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Friday, July 29, 2005

Gates and Google Bullshit

This is Bullshit!. I don't see how MS pulls stuff off like this. They are just proving they are still the big bully's they used to be. Why don't they focus their efforts on making M$ software more secure?

Those "Can't work anywhere similar to our field of business for a year after you work here" clauses are crap anyway. How can a corporation limit where an individual works when they are no longer employed by them. I read that most of those clauses don't hold water in CA. I guess not unless you are Microsoft. Lame!

This dude is a smart guy I hope he sticks it to em when everything is settled and done.

Thursday, July 28, 2005

Female android what was she really going to be used for?

Ok, this is kinda creepy but at the same time cool. I can only imagine what these guys were thinking while creating this robot. I wonder if she is anatomically correct? I am not curious for my own purposes but to maybe understand their motivation for creating her if you know what I mean. Wink wink.

We have found that people forget she is an android while interacting with her

Uh people like who the guy who made her? He left out the part "And by interacting with her I mean taking her to the movies, buying her dinner and hoping she puts out".

Oh and here's another tell all quote:

"Repliee Q1 can interact with people. It can respond to people touching it. It's very satisfying, although we obviously have a long way to go yet."

Uhh yeah, I tell you what I wouldn't want to test that out on her after being in your "lab" for the last few months. Nasty Shit!

Monday, July 25, 2005

$1 t-shirts

I guess these could be $100 T-shirts too. Scroll down to the last image to see what it turns out like. Either someone has too much time on their hands or has mastered the art of Origami. There is an Asian lady at a chinese restaurant we eat dinner at who makes swans for my daughter everytime we go there. Now if I could make a $100 bill out of a t-shirt, that would be bad-assed!

Thursday, July 21, 2005

Colorful ant torture

I guess this beats burning them with a magnifying glass. I used to have an old neon Bud-light sign in my room as a teenager. The material around the back of the tube would conduct electrical sparks and we would set ants on them and hold our finger about a cm over them and shock them to death. Sometimes they would pop. Good times, good times.

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

The Next Venture

The next thing I will be focusing my time (spare time) on is another website. It is actually an old idea that I was never able to get off the ground. I feel that now is the time. It also coincides with my other project SimilarThings It will also give more features to that project. Maybe some that will not show up on the public site but most probably will. The website is This site will be (of course) all about games for kids. Reviews, ratings and some fun stuff for kids. Right now it is a placeholder from the good guys at TextDrive where SImilarThings is hosted.

I have been wanting to do this for a long time and now that my daughter has been playing a lot of games on her computer and I have a tool that I wrote which I can customize to my liking using Ruby On Rails it is time to do it. I see a big lack of kids-only gaming sites. There are a few out there but they don't give me what I am looking for. We will do reviews for games ages 3-12 and educational games as well for any platform, console, PC, Mac, Portable...

I think this will be fun and a learning experience. I hope to get some game reviewers (parents with an interest) to help out after we have been posting articles and reviews.

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Harry Potter

I just bought the latest Harry Potter book for me and my daughter. I am looking forward to reading it and letting my daughter read it. She is only 6 but has a 3rd grade level of reading. I think she will enjoy it. I didn't stand in line at 12AM like a couple of other people I know. I actually found it at Toys R Us right at the door on a table with books aplenty. Weird note: ToysRUs is now an store...

Good luck Odeo

I wrote about the app Odeo a PodCasting service which I got to play with. I also wrote that it was written in Ruby On Rails which is what SimilarThings is written on. Then I see that Apple is adding PodCasting to its Itunes music service. This will be hard to compete with. Odeo does offer more services and it is mostly web-based so it has that going for it. I am sure it might even benefit them that Apple is doing this. All I can say is good luck! In a good way.

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Rest In Peace Chloe

My Sweet, loving, cute Pembroke Welsh Corgie Chloe died today. She was put to sleep after having her kidneys fail. She was such a loving girl, my first kid. My ex-wife and I got her when we were living together before we were married about 11 years ago. Before my daughter was born. She lived a good life and was pampered a whole lot.

I didn't get to see her much after the divorce because I couldn't have a dog and my ex's mother could. So she kept her at her house. I didn't even get to say goodbye to her because my ex's mother wouldn't let me. There is a reason why she is my "EX". I hope she knew how much I loved her and how much I will miss her.

What can I say, I am a softy when it comes to animals. I mean, in general they don't usually do much to piss you off like most people and they stick by you no matter what. You don't have to worry about them having bad days or arguing with you for no real reason. As long as you love them, they love you back. I will miss her a lot.

Monday, July 11, 2005

The difference between us and the Brits

I heard on the news this morning on the way to work that a few mosques had been burned down in London as a response to the terrorist attacks. Maybe more than a few. Now, that is what is different about us and the Brits is something like that would never happen here. We are too PC, too sensitive to do something so brash. I am not saying it is a good thing to go around burning up mosques. I do see how communities etc. in London may keep quiet in turning in those people who did it. They have more of an eye for an eye attitude. I don't think that will deter the people who did it.

Which brings up the question what will?

Just because it looks cool, doesn't mean...

Ok, now EtherTouch's 3D sensing interface looks cool but there is some serious UI suck going on here. For 1, who in the hell would want to move their arms around all day long while working on their computer? I get pissed when having to move away from my keyboard to my mouse when working hard. I am the king of keyboard shortcuts on my fav apps. About an hour of Photoshop and you would call it a day. It could be good for burning calories!

Lesson to the so-called innovators. Just because it looks cool, doesn't mean you have to make it.

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Ruby Red Grapefruit Ajax

Courtenay from has some good pictures of some "Ruby Red Ajax" That is damn funny. Plus he has a nice howto on running a script from an Ajax call. I would like working with him on a project. He is a good guy and knows his shizat. Too bad I don't have him on board with SimilarThings.

Friday, July 01, 2005

Funny shit in LA

I had to drive to UCLA today and a funny thing happened. When going under a bridge/tunnel on the freeway on the 405 everyone started honking including Semi's. I could see other drivers laughing and looking around while this was happening. Of course I had to participate with my whimpy horn which sounded more like some squeaky toy. However it was interesting to notice in such a normally shitty situation (being stuck in traffic) people who knew nothing about each other found something to do together to make their drive less boring. Pretty cool!