Monthly Archives: March 2005

Google on their Google Blog have just announced that they conducted their first India Code Jam, where they looked for the best coders in India and South Asia. They titled the entry: “Will Code for Rupees”.

Outsourcing is now so mainstream, it’s something to brag about.

Google on their Google Blog have just announced that they conducted their first India Code Jam, where they looked for the best coders in India and South Asia. They titled the entry: “Will Code for Rupees”.

Outsourcing is now so mainstream, it’s something to brag about.

Eelingfay Uckylay

Just in case you didn’t know it was available:

Google in Pig Latin

“Eelingfay Uckylay” Ýsounds really twisted

But what’s even more twisted is somebody got paid to translate all their help pages into Pig Latin.

Why couldn’t I have had that job?

Hypothetically speaking…

I’m not sure its possible to get more hypothetical than Peter David does in his blog today:

Understand, I’m not saying “Fallen Angel” is continuing. I’m not saying that. And if it were, which I’m not saying it is, I’m not saying that there would be a different artist, because it’s a moot question since I’m not saying it’s continuing in the first place.

But if it were continuing, which I’m not saying it is, and I were in the market for a new artist, which I’m not saying I am, who would you want to see drawing it?

Hypothetically speaking…

I’m not sure its possible to get more hypothetical than Peter David does in his blog today:

Understand, I’m not saying “Fallen Angel” is continuing. I’m not saying that. And if it were, which I’m not saying it is, I’m not saying that there would be a different artist, because it’s a moot question since I’m not saying it’s continuing in the first place.

But if it were continuing, which I’m not saying it is, and I were in the market for a new artist, which I’m not saying I am, who would you want to see drawing it?

Another Dead Doppelganger

I have a link to the left for info on the Canadian Pianist who had his own television show back in the 1950s called, “At Home with John Newmark”.

Today I discovered the authors of “Two By Two to London Zoo”

Collecting venomous snakes, poison arrow frogs, giant scorpions and black widow spiders is not everybody’s idea of a summer holiday. Meet John and George Newmark, identical twins. They spent 25 successive holidays collecting reptiles and invertibrates from jungles and swamps, deserts and other wild and remote regions of the world. It was a hobby, and they presented their ‘loot’ to London Zoo after each trip – up to 3,000 creatures in all.

The book can be downloaded here (With or without pictuers). Unfortunately, George passed away in 1985, and John in 2004. I have no idea if I am related to either. (Though odds are, if I am related to one, I am related to both, since they were identical twins.)

Why would anybody?

PEREMPTORY CHALLENGES – Limited number of challenges each side in a trial can use to eliminate potential jurors without stating a reason. May not be used to keep members of a particular race or sex off the jury. Most states also allow the parties to a case to dismiss the judge assigned to the case without having to prove actual bias. Called a peremptory challenge, this right may usually only be exercised once by a party in any given case. — source

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A former prosecutor’s claim that he conspired with a judge to keep Jewish jurors off a death penalty case will be the focus of a court hearing scheduled for Tuesday.

The California Supreme Court ordered the hearing in San Jose to investigate the sworn statement of John “Jack” Quatman, who said he and other lawyers in the Alameda County district attorney’s office routinely used peremptory challenges to keep Jews and black women off juries in capital cases.

Quatman’s testimony was filed on behalf of Fred Freeman, who was sentenced to death in 1987 for killing a bar patron during a robbery in Berkeley. As the prosecutor assigned to Freeman’s trial, Quatman said he colluded with the late Alameda County Superior Court Judge Stanley Golde to keep Jewish jurors from hearing the case.

“No Jew would vote to send a defendant to the gas chamber,” Quatman alleges the judge, who was himself of Jewish descent, told him. — source

Lethal injection was first used in California in 1996. They still have the gas chamber as an option though. So does Missouri.

Of course, I don’t find any method of execution humane.