Tuesday, July 02, 2002

Guatemala - Notes from the Road

Notes from the Road - Guatemala - Mayan History - Peten - Tikal --Erik Gauger's newest travel notes.
posted by lee on 07/02/02 at 04:18 AM
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Thursday, July 04, 2002


I am tired of:

People who don't use their turn indicators.

Idiots who don't understand the process at a four-way stop. Or think the rules of the road don't apply to them.

Asses who tailgate at 70mph+.

Jerks who insist on going the speed limit in the passing (fast) lane -- they inevitably cause more problems with that self-righteousness than they could ever solve.

Drivers who talk on the cellphone (the actual phone, not a headset) while driving become morons the second they touch the plastic.

Cheap people. You know, the ones that try to nickle and dime you downward, trying to make you feel guilty or otherwise manipulate you, into giving them at least ten times the value they're paying for. High-maintenance clients are one thing (our clients, for the most part, are pretty cool) - high maintenance, cheap ones are another story altogether -- especially if she doesn't listen to the answer to a question she asks.

People who think statements like "Don't call before noon or after 9pm" don't apply to them.

The self-absorbed-to-the-point-of-stupidity people -- I know many more of these than I should. A disease of Boomers and their offspring, I think. Fortunately, it's not a universal disease. Just more rampant in places like Fairfield County, CT.

Clerks barely earning minimum wage who act like it's really important that their customers care what they think and think they can get away with sneering at customers. And the asswipe customers who let them get away with it.

Random Musings:

Why is it all these commentators and pundits and celebrity guests on tv, such as the ones on the late Politically Incorrent show, feel the need to talk (usually shout) over the other commentators before anyone has had a chance to complete a sentence? And incompetent hosts who let them do it SHOULD have their shows cancelled. Do the shouters think this makes them seem smart? They should get a clue, or get their own websites.

William Shatner is one of the dimmest wits ever.

Mayor Bloomberg should keep his mouth shut, or get some elocution lessons. He sounds like a chipmunk on the radio. Of course, nobody sounds like a chipmunk as much as Bryant Gumble does. I'm glad people seem to be catching on to how little there is between his ears.

Ah well. If I were the ruler of the universe ...
posted by lee on 07/04/02 at 12:12 AM
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Things Photoshop

Muchas gracias to Stanley for pointing me to this site by Trevor Morris: GFX^TM - Photoshop Tutorials, Actions, HotKeys, Lightwave 3D Models, Free Images and Icons. While interesting to look at, the PhotoShop tips & tricks stuff, and there's a LOT of it, makes it a very valuable site for me.
posted by lee on 07/04/02 at 06:23 PM
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Friday, July 05, 2002

dubya’s current version

Bush SEC Delay Called 'Mix-Up' (washingtonpost.com). Yeah, sure it was.
posted by lee on 07/05/02 at 12:04 AM
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the “miss cleo” defense

Testimony: Slaying tied to bad spiritual advice The defendant [Isom] called the Miss Cleo hotline: "The psychic identified a friend of Smith's as the thief and said the person had a 'facial dysfunction.' Larkin [the deceased], Smith [the partner] said, had a bad eye." Turns out that Smith murdered the wrong guy -- it was really his PARTNER in selling drugs who stole the money from him. My oh my.

Seems like Florida is home to a lot of people who are a special kind of stupid.
posted by lee on 07/05/02 at 05:31 PM
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Design Sense

Guideline dogma: an interesting article from System Concepts, a British management consultancy specializing in ergonomics and usability.

Check out their "Blooper of the Month."
posted by lee on 07/05/02 at 06:00 PM
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MIB 2 - thumbs down

frank.jpgWe went to see Men in Black II on Wednesday evening. Seemed like a good thing to do as it was 90+ degrees at 9:00 pm. And we both wanted to see it.

Well, the best thing about the movie was Frank, the talking dog. It was an okay movie, but more of a "made for tv" okay than an "$8.75-per-ticket" okay. It made us smile.

The theater was nice and cold (Hoyts Wilton 4), but the popcorn machine was broken, thus throwing off all our plans for dinner. (Next time, Stanley said, we'll call ahead to make sure the damn machine is working.)

The best premise in the entire movie was that the post office is staffed by aliens - the writers could've had a field day with that alone. But it was barely touched. Lara Flynn Boyle was funny as the evil alien (what the hell did she do to her lips? Looks like someone went a little crazy with the collagen there - not very attractive. She's gorgeous without the fat lips, dopey-looking with the fat lips.)

In shorts, enough yucks, but nothing special. Either save your dinero and wait for the video or DVD, or go see it as a discount matinee.
posted by lee on 07/05/02 at 06:26 PM
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Sunday, July 07, 2002

Just so you don’t seem totally ignorant when watching the superhero movies

I was never much of a comic book reader. So I always feel somewhat dumb whenever Stanley drag ... er takes me to see a movie like Spiderman or X-Men and, soon, Daredevil. He's usually pretty patronizing about my total ignorance of the important features of the plot, characters, all that crap, uh, I mean those details. So, imagine my delight when I stumbled across this feature, from no less an august body than the BBC: The Science of Superheroes. Now maybe I'll "get" Daredevil when we go see it (probably the second it opens in Fairfield County, CT).
posted by lee on 07/07/02 at 12:30 AM
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Monday, July 08, 2002

pointless wonders

This is one: Scrollbar Racing. (I forget how I found this. Probably blocked it out.)

I want one: Aquariass.

Making custom scrollbars.

All things Jurgen Prochnow.

More than I want to know about these cookies.

My. Oh my. Just ... oh my ... Art Gallery.
posted by lee on 07/08/02 at 08:03 PM
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Wednesday, July 10, 2002

Is it a bomb? Oh, it’s just some cadbury’s

Scanners can mistake chocolate for bombs. I wonder how many times they're going to have to empty the entire terminal before they conclude screening all bags is pretty pointless. If it scans like a bomb and smells like a bomb, it's probably limberger cheese.
posted by lee on 07/10/02 at 02:18 AM
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