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Sunday, January 20, 2013

Weekend Linkee-poo hope you guess its name

Very far behind in reading, but I'm going to clear the baffles for the coming week, and then get back to work. Today's title is in honor of Mercedes Benz using the Stone's "Sympathy for the Devil" as their song in a commercial about their upcoming vehicle. Um, guys, I think you might want to revisit that decision. You know, after you listen to the whole song, not just the first stanza.

The transformer apartment. It's not actually a new idea, but it has some new twists.

30 years of the Apple Lisa and Apple IIe. Wow. Brings back a lot of memories. (Pointed to by Dan)

The Galactic Empire responds to the White House passing on building a Death Star. (Grokked from Tor.com)

Life is more than happiness. I'm not sure which snide remark I should make here. "At this writing, Gallup also reports that nearly 60 percent all Americans today feel happy without a lot of stress or worry." I guess that puts me in the 40%. Although they define the 40% as "either (not) think(ing) their lives have a clear sense of purpose or are neutral about whether their lives have purpose." Which I don't believe is the opposite of happiness. I have purposes and meaning, but I'm not convinced that equates happiness. (Grokked from Jay Lake)

Finding the yes in saying no. With a little on decision making and how to eat frogs (not literally, and they don't use that terminology, but sometimes you've got to eat frogs to get through the day, nobody like it, but if you don't, soon you're plagued with frogs). (Grokked from Tobias Buckell)

The Cayman Islands are exploring publishing a list of corporations and hedge funds who use the island as a tax haven (for some versions of hiding their money). It looks like it's just talking now, but they seem to be under pressure to clean up there act. Also there's a lot about how the Obama Administration has been eliminating tax havens (btw, different than tax sheltering) and how such places work. (Grokked from Tobias Buckell)

Need a little levity? How about the Muppets singing "Bohemian Rhapsody." Ah, Beaker. (Pointed to by Dan)

A firearms instructor hired as an armed guard for a school leaves his firearm in a student bathroom. Fortunately it was "unloaded" and "only for a short time." What could possibly go wrong? (Grokked from Wil Wheaton)

2 comments:

vince said...

I have many fond memories of spending hours and hours on the Apple IIe and IIc.

Steve Buchheit said...

So do I, Vince. So do I.