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Dizzying Intellect » 2007» October

Happy Halloween

I know. You’ve been waiting all day. You couldn’t stand it. You checked back hourly, then semi-hourly, finally clicking repeatedly like a rat on the crack pellet switch.

Here you go:


Click for full size. You know you want to. Click, damn you. CLICK!

[See here for 2002-2007]

Nibble

Sarbanes-Oxley can bite my lily white ass.

I don’t care how stressful your job is, you’ve seen nothing until you’ve dumped this level of bureaucratic bullshit on top of your already crushing workload.

That is all.

Hello, Amtrak?

So everybody’s heard about the Delta flight this weekend, where the cargo door opened in mid-flight and some of the checked-at-the-gate bags fell out, right?

I was surprised that they found one of the bags, and foolishly clicked on this link to read about it.

First of all, the plane had already been written up for “deferred maintenance on a malfunctioning indicator light on the cargo door,” which is scary enough. Not fixing any door that you’ve apparently been noted for several times. On a vehicle that goes 30,000 feet up. Excellent.

I don’t fly anywhere near as often as I used to, and I was starting to consider myself lucky. Until I got to the end (and the reason I just needed to blog this - you’re welcome).

Sunday’s luggage incident marked only the latest surprise landing in the neighborhoods surrounding Midway.

In January, a turbine wheel from the engine of a cargo plane landing at the Southwest Side airport crashed through the roof of the house of an elderly Archer Heights resident. The hot piece of metal landed in the women’s bedroom, luckily missing her and her cocker spaniel. The incident was attributed to engine failure.

In 1999, a tire fell off a Northwest Airlines plane as it took off from Midway. The tire crashed through an airport fence and struck a car driven by a pregnant woman near Central Avenue and 63rd Street. Neither she nor her 7-month-old fetus was injured.

Um. Yikes.

Didn’t Ask.

Is anyone else irritated about this latest Dumbledore thing? Probably not.

I think I’m taking it too seriously, but you know what? You don’t out anyone who isn’t you. Especially when they’re DEAD! I don’t have a problem with Albus being gay. In fact, if asked, I probably would have guessed that it was likely. But if he wanted the whole world to know it, he would have told us. Right?

Christ, I sound like Dan Quayle. But it just seems rude to me.

Anti-Acrobat

Does anyone loathe Acrobat as much as I do? Anyone?

I never really liked it, but now it’s just a joke. If I accidentally click on a pdf file while I’m looking for something on google, I just walk away from the computer. It takes a good five minutes to open anything, and everything else is frozen in the meantime. (Admittedly, I turned off the background piece in msconfig, because it’s such a resource hog, but it doesn’t seem to make much difference, anyway.)

Anyway, if you do hate it as much as I do, you might want to try Foxit Reader. Depends on how often you use it. I’ve read that some files don’t open correctly, but I haven’t had any issues yet. So developers would obviously still need acrobat, but they can suffer alone. You’d have to rip my fingernails out to make me switch back. I can’t believe how much smaller and faster it is. And it’s free and works with Firefox.

And that’s your PSA of the week.

Historically Inaccurate Decorative Arts

I don’t know how many people besides me will be fascinated by this, but I’m drooling like a madwoman, here.

They make pillows out of classical fabrics (mostly toile) and hand-embroider them into far more creative pieces.


(Click each for full size)

I’m not really into decorative throw pillows. I just think they get in the way. I mean, I actually use my furniture, so why would I want to move all of the pillows every time I want to sit (or lie) down? But I’d make an exception here, I think. Or maybe I’d get a blanket-sized piece and do it myself? Hmmm.

Wild!

Fun!


Click for ginormous size

Go build you own wild self

Danger, Danger

I swear to god, if I don’t start venting about work, I’m going to snap and kill someone. Or worse, get myself fired.

You should probably plan for this blog to move to an undisclosed location in the immediate future.

Loldog

My dad used to say that my dog was the only one he’d ever known who was actually, literally voice-trained. That I’d only have to say something three or four times, and he’d understand and follow directions. It fascinated and tickled him to no end.

It took three tries, and my dog now knows what “I can has kisses” means.

Anyone teaches him what “I can has cheezeburgers” means, I will hurt you.

Smart How?

Ok, I need an opinion on this one. I may be overthinking it.

It’s a “smart bra” that could be used to find early breast cancer.

Could your bra one day detect breast cancer? One team of researchers in the United Kingdom says it is moving closer to a prototype for such an undergarment.

Called a “smart bra,” the device incorporates a series of microwave antennae to detect temperature changes in the breast that point to early stage breast cancer.

Professor Elias Siores, director of the Centre for Research and Innovation at the University of Bolton in the United Kingdom and inventor of the smart bra, says the device can detect cancer before the tumor can develop and spread into the surrounding areas.

Does anyone else think that microwaving your breasts daily, makes it pretty freaking likely that they’ll find cancer, eventually? In, like, everyone who ever wears this?

Yikes.