Union protests all over the city

I’ve come across a few SEIU protests or strikes in the past few days: one outside Wells Fargo, one outside the Bristol Farms at Bloomingdales along with some people from UFCW Local 648, and others around downtown and the convention center. There was a big protest at the corner of 5th and Mission, specifically aimed at attendees of Macworld, protesting layoffs at Monster Cable, handing out a flyer with testimonial from employees who have been at Monster for 10, 15, 18 years, and then photos of the fancy cars of the Monster executives. I have to say, I can’t imagine working on an assembly line for 10+ years and suddenly getting laid off with 4 weeks severance pay. What a slap in the face. In theory, someone overseas now has a job.

Closer to Moscone Center, I ran a gauntlet of people handing out energy drinks and flyers. (No, I don’t want your useless coupon!) My reserve melted, though, at the guy in the propeller beanie who accosted me with a cheery, sincere, “Find out the secret history of the propeller beanie!” and an unpretentiously xeroxed blue half-sheet of paper. Propellerheads Unite! If you’re a propellerhead and proud, show the world! You have nothing to lose but your brains! All one Beanie, dilute dilute okay! That was fun.

I saw some Macworld badges in the trash cans, so if you want to get in free, try dumpster diving.

Back at Macworld, I’m hearing an elaborate practical joke. Screen capture your Desktop, then make it the Desktop picture, (It helps to read Technical note TN262), then eliminate the desktop with “Tinkertool”, hide the dock, and watch the fun. Why am I watching this? Time to leave and go back to the Blogger Lounge.

Later I’m going to the EFF party at 111 Minna.

2 Comments so far

  1. Pieter (unregistered) on January 11th, 2007 @ 3:07 pm

    the transparent screen joke/trick is an oldie but goodie!! Check out some awesome ones at our Flickrfriends:

  2. Mark (unregistered) on January 13th, 2007 @ 8:26 am

    This is a very old trick. I remember doing it back in Windows 3.1 in the mid-90s.

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