One of my coworkers has an iPhone and she let me play with it today. Damn, it’s nice. I just wish the iPhone was available for the T-Mobile network because I’m about halfway through a two-year contract. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that by the time the contract expires, the iPhone will have been officially unlocked.
Then again, if someone wants to pay for a year of service with AT&T for me, I’d be happy to receive one as a Christmas present!
Instead of me being the one to cease and desist, it would appear that SpeedTicketBeaters.com’s legal department has ceased and desisted, as one full month later, I have yet to receive any notice of litigation against me. Perhaps they read my post about how they don’t have a case and realized that any lawsuit against me would be a frivolous one.
I don’t know how SpeedTicketBeaters.com’s process works, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they had an extensive knowledge of traffic law, and took advantage of other peoples’ lack of knowledge with regard to those laws. If that’s the case, I find it interesting that they think they can bully innocent bloggers into taking down material with which they disagree — but which is not factually inaccurate — by trying to take advantage of the bloggers’ lack of knowledge of their first amendment rights.
Unfortunately for companies who send these threatening but baseless nastygrams, there is a growing faction of bloggers who know their rights and aren’t afraid to defend themselves. Just as it would serve bloggers well to absolutely know what they write to be true, it would serve companies sending deceptive threats well to know that bloggers aren’t going to take their bullshit any more.
After all, which is worse for the company? A barely-read blog that states a critical opinion, or a pissed off blogger who exposes the company as being a bunch of whiny, deceptive jerks, then submits the whole ordeal to Digg and BoingBoing?
I missed it a couple of weeks ago, but 3 November marked the 50th anniversary of Laika’s trip into space, and I wanted to take a moment to celebrate her.
Contrary to popular belief, Laika was not the first animal sent into space. That honor belongs to the humble fruit fly, a group of which were launched into space in 1947 aboard a U.S. V2 rocket. While other animals would be sent up over the next ten years, it was Laika who was the first living creature from Earth to enter orbit.
It was recently made public that Laika’s journey was a harrowing one. During the launch, her heart rate more than doubled, and only 5 to 7 hours after liftoff, she died from overheating and stress. In 2002, Dr. Dimitri Malashenkov, one of the scientists behind Laika’s Sputnik 2 mission, presented a paper to the World Space Congress, in which he wrote, “It turned out that it was practically impossible to create a reliable temperature control system in such limited time constraints.”
Another Sputnik 2 scientist, Oleg Gazenko, expressed regret for allowing her to die: “The more time passes, the more I’m sorry about it. We shouldn’t have done it. We did not learn enough from this mission to justify the death of the dog.”
Laika’s remains were destroyed along with Sputnik 2 during re-entry on 14 April 1958. She had spent over 5 months in space and orbited the Earth 2,570 times.
It shows Elmo in various positions, waving his arm around like he’s masturbating, giggling, and everything below his neck is obscured by a mosaic effect. You know, the one they use to censor nudity on the news.
Is this really how they should be promoting the new Tickle Me Elmo, especially given the toy’s sordid past? More importantly, what parent would shell out $40 for this piece of crap?
I have exciting news that I’ve been wanting to post for almost a week, but haven’t been able to until now. Early last week I accepted a position at Kauffman & Associates Inc, and on Friday morning, I resigned from KAYU. My last day there will be 7 December.
Word has been spreading at work and everyone has been really supportive. As my supervisor put it, they all, “knew this day would come.”
Some of you will have noticed that I gave 3 weeks notice instead of the traditional 2 weeks. I did this as a gesture of goodwill, as I know that the hiring process can be lengthy and the person who will fill my shoes has much to learn.
In the future, I’ll have more on how it all happened and what all this new chapter of my life entails (there’s more than just a new job), but for now, I just wanted to let you all know the news!
I’m not sure how I found this video, but I thought it was an interesting example of what underage girls get up to when left alone together. I’m not sure whether to laugh at their stupidity or lament the downfall of society.
Morah was sick with a mild cold all weekend, so I spent the past few days taking care of her. Now, as is often the case, I’m the one who’s sick. I woke up yesterday with one nostril plugged up (I hate that!) and knew that it was starting. I woke up at about 2 A.M. last night with a stuffy nose and a sore throat, and I couldn’t get back to sleep for about an hour and half.
I don’t feel too terrible, mostly just annoyed (at being sick, not in general). DayQuil is some fantastic stuff, but I’m still going to try to telecommute for the next couple of days if I can get my supervisor to O.K. it. I have stuff I can do from home (I’m currently learning Flash) and it’s probably best for me to stay away from my coworkers for a little while.
I’m just glad that we already have Superfood and ginger ale around from over the weekend.