Archives for July 2008

Inquirer Goes Overboard

The news in the tech world this morning is that of the murder-suicide of “Spam King” Eddie Davidson.  It’s a sad event.  Mr. Davidson fatally shot his wife and three year old daughter and wounded a teenage girl (who may or may not be his daughter, I can’t tell from any of the stories) before turning the gun on himself and killing himself.  How anyone could be excited about such an event is beyond me.

Charlie Demerjian of the Inquirer is though.

NOT ALL STORIES have a happy ending, but the tale of escaped spam king Edward “Eddie” Davidson sure does. After walking away from prison, he got a gun, killed his family, then killed himself.

While it is hard not to feel bad for his brutally murdered wife and child, not to mention his wounded daughter, Eddie’s suicide itself is the stuff of happy thoughts.

“the stuff of happy thoughts.”?  WTF?  What kind of sick, twisted person gets happy thoughs from someone killing themself?  I don’t care if the guy was Hitler reborn, his death is not a happy event.  We have a justice system for a purpose.  And just because your email box is filled with spam, Charlie, does not make it a crime punishable by death.

I’d like a retraction from the Inquisitor as well as the resignation of Mr. Demerjian.  The first amendment doesn’t cover hate material, and that article is just that in my eyes.

Mr. Demerjian obviously has some rage issues about spam.  Maybe he was slighted by the little blue pills that didn’t work?  Hard to say, but lets hope he gets a little help for his rage before he goes homicidal and goes the way of the “Spam King”.

It doesn’t seem like I’m the only one that thinks that Charlie’s article goes too far.  The Register calls him out too.

P.S. I’m not linking to the Inquirer article.  I won’t lend to the filth.  If you insist on reading it, the article from the Register has a link to it.

alinks plugin and wp-admin issues

Since about Thursday afternoon, I’ve been unable to log into my admin side of this site in order to approve comments or write articles.  After much looking and troubleshooting, I’ve figured it out and am back in.  It would seem that the alinks plugin was having issues.  I’ve deactivated it and now everything works as would be expected.  I haven’t been using the alinks plugin all that much, so I probably won’t miss it too badly, but if anyone has a fix for the issue, let me know.

It doesn’t seem to be related to the wordpress version as I believe it may have been the same issue that I was having back in March while still running 2.3 and now with 2.5 and 2.6.  It also doesn’t seem to be an absolute thing either as there were no changes made and then it just all of a sudden stopped letting me log in.  Freaky.  Now I’m wondering if I should preempt the issue and pull the plugin from my other sites as well.  Oh, and to top it all off, the homepage for the plugin seems to be gone or at least doesn’t load, so it may be the end of the road for alinks.

Off to search for a replacement plugin.  Got any good ones?

Why Thatedeguy?

I received a comment on my domain name the other day and it dawned on me that in the nearly 3 years that I’ve been blogging away here I’ve never explained why I chose the domain that I did.

The story actually goes back to my Freshman year at college.  I was a football (american) player.  At the beginning of each season/year all the players would have their last name taped to the front of their helmet to facilitate the learning of each others names and also so the coaches would know what name to yell at when a player screwed up.

So, naturally, I became known as Ede.  Let me digress for a minute here.  The surname Ede has been traced to County Suffolk in England.  It’s an English name. ( I should note that wikipedia claims that it’s a hungarian given name, but all the examples they have are people from England…) Why do you all have such trouble prounouncing it?  Ok, back to the story.

Because I was then known as Ede, I was often introduced as Ede.  On several occasions, as a result, I overheard people asking who I was and the person who responded would simply reply “that ede guy”.  So, a nickname was born.  It’s more of my own creation that anything as most still simply call me Ede, but I embraced the indifference of “that ede guy” and ran with it.

So, now you know why I use Thatedeguy.com instead of Shaneede.com (which I also own).

Dr. Horrible Isn’t

Dr Horribles Sing Along BlogI can’t say that I expected much when I decided to check out Joss Whedon’s new online venture, Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog.  Well, maybe a little since I’m a big Firefly fan.  But a short (45ish minutes) three part musical?  Sounded a bit lackluster and out of sorts to me.  But, nevertheless, I did go and watch the first episode of the thing.  And I was surprised.

For as little as was needed to make the thing (low 6 figures I hear) it is really well done.  The acting in it is superb and the casting is really spot on.  Mal (I don’t care that he has a real name, Nathan Fillion, He’s Mal.)  is great as Dr. Horribles Nemesis, Captain Hammer.  And who knew he could sing?  And Neil Patrick Harris fills the shoes of Dr. Horrible perfectly.  He’s just the right comedic mix of nerd and wannabe evil overlord to make you believe the story.

Another thing that struck me about the first episode was the actual filming.  The effects and filmography here are really good.  Maybe not quite major studio good, but really close.  It looked professional.  Which, given that it’s Joss Whedon’s baby, I’m sure it was.

All in all, I was impressed and will be looking for the second act tomorrow (July 17th) and the third act on the 19th.  The whole thing will only be available until the 20th after which it will get pulled and will become only available for a paid download and then eventually as a DVD.  The DVD is slated to include another musical of nearly the same length that is called Commentary! and will basically be the same as a cast/director’s commentary but in the same form as the original.

Go over and check it out when you get a chance.  I think it’s worth it.  In short, Dr. Horrible, Isn’t.