Thursday, November 27, 2003 :::
Dan's New Basement
You know that dream where you find an extra room in your house that you never knew you had? I got a whole new room! Even though I always knew I had it. My Dad (and I, but mostly my Dad) finished my basement. Then I went and had it carpeted and bought a new couch and a TV!
See pictures of it here.
Oh, and Happy Thanksgiving!
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Wednesday, November 26, 2003 :::
Normally I have a strong enough mind to repress my gag reflex when confronted with disgusting-sounding taste sensations, but not this time.
Happy Thanksgiving, from the people at Jones Soda.
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Grapes are no longer allowed at Dan's house.
In fact, let's make that fresh produce of any kind. What makes this even more disturbing to me is that this isn't the first time I've heard of such an occurence.
Read about what grosses me out.
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Dan is a poet.
Dr. Seuss turns in his grave,
To see the Cat in the Hat Burger King crave.
Ok, so that's not so good. But the Cat in the Hat movie advertising juggernaut is one of the most annoying I've ever experienced in my whole life. Pringles, Visa, Burger King Xmas Ornaments, Kitty Litter... okay, I made up that last one because I like the visual of Mike Meyers in a cat suit squatting in a box while the narrator searches for a word that rhymes with poo.
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Don't people have better things to get outraged about yet?
Los Angeles officials have asked that manufacturers, suppliers and contractors stop using the terms "master" and "slave" on computer equipment, saying such terms are unacceptable and offensive.
The request -- which has some suppliers furious and others busy re-labeling components -- came after an unidentified worker spotted a videotape machine carrying devices labeled "master" and "slave" and filed a discrimination complaint with the county's Office of Affirmative Action Compliance.
In the computer industry, "master" and "slave" are used to refer to primary and secondary hard disk drives. The terms are also used in other industries.
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Thursday, November 13, 2003 :::
Anyone can be a model...
... in today's world of digital retouching. Check out this example of a "model" both before and after. Double yikes.
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Buy Dan Gifts
Dan's updated Amazon.com Wishlist, just in case anybody's interested...
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Wednesday, November 12, 2003 :::
Collecting Your Defects
A funny, disturbing, and most likely fake personal ad from Craig's List, a community online forum:
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Monday, November 10, 2003 :::
Updated Junk in the Trunk
I put new music and stuff in my Junk section. Note to Suz: Cory said since we have the same taste in music that you should download the MP3s.
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It's all about Me-ow.
Umm, yikes. Please no.
Coming soon to a theater near you.
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Mind your propaganda, please.
Even the deeply involved aren't falling for it:
Jessica Lynch, the Army private whose dramatic rescue from an Iraqi hospital was filmed and fed to the American public, says she does not remember being mistreated by her captors and criticizes the military for using her as a propaganda tool to drum up support for the invasion. In an interview with ABC's Diane Sawyer, Lynch said she has no recollection of being slapped or mistreated, although she does recall an Iraqi nurse singing to her. Lynch also told Sawyer that there was no reason for her rescue to be filmed. "They used me as a way to symbolize all this stuff," she said. "It's wrong."
And while we're being political, here is a quote directly from George Bush Sr.'s book about how invading Irag is a terrible idea, 10 years before his son went ahead and did it like a bad little boy:
Trying to eliminate Saddam, extending the ground war into an occupation of Iraq, would have violated our guideline about not changing objectives in midstream, engaging in "mission creep," and would have incurred incalculable human and political costs. Apprehending him was probably impossible. We had been unable to find Noriega in Panama, which we knew intimately. We would have been forced to occupy Baghdad and, in effect, rule Iraq. The coalition would instantly have collapsed, the Arabs deserting it in anger and other allies pulling out as well. Under the circumstances, there was no viable "exit strategy" we could see, violating another of our principles. Furthermore, we had been self-consciously trying to set a pattern for handling aggression in the post-Cold War world. Going in and occupying Iraq, thus unilaterally exceeding the United Nations' mandate, would have destroyed the precedent of international response to aggression that we hoped to establish.
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Friday, November 07, 2003 :::
Scripturemail lets you have an email address with a righteous twist. That's right, you can finally spread your favorite bible verse across the globe to infect millions of others! Finally, I can get email at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Those who are holy enough can read all about it.
P.S. And finally that Job3:14 email scene in Mission Impossible can ring true, for all those who know what the hell I'm talking about.
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Wednesday, November 05, 2003 :::
I think I'd have a similar reaction, but probably for different reasons.
Speaking of Britney [Spears], here’s a tidbit from her interview with Graham Norton that you won’t see. The singer was mingling with the audience, when one of them vomited at her feet. . . .
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Monday, November 03, 2003 :::
I'm a skeptic.
To be even more blunt, I don't believe in any hokey shit. But for some reason, people are determined to believe in ridiculous things. Take the Bible Code for instance. Pure bunkum. And to prove it, they found similar "coincidences" in Moby Dick:
For all of you believers out there.
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