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QotD: Britney

Question: On a scale of 1-10, how would you rate Britney Spears' talent?

My Answer: Six, maybe seven. She's got more talent than most people, giving her a minimum of a five or so, but not nearly as much as true "artists." A lot of her "talent" is in looking good (and in fact this question is inspired by comments on yesterday's entry). Still, she can sing fairly well, she holds her own as a simple actress, and she dances pretty well. Is she an "artist?" Nah.

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Britney Spears has stirred up quite a bit of muck lately. First she makes out with Madonna, then she poses like this (see images at right) in Rolling Stone. That's all fine - she's pretty hot, and I enjoy looking. Will I buy Rolling Stone? No. Will I gawk at her half-naked on the Web? Sure! I'm a male, after all. Will I secretly make judgments about her level of intellect? Nah. I'd rather make judgments about my own intellect.

Beating a Cub

People like this deserve the same treatment they've given to their victims - in this case a black bear - every day for the rest of their lives:

"I was never mean to the bear. There was a couple of times I wanted to hit him over the head with a pipe or something but I didn't do that," Mr. Ryan said.

What the fuck? Is that person mentally retarded? Or just a major asshat? And only a $2000 fine!?!? What?!?! Thanks to OGL for the link.

QotD: Quitting

Question: Have you ever quit a job by simply not showing up the next work day?

My Answer: Yes, I have. Then, two days later, I called and asked them if they were handling my two-week vacation properly in payroll. :-)

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John Ritter, Johnny Cash

Both John Ritter and Johnny Cash have shuffled off this mortal coil. Not a good day for people named John, nor for their fans. I can't say I'm a big fan of either, but I know that they brought a great amount of amusement and happiness to many, and for that, they will be missed.

Rods and Reels

I was writing an email to Captain Jimbo, and I thought this information may come in handy in the future as well, so I'm documenting it here. My current rod and reel situation:

Redbone 2-piece M/L with a Daiwa Capricorn 2500 and 10 lb. line
Redbone 1-piece M/L with a Shimano Stradic 4000 and 10 lb. line
Redbone 1-piece M/H with a Shimano Stradic 6000 and no line *

* still trying to decide whether to string this up with 15lb test or what. Both of the 10 lb. line above is bright bright green, which doesn't matter in saltwater much because you use a leader. It didn't seem to matter in freshwater the other day either, because I caught three fish.

I've also got two Mitchell fiberglass M/L rods and two Mitchell 300 reels (all four of which are about 20-30 years old). One of the rods needs some eyelet/tip work, and I forgot to take it when I went up to Sports World two days ago. Perhaps tomorrow I'll take it up before work.

SpamSieve 2.0

spamsieve-icon.pngSpamSieve 2.0 is out, and it's got a loooooooooong list of changes. I won't go over them here - you can click the link for yourself. What I will say is "free?" This update is free to registered users of 1.x. Were I Michael Tsai, I'd have had a hard time deciding whether or not to make this a $10 upgrade or to release it free. On one hand, $25 is an expensive add-on for something Mail does "for free" (though not nearly as powerfully). On the other hand, 2.0 adds so many features that I would have - and I suspect many others would have as well - gladly paid for an upgrade. Perhaps Michael will share his reasoning here or on his blog.

Of course, one thing this update does not do - and cannot do - is fix Entourage's inability to run rules on an email upon which an AppleScript has already acted. This means that I've got to pre-filter* all of my email, and only unfiltered email gets hit by SpamSieve. There's really no elegant way around this.

* Sales notifications from FSS sales go to a certain folder, some mailing lists get filed away, all comments from this blog are put in a certain folder and marked as read, etc.

QotD: Alert

Question: For the Mac users out there, what is your alert sound?

My Answer: Mine is currently "Tink" and has been for over a year. Perhaps I'll change it today, but "Tink" has always been a favorite. It's short and therefore not very annoying.

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About a Boy

I watched About a Boy today. What rubbish! It was funny early on, when Will talked about visiting FART or whatever organization that was just to shag the single "mums," but then it took a decidedly crappy turn and ended up as some lame feel-good (or feel-asleep-out-of-boredom) movie with lots of ugly people (save, of course, for Rachel Weisz, who had a small role). Ugh. Who liked this movie? Oh, I know who now - someone who likes every movie. Lot of good that kind of outlook gets you. Or, more specifically, gets your friends.

Stupid CSS

I'm very frustrated with CSS right now. I'm sure I'm brain farting, but I can't figure out how to do something and I'm about to give up and use a table. I've got an 85 x 85 image (the site's logo) that will go in the top left corner of a Web page. To the right, I've got a 500 x 40 image with a 3-pixel line at the bottom (the site's title). Beneath that, I've got six other images (the site's menu), all 30 pixels high.

I can easily arrange that. What I can't seem to get is a background image to appear and be 100% wide - it's a line that is meant to "extend" the line in title image. I've tried arranging the DIVs as many ways as I can think of. I can get the menu to the right of the logo, beneath the title, but then the background line doesn't extend all the way to the right-hand side of the browser. The list goes on and on…

So now I've cheated. I didn't use tables, but I did set the lined image as the background image for the site, without y-tiling. This is only temporary - I'll need to use an actual background image eventually, and then I'll be back to square one. For the mockup, for now, this will suffice.

If you wish to try your hand at this, by all means, AIM me. Problem solved, or rather, "worked around."

QotD: Romance

Question: If you could have a romance with any fictional character, who would it be?

My Answer: I'm going to rule out movies (those not based on books, anyway), because that makes it too easy - I might just pick someone (like Kate Beckinsale's character from Serendipity) because of the actor, not the character. So, limiting myself to literature, I'm going to have to go with… ummm… You know what? I haven't got a clue. It's been nearly a decade since I've read a book with "characters" in it. I've stuck mainly to non-fiction, science, computing, and books like The Physics of Cooking. Hrmph. So, my answer is Kate Beckinsale's character Sara(h?) in Serendipity. I'm a cheater, yup.

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Fishing Lake Ida with Ramos

José and I got out on Lake Ida around 10am today - a bit later than I'd like, but when you've got a kid (not me), not everything can suit your damn friend's wishes! :-)

We launched, we paddled north, and we went right to the spot at which I caught fish last time. I caught one fish on my little pivoting crankbait (see image below). I switched to a "jerkbait" and treated it like it was a jig (raise the rod, lower and crank in the slack, rest, repeat) and tagged two more, both slightly bigger than the first fish (which itself was about 12").


We're still not sure what kind of fish this is. The picture here makes it look a bit paler than it was in real life. The fish is actually much pinker/oranger with darker green stripes. My thumb is covering up a lack spot that existed on all three fish. We paddled around for a bit, fished with some spoons and other lures, but the only thing we caught the rest of the afternoon were José's tree (lost the lure) and lily patch (recovered the lure). He did have a few hits on the crankbait earlier in the day.

QotD: Racist

Question: Have you ever been called a racist? For what?

My Answer: Yes. Most recently, I was called a racist for mentioning the color of some people fishing at a lake. You'll have to read the comments to see what a moron the person alleging the accusation may be.

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Queer Eyes

So I've now seen an episode (or three) of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy and I've gotta say that the only one who's not totally annoying is the food and wine guy. The others, well, they irk me. It's amusing television, and quite comical at times, but I must say I admire the straight guys a lot more for being able to tolerate the over-the-top gay vibe the others put out (no pun intended).

I'm sure I'll get blasted for this one, and I'm trying desperately not to say "not that there's anything wrong with that." I don't judge, and they're a smart group of people - I am just saying they're not my kind of people. They'd bug me. Well, that and they certainly wouldn't have any shortage of work in my apartment, that's for sure!

QotD: Pleasurable Sex

Question: If sex were not a pleasurable activity, by what percent do you think the world's population would be smaller?

My Answer: 50%. If sex weren't pleasurable, I think that a great many people wouldn't have sex except to have a family or to get more welfare money. "Accident" babies would be gone, teen pregnancy might very well vanish, and, well, as if I know! I'm saying 50% and sticking to it!

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