Surprising Captions During “The Big Bang Theory”

So, there we were, about 17 minutes through tonight’s episode of The Big Bang Theory, and suddenly, the closed captioning diverted radically from what the characters were actually saying. Closed captions: […going along normally, matching the acting, and suddenly:] “…but if you think about it, it kind of makes sense, because her mouth is on […]

Lost Generation

Industry Figure Bruce Lieberman sent me this link, and I have to say, I totally did not expect what happened half-way through: It’s a Groundhog Day’s surprise!

Outstanding Article on the Financial System Failure

I especially liked this part: …Indeed, one of the great social benefits of the Madoff scandal may be to finally reveal the S.E.C. for what it has become. Created to protect investors from financial predators, the commission has somehow evolved into a mechanism for protecting financial predators with political clout from investors. (The task it […]

Calabasas Fire

A fire broke out today about a mile from the office where Industry Figure Larry Helmerich and I work in Calabasas, California. We first noticed it was “a little smoky” around 1:00pm, and within 15 minutes, it looked like this, with the whole ridge on its way up to Smoky Town (this photo taken as […]

Zombie Alert

Seen on reddit: Comments: “This is precisely the sort of thing that’ll reduce readiness when a REAL zombie attack occurs!” —pavel_lishin “I know it’s supposed to be funny, but it’s only a matter of time, people!” —TheColonel “You know what’s scary? I’m not entirely sure what I would do if I would be driving home […]

DRM Worst-Case Scenario

Microsoft is [obviously] not going out of business any time soon, but it’s gotten to be just too much of a hassle for them to continue to support their PlaysForSure Digital Rights Management scheme that they pushed on device manufacturers and customers for years, before deciding that it wasn’t good enough for their own Zune. […]

Great News About Circuit City

…and here’s some terrific news from Forbes about how Circuit City’s rotten mass firing of experienced (and higher-paid) staff, in favor of untrained teen scum, has totally failed! The company has floundered after experiencing a devastating third quarter loss, reported last December 21, of $207.3 million, or $1.26 per share, from $20.4 million, or 12 […]

25th Wedding Anniversary

Tom and Sylvia’s 25th Wedding Anniversary dinner at our favorite local Japanese restaurant, Tori Yen in Tujunga, California. So that the photo would more properly mark the occasion, they gave Sylvia a geisha wig and a duck’s beak, and gave me a Groucho mask, along with authentic Japanese hair costumery. They also festooned us with […]

“Dude, I invented the friggin iPod. Have you heard of it?”

The FSJ (fake Steve Jobs) weighs in.   The ‘About Me’ section makes me laugh.

Ruby on Rails: [Annoyed Grunt] Stupid Fixtures!

So, as an example of just the latest stumbling block in my Ruby on Rails learning project, I wanted to set up my database tables with proper Foreign Key constraints. But I keep seeing signs that the RoR mainline developers just totally don’t bother with this. Signs like: it’s not really supported very well. But […]