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I think there's a corollary to Rule 34 for open source projects.
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I dunno, you'd be surprised the number of times I go looking for a library to do X and can't find anything. Sometimes it's because I want a library to do X in language Y, but not always.
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A spot-on analysis of of the NYPD corruption trial from my favorite and most snarky human rights bloggers at Wronging Rights. Love the imagined dialog at the PBA. A sample:

"PBA Official 2: You know what else I like about this slogan? It implicates other, as-yet-unindicted officers in the crimes too. By having a large number of officers hold signs that say "just following orders," we imply that this was a well-organized, top-down conspiracy. Perhaps one orchestrated by the PBA itself!

PBA Official 1: You're right! And that's pretty neat, because this union has been under investigation recently on the theory that our involvement in the ticket-fixing scam might rise to the level of criminal racketeering. I like how these signs would tend to support that theory.

All Officials Together: Neato! Swell!"
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You know you're headed off the deep end when you use Godwin's Nuremberg defense.
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"these First-World food fetishes are positively terrible for the world's poorest people. If you want to do the right thing, give up on locavorism and organics über alles and become a globally conscious grocery buyer. This should be the age of the "cosmovore" --cosmopolitan consumers of the world's food."
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For some reason, even though I don't watch much TV, I've become a fan of a number of artists from tracking down music used in ads. Some of these, such as Röyksopp, The Knife and Ratatat have acted as "seeds", pulling in a bunch of other stuff I'd never heard of, via Last.fm, Pandora and the like.

Here are some notable examples:

Asteroids Galaxy Tour (Apple)
New ipod touch 2G commercial- Around the Bend
The Asteroids Galaxy Tour - Around the Bend (with download tips) (full version)
(this is probably Matilda's all-time favorite song, no idea why -- she just goes nuts, running around and jumping like a crazy thing)

Röyksopp (Geico)
2006 - Geico commercial - Caveman at the airport
Royksopp - Remind Me (full version)
Röyksopp - Remind Me (interesting remix + video)

The Sounds (Geico)
THE SOUNDS "HURT YOU" - NEW GEICO CAVEMAN MOTORCYCLE COMMERCIAL
The Sounds- Hurt You (full version)

The Knife (Sony Bravia)
Jose Gonzalez - Heartbeats, Sony Bravia (original ad, w/cover by Jose Gonzalez -- one of my all-time favorite commercials)
Heartbeats The Knife (original song, full version)

Matt and Kim (Bacardi)
New Bacardi Mojito Commercial
MATT AND KIM - "DAYLIGHT" (OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO) (full version)

Ratatat (Anti-advertising Agency -- ok, not a commercial, but still..)
http://vimeo.com/14050409
Ratatat - Tacobel Canon (full version)
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I did the same thing with that Geico commercial. I also did it with a Tina Turner song in an episode of Airwolf three summers ago.
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I defended against a #zergrush on Google Search.
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"If EU economic policy were a soap opera--and apparently, it is--Greece would be the sultry, irresponsible beauty in a tumultuous love-hate relationship with rigid, authoritarian Germany. Obviously after years of tumultuous breakups and teary reunions, this is the season finale where he finally beats the hell out of her during a screaming fight over thier impending bankruptcy, and in despair, she drives both of them, and his prize Volkswagen, off a cliff."
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I love short blog comments that point back from the Daily Shock ("the only newspaper many of us ever read") to deep structure: "How much of the increase in spreads is due to the bond market realizing that CDS protection is virtually worthless when a sovereign can just impose a "voluntary" 50% haircut on you without triggering a credit event?"

Basel II, by standardizing the rules, made it possible to befuddle the regulators once.
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It's difficult for me to determine the provenance or authenticity of this.
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A pleasant surprise from Gov. Brown. "Not every human problem deserves a law."
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My phrasing is "not everything I disapprove of should be illegal."
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  • University of Texas at Austin
    Humanities, 1985 - 1989
  • University of Texas School of Law
    Law, 2002 - 2005
  • Colorado State University
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