May 2002 Archives

The conspiracy head cases have grabbed onto another 'sign': currency origami that explains, well, I don't know exactly, but it all has to do with September 11. Actually, the page is a spoof on it; the original (serious?) link is here.

And to think that back when I was a kid, it was a really cool thing to fold a dollar bill so that George's head looked like a mushroom...

The Lie Revealed

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#1 is true, although I later broke in again and left more than enough money to cover what I'd taken. In fact, the whole story is here. #3 is also true: it's "The Stupidest Thing I've Ever Done", which I originally wrote for Pyroto Mountain. So that leaves #2, which is actually almost true--I did see Moeller as he was walking out of U-M's Schembechler Hall (yes, that's what they really call it) for the last time, talking to a TV news crew.

Two Truths And A Lie

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I saw this on b-may; it looks like he got it from Harrumph!. Here's mine:

  1. I once burglarized an ice-cream stand in England.

  2. I was the first 'civilian' to see Gary Moeller after he was fired as U-M football coach.

  3. On a dare, I jumped over a guard rail on a pitch-black night when I had no idea what was on the other side.

Honor All Those Who Serve

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I've made it a habit, whenever I find out that someone is a veteran, to say "Thank you for your service." I've found it to be a good way of expressing my gratitude without being overbearing. So now I'm thinking about all the other people who serve our country, and it goes beyond just vets, active duty military, and public safety workers. For example, here at the Day Job, we've got a couple of people on the ground in Afghanistan right now. Who are you thinking of today?

One of the reasons my blogging dropped off (and when I say 'dropped off', I mean 'dropped to zero') a couple of months back is that I was too busy with class work (note that this is not to be confused with the blog gap last summer, which was due to my being in the Blogger Relocation Program). One of my assignments for that class was this:

You have just been hired as the head of a company's software development group. Your predecessor was fired because too many of the group's projects were behind schedule, over budget, or both. On your first day at this job, you realize that the group was not using any kind of formal development process. Write a 3-4 page paper comparing and contrasting these development methodologies: Synchronize and Stabilize, Extreme Programming, and the Rational Unified Process. Select the methodology that you would use, and explain your choice.

I decided to write mine... differently. Here's the result.

Hypocrites On Parade, Part II

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I was listening to the Bob & Tom Show on the way into work this morning, and they were interviewing Vecepia. One of the things I've always wondered is why they voted out Hunter, Mara-morons' strongest member, so early. Evidently, he'd led the charge to vote Peter out first, based on Hunter's perception of Peter as a threat (and all this time I thought it was because Peter creeped everybody out). Vecepia then said, and I quote, "God don't like ugly," meaning (I guess) 'what goes around comes around,' so the tribe turned on Hunter and ran him at the next available opportunity.

God likes ugly just fine, V. If He didn't, you wouldn't have won.

One last thing, you good Christian woman, you--are you planning on tithing with that million?

One other last thing--my "Top Slogans That Insult A Rival University" is today's List Of The Day at Keepers.

Hypocrites On Parade, Part I

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I originally planned on running a big analysis of the Survivor finale last night, but it basically boils down to this: I am really really tired of people who do something they know is wrong, then figure it's OK since they asked God to forgive them. If you watch Survivor, you know what I'm referring to. If not, you don't care, so there's no point in me going on about it.
About Rosie O'Donnell hosting the reunion episode: I've added a new entry to the list of Things I Never Thought I'd Say--"Bring back Bryant Gumbel!"

Everyone knows love is blind...

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But evidently it's also deaf and incapable of sensing vibration through its feet. This story describes how a New Jersey couple were seen embracing on a railroad track moments before they were hit by a train. Upon further review, it appears to have been a suicide pact (they both left their wallets on the station platform). OK, so now we know that love is blind, deaf, incapable of sensing vibration through its feet, and occasionally fatally stupid.

Update: the story as rewritten clearly describes a suicide pact (the early edition did not list a motive).

Last week, I had a story accepted by Slashdot. I got a fourth-order taste of the Slashdot effect from it, since the site was linked to my story credit.

Me, yesterday:

"Huh, this looks kinda cool, I'll play the first hole.

That was neat, I'll play another hole.

OK, just one more hole.

OK, just one more hole.

OK, just one more hole.

OK, just one more hole.


Eleven under par! Woo-hoo!"

Aw, Rats!


Sure, the mind control paranoiacs probably have a screw loose, but we're closer to it than you think.

Mayday! Mayday!

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