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You know what I want to see?

Monday, January 18th, 2010

I want to see a parody of one of those Broadview Security commercials. You know the ones … a woman is at home alone or with a small child when someone breaks into the home. The intruder runs away immediately, and the phone rings with the security company calling to see if everything’s ok.

Would you stop to answer the phone in that situation?

I want to see the woman pick the phone up, only to hear, “Hi, Marge? It’s Betty. I just heard that Liz and Barney are getting divorced, and …”

Meanwhile, the camera cuts the to the security company’s office, where we hear a busy signal over the image of a phone operator.

That sounds sorta familiar

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

I’ve written about memory before. I have a number of memory books, also. This site is about, and has links to other sites about, mnemonics and memory techniques. It emphasizes the use of mnemonics in learning other languages, which is another of my interests.

Update: This is an interesting report whose author claims to have verified the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis, perhaps even in the strong form, if I read it correctly. The strong form of the hypothesis was the major plot device in The Languages of Pao, by Jack Vance.

Also, this looks like a book I’d find fascinating. I’ve studied both Esperanto and Loglan (the original and the Lojban varation), and own a couple of Klingon dictionaries, although I’ve never tried to learn that language.

Updates via Lambda the Ultimate.

Mucho miscellany

Monday, June 8th, 2009

Slow day so far. This expresses my feelings about it:

Today is under construction

I’ve heard of saving yourself for marriage, but this is ridiculous.

Bohemian Rhapsody has never been a real favorite of mine, but there’s something about this performance

Two music reference sites.

Two resource sites for learning foreign languages.

How effective has the stimulus been? Not at all. Why? Because there’s been no stimulation yet. Looking at the graph at the first link, it’s obvious that we have two choices:

1. We can believe that the Obama administration has absolutely no idea how an economy works.

2. We can believe that the Obama administration (and the media) have been lying their asses off about the economy.

Personally, I’d try to get a look at the seat of their pants, but I’m not ruling out #1, either – they’re not mutually-exclusive options.

Apropos of that, two sites for freelance work (one general, one specifically software). From what I’ve seen over the years, a lot of people expect really cheap work out of freelancers. For example, one job offer I noted at Guru.com is to develop a multiplayer poker game for between $500 and $1000. I can’t link it directly, because I haven’t signed up for a membership yet. Not to mention that I’d expect project links like this to have a short “shelf life.” I don’t expect them to get too many responses – you might get such a game for that price if it’s already been developed, but I wouldn’t expect exclusive rights.

Yesterday’s breakfast bonus (See also: Buy 2, Get 1):

Double-yolks

Do you know …

Wednesday, February 27th, 2008

… who this man is? Scroll down slowly, so you don’t get the second photo too soon.

I did not recognize him.

Is that car an import?

Thursday, February 21st, 2008

Dangerous Car

Why, yes, it’s a 2004 Molotov (click for larger).

Saw it yesterday at lunch.

Do you point and laugh, or just try to get away unobserved?

Tuesday, January 8th, 2008

The person your mother warned you about (not necessarily work-safe).

Via David J.

Airfare discounts

Friday, November 2nd, 2007

This showed up on BoingBoing a little while ago, and it looks like useful information to keep around.

I’ll try to keep this in mind

Sunday, October 21st, 2007

… the next time I travel anywhere: How to find out why your flight is really delayed.

I’ve driven in Atlanta before

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2007

I never drove there during rush hour, but I remember getting directions on the order of, “Well, you take Peachtree Avenue to Peachtree Street, then head north until you hit Peachtree Circle. Continue past that until you hit Peachtree Lane, then turn left onto Peachtree Way and it’s just on the left.”

Quick links

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2007

I’m going on vacation soon, and I’m under the gun at work and at home to get specific tasks done before I leave. Therefore, no discussion, just links:

This guy dances salsa better than I can. I’ve probably got it over him in quickstep, though.

Continuing education on the web
.

Nice crochet work.

What do those awards really mean? The user testimonials can be fun, though.

I expect the next version of DDR will have trapdoors and punji stakes, too.

How much of your DNA is alien
in origin? It’s probably easier for most of you to read (if not understand) here.