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A-Rod on his way back to the Yankees

Monday, November 19th, 2007

Alex Rodriguez says his contract talks with the Yankees are in the bottom of the fifth inning.

I have no idea what that means. But I do know what this means:

“Long after baseball, New York is going to be part of our lives,” he said. “I have some unfinished business in New York.

I can’t tell you how glad I am to hear him say this. When he opted out of the contract, and had his agent do it during Game 4 of the World Series, I had written A-Rod off as a businessman who just happened to play baseball. A hired gun.

This tells me that it bothers him on more than just a professional level that he had one of the greatest indivdiual baseball seasons ever and fell apart in the post-season. I know that the rest of the team fell apart as well, but I think A-Rod expected himself to carry the team on his shoulders, and he didn’t do that. And that bothers him.

The only thing better than having one of the best players in baseball as your third baseman is having him there with something to prove.

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Have a Politically Correct Christmas!

Saturday, November 17th, 2007

Here’s one from the PC crowd that just takes the cake:

Aspiring Santas have been told not to use the term “ho, ho, ho” because it could be seen as derogatory to women. Thirty trainees at a Santa course in Adelaide last month, held by recruitment company Westaff, were urged to replace the traditional festive greeting with “ha, ha, ha”.

Two Santa hopefuls reportedly left the course after the trainer’s edict.

The term “ho” is also American slang for a prostitute. “We were told it (ho) was a derogatory term for females and can upset people,” said the Santa, who did not want to be identified publicly. “As far as I’m concerned, a hoe is something you dig the ground with.”

Critics have branded the instruction for Santas to use “Ha! ha! ha! Merry Christmas” as nonsense and madness.

The silver lining to this story is the near universal agreement that such a suggestion is insane. That said, it doesn’t seem like Political Correctness is about to burn itself out in the flame of public opinion any time soon…

Categories: The World Wide Weird | 1 Comment »

RCCTP Update – 11/16/07

Saturday, November 17th, 2007

The daily update is up again. Hope it’s enough to get you through the weekend.

Today’s installment features power cables, giant scary trumpet players, and angels – harked and heralded for your viewing pleasure.

Enjoy!

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The Fall of Mighty Mac?!?

Saturday, November 17th, 2007

A month ago, I blogged about Apple’s new OS X Leopard operating system, and commented on how so many of its features seemed similar to those in Windows Vista, a comparison that usually runs the other way when it comes to comparing OS’s.

Well, the other day, Apple did something else that made it seem hauntingly similar to Microsoft:

Apple has released a major security update to current and previous versions of its OS X operating system.

Most significantly, the update fixes 41 vulnerabilities, many of which could allow a remote attacker to execute arbitrary — ie: malicious — code on the affected system. The affected software includes the Adobe (NSDQ: ADBE) Flash Player Plug-in, AppleRAID, the Mach Kernel, the Safari Web browser, and other core system components.

On Thursday, Apple released an update (10.5.1) for Mac OS X “Leopard,” which debuted last month. It includes three fixes to the Application Firewall that could lead network services to be exposed. Apple also released a security update (3.04) for Safari 3 Beta for Windows XP and Vista on Wednesday. The patch fixes a tabbed browsing flaw that could expose user credentials, several cross-site scripting vulnerabilities, and a buffer overflow bug, among other issues.

As I’ve said many, many, many, many, many, many times before, Apple’s starting to play with the big boys now, and they’re bound to encounter similar issues (and take similar) action in this regard.

Tune in next week, when we read about the poor sysadmins who didn’t install the 41 patches right away because they decided to spend some time testing on their network infrastructure before rolling them out to hundreds of users, only to be attacked by the hacker who has now downloaded the patch, reverse-engineered the malicious code, and sent it crawling for servers in exactly that position…

Welcome to the party Apple. Sit back and enjoy Microsoft’s new ad campaign, starring John Hodgeman comforting Justin Long: “It’s OK, Mac, it happens to everyone eventually. It’s nothing to be ashamed of. I’m told there’s a patch you can get that will clear it all up. Kinda like smoking…”

Categories: Tech Talk | 6 Comments »

What the Daily Show Writers are Doing These Days…

Saturday, November 17th, 2007

They’re writing Daily Show YouTube clips:

(Hat tip: Wil Wheaton)

 

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RCCTP Update – 11/15/07

Thursday, November 15th, 2007

The daily update is up. Today: Christmas lights, extra boughs, and High School Musical! Check it out.

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Witch Anatomy

Thursday, November 15th, 2007

In the window of The American Craftsman at Rockefeller Center this morning:

I don’t even want to know…

Meanwhile, I’m really liking having a digital camera with me as I walk to/from work every day. I’m tellin’ ya, they should put these things in cell phones!

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Marching Band. Video Game. Where Could You Go Wrong?

Thursday, November 15th, 2007

Check out the Cal Marching Band’s 16-big Video Game Halftime Show:

The Gizmodo video doesn’t lend itself to easy embedding like YouTube, so the picture above is a link to another page, but trust me – it’s worth the click…

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In which I let down dozens of people (maybe)…

Wednesday, November 14th, 2007

I wound up working from home today, so I don’t have a live picture of the tree to share. But there is an update. Depending on your glass-is-half-empty/glass-is-half-full score, I’m sure you’ll conclude that I’m either very resourceful with the tools at my disposal, or a lousy, stinkin’ cheater.

Also, Jason Bennion pointed out to me in the comments from my last post that the oh-so-witty captions I’m putting on my posts are not available on Firefox, as they are on Internet Explorer. Given my limited skills with Javascript, I’m quite frankly surprised that Firefox can’t handle something I’ve written. Either I’ve written the code wrong, or Firefox breaks on the simplest of Javascript code.

For the geeks out there, here’s the relevant snippet. Any feedback? Also, if anyone knows how to set the alt text on the picture when it changes, let me know & I’ll do that. I don’t know off the top of my head and I don’t have time to Google it right now.


function Fade_Image(inc){
//Set fade speed
if (document.all){
document.images.imagetofade.style.filter=”blendTrans(duration=1)”
document.images.imagetofade.filters.blendTrans.Apply()
}

//Load up next picture
curr_img = curr_img + inc
if (curr_img > (p-1)) curr_img=0
if (curr_img < 0) curr_img=p-1
document.images.imagetofade.src = preLoad[curr_img].src
caption.innerText=Cap[curr_img]

//Do the Fade
if (document.all){
document.images.imagetofade.filters.blendTrans.Play()
}
}

[...]

<td width=605 height=1000 valign=”top” align=”left” colspan=2>
<img src=”images/shim.gif” name=’imagetofade’ width=600 height=400 onclick=”Fade_Image(1)”><br>
<center><span id=”caption”> </span></center>
</td>

Categories: New York, New York, Tech Talk | 6 Comments »

RCCTP Update – 11/13/07

Wednesday, November 14th, 2007

The new pictures are up. Today – the Swarovski star, an office-eye view, and men sweeping pine needles!

Fun for the whole family…

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