Tarry for the Nonce

August 31, 2006

The Workerless Office

Filed under: Science — lmwalker @ 3:05 pm

RadioShack has upped their stock price by firing their employees via email.

Employees at the Fort Worth headquarters got messages Tuesday morning saying: “The work force reduction notification is currently in progress. Unfortunately, your position is one that has been eliminated” . . .

She said employees were invited to ask questions before Tuesday’s notification on a company intranet site.

Well, if they are administrating via technology and (consequently) saving all those management resources, I hope those redundancies received similar emails.

He’s Certainly Drooling

Filed under: Entertainment — lmwalker @ 2:51 pm

A film that digitally assassinates George W. Bush is the “easily the most dangerous and breathtakingly original film I have encountered this year” gushes Noah Cowan of the Toronto Film Festival.

Cautionary tales are too often flights of fancy; as they push the envelope of credibility, the lessons gleaned from dark speculation become somehow tarnished. Not here. Every moment is completely believable, every comment is somehow appropriate Ė to the point of chilling, horrifying certainty . . .

The film is never a personal attack on Bush; [Director Gabriel] Range simply seeks to explore the potential consequences that might follow from the Presidentís policies and actions.

Pathetic. I hope Mr. Cowan doesn’t soil himself in anticipation.

A Day of Discoveries

Filed under: Rambles — lmwalker @ 2:50 pm

So my friend Steve Severinghaus is an administrator on Wikipedia.

What fun. I might know others, but his is the only name I recognized.

(Hat tip to Tony Meizelis.)

Designed to Make Him Blush

Filed under: Rambles — lmwalker @ 2:45 pm

Ed McCulloch sent me an interesting article about the appeal of South Korean men.

Sensitive and fit, they are a hot commodity. Ed is sensitive, fit, and has South Korean ancestry. He has great earning potential as a Motorolan currently receiving an advanced business education at Northwestern University.

This has been a public service announcement.

Ex-Presidential Privilege

Filed under: News — lmwalker @ 2:39 pm

The Secret Service protects Bill Clinton in Tanzania, to the detriment of diplomacy and common civility.

(Hat tip to Charles Bohall.)

August 30, 2006

A Hairless Society

Filed under: Rambles — lmwalker @ 2:31 pm

In Iran, women are being monitored:

Police in Tehran have been ordering Iranian women to cover up, stopping those they perceive as “badly veiled” . . .

“The person could end up in jail depending on their relationship with the authorities,” [Hadi Ghaemi of Human Rights Watch] said. “Generally, the imposition of strict Islamic codes has been increasing under [President Mahmoud] Ahmadinejad.”

If there is a bright side to this news, I suppose it is that Iranian women don’t spend 2 years of their life on their hair.

The average British woman spends an astonishing £36,903.75 on her hair in a lifetime, according to new research.

She will spend the equivalent of just under two YEARS of her life washing, styling, cutting, colouring, crimping and straightening her locks in salons or at home.

A whopping 650 days will be dedicated solely to creating a ‘salon look’ in her own bathroom. The average woman splashes out a monthly average of £10.08 on shampoos and conditioners, £14.03 on home styling products and £301.14 a year on haircuts and colouring . . .

Other wacky home hair remedies include washing hair in beer (14 per cent), smearing hair with raw egg (10 per cent), tying hair in rags (14 per cent) and washing hair in lemon juice (27 per cent).

Brunette is the hair colour most favoured by 43 per cent of women, 33 per cent would like to be blonde, whilst 12 per cent strive to be redheads.

So that explains why my hair looks the way it does! I’m a wash-and-go type of girl, and I fear it will stay that way. Life is too short.

Only Funny at 1:00 A.M.

Filed under: Anecdotes — lmwalker @ 12:37 am

Learn the Truth about Darth Vader and the Matrix.

Heck, you may as well meet the ninjas. Thrice.

August 29, 2006

Not a Miracle Cure Yet

Filed under: News — lmwalker @ 5:55 pm

A group of British scientists are trying to spread the word that stem cell “therapy” could be less than promised:

A group of leading British scientists warned patients today to be wary of “extravagant” claims made for “unorthodox” stem cell treatments offered abroad . . .

“[T]here is concern that these unproven treatments could be dangerous, potentially exposing patients to the risk of uncontrolled and inappropriate tissue generation.”

I doubt that women in search of a fountain of youth or desperate victims of multiple sclerosis will pay much attention.

A Dollar Saved is a Dollar Earned

Filed under: Entertainment — lmwalker @ 5:50 pm

Doesn’t SprialFrog place us right back where we started?

Universal Music, the worldís largest music company, is backing a start-up that will allow consumers to download songs for free. It will rely on advertising for its revenues, offering a different business model from that of Apple Computerís popular iTunes music store.

Should SpiralFrog succeed, music will be free once again.

So, kiddies, we have earned our reward for being good, law-abiding citizens: it was pointless . . . and costly.

A Dozen Pots in the Kitchen

Filed under: News — lmwalker @ 5:43 pm

The Duluth police are looking for someone with a twisted sense of humor:

During law enforcement’s briefing on how they were going to conduct the ATV sting Saturday, [News Tribune’s Janna] Goerdt heard two members of a rival news team talking about “something interesting” in front of the police station at 5315 Grand Ave . . .

When that assignment was over, Goerdt returned to the police station and took a walk around the building. She found the marijuana plants . . .

The gardener dug out the 12 marijuana plants by their roots and presented them to Beyer. They were 4 to 6 inches high and [Duluth City Gardner Tom] Kasper estimated they had been growing about three weeks.

I dunno. Isn’t it possible for marijuana plants to grow in the wild? They had to originate somewhere.

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