Friday, June 28, 2002
1) The fabulously jugular Jeri Ryan who played a Borg character called "7 of 9" in some StarTrek spinoff
2) My score playing this game
Thursday, June 27, 2002
Tuesday, June 25, 2002
Strange how credulity works. Had I first seen the reference to this peculiarly under-reported technology on, say, abovetopsecret or some other high-quality source of science journalism, I wouldn't have bothered to read on.
Would you have been more or less credulous had you known that the developers of this technology, QinetiQ, were formerly part of the UK's Defense Evaluation and Research Agency?
Monday, June 24, 2002
Friday, June 21, 2002
Imagine my surprise, then, when I learned about some of the things you can do and see there ...
Didn't think so.
I find it hard to imagine it "tested well with the focus groups".
Still. Nobody ever accused PwC of having a clue.
Further proof of that, then, arrived in the shape of this link, courtesy of Chris, who adds "I love it when the freaky little guy sticks it to the boring big guy". Thanks, Chris.
Wednesday, June 19, 2002
Tuesday, June 18, 2002
Saturday, June 15, 2002
Last time we were there, we noticed that the walls were liberally sprinkled with plaques. We asked how to get one put up, and our waiter told us "just ask". So we asked. Our waiter then spoke to the manager, and the conversation went something like this:
Waiter: These guys want to have their names up on a plaque
Waiter: It's a group name
Manager: No, no group names
Waiter: Yeah, but it's a good one
Manager: No group names
Waiter: They want Meat Club
Manager: (Pause) OK
Photos are courtesy of Jeff. He emailed them to me today, but the labels didn't quite match up to the photos ... although it could have been much worse - the hostess could have been labelled either "PileOFish" or "JugOWine" (that's a double magnum, by the way), both of which would have been both grossly offensive as well as oddly appropriate in their inappropriacy. However, the photo that was labelled "OurHostess" was actually the bill, which implied that she rendered "personal services" to us totalling $831, which, sadly, she did not. She, too, had her own double magnums.
Friday, June 14, 2002
Thursday, June 13, 2002
One of the other items of note in this week's Onion is this story of a young woman's ordeal getting her 60-year-old mother online.
Well, as pathetic as that story is, there are a few things you should bear in mind:
1) The mother in the story (MITS) is more highly motivated than my mother-in-law (MIL)
2) MITS has successfully emailed her daughter - indeed, anyone
3) MITS has successfully navigated to and browsed a Website
4) MITS has mastered, to some extent, Windows
5) MIL has failed to master the complexities of an iMac
There's a saying - we can't choose our relatives, thank goodness we can choose our friends. It's just a shame we can't choose our friends' relatives (I'm lumping spouses in under the general category of friends, here)
What I should have done:
- Downloaded the PDF
- Printed it out
- Folded it as directed
- Had fun!
- Downloaded the thumbnail image
- Opened it in PhotoShop
- Cropped it like I folded it
- Had a, on the whole, miserable time
(Note to Shaun: you could have just moused-over the graphic and you'd have seen it change - even more convenient, and even less fun! - Ken)
Wednesday, June 12, 2002
The point is, I learned a great deal about American culture and everyday life from reading those books. And though I didn't understand all the references to Nixon, or Watergate, or Vietnam (I was, what, seven or eight at the time), I found a lot of it genuinely funny, and I credit those MAD books every bit as much as I do Monty Python for my love of subversive, parodic humo(u)r today.
Incidentally, seems this guy gets it, too.
So it came as a mostly-pleasant surprise today when I came across this affectionate tribute to the genius of MAD magazine in the Onion, perhaps MAD's spiritual heir and successor to the idiot-king throne of biting satire and dead-on parody.
I say "mostly" because I found it just a tad uncomfortable that the article's content so unflinchingly references, some might even say mocks, the recent brutal killing of WSJ reporter Daniel Pearl. But, hey, the Onion may be accused of many things, but, just like its quintessential comedic ancestor MAD, shying away from controversy isn't one of them.
Tuesday, June 11, 2002
She: Australia's great if you're a woman. There are three guys for every woman.
Me: So you're telling me that all Aussie women are three-input?
She (punching my shoulder): Stoppit!