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house | Jason E. Shao

Made an Offer on a House

We made (and the seller accepted) an offer on a house today. 4 Bedrooms, a basement for the kiddies — promoting sanity for the parents, and a 15 person hot tub are the highlights. Of course, now the real work of actually getting the details, legal, financing, and other bits worked out *starts* but it’s ...

Where Congress spends $$$

Now on Google Earth: Map where Congress spends your tax dollars | Tech news blog – CNET News.com “The Sunlight Foundation on Tuesday released a downloadable Google Earth layer that plots what it says are some 1,500 earmarks attached to a proposed U.S. House of Representatives defense spending bill. The Washington-based group describes its mission ...

The death of computing (Member view) : Articles : Future of Computing : BCS

http://www.bcs.org/server.php?show=ConWebDoc.9662 If the gap between public knowledge and academic curriculum isn’t large enough, the gap between academia and industry practice is a gaping hole. While academic departments concentrate on developing new computer systems in an ideal organisational environment, a lot of industry has moved away from in-house development to a focus on delivering a service. ...

Baby Video

I’ve posted an older video of Chris that we took at Lisa’s parents house. I just discovered Flickr a few weeks ago (well, re-discovered, guess that puts me on the trail of the Web 2.0 crowd) so of course YouTube seems like the logical next step. So… here it is:

Twins!

Lisa and I just found out that apparently the new baby is… 2 babies. While getting an initial sonogram done to confirm the expected due date, the technician just starts off by blurting out “you know it’s twins, right?” Actually, NO, we didn’t know… After sorting out that it’s not just something that she says ...

$2 mil spilled on Turnpike

> It wasn’t pennies from heaven but an > estimated $2 million in cash and coins > that spilled across the New Jersey > Turnpike in Carteret last night after an > armored car crashed into a guardrail and > flipped, spewing its cargo. > “It’s a madhouse. There’s money everywhere,” said > Turnpike spokesman ...

Lost in Translation

Some jokes showed up in my email box today. While I don’t normally reward Spam, some of these were pretty good. > The American Dairy Association was so successful with its “Got Milk?” > campaign, that it was decided to extend the ads to Mexico. > Unfortunately, the Spanish translation was “Are you lactating?” > ...

katie.com hijacking

Unsurprisingly, the book received massive press attention in the States when it was launched in April 2000. It has since been through several reprints, been printed across the world, and Katie has managed to make a career out of retelling her tale. Most recently an entire TV show called ‘Katie.com’ aired in the US. She ...

AOL Prosecuting for Spamlist

Jason Smathers, a West Virginia man who worked in AOL’s Dulles, Virginia, data warehouse, is accused of stealing a list containing 92 million subscriber screen names. Interim U.S. Attorney David Kelley said Smathers, 24, sold the list to another man, Sean Dunaway, who then sold it to two spammers for $52,000. Dunaway was also charged ...

Things Women Say

via email h4. FINE This is the word women use to end an argument when they are right and you need to shut up. h4. FIVE MINUTES If she is getting dressed, this is half an hour. Five minutes is only five minutes if you have just been given 5 more minutes to watch the ...