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Tuesday, September 14, 2004


Barrel type bike locks (at least Krypto brand) are easily exploitable via a Bic type pen, and there is a video proving it. If that is not enough, I have done it to my own KryptoLok U-lock just a bit ago, using a similar but not quite Bic pen. I guess I better start dragging my cable lock around!

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Tuesday, September 14, 2004


Here is today’s spam of the day. First the sender and subject:

4158 Sep 14 classie bishop ( 0) Judicial Judgements-Child Support Investigator

And now for the coup de grace, the content:

So he rose to a point considerably beyond the clouds, where the air was thin but remarkably pleasant to inhale and the rays
of the sun were not so hot as when reflected by the surface of the water He could see the dark clouds rolling beneath him like volumes of smoke from a factory chimney, and knew the earth was catching a severe shower of rain; yet he congratulated himself on his foresight in not being burdened with umbrella or raincoat, since his elevated position rendered him secure
from rain-clouds But, having cut himself off from the earth, there remained nothing to see except the clear sky overhead and the tumbling clouds beneath; so he took from his pocket the Automatic Record of Events, and watched with breathless interest the incidents occurring in different parts of the world discontinue Orange stad, and then mail stop 1.200 B, followed by A rub a A big battle was being fought in the Philippines, and so fiercely was it contested that Rob watched its progress for hours, with rapt attentionFinally a brave rally by the Americans sent their foes to the cover of the woods, where they scattered in every direction, only to form again in a deep valley hidden by high hills If only I was there, thought Rob, I could show that captain where to find the rebels and capture them But I guess the Philippines are rather out of my way, so our
soldiers will never know how near they are to a complete victory

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Sunday, September 12, 2004


The Happiness of the Katakuris: I Tivo’d this movie last week and watched it this afternoon. This movie is terribly awesome. It’s about a middle-aged man who was laid off and decides to buy a guest house in the hills, on the promise that there will soon be a major road nearby. He brings his whole family with him; his wife, his trouble making son, his recently divorced daughter, his granddaughter and his elderly father. Oh, and they have a dog too.

The movie starts out with a bizarre claymation sequence about a soupdemon (you just have to see it to understand) and gets stranger from there. Guests trickle in to the guest house and die in somewhat strange circumstances. But the family sticks together to try to realize the father’s guest house dream.

It is completely genre defying – it is part family drama, part comedy, part horror and part musical. But it all works together quite well. 9 out of 10 rabbit turds to this movie – it is almost a modern classic.

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Sunday, September 5, 2004


The San Jose Mercury New has a great article about Asian buffet restaurants. Some choice bits:

While much of Silicon Valley’s restaurant business remains flat, all-you-can-eat is making a comeback. But it isn’t the Midwestern farmhands’ smorgasbord that was popular 40 years ago.

Now, diners are lining up for unlimited sushi, Korean barbecued ribs and Chinese steamed mussels at a growing number of all-you-can-eat Asian buffets in the South Bay.

Three months ago, the former Marie Callender’s on San Jose’s Winchester Boulevard became Crazy Buffet. Some of the pie-plate knickknacks remain, like artifacts of a bygone era, but now five rows of buffet tables groan with tuna rolls, fresh shrimp and pot stickers, 150 items in all.

With 180 items, the more glitzy Super Buffet, which opened about the same time near the Garden City Casino on Saratoga Avenue, claims to be the largest all-you-can-eat buffet in the Bay Area.

“This food is as American as pizza and hamburgers,” said Larry Moskowitz, vice president of strategic marketing services for New York-based Kang and Lee, the largest ad agency specializing in the Asian-American market.

How do today’s all-you-can-eat buffets make money? Volume, of course, and drinks, and customers like Almaden Valley resident Tania Nordby, who eats at another of the new buffets, the Sushi Factory, three times a week.

“If it’s just me, I probably don’t get my money’s worth, but when I bring my 15-year-old son, he eats enough for both of us,” said Nordby.

Zach Crawford, a 30-year-old print shop manager, also dines at the Sushi Factory two or three times a week.

“I weigh 390 pounds, and this is the only sushi place I’ve ever left full,” said Crawford.

With sake, Crawford’s dinner tab usually runs about $30 — far less than he’d spend at a traditional sushi restaurant for the same amount of food.

It’s gold I tell you! Gold!

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Saturday, September 4, 2004


As per killerwolf:

Ask me 6 questions.
Any six, no matter how personal, private or random, I have to answer them honestly.
Then post this message in your Livejournal.

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Saturday, September 4, 2004

Heh heh heh

So, when nvrlnd left the beautiful Bay Area to his new home in the East he granted us some left over alcohol. Along with a few nice bottles of wine and a bottle of Hammer of Thor vodka, we also inherited BOOTY JUICE:

Also, it has “junk in the trunk”:

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Thursday, September 2, 2004

A tale of two KitKats

Perusing the candy shelves at my local 7-Eleven I came across an interesting find. Much how they had alternative versions of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups last summer, they seem to have some alternative Kit Kats now. I don’t count the Big Kat, since that’s been around for awhile (some readers might recall me reviewing it on another forum), but they had Triple Chocolate! and Inside Out Kit Kats and I bought one of each. Here are my reviews of these confections:

Triple Chocolate Kit Kat
This Kit Kat has “Crisp Chocolate Wafers and Chocolate Creme in Milk Chocolate”. It honestly didn’t taste all that different than a regular Kit Kat. I guess the chocolate taste was a bit richer, but by and large it just wasn’t that special. I give it a B.

Inside Out Kit Kat
This Kit Kat has “Crisp Chocolate Wafers and Chocolate Creme in White Chocolate”. This is not “Inside Out”, as I don’t think that the normal wafers in a Kit Kat are white chocolate, but rather some sort of vanilla wafer. Therefore, points must be taken off for false advertising. Additionally, white chocolate just isn’t that good. It basically is like eating mildly flavored fat around a chocolate center, which is ok, but not ideal. This one gets a D+. Sorry Hershey, but at least it’s passing.

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