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My next business venture! Microwaved people. September 8, 2006 12:42 pm

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Of Interest, Travel
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capsuleinn

Anyone want to help me put a Capsule Inn near every major airport?

A typical Capsule Hotel is composed of two major sections; a public lounge space including bathing, and the other is a private space where the sleeping rooms (capsules) are arranged. The actual sleeping room is a capsule unit made of reinforced plastic and designed in the image of a jet airplane’s cockpit. In the capsule unit, all the required amenities are provided; TV, radio, alarm clock, adjustable lighting… almost everything is provided! Every device is within your reach and you can control everything in a sleeping position.

Unfortunately, men and women sleep on separate floors. Looks like intimacy is out in this intimate environment anyway. I think it would be like having sex in an MRI (yes, there are pictures available). "Sleep at Capsule Inn! It’s like the morgue, just with windows."

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Bring Me A Rock! September 8, 2006 12:27 pm

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Quality Assurance, Software, Standards, Technology
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In the Quality Assurance world, we sometimes talk about rocks. Putting aside the middle managers, the product team, customer service, the project manager, the end user and so forth, a product ultimately falls to 2 people or groups: the client and the vendor. The client describes what they want; the vendor fulfills the client’s needs. The industry does not matter; could be software, could be construction, industrial supplies, whatever. And the problems begin with the first conversation. See, the client and the vendor speak the same language but in different dialects. The customer speaks and the vendor thinks they understand and drawing upon their experiences in their industry moves on to make the product for the client.

Here is how it works:

Client: "Bring me a rock!"
Vendor, eager to satisfy: Rushes out and finds the perfect rock. Cleans the dirt from the rock. Polishes it and returns it to the client.
Client: "Not that rock! Weren’t you listening? I said, ‘Bring me a rock!’"
Vendor, thinking he understands better: Goes out, spends twice as long, finds the perfect rock. Cleans it, polishes it, checks with some managers who agree it is the perfect rock. And returns to the client.
Client: "Not that rock! I want flatter rock. That rock is too round. Bring me a rock!"
Vendor, slightly dejected but still enthused: Goes out, kicks around some rocks. Notices all rocks are round here. Travels to another location. Finds a nice flat rock. Returns to client.
Pattern continues…
Eventually…
Client: "Now that’s a rock! Why didn’t you bring me that one in the first place? Could I have two for the price of one?"

The subtle differences in the dialect and the assumptions made on both the client’s part and the vendor’s part often result in a frustrated vendor and a dissatisfied client. Unfortunately client’s often get frustrated when the vendor asks too many questions about the rock in the beginning. The client doesn’t understand why the vendor is so dense. When the client buys into the need to clearly define a specification at the beginning of the project, time, money and aggrivation is saved!

Really, Bring Me A Rock applies to all walks of life. We do this to our children too. "Clean your room." "I’m done. Room’s clean." "That room is a mess!" See the problem?

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The US planned to use terror on the people – in 1962 September 8, 2006 6:15 am

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Conspiracy, Politics, Touchy Subjects, United States
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A lot of people believe that the 9/11 attacks were orchestrated by Bush and Company. Even today I read that the Port Authority had wanted to demolish the Twin Towers for years because they were effectively condemned buildings. Before 9/11 I had joked that Bush wanted to bring the Cold War back for his father. Recent declassified military documents add fuel to the conspiracy theories.

New York, NY (PRWEB) September 7th, 2006 – As reported by ABC News, stunning military documents codenamed “Operation Northwoods” were declassified in recent years and show how in 1962, the top US military leaders planned an operation to create terror attacks against its own cities and kill US citizens.

The documents state that through the fabrication of false evidence, the US would blame Cuba and gain public support for an unpopular war against Castro. They included developing a fake Communist Cuban terror campaign in the Miami area, the use of airplanes, and much more.

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These types of connivery by the government are called "false flag operations." You can read more at The National Security Archive.

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Bush speaks to Katie Couric September 8, 2006 5:47 am

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Politics, Touchy Subjects, United States
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Let Todd Gitlin tell you about it.

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FTC Makes $1million September 8, 2006 5:29 am

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : News, Of Interest
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the FTC alleged that Xanga, a rival to the popular MySpace.com, allegedly permitted creation of 1.7 million accounts by users who submitted birthdays indicating they were under 13. Social networking Web site Xanga.com will pay $1 million — the largest penalty ever issued for violations of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act. [Source]

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