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Journal Journal: SCO units: The Official Metric of FUD 2

I posted this earlier in the day proposing a new metric designed to accurately and quickly establish the FUD level of a given event/statement/press release, etc.

The big question is, what should form the baseline of the SCO unit? It has to be an event by which all other instances of FUD may be measured. It doesn't necessarily have to be a powerful example of FUD like the SCO v. IBM lawsuit and the crap that has rained down because of it.

Unfortunately, FUD can be difficult to quantify 'cause it's like obscenity. You know it when you see it, but finding that line between FUD and non-FUD can be difficult sometimes.

Still, we can develop a criteria to establish the SCO unit and the preeminent method of quickly and efficiently expressing levels of FUD in a given instance of FUD-raking. You can read more about FUD on wikipedia, here.

Since FUD is, by definition, an acronym reserved for talking about the computer industry and related businesses, it might be advantageous to borrow something from the Torino Scale. Maybe like:

0: The likelihood of anyone believing the FUD is zero and the FUD is of no concern.
1: Extremely unlikely that FUD will impact it's intended target or affect perceptions about them in any way.
2: Usual SCO press release. Only slashdotters and anti-SCO people get pissed off.
3: etc...

Any ideas can be posted in the comments section...
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Journal Journal: RIAA/Rio song parody

Sung to the sound of Rio by Duran Duran

In the boardroom now babe, the talk speaks of avarice
mitch bainwol smiles, 'cause the money's very nice
with a boot to the floor, and a jump to the right
you ready your legal best
you think you're something special, but you're greedy like all the rest.


it's name is RIAA and it dances on our bands.
its unbridled barranty, pisses off us fans
demanding high retail prices, it sells throughout the land
oh RIAA, RIAA why can't you be more like ICANN?

Ok. So I've had this floating around for awhile, finally deciding to write it down. It's not finished by any means (or even good for that matter:), but that's where you come in. The rest of the song can be found here. Feel free to make up the rest of the parody in the comments section and together we can make it really cool...or something.
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Journal Journal: My Friend's Big Fat Geek Wedding 3

I suppose I have a story of my own too. I had to go to a wedding once that was a mix of geek representatives from across the geek continuum. Some oldies, some newbies. Cosplayers, an R2-D2 ringbearer (poor kid!), off-season ren-fair workers and the obligatory contingent of Star Trekkies (among others). The wedding service was delivered simultaneously in:

and Middle English for the few Medieval Studies majors that were in attendence. The Bride was a good attempt at Frankenstein's Bride and the Groom was some amalgam of Buck Rogers, Doctor Who and Obi-Wan Kenobi (although, judging by his neck hair, he should have been a Wookie!). I suppose if you are going to get married and only get married once (like we all should), pick the best things, right?

Anyhow, the ceremony was fairly short and the costume jewelry was joyfully exchanged. The kiss had this, desperate, needy feel to it, with both the bride and the groom holding their arms out as though they were shrugging, or didn't have a place to put them.

Most impressive of all, was the cake. It had the best renditions of a TIE fighter and Darth Vader possible in frosting. It was a simple (but large) white, rectangular yellow cake with white frosting and a lemony yellow filling. Sadly, the cake was almost cut with a spray-painted green katana that apparently the groom had snuck along, even though he promised his wife he wouldn't. They had a little spat and people started to get flustered, but no blasters left their holdsters and a normal earth-knife was found to cut the cake with.

As far as the reception went, there was those two or three couples that must go to weddings as a profession. That, or they are professional dancers that go to weddings to show off their vocation. Either way, they were out of costume and certainly out of place on the dance floor with their spins and sashays. Most of the reception-goers huddled close together at the tables. Naturally, the disparate sci-fi groups flocked to each other to compare notes, talk about cons, and mock the shortcomings in the other groups' costumes. The Bride and Groom were seated at the front of the ballroom, high on a platform, feeding cake to each other like in 99% of all the other weddings I've been to. I thought to myself that it was pretty odd that amongst all this creative, inspired wearable artwork, and after that highly enjoyable multilingual wedding, the reception was fairly bland and unoriginal. But hey, a geek's gotta do what a geek's gotta do, regardless of funding. At least now there's proof that geeks get married, right?

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