04.30.07

Chess Master

6:05 am - Jason G. - Humor

The following video shows an impressive feat — an amateur takes on 9 master chess players and comes out with a winning record. How does he do it? Luckily, he explains (most of) his tricks at the end of the video…

(10 minutes long)

04.19.07

You gotta be kidding me…

6:19 am - Jason G. - Technology

From the San Jose Mercury News:

IRS forgives last-minute filers delayed by TurboTax glitch

The Internal Revenue Service said Wednesday it would not impose late fees for users of the popular TurboTax and ProSeries software who missed the tax-filing deadline because Intuit Inc.’s servers became overwhelmed by a flood of last-minute returns.

Uhh…  correct me if I’m wrong, but there was no surprise that tax filing was due on April 17th…  don’t you think Intuit should have been prepared for this?

04.15.07

Vonnegut’s rules for short stories

6:19 am - Jason G. - Humor

From Boing Boing: Vonnegut’s rules for short stories…

1. Use the time of a total stranger in such a way that he or she will not feel the time was wasted.

2. Give the reader at least one character he or she can root for.

3. Every character should want something, even if it is only a glass of water.

4. Every sentence must do one of two things — reveal character or advance the action.

5. Start as close to the end as possible.

6. Be a sadist. No matter how sweet and innocent your leading characters, make awful things happen to them — in order that the reader may see what they are made of.

7. Write to please just one person. If you open a window and make love to the world, so to speak, your story will get pneumonia.

8. Give your readers as much information as possible as soon as possible. To heck with suspense. Readers should have such complete understanding of what is going on, where and why, that they could finish the story themselves, should cockroaches eat the last few pages.

04.13.07

Kurt Vonnegut

6:21 am - Jason G. - Commentary

The news is that Kurt Vonnegut has shuffled off this mortal coil. We will miss him.

I remember going to a guest lecture by Mr. Vonnegut back in college, where he was impressive and irreverent at the same time. Duke would only grant guest lectures to speakers who agreed to have a question and answer period after their speech, and he agreed to those terms.

After his speech, he got to the question and answer period… he offered up, “does anyone have any questions?” Barely a second later he continued, “No? Thank you, and good night.”

Irreverent all the way.

04.11.07

Knowledge

6:57 am - Jason G. - Quotes

This is what knowledge really is. It is finding out something for oneself with pain, with joy, with exultancy, with labor, and with all the ticking breathing moments of our lives, until it is ours as that only is ours which is rooted in the structure of our lives.

-Thomas Wolfe (1900 – 1938)

04.09.07

Timing is Everything

6:46 am - Jason G. - Humor

On a lighter note, this is very amusing…

Alanis Morissette gives us a different take on the “My Humps” song. Oh how different things are when the timing is so contrasting…

04.08.07

A Sad, Sad Day

6:45 am - Jason G. - Politics

There is a reason I don’t watch anything that Bill O’Reilly is in… chief among the reasons, this clip on YouTube (found via ViralVideo Chart).

O’Reilly is an absolute ass, and I can’t help but agree with Geraldo.

Oh, how sad it is when I start to agree with Geraldo Rivera…

04.06.07

Ticket Reserve

6:36 am - Jason G. - Technology

This is awesome:  Ticket Reserve

They basically act as an exchange for game tickets…  so you could buy rights to NCAA Championship game tickets if your team plays in the game.   Great concept.

04.02.07

Hurt

8:42 pm - Jason G. - Humor

I came across this on Viral Video Chart and had to share it… I am a big fan of the original Hurt song by NIN (Nine Inch Nails) as well as the remix by Johnny Cash. Now I can add Kermit to the list of impressive covers.

As a warning, even though this is Kermit the Frog, the content is not suitable for children or family gatherings… or several other locales while we’re at it…

04.01.07

B-Schoolin’

6:09 am - Jason G. - Quotes, Technology

An entertaining quote from Mao Xian:

I should have taken the money spent on business school and leased a Bloomberg terminal and explored it for fourteen months instead. With the savings, I could have gone to night school at DeVry in New Brunswick and learned how to program instead. In other words, I could have done something useful and productive, instead of getting a stupid MBA. Live and learn.

…the MBA is just a union card, it’ll open doors in the corporate world, especially if you went to a Top 20 school, but who wants to be a suit?