November 11th, 2005

ECC, TradeMark, Thimbletron

Back to Blogland

And thus ends another of my signature months-long delays in blogging.

For one thing, because I'm now starting some work that produce good grist for blogging. What, you say? Work? TradeMark is crawling back to the land of wage slavery? Well, kinda sorta... but... not. At least it's for someplace that isn't evil. How do I know they're not evil? 'cuz they say they aren't! Yep, it's Google, the "do no evil" company.

Google farms out some temp work to have people be "Quality Raters", human beings who rate queries that other human beings put into Google. Basically, you just rate how well a specific query matches a specific result page. You can work from home, you can't work more than 20 hours a week, and it doesn't seem to be too brain-numbing. Although it would be nice to be doing something higher-leve that I'm more qualified for (programming, network admin, etc.), I need to focus on music and not get all sucked up into a career job... so, something like this is probably the better pick for me right now. I can always give up later.

But for you, dear reader, this means new life for this blog: It will house all the nutty, wacky, loopy links that I come across during my work. Woop! Woop! Lucky you, yes indeedy, rejoice now please. And we begin with...

A boingboing.net article pointing to a links page for House of Cosbys (which by now is "sooooo last week" in the hyper-pace of internet culture) was the subject of a query result I was reviewing. From it you can get things as great as the entire album of Bill Cosby Talks To Kids About Drugs (1971), and as retarded as the Pac-Man and Cosby Show.

Sausage Poetry: "Twenty yellow waterlillies skunked Donald Duck's snake."

Here in the US we're usually sick of Christmas when the advertisements and Christmas sales reach the saturation point (around, say, mid-October), but if you simply must know everything there is to know about Christmas, there's (you guessed it) christmas.com. Includes translations for "Merry Christmas" for every country, even Iraq (although they admit that "less than 3% of the population is Christian so the day is barely noticed"). However, they missed how to translate "Merry Christmas" in Wal-Mart.
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