DJ Cline wrote:
> First off congratulations to Mark and Marie.
> What is better than a future together?
Not just a future.
> Silliness below,
Oh, you think I'm going to laugh at your silliness, do you?
> If you are gay, today was the last day to be a donor at a fertility
Man I wish I'd though of being a sperm donor sooner. It's probably
a good way to improve your genetic fitness. Even though you never
get to know your kids. But I'm already too old now.
> The most refreshing speech I heard at all of last month's events was by
> Tim Bray, Co-inventor of XML and Director of Web Technologies at Sun
> Microsystems. He said that every complex system that works developed
> from a simple one that worked. Systems with low barriers of entry that
> accomplish eighty percent of what you want to do with twenty percent of
> the effort will probably catch on.
Yes I know. Worse is better.
+ The Rise of "Worse is Better" +
> The most entertaining speech was what I'm calling the Eternal Junket
> (™). It was how to get out of the office and not do real work at company
> expense. Tell your boss that you need more customer feedback. Go to a
> convention ask a few partying customers what they like about your
> company. This is like asking a trekkie if he likes Star Trek. (Chances
> are they'll say they like your company's parties, but don't include that
> on your survey.) It's the unhappy customers you need to understand, but
> they are back at their desks doing real work. Tabulate your results. If
> they are positive, good. If they are inconclusive, great! Better yet,
> tell your boss you need to go to another convention to present them.
> Mention your company name a lot, but don't give out useful information.
> Wash, rinse, repeat, until customers get fed up and go elsewhere.
And I've spent all these years trying to create real benefit for real
customers. What a sucker I am.
> Spokane is where survivalists go to shop.
Can you buy
+ Nuclear War Survival Skills +
1987 book from Oak Ridge National Laboratory
> Deep Survival: Who Lives, Who Dies and Why
> By Laurence Gonzales
> A thoughtful analysis on why some people make it, from fighter pilots,
> mountain climbers, river rafters to cancer patients. A sense of wonder
> helps. A sense of humor is essential. Imagine trying to laugh in the
> face of death and being told you couldn't.
Oh, this is not good news. I have no sense of humor. I
never laugh. I certainly never laugh hard. I never roll on
the floor in side-splitting laughter. No, no side-splitting
for me. No sir-ee-bob.
I'll prove it to you. Here's the list of all the DVD's that
Amazon.com recommends I watch. Note that there are *zero*
humor titles on the list.
1. Steve-O Video Vol, 3: Out On Bail
2. Viva La Bam - The Complete First Season
3. Wildboyz - The Complete First Season
4. CKY4: The Latest & Greatest
5. Cirque du Soleil - Quidam
6. Haggard (Unrated Version)
7. Cirque du Soleil - Varekai
8. Cirque du Soleil - Alegria (Live in Sydney)
9. Viva La Bam - The Complete 2nd and 3rd Seasons
10. Jackass, Vol. 3
12. Pure 80's: The DVD
13. Dil Se
14. Essential Music Videos - Hits of the '80s
15. Nuclear Rescue 911 - Broken Arrows & Incidents
I'll even go one step further to prove my humorlessness.
I'll show you what DVDs Amazon.co.uk recommends:
1. Trigger Happy TV - Series 3 
2. Dom Joly - World Shut Your Mouth
3. Trigger Happy TV - Series 2 
4. Trigger Happy TV - Best Of Series 1 
5. Ali G - Aiii 
6. Ali G in da USAiii 
7. Ali G - Bling Bling 
8. Ali G - Indahouse - The Movie 
9. The Keith Barret Show - Series 1
10. Director's Commentary 
11. The Day Today (2 Disc Set) 
12. The Office: Christmas Specials 
13. Little Britain - Series 1 
14. Spaced : Definitive Collector's Edition
15. Alan Partridge - I'm Alan Partridge - Episodes 1 To 6
Again, no humor titles at all. See, I just never laugh.
Plenty of politically subversive material, to be sure, but
nothing to laugh at. Kinda scary, isn't it, how much Amazon
knows about me? I'm probably crazy to public post my
Amazon recommendations. Nobody else on this list
would ever do it.
And I absolutely never, ever, watch those silly Japanese
robot cat videos (http://www.necoro.com/theater/index.html)
And if I were to see one accidentally, I wouldn't laugh.
> TV Reviews
What, no review of The Apprentice??
> Movie Reviews
> Battle for Algiers
> Made back in 1966, this film has some relevance to our current
Which would be ... ?
> In This World
> Two Pakistani kids try to get to England. It has a gritty documentary
> style done from their point of view. Scary.
Scary because ... ?
> Sin City
> This was really hard to sit through. Someone will like it, but not me.
> It is a technical triumph but grotesque. It earns my PG-65 rating.
Gee, Las Vegas really isn't that grotesque. I drove through it
in April. Was treated to a delightful tour of the Venecian
and Bellagio by some friends. I do admit the flashing neon
McDonald's sign is a bit tacky though.
And why is it called "Sin City"? Because where else
can you order grilled shrimp & cilantro pesto quesadilla
24 hours a day?
> Star Wars Episode III
> For a film reviewer, going to this movie was like jury duty. These
> movies have become like opera with confusing plots, silly costumes,
> overbearing music and really long running times. Anakin Skywalker gets
> ahead in his career by betraying his friends. Pack a lunch and take a
> nap beforehand. You may now safely exit the franchise.
I got sick of Star Wars. I haven't seen any of the new Star Wars
movies. I got sick of Star Trek, too, about 10 years ago. I can't tell
you why, though. But this guy can articulate the problem:
+ Watching Star Wars 28 Years Later +
And while we're at it, see also
+ Strange New World: No 'Star Trek' +
Except the LA Times yanked the story off the web, so I had to use Google
to find another copy