Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Average Salary Data

This site is unimaginably cool.

Not only is it really useful for salary negotiations, but there are also all sorts of fun comparisons you can run. There are many samples on the site, but I tweaked one a bit to get this chart:
(scroll way down, something is wrong with the code in the chart, and I'm still tweaking it to find out what)






































Arabic $93,000

Gaelic $54,000

Sign Language $40,000

Hindi $35,000

Farsi $35,000

Japanese $33,000

Chinese $33,000

English $29,000

French $29,000

Spanish $28,000

Russian $27,000

Italian $26,000



View Larger Salary Graph





Arabic might be a political fad, so that bubble might burst in the next decade or so. But who wants to learn Gaelic?

Thursday, September 21, 2006

The Two Party System

Since we have entered election season, I was reflecting on my vote in 2004. For full disclosure purposes, I voted for Nader. I was thinking about the multiple complaints I received when telling people about my vote. The consensus was that voting for a 3rd party candidate was "wasting" a vote. The more I reflected recently, the more I wondered if they considered an abstention a wasted vote. Does the fact that Americans live in a two-party political system make them responsible to vote for the lesser of only two evils?

Sunday, September 17, 2006

My Charts on Last.fm



This is just a test, to see if it works. But Last.fm makes it really easy for you to publish your recent tracks on a blog or website.

Sorry it's all off topic EP!

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

I Love Irony!

The reason for this pointless post is to fulfill my love of irony, and I'm fairly sure this is actual irony. The link is a Wiki on how to dissuade yourself from becoming a blogger, and I can sum it up in two points.

1: No one cares about your blog
2: You'll get bored after 3 days and quit.

I believe these are both valid points. While I've seen a few people stumble in here, mostly it's been just "us guys," (no offense to the females in our Bloc, I consider you guys too). Even though I'm sure if we decided to advertise and spent more time maintaining the blog we could get some respectable traffic, I have a feeling you, like me, post because you either A: are addicted to linking other stories, or B: just want to get your two (2) cents (don't know the code for the cents sign) out there.

-Engel

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Clone That Bird!




A little chicken savior has been born! This chicken-messiah has not merely two, but FOUR tasty drumsticks!

So here's a little advice for all the poultry colonels out there:

NO PRICE IS TOO HIGH!!!

Some say "urban legend," I say "market strategy."