Monthly Archives: February 2010

Google to retract “Don’t be evil” motto …

… well, not really, but they should!!!

Following two simple guidelines would help: 1) Don’t ever change the function of installed software unless the user has requested it (don’t even suggest it. Just sit there quietly until told othewise) and 2) Don’t evern install new software. Ever. That is the user’s job, not Google’s or anyone else’s.

I now know that Google’s philosophy allows for the flagrant violation of these important guidelines, without impunity or regret. This makes Google Evil.

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I would like to thank the two women who stood guard over my livid writhing form, waiting for the ambulance. But I didn’t get their names.

An endless stream of ceiling tiles flow by punctuated by light fixtures, vents, and sprinkler heads. There is the occasional cracked tile and yes, the occasional duct tape. The morphine makes it interesting, and it occurs to me that until now I’ve only had this particular view of the world by seeing it on TV or in movies.

The doctor drew a funny drawing and tried to explain what was wrong using plain language. I repeated it back to him using the appropriate anatomical and medical terms and he said “oh, so you know the words, that makes it easier.”

When things have worn off or I feel less like throwing up, I’ll tell you the details. For now, let me just say that I have three patellas. You’re supposed to have only one.

Stay tuned.

The Cthuugle Search Site

It is with some reluctance that I recommend this. Lovecraft was important in science fiction and all, but the little I’ve read of his also stinks of racism, and not just the n-word southerny Mark Twain thing, but a true disdain for all that is not Mighty White. (This would be a case where rewriting would improve and not do damage, in my opinion.)

Anyway, this is a cute search engine. Just be careful how you use it. You would not want to awake …. anything.

Waste = Food

Café Scientifique: Waste = Food
Tuesday, February 16, 2010, 7 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m.
Bryant-Lake Bowl Theater, Minneapolis, MN
Tickets: $5-$12

Call 612-825-8949 for reservations

University of Minnesota College of Design alum Sarah Wolbert promotes an ingenious view of rebalancing urban food systems – one that involves design of detritivore and decomposition systems that eat waste products. This method of using waste as nourishment can actually improve the safety and security of our food supply. Wolbert will share ideas from her graduate design thesis and involve the audience in generating even more solutions.

Al Franken and Uganda’s Death to Gays Bill

Al Franken allies with Tom Coburn to oppose Uganda’s death-to-homosexuals bill

Sen. Al Franken has signed on to a Senate resolution condemning a bill before Uganda’s Parliament that would outlaw homosexuality and make it a crime punishable by death. (Hat tip: Minnesota Independent.)

What makes the resolution sponsored by Wisconsin Democrat Russ Feingold so interesting is that it allies Franken, an unabashed liberal, with co-sponsor Tom Coburn, a dyed-in-the-wool right-wing Republican. The common ground: Saving lives.

Details here