November 2007

Conservapedia Obsessions

by Joey deVilla on November 20, 2007

Mr. Garrison from “South Park”: “I’m not gay, I just act that way!”

What are the readers of Conservapedia, the “conservative” answer to Wikipedia, most obsessed with? According to their stats page as of November 20, 2007 at 4:26 p.m. EST, the top 10 most viewed pages are:

  1. Main Page [1,895,008]
  2. Homosexuality [1,476,964]
  3. Homosexuality and Hepatitis [516,039]
  4. Homosexuality and Promiscuity [416,430]
  5. Homosexuality and Parasites [387,291]
  6. Homosexuality and Gonorrhea [327,815]
  7. Homosexuality and Domestic Violence [319,852]
  8. Gay Bowel Syndrome [306,436]
  9. Homosexuality and Syphilis [261,799]
  10. Homosexuality and Mental Health [243,930]

Conservapedia’s readership doth protest too much, methinks.


It’s the Final Countdown!

by Joey deVilla on November 20, 2007

It’s my last day here at Tucows, and at the risk of sounding like a film critic, I’m going to have to say that the feeling is bittersweet. Fittingly enough, this song is running through my head:

Can’t see the video? Click here.

And I can’t mention that song without making reference to the most painful cover version ever:

Can’t see the video? Click here.


I Hate the Dufferin Bus

by Joey deVilla on November 20, 2007

TTC map showing the route for the Dufferin bus

One thing I will not miss about working at Tucows is the Dufferin 29 bus in the morning
— inconsistently scheduled, often overcrowded, and this morning (like many others), poorly planned. About a hundred of us were crammed onto the sidewalk waiting for a bus that wasn’t “short turned”. The Dufferin bus is the biggest reason I tend to bike to work. It’s the KFC Famous Bowls of public transit: a failure pile in a sadness bowl [warning: some swearing].

There are days that I wonder how the TTC has any fans at all.


The Procrastination Flowchart

by Joey deVilla on November 20, 2007

First came the bacon flowchart, now this:

Procrastination flowchart (preview size)
Click the flowchart to see it at full size.
Image courtesy of Miss Fipi Lele.


Kudos to Sears!

by Joey deVilla on November 20, 2007

Sears logoIn the previous post, I praised Nordstrom for showing some restraint with the Christmas marketing.

On the other end of the shopping spectrum is Sears, who are doing two even bigger and better things:

  • For any employees who’ve been called up to serve in the war, Sears is voluntarily paying the difference in salaries and maintaining all benefits, including medical insurance and bonus programs, for up to two years. This is above and beyond what most employers will do.
  • Sears will make a donation to Heroes at Home — a charity that helps military families and veterans in need across America by making necessary repairs, improvements or modifications to their homes — for every credit card purchase made at any of its Sears stores from November 9 to December 28 up to $1 million, and for every gift card purchased during that time up to $100,000.

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Kudos to Nordstrom!

by Joey deVilla on November 20, 2007

My internet friend Miss Fipi Lele sent me this very encouraging photo:

Nordstrom Christmas announcement
Photo courtesy of Miss Fipi Lele.

It reads:

At Nordstrom, we won’t be decking the halls until Friday, November 23rd. Why? Well, we just like the idea of celebrating one holiday at a time.

From our family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving.

Nordstrom will be closed Thanksgiving Day. On Friday, our doors will be open to welcome the new season.

I’d rather they waited until December 1st to start the Christmas promos, but at a time when the stores crank up their Christmas marketing engines as soon as Hallowe’en passes (a tendency for which President Roosevelt has to accept at least some of the blame), it’s an improvement. Stretching the Christmas season cheapens the holiday for those of us who celebrate it and annoys those who don’t.

There were already good reasons to shop at Nordstrom — top-shelf stuff and killer service — but here’s an extra one. Kudos, Nordstrom!

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Not Yet!

by Joey deVilla on November 19, 2007

Squishy cows

A number of people have been emailing me and asking when I’m going to write about my new job. If you really need to know now, feel free to ask me offline and I’ll tell you. If you can wait, I’ll start posting about it next week — my first day is Monday, November 26th.

Although tomorrow is my last day at the office (I’ve taken time off to go down to the States for Thanksgiving), I am officially Tucows‘ Tech Evangelist until 5 p.m. on Friday. I wouldn’t feel right writing about the new place until then.

[This was cross-posted to Global Nerdy.]