My evil twin

It turns out the cool guys who made Trooper Clerks are Jeff and Kurt Allen. So which one of us is the evil twin?

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

I had forgotten it was St. Patrick’s day until I checked my personal email and discovered mail from Michael Mullen giving last-minute notice of a Tempest show in the City. Karl and I headed up around 7 pm on the train. We ate at Cha Cha Cha, which was interesting fare for an Irish holiday…

McDonalds settlement

McDonalds is running a giveaway billed as a “thank you to our customers”. If you read the fine print in the advertisement, it turns out this giveaway is a settlement to a lawsuit. Here’s the allegation made in the complaint: The Complaint alleges that Plaintiffs and Class Members, were deprived of the chance to win…

Taxes

Georgia is considering an e-Lottery because, according to the sponsor, “We’re trying to target a market that may not be part of the lottery now — techies or professional people tied to computers all day.” I’ve always been taught that lotteries are a tax on people who don’t understand probabilities. Perhaps the reason professional people…

Veggie foods that aren’t

Today I came up with a vegetarian food that doesn’t exist, and probably should not exist. Vegetarian procuitto could be simulated with heavily processed and colored shitake mushrooms. It would be called “pro-shit-o”. Cue rimshot…

Vegetarians Take Note

Turns out plants are thinking too. So there’s only one non-sentient food product left on the planet: Right-wing Republican Ribs! Finger lickin’ good. (And if you happen to get Rush’s ribs, you’ll get a nice buzz from the residual oxycontin.) Seriously, this is neat stuff. It is further proof that cellular automata are a critical…

A Taste of Things to Come?

This article details a successful attempt by a Chinese man to get real-world repayment for stolen virtual goods. What effect will it have on the economies of the world when the economies of virtual worlds are harmonized and integrated into the real economies? One of the central ideas of the Western, market based economy is…

Crosswords

Karl’s been doing the crossword online at Yahoo for a while now. I worked one at lunch the other day with him, and found it really enjoyable. This was a really easy one, suitable for a newbie like me. When I was a kid I used to watch my grandparents working together on the crossword….

Happy Birthday to Me

Tonight I had a little get together for my closest friends for cocktails, cards, birthday cake, and good conversation. I don’t normally like card games too much, but under the right circumstances, they are a blast. The circumstances tonight was studying up for next weekend when I might need to know the details of some…

Having friends for parents

Going through the transitions where your parents go from “the people who’s job it is to form you”, to “fellow adults living in this world with you” is tricky. Not everyone goes through it, but my parents and I did, a few years into college. Happily, it went so well that we even progressed to…