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“Lutheran” wasn’t even an option May 20, 2009

Posted by skinbad in Crime, Handblogging, Religion.

About 3 p.m., Tuesday, two men near 800 East and 900 South in Salt Lake City got into a discussion over whether Jesus was a Mormon or a Catholic. The discussion led to blows . . . .

Doesn’t it always?


Obama Man May 20, 2009

Posted by nicedeb in Entertainment, Humor.

This is old, but I hadn’t seen it, yet:

We may as well laugh, while Rome burns.

H/T: Carol, The Median Sib

The Unmysterious Unemployment Rate May 19, 2009

Posted by geoff in News.

An earlier post, which contained a plot of actual unemployment vs. what was predicted by Obama’s economic team, caused quite a stir in the blogosphere. But apologists and doubters had one universal reaction:

“How do you know that it wouldn’t have been worse without the stimulus?”

The answer is very simple: because the stimulus hasn’t happened yet. And everybody knows that. But I don’t think people understand how true it is. It is this true:

We’ve barely spent anything so far, and everything we have spent (inset graph) has been devoted to minimizing suffering via social services, not stimulating the economy. So the fact that the unemployment numbers have increased far beyond the administration’s predictions are unsurprising.

Nobody would claim that a $787 billion stimulus package would never create any jobs – eventually I’m sure that it will. But as a package meant to stave off the increase of unemployment in the near term, the stimulus has been a failure.

[Note: This post does not address the effects of the tax relief provisions of the ARRA.]

Just in case anyone tells a public servant “I pay your salary!” May 19, 2009

Posted by skinbad in Crime, Heroes, Man Laws, Personal Experiences.

Keep this one in our back pocket. I’ve found it very useful in my job at the DMV— except for that widows and orphans business, that is. They can go hang.

I Can’t Stand to Let it Fly May 18, 2009

Posted by skinbad in Crime, Music.

I may be disturbed, but won’t you concede

Even heroes have the right to dream

It’s not easy to be me.

Dude, Just Let Her Go. Just Let Her Go. May 17, 2009

Posted by Edward von Bear in Ducks, Handblogging, Humor, Law, Music, Sports.
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Ben Ryan is some guy I never heard of until today. And after viewing this video, ostensibly about losing his woman, I want to go back in time and hack off my hand for clicking on this video.

I have never seen a person cash out their integrity chips like this guy did when he made this masterpiece, knowing it would be mocked by fools like me. All over a failed relationship. He should have saved this level of angst and willingness to humiliate oneself for something important, like a burnt pizza or an undercooked steak.


The Sun Is Rising In East Asia May 16, 2009

Posted by Michael in Lurkers.

Right now, as I post this on Saturday evening, the sun is rising on the far side of the Pacific. A new day has dawned in East Asia.

If you look at our new flag counter in the sidebar, you will see that after five days, Innocent Bystanders is still missing hits from Myanmar, Bhutan, and Nepal.


Right next to you, on your borders, six Bangladeshis managed to get here. Are you going to let Bangladesh make you look like punks? Huh?

Navy Carrier Squadron’s “Move Along” May 15, 2009

Posted by Michael in Music.

There is a lot of pent-up theatrical talent in the United States Navy.

I said “theatrical,” not “musical.” After all, their job is to scare people.

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Thanks to Dave in Texas in a comment thread at The Hostages.

Process Engines May 15, 2009

Posted by Michael in Economics, Entertainment, Science.

What is a process engine?

Not sure, exactly, but I’ll try to explain anyway (ignorance has never stopped me before).

A process engine is basically a set of rules by which computer software chews on massive amounts of data in business relationships in order to efficiently control workflows.  This is sometimes called BPM software, referring to “business process management.”  It could apply to supply chain management systems, transportation management systems, point-of-sale management systems, production management systems, order fulfillment systems, warehouse management systems — the list is endless.  In our economy, all this stuff is controlled by process engines residing on computers.

Look at it this way:  Wal-Mart does not make anything.  They just bring stuff to you cheaper than anyone else.  One of the major reasons why stuff is cheap at Wal-Mart, and why Wal-Mart became the most successful retailer in the history of the universe, is because of their sophistication in deploying process engines to control how they bring goods to market in a manner that squeezes out avoidable costs.

Or consider a practical example. I went online yesterday evening to buy a new part for my Polaris pool cleaner (that part being the Polaris 280 UWF connector assembly). Virtually everything about that transaction was controlled by process engines without human oversight, from order to payment to shipping. UPS already has that part today. That part is now on the way to Texas, and it was much cheaper than getting the local pool supply store to fix the problem.

I’m sure some of our techie readers can describe this better.  I’m only mentioning it to explain this cool (and funny) video, which uses a process engine for a totally non-business purpose.  The programmer (Shamus Young) uses those rules I mentioned to automatically generate 3D active cityscapes with a process engine.  It’s also cool how he presents this, because you can actually see the processes at work.  It sort of gives you a visual feel for what a process engine does.

Ladies and Gentlemen, I present Pixel City:

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For the übergeeks amongst us, Young’s description of how he developed the program starts here.

Thanks to Neatorama.

Anybody Want A Slushee? May 14, 2009

Posted by Edward von Bear in Commenting Tips, Ducks, Economics, Entertainment, Family, Food, Handblogging, History, Humor, Lurkers, Man Laws, Music, Personal Experiences, Politics, Sex.
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My Favorite Electronic Billboard Along My Commute: May 14, 2009

Posted by geoff in News.

Palo Alto is now VALUE Alto!!!

Single family homes from the high $900,000s!!!

Sometimes I wonder if we all really live on the same planet.

100 Funny Falls May 13, 2009

Posted by Michael in Humor, Philosophy, Sports.

Vodpod videos no longer available.

Thanks to Demonicious.