At least he didn’t talk about screwing the cat

January 13, 2009

Henry Nichols is the founder of Broadcom, the integrated circuits manufacturer.  He is currently on the list list of Forbes richest 200 Americans with a fortune estimated to be over $2 Billion.

He’s a tough on crime kinda guy, donating millions to California ballot initiatives that attempt to strengthen the laws in the state.

Among other things, he’s also currently under indictment for felony drug distribution, conspiracy and securities fraud.

Recently, he’s been trying to keep a specific email he sent to his wife from being used as evidence.  And you know what? I don’t blame him.  If there was ever an email to fight for, it’s this one.


Now kids, if old Uncle Chuckling Monkey can just pass on one small bit of advice, it would be: DON’T SEND ANYTHING IN AN EMAIL THAT YOU WOULD NOT WANT TO BE SHOWN TO A ROOMFUL OF PEOPLE ON AN OVERHEAD PROJECTOR. In my current line of work, deep in the jungle, I see emails on a daily basis that astonish me.  Things that never should have been seen by anyone other that the author (and often not even them!) now exist in a hundred different places with attorneys drooling over the settlements they’ll bring.

(h/t to BoingBoing)


“May you live in interesting times”

January 12, 2009

It hasn’t been the best year for my adopted home (I wonder if they ever got the paperwork?).  Everyone is taking their licks, but the Emerald City seems to have stumbled across a particularly nasty strain of the current downturn.

Sonics leave town

Mariners break record for most losses

Seahawks go 4 – 12

Huskies lay a huge egg

Washington Mutual goes under

Snowstorm paralyzes city

Massive Floods

and now

The Seattle PI is (likely) going to close down

It guess it could be worse.  We could be Detroit.


2008 Year in Photographs

January 8, 2009


What an eventful year.

The Boston Globe has posted 120 pictures to commemorate 2008.  The photos are posted in three different parts.  Some are funny, some are sad and most all of them will give you something to think about.  They do a great job of capturing some of the stories from the past year.  Almost all of them are spectacular, with only a few that don’t meet the high standards of the rest.

Along with the links, I’m going to post my favorite picture from each set.  I’m not 100% sure on the laws/internet guidelines on posting pictures from other sites but I think it’s all good as long as you include a link to the site.

Take a few moments to check these out.  It is well worth it.

Part one of three is here.

The Space Shuttle Discovery lifts off on 5/31/2008

The Space Shuttle Discovery lifts off on 5/31/2008

Part two of three is here.

Ireland's Gabriel Shelly and his coach celebrate a bronze medal win in the Paralympics

Ireland's Gabriel Shelly and his coach celebrate a bronze medal win in the Paralympics

Part three of three is here.

A boy plays soccer in the La Boca neighborhood in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

A boy plays soccer in the La Boca neighborhood in Buenos Aires, Argentina.


Not just Abba

January 7, 2009

Classic pictures of 1970’s Swedish Dance Bands.

For once I decided that I should learn a bit about that which I mock. I googled about a bit and learned that Dance Bands (Dansbands) are still a big thing in Sweden.  The matching outfits are the result of a tax code that only allows deductions if there are ‘Fantasy Costumes’ involved.

My favorites:

  • ake Lindh’s
  • Teddy Boys
  • Saints
  • Hick
  • Skip’z

Hopefully my friend Kristofer will eventually stumble across this post and enlighten me on Swedish Dance Bands.  After spending 30 minutes or so reading about them, now I want to go see one.


Cute Overload

January 6, 2009

I’m not normally one that traffics in ‘cute’ pictures, but this one needs to be shared:


Not that I ever go there, but I hear that Cute Overload has, well, ‘cute’ pictures from time to time.


Death of a Snowman

January 5, 2009

You might as well cry because it looks like he won’t be back some day.  I just hope he wasn’t alone when it happened.

So Damned Sad

So Damned Sad


Open Mic Night

January 4, 2009

“Shaft” by the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain.  It gets interesting about 1 minute in.

*No, I do not have a thing for Ukuleles.  Bagpipes maybe, but not Ukuleles.

(h/t, John Cole at Balloon Juice)