We're racing for the title of champion of the universe

Rally Trophy - Nice work by Aulophobia tracking this flash game down. Build your own slot racing track then race against a computer or human opponent.

(via Sleepless Nights)

Imaginary friend for sale

I never had an imaginary friend, but if I did I don't think I would sell her on eBay for $0.99.

Links, get 'em while they're hot

If some old Jesus toast is worth tens of thousands, then how much would people pay for a Jesus-looking oyster shell? (via Linkfilter)

Bryan Berg: Cardstacker - Wow. The gallery is worth a look. (via Linkfilter)

A new blog: Mare's Mess.

A blog that's surprisingly entertaining.

The World's Oldest Blog.

Could Jon Stewart replace Dan Rather?

The Daily Sucker - From the maker of Web Pages That Suck. A new example of bad web design every day. My newest subscription in Bloglines.

Who is funding the massive campaign to convince people that privatizing Social Security is good?

That's all I've got.

Journalism's Vacation from the Truth

Conservative pundit Armstrong Williams recently admitted to taking money from the President to promote his policies. It's a good thing we have top-notch journalists at CNN's "Crossfire" who can get to the bottom of this and show the public how bad this is. Or maybe they can just lob softballs at him for half an hour and be part of his (and Bush's) damage control. Even the "from the left" guy on Crossfire went easy on him! Jon Stewart is proved right once again.

NEW YORK One day after Tucker Carlson, the co-host of CNN's "Crossfire," made his farewell appearance and two days after the network's new president made the admirable announcement that he would soon kill the program altogether, a television news miracle occurred: even as it staggered through its last steps to the network guillotine, "Crossfire" came up with the worst show in its 23-year history.

This was a half-hour of television so egregious that it makes Jon Stewart's famous pre-election rant seem, if anything, too kind. This time "Crossfire" was not just "hurting America," as Stewart put it, by turning news into a nonsensical gong show. It was unwittingly, or perhaps wittingly, complicit in the cover-up of a scandal.
(Read the whole story)

G4TechTV will now be called G4

Here's the press release - I'm glad they're going to stop dragging the good name of TechTV through the mud. The two new shows that they're adding will make the network worse than it already is (if that's possible). I've said it before, but now it's official. TechTV is dead.

I haven't listened to it yet, but the old TSS gang got together at Mac Expo and Leo recorded it here. Dan Huard's new site, Scopetech.net, aims to help fill the void that TechTV left.

My videos

Emma thinks she's funny

Emma: Mom! Can you hear me? Mom!?
Danny: Are you talking to her on your phone?
Emma: No. It's soap, silly.

Emma: Dad! I have a wish! Daddy! I have a wish, Dad! [I walk into her bedroom to ask her what her wish is so she'll quiet down and go to sleep.] Danny: Ok, Emma. What's your wish? Emma: I wish . . . I wish . . . [stalling] . . . I wish that you would listen to me. Danny: Goodnight, Emma. Also check out our new album for pictures of Emma's bubble beard and her line of books.

My desk last week

This is a picture of my desk one day last week. Pictured (left to right) are my bosses laptop, the computer we're giving away one lucky online banking customer, my laptop, the second monitor for my laptop (used for terminal services sessions mostly), and one of our servers. Only the last three are at my desk normally, but since I had all of them there I thought I would snap a picture. My job is fun.

Horked Off

For the last couple of days, I have been extremely upset with Christians. Not so much with the ones I know, but with our representatives in public. Here are a few examples:

1. Tom DeLay
Dave posted about this speech here. It's another example of idiocy, or of complete disregard for human dignity; possibly both.

2. Star Jones of THE VIEW
Not that I really care what she thinks, or ever watch this show, but I did hear a quote from her that went something like this: "I was there on my honeymoon a month ago; it could have been me. God really blessed me [by making sure I wasn't there]." I don't know why exactly, but this rubs me the wrong way. I guess because it sounds self-centered and is of the "I have to make everything, even a global tragedy, somehow relate to my own piddly life" school of thought, which I also can't stand.

3. This article in The Lookout
For those of you who are not familiar with this fine piece of literary work (or with my sarchastic nature), I apologize. I also must apologize that it will not work in Mozilla. Grrr. I stumbled across this issue, all about the 'dating dilemma', when I had nothing better to do. I should have watched some more Dawson's Creek. Suffice it to say that this is the best (read: worst) quote in the whole article; it also sums up the guy's lack of credentials very well.

"I would never encourage Christian parents to allow their children to date unbelievers. I wouldn't want them to experience my anguish."

His anguish? The only thing that happened to him was that he was too controlling of his daughter, and that she rightfully got angry. Then, when they broke up, he saw this as the 'hand of God', thus proving him right. How convenient.

4. Yet another article
Another Lookout prize-winner, the very scientific writer of this piece of work writes, "Though I know of no studies that have been conducted, I suspect that the divorce rate among those who maintain their sexual purity before marriage is significantly lower than that of those who choose not to.

(a) "Though I know of no studies...." is not a good way to gain credibility, especially when you are making erroneous claims.
(b) I'm not so sure that if this poll were to be taken, it would come out in this guy's favor. If you've ever been around those Christian couples who love to tell everyone how great their sex life is (in great detail) because they waited until they were married, you know what I mean. Yuck.

5. This
But if you read this site, you probably already know what I'm talking about.

And finally, the whole reason I decided to post this rant,

6. www.realrelationships.com
I got this book for Christmas from one of my good friends, and I was very excited because it has a special online evaluation that you get to access for free (a $30 value, so the book cover says). First, as I'm reading, I can't help but notice that there are several ploys to get me to purchase their workbook; namely, that I can't get all that I want out of the book without the exercises therein. "That's all right," I keep telling myself, all the while waiting for chapter 9 when they tell me about the online personality evaluation, the evaluation for my mate, and the couple's evaluation. Of course, I go to the website and am told this:

"To take your indicator, click here now and insert your passcode, and remember, you can always come back later and purchase an additional love talk indicator for your partner ($15) and receive your Love Talk couple's report."

Gee thanks for lying to me. And as if that weren't enough, I then read that I have to purchase the couple's report for an additional $15.

So, as far as I can tell, Les and Leslie, if I took your stupid test (which actually did sound interesting, and may have saved me from horrible communication blunders down the road--do you know how valuable that would be?), I wouldn't save $30, I would actually spend it. Capitalism at its best.


In unrelated news, Emma performed her first successfully funny prank today. We were at a friend's house, and she ran in the kitchen saying, "Is there something on my teeth?" while laughing hysterically. She had strategically placed a raisin on her front tooth, making it seem like she was missing a tooth--Genius.

X Minus One

I've been listening to the 1950s sci-fi radio program, X Minus 1. It's pretty fun so far. I've listened to about half of the second episode (the first episode was 404'd). I heard about it on the Engadget podcast. It's set in 1987 on board a spaceship headed for another solar system. Five ships have been lost trying to make this trip, but the captain thinks he can do it. If you're offended by bad language, then watch out. The salty old spaceship captain does at one point say st***d id**t.

Update: I should also link to the main site, RadioLovers.com. There are lots of cool programs like Abbott & Costello, Amos & Andy, Avenger, Batman, Buck Rodgers, Calling All Cars, etc. And it's all free.

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