Saturday, January 8, 2011

Cats playing patty cake

Okay, try to watch this without laughing. I dare you. The voice-over is hilarious.

"Cats Playing Patty-cake, what they were saying..." by JustinCElliot

Friday, January 7, 2011

Obama the hypocrite

Quick quiz: Who said this?

"The fact that we are here today to debate raising America's debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the U.S. Government can't pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government's reckless fiscal policies. … Increasing America's debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that the buck stops here. Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better."

Wow, sounds like a perfect description of what is going on in Washington right now. But it was Barrack Obama who said this way back in 2006. I wonder if he still (or ever) believed those words.

I know this will shock you all, but apparently Obama is a hypocrite. Mike "Mish" Shedlock points this out in a recent blog post. From MISH'S Global Economic Trend Analysis:
"Playing Chicken with Debt Limits: Obama as a Senator vs. Obama the Hypocrite President Today"

Mish's piece is very succinct and to the point; I can't improve on it. Mish's conclusion:
"...I urge Republican to take the measures Obama recommended in 2006 when he crossed party lines and voted with Republicans in 2006 to not raise the debt limit."

That's right. By opposing Obama now, Republicans would simply be following Obama's own advice and actions.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Coding Horror: Trouble In the House of Google

If this is true, is this the beginning of the end for Google? Can Google change its algorithms to resist the impact of spammers? Does it need to? Are "closed" networks (such as Facebook) better at resisting spam?

From Coding Horror:
"Trouble In the House of Google" by Jeff Atwood

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

When will government stop interfering in business?

Yet another story of government interference for personal benefit. Surprised? Of course not.

From Techdirt:
"Time For Google To Leave Italy? Italy Announces That YouTube Responsible For All Content"

"The Italian government has long had trouble comprehending how YouTube is simply a platform for users. Of course, some might say this is willful ignorance. Italy's Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi owns Italy's largest private broadcaster, Mediaset, and doesn't much like the competition."

"The latest in the Italian government's war against YouTube is that it's declared that YouTube qualifies as a TV station and is subject to television regulations."

"I imagine Google will fight this in the courts, but at some point, it makes you wonder if Google wouldn't just be better off leaving Italy altogether, and seeing how folks there feel about its government's decisions."

Government interference affects business decisions--to the detriment of its citizens.

Holding YouTube responsible for the actions of users is like holding gun manufacturers responsible for the actions of gun users, like holding cigarette makers responsible for the decisions of smokers, like holding fast food providers responsible for the decisions of individual consumers, like holding earth moving equipment manufacturers responsible for people who remain in the path of the work being done (unknown to the operator of the equipment). Oh wait, government already does all this stuff. No wonder we're so screwed up.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Song of the Day: The Pains of Being Pure At Heart - Heart In Your Heartbreak

Here's a song, just because I like it.

The Pains of Being Pure At Heart - Heart In Your Heartbreak

Monday, January 3, 2011

Oh those crazy trees!

You could accuse me of having a high school boy sense of humor. And you'd be right! I admit it, I find this hilarious. Gotta love the "piercing" on the first picture. :)

From Funny or Die:
"11 Trees That Look Like Genitals"

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Cable TV pricing for our cell phones?

How will we pay for data connectivity on our cell phones in the future? Here is one possibility, from Ars Technica.
"Imagine a world where every app has its own data plan" by Nate Anderson

Why do I have a bad feeling that our cell phone data plans will look cable TV pricing in the future? I am so lucky that my employer pays for my cell phone data plan, on my work phone anyway.