Saturday, January 21, 2006

Press: Free LexisNexis

(via Poynter Online - Free LexisNexis via Writer's Edge Blog) "LexisNexis first started offering a package of free news headlines after the Sept. 11 attacks. The company did it again at the beginning of the Iraq War and again for the 2004 presidential election. After that, the company generously decided to allow it to live on indefinitely, and it morphed into the site you see today."

Press: What are the 78 differences between women and men?

(Excerpts from BBC NEWS | UK | What are the 78 differences between women and men?)

  • Women have the If you need to be told I am not going to tell you gene.
  • Men appreciate the importance of a 42 inch plasma screen. Women do not.
  • Women can use sex to get what they want. Men cannot, as sex is what they want.
  • At weddings, women cry then get drunk. Men get drunk, then cry.
  • If you told a woman that you had just returned from a trip to the surface of the Moon, she would show her interest by asking who you had gone with.
  • Men use I or me when they should use we or us. Women use we or us when they should use I or me.
  • Women have the we must name our car gene.
  • Men can watch an entire film without having to ask who is that, what does he do?
  • Men can drive without having to look at themselves in the mirror.
  • Men have the empathy with computers gene. This means they are more likely to be found fiddling about with one rather than doing something useful.
  • Women have the take things personally gene.
  • Women think that a good place to keep the TV controller is on top of the TV.
  • Women recall every outfit they have worn for the past two decades. Men cannot remember what they were wearing yesterday without looking on the floor next to the bed.

Thursday, January 19, 2006

News: Bin Laden is a wussy

Osama Bin Laden's latest tape purports to address Americans to convince us to cop out of the war against terrorism. He whispers weasel words that sound like a coward hoping to talk the bully out of creaming his corn. He thinks that our ability to discuss matters democratically shows a weakness he can exploit. He thinks we will chicken out, when in fact he is already on the defensive and must, in God's time, die by the sword.

Email: MyPoints Support

Just to repeat my biannual protest of two of your insidious practices:

1. Sending offers that award no points for clicking the link. (Why would I belong to MyPoints without even that minimal award for your filling my inbox with junk mail? Everyone hates a miser.)

2. Sending offers that "recommend" Internet Explorer but in fact will not display without it. (From a technical and a user perspective, IE has become the worst browser on the market. Everyone hates a bigot.)

Websites: Cows of the Revolution

Bjørn-Magne Stuestøl presents what must be the most unusual Flash animation I have yet seen, Cows with Guns.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Typos: pot-button issues, Your Asia Group

Closed captioning (always cause for a hoot) on CNBC today scrolled the coinages "pot-button issues" (hot-button issues) and "Your Asia Group" (Eurasia Group).

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Proverbs: Tomorrow will be better--if, by no other definition, than it's different!

Sunday, January 15, 2006

Email: A bird in New Orleans [J]

You finally heard a bird... Wow! I wonder what would it be like without them? You don't have to wonder... I ponder or daydream sometimes. My imagination is what feeds my faith and hope, I think. I embrace life no matter what comes... even surreal experiences like [your] dodging boats while driving in to class!

Proverbs: You compute, girl!