Bill Maher New Season: Let The Sucking Begin

One of my guilty pleasures has been watching Bill Maher’s shows. I think he’s intelligent, somewhat witty, and the idea of bringing together experts and idiots . . . I mean celebrities, to discuss politics was something I found to be intriguing. I’ve also been somewhat of a objective critic of Maher’s. For instance, while […]

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Housekeeping

In case some of you have wondered, I upgraded the blog software, MovableType, last night. I came under an intense comment spamming attack last night and so I had to make some changes. In case you’re wondering what comment spamming is (lucky you if you don’t know), it’s when spammers try to boost their Google […]

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I’m Famous

My amigo, Marcello, just sent me this photo from his recent trip to Eastern Europe. Some research has uncovered that “Rini” means “Push” in Slovene. Strange considering the orgin of the name “Rini” is Italian.

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Get Your Customized Signatures

Seems everyone has a little signature saying or phrase at the end of their emails or message board postings. This can be a major problem for those not witty or creative enough to come up with thier own. Well dammit, those days are over. Get your very own signature right here!

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How Rich Are You?

I ran across an interesting site that I thought I would throw out there. It’s called the Global Rich List and it claims to compare your salary against the world population. For instance, if someone makes $100,000 a year, they are in the top .6% of all wage earners in the world which translates to […]

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The Cobbler’s Children Have No Shoes

Back in January when I was studying for the PMP Exam, I volunteered to help on the PMI’s Program and Portfolio Management Standards project. The goal was to construct a body of knowledge in program and portfolio management similar to the one PMI already has for project management (for those wondering what the difference is, […]

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Being Republican

I guess at some point, during some election, I registered Republican. I’m not sure when but somehow I got on the GOP’s list. Just for full disclosure, I am currently registered as an independent and have been for many years. I vote for candidates from either party depending on how well they represent my interests. […]

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I Want My RSS

If you’ve been with me a while you’ll note that I wrote an Email to RSS gateway some time ago. It was pretty much a simple little tool in PHP that I set up on a cron job to poll a POP3 server at a regular interval and grab emails sent to a specific account. […]

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Diver Down Follow Up

I recently posted about scuba diver, Dan Carlock, who was left stranded in the water after a recent dive. Someone forwarded to me a press release sent out by the company who was responsible for leaving him: Venice, CA – April 30, 2004 – There has been extensive media coverage about the rescue of Dan […]

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Hey, I Know That Guy!

As I’ve mentioned previously, I’m a scuba diving fanatic. In fact, as a hobby, I teach scuba diving and am a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer. A friend emailed me this link to a story about a diver who was left behind on a dive recently and floated in the Pacific Ocean off of the […]

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Songkran

I spent the day with a scuba and travel buddy at the Songkran festival held at Wat Thai in the San Fernando Valley. Songkran is the Thai new year (currently 2547) and is a enthusiastic celebration. In Thailand the Songkran festivals are known for their water play. The Songkran period is a traditionally thought of […]

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Easiest or Hardest Job in the World? You Decide.

I was reading The Economist recently and they had the story of Abdi Jimale Osman, Somalia’s minister of tourism. Unfortunately, or fortunately depending on how you look at it, Somalia hasn’t had a tourist in 14 years. One of the few hotels in Mogadishu recommends that visitors hire at least 10 armed guards to escort […]

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Sir, What’s That In Your Trunk?

I had to go to LAX today to pick up a ticket and I may have almost given one of the security guys a heart attack. First off, I haven’t flown recently but I have flown several times over the last couple of years and I don’t remember security being this tight. There’s the checkpoint […]

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Why Instant Messaging Is Evil

Instant Messaging used to be a great tool. Unfortunately, like email, once it became popular it went from useful tool to annoyance. I don’t think it was anything about the technology itself but I think the longer that it was around the more people projected their own social flaws onto it. What follows is an […]

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DARPA Grand Challenge

One of my clients is Axion Racing, a team that entered the DARPA Grand Challenge. The Grand Challenge is a government sponsored competition with a $1 million prize going to the team who can successfully get an unmanned, fully-autonomous vehicle from Barstow to Las Vegas over rough terrain. Yes, a fully-autonomous vehicle. No driver. No […]

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