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The wedding toast
11:17pm Sunday 27 July 2008 by rudy

The wedding toast that I gave at Mike and Rebecca’s wedding on 26 July:

I’m Rudy, one of the groomsmen along with Dave and John. We’ve been friends for absolutely ages. I’ve known Dave for coming up on twenty years; and we’ve known John for… it must be, oh, at least twenty hours now. You’ll notice that we’re getting married in roughly inverse hairline order.

Fifteen years ago, we took pity on Mike… and let him hang out with us and be our friend. We were so young then, barely out of college, and scrabbling to establish our lives and our careers. We didn’t have a lot of material possessions, but we were rich in friendships. I drove a second-hand Toyota Corolla with a defective door handle; Dave drove a Mustang, which I’m still not convinced had any suspension; Mike drove what looked like a hand-me-down Honda Civic, a very sensible car.

When we first met Mike, Dave and I thought, “oh, the poor guy. He’ll never be able to meet anyone to date, let alone get married.” It wasn’t because of where his hairline might be going, nor because he drove a ratty car. It was because when he showed up at his date’s place to pick her up, she could see the decal on his car’s rear window proudly proclaiming that he attended Starfleet Academy. He was quite the geek then.

We’re glad that Mike met Rebecca, who probably has smacked some sense into him. I notice that our tuxedos are very tasteful in black and white. Left to his own devices, I’m sure Mike would have picked Captain Kirk yellow for his tux, and red-shirts for the rest of us groomsmen.

With that being said, I would like to propose a toast that will be right up Mike’s alley, and offer a word of advice. To Mike and Rebecca: live long and prosper, and for goodness sake, don’t let your kid grow up as a space cadet.

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I’m back!
1:21am Saturday 12 May 2007 by rudy

It’s taken a while, but I’m back.

I had tried to upgrade the WordPress software almost two years ago, but it didn’t quite work, and I thought that I had broken the blog, except the blog wasn’t broken. So, recently I saved out a copy of all my posts, and started from scratch and reinstalled the latest version of WordPress, and then had to spend several days redoing all the CSS to give it the presentation style that I wanted.

So, I’m back to writing, and scouring The Internets for the gobsmacked.

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Uh oh, I might be a bad person
6:28pm Thursday 5 April 2007 by rudy

It appears that I might be completely devoid of morals.

From the Taboo quiz, which measures your morality.

My results:
Results
Your Moralising Quotient is: 0.08.
Your Interference Factor is: 0.00.
Your Universalising Factor is: 0.00.


How did you do compared to other people?
Taboo has been played 32264 times.

Your Moralising Quotient of 0.08 compares to an average Moralising Quotient of 0.24. This means that as far as the events depicted in the scenarios featured in this activity are concerned you are more permissive than average.

Your Interference Factor of 0.00 compares to an average Interference Factor of 0.13. This means that as far as the events depicted in the scenarios featured in this activity are concerned you are less likely to recommend societal interference in matters of moral wrongdoing, in the form of prevention or punishment, than average.

Your Universalising Factor of 0.00 compares to an average Universalising Factor of 0.36. This means you are less likely than average to see moral wrongdoing in universal terms – that is, without regard to prevailing cultural norms and social conventions (at least as far as the events depicted in the scenarios featured in this activity are concerned).

Are you thinking straight about morality?
You see very little wrong in the actions depicted in these scenarios. However, to the extent that you do, it is a moot point how you might justify it. You don’t think that an act can be morally wrong if it is entirely private and no one, not even the person doing the act, is harmed by it. Yet the actions described in these scenarios are private like this and it was specified as clearly as possible that they didn’t involve harm. Possibly an argument could be made that the people undertaking these actions are harmed in some way by them. But you don’t think that an act can be morally wrong solely for the reason that it harms the person undertaking it. So even this doesn’t seem to be enough to make the actions described in these scenarios wrong in terms of your moral outlook. It is a bit of a puzzle!

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Useful with RSS feeds
9:11am Thursday 5 May 2005 by rudy

The marriage of Yahoo’s real time traffic RSS feed with google maps come together in real time traffic map

Similarly, the Craig’s list housing feed overlaid on google maps in housing maps

Go play

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And my name is…
3:30pm Wednesday 20 April 2005 by rudy


Your Irish Name Is…

Reece Sheridan

What’s your Irish Name?

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Awww
2:30am by rudy


You Are A Realistic Romantic


It’s easy for you to get swept away by romance…
But you’ve done a pretty good job keeping perspective.
You’re still taken in by love poems and sunsets
You just don’t fall for every dreamy pick up line!

Are You Romantic or Realistic?

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Your Inner European is Irish!


Sprited and boisterous!
You drink everyone under the table.

Who’s Your Inner European?


I like the legs in the image, no?

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My brand of English
4:31pm Tuesday 19 April 2005 by rudy

Your Linguistic Profile:

45% General American English
25% Yankee
20% Dixie
5% Midwestern
5% Upper Midwestern

What Kind of American English Do You Speak?

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Your Brain is 53.33% Female, 46.67% Male

Your brain is a healthy mix of male and female
You are both sensitive and savvy Rational and reasonable, you tend to keep level headed

But you also tend to wear your heart on your sleeve

What Gender Is Your Brain?

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