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The State of the Union Address Drinking Game 2006

Wednesday, February 1st, 2006

The President of the United States gives a state of the union address each year to the US Congress. Clearly, the most appropriate thing to do with an occasion such as this is to turn it into a drinking game.

To see just how smashed you really should be, this table shows the number of drinks you should have had based on the state of the union transcript from C-Span.

Event Number of Occurrences Total Drinks
The state of our union is strong 1 1
troops 2 2 small
Iraq 16 16
Iran 6 6
terror 20 20 small
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad 0 0
Saddam Hussein 0 0
democracy 3 6
elections 3 0*
freedom 17 17
Ariel Sharon 0 0
Homeland 1 1
Jack Abramoff 0 0
Hard Work 0 0
Bring it on 0 0
Nukular 3 3
Scooter Libby 0 0
New Orleans 2 2
bipartisan 2 4
foreign oil 0 0
Medicare 2 2
education 2 2**
environment 1 1
border security 0 0
illegal immigration 0 0
God 2 4
sacrafice 0 0
fiscal discipline 0 0
tax burden 0 0
evil 2 4
Don’t mess with Texas! 0 0
defends the necessity or legality of the NSA surveillance program 1 1
if he praises either Chief Justice Roberts or Justice (?) Alito 1 1
if the speech is under an hour 1 2***
Total 73, 22 small

* Elections was mentioned 3 times, but from the transcript I can’t be sure they’re within one minute.
** Education can’t be sure from a transcript if it was mispronounced for the bonus +1
*** Finish your drink and have another beer

WordPress 2.0

Friday, January 27th, 2006

So I updated WordPress tonight to 2.0. I doubt you’ll notice any difference, but the admin interface is a pretty blue now 😛

Let me know if anything seems to be broken since the update.

The Apple Store is Indecisive

Saturday, January 21st, 2006

On Friday I received the following estimated ship dates for a new iPod I ordered:

  • Wednesday 18th January, 2006
  • Monday 30th January, 2006
  • Shipment Notification for 20th January, 2006

Oh well, it’ll be here on Monday 🙂

Comment Spam

Monday, December 26th, 2005

So there’s been a whole bunch of comment spam attempts (all rather useless because I’ve got comment moderation turned on for just such an event). None of them seem to actually be much use for spamming, they’re all the standard “your site is so great” garbage, then with a few links to popular websites (think major news sites, etc). I can only assume they’re trying to see if it’s possible to post comment spam or not before they then go nuts and try lots of different sites, although I’ve had a fair number of them just for this. Who knows, after all one of the key rules of spammers is that spammers are stupid isn’t it?

To avoid them I’m going to make a small modification to the comment posting page so it doesn’t fit the standard template they’re no doubt trying. In the garbage field you need to enter at least 4 characters — any 4 characters will work, this should just stop any bots that are trying the standard WordPress template for entering a comment.

God’s Debris

Friday, November 18th, 2005

Scott Adams, the creator of Dilbert has released a free PDF version of his book God’s Debris. At the moment all I can say is it’s an amazing read that I’m sure I’ll be thinking about for a while.

For now my main comment is: download it. Read it. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

Report an Apple Bug Monday: Out of Quota Disk Messages

Monday, October 31st, 2005

I’m not constrained to just reporting bugs on Fridays 🙂

This is an enhancement to existing functionality. When the Finder attempts to copy to a file server and runs out of disk quota, it displays the following, somewhat uninformative, message:

Unhelpful Finder error message (Code -1425)

This message should be translated to a string informing the user that they are out of disk quota. This bug has been reported to Apple as Radar 4322110.

Drive TV

Saturday, October 29th, 2005

Channel 10 Australia started showing Drive TV this afternoon. My opinion, in short: don’t bother.

If you want to watch some good motoring television there’s still only one choice: Top Gear from BBC2 in the UK. And for Australians who haven’t seen it, it’ll soon be available on SBS (article available here).

Gigantic URL

Saturday, October 29th, 2005

An amusing take on TinyURL and friends is GiganticURL.

For example http://www.allocinit.net/ translates to:
http://www.GiganticURL.com/url/aHR0cDovL3d3dy5hcHBsZS5jb20vaHR0c
DovL3d3dy5hcHBsZS5jb20vYUhSMGNEb3ZMM2QzZHk1aGNIQnNaUzVqYjIwdg==a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zVqYjIwdllVaFNNR05FYjNaTU0yUXpaSGsxYUdOSVFuTmFVelZxWWpJd2RtRklVa
kJqUkc5MlRETmtNMlI1TldoalNFSnpXbE0xYW1JeU1IWlpWV2hUVFVkT1JXSXpXa
zFOTWxGNldraHJNV0ZIVGtsUmJrNWhWWHBXY1ZscVNYZGtaejA5YUhSMGNEb3ZMM
2QzZHk1aGNIQnNaUzVqYjIwdllVaFNNR05FYjNaTU0yUXpaSGsxYUdOSVFuTmFVe
lZxWWpJd2RtRklVakJqUkc5MlRETmtNMlI1TldoalNFSnpXbE0xYW1JeU1IWlpWV
2hUVFVkT1JXSXpXazFOTWxGNldraHJNV0ZIVGtsUmJrNWhWWHBXY1ZscVNYZGtae
jA5WVVoU01HTkViM1pNTTJRelpIazFhR05JUW5OYVV6VnFZakl3ZGxsVmFGTk5SM
DVGWWpOYVRVMHlVWHBhU0dzeFlVZE9TVkZ1VG1GVmVsWnhXV3BKZDJSdFJrbFZha
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EJYWTFac2NWTllaR3RhZWpBNQ==aHR0cDovL3d3dy5hcHBsZS5jb20vYUhSMGNEb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.

Fun 🙂

Spodcast

Thursday, October 27th, 2005

I’m not sure most people really have any idea what this whole “postcasting thing” is going to turn into eventually, but perhaps one of the most interesting podcasts I’ve been listening to is Spodcast.

This is where I’m meant to say something inspiring to make you go and listen to it I guess, but to be honest I can’t think of anything that exciting to say. Maybe you should just listen to it yourself and see what you think.

Spiffy New Look

Thursday, October 27th, 2005

So instead of doing anything even remotely productive tonight I decided to make a pretty new theme for this site. Given that I really can’t be bothered doing too much work, I ended up just making a cool new header image, and editing the colours a bit. Still, I don’t think it looks too bad.