Microsoft Rules (or Does It?)

Go here and watch The Power.  Then go here and be amused.

UPDATE: This is an old post. I’m cleaning up some things on the blog and removing some categories which means posts like this get updated. That’s why it might show up in your newsreader this morning.

Google’s New Motto

Do No Evil (unless we can make lots of money doing evil). Currently, the zeitgeist in computer makers is that they, not those of us that buy the damn things, own the computer. It comes loaded with crap designed to either steer you down a direction you don’t need (Hello AOL!) or designed to be borderline spyware like the Google stuff above.

You can’t buy a car that drives you to a Shell station when you need gas and you shouldn’t be able to buy a computer from Dell that directs you to ad pages by Google. When you buy a product, it’s yours and you should have all the power in making decisions regarding that product. Google has lost its way as it got huge just like all other “Do No Evil” companies before it. Google isn’t special and it doesn’t look like it ever was, regardless of the lofty mottoes and intentions of its founders.

More overreach can be found here where Google basically admits to wanting to store your personal information so they can better organize your life.  I’ve got news for Google, this centralization of power information scares those of us who think decentralization of most everything is the way to go.  You may use it for good now but history teaches someone always comes along to use it for something bad.

Talent

A little history: for most of 2006, my company paid me a ton of money to basically attend meetings. In this time, I have reached the end of the internet and I’ve made some observations. The content on the internet is basically normally distributed in terms of the usefulness and talent of said content, excepting pornography of course which is mostly all good much like pizza is good in that bad pizza still really does the job for the most part, not that I ever viewed porngraphy or ate pizza at work (except that one time when I meant to download Python, a programming language, and went to the wrong site (Please don’t click that link if you’re offended by naked people)).

Given that normal distribution of content on the web, one would expect to occasionally run across horrid sites that were 2 or more standard deviations beyond the mean and to also occasionally run across content that is substantially better than the mean in the same way. It’s rare, it takes time and effort but it is possible, I promise you.

The bad stuff can usually be easily avoided but when you run across one of those rare sites that almost entirely strikes you as genius, it’s impossible to ignore and in fact, you may spend a significant portion of your miserably short life reading or watching all the content you can mainline into your system.

The point of this entire post is two-fold: 1. I should start drinking much earlier in the day as I can then believe I am invincible and a good dancer much earlier and 2. The ZeFrank Show will suck you in like a small child to a culvert after a 48 hour rain, only to emerge at the end of the tunnel, bruised, battered and quite possibly dead. That, dear reader, is a man of genius. Like all genius, he’s not always right (even Einstein made a ridiculous comment about God and dice-everyone knows God plays Baccarat) but more often than not, you will find that The Show is worth risking your job for as you hold one earphone of your set up to your ear, trying not to cry in joy at finding such talent on the web.

As a starter, begin here and then just slowly, 4 or 5 shows a day, work your way through the archive. Or start at the beginning and move through the entire progression of the show, experiencing it as if you were present at the conception. But do go watch it. Talent deserves to be recognized.

Reddit and Mob Rule

This really deserves a longer, well-thought out piece but I have to comment on something I’ve noticed lately.  I reallly like Reddit, a site where people submit things from the web that are then voted on by the members.  It was created by a couple of programmer geeks so the range of articles is typically good.  When you submit articles that people like, the site tracks your karma and then future articles you submit are ranked higher.  All in all, a good site.

However, there are two topics guaranteed to be successful and those are anything involving the conspiracies the Bush organization has foisted on Amerika and atheism.  I find the latter amusing, I remember being 22 and atheist, looking to pick a fight with any religious person I could on the web.  It was fun and all but really just a pursuit of youth.

The former though is starting to manifest itself as some sort of psychological disease.  Case in point: read the comments here.  Ranging from Katrina to 9/11, it’s all one big conspiracy against the poor, black, dark or just general Americans.  At first I thought that line of comments was a great parody but in the end, it’s apparent they truly believe such things.  Providing counter examples to their rather obvious insanity is pointless as they are “The Convinced”.  These people really believe Bush is one step away from invoking martial law and nothing can be brought to up sway them.

Is that the state we’re in today, that large portions of an otherwise intelligent sub-population believe an American president knew about 9/11 beforehand, willfully let the people of New Orleans die because they aren’t white and now is ready to invoke martial law in one of the longest running democracies of the world?  Really?  It’s impossible to argue with these people but it makes me angry that anyone can believe that.  Trust me, I think the Bush organization has stumbled mightily lately.  But these people seem to concurrently hold two absolutely contrary positions without the slightest bit of cognitive dissonance: Bush and his administration are conniving, horrible Hitler like people and Bush and his administration are idiots.

This sort of insanity troubles me because I can’t possibly work out a solution in my head to explain it.  And that scares me.

Random Search Engine Stuff

Apparently I am number 7 on Google when someone searches for “mercy flush” and numero uno when someone searches for “perky cox“. I’m sure that means something but I don’t know what it is.

Though I do find it sad that Laura K. Perkins Cox is running for public office and she doesn’t even seem to have a website. In this day and age, I would assume a web site would be the very first thing you do after you file to run for office. Oh well, you people coming here looking for information on Perky Cox are going to have to find it elsewhere I guess.