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Jackson Outrages Mimes May 6, 2006

Posted by TimTheFoolMan in Celebrities, Humor, Race and Prejudice, Stupidity, Theater.
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According to a news article today, Michael Jackson is demanding that GQ magazine pull the current issue from newstands. Apparently, Jackson feels that photos of an impersonator were “spoofing” him. (The photo below is one of Jackson in a police mugshot.)
Michael Jackson, not impersonating a street mime.
In related news, street mimes across the globe (notorious for their white face makeup) are expressing outrage at Michael Jackson spoofing their appearance with his, asking that his color be restored (the photo above clearly indicates he is no longer a “person of color”), or that he be “pulled from the public eye.” Unfortunately, the mimes have not stated this verbally, but have instead acted out their outrage by pretending the be stuck inside an invisible “box of humiliation,” and pulling the invisible “rope of justice.”

The other frequently outraged Jackson could not be reached for comment.

News Synergy: What Does Dame Edna Earn? May 4, 2006

Posted by TimTheFoolMan in Fun, Humor, Movies & Entertainment, Race and Prejudice, Stupidity.
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Apparently, Barry Humphries (better known as Australian housewife Dame Edna to you and me), punched out photographer Malcolm Ladd who had followed him into an exclusive nightclub. Rumor has it that Humphries was actually upset over discovering that his US royalties had been calculated as a “stay-at-home dame,” and therefore he has been (proportionally speaking) as underpaid as other stay-at-home moms in the US.

Phlegm at 11.

More on Monoculture February 18, 2006

Posted by TimTheFoolMan in Computers, Family, Morality, News, Politics, Race and Prejudice, Religion, Religion, Philosophy, and Science, Science & Technology, Technology.
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Since posting a discussion about the inherent dangers of monoculture in the areas of faith, I’ve had several interesting discussions (online and off) about possible flaws in the original premise: that the “Microsoft monoculture” poses an inherent threat to computer systems, and therefore our information infrastructure. Dan Geer posed this argument at the Usenix 2004 conference.

As quoted by SearchSecurity.com, Geer’s argument was countered by Microsoft Strategist Scott Charney, who posed an analogy of Southwest Airlines, which relies on Boeing 737 airplanes exclusively. Charney argued that there are benefits to a monoculture, in terms of deployment costs and procedures, that make up for any possible risks due to common weaknesses.

Charney’s point is valid, but in the same way that he accused Geer of misapplying the agricultural analogy of how the American South’s cotton economy was devistated by the boll weevil or how the Irish potato farmers reliance on a single crop put their nation at risk. I would like to counter that Charney’s 737 analogy is similarly flawed, and furthermore that a monoculture of political ideology has some of the same risks as the monoculture of theology I described earlier.

Prejudice and Pride December 27, 2005

Posted by TimTheFoolMan in Race and Prejudice.
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Culturally, I’ll admit to being very uncool… very… white. I have little use for anything that has “street cred,” I don’t want to have any “bling,” and if someone wanted to “pimp my ride,” I would give serious consideration to physical violence. Along the same lines, when cultures clash, and I’m in the midst of someone who uses language on par with Eminem, P-Diddy, or 50-cent (clearly, an uncool way to refer to him), I tend to make snap judgements about their intelligence. This is in spite of the fact that, over and over again, life has taught me that this behavior from me demonstrates the same lack of intelligence that I’m so quick to ascribe to others.