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November 21 2008

In response to my previous post, I have a calming thought about letting my ideas go.

"Ownership of idea" seems pointless.

Personal thought is only stimulated by reality. We can only "own" our perception of that reality.
I hate to say I already wrote this application in grad school

http://tinyurl.com/6d3sg9

...but damnit I already wrote this application in grad school (with the help of Breanne Kunz and Ryan Varick)!!!

http://tinyurl.com/623d5e

November 19 2008

Welcome !wriesner to the community.

He's no !creativecomponent but I promise he'll hold his own.

He's new to the whole idea of social blogging communities. Feel free to add him as a friend and start him off with a few interesting threads.
I'm trying to use a thesaurus to improve the wording on my questionnaire. I'm quickly running into problems with any and all sites/apps. Either their number of connected words is poor (thesaurus.com) or their ability to simply hyperlink to other possible words is non-existent (synonyms.com).

I would LOVE to use something like the Visual Thesaurus (http://www.visualthesaurus.com/) but I'm not about to pay for something like that.

Does anyone know of any similar open source or free initiatives?
Got my first Christmas gift!

'A Whole New Mind' by Daniel H. Pink

Yeah, I know it's only November 19th. But when there's Christmas music blaring in the Gap, you know ti's the season.

Thanks Alan!

November 18 2008

I'm in a fantasy football league full of creative individuals. Our league commissioner releases a league wide report each Tuesday discussing the previous weeks results.

He's written from the perspective of President Bush, President-Elect Obama, Dirty Hairy, a mob of Simpsons characters, and a previous personal favorite of Murray from 'Flight of the Concords'. He continually tries to top himself and seems to have done it yet again.

I thought I'd share. Now while you won't recognize most of the names, as they are friends of mine and their team names, you will recognize the context of which this story was taken from. Quite clever as far as I'm concerned.

P.S. If you don't LOVE 'Sent of a Woman' as much as I do, stop reading now...
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This is such a crock of shit!

Mr. Slade, you will watch your language. You are at the Fantasy Football page now, not a barracks. Mr. Wright, I will give you one final opportunity to speak up.

Mr. Wright doesn't want it. His Bottom Knockers don’t need to labeled, "...still worthy of being a 'Playoff Team.'" What the hell is that? What is your motto here? "Men, put Drew Brees and LT in the starting lineup, have them underperform. Anything short of that we're gonna burn you at the stake?" Well, gentlemen. When the shit hits the fan, some guys run and some guys stay. Here's Tommy--facing the fire, and there's Lux--hiding in big Marion Barber and Peyton Manning’s pocket. And what are you doin'? You're gonna reward John, and destroy Tommy 105-66.

Are you finished, Mr. Slade?

No, I'm just gettin' warmed up. Now I don't know who was playing this week--William Francis Riesner, William Jennings Bryan, William Tell--whoever. Their spirit and team is dead; if they ever had one, it's gone. You're building a rat ship here. A vessel for sea going snitches. And if you think you're preparing these minnows, for manhood you better think again. Because I say you are killing the very spirit this league proclaims it instills. What a sham! What kind of show you guys puttin' on here this week? I mean, the only class in this act is Joe Addai with 31 points. And I say, this boy's soul is intact. It's non-negotiable. You know how I know? Because someone here--I'm not gonna say who--offered to buy it. Only Bill here wasn't selling. Bill won against Twig 93-81, but with a win by Moranda, his playoff fate was sealed. Twig had a great showing once again from Thomas Jones and the newcomer Tyler Thigpen, but ultimately fell short.

Sir, you are out of order!

Out of order, I'll show you out of order! You don't know what out of order is, Mr. Birchler! I'd show you but I'm too old, I'm too tired, and I'm too fuckin' blind. If I were the man I was five years ago I'd take a flame-thrower to your team!! Out of order, who the hell do you think you were playing last week? I've been around, you know? There was a time I could see. And I have seen, players like these, younger than these like Tony Romo and their pinkies torn out, like Clinton Portis and their knees sprained. But there is nothin' like the sight of an amputated fantasy football team, there is no prosthetic for that. You think you're merely sending this splendid King of the Dicks back home to Chicago with their tails between their legs after a 72-54 beating, but I say that you are executing their soul! And why? Because Steve Slaton scored 26 points, while no players on the Dicks scored over 12? Tiny Nickels, you hurt this team, you're going to be the Tiniest Nickels, the lot of ya. And Ricky Williams, Duece McCallister, Roy E. Williams, wherever you are out there not scoring points, fuck you too.

Stand down Mr. Slade!

I'm not finished! Now as I came in here, I heard those words...Game of the Week. Well, when the bough breaks, the cradle will fall. And it has fallen here, it has fallen! DALYNI beat the Sneakers 124-96. A. Boldin scored 23 while the youngster Matt Cassell blew up for 44 points. Makers of men, creators of leaders, be careful what kind of leaders you're producing here. The Sneakers were led by Gore and Burner turner with 25 and 20 points respectively but it wasn’t enough.

I don't know if Moranda’s silence on the message board here today is right or wrong; I'm no judge or jury. But I can tell you this: those Pesky Spanish Peanuts are undefeated! And that my friends is called integrity, that's called courage. Now that's the stuff leaders should be made of. MJD scored 20 points while DeAngelo Williams went off for 29. Jeff Greco and his Collegians didn’t stand a chance falling 90-65 led by newly acquired Brandon Jacobs and more points on his bench than in the starting lineup through no fault of his own. Keep it going Mo!

Now I have come to the crossroads in this league. Dils always knew what the right lineup was. Without exception, he knew. But he never took it, you know why? It was too damn hard. But he almost won with the newly acquired Brett Favre and Fast Willie Parker, but fell short 86-82. Now here's Matthew Wayne; he's come to the crossroads of his season. He has chosen a path, it's the right path. It's a path with Kurt Warner starting over Eli Manning, that leads to more points. Let him continue on his journey with Larry Fitzgerald as well. You hold this boy's team in your hands, league! It's a valuable team. Believe me! Don't destroy...protect it...embrace it. It's gonna make you proud some day if they make the playoffs one of these years...I promise you.

The Trade Deadline is Thursday, make something happen in the next 2 days.

Whoo-ah!

-Lieutenant Colonel Frank Slade

November 17 2008

Malcolm Gladwell on spaghetti sauce | Video on TED.com

I love a band that looks at a song as an opportunity for improvement rather than a static finished product.

An ongoing experiment in design.

It's the same designerly approach Malcolm Galdwell discusses with variance of spaghetti sauce.
So who wants to hear a terribly disgusting stripper story? I knew you would...

This is a tale of warning for not only the ladies, but for ALL people who frequent any and all clubs of the stripping variety.

My friend from Vancouver (yeah I was surprised they had strippers too) was told this story on Saturday.

Her friend went to a bachelorette party. They got a male stripper who went all the way down to his birthday suit. He's dancing around and ends up right near the face of Jane (as we'll call her because I don't know her name).

While Jane's got this ass and grundle flopping around in her face she swears something flew in her eye. But I guess the thought of a penis in her grill gave her a reason to forget about it.

At this point, I'm thinking, "holy shit, the stripper farted and a speck of poop flung in her eye. Disgusting!!!" My god was I off.

She wakes up the next morning and cannot open her eye. It's swollen shut. She goes to the doctor and immediately they recognize the problem. The doctors end up performing an emergency surgery...

...to remove a crab from her eye.

For those of you playing along at home, a dirty stripper, flung his disgusting crabs in a girl's face and one of them ended up landing in her eye.

AAAAAAAAhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

November 14 2008

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For those of you who saw 30 Rock last night, you'll appreciate this Night Court theme music.

I feel like my father saying this, but they just don't make theme music like this anymore. As good as this is though, it's not the best. I reserve that notation for the 80's cartoon M.A.S.K.

Jesus Christ that's some good stuff!

Untitled Document

I have heard about renewable energy sources to the point it makes me sick. I always love hearing about new forms, but impracticability always seems to creep its way in.

If the numbers from this video are as realistic as they seem to be, algae as our only source for fuel development seems anything but far fetched.
I'm sitting here amazed at the depth of Pownce as a social application. There's a TON of stuff available.

It's not cluttered, but I can't help but think it could be organized slightly better. But that's just the annoying designerly influences making their way to the surface.

I won't say I'm 'in love' just yet, but I'm definitely 'in like'.
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