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Monthly Archive: October 2008

Oct 31 2008

Sci-Attica! Sci-Attica!

So last night, my dear Jodi was good enough to take me to the hospital at 3:30 am after failing to get to sleep for two hours due to an insane amount of pain in my lower back, which had the side effect of making my legs tingly and numb.  Over the past two weeks, …

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Oct 30 2008

They prayed… before… a golden… bull.

A GOLDEN BULL! Seriously, no shit!  Pharyngula has more than I can bring myself to say here… it’s ridiculous.  Hey you religious types — praying doesn’t get us out of every problem, especially not monetary problems.  Remember the whole thing about throwing the money lenders out of church?  How about the part where rich men …

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Oct 27 2008

Don’t rush to upgrade Java.

Michael Horowitz at CNet News’ “Defensive Computing” blog has an article up on Java 6 Update 10, which was just released this weekend, and whether or not you should update from your current Update 7.  This is great advice — well thought out and perfectly reasonable, especially where this new version does not contain any …

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Oct 27 2008

Okay… now I have to build one.

This makes me cry with joy.

Oct 26 2008

An exercise in compare/contrast.

Sorry I can’t find clipped versions of these videos. The meat is near the end in both. Joe Biden knows what the VP role entails. The VP helps the President get elected, he advises the President and acts as a moderating influence, he talks to the congress members to “marshall the troops” so to speak. …

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Oct 25 2008

Reader links roundup

Another quick link roundup.  What do you guys think of the really-short, nearly-content-free postings I’ve been doing over the past several days?  They’re easier to slap together quickly, which is what I need given that my free time has been so tight.  I promise I won’t abandon longer posts altogether, either way. Courtesy of Jason …

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Oct 25 2008

The election, served

http://view.break.com/592648 – Watch more free videos I admit, I LOL’d. Note “McCain’s” lack of actual dancing.

Oct 24 2008

And desperation sets in.

So a crazy right-winger decided it would help McCain’s campaign to carve a backward B in her face, then claim she was mugged and assaulted for having a McCain sticker on her car — then admit to having made the whole story up! It occurs to me that that B isn’t even “carved”, it’s scratched.  …

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Oct 24 2008

Microsoft critical vulnerability — quel surprise

Microsoft last night sent out an urgent security bulletin to all eOpen members via e-mail, which I quote verbatim: Subject: Alert – Critical Product Vulnerability – October 23, 2008 Microsoft Security Bulletin Release (Out of Band) Due the urgency of this bulletin, you have received this notification in English. If your specified language preference is …

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Oct 23 2008

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mouse

Scientists have managed to erase specific memories in mice.  This is a bit scary.  How long before people can go in and get memories of their cat Fluffy erased after their death, and at the same time as a free two-fer, get all memories of their reasoning behind their political party affiliation wiped out as …

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