Archive for May, 2006



Wednesday, May 31st, 2006

Your Personality Is Like Acid

A bit wacky, you’re very difficult to predict.
One moment you’re in your own little happy universe…
And the next, you’re on a bad trip to your own personal hell!

(via Jay and Deb)


Sacre Bleu!

Tuesday, May 30th, 2006

Say it isn’t so:

A VIDEO of naked women writhing against the French flag was played to judges yesterday at the trial of a rap star accused of disseminating obscene material to minors.

Richard Makela, 30, a Zairean-born rapper who performs as Monsieur R, has been brought to trial in a private prosecution by a conservative MP from the Pyrenees who says that lyrics and images from the internet video insult France.

Daniel Mach, an MP for President Chirac’s Union for a Popular Movement, is outraged over FranSSe, a song from Monsieur R’s 2005 album Politikment Incorrekt, in which he vows to urinate on Napoleon Bonaparte and General de Gaulle and says: “France is a bitch/ Don’t forget to f*** her/ To the point of exhaustion/ Like a slut/ She should be insulted.”

I need to get me that video. Read more here.

(via Fark)


Carnival of The Capitalists

Tuesday, May 30th, 2006

It’s up at Working Solo.


New Book

Tuesday, May 30th, 2006

It’s nice to be a blogger. I’ve just been offered a free book:

New Edition of “Putt’s Law”

Older readers might remember a book called “Putt’s Law,” by
Archibald Putt — a hilarious guide to career advancement in
high-tech organizations. It contained advice such as Putt’s Ploy: “If
you must fail, fail big.”

Long out of print, a new edition of the book was just released by the
IEEE Press and John Wiley & Sons. There’s an excerpt from the new
edition called “Archibald Putt Meets the Internet” here.

I’ll be sure to check it out and let you know what I think.


Oracle of Starbucks

Thursday, May 25th, 2006


The Oracle of Starbucks

(thanks Adam)



Thursday, May 25th, 2006

Not sure how real this is, but this guy glides off a cliff with a suit that makes him look like a flying squirrel. Watch here.


Slam Foot

Wednesday, May 24th, 2006


Dog Thong

Wednesday, May 24th, 2006


Ya Mon

Wednesday, May 24th, 2006


What’s The Frequency Congress?

Monday, May 15th, 2006

From the WSJ:

According to a recent report by the Progress & Freedom Foundation, a free-market telecom think tank, “only 7% of the most valuable spectrum — between 300 MHz and 3GHz — is currently subject to market allocation. Another 14% is slated for market allocation at some point in the future. Seventy-five percent remains under a command-and-control regime, much of it reserved for federal government use.”

Policy makers reason that by pushing auctions off they can starve the sector for some period, which creates scarcity and artificially inflates the costs of the licenses. The Congressional Budget Office expects the 3G spectrum auction scheduled for next month to raise about $15 billion for the U.S. Treasury, reflecting uncertainty about future auctions.

But the government’s role here shouldn’t be to maximize its revenue; the main objective is efficient allocation of an important resource for economic growth. “Congress is spending too much time looking at auction revenues and not enough time looking at the gains to the economy from having more productive use of spectrum,” says Thomas Hazlett, a former FCC economist who now teaches law and economics at George Mason University.

Frankly, they should just auction off ALL of the available spectrum and just turn the FCC into a register of deeds with respect to spectrum property rights. Somehow, I doubt that will happen. Either piracy will rule the day, forcing Congress to change the law, or we’ll just be stuck for another decade or more until the spectrum is auctioned off.


Read the whole thing here.