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Caption this picture!

by dmuth In reply to Douglas Muth's LiveJourna ...

<img src="http://www.claws-and-paws.com/images/stories/from_offsite/livejournal/2005/05/jaguaryawning03.jpg" width="640" height="427"><br /><br /<b>Edit:</b> I fixed the broken link. Sorry about that.]<p><div class="blogdisclaim"><a href="http://www.livejournal.com/users/giza/157972.html">This post originally appeared on an external website</a></div>

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Abbot and Costello on Computers

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(COSTELLO CALLS TO BUY A COMPUTER FROM ABBOTT)<br /><br />ABBOTT: Super Duper computer store. Can I help you?<br /><br />COSTELLO: Thanks. I'm setting up an office in my den and I'm thinking about buying a computer.<br /><br />ABBOTT: Mac?<br /><br />COSTELLO: No, the name's Lou.<br /><br />ABBOTT: Your computer?<br /><br />COSTELLO: I don't own a computer. I want to buy one.<br /><br />ABBOTT: Mac?<br /><br />COSTELLO: I told you, my name's Lou.<br /><br />ABBOTT: What about Windows?<br /><br />COSTELLO: Why? Will it get stuffy in here?<br /><br /><a name="cutid1"></a>ABBOTT: Do you want a computer with Windows?<br /><br />COSTELLO: I don't know. What will I see when I look at the windows?<br /><br />ABBOTT: Wallpaper.<br /><br />COSTELLO: Never mind the windows. I need a computer and software.<br /><br />ABBOTT: Software for Windows?<br /><br />COSTELLO: No. On the computer! I need something I can use to write proposals, track expenses and run my business. What do you have?<br /><br />ABBOTT: Office.<br /><br />COSTELLO: Yeah, for my office. Can you recommend anything?<br /><br />ABBOTT: I just did.<br /><br />COSTELLO: You just did what?<br /><br />ABBOTT: Recommend something.<br /><br />COSTELLO: You recommended something?<br /><br />ABBOTT: Yes.<br /><br />COSTELLO: For my office?<br /><br />ABBOTT: Yes.<br /><br />COSTELLO: OK, what did you recommend for my office?<br /><br />ABBOTT: Office.<br /><br />COSTELLO: Yes, for my office!<br /><br />ABBOTT: I recommend Office with Windows.<br /><br />COSTELLO: I already have an office with windows! OK, let's just say I'm sitting at my computer and I want to type a proposal. What do I need?<br /><br />ABBOTT: Word.<br /><br />COSTELLO: What word?<br /><br />ABBOTT: Word in Office.<br /><br />COSTELLO: The only word in office is office.<br /><br />ABBOTT: The Word in Office for Windows.<br /><br />COSTELLO: Which word in office for windows?<br /><br />ABBOTT: The Word you get when you click the blue "W".<br /><br />COSTELLO: I'm going to click your blue "w" if you don't start with some straight answers. OK, forget that. Can I watch movies on the Internet?<br /><br />ABBOTT: Yes, you want Real One.<br /><br />COSTELLO: Maybe a real one, maybe a cartoon. What I watch is none of your business. Just tell me what I need!<br /><br />ABBOTT: Real One.<br /><br />COSTELLO: If it's a long movie, I also want to watch reels 2, 3 and 4. Can I watch them?<br /><br />ABBOTT: Of course.<br /><br />COSTELLO: Great! With what?<br /><br />ABBOTT: Real One.<br /><br />COSTELLO: OK, I'm at my computer and I want to watch a movie. What do I do?<br /><br />ABBOTT: You click the blue "1".<br /><br />COSTELLO: I click the blue one what?<br /><br />ABBOTT: The blue "1".<br /><br />COSTELLO: Is that different from the blue w?<br /><br />ABBOTT: The blue "1" is Real One and the blue "W" is Word.<br /><br />COSTELLO: What word?<br /><br />ABBOTT: The Word in Office for Windows.<br /><br />COSTELLO: But there are three words in "office for windows"!<br /><br />ABBOTT: No, just one. But it's the most popular Word in the world.<br /><br />COSTELLO: It is?<br /><br />ABBOTT: Yes, but to be fair, there aren't many other Words left. It pretty much wiped out all the other Words out there.<br /><br />COSTELLO: And that word is real one?<br /><br />ABBOTT: Real One has nothing to do with Word. Real One isn't even part of Office.<br /><br />COSTELLO: STOP! Don't start that again. What about financial bookkeeping? You have anything I can track my money with?<br /><br />ABBOTT: Money.<br /><br />COSTELLO: That's right. What do you have?<br /><br />ABBOTT: Money.<br /><br />COSTELLO: I need money to track my money?<br /><br />ABBOTT: It comes bundled with your computer.<br /><br />COSTELLO: What's bundled with my computer?<br /><br />ABBOTT: Money.<br /><br />COSTELLO: Money comes with my computer?<br /><br />ABBOTT: Yes. No extra charge.<br /><br />COSTELLO: I get a bundle of money with my computer? How much?<br /><br />ABBOTT: One copy.<br /><br />COSTELLO: Isn't it illegal to copy money?<br /><br />ABBOTT: Microsoft gave us a license to copy Money.<br /><br />COSTELLO: They can give you a license to copy money?<br /><br />ABBOTT: Why not? THEY OWN IT!<br /><br />(A few days later)<br /><br />ABBOTT: Super Duper computer store. Can I help you?<br /><br />COSTELLO: How do I turn my computer off?<br /><br />ABBOTT: Click on "START".......<br /><br /><br /><font size="-2">(Source: Author Unknown)</font><p><div class="blogdisclaim"><a href="http://www.livejournal.com/users/giza/158444.html">This post originally appeared on an external website</a></div>

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Cool and interesting reading

by dmuth In reply to Douglas Muth's LiveJourna ...

I've been doing some reading during the past week, and here are some things I'd like to share:<br /><br /><a href="http://anthonylarme.tripod.com/dnd/index.html">Visits to Makes of Dungeons and Dragons</a> - Many photos from a trip that was made to TSR's headquarters before they were bought up by Wizards of The Coast many years ago.<br /><br /><a href="http://www.highprogrammer.com/alan/rants/tsr.html">Visiting TSR</a> - The author's account of the above trip, along with some commentary on TSR's politics and how he get involved with the company.<br /><br /><a href="http://www.atlasofadventure.com/Archive/gygaxfaq.asp">The Gary Gygax FAQ</a> - Gary was one of the people who founded TSR in the early 1970s. the FAQ covers who role in the company, and goes into much more details about politics, greed, and petty bickering.<br /><br />Enjoy.<p><div class="blogdisclaim"><a href="http://www.livejournal.com/users/giza/158565.html">This post originally appeared on an external website</a></div>

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The Final Ultimate Solution to the Spam Problem!

by dmuth In reply to Douglas Muth's LiveJourna ...

Being a geek, I see this one a lot. Some random person will come up with what they perceive as the "Final Ultimate Solution to the Spam Problem". If everyone would just listen to them and rework the SMTP protocol, that would magically fix everything! Never mind that the person proposing their radical solution doesn't have an actual <em>experience</em> running mail servers, doing sysadmin, or any silly stuff like that. They have far more pressing ways to spend their time than doing any of THAT geeky stuff.<br /><br />So, I snagged <a href="http://www.pardine.com/fussp.html">this witty form letter</a> that has made the rounds on Slashdot and figured I'll post it here, too. Very handy to have when someone says that they found "THE SOLUTION" to the problem.<br /><br /><blockquote><tt><br />Your idea advocates a<br /><br />(x) technical ( ) legislative ( ) market-based ( ) vigilante<br /><br />approach to fighting spam. Your idea will not work. Here is why it won't work. (One or more of the following may apply to your particular idea, and it may have other flaws which used to vary from state to state before a bad federal law was passed.)<br /><br / ) Spammers can easily use it to harvest email addresses<br / ) Mailing lists and other legitimate email uses would be affected<br / ) No one will be able to find the guy or collect the money<br />(x) It is defenseless against brute force attacks<br / ) It will stop spam for two weeks and then we'll be stuck with it<br / ) Users of email will not put up with it<br / ) Microsoft will not put up with it<br / ) The police will not put up with it<br />(x) Requires too much cooperation from spammers<br />(x) Requires immediate total cooperation from everybody at once<br />(x) Many email users cannot afford to lose business or alienate potential employers<br / ) Spammers don't care about invalid addresses in their lists<br / ) Anyone could anonymously destroy anyone else's career or business<br /><br />Specifically, your plan fails to account for<br /><br / ) Laws expressly prohibiting it<br / ) Lack of centrally controlling authority for email<br />(x) Open relays in foreign countries<br / ) Ease of searching tiny alphanumeric address space of all email addresses<br / ) Asshats<br / ) Jurisdictional problems<br /><a name="cutid1"></a ) Unpopularity of weird new taxes<br / ) Public reluctance to accept weird new forms of money<br />(x) Huge existing software investment in SMTP<br / ) Susceptibility of protocols other than SMTP to attack<br / ) Willingness of users to install OS patches received by email<br />(x) Armies of worm riddled broadband-connected Windows boxes<br / ) Eternal arms race involved in all filtering approaches<br / ) Extreme profitability of spam<br / ) Joe jobs and/or identity theft<br / ) Technically illiterate politicians<br / ) Extreme stupidity on the part of people who do business with spammers<br />(x) Dishonesty on the part of spammers themselves<br />(x) Bandwidth costs that are unaffected by client filtering<br / ) Outlook<br /><br />and the following philosophical objections may also apply:<br /><br / ) Ideas similar to yours are easy to come up with, yet none have ever been shown practical<br / ) Any scheme based on opt-out is unacceptable<br / ) SMTP headers should not be the subject of legislation<br / ) Blacklists suck<br / ) Whitelists suck<br / ) We should be able to talk about Viagra without being censored<br / ) Countermeasures should not involve wire fraud or credit card fraud<br / ) Countermeasures should not involve sabotage of public networks<br />(x) Countermeasures must work if phased in gradually<br / ) Sending email should be free<br / ) Why should we have to trust you and your servers?<br / ) Incompatiblity with open source or open source licenses<br / ) Feel-good measures do nothing to solve the problem<br / ) Temporary/one-time email addresses are cumbersome<br / ) I don't want the government reading my email<br / ) Killing them that way is not slow and painful enough<br /><br />Furthermore, this is what I think about you:<br /><br />(x) Sorry dude, but I don't think it would work.<br / ) This is a stupid idea, and you're a stupid person for suggesting it. <br /></tt></blockquote><p><div class="blogdisclaim"><a href="http://www.livejournal.com/users/giza/158897.html">This post originally appeared on an external website</a></div>

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The Final Ultimate Solution to the Spam Problem!

by Jay Garmon Contributor In reply to The Final Ultimate Soluti ...

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAA!!!!

Brilliant!

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I saw Episode 3 tonight!

by dmuth In reply to Douglas Muth's LiveJourna ...

Thanks to Co-Worker R (and <a href="http://www.wmmr.com/">WMMR 93.3</a>), I got to see Star Wars Episode 3 earlier tonight.<br /><br /><br />The Good:<br />- Special effects<br />- Fight scenes<br />- Samuel L. Jackson<br /><br /><br />The Bad:<br />- Some of the "romantic" lines. I've seen better on Hallmark cards<br /><br /><br />The Ugly:<br />- <a href="http://www.webdisaster.net/benito/empire.html">Chancellor Ovaltine</a><br /><br /><br /><br />Oh yeah, there's a <a href="http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/237305">Naruto Dating Sim</a> out, for anyone who really has a hardon for Naruto, Sasuke, or <s>Thick Brows</s> Rock Lee. :-P<p><div class="blogdisclaim"><a href="http://www.livejournal.com/users/giza/158977.html">This post originally appeared on an external website</a></div>

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Why did the fox cross the road?

by dmuth In reply to Douglas Muth's LiveJourna ...

I don't know why a fox would do such a thing, but I really didn't have a chance to think about it on the way home tonight. While driving down a back road, a wild gray fox darted out right in front of me and ran across the road. At first I thought it was a rabbit, but after watching it move and seeing its tail, I quickly realized what it was.<br /><br />After it crossed, I drove ahead and stopped the car so I could get a better look. But all I saw was it running deeper into the woods.<br /><br />First time I ever saw a fox in the wild, too. Made for a nice end to the week.<p><div class="blogdisclaim"><a href="http://www.livejournal.com/users/giza/159469.html">This post originally appeared on an external website</a></div>

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The cockroaches are taking over!

by dmuth In reply to Douglas Muth's LiveJourna ...

<a href="http://conceptlab.com/control/">A cockroach-controlled robot</a>.<br /><br /><a name="cutid1"></a><br /><img src="http://conceptlab.com/control/control-ocregister-18aug2004.jpg" width="614" height="311"><br /><br /><img src="http://www.conceptlab.com/control/IMG_1840_thumb.jpg" width="364" height="434"><br /><br /><br /><p><div class="blogdisclaim"><a href="http://www.livejournal.com/users/giza/159677.html">This post originally appeared on an external website</a></div>

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More photos

by dmuth In reply to Douglas Muth's LiveJourna ...

Just some random photos that I took over the last couple of weeks...<br /><br />While on the way to work the other morning, there was a big fire that was all over the local news. In fact, this is what I saw from nearly a MILE away:<br /><br /><img src="http://www.claws-and-paws.com/images/stories/from_offsite/livejournal/2005/05/dsc01958_small.jpg" width="640" height="480"><br /><br /><br />And, while stopped at a traffic light on the way home one evening, I noticed this sign:<br /><br /><img src="http://www.claws-and-paws.com/images/stories/from_offsite/livejournal/2005/05/dsc01961_small.jpg" width="640" height="480"><br />I had to do a double-take, because at first I thought the name on the sign said "<span class='ljuser' style='white-space: nowrap;'><a href='img">http://www.livejournal.com/userinfo.bml?user=tgeller'><img src='http://stat.livejournal.com/img/userinfo.gif' alt='[info]' width='17' height='17' style='vertical-align: bottom; border: 0;' /></a><a href='b>tgeller</b></a></span>"">http://www.livejournal.com/users/tgeller/'><b>tgeller</b></a></span>" on it.<br /><br />I think I need to get out more. o.O<p><div class="blogdisclaim"><a href="http://www.livejournal.com/users/giza/159804.html">This post originally appeared on an external website</a></div>

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Furry News Day

by dmuth In reply to Douglas Muth's LiveJourna ...

I load up CNN, and what do I see? Two furry-related stories right on the main page:<br /><br /><a href="http://www.cnn.com/2005/SHOWBIZ/TV/05/24/ravenscroft.ap/index.html">Voice of Tony the Tiger dies</a> - Thurl Ravenscroft, who provided the rumbling "They're Grrrrreeeat!" for Kellogg's Tony the Tiger ads and voiced a host of Disney characters, has died. He was **.<br /><br /><a href="http://www.cnn.com/2005/TECH/science/05/23/snowleopard/index.html">Snow Leopards Spotted on top of the World</a> - For the first time in more than 40 years, scientists have spotted the elegant and endangered snow leopard on the southern slopes of Mount Everest.<br /><br /><br />(Let the obscene remarks about snow leopards topping <em>anything</em> begin!)<p><div class="blogdisclaim"><a href="http://www.livejournal.com/users/giza/160045.html">This post originally appeared on an external website</a></div>

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