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Apparently I just can’t win…

February 16, 2004

First cigarettes and now coffee sabotages employee’s abilities.

A new study shows that caffeine “worsens anxiety and triggers stress”, particularly in men.

Piffle.  My theory is it just makes us hostile and aggressive and more inclined to smoke.

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I’d like a carton of ‘Attitude 100s’, please…

February 14, 2004

Hostile people may be ‘born to smoke’, study finds.

Dandy.  I wonder if I can use this as an excuse if I pimp-slap the next non smoker who gives me grief? 🙂

(via kiro5hin.org)

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Next year’s SuperBowl Half-Time Act

February 2, 2004

(I know, I know, the damn horse is dead, put down the stick…)

At least these guys aren’t liable to drop their pants to peddle an album…

(Windows media video, safe for work)

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Tivo-ing the obvious

February 2, 2004

No major surprise, the most replayed moment ever measured by Tivo is yesterday’s boobitry at the SuperBowl half-time show.

“The Jackson-Timberlake moment drew the biggest spike in audience reaction TiVo has ever measured. TiVo said viewership spiked up to 180 percent as hundreds of thousands of households used TiVo’s unique capabilities to pause and replay live television to view the incident again and again.”

(Via PVRBlog)

SCO (my)Doomed

February 2, 2004

The “MyDoom” denial of service on SCO yesterday apparently surprised officials by its speed and severity.  F-Secure estimated the total amount of infected computers “to be over one million.”

It appears that the attack started 16 hours or so earlier than expected, probably due to mis-set clocks.  Want to bet the next big one carries an NTP client?

Granted, maybe this couldn’t have happened to a nicer bunch of guys, and granted also that the whole DDOS thing is probably a smokescreen to take peoples attention away from a million new machines zombied as spam relays, but just what is going to happen when one of these aims at a target of actual significance?

“Dedicated lines” are largely a thing of the past—even secure services share bandwidth with the mainline net at any number of chokepoints.  How long will it be before we see stuff like this aimed at saturating bandwidth at a series of such chokepoints and taking significant infrastructure down?

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Tivo-ing the obvious

February 2, 2004


No major surprise, the most replayed moment ever measured by Tivo is yesterday’s boobitry at the SuperBowl half-time show.

“The Jackson-Timberlake moment drew the biggest spike in audience reaction TiVo has ever measured. TiVo said viewership spiked up to 180 percent as hundreds of thousands of households used TiVo’s unique capabilities to pause and replay live television to view the incident again and again.”

(Via PVRBlog)

Oranges & Lemons

February 2, 2004

Oranges and lemons say the bells of St Clements

For a little social redemption, here is an fascinating look at the old English nursery rhyme, and the London it refered to, then and now.

(From Diamond Geezer)

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As long as I’m on the topic…

February 2, 2004

of gratuitous T&A (well, T anyway)—and in my recently neglected tradition of blogging trashy commercials…

Here is the Britney Spears, Beyonce & Pink Pepsi “Gladiators” commercial that apparently didn’t air during the SuperBowl (at least if it did, I missed it—anybody else see it?)

Two plus minutes, streaming Windows Video and relatively safe for work, at least as long as you don’t work for Coke.

I wonder if anybody’s checked Freddie Mercury for rotational velocity over this…

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Patriots pull one out for New England, Jackson & Timberlake pull one out for the audience…

February 1, 2004

It’s always nice when you have a SuperBowl that isn’t yet another ho-hum blowout.  The Pats win it by 3 in the final seconds, and the Panthers manage to beat the seven point spread—something for everyone.

Apparently deciding that the halftime show needed to offer something for everyone too, Janet Jackson & Justin Timberlake ended the final number by ripping off some clothes and exposing one of Jackson’s breasts (link not safe for work). 

Of course, everyone’s now claiming that it’s an accident, and not a way to try to get extra time tacked on to either performer’s overused fifteen minutes.

Pffft.

If the halftime showed us nothing else, it did prove that Kid Rock either needs to get some new material, or at least show us one of his girlfriend’s hooters to keep up.

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