Dear Windows
First watch, 1 bell (8:44 pm)

Please don't display a dialog box for me to interact with if you aren't ready to receive input.

Thank you.

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First watch, 4 bells (10:24 pm)

Lately I've been seeing a lot of motorcycles on the roads. With the rising price of gasoline, it's not terribly surprising. My wife and I are leaving for the U.K. on Friday and are preparing ourselves for the even higher price we'll pay there with our rental car.

That said, this is something I just can't understand:

Hastings is a book, CD, and DVD rental/sale store. The bag hanging off the handlebars is from there. With the riders' recent purchase, no doubt. Now I'm all for believing in the general kindness of mankind, but trusting the general public not to walk away with your new movie is just a bit too much for me.

Surprisingly, this is not the craziest part of the picture. What you can't see is where it's parked—at Costco, a warehouse food and goods store. What possible item you can purchase there and still be able to take home on a motorcycle I cannot ken.

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Fast Road to Nowhere
Afternoon watch, 4 bells (2:19 pm)

Last night around 9pm I got on the I-90 freeway to make my short way home. Unfortunately, it wasn't as short as it should have been. Just after the last exit (too late to get off the freeway), I rounded a turn and saw backed up cars as far as there was freeway to see. After coming to a complete stop, I began the slow creep forward. It was so slow going I had to adjust the way I think of freeway speed. I was doing almost 11 minutes per mile. It took me 32 minutes to travel 3 miles.

About 3/4 of a mile from the next exit sat a sign that said Left land closed 2 miles ahead. Whoever placed that sign has no idea of distance, because the lane ended at the exit, less than a mile away. In fact, had the sign actually been 2 miles back the traffic may have been a little better. Only thanks to the trucker heroes that block lanes, though. I saw several jackasses drive through the rest stop and out the other side to get ahead of a bunch of cars, and one car that did this and continued up along the shoulder as long as he could. He cut off the car right in front of me, too. At no point did I ever see any police or traffic directors.

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An Urban Legend is Born
First watch, 5 bells (10:57 pm)

Today as Lorien and I were buying some new tank buddies for Steve, our goldfish, the lady at the fish section told us to hold the bag up high when we walked out of the store, because the tall pylons you walk by that sense stolen goods send out an electrical field that shocks the fish.

WTF? On our way out, I told Lorien I bet the have a security camera pointed on the entrance just to watch for people holding up their fish purchases so they can have a good laugh.

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Dog Blog
Forenoon watch, 3 bells (9:55 am)

McGruff the crime dog has his own blog. He blogs about as often as, well, a dog can blog. Which is to say, about once int he last year:

McGruff the crime dog blog

blog textnice!

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Bad Instructions
Forenoon watch, 3 bells (9:56 am)

Yesterday I wrote about my new fluorescent fixture and its bad instructions. This is what I'm talking about:

Bad Instructions

If you follow the picture, you can't lose—everything works great. If you read the step, it tells you something totally different about connecting the left ballast's wires to the holes on the left side and so on. I knew there was a reason I've always called them destructions and not instructions.

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Why I Freaking Hate Microsoft
First dog watch, 1 bell (4:36 pm)

I'm trying to download a file for one of my servers. Since I don't have a lot of room on the main drive (c:), I'm saving it to my d: drive. The problem is, all the downloaded bits are stored on c: until the entire file is completed, which is retarded. There isn't enough room, so I can't download the file, even though I have 600Gb free on d:

This kind of behavior is asinine If I want a file saved to a different location, why can't the temporary file go there too?

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Bad Reader!
Forenoon watch, 3 bells (9:57 am)

Google Reader just reversed their logic for reading RSS feeds—instead of the Mark as Read checkbox at the bottom of each item, now it says Keep Unread. The problem is unless you click on the text of the article somewhere, it never gets marked as read in the first place.

I hate stupid UI changes.

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Screw Global Warming
Forenoon watch, 1 bell (8:43 am)

We're getting even more snow as I write this. Looks like at least an inch today.

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Hotlinked from MySpace
Forenoon watch, 7 bells (11:46 am)

I recently noticed I was being hotlinked from some retards on MySpace. I now rewrite all requests with myspace in the HTTP_REFERER header to a special image, as you can see below:

pwned by ScurvyJake

When will people learn that my Internet skillz are madder than theirs?

Thanks to CoronaLucas for the newer, shiny image that is now in place:

Thanks to CoronaLucas for the update!

You can see the results on this retarded myspace death metal band's website.

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Icon Overload
Forenoon watch, 5 bells (10:31 am)

I understand how a blog would want to have some convenient links to other services, but this is plain ridiculous:
Icon Overload

What purpose does it serve? This kind of icon overload is exactly what's wrong with so much of the In-tar-web. It is "teh suxor."

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New Mailbox
First dog watch, 4 bells (6:04 pm)

I got to work a little late this morning because I installed a new mailbox at home. Our mail carrier destroyed our old mailbox. I think she hates me or something. I've had the same mailbox since I built the house 7 years ago. It wasn't fancy, but it did the job. The first thing to go was one of the rivets that the door hinges on (the bottom left of the mailbox). I zip-tied it closed, only to find the tie cut the next day. So I zip-tied it again. The next day it was gone. I didn't tie it tight enough to not allow the door to be opened, just enough to keep the door on straight. She cut the ties off anyway.

Lately, it's gotten worse—even the top piece that lets the door snap shut was broken. I was keeping it together with two rubber bands, but the evil mail lady wouldn't replace them. She hates getting out of her little mail car to deliver packages to me. Once though, she did get out to leave a nasty note about not leaving the trash bin near the mailbox. The irony here is that she wouldn't deliver the mail, but she'd get out of her car and walk her fat pigu up to the door to leave a nasty note.

Anyway, the new box is up and looks nice. It's bigger so she doesn't have to get out of her little car anymore.

I just hope she didn't run over the new mailbox today.

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REAL Low Resolution
First dog watch, 2 bells (5:11 pm)

I had a problem with Vista on my laptop today when I hooked it up to a projector:

super low desktop resolution

Why does Vista think it knows better than me? Why must I fight it so?

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Macbook For The Win
Forenoon watch, 3 bells (9:38 am)

Yay! Macbook vs Commodore!

Macbook vs Commodore

Macbook FTW!


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Afternoon watch, 4 bells (2:11 pm)

Why the Sam Hill are 90% of business projects running at 1024x768 native resolution?

What laptop, made in the last 5 years, uses that kind of resolution? What application (barring PowerPoint) runs well at 1024x768??