Monday, March 31, 2008
Thursday, March 27, 2008
|You Are Fairly Normal|
Like most people you are normal in some ways...
But you aren't a completely normal person. You're a little weird too!
Why You Are Normal:
You eat the frosting first
You prefer your friends to your family
If given the choice, you would choose to have more money over more time
You rather be screwed over than screw someone else over
You'd rather have rats than cockroaches in your home
Why You Aren't Normal:
You would rather be a movie star than an astronaut
You know a little about many subjects
You prefer non fiction to fiction
You don't keep up with your horoscope
You prefer the moon to the sun
Posted by Mike Riley at 3:15 AM
Monday, March 24, 2008
- As an interested observer [and a Blogger user], I find myself very concerned about an apparent new policy at "Big B"; namely, dropping blogs that are using non-Google ads. I'd have to be a lawyer to understand every word of the Blogger Rulebook, but I don't deny they have the right to do this. What I wonder about, though, is how long Blogger bloggers [they must be a more graceful way to put that, but I don't know how] are going to put up with it. With the exception of my EntreCard, I choose not to use any "monitization" features on my sites [and I have some doubts as to how much money is on the way to 'Carders; see my other blog: http://the-blog-log.blogspot.com/ , where I've written a three-part consideration of the soon-to-be-implemented EntreCard "purchase" policy]. But I do believe that every blogger has a right to operate his or her blog as they see fit. Host sites that will not acknowledge this right may find themselves deserted, or worse, populated entirely by old cranks like me [along with the infamous sites that include "wish lists". There's something about 13-or 14-year-old girls (and boys) posting sites that seem to be little more than "come-ons" for "Sugar Daddies" to make their wishes come true that just creeps my ass out, big time. I'd rather see them go than the commercial blogs]. If, on the other hand, Google [owner/operator of Blogger] is simply looking for a percentage of money made on their blogs from non-Google sources, I can understand that. After all, Google provides a free hosting service. If people are using the free service to make money, the site should receive some form of compensation. But I have yet to find any notification/warning/request for discussion from Google anywhere in the Blogger site. Blogger has what I think is an unfortunate reputation as unfriendly to money-making sites. This will not help. (Perhaps the ultimate answer would involve the creation of a separate tier of money-making blogs. A lot of bad feelings have been raised by the current "blog raids". But I don't believe it's too late to mend the rifts.) Google is, without question, powerful. Time will tell if they can also be reasonable with a group of blog creators who are, for the most part, small businesspeople.
PS: Happy belated Easter! [I'm not a complete crank this week. It just looks that way...]
Thursday, March 20, 2008
As much of the World's loopiness does, it got me thinking. Why not use cartoon characters to serve in political offices? They're probably at least as amusing as the humans they'd be replacing. As cartoon stars, they are already known in other countries. Nowadays, only a few cartoons are made each year, so they're available. Therefore, without further ado, This Page's nominees for key ambassador roles [subject to Congressional approval]:
Ambassador for World Financial Issues: The Politics Of Cartoons requires conflict; therefore, one party [oh, let's call them, say, Democrats] nominates:
beloved icon Daffy Duck. He is a coward. But he's a greedy coward. Who better to talk up American financial interests on the International stage? Well, the other party [Republicans, perhaps?] suggests:
Donald Duck [no relation]. The GOP praises his years of work with Conservative business icon Scrooge McDuck, and sees him as an aggressive defender of "the American Way of Life"...
Ambassador for Peace: The Dems bring their power hitter up to the plate:
perhaps an odd choice at first, given his history of "cartoon violence" in the movies. On his behalf, though, he is usually not the first animated character in the scene to throw a punch, he tries to solve most problems with conversation, and, when war needs to be declared, he verifies that the Other Combatant is aware of the circumstances before taking any action.
Bosh, say the Reps, who offer:
Mickey Mouse, star of his own cartoon series for the past 80 years! [although any creature who would happily wear that tuxedo has a major problem, stardom or not] Mickey's reputation of "going along" with what Whoever-In-Charge comes up with may make approval "problematic", despite the benefits he brings to the table [In a related story, rumors that Yogi Bear may end up replacing Smokey T. Bear as Ambassador for Fire Safety could not be confirmed as of publishing time].
-Mike Riley [filling in for Foghorn Leghorn]
Posted by Mike Riley at 12:33 AM
Monday, March 17, 2008
Posted by Mike Riley at 1:09 AM
Monday, March 10, 2008
Not that I waste a lot of time on matters like this, but it has been pointed out that, after 12 or 13 years atop the listing of "World's Richest People", Microsoft founder Bill Gates has been replaced by super-investor Warren Buffett. Indeed, Gates has dropped to Third in the rankings, following Buffett and Mexican telecommunications magnate "Carlos Slim" Helu [maybe it's just me, but, if I were to become a potential investor in the Helu empire, I'd be concerned that the man running the show chose to call himself "Carlos Slim". Sounds more like a potential player on the "World Poker Tour", if you know what I mean. For that matter, "Bill" Gates doesn't sound all that secure, either]
According to the good folks at Forbes.com (the source for this posting at MSN.com;http://articles.moneycentral.msn.com/News/GatesDethronedBuffettIsRichest.aspx?GT1=33009.), Gates may well have held onto the coveted top spot, except for an ill-fated effort by Microsoft to purchase mega-Internet portal Yahoo! [proving once again that even the world's richest people have to be careful what they buy].
Let it be noted that those who follow Buffett's investment choices profit, too. Late last year, his investment company, Berkshire Hathaway [the second name selected in honor of Jane Hathaway, plucky secretary to Mr. Drysdale on TV's "The Beverly Hillbillies], was worth USD$150, 000 per share, before dropping to its current level of around USD$111,000 per share [I wish my "portfolio" (and I use that term extremely loosely) would "drop" to that level!].
Of course, no human being could spend that kind of money in a lifetime. Buffett has, in the last year or so, begun transferring his wealth to the charitable foundation operated by Bill Gates and his wife, Melinda. A brief listing of some of his many charities follows:
-Computers In Schools
-Computers In Rest Rooms
-Hiring The Homeless To Go "Nyah-Nyah" At Yahoo! Users
-The Foundation To Assure That Bill Gates Is The Richest Person In The
World (Hey, waitta minute!)
P.S.: Check out the "Video Of The Week". [It's not the version I wanted to put there; Cohen's original is at http://youtube.com/watch?v=tFBKV0zVXSE. But, for various reasons, I can't embed it. The "Alternate Version" isn't bad, though. But check out the original. Maybe the best thing he's ever done...