Saturday, April 25, 2009

This Blog Has Been Replaced by Twitter!

In April 2009, I replaced this blog with my Twitter feed! See my home page,, for my currently active streams.

You are welcome to browse the links I found interesting from Nov. 2008 through April 2009.

Friday, April 10, 2009

The Onion: Lifetime for Men

LOS ANGELES—The new made-for-television movie A Just Killing—the inspiring true story of a man who finds his own inner strength by murdering his needy, overbearing wife—premiered on Lifetime for Men this past Saturday, earning the network its highest ever ratings.

Critics called the just-for-men TV movie "inspirational" and "nice set of tits on the wife."

The highly anticipated movie event is another boon for the cable channel, which specializes in uplifting programming geared toward 30- to 60-year-old men. The film chronicles the painful ordeal of Gary Mulkeen, a fun-loving mechanic who meets a seemingly perfect woman, but must soon fight for his very life after she reveals herself to be a clingy, manipulative shrew.

"It's about one man's perseverance against impossible odds," said director Tom Dunlop....

Thursday, April 9, 2009

N.Y. Times: Squatters Call Foreclosures Home

MIAMI — When the woman who calls herself Queen Omega moved into a three-bedroom house here last December, she introduced herself to the neighbors, signed contracts for electricity and water and ordered an Internet connection.

What she did not tell anyone was that she had no legal right to be in the home.

Ms. Omega, 48, is one of the beneficiaries of the foreclosure crisis. Through a small advocacy group of local volunteers called Take Back the Land, she moved from a friend’s couch into a newly empty house that sold just a few years ago for more than $400,000.
Yup, when the number of foreclosures reaches a certain level in one neighborhood, there is little the police can do about it. See my photo album of Gary, Indiana for the extreme case.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Facebook Reaches 200 Million Subscribers

I should point out that not all of these "subscribers" are active users, but even a fraction of 200 million is significant!
Fondé en 2004 dans une chambre d'étudiant de l'université Harvard, Facebook, un site gratuit, est disponible dans une quarantaine de langues, mais peine à rentabiliser ses activités.

Il s'impose de plus en plus comme le plus gros site de socialisation, avec 1,2 milliard de visiteurs uniques décomptés par le cabinet Compete en janvier, contre 810 millions pour son rival MySpace (groupe News Corporation).

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Dubai's Dark Side

The dark side of Dubai (The Independent, London, 4/7)

A really disturbing view of Dubai.

Monday, April 6, 2009

N.Y. Times: Pride

Researchers tend to split pride into at least two broad categories. So-called authentic pride flows from real accomplishments, like raising a difficult child, starting a company or rebuilding an engine. Hubristic pride, as Dr. Tracy calls it, is closer to arrogance or narcissism, pride without substantial foundation. The act of putting on a good face may draw on elements of both.

But no one can tell the difference from the outside. Expressions of pride, whatever their source, look the same. “So as long as you’re a decent actor, and people don’t know too much about your situation, all systems are go,” said Lisa A. Williams, a doctoral candidate in psychology at Northeastern University.

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