Sadists, start your engines.
An aside: On my 21st birthday, I was tee-rashed at an early hour
and partying with friends. There were probably forty or so people
in my tiny apartment, and the phone rang. My friend Marcus picked
it up and said, “Michael’s House Of Pain & Pleasure, how may we serve?“
After a few seconds, Marcus held the phone in my direction and pointed at it with his other hand and mouthed, IT’S YOUR MOM.
I took a deep breath, composed myself, and took the phone to my bedroom
to have a quick, quiet conversation with her. When I got back
there and said hello, my mother was giggling. “Who was
that?” she asked. I told her Marcus’ name and she giggled
again. “Well, don’t tell him I said this, but he answered the
phone in the silliest little voice!”
We’ve never spoken of it since. (more…)
MSNBC.com carries a Reuters report that a pipe bomb was set off early this AM at a stem-cell research lab in Massacheusetts,
hurting no one but doing what sounds like a bit of property
damage. The lab in question focuses on finding treatments for
diabetes and liver disorders.
I hope the asshole who made the bomb dies of cirrhosis. (more…)
Securityfocus.com is running another top-notch story – this one about the CEO of a web-based satellite TV equipment retailer
hiring out the buddy who ran his webhosting to launch distributed
denial-of-service attacks against the competition. What I find
funniest about the whole deal is how quickly corporate it became, as
the CEO first hired one gun to take care of it, who then hired other
guns, one of whom in turn further sub-sub-contracted out the work to
another guy entirely. Eventually, the CEO bought the webhosting
company outright so that everyone allegedly worked for him on paper as
well as in spirit – and there you have it, corporate culture overtakes
an electronic crime and the whole thing falls apart. Imagine Lumbergh from “Office Space” asking for a report on that DDoS attack, and you’ve got exactly what the atmosphere must have been like.
From the CEO’s “welcome message” page linked above, I take the following true – almost visionary – statement:
Technology is changing rapidly. Even as you read this message, breakthroughs are being
made every day that will make life easier for us all.
Tuesday night we settled in to watch a show and Bruce obligingly got in
our way so we would look at him but not the TV. He’s a diva.
Mr. Saturday, on seeing this behavior, said to The Boyf and myself that he had figured out Bruce’s attitude towards him.
“Last night I sat down on the couch and he very carefully walked over
me and onto the couch without touching me,” he said. “I think he
sees me as a big brother. He doesn’t want to touch me, but he
does want me in the back yard with him in case a squirrel beats him up.” (more…)