Archive for September, 2006

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Flickr Testimonials

September 26, 2006

For a website that seems to have made absolutely no missteps, I confess I’ve never understood the purpose of Flickr Testimonials.  It’s like the idea occurred to them that it would aid in the “community” aspects of the place, so they went ahead and implemented it without stopping to consider if it really made sense.  I mean, who pauses before viewing someone’s photos to see if a third party had good things to say about that person?  The testimonials all have to be approved by each user, so it’s not like you’d see a brutally honest one like “jrouse’s photos are absurdly trite, nothing but babies & pugs, with the occasional urinal shot thrown in to break up the monotony”.

Nonetheless, I feel that it’s only common courtesy if someone adds me as a Contact (it’s like the flickr version of subscribing to someone else’s photo stream, or joining an extended MySpace network), the least I can do is write them a Testimonial, even if it is completely useless.  The problem is, in many cases, the testimonial just sits in their in-box, unapproved for months, since the system is so poorly implemented.  Here’s a list of testimonials I’ve provided to date.  I’m running out of nonsense, and may need to borrow a cup or two from my neighborhood purveyor.

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links for 2006-09-26

September 26, 2006
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I can’t help myself. I’m just dang adorable.

September 25, 2006


With only 3 months left before the missus imposes a moratorium on photos of the Little Baby Cupcake being posted online, I thought I’d take the opportunity to share this one. Great hat, but the real reason I posted the shot is because of her awesome t-shirt. It’s a pug dreaming of a cupcake, pretty much the perfect shirt for the LBC with her puggish siblings.

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links for 2006-09-25

September 25, 2006
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Jack Chick targets a new market

September 23, 2006

Lunatic cartoonist turned end-times prophet Jack Chick has been writing crazy pamphlets about sin & the dangers of a non-born again lifestyle for longer than I’ve been alive.  Far & away his most famous booklet, among the dozens he’s produced, is “This Was Your Life“.  It documents the death & judgement of an American white male “everyman” character.  Not a particular sinner, but not particularly pious, either.  The book ends with the man stunned to find out that his lack of awareness/acceptance of Christ has led to his name not being found in the book of names of people who don’t go to hell, and as a consequence, he’s condemned to the firey pits. 

This book was old by the time I first found it on a street corner in Westwood (back when the hyper-religious street preachers used to camp out in the heart of westwood every Friday & Saturday to try & reach the kids).  Recently, however, I was amused to see that Chick is branching out in his work, much like Mattel releasing an African-American Barbie.  Chick has an entire line of religious pamphlets featuring black humans, black angels, etc.  Haven’t found one yet that actually shows a black Jesus, because I suspect even a racially pandering Chick wouldn’t violate what I imagine is a central tenant of his faith (“Jesus looks like a white hippy”).  The highlight of the new market-segment pandering, however, was this direct, scene for scene remake of Chick’s Greatest Hit, This Was Your Life, but with an all-black cast.  Also, he renamed it to “It’s Your Life”, for whatever reason.  As Jack says, “Every one needs Jesus regardless of their ethnic background.”

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links for 2006-09-23

September 23, 2006
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Broken Urinal at Work

September 22, 2006


One of the urinals in our office men’s room has been broken since around the time Agnew pardoned Nixon. Eventually, somebody put up a sign reading “WARNING: TOILET WILL NOT FLUSH. DO NOT USE”, because so many lazy guys were still peeing in it despite its clearly non-functioning status. I felt that the warning was insufficient, and replaced it with a more appropriate, if less plausible one.