Friday, January 29, 2010

The Contrast Between Google versus Microsoft

Google

Just following orders
Microsoft


"You've got to decide: do you want to obey the laws of the countries you're in or not? If not, you may not end up doing business there"

Bill Gates recently gave this explanation/excuse of dealing with Chinese Communist regime. As quoted in The Guardian article, Web censorship in China? Not a problem, says Bill Gates. For more discussion see slashdot, Ballmer Defends Microsoft In China.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Self Referential Graphs




(from xkvd)

Oakland Refuses to Honor Emperor Norton I (5 year old story)



News report (5 years late) from the San Francisco Chronicle, "No offense to the emperor, but I don't know who he is", about how Oakland California refuses to respect Emperor Norton because he didn't "live in Oakland".

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Epic Rap Battle Between Keynes and von Hayek

New Port Of M.U.L.E


M.U.L.E was an early economic computer game from way back in 1983. I remember playing it until my eyes bled, hands cramps, until Crystite pirates terrorized my waking dreams. The children of the original designer has brought back M.U.L.E as a free game playable solo or multiplayer.


Here is the slashdot story on the return of M.U.L.E , M.U.L.E. Is Back.

Planet Mule, site of the reborn M.U.L.E .

Monday, January 18, 2010

Sunday, January 17, 2010

William Notman - Photographer


Just watched a documentary about William Notman on TVO. Here is his wiki entry and an exhibit about him.

Web Comic Based on Warhammer 40K - Servants of the Imperium


Warhammer 40K is an exceedingly grim RPG from Games Workshop, see Darker and Edgier at TV Tropes. To provide "some" lightness a devoted fan Rob Leigh has created the webcomic Servants of the Imperium. The webcomic is still pretty grim and finds dark humor in the violent weirdness of the Warhammer 40K universe.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Definitions of Respectability


The guy I bought it from seemed like a real straight shooter.
Alan Garner,
 hapless brother-in-law talking about E 
that turned to be roofies.

You mean the drug dealer you met at the liquor store wasn't a good guy.
Stu Price, angry uptight dentist

Friday, January 15, 2010

Toner Thicker, Darker and Dearer than Human Blood

chart originally posted on ReflectionOf.Me. The chart was boingboinged which had this explanation of the extreme cost of HP Black Ink #45 by:
Be fair guys. Genuine HP Black Ink #45 is made by washing Karl Rove's soul in the tears of unicorns, for maximum opacity and colorfastness. Cheap 3rd party cartridges just aren't the same.


I found this on Chart Porn. Go there and have fun.