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February 28, 2010

The Booger Exception to the Feiler-Faster-Principle

Filed under:   by Xrlq @ 3:44 pm

Instapundit notes that eating boogers is good for you. Long time readers of this blog (yes, both of you) learned this interesting but disgusting factoid a mere six years ago.

January 6, 2010

Seven Year Itch?

Filed under:   by Xrlq @ 8:53 pm

Speaking of missed deadlines, almost a month has gone since I forgot my last blogiversary. That’s normal, but this time, Alice H. didn’t even remember to razz me about it. Poor schmuckette.

January 2, 2010

Land of the Lost (Commenters)

Filed under:   by Xrlq @ 6:05 pm

Patterico was banned from Charles Johnson’s shitty little blog for … well … disagreeing with shitty little Charles. Apparently, he’s in good company.

November 22, 2009

WordPress and Time Zones

Filed under:   by Xrlq @ 1:27 pm

If you’re like me, and forgot to fall back on WordPress, good news. WP finally supports DST so you’ll just have to make one last fix and be done with it for good. Under the Settings heading on the Dashboard, select the first item, labeled “General.” Once there, look for the heading that reads “Timezone” and select a major city in your time zone. This feature is long overdue. The only tweak I’d add is to include a generic label for each US zone, so someone living outside Arizona but inside the Mountain Time Zone does not select Phoenix.

October 30, 2009

Twitter is Evil

Filed under:   by Xrlq @ 7:04 am

The Bloggess (h/t: Robb Alllen) has the proof. Meanwhile, I’d like a little grammatical help from you, the reader. Which of the following is the most appropriate past tense for tweet?

  1. twate
  2. twote
  3. tweeten
  4. twitten
  5. tweetered
  6. [Censored]
  7. Other (specify)

September 18, 2009

This Just In

Filed under:   by Xrlq @ 10:32 pm

Not all stupid criminals work(ed) for ACORN.

August 12, 2009

Unlike a Virginian

Filed under:   by Xrlq @ 10:11 pm

I probably should have resigned from ODBA two years ago, when I lost my job at CannedAmerica (which, I’m sooooo sorry to say, has since gone bankrupt) and began working in the Tarheel State. From then until late January of ’08, I could credibly claim Virginia residency since my family still lived there and I commuted every week. After that, my only remaining link to Virginia was a house in the Lickinghole District of Goochland which for some oddball reason, no one wanted to buy. Well, the house finally sold, at a loss of roughly $100k (but who’s counting?), so at this stage, all I have left from Virginia is (1) a concealed carry permit which my NC permit renders largely redundant; a (2) a silly name and (3) no radar detector. If that makes me a Virginian, then everyone’s a Virginian. So with that, and with heavy heart, I hereby resign my membership in the Old Dominion Blog Alliance. I wish all y’all the best.

August 3, 2009

Facebook Ads

Filed under:   by Xrlq @ 11:58 am

If you’re like me, you probably don’t appreciate seeing links on Facebook telling you your friend so-and-so has challenged you to try such-and-such, when in reality he hasn’t. FoxNews writes this off as an image problem, but I’m not sure I agree. Whatever the policy supposedly is today, I can’t envision any scenario in which I would want my face and name displayed in an ad for anything to anyone unless I’d given my explicit consent and been paid. FoxNews writes:

“FACEBOOK has agreed to let third party advertisers use your posted pictures WITHOUT your permission. Click on SETTINGS up at the top where you see the Log out link. Select Privacy. Then select NEWSFEEDS and WALL. Next select the tab that reads FACEBOOK ADS. There is a drop down box, select NO ONE. Then SAVE your changes. (REPOST to let your friends know!)”

That’s a lot of clicks — especially for something Facebook says is no longer necessary.

Well, duh. Of course Facebook thinks it’s no longer “necessary.” If it were necessary to them, they’d make it much easier to find that setting, label it with something more obvious like “Spam your friends? Yes/No,” and make the default setting “no.” But what’s necessary for FB and what is or isn’t necessary for you may not be the same thing.

July 14, 2009

RSS = Really Simple Spam?

Filed under:   by Xrlq @ 8:16 pm

If you haven’t upgraded WordPress lately, do. The results of not doing so can be, shall we say, interesting.

June 13, 2009

Outing Anonybloggers

Filed under:   by Xrlq @ 9:57 pm

Ed Morrissey asks when it is OK to out anonymous or pseudonymous bloggers. Missing from the poll question is the answer I consider correct: when the blogger’s identity is so closely tied to the issue at hand that the news value of his name outweighs the harrassing effect of identifying the individual in question. Which, I might add, is very rarely the case.


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