Oh Microsoft, How You Make Me Laugh

A real, official advertisement for Microsoft Front Page, the much lamented HTML editor that is an abomination, trying to show that their program doesn't suck. Notice anything hilarious? Okay n00b, look at line 28. Brings a tear of laughter and a tear of sadness to my eyes at the same time.

Brown Sugar

Not the song dude…actual brown sugar. I was making a sweet steak marinade today in preparation for the Super Bowl and found that the brown sugar I had was hard as a rock. Rather than trashing it and buying some more, I went to the trusty Internets and poked around. Here's the remedy for hard brown sugar - microwave until it is soft and before it begins to melt. The estimates were in the vicinity of 30 seconds for a cup of sugar. To prevent the hardness occurring, apparently one should keep the brown sugar in the freezer. I am testing this theory and will approve or debunk it at a later date.

Tidbits of info

An utterly uninteresting and yet perplexing discussion occured the other day with a friend. She asked me what the plural of "cul-de-sac" is, to which I responded with the knee-jerk obvious "cul-de-sacs". Immediately realizing the odd nature of the question, and its origin from the proverbial left field, I began to rack my head for another possibility. Quick as lightning, spoiling my attempt at uncovering her trick, she responded, "Nope, its 'culs-de-sac'". Damn French… Upon further investigation the source of this woman's information turned out to be the highly reputable (said highly sarcastically) WB crud 'Gilmore Girls'. Not satisfied to let this kind of shoddy trivial fact finding rest, I employed the power of the Internets (all of them) and came to this conclusion: Damn, she was right! And although I found a site or two that backed my original answer, I feel as though this is a battle I can concede. Interesting side story: today, dy had a research day as well, where I learned that an ear of corn is a fruit, while cornmeal is a grain, and corn itself is a grass. Let's see if the bio major knows that!

Heaven on Earth, aka Eating Sushi

Thanks to Gabriel, I have an insatiable appetite for sushi now. Granted, my income does not allow me to partake as much as I would like, but that makes the occasions when I do have some all the more special. For those that also enjoy sushi and the whole experience of eating sushi, this page is considered by Google to be the best page in explaining how to eat sushi, what to look for in a sushi bar, etc… Now I need to find a date who'd be willing to try Fugu (Poisonous Japanese Blowfish)…

Paypal and PHP

Develop in PHP? Want to allow users to pay you on your site, but don't want to pony up the dough for a merchant account? Why not use Paypal, some clever PHP, and whammo bammo, you've got yourself a nice, inexpensive system for accepting credit card payments online. Read this for more…

If You Blinked...

…you missed it. Folks, I think it goes without saying that we here at jamesaimonetti.com, are beside ourselves with excitement with recent events on our site. For those who are not clued in, jamesaimonetti.com is now being powered by the fabtabulous WordPress 2.0. You know you wanted it, and now it's here. The best part? You probably didn't even realize it happened. How's that for seamless? Onward and upward!

I Knew I Was On To Something

One of my football buddies always used to say, "Don't let school get in the way of college." Most laughed and knew he meant slacking off was the cool thing to do. I took it as meaning there is more to college than simply doing homework and papers. While this does not mean to neglect your studies, it does mean to not neglect the other facets of the college experience. Developing the whole man is more important than getting a 4.0 GPA. What does spending an extra hour reading an english book more thoroughly do for you ten years from now? Not much. How about starting your own company from school? Man, that would be sweet. So your GPA won't rest at 4.0; perhaps is lowers even to a 3.0. Who would be the more valuable hire after graduation, the reader or the founder? Paul Graham asked just this question to some fairly important people:

I asked managers at Yahoo, Google, Amazon, Cisco and Microsoft how they'd feel about two candidates, both 24, with equal ability, one who'd tried to start a startup that tanked, and another who'd spent the two years since college working as a developer at a big company. Every one responded that they'd prefer the guy who'd tried to start his own company. Zod Nazem, who's in charge of engineering at Yahoo, said: I actually put more value on the guy with the failed startup. And you can quote me! So there you have it. Want to get hired by Yahoo? Start your own company.

College is much more than high school 2.0. It's about discovering yourself, who you are, what you stand for, where you want to go, and not to take 'safe' classes that will look good when you apply for your first job. Here's the kicker: after your first job, no one really cares about your grades - they care about your production, what you've done. So do well in school, because smart people don't get 2.0 GPAs, but don't lose sight of the fact that a 4.0 won't get you a better job in 5 years. Having tangibles will…