Archive for the ‘Rant’ category

Lulu’s Hulubulu

September 6, 2007

Lessee, can you sue a company over phonetics? I suppose you can sue anybody for anything. But, can you PREVAIL in a lawsuit over the phonetic similarity of a company’s name? Coke – Koch? McDonald’s – Macdonald’s? Frye’s – Frey’s?

Lulu’s about as close to the online video business as my great grammy’s website. I can SAY I’m going to get into the online video business with a gazillion different DBA’s… doesn’t mean jack.

I suppose they’ll sue little old next because they intended to get into interdimensional entertainment too. Nitwits! 

I’m with Neal Boortz… Looser should pay all partys’ atty fees on ANY/ALL lawsuits filed.


$1.98 iPhone Ringtone? No Thanks.

September 5, 2007

I already bought the blinking thing once! For crying out loud. 

Mexico. The 51st State.

September 5, 2007

20 minutes to go before El Jobso gives birth to Naño and Wheelio (the new iPod twins).

I’ll take a moment to rail on Mexico for a bit. I live in Tulsa, Oklahoma. I-35 makes a beeline for the heart of Oklahoma and aye carumba from there we have the problem. You see, we have an AMAZING diversity of ethnicity in Tulsa (can’t speak for our archrival’s in OKC). Hispanic, American Indian, Lebanese, Korean, German, Pakistani, Indian… we have awesome people in Tulsa. We get along great. Except…

The illegals are a double whammy on us in Oklahoma. We have ONE INS enforcement office. In OKC. They tell our police departments not to bother with incarceration. That’s utter BS!!! There are people BLATANTLY and KNOWINGLY hiring these illegals for cash on the job. No reporting. No questions asked. No answers given. They do a job and probably do it well. It’s when they wreck other people’s property (cars, home values, public parks and generally loiter around). Well, I have a problem there.

So, when Caleron begins spouting a bunch of crap that the U.S. has basically ceded our sovereignty to Mexico’s authority simply because their number one export is PEOPLE… Well, to that I say let’s annex their ass and put the pedal all the way down. Where’s Jefferson when you need him!?

Whew, just in time for the big event!

Learning Arabic Is Controversial?

September 4, 2007

I spent three years of high school (long ago) learning to speak French (for the fun of it). I’ve spent the last 13 years of my life learning to speak HTML, CSS, Javascript, etc (to make my living). I’ve spent the last two years of my life learning to speak Farsi and Arabic (for, you guessed it, the $$). And, to see a mob mentality erupt over a language program in a public school is just beyond me. Yes, it’s NY. Yes, I understand the sensitivity to things Arabic given 9/11.

I work in the oil and gas business by day. I’m responsible for sales and marketing of a not for profit association serving the O&G market. Some of my customers are of middle eastern persuasions. I could just as easily have picked Chinese (and still might).

But, to single out a language program simply because of someone’s ethnicity or interest in language development exposes the ignorance (a word chosen carefully) of the accuser. There are some TREMENDOUS opportunities for those with the right combination of language and technical skills. We’re talking HUGE.

No one got this bent out of shape when I was taught BASIC in middle school.

Google Maps No-Go on

August 21, 2007

Must be WordPress day (it is their second birthday and all…).

Google just came out with embeddable maps. You know, kinda like you’d do with YouTube and such. Just tried it via the admin system here on my hosted blogs… no workie.

For all the goodness that is in WordPress… why do they limit stuff like this?! Drives me nuts! (You know, that same – “Why can’t I just install such and such on my iPhone?” kinda nuts.

* Blocked in Turkey

August 21, 2007

Wow, If you’re wondering where all your blog traffic evaporated to… Visits from inside Turkey are now kaput until Matt and co wrench a solution. So, what happens when Turkey completely isolates themselves digitally? I mean, Google’s not a content company yet they have pointers to just about damn near anything on the planet (including the locally-stored/hosted, accessible caches of some pretty objectionable stuff I would imagine). Has Turkey banned Google? Kinda doubt it. So, why the kerfluffle over *

Process To Zero

August 15, 2007

Email. The bane of human existence? Or, THE Killer App?

Just finished listening to Merlin Mann’s Google Tech Talk “Inbox Zero” (hey, it was a Friday and I was shoveling invoices and reports around! It was that or Yanni from the next office over.)

Process to Zero I’m lucky in that I’m fairly nutso about staying on top of my email. It gets taken care of. However, what is fairly obvious to anyone who knows me… I am a packrat. I’m a hoarder. I can produce any non-spam email on demand for all of 2002 forward (including the attachments) that I have either received OR sent.What Merlin doesn’t address is the back-history or the “archive”. That’s a question I would have (and probably will) ask of him… I use as he does albeit in different ways to suit our different needs. But, still… he has to accumulate a pile o’ stuff. What’s he do with it? Archive it? Toss it in the waste bin?

I don’t subscribe to the whole ’email bankruptcy’ deal. There are messages someone sends just to be cute and then there’s the habitual funny-bone who sends every damned piece of shlock they encounter. Sad to say it, but there’s one person who my SpamSieve settings know by name… everything they have sent for the last year has gone directly into the bin and I’ve not had to pull a single thing back out. Sad. I’d rather not have the ugly conversation of, “Hey would you please stop sending that crap?” That only leads to bent feelers. I’ve had those before and there’s no good way to let an otherwise good person know it’s just not a welcome distraction. So, rules-based handling does my dirty work with a guilt-free approach.

Processing to Zero is a fine objective. The book “Mastery” comes to mind as it’s the journey to mastering something that is the reward. Not the end in and of itself. (Yeah, I went all Zen on you there for a second. It’s over now.)