Friday, December 20, 2002

Merry Christmas!
The holidays are almost upon us, so I just want to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Have a safe holiday, and if you're travelling anywhere, make sure you arrive in one piece!

Tuesday, December 03, 2002

Book recommendation - "Lord of the Flies" by William Golding
I think the last time I proclaimed to have found my favourite book was when I first read "Ender's Game" by Orson Scott Card. That was a long time ago! Since then I've read many books but I haven't felt too strongly about most of them. They were either run-of-the-mill war, adventure, science fiction or spy novels or historical books that were packed full of details but little soul.

I finished re-reading "Lord of the Flies" yesterday having not touched it since school. So that's about 15 years! Obviously when you are made to read a book in school you never appreciate it for what it really is.

If you haven't read the book, buy it or borrow it from your library. It's an absolute classic; it's a great tale of human frailties and tragedy and is probably an incredible foresight into youth of any era. Once some of the children in the book realise that there are no adults present to maintain social integrity their lives degrade into chaos and anarchy. I find it to be a very dark story, in the sense that it portrays innocence turning to evil. My favourite part is the ending, but I won't explain why and spoil the storyline for you.

If I was rating the book I would definitely give it 9 out of 10 and maybe even 10 out of 10. Yes I do think it is that good, although you'll have to read it and reach your own conclusions.

Friday, October 25, 2002

Thought for the day
Increasingly intelligent computer technology in cars, can't make up for increasingly un-intelligent stupidity in human drivers.

Tuesday, September 10, 2002

stodge.net update
Things have been pretty quiet on stodge.net, but that's primarily because I've been so busy.

I managed to get a working site up for Pixellent Interactive. The site uses a mixture of static html pages plus the NucleusCMS scripts. I took one of the static pages, extracted the html code and made it into a template in NucleusCMS. It turned out really well! I intend to do something similar with stodge.net, so I'm looking for a static html page I can use as a template. Then I'll install Nucleus and create the template.

What does Nucleus give me? User accounts, guest comments and better archiving facilities. Blogger apparently has archiving but I can't get it to work!

Sunday, August 04, 2002

Email SPAM - how do they find you?
Software and services widely available on the Internet make spam easier to send, and the arsenal is ever more finely tuned.

Software robots continually scour Web pages, newsgroup postings and other sources for e-mail addresses. One site sells 1 million addresses for $59.95, major credit cards accepted. Another offers a CD with 15 million addresses for $120.

Other products automate spamming, altering e-mail message headers to hide spammers' origin and sometimes modifying the contents of each message slightly to evade filters.


I know it doesn't give much details, but I thought you might find it interesting.

Monday, July 15, 2002

Corporate Shenanigans
Do I even need to take a dig at this? I'm sure everyone who reads this can manage their own little witticism against companies like Worldcom, Xerox et al. I'm pretty sure it boils down to pure greed, but who really knows the whole story? Those that have taken the fifth.

Speaking of which, if I were a U.S. citizen and I was caught fiddling my taxes, could I plead fifth? Probably not; I'm not a rich corporate executive and hence I'm not above the law.

I read on the BBC news website the other day that a corporate exec (of a rather insignificant company in comparison to the North American giants) was sentenced to jail time and barred from holding a CEO-type position for something like ten years. This is a great idea, but totally useless if the defendant in question pleads the fifth. But then again, I presume that pleading the fifth doesn't really mean much if there's sufficient evidence against you anyway. Forgive my poor knowledge of the law; I'm not a lawyer and I what I know comes from watching Law & Order.

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Thursday, July 11, 2002

Canada, the newest third world nation
Through an outrageous combination of Union and Political stupidity, Toronto is currently buried under a sea of rubbish/garbage. Bin men/garbage men have been on strike for several weeks, meaning people and businesses are left to dump their rubbish wherever they can find space; on the sidewalk, in parks and on streets are currently the favourites. I tried to find a decent picture of this to show you, but I didn't see one that was worthwhile.

I had a low opinion of Unions and Politicians before this incident, but now I'm disgusted that both parties could let this happen. It's a health hazard pure and simple, and if a citizen were caught dumping gargabe at any other time, they would be probably be fined by the city. I'm lost in a haze of anger and hypocricy. Unions turfing employees onto the streets seeking better wages, and Politicians standing by and watching it take place. If I were a resident of Toronto I'd be consulting with my lawyer and/or refusing to pay my taxes.

Luckily I'm not a resident of Toronto, but will this happen in Calgary some day? Who knows. Either way, I'd like to introduce you to Canada, the world's newest third world country.

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Science boring? Never!
In a move that I find quite funny, the British politicians are planning to put fun back in the classroom. Politicians are claiming that science in the classroom is boring. And this coming from some of the most boring, and weird people in the country! A politician calling science boring is like the pot calling the kettle black!
Just a test, in reality
Of course, in reality, this is just a test. The main problem with using blogger.com is that when their site doesn't work, I can't post anything. But the beauty is that I get a working site, with a good template, with little to no work. So bear with me!

Wednesday, July 10, 2002

Welcome to the reborn stodge.net!
Welcome to the new look for stodge.net. I got tired of using the old scripts; it looked like everyone else's site, so I thought I would be just a tad different. Ok, so if you use blogger.com, you can look the same as this, but who cares!!

Let me know what you think. You can't post comments directly to this site; you have to go to the forum, but I'll post a link to the topic for discussion each time I post a story here.

There will be teething problems, so bear with me. I'll probably play around with the look as always, and most likely I'll change a colour or two. I may even use the colours from the old site.

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