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Top 10 Reasons Not to Pay Attention to My Top 10 Reasons from Last Year

Submitted by Leo Klein on Thu, 12/25/08 (11:44am)
  1. Everything has changed.
  2. If only I knew then what I know now...
  3. Forget 2007. It's 1937 all over again!
  4. Did I even have a 'Top 10' last year?
  5. After a conversation with myself, it turns out that I'm too carried away with the disruptive nature of cloud computing to actually move forward on anything meaningful.
  6. Sorry about No. 5 -- makes no sense to me either. I promise to do better with No. 7.
  7. I'll fight, I'll fight, I'll fight the notion that hindsight is 20/20.
  8. My carbon footprint has no shoes.
  9. While we're waiting around for No. 10, is there anyone alive who still doesn't know that friken TV is switching from analog to digital on Feb. 17, 2009? If they had taken as much time to warn us about the Telecommunications Act of 1996, we might still care.
  10. As Ernie Banks would say, 'All will be fine in 2000 and 9'.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Ah, the Good Old Days

Submitted by Leo Klein on Fri, 11/28/08 (5:19pm)

Former assistant Cook County state's attorney Joe Roddy on the changed environment then and now for the Chicago Police Department:

"The difference is this -- when I grew up in the 40s and 50s, if a police officer asked you to get out of the park, you couldn’t get out fast enough. Now, people say, 'F**k you' -- pardon my Irish -- and spit at them...." [Mick Dumke, "The City That Pays Out", Chicago Reader, 11/27/2008]

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Leo Kline in the Onion!

Submitted by Leo Klein on Wed, 8/6/08 (10:29am)

Workplace environment: I've been on the receiving end of this from my co-workers since yesterday. From the most recent edition of The Onion:

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The Digital Life

Submitted by Leo Klein on Fri, 2/15/08 (3:23pm)

1. Try to install Adobe Captivate on my new Mac Mini. (I've got an important 'sceencast' that's got to be done pronto.)

But Captivate only runs on a PC.

2. Load Captivate on my old Dell Notebook.

But it's too much for my old Dell Notebook. The thing keeps crashing.

3. Load Apple's Boot Camp on my new Mac Mini. With Boot Camp, you can run both Mac and Windows!

But Boot Camp only runs with Windows XP Service Pack 2 ('SP2'). My copy of XP (from my old Dell Notebook) is older than that.

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New Sony eReader Ad: 'Smarter than a Doofus'

Submitted by Leo Klein on Thu, 1/10/08 (6:44am)
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Advertisement near the escalator at the Clark & Lake El Stop in Chicago:

'Smarter than a doofus who bought one of these things (your doofus may vary).'

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Top 10 Reasons Not to Compile a Top 10 List

Submitted by Leo Klein on Tue, 12/25/07 (12:12am)
  1. Everyone's doing it.
  2. What about 'Top 3' or 'Top 12'? What's with '10' all the time?
  3. I'd feel better about this if it didn't happen in December. Who's got the time? Better in August.
  4. Sorry, I'm not going to bring up the iPhone or the Kindle again under any circumstances.
  5. I'm still waiting for my Avatar to arrive from Second Life.
  6. I'm thinking of doing a 'Top 3,000' over the course of the next 10 years and don't want to commit myself to a measly 'Top 10' this early in the process.
  7. Got no time: My new book, Everything As Conversation, either goes to the publisher this month or my goose is cooked.
  8. In a year where Vladimir Putin and 'woot' are top picks, maybe the less said the better.
  9. It's not my problem if you're the last person on earth to hear about '2.0'.
  10. 2007? Wake me up when it's over.

Ethics in Illinois

Submitted by Leo Klein on Mon, 10/8/07 (2:50pm)

il_seal.gifThe annual online State of Illinois Ethics test is coming round again. All State of Illinois employees have to take it.

This is the test that famously disqualified thousands of participants last year not for getting the answers wrong but for getting them right in too little time.

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New 'CensorFree' Option Now Offered by Telcos

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 9/29/07 (12:41pm)

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[Spoof based on the latest attempts at censorship by telco giants AT&T & Verizon]

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Citation of the Month

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 7/7/07 (2:25am)

Courtesy of ArticleFirst: "Harold Washington and the Neighborhoods: Progressive City Government in Chicago: 1983-1974" by Pierre Clavel and Wim Wiewel. 1983-1974" by Pierre Clavel and Wim Wiewel.

All-Time Favorite UIC Announcement

Submitted by Leo Klein on Fri, 4/27/07 (11:01am)

Aaaaaaaiiiiiieeeee:

Human Cadaver Workshop for Massage Therapists

Don't they have rubber dummies? My student-dentist had three rubber dummies for patients before he got me. What's wrong with that?

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