tony spencer » Uncategorized It's Just Links Sat, 19 Oct 2013 14:31:31 +0000 hourly 1 What are the odds? Wed, 28 Jan 2009 16:28:08 +0000 tony Today I was perusing some stock photography for a website today and something looked very familiar about the background of this image:


I jumped over to the local listing for The Morning Times in Raleigh on and sure enough I was right. That photo was certainly taken in the upstairs lounge area:


There were over 8,500 photos in the search I was browsing through.

As I then sifted through zimmytws’s portfolio on iStockPhoto I saw more great shots of Raleigh. Excellent work zimmytws. Send me a message one day and I’ll meet you for a coffee.

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The Subprime Banking Crisis Explained Mon, 29 Sep 2008 16:02:38 +0000 tony This brilliant skit would be very funny if the current state of affairs weren’t so sad and frightening right now. My favorite part is “I like enhanced. I’d buy anything that had the word enhanced in it!” :)

John Bird and John Fortune (the Long Johns) brilliantly, and accurately, describing the mindset of the investment banking community in this satirical interview.

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I’m convinced Twitter needs a complete rewrite Thu, 03 Jul 2008 18:33:29 +0000 tony … from scratch. Yeah the performance is incredibly horrible and I really feel like I could take a small chunk of that $15 million and immediately make the performance rock, but I am starting to feel like the developers who built it complete cocked it all up. The damn thing can’t even store my replies right and I’ve heard others complain of this. I take it is bad AJAX code and I think they should reconsider using AJAX for basic functions.

I replied to @benwills‘ tweet :


but if you click on the ” in reply to benwills” link in my reply it goes to the wrong tweet.

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Facebook Ad Wed, 28 May 2008 00:11:41 +0000 tony Is it just me or does it look like this girl is sitting on the toilet at mom’s house and about to reach for some toilet paper?

toilet girl

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Netflix’s Ace in Pocket: Porn to the Doorstep? Sat, 01 Mar 2008 21:27:37 +0000 tony There has been a lot of speculation over whether or not Netflix will survive given the changing market including AppleTV rentals, illegal downloads, and the very real possibility that Google has big plans for all that dark fiber they’ve been scooping up at an alarming rate including a Google TV box. Maybe they are counting on the multi billion dollar industry of porn to keep them alive b/c they’ve been registering domains like:

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Is Raleigh Dumping our Recycling in the Landfill? Thu, 25 Oct 2007 21:42:52 +0000 tony Man I hope not but I happened to be looking out the window this morning to see all my recyclables being tossed into the back of a normal garbage truck rather than the usual sort-it-on-the-street truck. Maybe there is a good explanation.

I shot this video before the truck rolled out of site:

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This Plant Will Kill Your Dog (and maybe your kids) Wed, 03 Oct 2007 20:17:06 +0000 tony We were letting our dog play outside all day Sunday and upon checking on him found that he had yanked a small houseplant off of the deck and was chewing on the root of it. He chews on all kinds of plants in the yard and I thought of tossing it over the fence but figured he would just try to dig under to get it so unfortunately I let him keep it.

A couple hours later we let him in the house and he’s foaming yellow froth, drooling, and shaking. 20 minutes later we are in the emergency vet and are told the prognosis is not good and he’ll likely die.

The plant is called a Sago Palm and its highly poisonous to both pets and humans. A chemical in the plant called cycasin is toxic and often causes permanent liver damage as well as neurological damage if enough of the poison is absorbed by the body. The seeds are the most poisonous part of the plant and the effects on humans are seizures, coma and death.

Of course you and I wouldn’t just yank off a chunk of this plant and gnaw on it but the seeds are colorful so if you have kids and Sago palm in your yard educate them on the danger or get rid of the plant.

Fortunately our dog was one of the lucky ones. I later discovered that our dog vomited the plant in the yard soon after swallowing it, and after 2 days in the vet on IV, and having a ball of charcoal inserted in his stomach, a test revealed that his liver was recovering and he came home. Sadly few people are aware of how dangerous this plant, many have lost their dogs, and even many veterinarians are unaware. This plant doesn’t carry a warning label and is becoming popular in Walmart, Lowes, and Home Depot so spread the word.

Best advice I’ve read: Don’t let your animal chew on any plants.

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The Mosquito Nix Calvary Arrives Tue, 05 Jun 2007 13:49:03 +0000 tony I’ve been waiting for this day for a looooooong time. Enjoy the dirt nap mosquitos. :)


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Las Brisas es relajaciĆ³n para SEO’s Thu, 17 May 2007 22:59:54 +0000 tony las brisas acapulcolo siento for rubbing it in

chilling at las brisas
negra modela in hand
what?…. is that an omni directional antennae i see on the next roof? one call to the front desk and i’m on tubos de mexicana to the internets while surveying paradise.

how come i’m allowed to get on the internets during vacaciones? the answer is asleep in the background. :)

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Scary Coincidence with SPAM Thu, 25 Jan 2007 02:07:21 +0000 tony I was just working on this new blog entry about SEO and RoR and I got another one of these annoying image based SPAM emails. Just before I hit shift-command-j I noticed that the subject of the email was EXACTLY what I was just writing about in a wordpress draft:

“If you’re looking for search engine friendly software, look no further!”

I really don’t think email spam is so smart that there is a Mac trojan on my machine that monitered my keystrokes for my wordpress draft but it did make me go, HUH?

This is what these annoying SPAM images looks like. Is anyone else getting pounded with these? and Thunderbird’s junk filter is horrible at catching these. Guess I need to configure the server side stuff:

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