Thursday, June 23, 2005

Litter by any other name...

On my way to work this morning I was reminded of a thought I've had banging around in my head for a while:

"Why do smokers believe it is okay to throw their cigarette butts on the ground?"

I mean, the same people wouldn't just eat a candy bar and throw the wrapper on the ground, would they? I've talked to smokers and ex-smokers who have said that they never even thought of it... they just did it.

To me it is inseperable from litter. Oh well, enough soapbox for now.

Monday, June 20, 2005

Defend Your Castle - 2 Flash Games

Danger! Danger! This game is dangerous to both your wrist and the amount of time you may spend playing it. Consider yourself warned.

For what it's worth, I got to level 14 and 120,000 points.

Thursday, June 16, 2005

Domain Registry of America, my ass.

So I just got this postal mail today from the "Domain Registry of America". What pricks. They are clearly trying to pick on clueless idiots who register domain names and do not know what they are doing.

I have a domain name that I've registered that expires two days before Christmas -- that'd be December 23. And then they have the gall to say
As a courtesy to domain name holders, we are sending you this notification of the domain name registration that is due to expire in the next few months.
Surely they're joking. That sure is some strange use of the word few to mean 6.

Then, in a slightly smaller font, they go on to say that "This is not a bill" and how you have a choice of Registrars. However, I think that a somewhat clueless domain owner will just see "ACT TODAY!" and overreact and go with them (at a much higher price than I'm currently paying, too).

And THEN on the back... the worlds smallest font going over the terms and conditions. Yeah, like anyone's going to read THAT.

Grumble Grumble... Feed the shredder. Mmm... shredded paper...

Monday, June 13, 2005

Musings about the Media

I've been talking to several people lately and have heard very different extremes. For instance, some people think that the "liberal" media is to blame for a lot of the problems now. Then, on the opposite side, a simular number of people think the "conservitive media" is in the pocket of the White House and simply does what they are told.

So it got me thinking, who's right?

I think I've come up with a partial answer to that question. It strikes at the core idea of what all the press is about these days: selling advertisements.

Thats the core today. Selling ads. Getting revenue.

Annoy the President? Piss of the White House? You are likely to be cut off from the hot leads coming out of Washington. Definately doesn't get you attention as a news source.

Run "human interest" stories? Ala... the pretty white girl who gets killed in the next location. Some weird-o celeb does something nasty. These things get attention... Especially to middle-aged white females who, studies have shown spend the bulk of the money advertized in these kinds of shows.

So... Where was any talk of what the occupation of Iraq was going to be like before the invasion? Any talk of actually looking into the dirty pool that is Congress? Any real reports beyond a sound blirb when someone DIES IN OUR NAME? ... sigh ... Despite what it may seem, each death -- on each side -- is a tradegy to someone. Each life is important. It is also newsworthy.

Celeb news is another big news item for lots of places. Really, I have enough problems in my life without needing to wrap myself around other people's problems too. Maybe thats why I don't like "reality tv" either.

So, where do I get my news? Usually the BBC.

In the end, I do believe in the freedom of the press. Clearly we need a press that is free from Governmental oversight. Beyond that, hopefully on its own, the seperation between News and Advertising will happen again.