Monthly Archive: March 2006

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What's Your Excuse?

TIME magazine has recently published an article entitled The Myth About Girls Going Wild, which addresses how a growing number of women are using alcohol as an excuse to do the crazy things they know they wouldn't do otherwise. While it's an interesting insight into a growing problem, it is still a little off focus. The truth is that this is a growing problem with both men and women. Why else do they show men in movies who take that...

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Ballmer To Children:

Well, close enough. In a recent interview, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer stated that he doesn't allow his children to use Google or iPods. Do you have an iPod? No, I do not. Nor do my children. My children–in many dimensions they're as poorly behaved as many other children, but at least on this dimension I've got my kids brainwashed: You don't use Google, and you don't use an iPod. Glad to see that Microsoft, from the top down, is taking...

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The Jeopardy Test And A Lesson In Scalability

I know they teach this in Computer Science classes, because I was there, but it still seems like no one pays attention… Last night I sat down at my computer at 7:55pm to take the Jeopardy online screening test for the east coast, which was scheduled to begin at 8:03pm. I logged in, a window popped up, and I got a "loading" message. About a minute later, it shows that it's about 50% loaded, and I'm just getting ready to...

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Pot Pourri

Today just seems like a slow day, so maybe I'll try to spice it up by hitting on a few different items… Baseball's almost back, and I'm finally looking forward to the season. A few weeks ago, I wasn't real high on the current Red Sox team, but I'm getting there now. I've gotten my two live-draft fantasy baseball teams squared away, and both are looking pretty solid. Another reason to get the season under way! What a great idea...

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Afghan Hypocracy

In what may play out as one of the most important religious stories of the year, if not socially relevant in general, is the story of Abdul Rahman. Rahman, a former Muslim who converted to Christianity, was arrested and faced the death penalty for posession of a Bible. Afghanistan, whose laws are tightly wound with those Islamic Law, views conversion away from Islam as an act of apostasy and treason. Ironically, Rahman's conversion occurred 16 years ago when he was...

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Hazy Vista?

Latest reports from Slashdot are saying that Microsoft is currently scrambling to get as much as 60% of the code rewritten for the upcoming OS Windows Vista. This will likely push the release of Vista from late 2006 to early 2007. I know I've seen some good demos of many of the features that are coming in Vista, and there's been much talk abot ramping up the security features, but a massive rewrite like this is rather troublesome. Has Microsoft...

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My Sweet Sixteen

Boy, what a lousy way to end a thrilling weekend. Being a UConn fan, I was crushed by the result of the Huskies-Patriots game. It's not so much the outcome of the game, but how it transpired. The Huskies had every chance to win the game, but just never showed the desire that they wanted it. The Huskies clearly had more talent, but didn't have the hustle or desire that George Mason did. I think that much of this epitomizes...

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Why I Hate Marketing: Reason Number 35,291

Have you noticed that the voices rambling on and on in the background of your commercials have begun to sound more familiar? This is something I had noticed myself in the past year, but didn't really think anything of it. Probably because it didn't make much of a difference to me. However, CNN.com had a story today Who's the celebrity voice in that ad? discussing exactly this topic, and it got me thinking. Well, the amount that these celebrities are...

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C'mon Down To 'South Park'…

Unless you've been living under a rock, then you've probably heard about all the commotion surrounding the crudely-animated South Park premier. In the premier, long-running character 'Chef' was turned into a pedophile and killed off after the voice of Chef, Isaac Hayes, quit the show a week before the premier over "negative portrayal of (his) religion". Now, let's just take a quick look at this hippocracy. Clearly, Hays was not offended enough to take a stance as South Park has...