Archive for October, 2005

Monday, October 31st, 2005

Catching up on blogs, I loved this post from the Freakonomics guys. For those to lazy to click, it’s the following paragraph; the gem being the last sentence:

The Ivy League schools justified their emphasis on character and personality, however, by arguing that they were searching for the students who would have the greatest success after college. They were looking for leaders, and leadership, the officials of the Ivy League believed, was not a simple matter of academic brilliance. “Should our goal be to select a student body with the highest possible proportions of high-ranking students, or should it be to select, within a reasonably high range of academic ability, a student body with a certain variety of talents, qualities, attitudes, and backgrounds?” Wilbur Bender asked. To him, the answer was obvious. If you let in only the brilliant, then you produced bookworms and bench scientists: you ended up as socially irrelevant as the University of Chicago (an institution Harvard officials looked upon and shuddered).

The icing on the cake is Tucker Max declaring his uniqueness in the comments.

It’s Like an Early Version of “Dear Mama”

Monday, October 31st, 2005

Mr. T Raps.

I lived through (and loved) the 80s, so I’m not casting stones, but, dude, what’s up with the shorts? Maybe Eddie Murphy was onto something after all.

Jury Duty

Monday, October 31st, 2005

I’m off to Jury Duty. Since it’s Halloween, I wonder if they would let me go dressed up?

In particular, would I be less likely to be selected if I went as Batman?

Flip Side of Jet-Lag

Tuesday, October 25th, 2005

Turns out there’s a positive flip-side to jet-lag.

I woke up at 5am this morning — and not the groggy I-will-kill-to-sleep-some-more type awake, but the holy-crap-have-I-slept-past-noon awake. I knew I wouldn’t be able to fall back asleep, so figured I’d take advantage of the situtation, went down to the gym, dorked around on my home PC for a bit, and got to work super-super early (i.e., 7am). I got a primo-parking spot, completed several items off my todo list, dug further through the email blacklog, and all before 9am.

This must be what it’s like to be in the army. I wonder how long I can keep this up.


Monday, October 24th, 2005

As I have a fairly flexible sleep schedule, I didn’t really think I’d be hit that much by jet-lag. Alas, around 6pm my body was going “eh? it’s 3am. why are we still up? shut down! shut down!” Some four hours latter, the battle between battle body & mind continues. Having to slog through some 800 emails isn’t helping either. I’ve gotten it down to 400 and I think that might have to be good enough for today.

I plan on blogging about the trip once I’ve caught up on day-to-day tasks and had a chance to upload my photos.

Notes from .ro

Monday, October 17th, 2005

I can say with renewed confidence, Communism sucks.

Notes from Europe

Thursday, October 13th, 2005

  • If you’re a touch-typist, being in a country like Austria, where they reverse things on the keyboard, like the ‘y’ & ‘z’, move the @ sign, etc., really fucks up your game.

  • Looks like I won’t be eating chicken in a few days.

“And like that… he was gone.”

Saturday, October 8th, 2005

I’m off to the airport… well, not really… It’s only noon and my flight isn’t until six, and being at the airport six hours early is too crazy, even for me. But, I’m about to head off to have lunch and then the airport.

10 hours on a plane… man, this is going to be interesting.

A Cub’s Fan Prayer for the 2005 Postseason

Thursday, October 6th, 2005

Please, please, please, please God let the White Sox lose.

Thank you & Amen.

Update: Damnit.

Disabling <blink> in Firefox

Tuesday, October 4th, 2005

Someone on a mailing list just passed along how to disable the blink tag in Firefox. Standard about:config in the location bar, find browser.blink_allowed and set it to false.