Unfortunate collisions of holidays

In Judasim, it is Shabbat (an important holiday) and Rosh Hashanah (happy new year).  Specifically, it is the day for Tashlikh, or 'casting away', where one might throw bread into a river to symbolize casting off burdens or sins.

In The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, it is "Talk Like A Pirate Day" where one talks like a pirate to temporarily increase the number of pirates and help prevent or reverse global warming.  (Yes, the advent of global warming is closely correlated with the dwindling pirate population).

This leads to the odd practice of symbolically casting your bread into the water while intoning the ritual "Arrrrr!  Walk the plank!  Into Davy Jone's Locker with yeh!"

Random electronics and other junk.

We are doing a major housecleaning in preparation for selling our house.  There is a truly astounding amount of small electronics and other junk that will be moving on without us.  If there's anyone in our group that would like to haul it away and EBay it they should ping me.

Hacking OLPC on Saturday, December 22.

WHAT:   Hacking with the OLPC, Python, and the Sugar Environment.

BRING:  Your OLPC (XO) if you have one, and a laptop if you have one.

WHY:  You want to play with an OLPC, or want to start developing for it.

WHEN:   Saturday,  December 22, 2007.   Starting at 10 a.m., going
until we stop.

CHILDREN:   The house is generally kid-safe, and we have a four year
old and a baby.
Usually, the more the merrier, but check in with us first

WHERE:   My house.  It's next to Westgate mall in Saratoga.  RSVP for

WHY Again:  It's fun.

RSVP:  Please.  charles.merriam@gmail.com.

Email with any questions to charles.merriam@gmail.com, or call me at

Looking for a Place to Excel

Hello Everyone,

I am looking for work.  I'm looking for a technical or technical sales
position in a company with exciting technology, preferably one working
near sensors, vision, or robotics.

This is a reentry into the regular workforce for me.  I left JavaSoft
in 1999 on good terms as a successful strategic systems engineer with
many patentable ideas and large sales involvements.  JavaSoft had
accomplished its original goals of popularizing and standardizing the
Java language and its employees were being folded back into the
larger entity of Sun Microsystems.   I took some time off from the
frantic pace of JavaSoft, explored angel funding and business
consulting for startups.  I founded TrueGift Donations, a charity
providing free school supplies to teachers.  I took graduate
engineering classes in image processing, robotics, and silicon
processing.  I kept up with changes in technology and programming
languages.  Also, Judith and I had two children and finally found a
nanny we trust to   stay home with both of them.   Now I can go back
to work.

The perfect position is a  company or business unit of between 20 and
200 employees, based in Silicon Valley, with a truly cool technology.
I am flexible about the level, compensation, and type of position.  I
am willing to travel extensively.  My greatest skill is creating
practical scenarios to build relationships with client.

Please let me know if you know anyone or any openings that may fit. 

Have a great, awesome, and wonderful day!


Best spam so far...

Usually I post on my real blog, but this just seems like good emo LJ Poetry.

II. List of Franklin Search Parties
This third day of our January thaw,
Through the back of the picture at the patch of white
Place of absorbing snow, itself to be
Although December's frost killed the winter crop,
Of too much truth to do much more than lie
Bronze the sky, with no
Looms in the air, deliberate and slow,
Stars, the last day, endless and centerless,
Down the road, at Cypress Gardens, a woman
Wheezing ravens, when
From there. Toward . . .
the old men burnish stories of Yaz and the Babe
into early blooming. Then, the inevitable blizzard
whose soft bristles graze the top-racks.
Like some poor wounded wretch—long left for dead
When I am heard, and what I say is solely
Wheezing ravens, when
Oh, I know. The snow. The effective snow

Also see the google search for more spam by this author:  http://www.google.com/search?q=%22This+third+day+of+our+January+thaw%22

Blue Horrors...

Just for reference...

Rocky Horror looks surreal when the Red and Blue inputs are swapped.  Most of the sets look better, and the characters become comical zombies.  Especially good for the first ten minutes.  Thanks xthread

My blog...

My blog is online.  I post random new ideas fairly frequently.  Some are useful.  Some are not.  But they get out of my head.

You can see the blog in with the rest of your pages by adding gizbot_blog to your friends list.

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Toys by the Handful

Problem: Sweets are the easiest small treats for children. Candy is available at every retailer and comes in convenient bulk packages.
Solution: Toys should be the easiest small treat for children. Small toys can be found in the bottom of breakfast cereal and Crackerjacks boxes or from coin operated machines at the front of grocery stores. There is a market for jars of 25 or 100 individually wrapped small toys.

There are a lot of times where we want a supply of toys for small children: party treats, Halloween treats, rewards for good behavior, and a wide variety of bribes. The only substitute good I have found....

Today's idea on my blog. :)