Learn to use the language
Seems Disney is now on the lets-bash-NJ wagon (along with just about everyone else). From The Lion King 1 1/2 DVD, we get this quote in response to a New Jersey joke:
Nancy Byrne, head of the state’s Travel and Tourism Office, calls the joke “silly, unfounded and not funny.”
Um, I hate to break it to ya sister, but “silly” and “funny” mean the same thing, so you’re just encouraging more jokes about your home state.
Am I a Hypocrite?
A while ago I recommended avoiding Quentin Tarantino movies. I didn’t give a reason, but my general rule is that any movie with as much blood and gore as Kill Bill isn’t worth defiling my conscience over. That being said, am I a hypocrite for personally wanting and encouraging others to see The Passion of the Christ, Mel Gibson’s bloodiest film ever?
In a word, no.
An ignorant but kind stranger
While I was going to work this morning a woman pulled up next to me and rolled down her window, signalling for me to do the same. She called out “There’s something leaking from your car.” So I said “Okay, thanks.” Seeing how work was only 10 minutes away, and the gas, oil, and temperature gauges were doing what they were expected to do, I figured I’d drive on and look at work.
I got there and took a look around. Thanks lady, for your concern, but learn to recognize dew when you see it, please.
Reading database columns in .NET
There are some very frustrating things about .NET. Namely, its inability to directly reference values in a data grid. Let’s say you wanted to sum the values in the 4th column of a grid that you are populating. You wouldn’t say
for(int x=0; x<dataGrid.table.RowCount(); i++);
x += dataGrid.table.row[x].column[y]
What would you do? Why, you’d read the latest from MM.net, of course!
Battle of the Billboards – the conclusion
You may remember my two rants a while ago about billboards and local businesses. Jennifer and I were going somewhere a couple days ago and she made the interesting observation that no politically unusual or inflammatory remarks had been made on the Roses & More signs the past few days. As a matter of fact, she couldn’t remember anything since about Feb. 10th that had been on the left of the political spectrum.
He had put up a sign that said that this had been his best Valentine’s season ever.
Jennifer proceeded to make the comment that perhaps the whole lefty political blabberings had been in an effort to drum up business, and perhaps he wasn’t as sincere in his beliefs as we were led to believe.
I had a gut feeling that she was right, but only time will tell. If he’s still not putting up leftist slogans in March or April or August, then we’ve all been duped. If he is …
… he won’t get my any more of my business.
Jeremy’s sister had a girl. Pictures forthcoming. Congratulations! Miss Rachael Kay Tobey will celebrate her birthday every February 19th.
I am eagerly awaiting the day when I can hold my niece or nephew. But my sister has to get married first.
OIF Memorial #1
The first memorial to the fallen Americans from Operation Iraqi Freedom is now on temporary display in Iraq.
Hat tip: Smash
Why I can’t stand the press
Headline: Top Democrats lead Bush in poll
Lead Sentence: “Democrat John Kerry holds his largest lead yet over President Bush in a head-to-head match-up among likely voters, a new USA TODAY/CNN/Gallup poll concludes, and rival John Edwards also holds a double-digit lead over the president.”
Reality: Nine sentences into the story (i.e. farther than the attention span of most Americans) we find the rest of the story. “The poll indicates Kerry and Edwards hold lesser leads – or no lead at all – when all registered voters are measured.”
In other words, USA Today tacitly omitted a key detail in the first sentence that alters the meaning of the headline. The detail was who was asked in the poll, and the answer is not given in the article.
So CNN/USA Today/Gallup is saying that Bush loses to a Democrat when Democrat voters are asked. Duh.
Such is the modern news industry in America today. Woe unto us if we choose to believe everything we read from them. A more complete view of the current race can be found at Zogby, where Bush leads in Red States and Kerry in Blue States.
Well, two old females got “married” in California today. The Mayor of San Francisco approved of the act and explained her actions in overseeing the “ceremony”. It is interesting to note the tacit note of rebellion in the letter comes out in the list of copy recipients at the bottom. Arnold Schwarzenegger, GOVERNOR, is not on the list. Most of the other necessary state officials are though.
Damn you, George Lucas, damn you!
Star Wars 4, 5, & 6 headed for the DVD player
While the long-held rumor was that George Lucas would wait until the completion of Star Wars Episode III, due in theaters in May 2005, to release the original trilogy on DVD, Lucasfilm VP of Market Jim Ward revealed today that Lucas “found some time” in his schedule and “was willing and eager to make it happen.”
Translation: Lucas was willing and eager to make a quick buck because he realized geeks would line up for blocks to get episodes 4-6, then do it again when the 1-6 box set came out, so he made time to do so.
Now the only question is: do I satisfy my fastidious side and wait until the crap episodes come out, or do I get the good stuff and tell my children that episodes 1-3 never existed, so as to preserve their (presumably) good perception of Star Wars?