Powerball and the Flying Spaghetti Monster

I was glancing at my referrers and figured out that the only way people are finding my blog is if they are looking for winning powerball numbers or wondering what would Flying Spaghetti Monster do.  One thing the Flying Spaghetti Monster wouldn’t do (or hasn’t done) is give me a winning Powerball ticket.  In case you are wondering how my predictions are doing, the last several weeks have had sums of (140, 221, 146, 184, 200, 158, 144, 229, 130), which means that my system picked correctly 4 out of the last 9 times [which is actually a little worse than expected].  Of course, had I bought all of the numbers for my system and won those 4 times, I would not have broken even.

Number One on Google

For the moment, I’m number one on google for “wwfsmd means”. I would like to thank everyone that made this possible…my friends and family,… the good people over at venganza…and of course the Flying Spaghetti Monster, without whom none of this would be possible.

No ID in Dover

After a costly legal battle, ID (Intelligent Design) was smacked down as the rubish it is in Federal Court.  Everywhere I look they are talking about this case. I am glad that ID was tossed out, but I think it stinks that the Dover school district is going to have to pick up the tab for the court costs.  I just wish they could send the bill to the Discovery Institute for starting this farce in the first place.

Everyone’s favorite excerpt:

To be sure, Darwin’s theory of evolution is imperfect. However, the fact that a scientific theory cannot yet render an explanation on every point should not be used as a pretext to thrust an untestable alternative hypothesis grounded in religion into the science classroom or to misrepresent well-established scientific propositions.The citizens of the Dover area were poorly served by the members of the Board who voted for the ID Policy. It is ironic that several of these individuals, who so staunchly and proudly touted their religious convictions in public, would time and again lie to cover their tracks and disguise the real purpose behind the ID Policy.

With that said, we do not question that many of the leading advocates of ID have bona fide and deeply held beliefs which drive their scholarly endeavors. Nor do we controvert that ID should continue to be studied, debated, and discussed. As stated, our conclusion today is that it is unconstitutional to teach ID as an alternative to evolution in a public school science classroom.

Those who disagree with our holding will likely mark it as the product of an activist judge. If so, they will have erred as this is manifestly not an activist Court. Rather, this case came to us as the result of the activism of an ill-informed faction on a school board, aided by a national public interest law firm eager to find a constitutional test case on ID, who in combination drove the Board to adopt an imprudent and ultimately unconstitutional policy. The breathtaking inanity of the Board’s decision is evident when considered against the factual backdrop which has now been fully revealed through this trial. The students, parents, and teachers of the Dover Area School District deserved better than to be dragged into this legal maelstrom, with its resulting utter waste of monetary and personal resources.

How to Annoy a Coworker – Continued

One guy at work is obsessive about making sure the screens for the overhead projectors in the conference room are rolled up.  I guess he is worried that someone will touch the screens and leave a fingerprint that he will have to stare at for all eternity if we are using the projector.  He is so obsessed that we can be in the middle of a meeting where we aren’t using the projector, and if he notices the screen down, he will stand up, walk over to the screen and roll it up.

Now that I know this bugs him, I’ve been going into the conference room a couple minutes early for our daily 15 minute status meeting and pulling the screen down, but only about a foot.  Today it took the entire meeting for him to notice, but he stopped in the middle of an explaination he was giving to walk over to the screen.  He knew that I was messing with him, which made it even better.  Another coworker asked him if he ever watches Monk.

How to Annoy a co-worker

Our IS department sends out emails to everyone in the company about every phone system or server that is having problems, ya know, just in case you care.  We average at least one a day, but when a system is having a lot of problems, we might get 10 or more in a day, letting us know that they still don’t know when the phone service in Russia will be available, for example.

Anyway, Ben set up email filters so that he doesn’t get all the SPAM, so I’ve taken it upon myself to notify him of every email I get from IS.  It’s quite fun.  Others in the office do it sometimes as well.