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 Classics Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
 Author:  matt
 Dated:  Saturday, July 19 2008 @ 09:54 PM PDT
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KitschEvery so often, a critical mass gathers in the WTF/amusing file, and I feel compelled to share.

Especially when there's a theme.

I present to you four videos, in no particular order.

Ode to Joy
Blue Danube
Habanera
Stars and Stripes Forever

 Off balance Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
 Author:  matt
 Dated:  Friday, June 13 2008 @ 12:57 PM PDT
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KitschWhen the "opinion" section of a paper or a broadcast makes more sense than the "news" section, there's a problem. I'm willing to allow for the possibility that the problem is with me, but that doesn't make the above statement incorrect.

For example:
News
Opinion

...not that it's fair to compare the news department at ABC to a reader of The Wall Street Journal.

 The lowest common denominator Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
 Author:  matt
 Dated:  Monday, June 02 2008 @ 05:45 PM PDT
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KitschREN: "Stimpy, sometimes your wealth of ignorance astounds me."
STIMPY: "Yeah, they don't call me stupid for nothing!"

I'm not sure which is more disgusting, a person who can't figure out how to unlock a car door without using the power lock switch, or the fear-mongering douchebag that came up with this to use as the graphic for the story:

 Oh dear.. Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
 Author:  matt
 Dated:  Thursday, May 22 2008 @ 02:46 AM PDT
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KitschWatch this.

 Bongiorno salami Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
 Author:  matt
 Dated:  Sunday, March 30 2008 @ 02:58 AM PDT
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KitschChristopher Walken reads The Three Little Pigs

 And get off that window too... Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
 Author:  matt
 Dated:  Saturday, February 23 2008 @ 03:52 PM PST
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Kitsch"Friends, meet Jon Arbuckle. Letís laugh and learn with him on a journey deep into the tortured mind of an isolated young everyman as he fights a losing battle against loneliness and methamphetamine addiction in a quiet American suburb."

Garfield minus Garfield.

 Cognitive dissonance Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
 Author:  matt
 Dated:  Wednesday, February 06 2008 @ 06:17 PM PST
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KitschWhen I tell you to, I'd like you to click on the link below, and immediately minimize the window or close your eyes. DO NOT watch the video or look at the title or anything, just listen to the audio.

Try to figure out what's going on. It's more fun if you don't speak German.

Once you've listened to it for a minute or so (it's a little long to do the whole thing), bring up the window and see what's actually happening.

Here's the link.

 Fun with calendars Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
 Author:  matt
 Dated:  Friday, December 07 2007 @ 05:24 PM PST
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KitschOne of the more interesting sets of problems when writing Internet software is working with dates and times.

Pretty quickly, you learn to account for different time zones, the dateline and the mishmash of rules for daylight savings. Much less frequently, but more interestingly, differing calendars come into play.

In that vein, here are a couple of fun facts:

A European living in China in 1911 would have celebrated New Year's Eve on December 18th.

In 1918, in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, the month of February was fifteen days long.

In Sweden in 1712, February was 30 days long.

When George Washington was born, the date was February 11, 1731. It is now February 22, 1732.

When Alaska was purchased from Russia, the date for the US delegation was October 18th, 1867. The date for the Russian delegation was October 7th, 1867.

Needless to say, the transition from Julian to Gregorian calendars was a bit jarring - all the more so for being done over the course of almost 350 years.

 Dumb it down, people. Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
 Author:  matt
 Dated:  Thursday, October 04 2007 @ 02:05 AM PDT
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KitschHere's an interesting policy memo from the newspaper world.

The Flesch-Kincaid bit piqued my curiosity, so I ran a few of my longer pieces through it. It seems that I consistently write at a ninth grade level (9.2-9.7), which seems about right to me - I generally like clarity, but the mouth-breathers of the world are not exactly my audience.

 I told you to get out Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
 Author:  matt
 Dated:  Tuesday, September 25 2007 @ 01:59 PM PDT
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KitschMore xkcd in my head.

Contrary to what is said in the third frame, the days do NOT synch up with workday schedules. Mondays are brutal.

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