This Will Be Of Interest To Some Of You 
2009.08.20 13:14 - Entertainment, Movies, Television, Internet Stupidity, Meatspace Stupidity
The Rifftrax guys are taking the piss out of "Plan 9 From Outer Space" this evening, and you may be able to watch at a local movie theater.

Admittedly, this seems like a target-rich environment, but, hey, they're working live.
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One of these things is not like the other ... 
2009.08.13 21:40 - Meatspace Stupidity
Just saw an Army ad that listed CEOs, astronauts and ... software engineers as the sort of people that come out of the Army.

While not, technically, wrong (more than one of my coworkers is some variety of ex-military), that seems like an odd grouping.
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On Overpriced Shaving Doodads 
2009.08.11 18:37 - Meatspace Stupidity, Toys, Gadgets
A few years back, I purchased a Merkur Vision safety razor, and a Merkur Hefty Classic. The former retails around $200, the latter around $40. If you're in the market for such a thing, buy the Hefty Classic. It doesn't feel as satisfying and has no adjustments to fiddle with, but it works as well or better, costs only a fifth as much, and doesn't have to be maintained like a British automobile.

In related news, I just got my Vision back together after the handle seized over a year ago. Had to damage the finish, though. Twice.
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What A Racket. 
2009.08.11 10:33 - Guns
Speer Gold Dot, 9mm, 124gr, standard pressure. 20rds for $22.
Speer Law Enforcement Gold Dot, 9mm, 124gr, standard pressure. 50rds for $25.

Same bullet. Same casing, powder, ballistics, et cetera. But the cop ammunition costs about half as much. I wonder if that's something to do with liability coverage or something.
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Once in a While, I Think About Playing In Traffic 
2009.08.04 10:23 - Whining, Work-related
300+ character regular expression that can be obviated by a single call to DateTime.TryParse().

What the heck. Maybe there's some business requirement requiring a specific set of date formats be supported, but, hey, DateTime.TryParseExact() will cover that scenario. At least it's old code, so there's some hope that we'll have learned from this somewhere in the last two years.
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