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Happy Birthday GotDotNet

To give a little context, I'm lit up by 5.30 today since it is GotDotNet's second birthday. Celebrations all round.

It looks like there are going to be some changes in team structure and people too, so the future is somewhat uncertain at this point.

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Washington State Lottery taken for a ride

This made my day. On the news last night I saw a woman claiming to have won the $93m jackpot in the lottery.

Two things were immediately apparent:
1. This woman looked more like a man than any I had ever seen
2. Keeping the ticket in a locked box 'for the time being' seemed a bit suspicious.

Well, to my delight it turns out this person has just been arrested for fraud and turns out to be a man.

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Daily shorts

Music
I really like the song Playground Love by Air from the Levi's commercial at the moment.

Films
Watched American Psycho this week, very good film. Quite enjoyed The Others too, but nothing special.

Books
Just finished reading On the Road by Jack Kerouac. Thoroughly enjoyed and definitely one I'll read again; I wouldn't say that of many. I recently got Churchill and American: Beyond our Grandest Notion, both of which I'm looking forward to. Right now I'm reading The Inmates are Running the Asylum which is very interesting.

Random links

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Remembrance Day

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In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

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One in six people owns a mobile phone

The Guardian has an interesting article on the new connected world. Not news exactly, but it does contain an amusing tale..

"I don't care who it is, mate, rules are rules."
Pilot to Tony Blair when the prime minister protested about having to switch off his mobile as his plane was about to take off. He was taking a call from the Queen.
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Weblogs galore

I've spent a ridiculous amount of time in front of a computer screen today.

A couple of things of note; I've convinced Ed to start a journal and I've discovered a marvellous little tool called FeedReader.

I'm coming to RSS a little late in the game, but I'm quickly seeing its benefits. In the same way Google is rethinking the way we read news, I see RSS aggregation introducing the human element into how one determines what news is important. Along similar lines, I came across the tangle project, which seeks to create links between pages based on how users move between them. It reminds me of Feynmann and his experiments with ants, but the cynic in me suggests this is wide open to potential abuse.

I took an aimless walk around the city this evening. There's a different feeling in the air, everyone knows the holidays are coming. I came very close to ordering an eggnog latte in Starbucks, but that seems a little premature.

My fantasy team is getting well and truly beaten this week :(. Still, I've bought tickets to see the Seahawks play the Chiefs when my parents are visiting, so that should be fun.

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Effective adveristing

I spend more and more time these days thing about how people perceive what they see. Is the intended meaning the only meaning? Of course, if you look hard enough, anything can be seen in a different light, but it's what the masses take away that counts.

There's an interesting 'army proverb' I came across recently

Anything order than can be misunderstood has been misunderstood.
I think that sums it up pretty well.

There's an Estee Lauder commercial on TV at the moment with a very pretty to-be bridge all dressed up looking in the mirror. Non-descript music and very few visual cues conjure just a single word 'beautiful'. No prizes for guessing the name of the fragrance.

On the other hand, there are a set of MSN ads around at the moment with a human butterfly running about town, using his large wings to obscure unsuitable images and people. An interesting approach to the 'excellent parental controls' sale point, I don't know of very many people who are concerned about their children seeing Victoria's Secret posters on billboards. In my mind, the question remains, will the technology protect children against the real threat?

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