My Archives: April 2003

Sunday, April 27, 2003

I've been traveling lately and haven't had time to blog. Spent some time in St. Louis, MO (poster city for urban blight), Memphis, TN (lots of things to do, but ran out of time) and a few locales in between. But now I'm back in my office, re-acquainting myself with where I left off...
Here's one thing I really enjoy: The Harper's Index in Harper's Magazine (I'll admit I don't read the rest of the magazine). I always learn something from this list, which contains various facts, statistics and tidbits that come in handy for everything from annoying your friends to participating in trivia night at the local pub (now you know what I use it for primarily...hey, I won a pint glass once!).
I also found this story about efforts underway in Congress to eliminate employee overtime pay. HP is asking its employees to stuff PC Magazine's ballot box as it prepares its annual readers' survey of computer products. And...
I was going to find something else to post, but I'm tired suddenly. More soon...

Posted by Chris @ 10:09 PM EST [Link]

Friday, April 11, 2003

Given the recent SARS outbreak in Asia, Hong Kong's new tourism slogan makes one gasp.

Posted by Chris @ 10:39 PM EST [Link]

Monday, April 7, 2003

I'm too tired to be creative, so here are some real stories that I couldn't make up even if I tried. Seven years after he was cremated, a Southern California man's ashes were discovered in a container in the hair dye section at a local Kmart. LA Laker and police officer in training Shaquille O'Neal is being honored for his committment to homeland security. Rebekah Revels and Misty Clymer (such an unfortunate name) are still arguing over who is really Miss North Carolina -- for last year. Syracuse wins the NCAA tourney, then its players and coach get even hotter during a post-game news conference when a spotlight shorts out and begins to shower sparks on the players. And a tech-savvy anti-spammer is headed to court for trying to stop prolific spammers from bombarding his email box by sending their messages back to them, a move that has spammers crying "harrassment". Ha, ha.

Posted by Chris @ 11:21 PM EST [Link]

Wednesday, April 2, 2003

My delay in posting is two-fold. First, my Internet connection has been spotty. Second, I have so much work to do by April 28 that my head is spinning. Put brain in blender and hit puree. Really. Truly.

But I do have an update on one of my previous posts. On Dec. 13, I blogged on about Daniel Feussner, a former Microsoft employee who profited handsomely from a scheme in which he ordered $9 million in Microsoft software meant to be used in-house. But Feussner sold it instead on the street at reduced prices and pocketed the money. Federal agents investigated and pursued charges. When Feussner was found dead in his home on Feb. 7, federal prosecutors dropped the charges.
But wait: this story's not over. Now the medical examiner in Seattle has revealed that Feussner was poisoned after ingesting ethylene glycol, the main ingredient in antifreeze. Did he commit suicide? Or are darker forces at work? And who would want Feussner dead? I have a feeling prosecutors will resume this case again.

Better run; Internet connection is cutting out.

Posted by Chris @ 06:55 PM EST [Link]

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