Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Comparative Candidates

So it's official - Christine O'Donnell is not a witch, according to her deservedly globally-panned campaign ad:

Well that just sucks!  We need more witches in Washington, DC - after all, the Wizards have been there for a while now and their performance has been somewhere down around "in the crapper" and "don't give up your day job").

And so, I vote we elect the following candidate for Senate.

Monday, October 18, 2010


Just a quick post to note I've not been very active for a few days (and for a few more) thanks to work demands.  You'd think someone who works on the 'net could find time to wander it, wouldn't ya?

But no, someone actually wants value for the ridiculous amounts of money they pay me for once, and so I'm busy for a while.

The irony of the entire situation being that my being busy is related to creating a place for people to post all sorts of comments.  Still waiting on CNN to offer me a job doing same :)

Just sayin'

Monday, October 11, 2010

Carl Paladino should be a supporter of gay marriage

Carl Paladino is another one of those strange right-wingnut extremists that have been cropping up giving us conservatives a bad name.

This time, the battleground is New York's gubernatorial race, pitting Paladino against Andrew Cuomo.

Now, I'm not saying that Paladino has been watching too many episodes of the Sopranos - for one thing, the guy looks more like Spike Milligan than Tony Soprano - but really, this guy sounds even nuttier than Sharron Angle merged with Rand Paul.

He's even threatened a reporter from the New York Times Post.  In public.  On video.

Think I'm making this shit up?  Watch:

Thursday, September 23, 2010

CNN Blogs - Media Theater?

After battling with CNN's Belief Blogs all day, trying to post well researched, cited and attributed source material in various conversations, I've pretty much given up on their site.

CNN's blogs, although they're reached via the domain name, are really hosted on  When CNN configured those blogs, they obviously built up a list of "bad words" and plugged them into wordpress' basic comments moderation system.

Which is where the problem begins.'s badword filters use a simple regexp, which reads from the badwords list one word per line.  The downside to this way of filtering, as anyone with a shred of internet history knowledge knows, is what's known as the "Scunthorpe Problem".

In essence, I wouldn't be able to post the word "Scunthorpe" on CNN's blogs as a comment, because within it, it contains a bad word.

Whoever configured those blogs for CNN should have known this would be an issue -'s settings page, where they would have had to added the list of bad words, prominently warns of the filtering methodology.  It seems CNN didn't think it was an issue and so pasted their bad words list in, one word per line, nonetheless.

Anyone with half a brain would have known that they could have easily and readily avoided the Scunthorpe Problem by the simple expedient of adding a space before and after each word on the list.  There are even text editors that could have automated this for them.

I guess they didn't have the right half of a brain available when they configured the blog.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

I spoke too soon

So in a previous post I remarked that people seem to be dumber than a bucket of wet hair (or words to that effect) these days.

Man, was I ever optimistic!

Christine O'Donnell.  Ever heard of her?  No?  OK, a brief recap for those of you whose rocks you're living under don't get cable news channels.

Ms O'Donnell just won the Republican primary to run for the US Senate seat for Delaware.

OK, you ask, so what's the big deal?

Easy - Ms O'Donnell seems to make the aforementioned bucket of wet hair seem on the same level of IQ as Stephen Hawking.

That would be the guy with Lou Gherig's disease that has a greater IQ than most of the world combined.

Yes, that Stephen Hawking.

So what, I hear you ask, has Ms O'Donnell said that causes me to post about her?  I'm glad you asked!

You see, Ms O'Donnell (who, I understand, is single), appeared on a TV show many years ago (on MTV no less) and declared ... well, let me show you: