I generally browse through Google News at least a few times each week, and I came across this article about how people are using OnStar to avoid Hurricane Gustav. After about the first few paragraphs, it quickly turned into an advertisement for OnStar. Great impartial news coverage… but I’ll let you decide:
Archive for the ‘Funny’ Category
I’m always on the lookout for creative opportunities, and my latest endeavor has led me to obtain around 100 of these really neat looking plastic bezels from a local business:
Now, it struck me that there’s a really cool use waiting for these things, however I can’t think of anything compelling at the moment. Some ideas that I have:
- Creating some table or shelf with them
- Monitor stands
- Geeky decorations
However, I’m quite sure that theres much more that can be done with these. So the burning question I ask you is… what should I do with them?
Edit: Some other suggestions I’ve received
- Coffee table
- Create some kind of katamari out of the dell logos
- Duct tape based door of some kind
So I’m busy working on some new configuration dialogs for the open source GPS program, Roadnav, and Visual Studio decided to access a null pointer or something while using autocomplete, and crashed. Then windows of course displayed the following dialog…
Yeah… like I want to use Visual Studio to debug ITSELF when it JUST CRASHED!!! Geez… like I’m going to trust the program that crashed to figure out why it crashed. Psh.
FYI: Yes, this is sarcasm, I understand the “why” thats going on here.
Below is a rather amusing screenshot of an ad I saw on Time.com….
Who will join this years TIME 100? The ad shows John McCain, Stephen Colbert, Barack Obama, and three other people I can’t identify offhand. I guess they’ve already written Hillary off and shes no longer important… so much for journalistic neutrality.
FYI: I don’t really care for Hillary as a candidate myself… however, I still found this amusing.
So… everyone hates blonde jokes and such, but this actually happened to someone I know, and its quite amusing:
friend: so i went to best buy to grab smash bros brawl
friend: and by the mac section some blonde was talking to the sales guy
friend: he was telling her about it and how the browser it uses is called Safari
friend: she asks, “is it the same internet?”
Sometimes, reality is far more amusing than fiction. Priceless.
I am a huge fan of the webcomic, XKCD, which is a very geeky and amusing comic for those of you who haven’t read it. On Friday, the following comic was posted:
And this of course reminded me of when I first started programming — I started with assembly language in 2000 with an 80286 I got out of the trash. I quickly became interested in low-level system programming, and created a number of MBR-based programs and other random programs in assembly. I haven’t programmed in assembly in a couple years, but this was pretty simple once I started going.
In any case, the comic has inspired me to write a Windows-based program that can write a “love note” to the MBR and display it when the computer starts. And of course, just for fun it shows the “Missing operating system” message as well. Shown is a screenshot:
Using OWS, I’ve noticed a lot of random referrer spam to my resume. And, its pretty consistent: each instance points to a (valid) resume for some totally random person. This is one instance:
|65.91.101.XXX||2007-11-02||10:37:26||http://lalaland.msu.edu/ ~vanhoose/resume/resume.html||Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 5.5; Windows NT 5.0; SCF – Mean & Nasty; T312461)|
|65.91.101.XXX||2007-11-02||10:37:25||http://lalaland.msu.edu/ ~vanhoose/resume/resume.html||Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 5.5; Windows NT 5.0; SCF – Mean & Nasty; T312461)|
|65.91.101.XXX||2007-11-02||10:37:22||http://www.dalehollowmarketing.com/ Htm%20pages/resume.htm||Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 5.0; Windows NT; DigExt)|
Theres been around 10 or 20 of these types of referrer spam URL’s I’ve seen over the last few months. The weird part is that all of the different URL’s are always people of varying experience, and totally different career fields (teachers, businessmen, researchers), and even international students and such. And, theres been a few different IP addresses its originating from.. but who knows with how much adware/botware is out there.
What I can’t imagine is the purpose.. I mean, is someone paying for someone to spam their resume around? Totally untargeted referrer spam like that can’t possibly be effective — I mean look, they caught my attention, but is an HR person really going to look at website logs? Doubtful. And if they did, I’m pretty sure they would NOT hire that person for being so spammy. Maybe the spammers are just picking resumes at random…. but that doesn’t even make sense either! Heh..
Anyways, I really need to refocus my resume in the very near future (like.. this weekend) to a more engineering type of job, since right now it makes it looks like I want a web developer/related job. Which don’t get me wrong, I think I might enjoy a job doing web related stuff, but I think I’m really looking for somewhere I can innovate and contribute as a computer engineer, or something close. I’ll have to write about this soon.. since, the one thing keeping me looking for a job right now is that I’m waiting to see whether I’m accepted into the graduate school I wanted to get into or not. Wish me luck.
Jon thought HE was the geekist person to ever take this quiz. I took it after him, and apparently I’m geekier than he is. Or, it just doesn’t keep statistics correctly:
0% scored higher (more computer geeky),
0% scored the same, and
100% scored lower (less geeky).
I got bored last night, so I created a wrapper around the fortune program on my Gentoo box… then made it better with jQuery AJAX goodness. And then I combined it with my rndsay wrapper to make the fortunes be echoed by cows. Of course, getting it to work on my host here has been annoying, but I finally got it working! Enjoy!