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April 23, 2007

UPDATED: Digg Direct RSS Feeds

The Digg Direct RSS Feeds that I created a few weeks ago have been fixed.

Digg recently added a requirement that all applications include an Application Key with an application requests a feed. That's fine by me, it's their service, they get to make the rules.

A quick update to my cronjob, and everything is back on track. I even did a bit of touch-up work on the XSLT to clean the look up a bit.

If you missed it the first time, here are the feeds again:

Digg - Technology - Direct RSS Feed - http://feeds.feedburner.com/DiggTechnologyDirect
Digg - Entertainment - Direct RSS Feed - http://feeds.feedburner.com/DiggEntertainmentDirect
Digg - Gaming - Direct RSS Feed - http://feeds.feedburner.com/DiggGamingDirect
Digg - Science - Direct RSS Feed - http://feeds.feedburner.com/DiggScienceDirect
Digg - World & Business - Direct RSS Feed - http://feeds.feedburner.com/DiggWorldBusinessDirect
Digg - All Popular - Direct RSS - Feed - http://feeds.feedburner.com/DiggPopularDirect

You can also download an OPML file to import into your favorite RSS aggregator here. These feeds are updated every two minutes, and are a direct translation of the services.digg.com feeds.

April 21, 2007

C-R-M: Customer Relationship Management

From yesterday's Wallstrip:



Check out my post on the original sales meeting this was styled against form the movie Glengarry Glen Ross for a point of reference (Not safe for work).

April 20, 2007

This is going into my next requirements document

From Scott Adam's latest post on the Dilbert Blog: Outsource the Government:


Q. Is it okay if I offer an objection to this plan that demonstrates my poor reading comprehension?

A. I'd be disappointed if you didn't.

Go.

Scott Adams loves to post wildly snarky articles on his Dilbert Blog, and in the post, ridicule and poke fun at the people who post responses that have very little, or absolutely nothing to do with the article in question.

Some good examples of this are his recent posts about the debate over copyright law. Including great quotes like:

4. But since I know I am a good person, my reason why it's okay to violate copyright laws is (insert something absurd).
and
You may now activate your cognitive dissonance and explain in the comments that every time you violate a copyright, the free publicity it generates for the artist is proof of your goodness. To make your argument extra powerful, note that you once knew a guy who bought an extra CD because of the 12,000 songs he took for free.

Go.

I think Bill O'Reilly may have a reason to come after Scott for stealing Bill's "Go" method of starting conversations on the Radio Factor. If you don't listen to the Radio Factor, a typical introduction goes like this:
Chris Smith from Denver, you're on the factor, GO!
I guess Scott must be an O'Reilly fan, which is quite interesting. I am an O'Reilly fan as well, but I am not a Premium Member.

April 19, 2007

Looking Back: Gasoline Control

There are plenty of bloggers discussing the Virginia Tech tragedy, but I want to look back at another tragedy. On March 25, 1990, a Sunday, Cuban refugee Julio Gonzales tossed a gallon of gasoline into the entryway of an unlicensed social club in New York, the Happy Land bar. The resulting tragedy came to be known as the "Happy Land Fire."

The doors had been locked shut to prevent people from entering without paying a cover charge. That didn't matter much anyhow, as the $1 of gas that Julio dumped on the only stairwell started a fire that produced a noxious mixture of gas that killed several of the 87 victims so quickly, they were found still clutching their drinks.

With all the clammoring on about gun control in regards to the psychopath at Virginia Tech, I want to know what's being done about gasoline control? How is it that any drunk psychopath can just walk up and buy a dollar worth of gas, and kill 87 people? I guess we should thank God that Cho didn't bring a jug of gasoline with him when he invaded Norris Hall. He thought enough ahead to chain the doors shut, and we all heard the stories of students jumping out the windows and breaking bones in the fall.

But there are some who will say that buying gasoline should be a right of all Americans. But you can kill people with gasoline. With only $1 of gasoline, you can kill 87 innocent people. You can power your car, and mow down people indiscriminately, even in Britain. In 2005, 43,443 people were killed in automobile accidents, in vehicles all powered by gasoline. That's an average of 120 people a day, killed by gasoline powered automobiles.

We need to establish stronger gasoline control laws, and keep this deadly substance out of the hands of dangerous people. And while we are at it, we need to tighten up the laws to obtain a driver's license. We need to establish an instant background check system to verify that someone is legal when purchasing gasoline, and ensure that only sane, law abiding citizens have access to this deadly weapon.

If you can't tell, I have my sarcasm mode in high gear. I don't actually believe that gasoline should require an instant background check. I am using satire to point out the intellectual dishonesty of giving an arson that killed 87 people little media attention when compared to "shooting massacres." The only reason the tragedy at Virginia Tech has received, and will continue to receive, so much attention is because this killers weapon of choice was a firearm.

I believe the fact that this killer chose firearms showed that he wasn't concerned about the eventual body count, but more about a horribly sick desire to witness his victims suffering. Julio dumped the gas, lit a match, went home, and passed out. Cho went in to that school building, knowing full well what he intended to do, and when he started, he kept going. Only when "cornered," as reported by the media, did he finish himself. He couldn't go any further, and knew the police were more likely to take him into custody than kill him.

Cho should be regarded as the extreme aberration that he is, not the rock-star the media is turning him into. We should be focusing not on Cho's weapon of choice, but rather on how society failed to either heal, control, or segregate this sick killer, and memorialize the victims left defenseless by liberal lunacy, and the fantasy of the "Gun Free Zone" If we continue to blame guns for the violence in America, we will continue to fail to do anything to stop it.

April 11, 2007

Hillary Hates John Hawkins

Bwahahaha! Brilliant!

From John Hawkins at RightWingNews.com

NRA Starts Chipping Away at Rudy

When I started hearing the first rumblings of a Rudy Giuliani Presidential campaign, I said one thing ... "He won't survive the NRA" ...

According to a new post on NRA-ILA today pointing to an article at TownHall by Jacob Sullum discussing Rudy's weak support of the 2nd amendment.

It's about time Rudy's weak support of one of our most important rights is coming to the forefront. I can only hope that this attention will focus as we get closer to the primaries. If the NRA launches a full-blown anti-Rudy campaign, he surely won't survive.

I think a lot of Conservatives are still waiting for a -*real*- conservative candidate to step forward. I've sent a small amount of money to Mitt Romney's campaign, but stopped the moment I heard about Fred Thompson. I agree with Kim Priestap @ Wizbang! and Allahpundit @ HotAir that his revelation of cancer today is a strong sign he is going to run.

April 10, 2007

Waiting on Sharpton to Attack Bilboard Artists

Michelle Malkin is waiting for Al Sharpton to launch a campaign against the Bilboard Hot Rap Tracks Chart artists in the top 10.

Here's a snippet from the current #2 song on the chart "I'm a Flirt":

I'm a b pimpin
I don't be slippin
When it come down to these hos
I don't love em
We don't cuff em
Man that's just the way it goes
I pull up in the Phantom
All the ladies think handsome
Jewelry shining, I stay stuntin'
Thats why these niggas can't stand em
I'm a chick mag-a-net
And anything fine I'm bag-gin it
And if she got a man, I don't care
10 toes and I wanna be, cause I gotta have it

As if we need more examples of hypocrisy from the race baiters, Michelle goes through the whole top six on the chart, including the videos. Brilliant!

Imus and Political Correctness

One of my friends, who shall remain anonymous, sent me this yesterday about the Imus kerfuffle:

This Imus thing is about the stupidest headlining story I've ever seen. I almost feel like I should report to Al Sharpton and team every single time a racist, homophobic, or sexist comment comes out of the mouth of Jay Leno, David Letterman, Conan O'Brien and other public entertainers on the major networks. Fortunately for Howard Stern, he moved to the HBO of radio. FIRE THEM ALL!!!!

I couldn't agree more. And having Imus go on to Al Sharpton's radio show is the perfect example of life imitating art. I am referring to the South Park episode I posted a couple weeks ago.

If you watch that whole episode, you see where Stan's father says Nigger on Wheel of Fortune. He ends up visiting Jesse Jackson to apologize, and literally kiss Jesse's ass. Art imitating life, or life imitating art? It's a sad example of political correctness run-amok yet again.

Was what he said offensive? Yes. Should he be fired? No. This is America people ... This guys is a supposed comedian ... I don't find it very funny, but apparently enough people do to keep his show alive and sponsored. If people don't want to hear that kinda crap, stop listening to it. Turn the dial, and economics will take care of it.

With as much offensive crap I have to listen to every day from the media targeted towards conservatives and Christians, where are my apologies? I don't want any apologies, and I'm not asking for anyone's job. I don't listen/read/buy media crap that I don't like. If enough people would do the same as I do, maybe they will change.

UPDATE: Michelle Malkin lists 10 things more news worthy than Imus.

April 9, 2007

Digg Direct RSS Feeds

I like reading Digg, but I very much dislike their RSS feeds. The RSS feeds don't include links direct to the article, don't show the number of diggs, etc. Digg does offer a "services" XML feed that includes all the information I want, but not in RSS format.

I got frustrated enough that I wrote an XSL Stylesheet to translate the Digg services XML feeds into RSS feeds. I have even posted them all up on FeedBurner:

Digg - Technology - Direct RSS Feed - http://feeds.feedburner.com/DiggTechnologyDirect
Digg - Entertainment - Direct RSS Feed - http://feeds.feedburner.com/DiggEntertainmentDirect
Digg - Gaming - Direct RSS Feed - http://feeds.feedburner.com/DiggGamingDirect
Digg - Science - Direct RSS Feed - http://feeds.feedburner.com/DiggScienceDirect
Digg - World & Business - Direct RSS Feed - http://feeds.feedburner.com/DiggWorldBusinessDirect
Digg - All Popular - Direct RSS - Feed - http://feeds.feedburner.com/DiggPopularDirect

You can also download an OPML file to import into your favorite RSS aggregator here. These feeds are updated every two minutes, and are a direct translation of the services.digg.com feeds.

You can also download a copy of my XSL file here.

Comments/suggestions welcome.

April 6, 2007

Muslim Imam delivers thin-veiled radical prayer at Texas Capital

Dave in Texas has a great article up describing the recent prayer at the Texas Senate from that same ass-hat imam who prayed at the Democrat's winter meeting not too long ago.

Dave hits the nail right on the head pointing out that this happened here in Austin. It used to really get me all upset when I would see this kind of behavior here, but I have almost become complacent. What a disgraceful display from the Texas Republicans. I just got another donation request from the Texas Republicans in the mail that I was about to send back ... guess where that's not going ... I need to put on my t-shirt and head downtown.

They have video up at Hot Air as well as further insight.

The utter disgrace of Britain

I couldn't agree with the General more. I had the same feelings watching Under Seige. The scene where the sailors are being led into the Forecastle of the ship, and one man fights back. The "bad guy" dumps about 15 rounds out of his MP5 to kill him, and his buddies just stand there. WTF? Only one brave sailor in the bunch? WTF!!!

The same thing happened this time, only there wasn't a single brave sailor on the British ship. Not one. It is a prime example of just how weak Britain has become, which is sure to only get worse. It's evident in how Britain is re-writing history, banishing playground games, setting child molesters free ... It's sad really ... very sad.