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Exit Strategy November 30, 2005

Posted by decode in Politics, The World.
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The US National Security Council has released a document outlining their strategy for “Victory in Iraq”. The goal? We’ll have achieved victory in Iraq when it is peaceful, democratic, and the terrorists have been defeated. In other words, the goal is so nebulous that the war can be extended indefinitely. Did we expect anything else?


Big Letters November 30, 2005

Posted by decode in Fun Stuff.
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BoingBoing wrote about shelves in the shape of letters. They’re pretty cool. What Cory failed to mention was the price, perhaps because he couldn’t read the German on the site to find the order form. I can read it, and I created an order for 7 pieces to spell the word SHELVES. The price? €9029.00 ($10,645.10 today). Shelves shaped like letters are cool and everything, but a $10,000 set of shelves is a bit much, don’t you think?

Attitude November 28, 2005

Posted by decode in Music.
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I was searching the web for the lyrics to a song today for which I couldn’t remember the title or artist. The only thing I found was a forum post that no longer exists. So, for posterity’s sake, I present here the lyrics of “Attitude” from Stephen Wiley‘s 1990 release “Rhythm And Poetry”. Words transcribed by me from the cassette tape liner notes.


Home boys are rappin’ on the street
They got the Reeboks on their feet
They got the cars the gangster lean
Speakers boomin’ the bass is mean
Got their hats pulled to the side
Dark glasses on jackets open wide
They got the look to set the mood
They say they’ve got “the attitude”

The attitude
The attitude
They say they’ve got
The attitude

Now ladies I’ve seen you in the beauty salon
Cutting hair off and gluing it on
Pressing your hair into the latest style
I’ll rap about you for awhile
Pasting on your fingernails
Ready to attack the nearest male
You’ve got the look rehearsed the movies
You think you’ve got “the attitude”

The attitude
The attitude
They say they’ve got
The attitude

Attitudes changing everyday
What to wear what to say
Used to be “cool” was best
Now it’s “ice cold,” “chilllin” or “fresh”
You can’t keep up, it moves so fast
You’re runnin’ through all your cash
Buyin’ the stuff it takes to prove
You’ve really got the attitude
You know it’s never gonna last
“Right now” is gonna be “past”
The attitude you’ve got today
Is only gonna fade away
But there are things that never change
Today, tomorrow, forever the same
I’m gonna rap about the dude
Who’s really got “The attitude”

The attitude
The attitude
Who’s really got
The attitude

You may not notice what he wears
Instead you see how much he cares
Servin’ God’s his claim to fame
“Helping hand” is the middle name
He doesn’t gossip, brag or boast
He’s full of love and the Holy Ghost
Walkin’ bold talkin’ smooth
You know he’s got “the attitude”

The attitude
The attitude
You know he’s got
The attitude

I saw a lady the other day
Teaching children how to pray
In a circle on the ground
Children red, black, white, yellow and brown
Moving closer to listen in
I heard her praying once again
Give us grace that we can prove
To all the world “your attitude”

You may be jammin’ to my groove
Wond’ring about this attitude
You say – it’s not my car, my hair, my clothes
Then what is it because I wanna know
How do I get it, where do I begin
(I said) open your heart and let Jesus in
You’re not livin’ ’till you’ve met the dude
His name is Jesus – “the attitude”

The attitude
The attitude
His name is Jesus
The attitude

Norge November 27, 2005

Posted by decode in Fun Stuff, Music.
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It all started out with a sketch. Then it developed into a viral marketing scheme with hilarious videos. God Bless Norway.

Linux is Better at Web 2.0 November 27, 2005

Posted by decode in Web Technology.
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We all knew that Linux is better than MS Windows at most stuff. What I have recently learned is that it is also better at Web 2.0. Click on the below thumbnails to see screenshots of iClock and notice how much Linux rocks the house:

iClock under Linux

iClock under Windows

Non-Violence November 20, 2005

Posted by decode in Culture, Politics.
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In the sermon this morning, the pastor made reference to the increase in violent crime that our culture has to face and deal with. Fortunately, violent crime in the U.S. has been on a decline for over 10 years. Here are US Department of Justice charts and numbers describing these trends:

Violent Crimes
Violent Crimes by Gender
Property Crimes
Firearm Related Crimes

Text summary:

  • The violent crime rate decreased 2.2% from 2003 to 2004. From 1995 to 2004 the rate fell 32.0%.
  • The property crime rate decreased 2.1% from 2003 to 2004. From 1995 to 2004, the rate fell 23.4%.

Heard: The Chemistry Set November 19, 2005

Posted by decode in Heard, Music.
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Name: The Chemistry Set
Site: thechemset.com
Reminds Me Of: Sixpence None the Richer on instruments, and The Prayers and Tears of Arthur Digby Sellers on vocals.

XUL Examples November 16, 2005

Posted by decode in Web Technology.
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Need to know how to do some GUI element in XUL? There is a page that has tons of them with working examples and source code.

Ceasar Beware November 15, 2005

Posted by decode in Computers.
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MD5 has bit the dust. (At least for digital signing.)

Dilbert’s Views on Intelligent Design November 13, 2005

Posted by decode in Politics.

Scott Adams, the creator of Dilbert, wrote an interesting blog post about Intelligent Design and Darwinian Evolution. He actually takes a fair look at the debate.

What I found far more interesting was a comment in response to the post. This comment very clearly lays out the domains of Darwinian Evolution, Intelligent Design, and Materialism. I found it to be one of the best thought-out things I’ve read all weekend. Bravo John Nelson, whoever you are.