Made in the USA… sorta…

While I’m being pedantic, this was on the back of a package for fuzzy dice that a cow orker received:

If you can’t read my picture, I don’t blame you. It says “Sterling, AN AMERICAN COMPANY” and “Package and Product Designed in the U.S.A. MADE IN CHINA.” Although not in the picture, below the recycle icon the box it says “PLEASE RECYCLE.” That implies that they recycle, although if they did actually they would explicitly state that. It’s like they have a company mandate to print the exact opposite of what they do on their packaging. When someone who makes fuzzy dice doesn’t have the convictions to stand behind their iconography, haven’t the terrorists already won?

IRV in Ferndale

Ferndale, MI residents are trying to get instant runoff voting going for their city (via mousemusings). Instant runoff voting (IRV) is a system where you rank candidates instead of selecting only one. There are several benefits to it, but the most important one is that it is the biggest threat to the two party system. With IRV, people can vote for 3rd party or independent candidates (like Mr. Hans Masing) while giving secondary preference to more established parties. That way a vote for Nader isn’t a vote taken away from Gore. With all the problems with voting right now it would be nice to see some real progress.

Farming in Detroit?

Apparently people are using land in Detroit to farm and grow food (via Fark). I think this is a great use of land in the city, and since there are cattle drives anyway, why not go for it? Detroit is the only city in America that has had it’s population drop from > 1 million people to < 1 million. That means there’s a lot of unused property in the city, and something like this can only be beneficial. Of course, the urban planning students might have more insight on this than me…

PS2 Broken Beaten Down?

Is your Playstation 2 having problems reading discs? Well apparently there was a class action lawsuit about PS2s sucking and now Sony will fix them for free. You just need to know the magic words, which are at (via Dave)
GameFAQs doesn’t like people linking to their content (which is why they put it on the web?) so you’ll need to copy and paste the above URL. Also, if you’re into social engineering your way to cheap goods and services check out Sprint PCS. While I hated their service, I have to admit that their customer retention department is top notch. Both Jenny and Erik have gotten free phones from them.

MT Security Hole

If you’re running Moveable Type please read up on how spammers are abusing mt-send-entry.cgi. The easiest way to fix this is to change the permissions to 000, which will disable the script. Or you can just delete it. It’s only used if you set up "mail this entry". You can test whether your change worked by going to if you get a 403 or 404 error you’ve fixed it.