BBC NEWS | Magazine | World's best-known protest symbol turns 50
10:00 pm EDT, Mar 21, 2008
It started life as the emblem of the British anti-nuclear movement but it has become an international sign for peace, and arguably the most widely used protest symbol in the world. It has also been adapted, attacked and commercialised.
Gerald Holtom, a designer and former World War II conscientious objector from West London, persuaded DAC that their aims would have greater impact if they were conveyed in a visual image. The "Ban the Bomb" symbol was born.
I've worked with someone in biz-dev for a while where he essentially interfaces with certain large companies and keeps senior management and research up to date on things the companies are working on that impact us.
There has been a slow and steady decline in the quality of these reports over the last year or so, to the point this person is literally forwarding me items directly from the company's RSS feeds.
... [sigh] ... So, I conducted an experiment where I subscribed to 3 RSS feeds and kill filed the biz-dev guy. The result? I'm actually receiving *more* up-to-date info then he was providing because I don't have the lag-time while he reformats other people's content into Digest-of-Company-X emails. Granted I'm missing his commentary but thats a trade-off I'm comfortable with.
Maybe that makes me rude, but I found a way to save the company $80k a year. Go figure.
Created by Academy award nominated director Fredric Golding and presented by Fortify Software (www.fortify.com), The New Face of CyberCrime gives a face to the criminals' intent on hacking into your systems today. Who are they? How do they think? What makes them successful? You'll also hear candid interviews with many industry leaders and executives of large organizations taking steps against these attacks. Understand how they think about these threats and what they are doing about them throughout their companies.
This is extremely retarded. What a bunch of fear mongers. We're all going to die!!!!
'Dilbert's' 9-point financial plan worthy of economics Nobel - MarketWatch
1:15 pm EST, Jan 17, 2008
Fortunately for America's 95 million investors, Adams' secret nine-point formula was finally revealed in "Dilbert and the Way of the Weasels." Notice its simple brilliance in the exact reproduction of his formula:
1. Make a will 2. Pay off your credit cards 3. Get term life insurance if you have a family to support 4. Fund your 401k to the maximum 5. Fund your IRA to the maximum 6. Buy a house if you want to live in a house and can afford it 7. Put six months worth of expenses in a money-market account 8. Take whatever money is left over and invest 70% in a stock index fund and 30% in a bond fund through any discount broker and never touch it until retirement 9. If any of this confuses you, or you have something special going on (retirement, college planning, tax issues), hire a fee-based financial planner, not one who charges a percentage of your portfolio
Adams boldly states that this is "everything you need to know about personal investing." In just 129 words, nine simple points, one page you have the unabridged "Unified Theory of Everything Financial." That's it. Everything!
I've actually just finished this book (http://www.amazon.com/Random-Walk-Guide-Investing-Financial/dp/0393058549/ref=sr_1_9?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1200593610&sr=8-9) and it used the Dilbert material on the last page. The concepts weren't all that new to me, but its a good quick read on investing that can be done in 2 days.
Hello Kitty AR-15 - evil black rifle meets cute and cuddly
6:46 pm EST, Jan 1, 2008
In the "spirit" of the California Assault Weapon Ban I decided to do my best to alleviate the fears of my fellow citizens and gun-banning legislators when I put together a new AR-15 for my wife. Below is the result of my painstaking work to transform an Evil Black Rifle (EBR) into a Cute Pink RIfle (CPR). Introducing the Hello Kitty AR-15!
When I started working with Dave Maynor a few years ago he told me that if I was going to be working with him, I had to buy a gun. I told him the only gun I would buy was a hot pink AK-47. That put an end to the discussion, but I was partially serious. It seemed the sort of weapon a William Gibson character would carry, or perhaps a weapon popular in Africa, the cultural juxtaposition making it all the more wicked. Like the wigged warriors of Liberia. Well, finally someone has obliged, almost...