I have made a couple of minor changes to the blog categories. Everything Computers has been replaced by General Geekness, and I have added the category Sanity Break. That will allow me to share more of my favourite YouTube’s with you, like the one below. A touching and very spiritual retelling of the first ever Thanksgiving dinner, a meeting of spirits of New England pilgrims and native Americans. By Wednesday Addams.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
The federal bailout bill, compared to other large expenses in the history of the United States:
The $4.6165 trillion dollars committed so far is about a trillion dollars ($979 billion dollars) greater than the entire cost of World War II borne by the United States: $3.6 trillion, adjusted for inflation (original cost was $288 billion).
Go figure: WWII was a relative bargain.
A nineteen year old kid killed himself online. He left an online suicide note, he announced it ahead of time, and then he actually did it.
About 185 people were viewing the feed on the San Francisco-based live-streaming service. The teen had announced his pending suicide on a bodybuilding.com chat forum, which linked to the broadcast. He left an online suicide note. Viewers were seen egging him on.
While online viewers watched a police officer prodding the Florida teen to see if he was alive, their chat comments ranged from OMG to LOL.
People are fucking sick.
I explain this several times a day at work. In a futile attempt to cut back on the number of phone calls about this particular issue I have decided to make a blog post about it. That way, there will be one more page for Google and other search engines to direct people to when they are trying to find out why their brand new Vista computer only reads 3.5GB instead of 4GB.
Several thousands of years ago, my native country of Sweden was covered in a kilometer thick layer of ice, better known as the Ice Age, and as recently as one thousand years ago marriage was considered a business arrangement by my ancestors.
It was between a man and a woman, yes, but only because that is the only combination that can naturally procreate. If it was mutually beneficial for two families to join forces and resources, a marriage was considered a semi-permanent way to seal the agreement. “You people get to use our lands and silver mines, we get to use your vast agricultural resources, and to guarantee that we treat each other fairly, my daughter will marry your son.” That kind of deal.
Ta-Nehisi Coates of the The Atlantic wrote a short blog post with a link to an article by Richard Ford, about why the gay marriage ban in California and in other states passed. Though I don’t necessarily agree with Ford’s point it is a good one, and I admit that my disagreement is only because I personally have always believed that a woman who needs to be in a committed relationship with a man before she knows what it is to be a woman, will ultimately fail not only at that relationship, but in ever finding out who she truly is. However, I don’t doubt that there are a lot of men and women out there that Ford’s article might apply to.
That said, the best part is not the artice itself, but the discussion taking place in the comment section of Ta-Nehisi’s blog.