Thursday, January 29, 2009

Lying Liars Who Lie

Speaking of Barbara Streisand - Some Swedish scientists have had the gall to do research indicating that lie detectors don't do diddly. And the Israeli company that makes them is threatening to sue. Apparently they feel threatened themselves.

Lie detectors, at best, can only tell if someone is anxious about something, perhaps, say, taking a lie detector test. In some places they are used to simply get the truth out of someone because that person thinks the lie detector might catch them.

Scientists threatened with legal action over lie detector article

Monday, January 26, 2009


This is unintentionally damn funny. It is a song that was run through a Microsoft program called SongSmith. Apparently SongSmith ruins everything, on purpose. Usually they come out funny, though.

Roxanne thru MS Songsmith

There are a bunch of songs ruined by this program, search for them on Youtube. They are so awful they are funny. It's hard to see why anyone would actually use this program.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Monday, January 5, 2009

Honestmonkey has "Last song you heard" disease. Whatever the last song one hears gets stuck in your brain. Usually it is some lame song, too. The only cure is to replace it with another song that is hopefully better. HM has it so bad that even just a suggestion of a song can trigger it. For instance, the metal lid to the cookie jar, set down on the counter made an "mm-dink" kind of sound. Reminded HM of "Mmm-bop", of all things. That's right, by the Hansons. Stuck in HM's brain.

This calls for high-powered rock, and lots of it.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Photographers getting hassled on public property by the cops. This kind of stuff upsets Honest Monkey to no end. So let's reiterate. Before September, 2001, you could stand on public property, say a sidewalk, and take pictures of anything within view. After September, 2001, you can still stand on public property and take pictures of anything within view. Here is some text stolen from another site:

You are allowed to photograph anything with the following exceptions:
  • Certain military installations or operations.
  • People who have a reasonable expectation of privacy.
That's it. If you are on a sidewalk or other public property, snap away. The police should know this, and yet they overstep their bounds all the time. Link below to Thomas Hawk and his problems with the police.

Thomas Hawk's harbor patrol problems

Photographer's rights

Friday, November 28, 2008 was Buy Nothing Day

Once again. No gift wrapping necessary. Consume less. Don't worry about joining the crowds or finding a parking place.

Buy Nothing Day at

Buy Nothing Christmas at

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

There are several organizations that can help you stop getting phone books. One has a petition to sign, the other sends your name to the publishers. You probably don't even use phone books anymore, do you?

Paperless Pettition

Yellowpages Goes Green

Saturday, November 8, 2008

My thoughts exactly
Reality Check

Tuesday, April 15, 2008 - Tax Day no less

Our worst critics prefer to stay.
A good motto, HM thinks.

Freakonomics blog

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

First Post for this one, anyway

While technically not a blog before, the 'blog' format allows Honestmonkey easier formatting and other capabilities. So HM is going to try it out, to see how well it works. Probably move some of his content from the current site to the blog. We'll see how this goes.