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Homer CSS

Posted on April 30th, 2008 at 21:18 by John Sinteur in category: awesome

If you think this is a PICTURE of Homer Simpson, you’re wrong!

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Tras mi diseño del logotipo de SigT en CSS hace casi dos años, me quedé con la idea en mente de que dibujos más complejos se podrían hacer usando la fuente Verdana y posicionamiento absoluto en CSS, generando de esta forma dibujos vectoriales directamente embebidos en el código html.

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  1. Amazing. Long live asciiCSS art!

    Amusing:
    CSS version: 16K
    screenshot saved as GIF: 12K

Bank bail-outs to be kept secret

Posted on April 30th, 2008 at 13:40 by John Sinteur in category: News

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The Bank of England has imposed a permanent news blackout on its £50bn-plus plan to ease the credit crunch.

Ferocious and unprecedented secrecy means taxpayers will never know the names of the banks that have been supported through the special liquidity scheme, which was unveiled by Bank Governor Mervyn King last week.

Requests under the Freedom of Information Act are to be denied. Details will be kept secret even after 30 years – the period after which all but the most sensitive state documents are released.

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It would not normally be considered acceptable for big companies to arrange billions of pounds of financial support without telling their shareholders.

Your tax pounds at work…


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New Oklahoma Law: Women Seeking Abortions Must Have Ultrasounds Against Their Will

Posted on April 30th, 2008 at 13:39 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News

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The Oklahoma State Legislature is playing doctor again. Last year they dictated how specialists at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center may care for pregnant women who have medical complications. This week, despite intense lobbying efforts and the Governor’s veto, the legislature passed Senate Bill 1878, which mandates invasive and unnecessary medical testing for women.

Under the guise of obtaining informed patient consent, this new law requires doctors to withhold pregnancy termination until an ultrasound is performed. The law states that either an abdominal or vaginal ultrasound, whichever gives the best image of the fetus, must be done. Neither the patient nor the doctor can decide which type of ultrasound to use, and the patient cannot opt out of the ultrasound and still have the procedure. In effect, then, the legislature has mandated that a woman have an instrument placed in her vagina for no medical benefit. The law makes no exception for victims of rape and incest.


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  1. Clearly a shocking story clearly showing what happens if immoral imbeciles with a false sense of righteousness get elected. However, it should not be categorized as “Pastafarian News.” My guess is they know full well there is now passage in the bible on mandatory ultrasounds. My guess is, they think a woman will find it harder to have an abortion if she “sees” the baby. IMHO this entry falls in the yet-to-instate category “Stupid People With Power,” or “Dimwit fuckers!” or what ever.

Motorrijder glijdt door de radar

Posted on April 30th, 2008 at 11:13 by John Sinteur in category: Great Picture

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De politie heeft afgelopen zondag tijdens een controle op de A28 bij Staphorst een motorrijder geflitst die al glijdend met een snelheid van 137 kilometer per uur de radarpost passeerde. Dat heeft het Korps landelijke politiediensten dinsdag bekendgemaakt.

De 50-jarige motorrijder uit Amstelveen kneep bij het zien van de radarcontrole vol in zijn voorrem en kwam daarbij ten val en gleed langs de camera. De man hield aan zijn schuiver slechts een gebroken pols en een beschadigde hand over.


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Electability

Posted on April 30th, 2008 at 11:07 by John Sinteur in category: Indecision 2008


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Nuts

Posted on April 30th, 2008 at 11:00 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News


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Well, isn’t *that* convenient….

Posted on April 30th, 2008 at 10:55 by John Sinteur in category: Great Picture, News


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Cheney’s Total Impunity

Posted on April 30th, 2008 at 10:54 by John Sinteur in category: Indecision 2008

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How far will Vice President Cheney go to shield himself and his office from public scrutiny?

Last spring, Cheney asserted that he wasn’t subject to executive-branch rules about classified information because he wasn’t actually part of the executive branch.

Now his office argues that he and his staff are completely immune from congressional oversight. That’s right: Completely immune.

Cheney’s latest claim came in a response to a House Judiciary Committee request for vice presidential chief of staff David S. Addington to testify about his central role in developing the administration’s torture policies.

Cheney lawyer Kathryn L. Wheelbarger wrote back: “Congress lacks the constitutional power to regulate by a law what a Vice President communicates in the performance of the Vice President’s official duties, or what a Vice President recommends that a President communicate in the President’s performance of official duties, and therefore those matters are not within the Committee’s power of inquiry.”

As it happens, that was only one of three startling responses in Wheelbarger’s letter.

I wonder how much the Republicans will like it once Vice President Clinton claims the same…


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Oh. My. God. Marvel Moves To Shut Down Our Iron Man Screening

Posted on April 30th, 2008 at 10:48 by John Sinteur in category: Intellectual Property

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Marvel has sent us a cease and desist letter demanding that we cancel the Iron Man event tomorrow at the AMC Metreon in San Francisco. We are not canceling the event yet – stay tuned as our lawyers work this out.

Just to be clear, we paid the full ticket price for every seat and are fully authorized to do this. This is unbelievable and stupid in so many ways, and goes right to the top of the list of moronic legal moves against us. And he even ends the note with a “please don’t print” message.

I’d say that if it is this clear that Marvel doesn’t want anybody to see this movie, we should give them exactly what they want. Nobody should go see it. Let it tank at the box office.


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Former President Carter To Be Tried For Peace Crimes

Posted on April 30th, 2008 at 10:45 by John Sinteur in category: News

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An international peace-crimes tribunal commenced legal proceedings against former U.S. President Jimmy Carter for alleged crimes against inhumanity Monday.

“Jimmy Carter’s political career includes a laundry list of anti-war-making offenses,” said chief prosecutor Charles B. Simmons. “Carter’s record of benevolence, diplomacy, and respect for human life is unrivaled in recent geopolitical history. For millions, the very sight of his face evokes memories of his administration’s reign of tolerance.”
The former president, whom Simmons described as “relentless in his naked pursuit of everlasting global peace,” has been sought by peace-crimes officers in the international war-making community for decades. Police apprehended Carter on July 25 in South Florida, where he was building low-income housing as a part of a Habitat For Humanity project. Shortly thereafter, he was extradited to Geneva, where he will be prosecuted for “grossly humane acts against all nations.”


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A Crushing Issue: How to Destroy Brand-New Cars

Posted on April 29th, 2008 at 20:31 by John Sinteur in category: ¿ʞɔnɟ ǝɥʇ ʇɐɥʍ, What were they thinking?

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Insurers covering Mazda’s losses wanted to be sure the company wouldn’t resell any cars or parts

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Ah, insurance, how capitalism loves thee! If there were still any question about your magnificent inefficiency and beautifully pointless waste, this ought to put it to rest forever. Thank you, oh brave and stalwart middle-man, thank you!


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Pray-in at S.F. gas station asks God to lower prices

Posted on April 29th, 2008 at 12:53 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News

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Rocky Twyman has a radical solution for surging gasoline prices: prayer.

Twyman – a community organizer, church choir director and public relations consultant from the Washington, D.C., suburbs – staged a pray-in at a San Francisco Chevron station on Friday, asking God for cheaper gas. He did the same thing in the nation’s Capitol on Wednesday, with volunteers from a soup kitchen joining in. Today he will lead members of an Oakland church in prayer.

Yes, it’s come to that.

“God is the only one we can turn to at this point,” said Twyman, 59. “Our leaders don’t seem to be able to do anything about it. The prices keep soaring and soaring.”


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  1. What will they do when the gas wil cost as much as in Hungary, which is 7USD for a gallon. And just for comparison, the average net salary is 698USD a month, compared to the ~2100USD of the United States.
    What soaring gas prices are they talking about?

The best things…

Posted on April 29th, 2008 at 12:28 by John Sinteur in category: Great Picture


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  1. Well, the picture is a thing, written words are things, expression is a thing. Best things in life aren’t things, but without things, how to share them?

Clinton Criticizing Closure of Indiana Factory That Clinton Helped Close

Posted on April 29th, 2008 at 12:01 by John Sinteur in category: Indecision 2008

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Clinton is airing this advertisement in Indiana, bemoaning the closure of a defense contractor Magnequench’s manufacturing plant in Valparaiso (she is also echoing this line in her stump speeches). Looking at the camera, she tells us she’s upset that the 200 jobs that were sent to China, and that “now America’s defense relies on Chinese spare parts.” And then comes the kicker: She tells viewers that “George Bush could have stopped it, but he didn’t.”

Clinton is certainly right that it is a tragedy that 200 American jobs were killed in a corporate deal that also exported sensitive military technology to China. But she forgets to mention that it wasn’t George Bush who was in the key position to stop it – it was Bill Clinton.

Back in 1995, a Chinese consortium, which included two Chinese state-owned companies, made a bid to take over Magnequench. Because the company makes key parts for smart bombs, the takeover had to be approved by the Clinton administration’s Committee on Foreign Investments in the United States. Despite the national security and economic problems with selling off such critical manufacturing capacity to the Chinese – and despite the knowledge that such a deal would likely end in a domestic mass layoff – the Clinton administration approved the deal. This same deal – not surprisingly – paved the way for those 200 Indiana jobs and that sensitive military technology to be shipped to China.


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sudo useradd -g users -d /var/chroot/ -s /usr/bin/jail reiser

Posted on April 29th, 2008 at 9:06 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Hans Reiser took the stand during his murder trial and insisted he didn’t kill his estranged wife when she dropped off their children at his Oakland hills home.

But a jury found otherwise on Monday. At the end of a six-month trial in Oakland, it convicted the computer programmer of first-degree murder in the death of Nina Reiser after concluding that her slaying in 2006 was deliberate and premeditated even though her body was never found.

Y’know what the pivotal evidence in the trial was?

Hans’ diaries. Seems he was really into journaling.


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$300 WATER BILL?!?!?

Posted on April 28th, 2008 at 16:38 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Jennifer and Jim kept getting huge water bills.

They knew beyond a doubt that the bills weren’t representative of actual usage, and no matter how they tried to conserve, the high bills continued.

Although they could see nothing wrong, they had everything checked for leaks or problems: first the water meter, then outdoor pipes, indoor pipes, underground pipes, faucets, toilets, washer, ice maker
machine, etc.

One day Jim was sick and stayed home in bed, but kept hearing water running downstairs.

He finally tore himself from his sick bed to investigate, and stumbled onto the cause of such high water bills. Apparently this had been happening all day long when they were not at home. Knowing that
few would believe him, he taped a segment of the ‘problem’ for posterity


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  1. Made my day, again!!!

  2. lol…now this is hilarious…thx!

  3. either lock the door or get rid of the cat.

  4. Where the hell did that water go ?!!!

  5. that is way too funny! haha

The Anatomy of a Fox Interview

Posted on April 28th, 2008 at 16:25 by John Sinteur in category: Indecision 2008

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Here is the breakdown of the questions, with issue rating determined via Yahoo and AP

Jeremiah Wright: 8 questions
Race: 6 questions
Reaching Across the Aisle to Republicans: 3 questions
The Economy (#1 issue for voters): 2 questions
Gas Prices (#2 issue for voters): 0 questions

Health Care(#3 issue for voters): 0 questions
Iraq (#4 issue for voters): 0 direct questions, 3 through the lens of Petraeus

Here is the amount of time devoted to various topics
Total interview time minus commercials? 37 minutes.
Time devoted to commercials? Over 6 minutes.
Time devoted to the four most important issues for voters? 5 minutes.

Time devoted to Jeremiah Wright? 9 minutes.

The Foxnews.com homepage currently lists the transcript of the interview as a subheading under a story about Rev. Wright. Because let’s be honest, we all know what the real story is here.


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Strom aus der Wüste

Posted on April 28th, 2008 at 16:24 by John Sinteur in category: News

This red square shows the area of current technology solar cells needed to supply the whole world’s energy

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  1. How many Rhode Islands is that? And I assume you mean actual surface area of photocells, not inlcuding other infrasstructure. I guess keeping the surfaces clean would be a real chore. I can see why nobody wants to go out and do that, but suggesting that others do it is always fun.

How Ironic

Posted on April 28th, 2008 at 16:22 by John Sinteur in category: If you're in marketing, kill yourself

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Gin, Television, and Social Surplus – Here Comes Everybody

Posted on April 27th, 2008 at 10:02 by John Sinteur in category: News

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I was having dinner with a group of friends about a month ago, and one of them was talking about sitting with his four-year-old daughter watching a DVD. And in the middle of the movie, apropos nothing, she jumps up off the couch and runs around behind the screen. That seems like a cute moment. Maybe she’s going back there to see if Dora is really back there or whatever. But that wasn’t what she was doing. She started rooting around in the cables. And her dad said, “What you doing?” And she stuck her head out from behind the screen and said, “Looking for the mouse.”

Here’s something four-year-olds know: A screen that ships without a mouse ships broken. Here’s something four-year-olds know: Media that’s targeted at you but doesn’t include you may not be worth sitting still for. Those are things that make me believe that this is a one-way change. Because four year olds, the people who are soaking most deeply in the current environment, who won’t have to go through the trauma that I have to go through of trying to unlearn a childhood spent watching Gilligan’s Island, they just assume that media includes consuming, producing and sharing.


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Jellybot2000

Posted on April 26th, 2008 at 19:06 by John Sinteur in category: awesome

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New Scientist’s technology blog has a cool post on robot jellies! This is real slick engineering done by the German automation company Festo, which describes its AquaJelly as “”an artificial autonomous jellyfish with an electric drive and an intelligent, adaptive mechanical system.” Some cool features include:
* tentacles designed after fish fins to maximize propulsion
* motion controlled by shifting its weight
* 4-arm pendulum that enables steering in 4 directions
* communicates with charging station, regulates own energy supply


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Shred the banana peel

Posted on April 26th, 2008 at 19:02 by John Sinteur in category: News

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State Secrets: A government misstep in a wiretapping case. A New Yorker article on the Kafkaesque case of Al Haramain v. Bush. [Via Threat Level.]

Note that Threat Level disagrees with the New Yorker piece about the future of the case.


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I’m Going To Scale My Foot Up Your Ass

Posted on April 26th, 2008 at 17:21 by John Sinteur in category: Software

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If you’re having scalability problems and blaming it on a single technology, chances are, you’re doing it wrong.


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The Rapture is Not an Exit Strategy

Posted on April 26th, 2008 at 16:25 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News

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“People like you are not holding up the Constitution …” Or so said Major Freddy Welborn, Specialist Jeremy Hall’s commanding officer in Tikrit. “Last month, Specialist Hall and the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, an advocacy group, filed suit in federal court in Kansas, alleging that Specialist Hall’s right to be free from state endorsement of religion under the First Amendment had been violated and that he had faced retaliation for his views. In November, he was sent home early from Iraq because of threats from fellow soldiers.


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  1. Well, the United States is turning into a theocracy. The state religion is not clear yet though. Which Christian sect will they choose?

  2. Take a look at the Major’s web page:

    http://www.myspace.com/freddywelborn

Google suggests…

Posted on April 26th, 2008 at 10:49 by John Sinteur in category: Great Picture, Indecision 2008


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  1. Try that with “Barack Obama should” and there is nothing…

WTF???

Posted on April 26th, 2008 at 10:46 by John Sinteur in category: ¿ʞɔnɟ ǝɥʇ ʇɐɥʍ

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Dilbert.com

Posted on April 26th, 2008 at 10:36 by John Sinteur in category: Cartoon

If you dislike the new Dilbert flash layout, try this.


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Cartoons

Posted on April 26th, 2008 at 9:42 by John Sinteur in category: Cartoon


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Sun continues pursuit of Java for iPhone

Posted on April 26th, 2008 at 9:38 by John Sinteur in category: Apple

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Sun continues to pursue talks with Apple Computer to have Java applications run on Apple’s iPhone while acknowledging a third party’s efforts toward the same goal.

“We’ve expressed our intent to do this and our desire, really, to work with Apple to build a JVM (Java Virtual Machine) for the iPhone and we’re sort of moving forward with that,” said Eric Klein, Sun vice president of Java marketing, this week. The JVM could run Java applications.

What the hell is “sort of” moving forward?


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The crazy baseball fan rule

Posted on April 26th, 2008 at 7:40 by John Sinteur in category: Indecision 2008

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A picture named streaker.jpgEvery so often a beer-drunk fan will run on the field during a baseball game causing a delay while the cops chase him down. Back in the days of streaking sometimes these fans would run out on the field naked. Permalink to this paragraph

You’ll never see one of these scenes on TV because there’s a rule that the broadcasters are not allowed to follow the drunk baseball fan onto the field. If they were to broadcast the drunk fan, the theory goes, that would just encourage more people to do it, meaning more delayed games, annoyed players, offended fans and busted streakers. Permalink to this paragraph

It seems to me this very simple rule should be adopted by news networks when it comes to the most hideous attack ads. Permalink to this paragraph

Example. The North Carolina Republican Party has yet to spend a dime running a racist attack ad against Obama, one that McCain and the national party swear they don’t want them to run. But millions of TV viewers have seen the ad, repeatedly, run for free on CNN, MSNBC, Fox, etc. This seems grossly unfair, and how does it not count as a campaign contribution? Permalink to this paragraph


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