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 Tuesday! Tuesday! Tuesday! Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
 Author:  matt
 Dated:  Tuesday, March 02 2004 @ 03:12 AM PST
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PoliticsOk, so everyone go out and do their civic duty today. I'm not going to tell you how to vote, because it's a decision that you have to make for yourself, but I will remind everyone that Ashcroft is a very real problem, and Bush hasn't fired him yet, so you know which way I'm going. Incidentally, if anyone is planning on voting in the republican primaries and/or caucuses, please throw a vote toward somebody other than Bush. I know it won't make a difference in terms of delegates, but it might help to send a message, if anyone's bothering to listen. Of course, if you're voting on the elephant side of the fence, you're probably in favor of George the W, so I'm probably pissing in the wind here.

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Most Recent Post: 03/02 02:56PM by matt

 Quick one Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
 Author:  matt
 Dated:  Tuesday, March 02 2004 @ 12:07 AM PST
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TechnologyFrom an MSNBC article about electronic voting machines:

Linda Lamone, Maryland's elections administrator, said each machine would be covered in security "tamper tape" and include a protective seal. The tape changes from black to red if someone tries to remove it.

"We're good to go," Lamone said. "We have tested this equipment extensively, and there is absolutely no evidence that there's been any tampering."

Now, if you're testing the tamper resistance of something, and when you're done there's "absolutelly no evidence that there's been any tampering", wouldn't that be a bad thing?

I love it when reporters string paragraphs together like this to create utter nonsense.

 Migration Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
 Author:  matt
 Dated:  Monday, March 01 2004 @ 11:43 PM PST
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LifeAs you may have noticed, it's been a long time since I've been able to post anything.

The Deadline
As I mentioned in an earlier post, I had a bit of a crunch at work recently. Y'know, it's amazing how easy euphemism comes to me. "A bit of a crunch" is what you have when you have to work late a couple of nights. I had five consecutive weeks of wake up, shower, work for twelve or eighteen (or twenty-six, etc.) hours, sit in bed for a couple hours waiting for the caffeine shakes to subside, then finally pass out for six or eight hours. For me, each of those five weeks had less than seven days due to a rotating sleep/wake cycle induced by massive, MASSIVE quantities of caffeine. I haven't had that much caffeine since college.

Anyway, a week ago (a week late) we delivered a beta version of the software we've been working on. It sort of works, but at least it runs really slow.

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 Hmm... Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
 Author:  matt
 Dated:  Monday, February 09 2004 @ 12:39 PM PST
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LifeI think it might be time for me to go retrieve my beard trimmer from my mother's house (where I left it at Christmas.)

Getting dressed today, I actually ran a comb through my beard.

That can't be good.

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 Surfing the waves of cynicism Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
 Author:  matt
 Dated:  Sunday, February 08 2004 @ 02:22 PM PST
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PoliticsY'know, one of the funny things about our society these days is that, just as there are two studies that "prove" opposite sides of every issue, there are news articles that confirm whatever you're already thinking, regardless of what that is. If you're a republican, you'll listen to all the evils of the democrats, and vice-versa. You'll convince yourself that there's a media bias against whatever group you lump yourself in with, instead of realizing the simple truth that both sides are scumbags.

I'm sure you're all reasonably intelligent people, so I won't belabor that point.

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 Further Erosion Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
 Author:  matt
 Dated:  Wednesday, February 04 2004 @ 09:14 AM PST
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PoliticsI know it may seem that this particular topic is the only aspect of our government that I talk about, but...

Wired Article

Do you remember the day Saddam was captured? Of course you do. It was the same day our civil liberties were eroded again by the Bush administration, and this time, they even tried to be sneaky about it.

The part of this article that bugs me the most is the note of resignation in the last quote from the ACLU lawyer:
"All things considered, this was a loss for civil liberties," he said. But on a brighter note, "this was the only provision of Patriot II that made it through this year. Members are hearing from their constituents. I really think we have the ability to stop much of this Patriot Act II legislation in the future."

Last time I checked, Congress had the means to unmake a law too. If you were a member of congress that got swindled into approving some piece of shit legislation like this, wouldn't you propose a law that read something like, "Line 492 of the Intelligence Authorization Act is hereby stricken from the books."? The President might not have a line item veto, but Congress sure as hell does.

As far as I'm concerned, any fucktard that votes against that one needs a trip to a high school civics class, by way of the principal's office for ritual caning.

 Review: Hangmen Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
 Author:  matt
 Dated:  Wednesday, February 04 2004 @ 02:02 AM PST
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MoviesIt's no secret that I like bad movies. I will often go out of my way to find new and interesting bad movies to bring into my collection, in the hopes that they will in some way exceed my expectations. I suspect this comes as a result of watching way too much cable as a kid, but that's a topic for another day.

The key to a really good bad movie is that it will simultaneously make you wince or shake your head and still remain entertaining. Tango & Cash, for example, is so far removed from any remote sense of realism as to be laughable. A movie that makes you laugh (regardless of intent) and has lots of explosions and stuff is entertaining, so therefore Tango & Cash is a good bad movie.

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 Author:  matt
 Dated:  Friday, January 30 2004 @ 08:33 PM PST
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PoliticsAbsolutely hilarious.

Most Recent Post: 01/30 10:38PM by Forrest

 Let me 'splain Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
 Author:  matt
 Dated:  Friday, January 30 2004 @ 05:46 PM PST
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LifeNo, there is too much. Let me sum up.

Waaay to much going on this week. Here are some highlights:

- I have until Sunday or so to decide whether or not I'm moving, and if so, where.

- Work is going swimmingly... er, drowningly. I've done two allnighters this week, meaning that I've slept three times since Sunday.

- The Superbowl is at my place, so we have a bit of arranging to do Sunday morning.

 Pimping Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
 Author:  matt
 Dated:  Monday, January 26 2004 @ 09:43 AM PST
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KitschJust a reminder that voting has opened over at Blog Madness.

My matchup is in the "Work" region, but definitely poke around to the others as well. There's some good stuff to be read.

Most Recent Post: 01/26 12:00PM by matt

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