The price of doing business with Blogger.com? Sometimes they make you a "Blog of Note" which (I guess) is supposed to make me feel good about myself while I become an advertisement for their site. I guess I'd feel better about myself and Blogger if template updating hadn't been broken for the last few days. All in all it's a miracle considering the price. And if it goes away? I guess I'll have to spend the 11 hours programming my own version in PHP and MySQL.
I'm taking a few days off. There will not be any new piece next Monday and no blogging at all for the next few days. In preparation for the drought I leave you with a blogroll of people I visit regularly (you can add your own more topical sarcastic, witty and hypocritical commentary on top my general ones below):
Anil Personal reflections in bite size morsels
CamWorld Good links with strident commentary. (He's been wronged and we all get to suffer a little for it.)
davezilla Just shut up and do it
glish Great UI designer. Steal from this guy. Please.
kottke This is my herd-mentality side at work. I have no fucking idea why I read his blog.
little.yellow.different. A funny, cool guy is hard to find. (Or is it find too hard?)
memepool The smuttiest links-with-a-cause you'll ever surf.
Metafilter Anarchy just the way I like it.
More Like This My dirty little secret. Really great links.
Q Daily News Sanity just the way I like it.
Scripting News Because a mind is a terrible thing.
SiliconValley (Gillmor) Um, because he links to me?
Slashdot Because they will never link to me.
Talking Moose Yeah, I know, the Moose is a Winer kiss-ass. Meanwhile he/she has managed to speak in a voice that is sensible yet missing any real sense of rationalizing and that's a sure-fire formula for doom.
WinerLog Winer hate site. I keep checking here hoping it will be funny. (Hasn't happened yet.)
I Laughed, I Cried, I Wrote a Check
Andrew Sullivan For when I really hate myself.
Babes Get your mind out of the gutter.
Babbette OK, on three, everybody: back in gutter!!
bluishorange The nice kids.
Community Service For the Blind
I Can't Believe It's Not Evil The not-so-nice kids.
Katha Pollit For when I really love myself.
Linux Kitty I found this in my logs and I'm hooked like Springer.
Lisa Brecht Deep thoughts. OK, shallow-guilty-pleasure thoughts. Better?
Shelly Because on the Web, no one knows you're a... what are you again??
udaho uhudma! aight?
One Time Hits
Gates Not that one, the cool one.
Poster boy for the misunderestimated.
Fluff. Sigh. A flash that makes me laugh every time I doodle with it.
The second coming of Al Gore
Is it really Ecstasy? Check it on the dancefloor.
The gift that keeps on giving.
Before we bust up Microsoft, would it be ok if we fix this problem?
Why Blogging is dead (circa Nov. 2000).
Why Blogging will never happen (circa Nov. 1999).
posted by VS 7:44 PM
SHIT! One of my favorite blogs (Asian Bastard) just went under and is no more. ("I'll spare you the tedious details, but what it comes down to is Web Host vs. Asian Bastard, final score Host 0, Bastard 0.") Rumors are that he'd rather shut down than face a FS parody ala little.hebrew.different. Hey, I can believe it. Meanwhile, I'll let you all know when the AB resurfaces.
posted by VS 1:34 AM
Some things to keep in mind:
- I am not at the Open Source Convention.
- I am not having dinner with a bunch of people I wish you wished you knew.
- I did not give a speech that went over like gangbusters and showered the audience with my wisdom and strength of character.
- I am not working on the most important thing ever to hit the computing industry. In other words: I am not changing the world.
- I am not even important or worthy of my own praise.
- I am having a good time and wish you were here.
On a completely different sampled note: I recently saw dj spooky. He's uh, phat, or whatever. He's doing some serious touring, catch him if you can.
posted by VS 11:45 PM
In celebration of Adobe's calls for that Russian's guys release, davezilla shows us why a good graphics tool is essential to getting your point across in: "How Men Pee..."
sherri sent me a bunch of one liners trying to cheer me up. Typical: "I no longer need to punish, deceive, or compromise myself, unless I want to stay employed" and "To have a successful relationship I must learn to make it look like I'm giving as much as I'm getting." I'm pretty well suicidal now. PatrickC pointed me at dack's bullshit generator, that was a little more helpful -- until I realized how accurate it was. I even saw Dennis Miller in concert last night in efforts to cheer me up. My favorite two lines: "...and in other business news Starbucks has announced they have opened their first Starbucks inside another existing Starbucks" and "Dubya surrounds himself with good people the same way a hole surrounds itself with a donut." I think he was sedated.
If you click on nothing else: Roedy reminds us that "having HIV is still a major pain in the ass."
posted by VS 12:49 AM
Reaction to little.hebrew.different has been pretty astounding. Quite frankly I had no idea how popular little.yellow.different. is. It figures, I just didn't think about it. I was busy being blinded by my jealous angst over his creativity.
SeattleTimes/Newsday: "Some funds feel guilt over owning Microsoft: Stake in 'monopoly' would violate ideals" I forget, who said: "Divestiture is such sweet sorrow...." ?
posted by VS 12:54 PM
Well, I wasn't going to publish until tomorrow but Ernie let it out of the bag....
Here it is folks: little.hebrew.different
posted by VS 4:00 PM
I'm not sure why things are so heavy lately. It's hard being me. Somebody send me some email humor.
Here are the lyrics that David Letterman's Late Show didn't want you to hear. [via anil]
The latest accusations make this old article from last year about cops and kids by Poundstone just plain creepy.
Today's word for the day: Gabacho.
posted by VS 3:23 PM
Full service Asian Bastard: A quickly spreading email virus on Windows called sircam and Bush-Cheney-Escher
porno, er, art.
posted by VS 7:01 PM
One pissed lemur: "I am boycotting your products and am advising everyone else within the sight of these words to do the same. Before you brush this off as the ravings of a guy with an internet connection and a website, let me advise you that I am not alone."
posted by VS 12:41 PM
Pretty kooky: Community drawing board. (Who says Java isn't vital!!)
Pretty depressing: Just took the freak test. Here's my results:
Need to be unique: 76% Need to NOT conform: 84% Willingness to express dissent: 91% Overall: 81%
If I read this correctly it basically says I have a very average need to actually be what I shout about that everyone else should be. Great. In other words: A loud mouthed hypocritical conformist. Fucking perfect.
Then I got a kick out of this. [via davezilla]
posted by VS 1:22 PM
I get a financial lesson and yet another scolding for not paying attention in class (will it never stop?): According to a Motley Fool piece called "Income Statement Demystified Back to Basics, Part 11," (hey Fool: if it's 11 parts then it's not very basic any more is it?) states that "unearned or deferred revenue is sales revenue for which the company has not completed the earnings process."
Olivier Travers ("a former Microsoft France employee and still a shareholder") sent me email explaining that while it's true that Microsoft's desktop revenue might have been flat for three quarters, it's unearned revenue for the desktop sales for the same period more than makes up for it. (You'll need an MS Office viewer to see the charts.)
Then came the scolding: "Bob Herbold used to explain that in company meetings."
posted by VS 11:23 AM