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Journal Journal: If English was written like Chinese

I just happened to bump into this article again and thought it would make a good entry. I read it a while back and found it pretty interesting. It basically explains how the Chinese writing system works using English as an example.

By the way, for a good online Chinese dictionary, check out


Journal Journal: Why Nerds are Unpopular

Here's another article that was posted on Slashdot a while back that I thought is interesting enough to keep around. It's rather long, but it makes some pretty insightful observations on the current state of American high schools. Granted, I don't think I had it as bad as this guy did, but I can definitely relate to what he is talking about.

Journal Journal: The Tyranny of Email

This article was posted on Slashdot's main page today, but I thought it was interesting enough to put it here too.

(This journal is really more for myself than for others... I like to keep links that I find interesting in a unified place.)


Journal Journal: Traffic Waves

This article is probably one of the most insightful articles I have ever read. It deals with the phenomenon of traffic jams with a little bit of emergent behavior and Nash equilibria thrown in. In addition, it talks about how you can break up certain kinds of traffic jams. One of my friends said, "this guy deserves a medal."

Journal Journal: Exposed

I recently posted a comment in reponse to this post urging people not to hire ex-dotcommers, exposing the fact that this guy took an actual resume completely out of context in order to prove his tenuous point. Unfortunately it didn't look like many people saw my comment.

However, now that he has been exposed, it looks like this guy just reworded the example on this page so that no one else will notice, yet he still claims it's from the actual resume.

Anyway, when I noticed the change, I quickly loaded up the original version from Google's cache before it was lost for good (I did try the Internet Archive first, but to no avail). This was the original version (I had to change the spacing a bit to make it appear properly in this journal entry):


SKILLS: C++, VB, Java, Perl , ATL/WTL, COM, Win32, MFC, XML, HTML, DHTML, Javascript, WAP, WML, ODBC, ADO, NT, Solaris, Linux, AIX, OS/390, SQL Server, Oracle, MySQL

Initial design of web-based ordering and fulfillment systems.

Chief Architect, uSmartyPants
JULY-2000 - JAN-2001
Responsible for hardware and software design and operation of information systems

Project Manager,
October 1999--June 2000
Responsible for all content systems, content management, product databases, and related processes

(For your reference, here's the actual resume that was taken out of context... notice the exact same dates, phrasing, and order of listed skills)

Now look at the current version:


TECHICAL SKILLS: C#, Pascal, AppleSoft, VB, Perl, PerlScript, Php, ATL/WTL/XSL/XML, COM, Win32, Win32S, MFC, HTML/DynamicHTML, VBScript/ECMAScript, WAP/SMS, WML, ODBC, ADO, Java, NT, Ultrix, MINIX, Linux, Oracle, MySQL, C++

Designed fulfillment system and software for processing customer orders.

Chief Architect, uSmartyPants
JULY-2000 - JAN-2001
Designed hardware and software for Management Information System and inventory control

Project Manager,
October 1999--May 2000
Managed Content and related software system.

It's obvious this guy is still trying to use the same resume, since the position and dates are still mostly the same, but notice how he unabashedly changes the job descriptions and the contents and order of the listed skills so that no one else would be able expose him again.

I don't have anything against this guy... some of the things he says do sound plausible. In fact, I'm sure that many employers would throw away resumes of the type he descibed. My main gripe is that he's trying to pass off something he concocted as an actual resume in order substantiate his claims (which is even worse then what he did before, which was taking an actual resume out of context).

Anyway, the reason I'm writing this is because I have a feeling that he'll post this again on Slashdot (he's posted it before in the past), and I just want this incident recorded so he won't dupe others.

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Journal Journal: Amusing Dispatches of the Day

One other thing I forgot to mention... I may start posting my Amusing Dispatches of the Day here. I used to post them on my webpage but that became too much of a hassle as the number of entries increased. It'll be much easier to post them in this journal instead. I haven't posted one in almost two years.
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Journal Journal: First Journal Entry

I figured I might as well start posting to my Slashdot journal. I used to just post this kind of stuff on my AIM profile but then I would lose it whenever I decided to change it. This is as good a place as any to keep this stuff around.

Anyway, here's my first entry:

This Onion article was written January 18, 2001 with the intention of satire... how true this has become.

"...assuring citizens that the U.S. will engage in at least one Gulf War-level armed conflict in the next four years."
"Once again, we will enjoy mounting debt, jingoism, nuclear paranoia, mass deficit, and a massive military build-up."


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