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Journal Journal: I'm a man 15

It's time to tell the truth. I am a 55 year-old man. My name is Andy Kaufman, and I live in New York City.

I am sincerely sorry to everyone for all my lies.


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Journal Journal: Happy 24th Birthday to me!

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Journal Journal: Slashdot History: Hurrah for the ZEROES! 7

A few irrefutable facts about humans:
  1. They see faces everywhere.
  2. They are biodegradable.
  3. Base 10 zeroes excite them.

Here's a little something to excite you:

  1. 1 Million - Congrats to Archie Binnie!
  2. 2 Million - Congrats to Anonymous Coward!
  3. 3 Million - Congrats to ronc_LAemigre!
  4. 4 Million - Congrats to Anonymous Coward!
  5. 5 Million - Congrats to jefu!
  6. 6 Million - Congrats to The Bungi!
  7. 7 Million - Congrats to nytmare!
  8. 8 Million - Congrats to Anonymous Coward!
  9. 9 Million - To be announced soon
  10. 10 Million - To be announced soon

Thanks to India for inventing the base 10 zero. Where would we be without it?

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Journal Journal: Merry Christmas -- $$$$$exyGal

It's not the new year yet, but it seems like a good time to give thanks.

Long story short, I've had a good year. Great job, short commute, and dating again. I've become focused, but with great flexibility. I'm not sweating the big stuff, or the small stuff. The good stuff is in the middle.

May your holidays be commercial-free,



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Journal Journal: The Eels, Enmore Theater, Saturday the 13th 1

The eels played the enmore, and they rocked it like a magickist. MC Honky was great. Even the little Imbruglia put on a great show ( they had your mic turned down too low though ). E was in good spirits and totally rocked his ass off like a Ninja.

At the risk of dread heresy, this concert beat out the time I saw Bob Dylan at Centennial Park, or for that matter Jamiroquai at the Entertainment Center.


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Journal Journal: The Brak Show! 1

Song: "I'm Gonna Kick Your Ass" by Zorak

I wanna kick your ass until your head falls off
Then I'll kick your head and kick your ass again
Why, I don't think it got the message
Open the door sucker, it's Zorak
Here to kick your ass
(your ass)

I love beating people up
It's what I do
And if your lame ass had any friends
I'd kick their asses too
Every time I see you coming I feel sick
But at least I know your ass is mine to kick
Why don't you bend that fat load over
Hold it steady, Zorak's ready
To kick your ass

I'm gonna kick your right cheek
And then I'll kick your left cheek
Oooh, then I'll kick both cheeks right on into next week
I'm gonna turn my foot sideways
Gonna kick that ass for days
There's another clueless chump
Time to let my foot meet rump
Kick your ass
Kick your ass
Kick your ass
Kick your ass
I love to kick your ass
Kick your ass
Kick your ass, your ass, your ass

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Journal Journal: Teach me economics: Why are tech jobs going to India? 19

American companies are moving tech jobs overseas to India [more info]. Why? Simple, it's all about money. But how is that so? The article says that Indian programmers make 1/10th that of American programmers. Why do they make so much less?

I'm not an economist, but here's a some possible reasons:

  1. There is a larger supply of programmers in India than the demand for those programmers. That makes the price of programmers low. But only 10% of what American programmers make? That can't be the only answer.
  2. The cost of living in India is 1/10th the cost of living in the US. Is that true? If I moved to India, would I have 10 times my current buying power (assuming I was able to continue making my American salary) ?
  3. Normal economic rules do not apply to India because a) people don't use money there, they are communists; b) programmers do not need money, because non-programmers revere them and supply the programmers with all their wants; c) all programmers in India funnel a tiny fraction of every American banking transaction into their own Indian bank accounts (ala Office Space).
  4. Indian programmers are super-smart and only need to program 4 hours a week. The rest of the week, they work as back-breaking rice farmers.

My guess is #2 is the main reason why. Any thoughts? Also, how long can #2 last? Eventually, won't the cost of Indian programmers rise to near American proportions? If an Indian wanted to live an American lifestyle (DVD players, big houses, eating out every night, watching movies on the big screen, multiple computers, TV dinners, big automobiles, Starbucks, DSL, etc etc etc), wouldn't she need to make more money than $6,000 ? How long will it take for this inflation to take place? Globalization is a two-way street, right?

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