Thursday, April 27, 2006

Fixed Headers / Scrollable Table

Finally someone has come up with a pure CSS solution for creating scrollable tables with fixed headers. I tested with Firefox 1.5 and IE 6.x and it works pretty damn good. I've tried to get this to work many times and always failed. Slick stuff!

$100 Rebate Checks

Do the Republicans in the Senate really think we are dumb enough to buy this proposed $100 Rebate check? Give me a break! At the price I paid at the pump yesterday ($3 a gallon), the check would just barely give me two fill ups. Wow... what a relief - that kind of savings could make or break my ability to buy a... what? I don't even know, extra couple of cups of coffee and maybe a dinner out? Big deal - and of course, since there is no such thing as free money - there is a very high price for this. We have to open up part of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska to oil exploration just to get this "windfall." If you look at who is sponsoring the bill - things become a bit clearer. Senator Ted Stevens is one of the backers and he has been trying very hard for years to try and open up one of the last truly pristine place in America to drilling. Of the rest of the sponsors I don't see a single person I would trust to watch my dog for an hour, let alone guide energy policy.

What a joke - hopefully Americans won't buy in to this. I got an idea, why don't we use this money (where is it coming from anyway, more deficit spending?) to invest in technologies that get us off the oil, instead of just putting a few bucks in the average persons pocket?

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Being to Cheap or Too Stupid...

I love playing good computer games. Since I was 12, it has been one of my favorite hobbies. In the past several years, two games have filled my game playing time more than most. A couple years ago, I got Morrowind. Up until that point, I hadn't been very happy with more RPG's, but Morrowind filled the void and provided me with damn near endless game playing. I think I played it for about nine straight months. Since then, I've been waiting for Oblivion to come out. And now that it was, I've barely played anything else. Sure, I still love Guild Wars, and I'm learning to love World of Warcraft (though I still think it is a bit over-rated), but given the chance to play anything, and I'm booting up Oblivion.

Bethesda has started to release optional content to expand/enhance the game. While I'm nowhere near needing new content yet, I really like that I can get new missions, items, etc. for $2 a shot. To me, this is a great way for the developers to expand on playability and still make good money (which they deserve for making such a high quality game). What drives me nuts are all of the complete idiots filling forums all over the web calling this behavior unfair, evil, etc.

Give me a break! First of, why shouldn't you pay for someone else's hard work? Second, it's optional, if you don't want to pay for it, the game is still worthwhile. And, come on, really, what else can you get for $2 that provides at least a couple of hours of entertainment?

I for one, am happy to pay a couple of bucks to expand my playing experience, knowing that it helps to make the product more successful, which in turn, will make the bean-counters more likely to approve the creation of the next great RPG!

Fox News Commentator Joins White House

Wow - you know for years people, like myself, have blasted Fox News for being a tool of the White House. Always preaching the "news" as giving to them in talking points from, I suspect, Mr. Rove. Now I guess, the White House has decided to make the relationship a bit more official - or least is going to reward one of the Fox News talking heads.

I can't say I know a lot about Tony Snow - but I know enough to know I don't like him. His appointment, to me, sends a very clear message that Bush cares nothing anyone outside of his far right group of uber conservatives. It also shows me how flawed the administration really is. When your poll numbers are down - and most Americans are in favor of change - you don't appoint someone to a major post who is exactly like you. You reach out, and attempt to find someone who can talk to both sides of an issue. What is the chance that anyone on the left is going to listen to Snow without assuming he is lying, I wonder?

Oh well, I guess I shouldn't be that surprised. The Bush Administration hasn't done much with it's time in office except make one bone-headed mistake after another. Maybe this is a good thing - maybe more people will wake-up and realize that it is time to end the right-wing strangle hold on American politics.

Monday, April 24, 2006

Fun Quotes

Weather forcast for tonight: dark. Continued dark overnight, with widely scattered light by morning.
- George Carlin
My Karma ran over your dogma.
- Unknown

Friday, April 21, 2006


When I read this morning on Slashfood that 7-UP was now going to be "all natural", I was pretty excited. 7-UP has always been my favorite lemon-lime soda and I was glad to see they were getting with the program. However, in the back of my mind I made note to check the ingredient list the first time I was it in the stores to see if it really deserves to be called "all natural." As it turns out, I didn't have to wait that long, the Accidental Hedonist points out, the claim of "all natural" is a lie, straight out. It contains the ingredient High Fructose Corn Syrup, which as AH points out is a lot of things, but natural isn't one of them! Not even by the weak standards of USDA. I hope Cadbury-Schweppes falls flat on their faces with this, and is forced to relabel or change the ingredients.

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Surprise Coffee Find

I was at my local Jewel/Osco yesterday picking up some last minute groceries. I needed to get coffee, but I was dreading attempting to find a coffee that was Organic, Fair Trade, or better off both at a decent price. I've become very spoiled by Trader Joe's cheap Organic Fair Trade java, but I didn't have the time to drive out just for that. Image my surprise, when I came across a reasonable priced Organic Fair Trade coffee from Millstone! I haven't tried it yet, but what excites me most about it, is the fact that it exists.

Maybe, just maybe, food companies are starting to figure out this whole be good to the earth and those who farm it idea. Or maybe, the companies are purely doing it to appear that way. No matter what the cause of this, I'm just happy to see a product made organically by people who are getting paid a fair price showing up in the average grocery store.

Tuesday, April 18, 2006


Mario Tailgates NASCAR StyleI couldn't believe this when I saw it. Mario Batali, wrote a NASCAR cook out book? No way, I thought for sure it was below him... But I did an Amazon search, and sure enough, there it is.

I guess it makes sense. Food Network is working hard to expand its market and from what the Slashfood article says, Mario seems to really be a NASCAR fan, but still... How weird.

Next thing you know there will be a Wolfgang Puck football tail-gating book, or a Rachel Ray golf food in 30 minutes.


This little video is pretty funny.

Quote of the Day

We've heard that a million monkeys at a million keyboards could produce the complete works of Shakespeare; now, thanks to the Internet, we know that is not true.

- Robert Wilensky

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Nerd Level

I am nerdier than 64% of all people. Are you nerdier? Click here to find out! A "how nerdy are you" test is making the blog rounds. I've never liked the word nerd, prefering geek instead.

I guess the good news is I'm not a total nerd...

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Cadbury Bunny

More Easter Bunny goodness. I remember this ad very well from my childhood - it is still one of my favorite ads ever. I'm not even sure I ever liked Cadbury eggs, but this ad still makes me want one... maybe I'll run downstairs and get one....

Easter Bunny?

This is one big freakin buuny! Wow, I wonder what kind of Easter eggs this guy lays?

Tuesday, April 04, 2006


DeLay Decides to End Career in Congress.

All I can say is WOOHOO!! Now, if there is any real justice in this country, he will end up in jail, where he belongs...

Ann Coulter

A couple of years ago, I picked up the book Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them by Al Franken. When I realized that it was, in large part about Ann Coulter and her book Treason, I decided that I should read it first. I was amazed at the lying, and complete misuse of facts to make her very points. I was barely able to finish the book, but I managed. I'm glad I did - it is important to know your enemy - and it made Franken book all the more enjoyable.

It always bugs me to see how often she gets away with her lies and deceit, but finally, perhaps that is changing. According to the Palm Beach Post, she is in trouble with the Elections supervisor for lying about where she lived. From the article:
In his official incident report released last week, poll worker Jim Whited wrote that Coulter tried to vote in the Feb. 7 town council election at Bethesda-by-the-Sea, the right place for a Seabreeze resident. Coulter left in a hurry when, Whited said, he asked her to correct the record. Later she cast her ballot at the St. Edward's precinct, where real Indian Road residents go.
Why would she lie about this? What was her goal? Really the answers to these questions matter less than the fact that she has once again been caught in the act. She isn't trust worthy and now she may have committed a third-degree felony. Why would anybody listen to or trust her?

Monday, April 03, 2006

Independent World Television

I was scanning the blogs I track with Bloglines today, and I came across a mention to Independent World Television in a post on News Hounds. I love the idea of this organization - I don't know if they can make it, but the tag line has me hoping for them:
"No corporate dollars. No government funding. No commercials. No strings. You have the right to know."
My real concern is not that they make it - but who listens to the truth they speak. If you care about the real news and the truth, it is out there, but too many people are content to get news from complete misleading sources, like say Fox News. How do you change their minds, is it possible to bring them back? I hope so...