Lyft my spirits? Nope.

Pink Fraud

Two weeks ago, I went on a nice long vacation with my wife.  While walking back to our hotel from a restaurant, I saw a QR code with a Lyft ad taped to a post.  I scanned the QR code and got credits for Lyft.  I think it was $50 in credit…or maybe it was […]

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016 4:45 pm

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Godwin’s Law and Trump

Donald Trump

Godwin’s Law states that “As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches 1.” There’s a corollary to Godwin’s Law that states that whoever mentioned the Nazis has automatically lost whatever debate was in progress. …but when Trump is exhibiting such amazingly similar behavior to such a group, […]

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Monday, March 14, 2016 4:05 pm

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Star Trek: Voyager predictions

U.S.S. Voyager

21 years ago, Star Trek: Voyager had just hit the airwaves. I made some predictions about the show and posted them to Usenet… Here are my predictions for Voyager that will probably happen at some point. 1) The most obvious plot is that Voyager finds a way home but for some stupid reason that will be argued […]

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Sunday, January 24, 2016 12:00 pm

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Monster’s problem was putting sales before tech


A while back, Huffington Post published an interesting article on, my former employer.  While I agree with most of the article, I think it’s only partly right. “It wasn’t a technology failure; it was a leadership failure.”  Actually, it was both.  The leadership failure caused the technology failure.  Sal and other Monster leadership focused […]

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Monday, January 18, 2016 8:00 pm

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What kind of scam are you running here?


I don’t want to name names, but there’s a guy who runs a small collector/flea market-style convention who has been known to say some rather unkind things about other cons in his area. Well, apparently his house got robbed. He set up a GoFundMe where he attempts to explain what happened. On the page, he […]

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Saturday, December 26, 2015 10:33 am

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Viva La Manatee – Lizzu, Love Forever

Lizz & PatrickD with Takumi Yamazaki

This morning, one of my best friends of nearly 20 years died.  Fuck cancer. Elizabeth Bramlett Donnell, “Lizz” to most people, is one of the most kind, understanding, considerate, giving, creative, and fun people I’ve ever known.  I honestly can’t imagine how my life would have turned out had it not been for her. One […]

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Monday, December 14, 2015 11:52 pm

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Important lesson for coders: Don’t use open redirects!

DART Enterprise login

Let me tell you a story… At the start of 2002, DoubleClick purchased NetGravity.  It was a company that had an enterprise ad server, so it seemed like a natural fit.  The product was renamed to “DART Enterprise” and was a product people could buy and install on their own servers.  It was really a […]

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Friday, December 11, 2015 11:57 am

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In the not too distant future…

Bring Back MST3K

About a month ago, Joel Hodgson launched his Kickstarter to bring back Mystery Science Theater 3000.  It ends at 10pm PST on Friday, December 11th. Joel was seeking $2,000,000 to make three new episodes, $3.3 million for six, $4.4 for nine, and $5.5 for twelve.  He explained that after Kickstarter and credit card fees (8%), reward […]

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Thursday, December 10, 2015 3:18 pm

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Opening on Thanksgiving? You’re Dead to Me!

Black Friday Madness

In 2011, retailers started opening at midnight on Friday to have their Black Friday sales. In 2012, they crossed the line and started opening earlier and earlier. This year, in an effort to be first, a bunch of retailers are opening early on Thanksgiving day and some are even staying open through Friday. REI was […]

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Tuesday, November 24, 2015 5:09 am

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PatrickD’s Link to the World

PatrickD's Link to the World

When I made my first web page, it was the summer of 1994.  I was about to enter my senior year of college at Worcester Polytechnic Institute as a Computer Science major.  I had discovered Gopher the same summer, but “the World Wide Web” won me over very quickly because it had images and it […]

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Thursday, November 12, 2015 12:00 pm

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