Boo Orange County

Los Angeles Times: "Some Southern California cities fine residents for watering their lawns too much during droughts.

But in Orange, officials are locked in a legal battle with a couple accused of violating city ordinances for removing their lawn in an attempt to save water."
- The city should be encouraging more folks to do what the Ha's have done. Drought tolerant plants, no lawn, and wood chip's are all great ways to beautify your yard and conserve water. If you've never lived in an area prone to drought you may not understand, and that's ok, but here it's nice to see folks doing their part to save water for more important things, like drinking.

Boo on you Orange County.

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Real life, or fantasy?

ESPN: "The NFL will ask the competition committee to review integrity-of-game and competitive-balance concerns with clinching playoff teams that choose to rest starters at the end of the season." - Is this the first evidence of fantasy football influencing the game? Why would the NFL care what a team does with its' starting lineup? Are you going to make injured players play, probably not, so why bring up such a stupid question?

One day we'll have a scandal around fantasy football. One day someone will throw a game because they've had their pocket stuffed with some amount of money they couldn't resist. Hopefully I'm wrong.

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The case of American Airlines and Mr. X

Dustin Curtis: "When I first learned about this, I was horrified. Mr. X is actually a good UX designer, and his email had me thinking there was hope for American Airlines. The guy clearly cared about his work and about the user experience at the company as a whole. But AA fired Mr. X because he cared. They fired him because he cared enough to reach out to a dissatisfied customer and help clear the company's name in the best way he could." - Ah, yes, the man can be that way. It really stinks when you care and try to push for change when the company doesn't support you. I learned that the hard way.

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The First Mac Virus

MSNBC: "He and at least one other person who clicked on the links were infected by what security experts call the first-ever virus for Mac OS X, the operating system that has shipped with every Mac sold since 2001 and has survived virtually unscathed from the onslaught of malware unleashed on the Internet in recent years." - Popularity seems to breed this sort of behavior. Windows was tremendously popular when the script kiddies started their attacks. I'm sure we'll see a few more of these, and if Linux ever gains in desktop popularity, I'm sure we'll see one there as well.

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Jerry Jones, knuckle head

Engadget [via @jfahrni]: "The massive HDTV strung up over the field was hit by a punt during the first NFL game played there last night. So far, by the rules that will result in a do-over, while owner Jerry Jones says there are no plans to move the screen and he doubts anyone will hit it during the regular season. Check the video evidence embedded after the break, somehow we doubt this is the last time this happens." - Jerry Jones is one of those owners, like Al Davis of the Raiders, that is everything wrong with the game of football. They believe they know the game better than the coaches and players and anything they do is the right thing to do, even though it's not. Clearly the display is going to screw with gameplay if punters can hit it at will. Jones, of course, in typical arrogant form says "there are no plans to move the screen and he doubts anyone will hit it during the regular season." Nice call man, have you ever punted a ball in a professional football game? I didn't think so.

Yeah, I just don't like Jerry Jones, can you tell. :-) He ruined the Cowboys organization, and turned me into a Chicago Bears fan.

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IE8 video was real? "In total four adverts were made with Dean Cain starring in all of them and proclaiming IE8 can solve many of the problems regular users have when surfing the Internet. The reception the adverts got has been mixed, but it is one video in particular users either found funny, offensive, or off-putting." - I thought this was some sort of joke, put on by some random joe blow making fun of Microsoft? I finally saw it. Microsoft paid someone to shoot this crap, and then used it?

Why is it the worlds largest, and by all accounts, most successful software company in history can't make a decent commercial? I like the new Bing commercial, it's funny, and gets the point across. But how does a wife throwing up on her hubby get the point across about a feature in the browser. I know my wife would probably vomit if she saw it.

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Not that it was wrong

CNN: "Sherri Goforth, an administrative assistant to state Sen. Diane Black, R-Gallatin, has admitted she sent the e-mail May 28 with the title 'Historical Keepsake Photo.' She said, without elaborating, that she mistakenly sent it 'to the wrong list of people.'" - Notice she's not sorry she sent it, she's sorry she sent it to the wrong distribution list.

Class act.

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What a turkey

CNN [via James Robertson]: "'It's all fun and games until somebody gets stalked,' Kutcher wrote in a Twitter posting late Monday." - I've never figured out why people like this guy. He thinks he's the stuff, pushes to get one million followers on Twitter, then, in typical Ashton Kutcher style whines about it. Someone needs to punk this turkey because he can't take it. Please pull the plug on your Twitter account, that would be just fine with me.

Stars, gotta love 'em.

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Congress and the BCS

Bleacher Report: "Since undefeated Utah was overlooked for the national championship game many fans have been up in arms over the decision. Now Congress is looking into the situation. Some congressmen are even going as far as comparing the BCS to communism, and President Barrack Obama has also spoken out about the BCS system." - Absolutely not! While I believe the BCS is completely busted, Congress shouldn't have a darned thing to do with it. If it's ever going to get fixed it'll take the BCS and the NCAA losing money, and sponsors. This the the good ole U S of A. Money talks baby. Will it get fixed? I hope so. Is it likely to happen. Not any time soon.

Oh, and the argument that it would kill off traditional bowl games, think again. I'm a simple man and I figured out a way to make it work. You'd think the BCS guys could figure it out.

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Slow down

Visalia Times Delta: "The Passat was traveling at a speed too fast for the roadway and the driver, Masson Blow, 19, of Lompoc, lost control, the CHP reported." - I spent just over a year driving this highway when I worked for Paramount Farms. I have friends that still drive it. It's an extremely dangerous road because people tend to get very stupid. It's a two lane road in the middle of nowhere so folks believe they can drive 90+ and get away with it. The problem is they can't control their vehicle at those speeds and folks pay the ultimate price. There are multiple deaths on 41 EVERY year. You'd think the CHP would be given the resources to properly police the area and write monster tickets, along with hauling folks to the pokey, for speeding.

One of Exeter's own, Casey Goodwin, was kill on that very highway in 2003.

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How stupid can you get? Pretty stupid.

Fresno Bee: Police say a Bulldog gang member held down his 7-year-old son while another gang member tattooed a gang insignia -- a dog paw -- on the boy's right hip. - Unbelievable.

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Slate [via Brian Cantoni]: "A couple of years ago, Dr. Hal S. Stern, the head of the Department of Statistics at the University of California-Irvine, wrote an article in the Journal of Quantitative Analysis in Sports 'advocating a boycott of the Bowl Championship Series by all quantitative analysts.' Stern argued that statisticians shouldn't want anything to do with the 'computer rankings' that are an element of the BCS system. I am writing here to sign onto Stern's call for a boycott." - YEAH! BCS STICK IT WHERE THE SUN DON'T SHINE!

It's time for a real system, one that's decided on the field. It's time to join all other major sporting events, it's time for a tournament.

DITCH THE BCS! Until that happens we'll never know who's the true #1. Texas, USC, or Florida in 2008? We'll never know, now will we?

UPDATE: Another GREAT line from the article, "This isn't a national championship—it's a big-money waltz."

That hits the nail squarely on the head!

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NFL: Punks & Thugs

ESPN: "New York Giants receiver Plaxico Burress has told the team that he accidentally shot himself Friday night, a league official told ESPN's Sal Paolantonio." - So, why hasn't anyone asked the obvious question? Why was this idiot carrying a gun in a nightclub? If you feel the need to carry a gun into the club I have a piece of advice for you, don't go to the club. Why, why, are American professional sports full of thug gangsters? New rule in the NFL, caught carrying a gun in public and you're banished from the sport.

Plaxico Burress should be traded to the Cowboys, they like idiot thugs, winer receivers that can't catch, and lowlife of the NFL. Jerry Jones welcomes all with arms wide open.

Be thankful I'm not the Commissioner of the NFL.

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No job for you!

Crooks and Liars: "In the status update section of his Facebook page, Burnette posted, 'All the hunters gather up, we have a (slur) in the White House,' in reference to Obama’s becoming the first African-American elected to the presidency." - Well, Mr. Burnette should definitely not apply for a job with the new administration since they're looking at your Facebook page for things that may embarrass the President, a remark like that could do it.

We still have a long way to go, don't we?

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Hate at Lockergnome?

Lockergnome: "I have prepared an alternative statement that David Cameron, leader of the British opposition, should release immediately to the rest of the free world:" - Read the comments. People are blowing this way out of proportion. We'll be just fine folks. Breath in, breath out, repeat.

I never expected Lockergnome to be the home to a racist.

UPDATE: As a reader pointed out. The hateful part wasn't in the body of the post, it was in the comments below. My brain managed to meld the two into one.

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This is the United States of AmericaMy daughter just came home from school with a massive headache, she gets them on occasion. On the ride home she tells my wife "We had a mock vote and a kid behind me saw I voted Obama. Then when we were on the way to the bus the kid pushed me and called me 'N* Lover'." You know what N* means, and it's not nice.

I just got off the phone with the Principal and he said this has been happening a lot over the past week. He assured me the situation will be dealt with.

You don't have to like Obama, you don't have to support the man, but for heavens sake, don't get violent over someone else supporting him. In this country we're allowed to make a choice but that sort of behavior is simply Un-American. Men, and women, have given their lives unselfishly to afford us this wonderful honor. Don't disgrace their memories with violence against one of your own.

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More Comcast woes

Stuart Rawling: "So I took my dog for a little walk, and guess what. Every house on my street has a satellite dish. Every one. I spoke with my neighbor and asked what service they used for High Speed Internet, and they said ATT dsl, cos cable is too expensive if you don’t get their TV service (it is about $58 a month). So if all those other neighbors have a Satellite dish, I am guessing they also use ATT DSL." - It would seem Comcast is as stoopid as the RIAA. They hate their customers.

I've been using Verizon DSL with few problems for a few years now, I'm definitely pleased with it so far. I'm also a DishNetwork subscriber and I love their service. Never had a problem with it as far as I can remember.

It funny that Stuart asked if others in the neighborhood were having problems only to have Comcast report 'No', which is true, but none of his neighbors are using the service, that's priceless.

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Let it sell!

9to5Mac: "The LA Times blog is reporting that the infamous, limited edition "I am Rich" application was purchased by six Americans, one Frenchman and one German. That's right. These guys gave the developer, Armin Heinrich, a total of $5,600 dollars and Apple $2,400 for what effectively is a 320x480 pixel Photoshopped picture of a jewel." - Look, if you agree to the terms of the sale, you've clicked the button, money changes hands, it's your problem, not Apple's, and not Armin Heinrich's problem.

Why should Apple not allow Mr. Heinrich to sell his application? If someone want's to spend $1000.00 on an app that does nothing, let them buy it. Buyer beware!

Check out the screen shot of the user comment. This is HIS fault. He clicked the button. Next time think before you act. Why, just tell me why would Apple put some $999.00 joke on their site? Oh, and it's not a scam, he spells out exactly what you're getting for your $999.00.

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Bad Cop

Gothamist: "Still, Pogan pere better be calling in all his favors, because Mayor Bloomberg does not see eye-to-eye with the police union on this one. Yesterday he described the video as 'totally over the top. Inappropriate is a nice way to phrase it. Let's let the police commissioner conduct his investigation.' Commissioner Ray Kelly is baffled by the incident. 'I have no explanation. I can't explain why it happened.' Sources in the NYPD tell the Daily News that the charges against Long will likely be dropped and Pogan will 'almost surely be fired.' And for the cop-bike-bodyslam completeist, Smoking Gun has the police report." - Obviously officer Pogan chose the wrong way to stop the cyclist, even if he felt the man was being 'dangerous' he could've used a different method to stop him. How about starting with the 'Hey, stop', then maybe try grabbing the man around the waist if you needed to stop him by force. Yes, it works, I've done it myself. The cyclist wouldn't have been happy but knocking the guy off the bike was just stupid, and to make matters worse he falsified his report to point blame at the cyclist. Not smart, not smart at all.


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Comcast, gotta love 'em

Scripting News: "Their issue isn't with the security on my net, it has to do with how much bandwidth I use. Can't work with them when their method of getting me on the phone is to shut off my service, without any warning. I told them to close the account. I'm no longer a Comcast customer. I'm sure they'll send me another bill, adding insult to injury. " - I have some friends at work that have had issues with Comcast. The good news is Comcast isn't your only choice, let your money do the talking and choose another broadband carrier.

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What a knucklehead

ESPN: "FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Fayetteville police say Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Matt Jones was arrested early Thursday on a felony drug charge after officers found him in a parked car, cutting up what was suspected to be cocaine." - Drugs are not a good thing.


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Nina Reiser's body found

Wired: "Hans Reiser, the Linux programmer convicted in April of killing his wife, Nina Reiser, has led authorities to her body in the Oakland hills, one of his attorneys has confirmed." - Amazing isn't it? He actually did it.


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Oklahoma City [insert name here]

ESPN: "Sonics chairman Clay Bennett is so eager to sever ties with Seattle that he's willing to leave the team's name, logo, colors and history behind to avoid a messy divorce." - If this turkey feels he must move the team the least he can do is leave the name behind for the next team in Seattle.

As for the name of the team in Okie City, here's a list of Oklahoma State symbols(linked in the article above), you can also let your minds wander. What do you think of when you hear Oklahoma?

UPDATE: I'd go with Oklahoma City Wild Turkeys. This would allow them to do a marketing deal with Wild Turkey Bourbon; logos on the uniforms, Wild Turkey on the sidelines instead of water or Gatorade, and discounted shots at the game. It could be a huge draw!

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The RIAA is insane

TechCrunch [via James Robertson]: "If the Judge rules that the RIAA is right, any person in United States who has ever ripped a legally purchased CD will become a copyright thief and a potential target of the RIAA, and that means just about every iPod owner in the country." - If I were a musician I'd ditch my record contract as soon as possible, contact Apple, and negotiate a deal for distribution via iTunes DIRECTLY. Forget the middle man, you don't need a big corporation that presses CD's. Hire a small dedicated team and put more in your own pocket. If the big players disappear it'll be their own darned fault.

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