East of the Sun, West of the Moon

2005/8/26

Awake yet? (12)

Filed under: Humo(u)r,News,Software — Erwin @ 3:01 pm

Thank you, New York City:

Waiter: How would you like your hamburger? Medium?
Chick: They come in different sizes?

Meanwhile, in the rest of the world…

Looks like Bolton is living up to his reputation (Guardian Unlimited):

Mr Bolton, a long-standing UN critic who was given a temporary appointment by George Bush three weeks ago after the United States Senate failed to agree on his nomination, has proposed 750 amendments to the draft and called for immediate talks on them.

Mr Bolton has said the US would be ready to scrap the deal altogether if no consensus was achieved, leaving only a short statement for the summit to agree on, or to break the agreement into sections to give member states a choice of which parts to support.

Whether that is entirely to be blamed on him is not clear, but it’s certainly suspicious that this roadblock appeared shortly after his appointment.

Google is expanding further, now into Instant Messaging and VoIP:

They say talk is cheap. Google thinks it should be free. Google Talk enables you to call or send instant messages to your friends for free–anytime, anywhere in the world.

The sad part is that the only (beta) client they have is for WinXP/Win2K, the good part of it is that you can connect to their setup (for non-VoIP only) with clients that speak the Jabber protocol, such as Gaim, Adium X, iChat, … Time to create an additional Gmail account, I think.

The irony?

Filed under: News — Erwin @ 4:37 am

Terry Heaton writes that the employees that are in dispute with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation have created a website with which they keep the public aware of their side of things. One of the things they do on that website is basically provide replacement programming via podcasts.

The irony (to me) is that the reason I realized there was anything going on in the first place is because a podcast to which I’m subscribed (Quirks and Quarks) disappeared from one day to another as a result of this dispute (as far as I can figure).

Additional amusement can be found in the fact that just as I find out about this replacement website and visit it, I barely manage to get one page and then further pages just tell me that The blog system is currently down for maintenance to improve the service.. Ahem.

Maybe it’s trying to tell me something? G’dnight!

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