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18 January 2009 @ 12:36 pm
(which I post belatedly, because I need it out of my inbox, but I think it's funny and don't want to lose it)

A woman goes to the post office to buy stamps for her Chanukah cards.

She says to the clerk, "May I have 50 Chanukah stamps?"

The clerk says, "What denomination?"

The woman says, "Oh my God. Has it come to this? Give me 6 Orthodox, 12 Conservative, and 32 Reform."
16 October 2008 @ 12:25 pm

(courtesy of kellan)
Current Location: Brooklyn, NY
27 August 2008 @ 01:26 pm
A few minutes ago, I was wondering why the toilet in the Palestine Engineering Association office in Bethlehem wouldn't flush, and then I read this.
Current Location: Beit Lehem, Palestine
08 August 2008 @ 11:41 am

Image via dj_stitch, post subject courtesy of a new friend. I always thought that Rand made for a good insomnia remedy.
Current Location: Brooklyn, NY
27 June 2008 @ 03:51 pm
Unfortunately, I think that mengwong  hits the nail on the head with his post entitled Noah's Flood is in the Future, not the Past. His prognostications remind me of the maps we made for Mapping Hacks showing the areas that would be submerged after a (mere!) 10m rise in sea level, and the number of people displaced from their homes as a result. (Also, amazing to think that a measly freshwater fern could pull enough CO2 out of the atmosphere to start an ice age.)

However, there are reasons to have hope. dj_stitch  last night insisted on showing me the video of the Discovery Channel's new I Love the World commercial, which I was initially dubious about -- I mean, who wants to deliberately watch a commercial? -- but of course it's the most endearing thing since a pile of baby otters. In a show of the perfect kind of synchronicity that attends this sort of cultural phenomenon, not five minutes after Lauren shows me the video, her best friend burgunder  emails her a link to the xkcd takeoff. And now, of course, the jingle is totally stuck in my head...

♪ I love the whole world... and all its sights and sounds... ♪
Current Mood: hopefulhopeful
"i wish i was your derivative, so I could lie tangent to your curves."

mmm. I love it.

(from a random OkCupid profile)
29 April 2008 @ 07:23 pm
Just in case anyone is interested, I am offering my room in Cambridge for sublet for May and June. It's cheap!
25 March 2008 @ 04:09 pm
From this week's Santa Rosa Press Democrat, via my old co-author Rich:

Concerned about possible health effects from wireless Internet networks, Sebastopol officials have reversed course and turned down a free Wi-Fi area network.

The City Council voted 4-0 last week to rescind an agreement with Sonic.net that would have allowed the Santa Rosa-based Internet provider to install the network in the city center as it has done in the downtowns of Santa Rosa and Petaluma.

Sebastopol Mayor Craig Litwin thanked Sonic for a "very nice gesture" but said citizens had voiced concerns that "create enough suspicion that there may be a health hazard."

I used to live in Sebastopol, and I used to be a heavily engaged activist there for the development of community Wi-Fi networks.  I liked the hippie fruitiness of Sebastopol's inhabitants; I thought it lent the place a very gentle, pleasant character. I was even friends with the mayor -- he's about my age, and I used to do organic community gardening with his family and their friends.

But this -- this is the stupidest thing I have heard in a long time. A small, paranoid, but vocal minority - 200-some misinformed people - have exercised their ignorance and deprived the other 7,000-some residents of the city of a freely-offered resource that would have benefitted them and brought customers to their business district, while totally failing to provide any kind of evidence, scientific or otherwise, of any harm that might occur.

Never mind that radio is non-ionizing! Never mind that Sebastopol's downtown is already bathed in private Wi-Fi networks! The hippies have had their day! The paranoias of a squealing few have won out over the potential benefit of many!

Now I'm glad I left. (I just had to vent about that somewhere.)

My old boss has a better reasoned but not less aggravated analysis.
15 March 2008 @ 11:59 am
I had a dream a couple mornings ago in which an alien came to Earth in the form of giant scarab beetle, and subsequently disguised itself by obtaining a California license plate and a Zero Carbon Emissions sticker...
Current Mood: mellowmellow
14 March 2008 @ 10:25 am
Just found that ROFLcon is being held in Cambridge a month from now. I think I'll go - I mean, where else can you attend a conference with panels like "The Internet Cult Leader" and "You Can Get Paid For This?" ... Also, I want to buy the LOLtrek guy a beer.
Current Mood: rejuvenatedrejuvenated