Google Pimps for Cartoon Network?

Unless I’m mistaken, this is the first time Google has used a modern commercial entity as part of their search engine ‘doodle’. I remember when they did a doodle for Popeye, but that was a 115th birthday celebration of the original cartoonist who created Popeye. Scooby-Doo, the original TV cartoon is currently owned by Cartoon Network, which presumeably would have to have given permission for its use. I have to wonder if Google got paid to do this one. The show has full-time ‘Halloweenish’ atmosphere, and CN acquired it last April. I can’t see them missing the opportunity to ‘punch up’ their new acquisition on October 31.

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Chain Spam Etiquette

Apple PieI recently got an email from my friend warning about pending doom coming from a computer virus. There’s a copy of it in the blockquote below.

Of course it didn’t say NON-APPLE-PIE EATER, but instead something more controversial. The actual content of any chain spam is immaterial. What’s more important to the original poster is the goal of getting as many people to propagate useless information as possible. It was done this time by pairing fear of computer viruses with hate language and a command to disseminate the spam to as many people as possible, even to those who have already received it in an effort to make sure your friends ‘don’t get infected’. Continue reading “Chain Spam Etiquette”

Filemaker 11 – The Missing Design Tools

Filemaker 11 logoFilemaker 11 is certainly leaps ahead of previous versions. charts, scripted report creation, quick find, object inspector, object focus scripting, portal filtering and object badges are awesome editions to the pallet of tools available for data developers and designers. There are a lot of excellent reviews out there about what the latest version contains. However, there are a few features that could use some attention. Some features haven’t changed but need to. Some are features that might have made sense to have in the current version, and probably would have been easy to implement, but weren’t. Others are features for the future that would make a truly excellent application even better. I’m categorizing them into three columns: ‘shoulda’, ‘coulda’ and ‘woulda’. Continue reading “Filemaker 11 – The Missing Design Tools”

Sunday Blueberry Waffles

Blueberry Waffles Topped with Whipped CreamMy wife went with one of her friends to pick blueberries on Saturday. She came home with five delicious pounds. After many agonizing nanoseconds of inner reflection, we came to the grueling decision to have blueberry waffles Sunday morning.

Waffles can be kind of tricky if you haven’t made them before. Below I list some of the tips and tricks I’ve learned while making blueberry waffles so they come out right every time. Continue reading “Sunday Blueberry Waffles”