In "Snickers' Super Homophobia"

I agree. Did you see the pre game entertainment with all the bright colors and balloons? I think everyone at the strip club I was at agreed that it was a little too.... flamboyant.

In "Thinning the herd."

C'mon! Where are the people saying that this is Saddam curse against the west and it's collaborators. Please!

In "Language podcasts."

Where did you find these? I've been looking for a Spanish podcast to brush up while I'm flying.

In "Are you a Grup?"

Did anyone actually read the entire article? If you didn't read the entire thing, at least read the last page. Granted, the 'personality profiles' that they presented in the article made these people look like idiots, and the writer was actively caricturing the people. However, at the end you find out that these people are just trying to live their lives as passionately as they can instead of compromising their identities in order to cash in. They became disillusioned with the corporate lifestyle that eats your sould and demands conformity while offering no guaranteed stability in return. As much as the profile of the 'grup' doesn't reflect me, the idea of living your life on your own terms does.

In "Luv Linen."

Why bother? I prefer to leave it as it is and roll around in it day after day like a dog.

In "Pupils Being Given 'Patriotism' Tests in Washington State Schools"

now do beeswacky

In "Google gives a Xmas present to Python lovers"

I'm curious as to why this is good news to programmers. I'm not trolling (really!), I just want to know why everyone is all about LAMP (I'm a j2EE developer). As a contractor/consultant I'm interested in finding out if this is something I need to learn. 1)Most of the pushback I see is in terms of large companies. They usually have unknowledgeable, unskilled, cowerdly managers/VPs. If there isn't a service contract, they won't bite. J2EE platforms will sell you a service contract. Are there any LAMP companies that will? 2)I usually determine if a technology is something I should take my time to learn by how many contracting opportunities are available. I haven't been paying attention to LAMP. Are there contracts out there that are worth the time? How long? Can you squeeze more than $50/hr our of them? 3)Database driven web applications were a pretty big source of income during the late 90's early 00's. I think there's way too many players in this field now (perl,php,ruby on rails,.net/asp, all frameworks under j2ee, etc...) so the margin is going to drop. I'm more focused on tying back end systems together and giving a web front end where necessary (SOA/ESB, high traffic). Many J2EE projects are being developed for this. Does LAMP offer libraries or frameworks for this type of development? Is it able to handle these types of situations?

In "Curious George: WiFi software."

You can always use the windows interface to locate networks. It does a pretty good job and is sometimes better than the client software the manufacturer provides.

In "Anonymous Hirsute George:"

If you decide to bic the kids get yourself some blue star or baby powder. Blue star tingles, which throws some people off at first, but I find that its quite comfortable and smells pleasant if you don't over do it.

In "Curious George: CSS & browsers"

You might have found the answer already, but I'm gonna put my 2 cents in anyway. -css zen garden is the bomb. -floatutorial is the bomb -don't use javascript to catch the browser type if you can help it. That's a major hack and leads to maintenance issues down the road (different brower versions handle css differently, do you want to catch all of them?) What I found to be a major issue that was easily overcome was that IE prefered

s to be nested. It looked fine on firefox, but looked nasty on IE. 1st layout (by div): page -header -leftnav -body -footer but IE prefers: page -header -body --leftnav --body -footer and then everything worked. Also, do you have a link to the page/css to take a look at?

In "Curious George: Favourite Books "

On The Road Altered Carbon - Richard Morgan (All the takeshi kovacs novels are decent) Great Gatsby - F.Scott Fitzgerald The Big Sleep - Raymond Chandler (Philip Marlowe is one of my favorite characters, but the Continental Op that Hammett created is pretty good too) and I have to second pop 1280 - Jim Thompson I was in a popular culture literature class in college where we read 3 Thompson novels over a couple of months. It was pretty disturbing in a way. After awhile several students said that they were having nightmares, I had some as well. The professor said that that's not uncommon and he had had similar complaints in the past.

In "Scientist teaches the concept of money to capuchin monkeys."

NO, NO! They weren't legislating morality by stopping the (hot) monkey prostitution, they were preventing monkey exploitation. See, what happens if during that simian recreation of Ocean's Eleven one monkey got ahold of all of the tokens? Why, he could create his own monkey harem. Then you've got monkey bitch slaps and the 'where's my money?'. Next thing you know you've got a bunch of token-poor monkey's being shipped in on banana boats from South America. Didn't you see the second season of The Wire?

In "Stolen Bikes."

I had my bike stolen this year in broad daylight in front of my building. It must have took awhile too because I had a cable lock and it was all twisted to shit. Either way, lessons learned: 1) Thieves will steal anything that looks good. This wasn't a brand new bike, and it didn't cost a whole lot ($300) but it was shiny. 2) Cable locks suck. 3) Kryptonite locks come with INSURANCE. It costs $10. Covers up to $1500 or something (better than nothing). 4) Make your bike look ratty. Duct tape over the logos, apply stickers, spray paint a new color over it, whatever... try it out. What good is a shiny bike if its getting hawked down at mile high flea market next weekend and not being rode by you. If you're 'hard core' your bike's gonna get mashed up off-road anyway. If you bought something shiny and expensive to ride around town on and look cool get a cheaper bike next time around and save yourself some dough.

In "Google SF."

I like the idea of wifi coverage, but doesn't SF already have SFnet? I know its grassroots and doesn't have all the coverage, but corporations scare me. The first thing that I could see happening is google getting attacked by their opponents in business or government for creating a 'dangerous haven for hackers and pirates (don't forget terrorists)' and demanding oversight on the network. This would open the door for google to start collecting information on what you're doing on their network, not just for 'security' but why not also use that information for data-mining, I mean they already have the data and it IS their network. It isn't like we haven't already seen people being harrassed for using open networks before. Besides, many in our country distrust those with progressive ideas and SF is a progressive city.

In "I'll give you a bullet point."

everytime someone gets all fired up about pie, I think about mr. scruff:

In " Anarchists' election video outrages Germans"

Can anyone translate the movies? Also, I may be wrong, but was there a money-shot in that clip? I watched it 3 (okay 5) times trying to determine before I realized that I was at work.

In "Watch it shred"

I liked that after the plastic toys got destoyed there was an unholy noise. Like the howling of some beasts, who drive the sleigh of some dark anti-santa, might let forth.

In "Curious George: Science Gone Amok?"

MCT, I studied molecular, cellular and developmental biology at university so I might be able to help out. Stem cell biology research is very, very important. Every cell in your body contains all of the necessary code to completely replicate you and every single one of your organs(if it hasn't been damaged through recombination, mutagens, etc...). As you grow and your cells differentiate (forming organs and structures) they turn off parts of the code that they no longer need. For example, your liver probably doesn't need to create the air sacs in the lungs. This saves energy and keeps that code protected. Stem cells are unique in that none of the code is turned off. If they are put in contact with other cell structures communication between the cells will cause the stem cells to differentiate and turn into a cell like its neighbors. If you can produce a stem cell from its host organism (which just happened recently) you can reproduce an organ an not fear an immune response so you can have a successful transplant. So, for example, if TP had code for a 'good' pancreas we could make a new functioning one and transplant it (I don't know if they do pancreas transplants). If TP didn't have code for a 'good' pancreas you might be able to find the problem, do a little genetic recombination (good pancreas code) and grow a 'good' one that won't be rejected. There are plenty of specialized cells that don't grow their populations by division, what you have at the start is what you've got. Muscle and nerve cells are like this, they don't grow back if they die. Stem cells allow you to 'grow' these cell populations if they have been lost.

In "Shaggy"

well then, I highly recommend a listening of one of my favorite Shaggy songs: 'Freaky Girl'. It's a little diddly about enjoying the company of women who 'get freaky' in a biblical sense. There is also a tune entitled 'Mr Boombastic' which highlights Shaggy's vocal talents.

In "Curious George: It's raining, it's pouring, "

its easy to grin, when your ship comes in and you've got the stock market beat. but the man worthwhile is the man who can smile when his pants are too tight in the seat.

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