Facebook Privacy, Cooking Cats, and We Are The World 2010

In an unusual move one of the largest Seti@Home crunchers in the world has offered himself up for auction. He’s #21 in the world. Steve from our team bid $200 to lure him to our team and I threw in another $50 — donations go to the Seti@Home coffers. The thread is here.

This paragraph is upsetting, and cat lovers may want to skip it. I rarely decide I hate someone without a lot of information. I’ve decided to make a special exception for Giuseppe “Beppe” Bigazzi who told his viewers how to make a cat casserole on his TV show and admitted to eating cats. He’s been suspended from the show indefinitely after a deluge of viewer complaints. His critics included Health Ministry Undersecretary Francesca Martini. “Cats are pets protected by law,” Martini noted, specifically against “cruelty, maltreatment and abandonment.” Italy’s National Animal Protection Board president, Carla Rocchi, announced she had instructed its lawyers to begin proceedings against Bigazzi for inciting cruelty to animals.

Speaking of cats, the latest Simon’s Cat video is out here. As always, it’s clever and funny and sure to bring a smile to your face.

And here’s a nice English take on the French from BBC4. Having experienced this firsthand, I wholeheartedly agree with the article. “In France your waiter expects to be addressed formally as Monsieur, in exactly the same way he will address you.” It’s an expert commentary on the French, especially the Parisian, psyche. Well worth the read. Seriously.

We Are The World, the song Lionel Richie, Quincy Jones, and Michael Jackson put together 25 years ago to help the starving Ethiopians has been re-recorded to benefit Haiti. The official video is on YouTube but please pay for a download at your favourite music site or buy it in your favourite music store. Don’t steal this one. Please?

Yeah, the original’s better but this one has a certain nice je ne sais quoi about it. Give it a chance. Pay up.

Facebook has been taking a battering on privacy issues lately, and here’s a great guide to total and complete customization of your privacy settings. I’ve not done mine yet, but I’m about to. I think it’s important. And, for the record, I’ve disabled Google’s Buzz service as of today. I don’t trust it.

A quick shout out to Pablo. We did take out at the Chick-Fil-A and came home and watched USA v Switzerland men’s curling and Germany v Sweden hockey.

I’ve got more, but that’s all for today’s blog Yay, me is on this team.

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