Monday, April 28, 2008

I very much dislike scrapers!

I just spend 15 minutes blocking splogs and scraper IPs for It is a pain in the rear. I have to spend time sorting through comments, that are marked as SPAM, to make sure there aren't any good ones. Almost always they are bad, and 99% of the time they are trackbacks from scraper sites, that steal content and place it on their ads bloated sites. Do they really believe that having a trackback link makes it OK to steal the content?

Ahh, it is so annoying!!! That is the problem when you have a real site that allows commenting. You have to deal with this kind of crap. This doesn't happen as often on this site, though. But I had one last week on my post about Alerth Thingy, now that douche doesn't have a Google Adsense account any more. I hate this loozers.

By the way, I ended up blocking freehostia all together from being able to read content on Jutia Group. There were a lot of trackabcks from blogs hosted by them this time around. So more no longer!

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Helicopter birthday cake

Now that's a cool birthday cake, if not the best birthday cake ever. This cake is shaped like a helicopter and it has a functioning rotor. It's not a cake like the ones you see created by professional cake creators/designers on the Food Network's Cake Challenge show, but it's a cake that everyone can make at home. Sweet!!!!

You can find the instruction on how to create your own helicopter birthday cake here, on Instructables, an awesome do-it-yourself site.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Alert Thingy - maybe not!

Lately I have been hearing a lot of noise about the Alert Thingy. A desktop client, build on Adobe AIR, which allows you to monitor updates on your FriendFeed, and as a side bonus of its latest release you can also post to Twitter and Flickr. FriendsFeed, for which Alert Thingy was build, is profile activity aggregator. You sign up with FriendFeed and add the usernames to a number of web services like Twitter, Pownce, Jaiku and number of other others. Then when there is any activity on the linked profiles, it is distributed to FriendFeed and any other site via API or a RSS feed. FriendFeed takes those feeds and mashes them up into one.

Michael ArringtonImage via WikipediaBut back to Alert Thingy. The app has been hyped up so much by Michael Arrington, the founder of TechCrunch, in the last two weeks that I decided to turn off my Twhirl and try it out. As I finished installing it, Twhirl had an update, so I installed it, too. Looking through Alert Thingy I found myself with very limited options and customization choices. I mean Alert Thingy counterpart, MySocial 24x7, which is a FireFox plugin, offers more options. Yes Twhirl requires two different windows for each service, but I will stick with it. Especially after tonight's update, which added few new features, and now I can get my FriendFeed through it as well. Not that I care much about FriendFeed, at least at this time. If anyone is interested in adding me as a friend on FriendFeed, this is my profile.

So Michael, why all the hype? Other than freeing desktop space, I just don't see how Alert Thingy is better than Twhirl.

Friday, April 18, 2008

FOX News, you over dramatizing, panic spreading liars.

FOX News really needs to get new writers, because like always FOX is full of it.!. FOX News announcement of the earthquake in Illinois was “A powerful 5.2 magnitude earthquake in central Illinois sends skyscrapers swaying in Chicago.”. WTF FOX? I live 5 minutes from downtown, pretty much everyone in Chicago did NOT know that there was an earthquake until it was announced on the news this morning.

This bloated company needs to higher local reporters and get their drama lies straight. Oh wait, they did, that's why they reported unrealistic events in Chicago.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Love Poetry

I received these in an email from my friend. They are entries to a Washington Post competition asking for a two-line rhyme with the most romantic first line, but the least romantic second line:

My darling, my lover, my beautiful wife,
Marrying you screwed up my life.

I see your face when I am dreaming,
That's why I always wake up screaming.

Kind, intelligent, loving and hot,
This describes everything you're not.

Love may be beautiful, love may be bliss,
But I only slept with you because I was pissed.

I thought that I could love no other,
that is until I met your brother.

Roses are red, violets are blue, sugar is sweet, and so are you.
But the roses are wilting, the violets are dead, the sugar bowl's empty and so is your head.

I want to feel your sweet embrace.
But don't take that paper bag off your face.

I love your smile, your face, and your eyes ...
Damn, I'm good at telling lies!

My love, you take my breath away.
What have you stepped in to smell this way?

My feelings for you no words can tell,
Except for maybe "Go to hell."
What inspired this amorous rhyme?
Two parts vodka, one part lime.

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

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Thursday, April 03, 2008

Why you should buy Epic Movie.

Need I say more?!

And it is funny.

soy sauce is what??

One of the topics in today's newsletter from Cookthink was soy sauce. I was surprised to learn that one of the ingredients I use when making beef jerky derived from leftovers. More precisely:

When the Chinese were fermenting soybeans for a flavoring paste in the 2nd century BCE, they realized that the liquids left behind were also pretty tasty.

Buddhist monks took the process to Japan, and by the 1600s it developed into the standard recipe of fermented soybeans and wheat we eat today.