March 17, 2008
Nothing says “I hate you” to your baby like naming a kid something awful. An exerpt from MSNBC http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/23631411/?GT1=43001&pg=1#TDY_Names_Bad (in no particular order):
Kathryn E. Coli
Greed Sister Mancini
Mustard M. Mustard
Seymour Butz (these are real, not just in the Simpsons)
Shithead (pronounced Shi-TAYd)
Catnip Moonbeam (Warcraft, anyone?)
In my own experience, the worst I’ve heard of was Peter Pan. Except that he called himself that when he immigrated from Hong Kong. How unfortunate.
For a while, he couldn’t understand why everyone kept snickering when he would introduce himself “Hello. My name is Peter, Peter Pan”. Since then, I think he has discovered his error and now calls himself Pete Pan.
March 17, 2008
As reported by Slashdot a while ago, there was a serious security flaw (directory traversal vulnerability) in Firefox 126.96.36.199 (http://it.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=08/02/09/2215205). Because of this, I’ve actually switched back to IE, and clicking that IE button is almost becoming a habit for me.
It seems like Firefox 188.8.131.52 is going to be released on March 25 according to http://wiki.mozilla.org/Releases/Firefox_184.108.40.206. We’ll have to wait and see if they’ve actually fixed the security flaw.
All programs have security issues, but when one is so popularly known, it makes me less confident in using it. I also don’t believe that whole “it’s open source so it must be secure” crap. Open source were written by programmers just like closed source programs. It’s just as likely to have buffer-overflow and other security vulnerabilities.
March 16, 2008
Tibet is rioting at a most inopportune time for China with the Olympics coming up. There is a lot of criticism regarding how they are handling this situation. Now, I’m neither pro-Tibet nor anti-Tibet, but I do agree with the numerous Chinese bloggers in one respect.
Foreigners should not pretend to understand China. That goes for you, Richard Gere.
The way I look at it is to see how I would feel if California’s hispanic population decided that it didn’t want to be part of the US anymore and started rioting. How would the US respond? I would think that police and army squads would be deployed immediately to quell the rioters.
No, they wouldn’t. The US are the good guys!
Are we? Where are all the native Americans now?
Oh yeah. Forgot about them.
Besides, it’s easy to understand why everyone has an opinion on Tibet. Tibet acts as China’s borders and is high in the mountains. Anyone who knows anything about war knows that it’s harder to fight upwards than downwards. Just to offer a scenario, if India were ever to invade China, I’m sure that China would love to have defenses mounted high in the Tibetan mountains. Because of this, everyone who isn’t part of China wants Tibet to be independent. This would go a long way in weakening China. The US would especially love to see this happen.
So, in the end, this has nothing to do with cultural genocide or whatever the Dalai Lama is saying. This has nothing to do with religion or Chinese communism. It is simply a matter of politics and self-defense.
March 15, 2008
I love it when our president makes announcements like these. I especially love it since a few weeks ago, he announced that we are NOT in a recession.
This reminds me of that movie Mean Girls when one of the girls claims that her breasts can tell if it is currently raining. So, she becomes a weatherwoman for the news and, standing in the pouring rain, announces that “there’s a 30% chance that it’s already raining”.
March 14, 2008
So, apparently there are rumors that another celebrity couple is coming out with a sex tape (Yahoo: http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/blog/nfl_experts/post/Prepare-yourselves-for-the-Tom-Brady-amp-Gisel?urn=nfl,70448). Only this one would hit more people than any other tape before. Tom Brady, the quarterback that guys want to be and girls want to be with, and Gisele, no comment needed. How could they be so stupid to tape themselves?
Well, they didn’t.
Apparently, they “hooked up” in the winecellar of some restaurant and it was caught on a private videotape. Those damn paparazzi!
In any case, we’ll know soon enough whether there really is a tape because if there is one, it will be spread out. Brady and Gisele’s combined salaries wouldn’t be able to make it worth while to keep this tape private.
March 13, 2008
This must be one of the oddest articles I have ever read (MSNBC: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/23595533/). A woman apparently sat on her boyfriend’s toilet for 2 years and when he finally decided to call the police to get help, skin had grown around the toilet seat and they had to pry the toilet seat off the toilet in order to send her to the hospital (still fused with the toilet seat).
Apparently she had a mental problem.
That’s all fine and good. These things happen. What puzzles me is why the boyfriend waited 2 years to call for help? This isn’t the classic case of a guy not asking for directions. Didn’t he realize after a few days that this is kind of creepy?
And… if she was on his toilet… where did he do his business? I really hope he had 2 bathrooms. But I wouldn’t put it past him to hold it in for 2 years.
March 13, 2008
As the Facebook generation moves into their career stage, you see more and more managers, doctors, professors, and teachers with Facebook accounts. Sometimes it’s a little creepy when you see one of your superiors with a Facebook account and their friends commenting about their life and parties that they attended. What’s especially weird is when they include their relationship status as “In a relationship with Amy”. I don’t want to know about stuff like that.
One of my friends is a teacher now and I’ve seen status updates like “Joe is looking forward to giving a pop quiz on Tuesday”. Takes the pop out of the quiz if one of his students finds out. One day, it was “Joe is wishing his students were less stupid”. I can totally hear him saying stuff like that but I don’t think his students would be so forgiving. Facebook isn’t exactly the most private thing in the world.
I would rather not go to my doctor’s on Wednesday afternoon and find their status on Wednesday night saying “Dr. Bobby is thinking about the disgusting pussing wart on patient’s ass this afternoon”.