Thursday, May 24, 2007

Google = Skynet, Part 4

I'm going to convince you all that Google is Skynet, if its the last thing I do (and it probably will be).

The "Do No Evil" company is at it again. Newlywed skynet Google co-founder Sergey Brin and company have plunged nearly $4 million into Anne Wojcicki's (aka Mrs. Brin's) genomics company, 23andMe, Inc.

Yes, I said genomics.

According to their website (emphasis mine):
23andMe is a privately held company developing new ways to help you make sense of your own genetic information.

Even though your body contains trillions of copies of your genome, you've likely never read any of it. Our goal is to connect you to the 23 paired volumes of your own genetic blueprint (plus your mitochondrial DNA), bringing you personal insight into ancestry, genealogy, and inherited traits. By connecting you to others, we can also help put your genome into the larger context of human commonality and diversity.

Toward this goal, we are building on recent advances in DNA analysis technologies to enable broad, secure, and private access to trustworthy and accurate individual genetic information. Combined with educational and scientific resources with which to interpret and understand it, your genome will soon become personal in a whole new way.
So, now they want us to willingly surrender our genetic fingerprints? Why, to complete their "detailed files" on us all?

According to CEO Eric Schmidt:
"The goal is to enable Google users to be able to ask the question such as 'What shall I do tomorrow?' and 'What job shall I take?'."
Sounds to me like an enslaved human race, forced to work for evil robots.

Wake up sheeple. Sarah Connor was right!

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

As I mentioned before, A bought tickets to see Rush in Tampa next month. The tickets were a little steep ($85 + service charges--each!) but I haven't seen them live in a decade, and A never has, so it's probably worth it. The seats aren't great, but aren't bad either. The green star shows approximately where we will be sitting.

Today, I got an e-mail from the Rush fan club announcing premium seats that had been released. Curious, I checked to see how good the seats are. The yellow star shows where I can get 2 tickets.

If I want to spend $231 + service charges, that is.

Per ticket.

OMFG WTF??????

Snakes and Arrows: First Airplay

I was driving my JK home last night around 7:30, listening to Octane 20 on Sirius, and "Far Cry", Rush's single came on. Now, I have had the album since the day it came out, and downloaded "Far Cry" from iTunes before that, but there is something about hearing your favorite band's new song play on the radio for the first time.

Plus, I got to crank up the premium Infinity sound system so loud I could feel Geddy's bass notes and Neil's kick drum in my chest. That's worth the price of the upgrade.

Sunday, May 20, 2007

Jake's JK: First Trail Run

A, B, and I took the new Jeep out for a drive in the Everglades this afternoon. Here are a few pics:

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Jake's JK: More Jeep Pics

Okay, here are some daylight pics of the 2007 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited with half doors (gratuitous Google Images keyword tagging).

Here's the rear half door from the inside. I know pics of these are hard to come by right now, so I'm doing everything I can to boost this site's traffic.

And these are the steps I bought from a website that lured me in with free shipping, then charged my credit card $60 for "freight". I guess that's different from "shipping". But, A called and bitched and they ended up refunding the $60, so all is good. I won't tell you the name of the website, but it rhymes with J.C. Shitney.

And finally, a plug for Eddie (WayOfLife) at and, who helped me spend these four long months looking at Jeep pr0n while I waited for my JK. The "JK" sticker on top is from the Project-JK Store.

Monday, May 14, 2007

Now Presenting: Jake's JK

Okay, as promised, here are some preliminary driveway pics of my new Flame Red 2007 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited (with half doors).

It was still raining when we got to the dealership to pick her up this evening, but by the time all the papers had been signed and the keys were in the ignition, it had faded to a drizzle.

The photo above shows how the half doors look with the tops on, and with them removed below.

This is Eugene (as in Eugene the Jeep, from the Popeye cartoons).

When we got home it was almost dark, so these pictures aren't the best, but they will do the trick until this weekend when I can run a proper photo shoot.

Somebody really doesn't want me to enjoy life

About an hour before I was scheduled to leave today, the sky decided to open up and pour enough rain to make up for the last 5 months of drought.


I think I am in the Matrix, and they don't want me to be too happy, otherwise I might wake up.


Guess what I get to unwrap tonight?

A got the call a few minutes ago. My Jeep has arrived at the dealership!

If I can actually get any work done this afternoon, I will be heading straight there after work. A will meet me with the check from the bank, and I will drive it home tonight!

It's about damn time!

I will post pics tonight as soon as I get them. Woohooo!

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Jake's JK: This is not a good sign

So my Jeep is built, shipped, and unloaded from the train. So what is keeping it from being delivered to my local dealership?

Goddamned wildfires!

Seriously. The train unloads the vehicles in Miami, which then come across Alligator Alley on a truck. That just happens to be where a 15,913-acre fire is burning this week.

"Eh, it should be out in a week or so," sez the talking head from the Division of Forestry.


BTW, the kickass satellite pic of the smoke from the fires came from the MODIS Rapid Response System Gallery. Its a pretty sweet searchable database of images from NASA's satellites. You know, the ones Google will hijack when they take over the world.

Our tax dollars at work, folks.