Archive for January 6, 2010

Today is January 6th …

Posted: January 6, 2010 by datechguy in personal

…the 12th day of Christmas.

I hope your Christmas season has been a merry one and may your year to come be one of happiness, health and prosperity for you and all of yours.

Politics and polls come and go, but family and friends transcend such things. May a friendly word of encouragement always be ready to greet you when you need it.

5 years ago my teenage son asked me…

Posted: January 6, 2010 by datechguy in oddities
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…if he had a chance with Amanda Bynes. Being a kind father I said anything was possible but I wouldn’t bet the farm on it. He used to watch the Amanda show religiously along with All that and figure it out. It was on my TV for years and I watched her grow up.

Today via WeSmirch Hollywood tuna has a rather…interesting shot of her from a Maxim shoot that she apparently twittered to fans.

Yes I know she is 25 now, yes I know this is the normal career path, but boy that shocked me. If I didn’t realize how old I was before I sure do now.

Oh BTW my son hit the sack when he came home, after leaving for work at 5 a.m. He just staggered down the stairs after a nap, half asleep. I brought up the link and showed him the picture. That woke him up in a hurry.

…as a sign of ignorance. Jake explains why in detail and states a basic truth:

T is who the bumper sticker is really arguing against, but poses no physical threat to any of the others.

Via Jonah.

I popped over to Pam Geller’s site today and noticed an interesting post concerning Google search. She references this post at the next web:

When you search for the major religions of the world, the monotheistic faiths for example, Google serves up suggestions for the search “Christianity is” such as, “a lie,” or false.” Try it on a a number of faiths, and then Islam.

Notice any difference?

Google is systematically blocking, it seems, all search suggestions for Islam. Why? To remove the chance of an adherent of the faith from being offended by a perhaps severe search suggestion? Why not treat all search terms equally?

Given the complete lack of suggestions, not just terms that could be perceived as negative, it seems that Google is covering its, well, behind.

Take a look at the graphics, they are rather damning and cowardly. I tried the “is” combinations myself and got the same results as the screen shots. Remember Glenn’s oft repeated warning:

MY ADVICE TO CHRISTIANS, JEWS, HINDUS, ETC: Start blowing things up and beheading people. This will gain you enormous solicitude from the powers-that-be…

…No, I’m not serious about the advice. But they need to think about the incentive that’s being created here, or I fear that others will take the lesson. When you reward behavior, you tend to get more of it.

For the fun of it I tried the same thing with yahoo. The results for “Christianity is”, “Judaism is” are comparable with the Google results, but take a look at “Islam is”:

When you use google as your only search engine, you are behaving no differently than if you used only ABC, CBS and NBC as your only networks.