Judge in trouble for joke email

Missoulian Article

Why is a judge not allowed to forward a funny email like the rest of us do?

For those not smart enough to understand my point, let’s consider what the article says of the joke:

“Normally I don’t send or forward a lot of these, but even by my standards, it was a bit touching. I want all of my friends to feel what I felt when I read this. Hope it touches your heart like it did mine.”

This is standard for many forwarded mails.

“A little boy said to his mother, ‘Mommy, how come I’m black and you’re white?’ His mother replied, ‘Don’t even go there Barack! From what I can remember about that party, you’re lucky you don’t bark!’”

Not sure how these parts relate to each other, but whatever, people aree stupid.

We can do a find and replace on the string ‘Barack’ with any other person who meets the conditions of the joke and the joke would still be the same. Either we find it funny or we don’t. For the record, I think it’s kinda meh.

Now let’s examine one of the judge’s thoughts on the matter:

“To say it’s inappropriate and stupid is an extreme understatement,” Cebull said.

I call BS for HR reasons. Why must everyone get so butt-hurt over a stupid joke? Should everybody who ever sent a non work related or joke email get fired or resign? How many people would be working after that? Two?

Now go have a look at the comments and see people argue about whether or not the judge should keep his job.

Some questions:
1. How was this made public?
2. Why was this made public?
3. Why was this news?

On a lighter note, I think this joke is also funny. 🙂

Q: What’s brown & sticky?
A: a stick.

Boycott Lowes

They are making it a requirement to fax permission for websites to link back to http://www.lowes.com or use linkable images back to http://www.lowes.com. Example:

If I wanted to link to http://www.lowes.com on http://www.lunaz.com, I would need to fill out & fax a form to their lawyers.

For obvious reasons this is bad and I will now link to http://www.lowes.com on my front page in a funny and creative way. Here is the relevant news article and comments.


Thank you to some guy in the comments page who provided me the PileOPoo image used in this post.

Thank you google image search for providing the logo for http://www.lowes.com so I don’t have to bother going to http://www.lowes.com to snag it myself.

Why Restaraunt Websites Suck (mostly)

So I went to the Worden’s site looking for daily specials. By default I have JavaScript turned off and I was greeted with a mostly blank page. I emailed them and told them to fix it. They emailed the webmaster who sent this:

Someone attempted to use your website with a script blocker activated.  It is possible to block websites from loading  scripts such as Javascript.  Your website requires scripts to be loaded in order to deliver all the content.  The average user does not know how to block scripts so this normally isn’t a issue.  99% of all websites use some form of scripting so if the person who sent the message is blocking scripts, they will be running into this issue on almost every website they visit.

In short, I wouldn’t worry about it unless you receive several messages from different users with this complaint.

We have never had this problem before or since, so it sounds about right.

I know I’m in the 1%, but come on! JS is for pretty stuff NOT displaying ALL of a site’s content, which came from a database.

After enabling JS all was well, except:

Menus should be in the CMS (when possible) and downloadable as PDFs, and both should be linked from the top bar.

The specials calendar is blank.

That cute little flash thing with the logo and links on it takes up most of my screen on my work computer. 1024*768.

Small grey on white text. This needs to go, it’s everywhere!

Fuck you Nintendo

So I want to sell my Wii that has been gathering dust for a long time. I thought those few wii+games fsVirtual Console games would add to its sell value and bring enjoyment of classics to some kid who doesn’t know what ‘Zelda II’ is.

Nope, rather than buyer & seller benefiting from this, I risk my personal or financial information that is tied to this device through the Shop account. If I delete this account, the games go too. If I do not delete the Shop account, the next user can see all my receipts in the shop account. These things are nobody’s business but mine and Nintendo’s.

wii+games fsSince I don’t want such information being made ‘public’ I deleted the shop account and formatted the memory. I will only buy games/movies/music on disk unless it’s a streaming service; since there I know I’m ‘renting’. No iTunes for me! I recommend everyone do the same whenever possible.

So who wants to buy my Wii?

Dual Screens for Fun & Profit

Ok maybe not profit, unless I start selling character names from D2 on one screen while I play on the other. 🙂

The closest I ever got to dual monitors was having 2 old desktop computers, 2 old 19 inch CRTs, and 4 copies of D2. 🙂 Did I mention summer & no AC? I’m surprised anything worked!

This setup is much cooler: one old 3.0ghz computer that’s been given more RAM, Windows 7 & a new video card. No more CRTs! 🙂

I don’t know yet how this will help/hurt my work. So far I have a hard time following the mouse between screens but I suppose this takes getting use to. I may check if it’s possible to play a sound when moving between monitors and having the desktop show on both so I can hopefully move task buttons around.

Right now the mouse goes to the 2nd monitor when it touches the left side of the screen but I may change that if I can’t get use to it. I use the keyboard to switch windows mostly but then sometimes the task order confuses me so I switch to mouse.


lighthouse wallpaper on 2 screens
This is me not working!
D2s in plain sight
If D2 runs on it, it's OK to have.
ftp, code, shell, browsers
If I can read the screen without sticking my face on it, it's OK to have.