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  • Feb 8th, 2013 @ 5:28pm

    this is awesome

    that is all

  • Nov 15th, 2012 @ 5:19pm

    it's sad that I feel compelled to say this, but ...

    ... thanks man.

    One would think Dr. Borlaug would also have some nice words for him if he was still with us.

  • Jul 12th, 2012 @ 5:19pm


    yea, (what?) you said, i think

    "shill trolls" ... please 'citate' b/c i don't

  • Jul 12th, 2012 @ 3:48pm

    Re: Was it J?

    My bad ... the Sugerhill Vid

  • Jul 12th, 2012 @ 3:47pm

    Was it J?


    I love this and I ...think... I remember it (I'm 40)


  • Jun 27th, 2012 @ 3:47pm

    Arguing over the Constitution

    (IMHO) almost misses the point ... there will always be disagreement about such things.

    My first question is under whose authority does the USTR deny a Senators request? Why isn't he arrested for doing that? (or at least be "forcibly removed from the building" so the Senator has access?) How can that be legal; does he have a note from the President?

    and if we can play games with 'who has what authority' (concerning treaties) then we can also change our assumptions about the public's ability understand (via our ELECTED reps) AND the motivations, tactics, & morals of those close to the negotiations.


  • Feb 3rd, 2012 @ 1:57pm

    (untitled comment)

    ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha; it's over

    is the 'k st' area suitable for heavy industry? can we beg Bill Gates and Google to buy it up and encourage industry to put some union jobs there (free beer and public transportation from 1700 to 0300 on fri & sat!?!)? wouldn't that be awesome?

    they could offer dibs on the choice positions to out of work lobbyists. you know, something they're actually qualified for (and, if you think like me, their karma _probably_ says they deserve) like bumper installing for one of those people who drive the cars off the line

    this is so much faster than i ever dreamed possible

    last thing - thanks Poland.

    (yea, it's _always_ 1/2 full ...)

  • Dec 14th, 2011 @ 11:02am

    (untitled comment)

    thanks Mike, I've seen (& enjoyed) probably 35k+ of them

  • Sep 8th, 2011 @ 10:32am


    If he really wants to pretend his kid doesn't live in the same world we do then keeping her off myFacebookSpace (or whatever) is easy if you use my patented process

    Me (or properly licensed parent): "I don't like that, please stop going there."

    Child: (crickets)

    Me (or properly licensed parent): "I told you last week, no myFaceBookSpace and I wasn't kidding: STOP NOW"

    Child: (crickets)

    Me (or properly licensed parent): "I told you no myFaceBookPage and you ignored me - you've earned yourself a spanking"

    Child: suddenly begins listening (or at least hiding it better)

    I'll even give him a free license to use my method if he asks nicely and kisses my pinky ring.

  • Sep 8th, 2011 @ 9:41am

    (untitled comment)

    (think Rockey & Bullwinkle)

    >>"But it's not clear how the trend of diminishing status for teaching professionals can be reversed."


    "But it's not clear how the trend of giving a shit about the 'status' of your profession can be reversed. Status among peers - sure, whatever floats your boat (or bank account)

    I know, some businesses are all about status (like Floor64) - but that's a choice.

  • Jun 9th, 2011 @ 6:31am

    Korean companies ..

    motivations are always suspect to me (esp Samsung) - just look at the changes they made to their laws for Disney.

    But this is awesome news - they already make great hardware and now I feel a lot safer buying it .... as I now feel safer assuming won't be 'upgraded' the Sony way.

  • May 31st, 2011 @ 10:52am

    Big freakin deal

    Let them come to my kids school - I'd actually welcome it.

    Keep saying things that make no sense and assume kids stupid, that's the way to get through to them it seems.

    You give your spiel and we'll have a talk - but it'll probably be a lot of "Dad - you won't believe what these people were trying to sell us today!"

    I'm sorry, but to me copyright (and patents) are morally indefensible (and repugnant) - that's the way I present it.

    My kids directly know two people who have recording studios in their homes - and have seen the entire process from recording to mixing to 'pressing disks' (go ahead - tell them how awful you think it is - they can spot an opinion from a mile away)

    They'd probably think trotting out all those people and saying they "need to be paid" was funny - just like when I had a field trip in 4th grade (I'm 39 now) to see the only business in town that used a "mainframe" and sparring with the (rather old) lady who 'ran' it. She insisted all the pins and cards and people (and noise) was necessary to print their forms and track their stuff. I tried to explain that I could write several small programs to do most of that for her in my spare time on my Commodore 64 - and if I could do that then those shiny new apple 2's (or whatever was out at the time ... PC Jr's maybe?) with a professional programmer doing the coding was exactly what she needed to be looking into.

    I learned what an "incredulous look" was that day - and I picture her every time I hear the 'copyright' lobby babble.

  • May 25th, 2011 @ 8:47am

    what he said

    >>"Honestly, Anthony, your industry can't fail fast enough."


  • May 12th, 2011 @ 10:25am


    She should be in jail for corruption, PERIOD (so should everyone else who does this)

    Why doesn't the law say (basically) "If a moron in a hurry would consider it corruption it is [end of legal jargon]"

    How does one go about starting to fix this crap? Who can I vote for who isn't looking forward to benefiting from the setup (and stands a snowballs chance in hell)?

    damnit, this is getting really old (and quite demoralizing)

    god help us

  • Feb 28th, 2011 @ 1:20pm


    Thanks Mike

  • Feb 12th, 2011 @ 6:08am

    Disgusted American

    I feel the need to ask this question once again:

    My children are 6 and 2; why on earth should I teach them voting is important?

    At this point they will be taught how to pay proper attention.

  • Feb 5th, 2011 @ 12:52pm

    (untitled comment)

    >>"Everyone builds off the works of those who came before them. This is a good thing, rather than something to be punished."


  • Jan 22nd, 2011 @ 7:56pm

    Is this the world

    ... telling an industry to go to hell?

    >>"Total sales by debut artists in the global top 50 album chart in 2010 were just one quarter of the level they achieved in 2003"

    I think it is!

    My children (are being/will be) taught trademark is a tolerable restriction on free speech and how to use a VPN until we fix things. Your free to try and change their minds.

    Trade schools are a nice option for the working adult.

  • Oct 7th, 2010 @ 5:43am

    Someone explain

    Why I should teach my kids to vote when it's just not true?

    I think I may teach them to get rich and buy whatever laws & regulations they desire. I can show them lots of examples - left, right and center

    I'm not kidding folks.

  • Aug 17th, 2010 @ 1:29pm

    Wired is a confusing pub

    At first I thought it was cool, I felt like I was missing something - so I subscribed (years ago).

    Then it began to 'feel' different (I'm not sure how else to express the vibe) and I looked elsewhere (for many years)

    More recently the "I'm missing something" vibe returned, so I added them to my RSS reader and I was seriously considering a print sub (not that I'd always read it .. just to support them) then the IPad app mania (seriously??) kinda cooled me a little - now this (I had the exact same impressions of their motives)

    Forget it, they're as clueless as (insert old media company name here). I wonder if the "missing something" vibe was some sort of marketing ploy that they have down pat? (feeling gamed is icky)

    Kinda like my XM sub. - they feel SOOO "old school" that it pains me to give them my money but I LOVE hockey, and they have a channel named "Home Ice" that is pretty awesome ... but do you really want me to (secretly, kinda) loathe you?

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