Take a break from typing by ah….dance typing…with a creepy doll on your hand.
Archive for June, 2007
Reminds me of all the client docs I’ve received with ‘private’ notes and changes showing upon opening.
The Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the highest intelligence agency in the country that oversees all federal intelligence agencies, appears to have inadvertently released the keys to that number in an unclassified PowerPoint presentation now posted on the website of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA). By reverse engineering the numbers in an underlying data element embedded in the presentation, it seems that the total budget of the 16 US intelligence agencies in fiscal year 2005 was $60 billion, almost 25% higher than previously believed.
Kidding, but there are a few on the list that got me. Many are softballs though. Chromosome? Irony? Photosynthesis? Plagiarize? Impeach? I’m thinking the book might expand past the basic definition, or not:
“The words we suggest,” says senior editor Steven Kleinedler, “are not meant to be exhaustive but are a benchmark against which graduates and their parents can measure themselves. If you are able to use these words correctly, you are likely to have a superior command of the language.”
Full list after the jump.
A few weeks back while in New Orleans I squeezed in a last minute visit to the World War II Museum (originally the D-Day Museum). Why is the museum in New Orleans? Because of these boats, which evolved from a boat Andrew Higgins created for trappers and oil companies to use in the swamps and marshes of Louisiana.
I believe this represented the number of soldiers (dead?) from each country.
Earlier tonight a fire broke out down the street. Naturally I went over and snapped some shots. One truck had a bucket up with two men in it, the other just had a high pressure hose fastened to the end. I didn’t see anyone with a clear view of the ladder with the hose on it at the base of the truck, so I guess they were using a video camera or remote controls from perhaps the other ladder’s bucket.
I left before they were finished, so no word on whether it transformed into an Autobot.
Some yet-to-be-determined humidity issue KO’ed my Razr yesterday, so I headed over to Craigslist and found myself a T-Mobile Dash for $200. The kid who sold it to me had barely used it. He proved to be a shrewd salesman, not budging from his advertised price. As Craigslist never disappoints with the awkward situations, I showed up greeted by the kid’s Indian father, half-dressed in an odd sheet and knowing little about any phone sale.
Upgrading to include messaging and data options will run about $34 more a month. I’m most interested to see the top speeds I’ll get browsing while using the Wi-Fi instead of T-Mobile’s bandwidth.
CNet’s ‘excellent’ rating gives me some hope.