Sure, those ads that say "Meet singles in your area" are pretty annoying. They take up screen real estate, and list regions pretty close to your city, which they determine by your IP address.

This "Meet singles" ad, though, has switched from being annoying to surprising: apparently, they fail miserably at determining my location, and they offer me singles not near Seattle, and not even in my state. And while some of them are in California and in Texas, half of them are in Mexico.

Why in the world would I click on an ad that says there's a single 42-year-old, and a single 50-year-old, in another country? Whose idea was it to make this ad? How is it at all profitable?

I guess the subtle message here is to update my hosts file, or to install AdBlock Plus...
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Prince of Persia

A few years late, sure--but I finally got around playing Prince of Persia - Sands of Time. Now, I never did beat the original--I always ran out of 60 minutes (and patience) while trying to press "Jump" at just the right millisecond on my Nintendo--but I still remember the essence of that game.

Sands of Time preserves the original spirit. It has sword-finding and sword-fighting; it has numerous traps; it has long jumps (though now, I don't have to start the level from scratch if I make a false move); it has a princess. But it also has 2 things that most games don't have: an appealing story and a beautiful setting.

The story is laconic. There isn't much that happens while Collapse )

The scenery is good for the most part--but the last 10% of the game I consider great: standing up above the clouds and jumping from beam to beam made my palms sweat. Not many games have done that. I must admit that standing above the clouds in "Gateway to Na Pali" (level 21 of Unreal) was more breath-taking--but still!

I'm content.


I decided to turn off anonymous commenting. I don't post much, but I sure prompt a lot of comments, most of which try to sell me something...

Sorry, Anon!

Black Friday 2010

The mission was a success!

The temperature was 2 degrees above freezing. We arrived at 23 o'clock (took the 8th spot in line; the first five people waited from 20!), waited until 6 in the morning, and now Indira has a laptop with a $250 discount!

Good night, all!


This just occurred to me: you will not be confused by Inception if you'd ever connected (Remote Desktop, Terminal Service, ssh) to one machine, and used it to connect to another.

Unfortunately, that's what I have to work with: the Build Machines at work can only be accessed through Internet Explorer on the corporate network... The only problem with this setup is that it turns off Copy-Paste; and that bites!
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Going through my old stuff...

Among my files, I found this review of Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron. :-)

Short summary: a love story between a man and two horses. Special features include bisexual bestiality! If you're not into it, don't watch the movie.

The plot is kind of like this: the man and the male horse get captured, then they escape; the male horse meets the female horse, he loves her and is jealous of the man who engages in foreplay with the female horse; later, the male horse flirts with the man, attempts to save the female horse, and destroys two locomotives and causes an explosion that burns quite a few acres of the forest. But he does hook up with the female horse, and in the end the Native American man loses both his boyfriend and his girlfriend.

This movie seriously deserves to be on MST3K. Otherwise, avoid watching it at all times.

The Ninety Percent Theory

I think that now is a good time to document my theory of why the world is the way it is. Note that I don't call it a hypothesis: after thinking about it for a year, I'm fairly sure that it's correct, other than, possibly, tweaking the number a little.

Ninety percent of people on this planet are stupid.

Think about it. Think broadly. Don't use a mis-representative sample of your friends or acquaintances, since they're much more likely to be similar to you, i.e. smart. Exclude yourself, since merely pondering about conceptual problems distinguishes smart people. No, think about everyone else, about the people you generally try to ignore or to avoid, be they angrily yelling on the street, or making mindless mistakes at their dull jobs, or mindlessly quoting passages of a customer service manual. They're the people who don't enjoy thinking; and since they prefer to avoid the resulting insights about the future, they make the bad decisions and expect the other 10% to take care of the resulting mistakes.

If you're up to it, step outside and try to apply this mindset to the first few immediate problems that you notice. If you notice a scam--be it a letter from a Nigerian Prince or an offer to go on a so-called "free" cruise--and you wonder if anyone falls for it, use the 90% rule. Scamming is profitable for a reason, right? Safety warning: although now they're a necessity to avoid lawsuits, how did they become so widespread? Would parents really did let their kids put plastic bags over their heads? Would anyone really accidentally ingest some household cleaning liquids? You've always known the answer, but you had no explanation for it beforehand. Well, now you do.


I hate this state. Washington, you can go fsck yourself. Microsoft is the only thing keeping me here; if I decide to switch jobs, I'm out of here.
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