Friday Dec 21, 2007

I'm a loser baby, Web 2.0 Style

A person could get pretty down on themselves while using web 2.0 sites.  ;)






Sunday Dec 16, 2007

email snobbery

I think it started with Blackberry users, could have been the Treo.  Now I have to see it from all the folks with iPhones.  I've always hated seeing the auto signature of how the email was sent.  Typically it looks like this:

Some Dude
Sent from my iPhone

Except I always read it like this:

Obnoxious Braggart
Sent from my insanely expensive iPhone that I love more than my family whilst on the deck of my yacht.
Neener, neener, neener.
PS. This was sent from the Grand Cayman Islands.
PPS. Did I mention this was sent from an iPhone?

OK, maybe I'm just jealous.  But what reason really is there to say how it was sent other than to brag?  Apologizing perhaps for how short the responses usually are?

Thursday Dec 13, 2007

Flickr Jedi Mind Trick

You can go about your business.

Move along...move along. 

Wednesday Dec 12, 2007

Christmas Cuteness Redux

In Christmas Cuteness Part I, the world saw a little glimpse into the world of Campbell.  She's back for an encore, this time it takes her a bit to get warmed up but then she cooks.  For a little "attitude" watch for the "You ain't ready for this Jelly" head shake at about 1:28 in.

Tuesday Dec 11, 2007

The Fountains of Apple Seed Circle

Bellagio ain't got nothing on my cul-de-sac!


Friday Dec 07, 2007

Life Imitates Art...again.

I've seen this fat kid before.  Couldn't place him though.


 My wife had the answer.  It's Bou, Yu-Baaba's son in Spirited Away.  How'd he get to China?


Wednesday Dec 05, 2007

The Making of a Christmas Card

Monday Dec 03, 2007

Same crap, different genre.

I was just watching a little CMT and realized:




Saturday Dec 01, 2007


via Drumfactor on Twitter.


There's always a catch an asterisk.  Probably low demand for people wanting to do visit the $9 MILF.  

ShawnFerry points out that sex sells.


Friday Nov 30, 2007

I'll take Swords for 400


It's actually not swords...It's "S" Words.  As in the product I support, but don't always happen to write about on this blog.  Which is now just called the S Word blog for this reason.

Sometimes I feel like I'm playing Celebrity Jeopardy on SNL....

State of the Art SPAM Filtering

I just got another SPAM email, this one from Santa pushing V!AG RA and C! AL IS.  It was his present to me!

I'm not sure if the spammers are getting more clever, or if this is the latest SPAM filtering technology we use here @ Sun.


It was only a matter of time

Windows Live drops the C-Bomb on me.  I must have hit the Irish Captcha Server :)

(and before you ask, I have many Irish friends and that is a very common swear word with them.  Not at all taboo like in the US)


Wednesday Nov 28, 2007


Now this is web 2.0 being useful.  

Monday Nov 26, 2007

Lean Pockets

Dear Jim Gaffigan,

Please push the Lean Pockets.  Your fans take your "lazy" routine too seriously.  I had to give up a third of my seat to one of your biggest fans.  I feel like I deserve a $20 rebate, especially since I was pinned up against the other arm rest the whole show.  Perhaps my pain and suffering could also get me back my TicketMaster "convenience" charge.  Can you feel me?  She could....

Tuesday Nov 20, 2007

Parental Puzzler

What do you get when you combine these 3 things?





Bingo if you said "Art"!


Friday Nov 16, 2007

Rules of the Road


1) If you have a tight connection or are delayed going into ORD, your connecting flight will always be in another terminal.

2) If a hotel gym describes itself as state of the art, it isn't.

3) Unless the engine falls off at the gate, any other delay will be treated by the airline as weather related.

4) Unless you require one, never accept an "accessible" room.  Same for Parlor rooms.

Thursday Nov 08, 2007

The Helpful Parent

Tween Daughter:  I better get a good grade on this paper.

Me: What's it about?

Tween Daughter: It's a horror - mystery but there's no violence.

Me: So it's about your bedroom? 

Sunday Nov 04, 2007

Parenting in the Web 2.0 Era


Friday Nov 02, 2007

Crossfacing your daughter

I just got back from a diagnostics lab which drew an obscene amount of blood from my extremely strong two year old daughter for some tests that we are having run.  But that's not the point of this post.  The real message here is stay in school.  Because in school you can join the wrestling team and that, should you decide to be a parent, will be far more useful then any geometry, trig, or calc that you learned.

See kids, you can't letter in sports with a GED.  If you stay in school and wrestle, you may even have an experience like I did, a wrestler in the unlimited class who got to wrestle a girl, also in the unlimited class.  What does that have to do with anything, well nothing really and everything.  Just thought I'd give you something to think about on a Friday afternoon.  Oh yeah, and she was slamming down cheeseburgers prior to our match.  I swear to god.  It grossed me out so much I totally remember the exact type and brand, they were "Burger Bundles" from Burger King (circa 1986/87).  Anyone remember those?  Three or six mini burgers.  She had a six pack.  Burgers, not abs.  I'm sure she had a great personality though.

Anyhow, my daughter is probably going to hate me for a long time.  In a position that resembled a half-nelson and then a cradle, I couldn't quite get the pin (damn left shoulder kept coming off the table).  I did manage to get quite a few three-point nearfalls and in the middle of it all I remembered the cheeseburger eating girl I had to wrestle in high school and started laughing.  Dad laughing while she is being traumatized.  Good times, good times.

Wednesday Oct 24, 2007

Near throw down

It's not too often I get in situations where I'm pretty sure physical altercation is imminent.  Last time this happened was about two years ago on a flight with my girls from MIA to LAS where a bunch of drunk middle aged Cubans thought that it was OK to use the F-Bomb every other word.  They were pretty tough guys until they saw me waiting for them at the end of the jetway.  They not only apologized to me, but also to my wife and daughters.  Looking back, I'm probably lucky I'm not on a no-fly list.  I'm definitely not one looking for a fight, but I will stand up for what I think is right.

Fast forward to this afternoon.  Our next door neighbors daughter has a boyfriend who has probably watched Fast and the Furious one to many times.  Couple that with a supped up WRX and the attitude assoicated with a twenty-something loser who is dating a high school girl (remind me to have a chat with her parents).

As I'm throwing my suitcase and backpack into my jeep, here comes the WRX sliding (and I mean sliding) around the corner into our cul-de-sac.   I step out on the sidewalk glaring at him and the dude guns it around the circle right in front of me.  Girlfriend is in her drive way watching this transpire and I look right at her and state that he cannot drive that way, there are far too many kids in the neighborhood.  And that's not a cliché, all told there are 13 kids that could be out on our street alone.  I should also state that this has been going on for a few months, it's just the first time I was actually out there to witness it.  Although I've "heard" his car everyday for quite sometime.

I have a feeling that she has talked to him about his driving before because he gets out of the car and I hear "Blah, blah, blah, I told you you can't...".  Homeboy takes a long James Dean-esque drag of his cigarette and starts walking straight at me.  I guess he wants to see if I'll flinch.  Since all I see is about 5'6" and carrying a sizeable spare tire, I head straight at him.  While walking I start explaining (Yes, I was politely explaining) to this moron that if any kids were in the street he could have never stopped in time and that I'm sure he loves his ride, but he can't drive like that around here. 

Maybe objects in the mirror really are larger then they appear (or he needs glasses) because soon as I got within 5 feet of him his look and attitude totally changes and he says "Sorry Bro" and turns away.  Too bad.



My name is Craig Bender aka ThinGuy. I'm a Principal Software Developer for Oracle's Virtual Desktop Engineering group.

I architect and evangelize the use of Oracle's Desktop technology including Sun Ray, Secure Global Desktop, and Oracle VDI.


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