iTunes for Windows is getting buggier and buggier. Other than the obvious visual artifacts you are seeing, iTunes occasionally just stops letting me minimize.

Gizoogle – Fo all you beotches who wanna find shiznit: The translizzle text feature is pretty tight:

Let me explain W-H-to-tha-izzat has happened aww nah. Mark worked fo’ Microsoft fo’ ’bout 18 months . One, two three and to tha four. He came in as an SDET (developa trippin’ fo’ tiznest) n tizzy decided ta become a PM (program managa, like myself) in all flavas. He asked me fo’ a few playa n moved into a new position soon poser. I found out a couple months ago that he gots a job wit Google. I was shocked . Nigga get shut up or get wet up. Mizzark is a smart guy, but I didn’t think of him as Google material. He wasn’t even sure wizzy he was going ta do, but it was somewhat PM-related. I even wizzy ta his go’n-away lunch!

Civic Si Concept: Supposedly, Honda concepts are very close to their production counterparts. I could see this as a production model, with a few changes.:

  • Tamer spoilers all around

  • Less tint on the headlights

  • No yellow tint on the fog lamps (maybe for JDM, not for USDM)

  • Smaller, non-cross-drilled brakes

  • Smaller wheels

  • More wheel gap

  • Center exhaust changed to side exhaust (no duals)

  • Wing about the same size and height but changed from dual center mounting brackets to side brackets

  • Manual fuel door

The things that matter (overall design, engine (K20) and transmission (6-speed)) should all remain. I like it. I won’t get one, but I like it.

Slashdot | Google Fires Blogger?: Whoa, what drama! So, I met Mark Jen quite awhile ago, basically as soon as I moved out to Washington. He was friends with Lee and we all hung out if not often, occasionally. I’d see him at the gym, occasionally have lunch with him in a group, etc etc. When my roommate decided to move downtown, Mark moved in with him. Basically, I had a lot of connections to him.

Let me explain what has happened. Mark worked for Microsoft for about 18 months. He came in as an SDET (developer working for test) and then decided to become a PM (program manager, like myself). He asked me for a few pointers and moved into a new position soon after. I found out a couple months ago that he got a job with Google. I was shocked. Mark is a smart guy, but I didn’t think of him as Google material. He wasn’t even sure what he was going to do, but it was somewhat PM-related. I even went to his going-away lunch!

I just found out about this story yesterday, but it seems that Mark decided to keep a blog about his new job at Google. It didn’t take long before he started to complain. Then he posted somewhat private financial information and the blog was no longer being updated. He returned soon, having removed the offending matter and said that Google was being nice about all of this. The next week, searches on google for “life @ google” would return his site in the AdWords section. Just try signing up for AdWords using the term “google” yourself. You can’t do it! He abused his own system again, the first time being using a Google blog tool to post his complaints. Turns out, after just a few weeks of Google employment, they fired him.

I feel bad for him, but that seems deserved. This story has even made it to Slashdot.

So, trying to save my sanity at work, I was seeing what my car is currently worth over on Edmunds. I noticed that my color, red, increased my cars resale value by $67 and I was curious about the other colors. Here is a breakdown, normalized by the highest value (red, w00t):

Color Worth
Black -$100
Dark Blue -$100
Dark Brown $0
Dark Green $0
Dark Red $0
Gold $0
Gray $71.64
Light Blue $71.64
Light Brown -$73.13
Light Green -$50.75
Off White/Cream $52.24
Orange $44.78
Purple -$26.87
Red $100
Silver $67.16
White -$52.24
Yellow $0
Other $0

topleftpixel forums :: View topic – tips for handheld shooting: Most of the information here is very helpful, but I need to clarify the breathing aspect. The technique that should be used to stabilize your body is to breathe out 10-15% of your tidal volume and then pause. The reasoning is two-fold. One, your body has a natural rise and fall with each inhale and exhale. By the time you’ve exhaled 50% of your tidal volume, your chest is no longer moving from dorsal to ventral and most of the motion is rostral to caudal. If you only exhale a small amount, your body would not have moved dramatically from the original position when aiming had occured. Two, and you can try this at home, if you are exhaling and then pause, your heart will skip a beat. This technique will stabilize your body as much as possible.

Here’s an email I had to send at work. Pretty pathetic, but I’m not really bothered by it; it’s funny, really.

As you all know, I have a large number of snacks available in my office. As some of you know, I’ve made most of them available to all of you to just grab whenever you want. I’ve specifically stated NOT to take the Clif bars, as I actually paid for those and they are my meal replacement if I am working late or if my hypoglycemia is acting up. I’d rather not have to start locking them up in my PED, though that may be easier.

Anyway, to whoever did it, I hope you’ve enjoyed those seven bars. Thanks for occasionally leaving the empty wrappers. If you’re that desperate for food, just ask me.


Yes, I know it could be multiple people stealing the bars.

Yes, I know it could be people that are not on this team.

Yes, I know it is not that big of a deal. I’m acting on principle.

I fucking love photography.

Everyone makes mistakes. The true defining factor is how the mistake is handled.

I ordered two sets of two speaker stands from Amazon sometime last week. This week, I received just one of those sets (two stands, not four). I emailed their customer service address and the response was amazing. Without questioning me, they are sending out the second set Next Day Air at no cost. I’m impressed; Amazon, you will retain me as a customer and I will attempt to bring you more business.

On the other hand (I should have used OTOH, since I never get to), let me describe the horrors of Dollar Rent-a-Car. The name alone should have scared me back into the hills, but NO, I had to try to get a cool car. So, like you know, I went back to Detroit last weekend for the auto show. Because of Microsoft, I get discounts with Avis and normally use them for car rental services. I usually get a Grand Am or an Alero or something equally bland for about $170 for a three-day-weekend. I thought that I should try to get a cooler car for the auto show weekend and remembered that some company rented out Chrysler 300s. Normally, I hate Chrysler (and all parent, sibling and child companies) because the father of She-That-Will-Not-Be-Named worked for them. I decided that was simplistic and found out that Dollar rented them out. The 300 fell into their Premium classification and a weekend rental was calculated to be about $165.96. That was about what I would pay normally, but I knew the final value would be greater due to airport fees and so on.

Fast forward to 6:30 AM (EST, so my brain thought it was 3:30 AM) and I’m trying to pick up my car. There is only one person ahead of me in line, but little did I know how long that one person would take. From what I overheard, a group of three guys were severely delayed and thus they wanted to rent a car instead. They must have tried five different credit cards before they found one that went through. All in all, it took about 20 minutes and I know they ended up paying around $575 for three days. Ouch. So, finally it is my turn. I told her my name and she said “Okay, Mr. Bibik, it looks like we have you down for a Pacifica today.” I corrected her and said I requested a 300. She informed me they did not have anymore 300s and that the Pacifica was also in the Premium class. I hate big vehicles and I’m especially not going to pay extra to roll in a minivan! I knew I couldn’t do anything about it, so I asked for a vehicle in the next lower classification. She said I could upgrade to a 300 Touring, but from my investigations on the web, that would have been at least $200 extra. She had a Dodge Stratus available, but since I requested a Premium rate, she couldn’t give me the Stratus rate but only a 10% discount. I wanted to fight it, but what can some simple counter lackey do? Nothing. So I agreed and she started typing for what seemed for five minutes. I swear to god she was posting on Blogger about the previous guys. Anyway, over the clickity-clack, she quips “You know about our underage driver rate, right?” Once again, I wanted to fight, but what could I do? I said “yes” and KNEW that my quoted $165.96 was going to be terribly off. She then asked if I wanted full coverage or basic. I said basic, not realizing that “no coverage” would have also been an option. When she finally printed out an agreement for me to look over and sign, the final value was about $360! In addition, the dot-matrix-printed agreement was so confusing. Just picture it, a 11″x13″ page filled with 8 point Courier font and she circled SEVEN areas that I needed to initial. All I cared about was getting the hell out of there. I looked for the insurance area and saw DECLINED x3, so I figured at least I wasn’t going to get reamed by that.

I pull out of the parking lot and the windows are a mess. It looks like some kids attempted to cover the entire rear window with fingerprints. The windshield isn’t much better. The outside is dirty, so I go to use the washer fluid… oh, silly me, I expected there to be washer fluid! Luckily, I was able to get home safe where I promptly spent 20 minutes cleaning the windows and putting in washer fluid. Anyway, the car was a dog, I spent $30 on gas (but I drove over 600 miles so it got pretty good mileage), and turns out that they automatically charged me for LDW since I was “underage”. 24.5 is less than 25, I agree, but I can drive better than 90%+ of the population. Sigh, the final figure was $366.