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Hoof, that’s embarrassing


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A brief exchange from a conversation with a friend today:

(14:13:47) Sarah: hahaha
(14:14:01) Sarah: ohhhh that so sad
(14:14:03) I: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Chromatic_dragons
(14:14:06) Sarah: i got to the bottom of the paragraph
(14:14:07) I: oops wrong chat window
(14:14:11) I: that’s embarrassing

(14:14:38) Sarah: thats really embarrassing
(14:14:43) Sarah: i think im publishing that
(14:14:53) I: loling
(14:15:01) I: already sent that exchange to all my friends
(14:17:37) Sarah: and did they all have the same response. or were some like “oh sweet dude. thanks a ton”
(14:18:51) I: (14:14:17) Will: TWITA
(14:18:55) I: (twita = that’s what I’m talking about)
(14:19:01) I: (14:15:10) Will: it still doesn’t have the metallic dragons
(14:15:13) Will: FUCK THESE PEOPLE
(14:19:50) Sarah: hahahahaha

We’ve all been there before, I think.


What is wrong with this picture?


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Exhibit A:

Can you tell what’s wrong with this picture?

  1. That man has King Leonidas’s head plastered on in a really shitty GIF way.
  2. The title of the video implies there are other techno remixes of “This is Sparta!”.
  3. It has over 17 million views.
  4. I’m watching it, too.

In case didn’t cause you to hang your head in shame for being a part of this mess called the internet, try this one on for size.

Exhibit B:

What’s wrong here?

  1. Over 19 million views.
  2. Over 19 million views.
  3. Will you look at these fucking peppers?
  4. Over 10 million views.

The internet is dying, folks.

For the record, this particular YouTube excursion happened as a result of poring over the Internet Memes timeline over at Dipity. Requests were made to verify some of the claims laid out, and hence the “leeroy jenkins” in my search bar.

Hence also the flying spaghetti monster wallpaper. (For the record, the timeline credits the FSM as being born on January 14, 2005, while the website itself claims it all began in May 2005. It appears the domain name venganza.org was registered on November 24, 2004.)

And then I blogged about it. Sigh.


O, the day art died!


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I have several hefty exams tomorrow. Today I had my midterm for Data Analysis, and I finally freaking know what a z-score is!

Because of this work before me, I holed myself up in my room and got promptly to procrastinating. Unfortunately, I was met squarely with this for my efforts.

How the hell am I supposed to blow off work when I can’t even read my feeds?

Christ, how I hate downtime.


Holy crap, I got a spam e-mail


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It’s been a long, long time since one of these slipped through my spam filter. (Although every now and then I root through the spam folder and yank out some listserv messages.) Look how far they’ve progressed! The grammatical errors are few and far between—for spam—but the story is exactly the same as it’s always been.

Dearest One,

I bring you greetings in the name of our creator, it is in my search for a reliable and God fearing person and having gotten your contact through prayers and pains taking efforts via searching i made on the internet on my bed side.

Presently, I’m in a hospital here in Abidjan-Cote D’Ivoire where I have been undergoing therapy treatment for Oesophagi Cancer.

Though its a sad and long story but I will cut it short for your quick and easy understanding. I am Janet Fernandez (Mrs), widow to Late Mr. Edward A. Fernandez, former Defence attachee to Benin Embassy in Germany. My husband was murdered in 2005 by those who are envious of his position in the same office leaving me with our only son Desmond.

Before his death we were both born again christains and because of our new fond Love in Christ Jesus we both made a convenant with God to use his wealth for the down trodden,orphanages and the less privileged in the society. Having known my condition I decided to donate part of this money to an individual or better still a God fearing person who will utilize this wealth the way I am going to instruct herein. I want an individual that will adopt my only son, use part this wealth and provide succor to poor and indigent persons, orphanages, and widows and for the propagating peace.

I took this decision because I do not my child to suffere or continue to leave in this part of the world, moreover my late husband’s relatives are not inclined to helping poor persons and I do not want my husband’s hard earned wealth to be misused or spent in the manner in which my late husband did not specify. I do not want a situation where this wealth will be used in an ungodly manner which will be contrary to the convenant we made with God Almighty.

What is required of you is your honesty, trust and sincerity. Any delay in your reply will give me room in sourcing for another individual for this same purpose.

Please reply in case you are interested on this alternative email: janetfernandez39@gmail.com so that i will go into details and furnish you with all further informations.

May God Almighty bless you.
Janet Fernandez (Mrs)

I can’t figure it if by posting this here I’m going to get more spam comments, or what. But Akismet has snagged virtually every single one since I installed it, so no worries!

Man, how bad would I feel is this is a real person? Maybe I should write her just in case….


Google, get off my balls already


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I shill for Google routinely. Or have shilled, at least. Now they’re all up in my grill and I wish they’d just chill the balls a little bit.

This seems like a good time to mention that Knol is a stupid idea and I’m against it. But I’ll probably also write a billion articles on all subgenres of death metal and try to make a buck.

What spurred today’s rant is that this morning I popped open my Netvibes page—before eating breakfast, as ever—and there was a damn Google search box cluttering up my junk.

Maybe that doesn’t piss you off, but it does me. Why do I need Google in my Netvibes? I don’t, that’s why.

Mashable has some coverage up about it, but the comment thread doesn’t have nearly enough pissed off people in it for my tastes. I’m all about a cool site like Netvibes making a buck, but can someone please partner with someone other than Google?

For the record, Flock is sponsored by Yahoo. That’s a point in their favor, I guess.


What to do when Twitter is down?


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As any good Twitter user knows, the service is notoriously unreliable. Sure, they can have uptime of 99.9%, but that’s not really good enough for a microblogging service.

Ever since I started twitting[1. I understand that most people use the verb “tweet” instead of “twit” when referring to using the service, but only the latter satisfies my penchant for abbreving words.], I’ve been torn about whether something is more appropriate for a blog post or a twit. Some hold that it is possible—and perhaps even commonplace—to twit too often, and things too inane. I most certainly do not fall into that category, although I cannot substantiate that with examples of inane twits, because the damn service is down.

Trying to load the webpage, all I see is that damn whale graphic:

“There is a wisdom that is woe; but there is a woe that is madness.”

Kind of embarrassing that I had to Google for Moby Dick quotes, because I never read the book myself. I mean, had the folks at Twitter decided to use an albatross graphic or something, I’d be all over that. But so it goes.

I shall suffer through this madness by constantly refreshing When Twitter Is Down.


When did The Onion get all homophobic?

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About a week ago, my The Onion RSS feed got all clogged up with gaybashing stuff—not that there’s anything wrong with that.

It still hasn’t cleared up yet, so I figured it’s Gay Awareness Week or something, but Googling for that hasn’t helped me very much. Can anybody explain this?

I mean, it’s raising my awareness alright.

Amazing, no?

It only bothers me because the articles are syndicated from years ago. If the writers at The Onion keep depriving me of relatively fresh sardonic content, I’m going to gather them up like bundles of sticks and burn them to death—not that there’s anything wrong with that.


There’s a banner big as life on the homepage that says “CELEBRATING GAY PRIDE.” Funny that because I only ingest media via RSS feeds, I never saw that. Ah, well. Still, I’d like to know why Googling for “gay week 2008″ doesn’t explain this cosmological event to me, and instead points me to:

Aspen Gay Ski Week

Another year, another great Aspen Gay Ski Week! We have hardly had a moment to miss all the fun times, great snow and friendships made during Ski Week 2008.
www.gayskiweek.com/ – 13k – CachedSimilar pages

Best search engine my ass.


Have you downloaded Firefox today?


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Today is Download Day over at Mozilla, conveniently coinciding with the launch of Firefox 3 final. They’re shooting (obliquely) for a record of most downloaded software. Understandably, the press coverage would be quite nourishing to their cause.

As of this writing, there are just under 2 million downloads recorded. Given that Download Day extends until 17:00 UTC on June 18, 2008, I think we’ve only seen the beginning of this. I’d bet on at least 3 million, possibly 4 million, too.

Let’s watch.

Download now.


OK, I guess I should have looked up some usage statistics before guessing about download numbers, because according to the counter Mozilla has running, they’re already over 7 million downloads. Goddamn!

Let’s hit 10 million, damn it!

Download Day - English

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