Nightmare fodder

October 24th, 2008

Photographs of a giant spider eating a bird in an Australian garden have stunned wildlife experts.

Yeah, apparently those wildlife experts have never heard of Australia, and the nightmarish insectoid horrors that developed there, worse than anything you'd find in a cheap 50s sci-fi film.

The Golden Orb Weaver spins a strong web high in protein because it depends on it to capture large insects for food.

As if Australia had anything other than large insects. Everything on and around that island is huge, poisonous, and wants to kill you.

And now the spiders are catching birds in their webs. They're working their way up the evolutionary ladder.

Thanks, Jasona, for sharing this link.

Just stop that

October 22nd, 2008

One request:

"Proposition 8 doesn't promote or support hate," said Rebecca Whitman, a Stockton mother of five. "We're putting out the word of God."

Yeah...please stop doing that.

(Yes, yes: First Amendment, and all that. But "religion" and "government" are not peanut butter and chocolate, people!)

Ah, Republicans

October 21st, 2008

Sometimes they're just so predictable. If, for example, they accuse their opponents of something, then it's probably worth looking for that sort of behavior in their own ranks.

Like so:

John McCain's campaign has directed $175,000 to the firm of a Republican operative accused of massive voter registration fraud in several states.

But I really liked this part: The operative in question, "has donated nearly $30,000 to McCain's campaign, has been in the good graces of GOP officials for the past decade despite charges of ethical and potentially legal wrongdoing."

Ethical and potentially legal wrongdoing, you say? I believe that's more commonly called the "Republican base."

What I've learned about Vista

October 20th, 2008

My experience with Vista so far can be summed up thusly:

Vista: Only usable because Google exists.

I'm an administrator. I have, in theory, all permissions required to do anything. So I have permission to edit a file. But I can't save the file. Why not? Because Notepad doesn't have permission to edit the file.

But I'm the user who launched Notepad. Except that I didn't say "Run as administrator." Because, after all, I am the administrator.

There are excellent reasons for not letting some programs run with admin rights by default. But if I'm the one launching, say, a program to edit a file, and actually saving those edits requires admin rights, WHY MAKE IT DIFFICULT?

On the other hand...

Microsoft has released an operating system that's, by and large, given away with new computers. And it's painful to use. A few years later, Microsoft releases a much better OS, and millions of Vista users flock to buy the new product.

People will want to buy a Windows operating system. And not just the crazy tech-heads.

Very clever.

Virii and the brain

October 17th, 2008

I've been suffering from a really nasty cold that one of my daughters brought home from school. Not quite the flu, but more than just the sniffles. I've got that wonderful "my head is packed with concrete" feeling, my throat is raw, my stomach is in knots...yeah, that's probably enough info.

Anyway, I did something very, very stupid while in the worst throes of this illness: I bought a computer.

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