Tuesday, March 31, 2009

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A friendly converstaion

Quote of the day

"There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old’s life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs."

Overheard on Twitter

One thing I love about Merced is the surprising regularity that I hear the word "sheep" on the police scanner.

Fark Headlines of the day

"Canadian cops can't figure out why someone would
steal five tractor trailers full of Pepsi, but they double the guard at
local Mentos warehouse just to be safe"

Monday, March 30, 2009

Happy Anniversary

On today's date, 1858, Hymen Lipman was granted a patent for attaching a piece of rubber to the end of a pencil. While it was certainly a stroke of genius, the courts didn't think it to be as groundbreaking as one might think. From Smithsonian:

Unfortunately for Lipman, the patent would later be revoked, when the U.S. Supreme Court rules in 1875 that a pencil with an eraser is just a pencil with an eraser and not a new invention.


Mac mod of the day

No idea where the design comes from... just clever..

Thursday, March 26, 2009

my newest desk accessory.

Scratch, ( from http://pvponline.com )
How come, in department stores, their idea of desk accessories is so very different from mine?

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Quote of the day:

"Don't lead your life in quiet desperation and go to the grave with your song still in you."

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

an honest conversation

quote of the day

"He’s always asking: 'Is that new? I haven't seen that before.'
It’s like,
'Why don't you mind your own business? Solve world hunger. Get out of my closet.'"
- Michelle Obama, on dodging her husband's inquiries about her shopping