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November 29, 2008

Monitor-ing ()

by fluffy at 11:40 AM
So, my trusty old HP 2335's backlight has been fading for a while, and it's gotten to the point that I'm seriously considering getting a new one. The Dell WFP2408 looks pretty good, and right now it's only $517.

Conveniently enough, it also has HDMI, DVI, and DisplayPort, which means it's possible that when Apple finally gets around to releasing a miniDP→DP adapter I can use it with my MacBook Pro as well (and then allow my G5 to continue its steady decline towards "the file server in the corner" status).

November 26, 2008

Double opt-out? ()

by fluffy at 3:54 PM
An email message has been sent to the following address:
(redacted)
to confirm that address's removal from the following list:
Freeverse Mailing List
Upon receiving this message, you will need to follow a confirmation URL, located in the message itself.

This confirmation process, known as double opt-out confirmation, has been put into place to protect the privacy of the owner of this email address.

If you do not receive a confirmation for removal in the next twenty-four hours or you have any other questions regarding this mailing list, please contact the list owner at: montymail@freeverse.com

That's a new one. Especially funny since it's not like I opted in to this list to begin with. (I guess I got signed up because I participated in MacHeist last year. All of the sudden, a lot of MacHeist participants have started spamming me over the last week. Meh.)

And of course, after clicking the opt-out email's link I got yet another email from them thanking me for confirming my removal. Something tells me I'm going to continue to get emails from these jokers.

November 25, 2008

Blendtec's illegal sweepstakes ()

by fluffy at 4:17 PM
So, Blendtec are having a sweepstakes to win a trip to Blendtec Headquarters and appear on Will It Blend. However, the sweepstakes requires purchase of a blender, which makes it technically a lottery, and thus possibly illegal, as I understand it.

Does anyone with better knowledge of the law know more about the actual laws involved? The closest I can find is regarding lottery-by-mail which is probably not within the scope of this.

November 23, 2008

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November 19, 2008

Nerdcore Rising (, )

by fluffy at 12:41 AM
I just saw the SF premiere screening of Nerdcore Rising, to which my friend (and now independent documentary star!) MC Frontalot was an attendee. Afterwards I joined him and a bunch of his friends at a nearby bar. I had two strong drinks on an empty stomach. I opted to just leave my bike at the office and take BART home. I am still feeling drunk.

So what I'm saying is I may be a bit late for work tomorrow.

November 14, 2008

November 11, 2008

Comparison shopping ()

by fluffy at 2:43 PM
So I was in the market for a new digital camera. I decided on the Sony Cybershot DSC-W150 (since it had the best blend of portability, resolution, and optical zoom range in the price range I was interested in). I get a discount from the Sony Style store, so I ordered it there for $209 + sales tax, which worked out to about $235, and I figured this was a good deal since the MSRP is $250.

Then today I saw that on Amazon it's only $199, with no sales tax, plus I would get more cash-back from my Amazon Visa.

Usually I remember to shop around, even for things I get a discount on. Oh well.

November 10, 2008

OLPC has been a disappointment ()

by fluffy at 11:16 AM
So maybe this project will fare better.

November 6, 2008

Fuck you, Facebook ()

by fluffy at 2:42 PM
I just got this IM out of the blue, from Facebook's AIM spambot:
According to his Facebook status, [coworker] "is wearing a TShirt from the dot-com bust". [coworker] invites you to join Facebook and keep up with what he and your other friends are doing:

https://register.facebook.com/signup/

Already on Facebook? Login here.
You can also reply "menu" for more options.

Not content with violating the privacy of Facebook members by broadcasting their personal goings-on to other Facebook members, they've now taken to spamming non-members on AIM with it as well. FABULOUS.

(Of course I already asked the coworker if he intended for that to happen — I was pretty sure he hadn't since he's even more privacy-focused than I am — and he said, "Hell no!")

I should add: ()

by fluffy at 11:05 AM
I am extremely stoked about Obama winning. I'd been waiting 8 long years for November 4, 2008, and the fact that he won so categorically and decisively, so fast, without any sort of outcry from his opposition (aside from Palin doing her completely-expected retardation where she blames the very media which was the only reason she even did as well as she did), that I have great hopes for this country.

Also, Obama's victory speech did a lot to soothe my anger. I still feel like it was very bittersweet, though.

There are three silver linings, though:

  1. The vote was close. Gay rights have obviously made huge strides.
  2. There are already several attempts to challenge Prop 8 in court, mostly attacking it from different angles.
  3. There are, by some accounts, as many as 3 million uncounted absentee ballots, which could easily swing the final count in either direction. I know that most of my coworkers voted absentee and I know that all of them voted no on 8. For example.

November 5, 2008

How the California propositions are doing ()

by fluffy at 7:36 AM
So with this handy interactive map you can see what the current vote tallies are across California. The "margin of victory" view is pretty interesting.

November 4, 2008

Dear fucktard Prop 8 dipshits ()

by fluffy at 8:53 PM
fuck you for spending so much money on campaigning to revoke rights from a minority.

fuck you for planting notions in everyone's mind that not passing a proposition would cause scary changes to education and the tax code. PROPOSITIONS DON'T WORK THAT WAY

FUCK YOU for taking Obama's comments out of context to turn even more people against gays and common fucking DECENCY

and FUCK YOU voters for LISTENING to that goddamn bullshit

okay I know it's a bit early to say that (since only 9% of precincts are reporting yet and 0% of San Francisco has) but it offends the fuck out of me that even 5.5% of this state's voters would be so RETARDED. you should fucking be BETTER than that.

Update: FUCK. YOU.

November 3, 2008

The fluffy voting guide ()

by fluffy at 11:22 PM
For those who are still waffling on how to vote in the upcoming election and want to be told how to vote by someone with absolutely no credentials in the political arena!

Rain ()

by fluffy at 9:17 PM
As much as I like riding my bike to work, this weather has me seriously considering getting a car again. For my weeny 3-mile commute.

I'd probably just get an old convertible or something. Even though it's such a silly solution. I guess there's just taking an umbrella and walking to BART on rainy days.

Thankfully, AccuWeather says today was the last day of rain for a while, so I can banish these thoughts of materialism once again.

A proposal re: LittleBigPlanet ()

by fluffy at 3:58 PM
So, LBP remakes of other games generally feel like steam-powered puppets, and of course Sackboy is also a puppet made of scraps. So, could we call its style "stitchpunk" and get that out of the way?