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I think you're doing it wrong.

Tourism is tacky by its very nature. I am not sure it can really exist in any other form. If you are building something deliberately for tourists than tacky is going to happen. However, I think there are lines that folks need to be aware of when you are planning and building such a destination. The first thing you need to understand is that it really isn't that important that your tourist trap represent reality. It is a fine line between ye olde tourist trappe and weirding people out. In the end, just embrace the tacky and let people revel in it.

Random acts of stupidity

I don't have much to say on the following. It is just a case of what the heck are some people thinking?

If you are going to try and hoover all information everywhere... you shouldn't say this. Although this probably isn't any better.

If you want people to give you their money to keep safe... robbing you shouldn't be this easy.

If you want people to take border control seriously... this, this, this are not going to help. Also, work on avoiding anything that smacks of trust us.

If you are working with radiation... certain things should be donefirst so you can avoid thesethis and this.

Just ask Ford what a little stupidity can do.

Cut and Paste are simple, right?

In another entry in our occasional series, "Cleaning out the bookmarks file", we have an entry on Cut and Paste. Cut and Paste are things that should be ridiculously simple. However, the existence of various clipboard enhancers shows that it is not. Another example of how complicated it can be is this classic. I never thought learning the fine details of clipboard theory would be interesting but the bookmark has been with me for longer than I care to think about.

Another part of it that I enjoy is that it reminds me of my youth when things like Wikipedia and even About.com did not exist. If you had something to say you put it on your own webpage. The times I found fascinating information maintained by someone who cared made the internet a far more interesting place. It seems nowadays it is easier to find what you are looking for if it is popular with the right people but far more difficult in other respects.

Art Theory

If you want to get a definition of art that is more useful than the dictionary definition you are going to have a challenge on your hands. In the end you are probably stuck accepting "I'll know it when I see it." and lots of disagreement. I'd like to throw out something as a bit of art, even if it might not be what you normally see.

Another classic from the archives

I have to admit cleaning up the detritus from a computer can be mind-numbingly boring. However, it is a necessary evil and does come with a few perks. The random link is one of my favorites. Here's another that still amuses me after so many years.

I want a PDP-11

I am not sure what I would do with it but it would at least give me an excuse to download the latest updates to BSD 2.11, first released in 1992, from its website, http://www.2bsd.com/.

Restroom Gender Parity in Federal Buildings Act

You cannot make this stuff up. The bill itself is pretty short. However, I have to say that this seems like a classic example of unnecessary legislation. Do we really need to make this a law? I would think having enough restrooms would be something you can rely on people fixing as buildings come up for renovations. Heck, a rule or two by the people who handle faciltieis for the government should be sufficient. Either way, the Washington Post has some commentary.

Does IBM's usage matter?

I'm not really sure how much IBM matters anymore. I understand that they're huge but does the browser they use matter that much. They seem like they're mostly a consulting company at this point and in that regard they're going to have to stay compatible with everybody else. If folks switch back to Internet Explorer than IBM will probably have to follow suit.