Friday, April 21, 2006

Recycling Computer parts

CNET had an interesting set of articles on computer and electronics recycling today. It started with a brief (and not nearly descriptive enough)description of a tour of the HP computer recycling center, which contains shredders the size of houses that canother article called "Trash Your Old Tech", with descriptions and details on what options are out there for safely and effectively recycling everything from computers and monitors to inkjet carts and PDA's. Very useful information. I think more people should take this sort of thing into account. It's nice to hear, for example, that several of the big injet printer companies provide free take-back programs for old printers. I wish I had thought to look into that before I tossed my old one six months ago. And, going forward, I'm going to make sure to recycle my ink carts, because there just ain't no reason not to.

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Clerks II Trailer

The trailer for Clerks II can be found here...

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

One red paper clip

Here is a story of a man, Kyle MacDonald, who is on a quest to to trade his way up from a single red paper clip to his very own home, solely through the wonders of the barter system. Neat stuff.

Saturday, April 15, 2006

Blue Hippo is for morons

Blue Hippo, a company that seems to have a vested interest in providing the computers to the downtrodden and poor, is also in the business of completely screwing folks who don't know any better. A basic low end machine for ONLY $99 down and $39.99 per week. Oh, and that's for 52 weeks. That's well over two thousand bucks for a machine that Dell sells for about $500.

Friday, April 14, 2006

Bush's Map of the world

A highly detailed and accurate Map of the World according to Dubya.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

What's kosher for Passover?

Interesting article that gives one rabbi's take on what should and should not be kosher for Passover. For example, why can't we eat peas? Peas aren't used to make bread, right? They aren't leavening agents, right? I like this rabbi's way of thinking, which is that "To observe unnescessary restrictions can lead to ridicule and disrespect for Torah". Amen to that. Hmm, unnecessary restrictions...sounds like some other religions we've heard of on the news lately....

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Joke: Al-gebra movement

At New York's Kennedy Airport today, an individual later discovered to be a math teacher was arrested trying to board a flight while in possession of a ruler, a protractor, a setsquare, a slide rule, and a calculator.

At a morning press conference, the Attorney General said he believes the man is a member of the notorious Al-gebra movement.

He is being charged by the FBI with carrying weapons of math instruction. Al-gebra is a fearsome cult," he said. "They desire average solutions by means and extremes, and sometimes go off on tangents in a search of absolute value. They use secret code names like 'x' and 'y' and refer to themselves as 'unknowns,' but we have determined they belong to a common denominator of the axis of medieval with coordinates in every country.

As the Greek philanderer Isosceles used to say, "There are 3 sides to every triangle."

When asked to comment on the arrest, President Bush said, "If God had wanted us to have better weapons of math instruction, He would have given us more fingers and toes."

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

CNET's worst products of 2006 (already)

CNET posted a rather enjoyable article about what's already out there as the worst new tech of 2006. And it's only April. This is gonna be one long list by December.

Jump The Shark

It's that defining moment when you know your favorite TV program has reached its peak, and from that point it's all downhill. Way downhill. Like when Terri Hatcher remarries her ex in order to get a splinectomy. Or when Colonel Henry Blake's plane went down. or When Joey tried doing his own show. It's called jumping the shark, and it's not good.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Wednesday April 5, a special time

On Wednesday APRIL 5th, at two minutes and three seconds after one pm the time and date will be: 01:02:03 04/05/06. This will never happen again.

Monday, April 03, 2006

Why are Gas Prices Rising?

An article forwarded to me from my brother-in-law, who sells propane and propane accessories, which states:

The February release of a report by the Energy Information Administration that said the rapid switch from methyl tertiary-butyl ether to ethanol as an oxygenate in gasoline could lead to supply shortages and resulting prices spikes during the peak summer demand period triggered hearings by the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee last week, with lawmakers hearing testimony by several experts on the impact of removing MTBE from the nation’s pool of gasoline supply.

When I Come Home

My wife's cousin is a retired movie producer and director who, as a former member of both the Marines and Air Force, was concerned that many of our fellow citizens were not truly aware of the personal sacrifices made by those who commit to the service of our country.

So, Bob created When I Come Home as a purely personal statement. In his words, it's an expression of gratitude to the men and women who serve in every branch of our military services --- those who fight, are harmed and die. It honors them and their families who also serve. And wait. And grieve.

The film has gained momentum among friends, colleagues and even complete strangers at a more profound level than Bob anticipated. He has already received letters of thanks from the Joint Chiefs of Staff and from The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer saying how much they appreciated and enjoyed the film.

See the film here. And be very patient with the link. While it's slow to download, it's worth the wait.

The Federal Reserve...a kids' page

Here's a website designed for kids to better understand what the Federal Reserve is and the role it serves in America. Of course, you and I know everything there is to know about the Fed, don't we. Of course. This page is really only for kids to learn from. We couldn't possibly learn anything from it ourselves, now could we?

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