The story of my life

Ok, just kidding, but you have to check this article out.

The average adult penis, according to the Kinsey Institute, measures just under six inches when erect. Most men — about eighty-seven percent — are between five and seven inches. Dr. Alfred Kinsey found that the largest reported penis was a bit more than nine inches erect.

Jonah Falcon’s penis is 9.5 inches flaccid, 13.5 inches erect.

Interested in Linux?

I recently happened upon Knoppix and was totally blown away. It’s a Linux distribution (Debian-based) that runs completely off of a CD. You don’t have to install anything. You can pop it into your Windows machine’s CD-ROM drive, tell your computer to boot off the CD, and Knoppix loads. It auto-detects your hardware (on my laptop, it even autodetected the wireless card and I was running wireless instantly) and you are up and running in a KDE 3.1 environment.

For people who are interested in Linux but don’t want to go through the aggravation (“fun”) of getting it installed and getting peripherals working just to try it out, this really is a great program. You can go back to Windows just by rebooting your PC and taking out the CD. Piece of cake.

Terrorism in Oregon

It appears Oregon uses some interesting logic when determining what terrorism is.

Offenses include:

  • Unlawful labeling of a sound recording
  • Blocking traffic
  • Selling cigarettes to a minor

The irony of bullet #2 is how many peace protestors would be considered “terrorists.”

More on the Linux/SCO scandal

Related to this post, the plot thickens… Microsoft announces they will license Unix code from SCO (Slashdot discussion). I don’t know much about the legal implications of this (IP in particular) but it would seem to me that such a move could cause Microsoft to then say “we have a financial stake in this, so we will help in the fight against Linux.” SCO is not a particularly threatening company that carries a ton of weight… Microsoft on the other hand, is.

Like I said though, this is all pretty much speculation and I don’t know if there’s even a legal foundation for it.

A related article, definitely worth a read, was released by the Open Source Initiative: Position Paper on the SCO vs. IBM Complaint. It is a fairly comprehensive rebuttle to the suit from SCO although I haven’t finished it yet. Quite good so far. Addresses in very specific detail where statements by SCO are misleading and in some cases outright false.

The Visa Card

I can now officially recommend the Visa. For a while, they weren’t sending me my gift certificates (they were getting “lost in the mail”) but yesterday they came. $125 in Amazon gift certificates which they owed me since January. With them I was able to pick up a new printer, toaster, and Seasons 1&2 of the Family Guy on DVD and still have money left over.

Depending on your spending (and whether or not you can pay rent via a credit card) you can rack up a good amount of gift certificates through this thing… it’s the typical 1% for regular purchases, but 3% on Amazon purchases for earning gift certificates. So $2500 spent equals $25 GC. Not great, but if you’re just buying stuff you’d buy anyway it’s a good reason to filter purchases through the credit card. It’s always a good idea to slap Upromise on your credit card too, in case you plan on having a kid one day. Free money for doing stuff you’d be doing anyhow.

The Amazon card also offers good integration with Quicken – it will do an automatic download with the one-step update rather than having to manually download a qif or qfx file. Pretty convenient. The APR isn’t that great, but that’s no big deal if you don’t plan on carrying a balance.

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High Tech Slacking

This article describes techniques for making it look like you’re working really hard, even when you’re not.

As he lingered for hours over burgers and fries, he could actually open windows and move documents around on his screen via the hand-held — creating the impression to anyone who walked by that the diligent Mr. Wiskus had just stepped away from his desk.

I’m surprised they didn’t consult Schulte for other ideas.

Source: Slashdot