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Nightclubs are hell. What’s cool or fun about a thumping, sweaty dungeon full of posing idiots?

Nightclubs are hell. What’s cool or fun about a thumping, sweaty dungeon full of posing idiots?

I went to a fashionable London nightclub on Saturday. Not the sort of sentence I get to write very often, because I enjoy nightclubs less than I enjoy eating wool. But a glamorous friend of mine was there to "do a PA", and she'd invited me and some curious friends along because we wanted to see precisely what "doing a PA" consists of. Turns out [...]

If you bought $1000 of stock a year ago, you would now have…

If you bought $1000 of stock a year ago, you would now have…

If you bought $1000 of stock a year ago, you would now have: $91.28 if you bought Washington Mutual $37.50 if you bought Neomagic $21.29 if you bought Freddie Mac $20.79 if you bought Fannie Mae But, if you had purchased $1,000 worth of beer one year ago, drank all the beer, and then turned in the cans for the recycling REFUND... You [...]

MySQL hacker needs $400K for his son’s bone-marrow transplant

MySQL hacker needs $400K for his son’s bone-marrow transplant

The MySQL community, who create, maintain and support the leading free SQL database -- are raising funds for Andrii Nikitin, a MySQL support engineer in Ukraine whose little boy, Ivan, needs a $400,000 bone-barrow transplant. "My family got bad news - doctors said allogenic bone marrow transplantation is the only chance for my son Ivan."8 months [...]

“Notorious” Movie Trailer

Completely off topic but, if you grew up in the 90s, this movie is going to be epic... and I'm using that term loosely.

For those disappointed with the sound quality of Metallica’s Death Magnetic album

For those disappointed with the sound quality of Metallica’s Death Magnetic album

I'm sure many of you (at least, those of you who are interested at all) have heard the new album by now, and a lot have not been happy with the sound quality...specifically the way the mix has been amped up increase the loudness at lower volume levels, at the expense of loss of dynamic range, going so far as to cause distortion and [...]

Porn Is Losing Its Steam

Porn Is Losing Its Steam

Internet porn is on the decline, and there's nothing Paris Hilton can do about it. That's the conclusion of two separate reports by researchers studying traffic among millions of users and Websites across the globe. The shift is a major one for content filtering systems and company policies, which have spent most of the last decade focused on [...]

Jesus Log

Jesus Log

Jesus Log on Ebay

Rumor: Rare Bringing Goldeneye to Xbox Arcade

Rumor: Rare Bringing Goldeneye to Xbox Arcade

The folks at Xbox Evolved are of the belief that Rare will be bringing N64 classic Goldeneye to the Xbox Live Arcade. Citing "very reliable sources," as well as "seeing evidence ourselves," the site suggests that Goldeneye will make it to the Arcade shortly before Activision releases the new Bond game. Goldeneye would naturally sport revamped [...]

Girlfriend Takes Nude Pics on Boyfriend’s Bed and Then Kills Him

Girlfriend Takes Nude Pics on Boyfriend’s Bed and Then Kills Him

This is just too bizarre to pass up. Ugh. People are so strange. Did this stuff happen 20 years ago? Ohh and here's her Myspace. FTW. "Mesa police found photos of a murder victim posing nude in a shower and, minutes later, lying in his bathroom "bleeding profusely," according to a report released this week. The photos, found on the [...]

KFC Tightens Security For Secret Recipe

KFC Tightens Security For Secret Recipe

Pssst. The secret's out at KFC. Well, sort of. Colonel Harland Sanders' handwritten recipe of 11 herbs and spices was to be removed Tuesday from safekeeping at KFC's corporate offices for the first time in decades. The temporary relocation is allowing KFC to revamp security around a yellowing sheet of paper that contains one of the country's most [...]

John McCain gets hacked (read: rick-rolled) by Barack Obama

Russia in legal bid to ban “extremist” U.S. cartoon

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Prosecutors in Russia want to ban the award-winning satirical U.S. cartoon South Park, calling the series "extremist" after receiving viewer complaints, a spokeswoman said on Monday. South Park, a cartoon aimed at adults and featuring a group of nine-year olds in a Colorado ski town, has courted controversy from its 1997 [...]

Why Super Nintendos Lose Their Color: Plastic Discoloration in Classic Machines

Why Super Nintendos Lose Their Color: Plastic Discoloration in Classic Machines

Great writeup about how and why plastics turn yellow over time. Sure, consoles age and get dirty. Heck, I remember a suspicious incident involving my Super Nintendo (SNES) console and a can of Coca-Cola in the early ’90s that left my SNES looking more like a moldy loaf of bread than a video game system. But around five years ago, I noticed [...]

VIA releases open source Xorg driver

VIA releases open source Xorg driver

VIA has just released a open source Xorg driver for their integrated graphics chips on their linux.via.com.tw portal. Here's the actual download link for the source code tarball. I am very happy to see this! It's one more step that VIA has been working on to improve and show their support for Free Software and Linux. Please notice that this [...]

Randy Pausch Last Lecture: Achieving Your Childhood Dreams

Carnegie Mellon Professor Randy Pausch (Oct. 23, 1960 - July 25, 2008) gave his last lecture at the university Sept. 18, 2007, before a packed McConomy Auditorium. In his moving presentation, "Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams," Pausch talked about his lessons learned and gave advice to students on how to achieve their own career and personal [...]

Wordle

Wordle

"Wordle is a toy for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and color schemes. The images you create with Wordle are yours to use however you like. You can print them out, or [...]

Inside an Investor’s Mind

Inside an Investor’s Mind

Pink Box testing

Pink Box testing

Some years ago (1999′ish) I was in a job where I needed to bring in a lot of software contractors in a short space of time. As a result I ended up dealing with a good number of IT contracting agencies. To help the process I wrote very specific job / task descriptions, and sent these to all agencies. Generally I would receive [...]

The Web Entrepreneur’s Toolbox: 100 Hacks and Resources

The Web Entrepreneur’s Toolbox: 100 Hacks and Resources

Great article with some great tips for those Web Entrepreneurs that frequent this site... "In today's consumer-driven world, it's getting harder and harder to keep customers happy. If your business can't deliver a product or a service that immediately satisfies the client, it will be trampled by the long line of competitors behind it. The [...]

Here’s A Map Of Nations That Don’t Use The Metric System

Here’s A Map Of Nations That Don’t Use The Metric System

Like you were suprised...

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