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, […]Read More Godwin’s Law and Trump
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 […]Read More Star Trek: Voyager predictions
A while back, Huffington Post published an interesting article on Monster.com, 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 […]Read More Monster’s problem was putting sales before tech
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 […]Read More What kind of scam are you running here?
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 […]Read More Viva La Manatee – Lizzu, Love Forever
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 […]Read More Important lesson for coders: Don’t use open redirects!
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 […]Read More In the not too distant future…
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 […]Read More Opening on Thanksgiving? You’re Dead to Me!
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 […]Read More PatrickD’s Link to the World
It’s been a year since I last updated Pitas. In case you hadn’t noticed, I’ve moved to LiveJournal. Go figure.Read More Pitas