Archive for May, 2004

Return of the Cave Man

Wednesday, May 26th, 2004

I got this on email, and found it funny enough to post:

Finally, the guys’ side of the story. We always hear “the rules” from the female side. Now here are the rules from the male side. These are Men’s rules! Please note, these are all Numbered “1”. And that is for a reason!!!

  1. Learn to work the toilet seat. You’re a big girl. If it’s up, put it down. We need it up, you need it down. You don’t hear us complaining about you leaving it down.

  2. Sunday = sports. It’s like the full moon or the changing of the tides. Let it be.

  3. Shopping is NOT a sport. And no, we are never going to think of it that way.

  4. Crying is blackmail.

  5. Ask for what you want. Let us be clear on this one: Subtle hints do not work! Strong hints do not work! Obvious hints do not work! Just say it!

  6. Yes and No are perfectly acceptable answers to almost every question.

  7. Come to us with a problem only if you want help solving it. That’s what we do. Sympathy is what your girlfriends are for.

  8. A headache that lasts for 17 months is a problem. See a doctor.

  9. Anything we said 6 months ago is inadmissible in an argument. In fact, all comments become null and void after 7 days.

  10. If you won’t dress like the Victoria’s Secret girls, don’t expect us to act like soap opera guys.

  11. If something we said can be interpreted two ways, and one of the ways makes you sad or angry, we meant the other one.

  12. You can either ask us to do something or tell us how you want it done.
    Not both. If you already know best how to do it, just do it yourself.

  13. Whenever possible, please say whatever you have to say during commercials.

  14. Christopher Columbus did not need directions and neither do we.

  15. ALL men see in only 16 colors, like Windows default settings. Peach, for example, is a fruit, not a color. Pumpkin is also a fruit. We have no idea what mauve is.

  16. If it itches, it will be scratched. We do that.

  17. If we ask what is wrong and you say “nothing,” we will act like nothing’s wrong. We know you are lying, but it is just not worth the hassle.

  18. If you ask a question you don’t want an answer to, expect an answer you don’t want to hear.

  19. When we have to go somewhere, absolutely anything you wear is fine. Really.

  20. Don’t ask us what we’re thinking about unless you are prepared to discuss such topics as sports, the shotgun formation, or monster trucks.

  21. You have enough clothes.

  22. You have too many shoes.

  23. I am in shape. Round is a shape.

Thank you for reading this; Yes, I know, I have to sleep on the couch tonight, but did you know men really don’t mind that, it’s like camping.

Pass this to as many men as you can – to give them a laugh. Pass this to as many women as you can – to give them an education!! Peace on Earth, MAYBE.

Kerry house party

Monday, May 24th, 2004

We went to a John Kerry house party last weekend, and made the requisite donation. The most frightening thing about it: nobody knew anything about Kerry. All we knew was we had to get rid of Bush. That’s an incredibly sad commentary on the state of the Union.

The Road to Abuse in Iraq

Sunday, May 23rd, 2004

This article is a good exploration of the root cause of the abuse scandal that is embarassing all Americans right now. A quote:

“At the end of the day, it is the Bush administration’s fundamental strategy in the war on terrorism — denying basic human rights to foreigners in the name of furthering our security — that is to blame.”

Mercury News | 05/23/2004 | The road to abuse

Now trying Textile 2

Monday, May 17th, 2004

[Update 8/3/07: With the blog merge, I no longer use Textile, so this post is messed up…]

This one is interesting, too. Textile (Textile 2) is a much more full-featured (read: harder to use) text HTML formatter. Here is some bold and emphasized text.

  • a list item
  • and another

Well, how does it compare? I want features of both!

Testing Markdown

Monday, May 17th, 2004

So, I just installed Markdown and Smartypants. Let’s see how they work!

This should be bold and emphasized. And now a list:

  • an item
  • another item

Just for fun, a numbered list:

  1. just for fun
  2. buckle my shoe

How did it work?

VC Calendar humor

Monday, May 17th, 2004

This is a hilarious look at a VC calendar. He gets the words right in too many cases – it’s almost painful.

VentureBlog: Calendar Calisthenics Redux

pop2blog enhancements

Friday, May 14th, 2004

I decided to post my enhancements to pop2blog, even though they aren’t very earth shaking. They are:

  1. use a mail folder instead of POP to get the mail
  2. authenticate against the entire email address, not just user portion
  3. strip .signature from the email

enhanced pop2blog

Online traffic school

Friday, May 14th, 2004

I just did online traffic school to “disappear” a stupid ticket I got on the San Mateo bridge. It was incredibly easy and painless, and took just over an hour. That is an unbelievable improvement over snoozing through a droning lecturer for 8 interminable hours in some dingy hotel meeting room. (You can tell I’ve done traffic school before.)

Traffic School with GAMES and CARTOONS from only $16.95! InterActive! Internet Traffic School is an easy, fun 🙂 California traffic school online.

The Zenith Angle

Wednesday, May 12th, 2004

I just read Bruce Sterling’s new book, The Zenith Angle, on the plane from Toronto to SF. I literally read it from start to finish without putting it down. It is a great yarn, and reasonably fast paced, but probably won’t make my top 10 list. I definitely liked the topical references to events and people I am familiar with, and the sly references to other scifi novels. Worth reading, if you want a beach book that has some technology in it.

Palestinian perspective

Wednesday, May 12th, 2004

I took a taxi in Toronto, and the driver was Palestinian, from Jerusalem, and his brothers and parents are still there. I took the opportunity to ask him what he thought of the situation there.

Of course, he had very strong feelings. He blamed the Jews for not wanting peace, especially Sharon. The wall they are building, he felt, would destroy any hope for ending the war. He said that any time Israel wanted, they could have peace, just by pulling their soldiers out. He portrayed the Palestinians as a poor, powerless people, who have no nuclear bombs and cannot be a threat, being pushed around by Israel.

He agreed that the Clinton proposal was the closest thing to peace they would see, and he blamed the Jews for not wanting it. He also railed that they are not honoring commitments made by Begin 15 years ago, that they don’t even respect their own signatures.

I asked what he thought of the Palestinian leadership, and he said they have no leadership. Arafat is prisoner of the Israelis, and how can he govern if he can’t leave his compound. The new prime minister is a puppet – they have to do whatever the Israelis say. All the European governments do whatever the US says on Israel, so Palestine has no friends.

I asked if the Palestinians had made any mistakes, mentioning that the Israelis had made some awful ones. He felt that they were so powerless they couldn’t make mistakes, so they are blameless.

There you have it. I have only heard mostly pro-Israeli points of view, so it was interesting to try to listen with an open mind. I still pretty strongly disagree with his point of view, but it sure made me think.