as BitTorrent).

Monday, September 13, 2004


AWESOME. Why can't we have more protestors like this in Seattle? Instead we have hairy, smelly hippies who don't know how to make good costumes like this one. From Yahoo Top Stories.