service industry? we’re not in the godamned service industry.

FlexNet does not have time to deal with morons. If only the rest of the world could be so honest.

 

a brief message left on a public terminal at Softworld2000.

Wearing a suit will not affect your ability to think clearly or coherently. It may impair these functions.

Your very existence is preposterous. You are not a business-person, you are a farce.

Behind your back, people are laughing at you. Many people do not even wait until your back is turned.

You have accomplished nothing here. No one is surprised.

Enjoy your stay at Softworld.

 

this website is “too large and provides a poor user experience”

After creating a handheld version of Acts of Volition for your PDA using AvantGo’s fine software, I applied to be an ‘official AvantGo Channel’. Lured by the promise of free publicity and a free listing on the AvantGo Channel website, I attempted to submit the online form. This did nothing but spit out ugly server errors (apparently they were ‘upgrading the servers’). After a few days of trying, I finally gave up and emailed my submission only to receive this reply weeks later (note the intuitive subject line):

To: ‘Steven Garrity’
Subject: RE:
Date: Mon, 16 Oct 2000 21:58:00 -0700

Steven,
   As the channel is currently built we cannot launch it on the service. There are a number of off-site links that need to be either removed or disabled. Otherwise, the channel is too large and provides a poor user experience. Please let me know when this has been resolved.

Thanks,
Daniel

No problem Daniel.

 

guerrilla conference presentation

listen to the presentation
I really like my job. Some days I love my job. Today was one of those days.

We actually made the following presentation today at the Softworld 2000 conference in Halifax, Nova Scotia:

Ladies and gentleman, I respectfully request your attention for the next two minutes and forty three seconds…

 

Who Killed Biggie Smalls?

Salon.com asks the question: Who Killed Biggie Smalls?

He ain’t dead folks. He ain’t dead.

 

interesting and perplexing site

media.org is an interesting and perplexing site. Definitely worth browsing.

The site includes an intersting article on intellectual property theft.

 

keywords indeed

according to our logs, folks have been lead to actsofvolition.com after entering the following interesting keywords into popular search engines:

  • volitity
  • volition
  • incoherent
  • machina near friends near
  • +nologo +klein
  • exacomm

and by far the winner:

  • +“joanne malar” +“picture”
 

read McSweeny’s.

I recommend reading “First in a Series of Sex Stories That Lose Their Way.” Do not be intimidated by the long title, as the story itself is not particularily long. Also do not be intimidated by the fact that the story contains sex. Unless you are my grandmother, you will not be offended. If you are my grandmother, I promise to write soon. Sorry.

 

i’m afraid of americans.

Isn’t it odd how some Canadians get more involved and excited in the American elections than they do in their own? Some sort of political penis envy, no doubt.

Speaking of Americans and phallic imagery, check out www.ProtectAmericansNow.com. Propagandist ads and a zipcode specific report of how vulnerable you may be to missile attack: interactive and fun! Building a missile defense system to start up a new arms race – the very pinacle of safety itself! Not that the United States has any legitimacy in this area to begin with as it can’t even overcome partisan politics to approve a nuclear test ban treaty.

Hope the wind isn’t blowing northwards when the bombs start to drop.

 

If I were an American I would vote for you Ralph.

“If you do not turn on to politics, politics will turn on you.” – Ralph Nader

Ralph Nader can give a rousing speech after all. While I do find he sounds more like a politician in this clip than ever before, I think he has earned it. However, with 12,000 cheering supporters in Fleet Center in Boston I fear this may well have been the climax of his campaign.

Watch him speak at the rally in Portland and be moved. (RealVideo)