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It’s a Dry Heat 2

Yes it’s hot…. Don’t buy cheap fans with plastic blades
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Sex and Chlorophyll

There are a lot of eco movements on the web. There are thousands of sites that will be happy to tell you what an evil planet rapin’ cheap product consumin’ swine you are.

But buried among the coal fired, electric powered, bandwidth sucking websites is Fuck For Forest, billed as ‘an erotic non-profit eco organization.’

Sex and Chlorophyll… strange bedfellows

It’s a Dry Heat

heatrise.jpgLiving in Phoenix has it’s challenges. Heat is one. It gets hot here. The headline reads Phoenix under excessive heat advisory which is truthspeak for saying that the temperature is going to be in the triple digits. Over 100 degrees. Actually today will be a record breaker by being the 29th day this year of temperature over 110 degrees. Yesterday tied the record of 28 days.

Heat at this level sucks the moisture out of you like walking into the business end of a wet dry vac. Hydration is one of the few polysyllabic words that everybody understands here. Air Conditioning service and repair for your home and car, is a recession proof industry here.

The interior of your car reaches insane temperatures. Anything living left in a car for longer than an hour won’t be when you get back. Dogs, cats, kids.
Yes, there are still a few really dumb folks here. Don’t leave disposable lighters in your car when you stop for lunch. They explode and will burn your car to the ground. They sell Ignition Keylock condoms down here, so when you get back in your car,after the initial blast of really hot air from your interior, you won’t burn your fingers starting it up. You may want to keep your windows cracked a bit, as newer cars that are well sealed have a tendency to blow out windows.

Covered Parking is more coveted than corner offices or executive bathrooms.

The news is not all bad…That cup of coffee you got this morning, will still be piping hot this afternoon. It will still be hot for about an hour after the sun goes down.

Mashable – the treadmill for social networkers.

For those of you who must be on the bleeding edge of social networks, consider 300 ‘friends’ as a starting point for self worth, and fear falling behind or staying too long at the party, Mashable is for you! If it’s new you will probably find it there first. If it calls itself a social network, Mashable is where you need to be. You don’t want to be stuck in a stale social network, do you?

Hersheys Brownies – Triple Chocolate Chunk

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Hersheys Brownies – Triple Chocolate Chunk is a product for brownie and chocolate junkies. Most of you have probably not seen these in your grocery aisles, unless you shop at Costco or Sam’s Club. Membership has its privileges. These are almost obscene in their flavor.
Mini Kisses, Semi Sweet and Milk Chocolate chunks, wrapped in brownie. These are good enough to get you to get your own Membership, even if you will never buy toilet paper 36 or 48 rolls at a time, or case lots of other things. Has 6 Pouches inside. Enough about what’s in the box, this is about what is on the box, and in the box. This is bad packaging at its peak. First, despite the glamor of the cover shot, one thing that manufacturers forget is what folks do when they get the product home. We put it in the cabinets, on edge, sideways. We do not have the shelf space for full frontal displays of products. Secondly, some folks pull the stuff out of the box and put it on the shelf that way.

Over on my Product Blog, most folks agree that these are the best brownies around, the largest commentary revolves around the damn directions. They are on the back of the box in an awkward location and arraignment. Somebody went to the trouble of posting the directions in the comments and the disturbance in the force has been quelled.
However this gets up to the heart of the current rant. This is a shot of one of the 6 pouches that come in the box.
hersheycontents.jpg How hard would it be to put the directions on the Pouch???? It is not. There is enough room for the directions, Nutrition block, and the toll free number! No it need not be in four color, or even two, the logo translates quite well, and the directions being on the pouch will make folks a lot happier, especially those folks who actually buy Betty Crocker or Hershey Products.

How hard would it be to put the directions on the side panel, where the majority of boxed products end up and are displayed in cabinets everywhere? Not hard at all. Plus you can do the full color thing.

Oh yeah, they could cut down the box by 2 inches in height as well. The box is one of the toughest packages in cardboard, and it’s not like a corner ding is going to ruin the product.

NoSo

A website devoted to help you off the hamster wheel of social networking!! NoSo!!

You do have to join however… 

iPhone unlocked Episode 2

Just the other day, I mentioned with some glee the unlocking of the iPhone. My laughter is based upon the profound failure of Apple and AT&T to understand the nature of things built out of ones and zeros.

Every electronic device that does anything, is controlled by software consisting of ones and zeros. Figure out how it barks like a dog, move the ones and zeros around, make it quack like a duck.

I also mentioned that the lawyers would be huffing and puffing to DMCA these folks out of business. I was right, as this Infoworld article points out, but there is a metaphorical pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.
According to the fine folks at Chilling Effects.org;

Question: What are the DMCA’s anti-circumvention provisions?Answer: The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) is the latest amendment to copyright law, which introduced a new category of copyright violations that prohibit the “circumvention” of technical locks and controls on the use of digital content and products. These anti-circumvention provisions put the force of law behind any technological systems used by copyright owners to control access to and copying of their digital works.

The DMCA contains four main provisions:

  1. a prohibition on circumventing access controls [1201(a)(1)(A)];
  2. an access control circumvention device ban (sometimes called the “trafficking” ban) [1201(a)(2)];
  3. a copyright protection circumvention device ban [1201(b)]; and,
  4. a prohibition on the removal of copyright management information (CMI) [1202(b)].

The first provision prohibits the act of circumventing technological protection systems, the second and third ban technological devices that facilitate the circumvention of access control or copy controls, and the fourth prohibits individuals from removing information about access and use devices and rules. The first three provisions are also distinguishable in that the first two provisions focus on technological protection systems that provide access control to the copyright owner, while the third provision prohibits circumvention of technological protections against unauthorized duplication and other potentially copyright infringing activities.

Well it looks pretty grim for the folks who are looking to sell the solution, but I did mention a a metaphorical pot of gold. It comes in the form of one of the 6 Rulemaking Exemptions to Section 1201 of the DMCA:

5. Computer programs in the form of firmware that enable wireless telephone handsets to connect to a wireless telephone communication network, when circumvention is accomplished for the sole purpose of lawfully connecting to a wireless telephone communication network.

These exemptions went into effect upon publication in the Federal Register on November 27, 2006, and will remain in effect through October 27, 2009.

Before my laughter was a giggle with a dash of a Homer Simpson DOH! head smack. However, with Exemption number 5., I am ROFLMFAO, with trembling hands trying to finish this posting…..

What is so damned funny here, is in part the AT&T lunacy of 300 page itemized phone bills, demonstrating that they can track your usage either phone or data, in excruciating detail, thinking that they will be able to meter service, serve your ass to the feds on a platter, and lock you in for life, or Apple’s arrogance in thinking that nobody will hack an Apple product, thinking the coolness alone, will have the ‘hooked on ringtones’ crowd, overlook their rights.

Or could it be that Steve Jobs is a closet open sourcer, who knew this would happen and wanted to bitchslap the phone companies, and make Apple the darling of the linux set?

In any case I must pee, I am laughing so hard.

Web 2.0 is now Business as Usual 2.0

Now that the Web is a teenager, and it is trying new things, forming relationships, clubs, and stirring up shit everywhere, Business as Usual, left the building and found their cars covered with toilet paper and graffiti. Entire Manifestos in less than 140 characters. Retreating back into the castle, they have decided that a new paradigm is needed. After years of viewing with horror the unfettered, undisciplined, self directed explosion of personal publishing, they are returning with a vengeance.

Armed with whitewash, tinfoil, and a desperate desire to recapture and reeducate, they are returning with the latest PR Crisis Management, Message shapers and crying Trust, Transparency, and Triple Cents Off Coupons, they arrive to do battle.

Here are a few of the more interesting tidbits in this arena:

Exhibit #1

The Role of Trusted Human Editors In Filtering The Web

By using journalists and serious bloggers as a proxy for trust, Publish2 aims to solve the scalability problem that Scoble raises in Part III of his video, by creating a scalable mechanism for identifying the RIGHT people, i.e. people who are trusted and people who are GOOD at filtering the web. We’re going to seed Publish2 with trusted, skilled human editors and then let THEM decide who else to trust.
Source Scott Karp Publishing 2.0

Exhibit #2

Why Mahalo, TechMeme, and Facebook are going to kick Google’s butt in four years

The only reason you’ll watch these two videos is because you trust me to add value to your lives and not sell links.
Source: Robert Scoble

Exhibit #3

In the Cut and Paste Era, Traffic Happens Elsewhere

In the very near future portals including iGoogle, My Yahoo and Netvibes as well as social networks will be able to easily inhale the smallest pieces of content from across the web. Don’t wait. Start now to make everything on your website embeddable. Traffic is becoming something that happens elsewhere, not just on your site.
Source Steve Rubel

Trust is not equal to Quality or Quantity. Trust is something else.
Having 4000 ‘friends’ is neither a demonstration of trust or validity on any level.
Aggregation is not the get smart quick scheme that these folks think.

But it is so much fun to watch!!!

E-Mail is not All about increasing ejaculation 581%

Some folks have been announcing the death of email as a communication medium. Twitters, FaceBookers, A Listers, and PR Firms. It’s not dead, nor is it just a spammers orgasmitron. But, like anything else that has value, you need to work for it. Like the kid in the room shoveling shit, looking for the pony, you occasional find one. One such pony arrived this morning.

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Many of you will recall that on July 8, 1947, almost exactly 60 years ago, witnesses claim that an unidentified flying object (UFO) with five aliens aboard crashed onto a sheep and cattle ranch just outside Roswell, New Mexico. This is a well-known incident that many say has long been covered up by the U.S. Air Force and other federal agencies and organizations.

However, what you may NOT know is that in the month of March 1948, nine months after that historic day, the following people were born:
Albert A. Gore, Jr.
Hillary Rodham
John F. Kerry
William J. Clinton
Howard Dean
Nancy Pelosi
Dianne Feinstein
Charles E. Schumer
Barbara Boxer
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Have aliens tainted our vital essences? Is this coincidence, or is the Democratic Party ruled by things from beyond?

Alberto Gonzales Resigns

Gonzales Resigns..

Will the last person leaving the Bush Administration, Please Turn out the Lights? We are trying to save energy here.

Yes I know that returning to a Binary World will be a problem. But let’s try it….

Good, Bad, Right, Wrong, On,Off, fucked, unfucked…..