Amendment I

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Steve Ballmer RIP

Just a little sumpin' sumpin' in memory of Steve Ballmer and his visionary leadership. I just wish I had a video of him when he's super mad. I bet he breaks a lot of stuff—even here, he looks like a vein on his head might explode at any second. [Two additional Ballmer classic videos after the jump.]


You're right, no one will pay $500 for a phone. Oh, wait...

Monday, August 26, 2013

New Music Review - Kut U Up

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Spiritus in Machina

Acxiom is a data-mining company headquartered in Little Rock, AR. It's also really hard to pronounce (I'm guessing, as I've never actually heard someone say the name) and spell (so much so that it is misspelled as "Axciom" by such luminaries as ZDNet and The Huffington Post). I believe Acxiom prefers to be called a targeted marketing and planning company, or something like that. None of that is particularly relevant to this post, however; please review the following from Acxiom's website:

Last time I checked, the US population was slightly north of 315 million persons (US Census Bureau). Which begs the question, what exactly is Acxiom counting?  It occurred to me that perhaps the 500 million included all the people who have died and been born since Acxiom started keeping records in 1969, going by the name Demographics.  Since that time, approximately 96.3 million US souls have departed this mortal coil, based on CDC info and extrapolating for the last two years (US CDC WONDER Database). The current population already includes new births (as well as anyone born prior to 1969 who is still alive today), so we get to 411.3 million potential US consumers. Something is amiss, I think. My theories:
  • Acxiom has multiple instances of the same people, so they have a higher raw count than the actual number of people who exist
  • They are rounding up—badly
  • You know those duplicate songs, pictures and other files you have on your computer? Acxiom has that problem, too
  • Pets have been added to the database
  • Imaginary friends are included in the database
  • Someone forgot to Google "US population 2013," so instead just guessed from memory
  • The immediately preceding person's education was subpar, was hampered by excessive use of mind-altering substances, or both
  • Spiritus in Machina

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Friday, August 23, 2013

How to Avoid Mass Carnage in Manmade Circles

My Dear Fellow Americans,

No, you are not hallucinating--that is a roundabout in a suburban American city. By the way, since it was only my incredible ninja driving skills that saved me from crushing the back of your van like a used up PBR can: no, you do NOT yield for other cars to enter the roundabout.

Thank you for your consideration. But not for being over-polite. That will definitely get someone killed someday.

That is all. Good day.

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posted from Bloggeroid

Thursday, August 22, 2013

The Slippery Slope of Losing Freedom

"I don't need to worry, I haven't done anything wrong" works fine until the storm troopers show up at your door and haul you away for planting marigolds, being a methodist, or liking "the rock music." This slippery slope has existed since before the Crusades, and it's at the core of destroying individual freedom. 

You're right, though, you haven't done anything wrong—until someone in charge decides that you have.   

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