April 30, 2004

New Filthy Lie

And here's another Alliance assignment:

What is Evil Glenn looking at in this picture?
or

Caption this picture.

Lots of possibilities exist. Let's take a look:

1) "Do I look sexy in this T-shirt or what?"

2) "Hey, I wonder if they have that outfit in my size?"

3) "I can hardly wait..."

4) "That is one really big dog and I'm feeling might thirsty..."

or

"I wonder if she's free tonight?"

Editor's note: Evil Glenn really needs to wear his glasses.

5) "A couple of scoops of vanilla ice are all I need to make this puppy float complete..."

6) "Heresy!"

7) "I wonder if it's too late to become a judge in the IMAO t-shirt babe contest?"

Posted by Physics Geek at 07:57 PM | Comments (0)

Cold beer here!

I have got to try one of these. Excerpt:

It is every beer lover's summer nightmare - stuck in the middle of a park with the sun warming your drink. Thankfully, scientists have come up with a solution: the self-cooling beer can.

Slightly longer than a normal drink can, it simply needs a twist to cool its content down. It can, its inventors claim, cool a beer to the perfect temperature of 3C within three minutes.

The I C (Instant Cool) Can works by using water evaporation. The top half is surrounded by a layer of watery gel. The base contains a water-absorbing material in a vacuum, and a special heat-absorbing chamber.

When the bottom is twisted, a seal between the two halves is broken. The vacuum draws the gel, and the heat, into the base. The gel is absorbed by the material, the heat is absorbed by the chamber - and the drink gets cold.

Science the way it was meant to be used.

Update: Kevin has supplied an image for your viewing pleasure over here.

Posted by Physics Geek at 01:35 PM | Comments (4)

April 29, 2004

You can't handle the truth!

At least, not unless you're intellectually honest. Den Beste skewers some blowhards(and yes, that includes both Senator Kerry and Rep. Rangel, making it a true dail double). Mrs. du Toit gives him the appropriate kudos. Speaking of Mrs. du Toit, I must have been the last person in the blogiverse to update my blogroll so that it points to her new site. I'm just glad that she's posting again. Too bad that Rachel Lucas hasn't done the same.

Posted by Physics Geek at 11:52 PM | Comments (0)

A New Home While Blogger

A New Home

While Blogger gave me a place to start, I have been feeling like I have outgrown its capacity and have been offered space to move on.

Please come to visit me at
MY NEW HOME

If you are not able to access the site, please email me. :)

Posted by Physics Geek at 07:59 PM | Comments (0)

This week's sign that the Apocalypse is upon us

I hear that the Spice Girls have a greatest hits album out. Truthfully, it could have been out for 10 years and I wouldn't have noticed. It could be worse though: they could have a reunion tour. ::shudder:: Mel C has been pretty adamant that she will NOT perform with the other Spice Girls, regardless of how much money she is offered. Looks like it's a good time to break out the Spice Girls Application again:
=================================
The Spice Girls Application Form
-------------------------------------
Name:

Age:

Real Age:

How would you best describe yourself?

( ) An energetic self-starter

( ) A team player

( ) A tasty, albeit untalented, bit of crumpet

Do you have any detectable vestige of talent, besides your tits?

Would it bother you to be the target of unrelenting hatred?

"I am willing to trade sexual favours for a career in the music
industry."

( )Yes ( )No

How many times have you been kicked out of a karaoke bar?

Does nudity bother you? If so, give three excuses for your
portfolio.

Explain the difficulties in identifying the source of individual
free will in light of the deterministic theories of neurochemical
medicine and modern behavioralist psychology. Just kidding!!
Seriously, do you like leather mini-skirts?

( )Yes ( )No

Are you deceptively attractive in coloured or stroboscopic light?

( )Yes ( )No

Choose an appropriate nickname:

Sexy, Nasty, Sweetie, Syphilis, Lardy, Sickly, Sporty, Slappy.

Choose an appropriate image:

( ) Cute, blonde, appeals to pedophiles

( ) Tub of lard

( ) Bloke. In a tracksuit.

( ) Vacant stare, no discernible brain activity

( ) Terrifying to small children and old men

( ) All of the above

Do you promise to make one album and then go away forever?

( )Yes ( )No

If two trains leave Liverpool an hour apart at 90 kilometers, and
75 kilometers an hour, respectively, how would you look in a
bikini?

If required as part of your contract, would you be willing to
help alleviate Prince Charles's loneliness?

( )Yes ( )No

In space provided, tell us why you want, why you really, really,
want this job.

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The challenge ends tonight

And all of us are fighting the good fight. Thanks to the efforts of Michele, Dean and Donovan, the SPOAC have raised the following totals:

Castle Argghhh! Fighting Fusileers for Freedom! $18497.39
The Victory Coalition $17567.44
Liberty Alliance $9004

Grand total: $45068.83

The 50k mark is right around the corner. Give until it hurts. And I gave one final time last night after my tax refund arrived. I couldn't think of a better thing to spend it on.

Posted by Physics Geek at 01:44 PM | Comments (0)

Taking Chance home

Go read this story over at Matt's place. Read it all.

Posted by Physics Geek at 02:43 AM | Comments (0)

April 28, 2004

Danger! Danger! PC crap ahead.

Just finished reading this article wherein the author both explains the PC phenomenon and provides several examples. Excerpt:

Milan Kundera's novel The Joke traces the fortunes and amours of a young student, Ludvik, after his exasperatingly earnest girlfriend decides to show the authorities a postcard he had written to her as a joke: "Optimism is the opium of the people! A healthy atmosphere stinks of stupidity! Long live Trotsky!"

As a result of this whimsy, Ludvik finds himself expelled from the Communist Party and the university and is eventually conscripted to work in the mines for several years. Among other things, Kundera dramatizes the dynamics of political correctness. He is especially good at portraying one of its signal features, humorlessness. One of the points of The Joke is that totalitarian societies cannot abide a joke; humor is anathema; political correctness is a kind of geiger counter that registers deviations from the norm of earnestness. Any deviation is suspect, any humorous deviation is culpable.

The allergy to humor that is integral to political correctness is one reason the art of parody has suffered in recent years. Then, too, a parodist, to be successful, must be able to count on his audience's ability to distinguish clearly between the parody and the reality being spoofed. The triumph of political correctness has long since blurred that distinction. Whose ideological antennae are sensitive enough to register accurately the shifting claims of victimhood and entitlement? A mayoral aide in Washington, dc, uses the word "niggardly" in conversation with a black colleague; the colleague takes offense because he thinks "niggardly" is racist; the aide promptly offers his resignation, which is accepted. True? Or parodic exaggeration? True, all too true.
...
Item: A school board in San Francisco seeks to require that 70 percent of school reading be books by "authors of color." One board member explained: "Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn, for instance, has a bias against African-Americans. And Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, while a great work, has an economic bias. It characterizes people based on their class."

Item: A mid-level executive at a large bank is overheard wishing a colleague "Merry Christmas." Her superior takes her aside and gravely tells her that such language might be construed as offensive and warns her against indulging in such public displays of religious sentiment.

Item: A doctor I know at Good Samaritan Hospital outside Chicago writes a letter to the hospital's "Cultural Diversity Team." He points out that their Diwali Festival celebrating Hindu culture neglected to mention the appalling abuse of women that is a prominent feature of that culture. A firestorm erupts. The president of the medical staff informs the letter writer that "many individuals reading your words . . . have found them disturbing, insulting, and ... elitist" and warns further that "continued correspondence in the same vein . . . will be viewed as harassment and contributing to a hostile workplace environment." In other words, cut it out or get out--which is not, incidentally, a bad characterization of the PC understanding of dialogue.

On an even more ominous front we have the activities of the European Union, that bastion of political correctness, whose tax-exempt ministers are appointed, not elected, who seem to be accountable only to themselves, who meet in secret and issue binding diktats that affect the daily lives of people all over Europe. It is nice work if you can get it.

Read the whole thing.

Posted by Physics Geek at 09:30 PM | Comments (0)

Links and such

Are you ready to embrace the penguin? If you're not sure, then go here to give Linux a testdrive.

Breakout the telescope and some beer: it's time for a party!

Reading science fiction cause global warming! Drinking a Slurpee causes global warming! Why not? It looks like everything causes global warming now.

Patient, heal thyself!

Obese children "face the prospect of coronary disease". No shit.

New H2O light: dryer than your regular water. Makes as much sense as what this "study" purports to prove. Funny how it contradicts decades of other research into the matter.

Does this sweater make me look fat?

Maybe people with pet slugs are next. Really folks, I already have a mother and a wife. I don't need a nanny and neither do my pets.

Screw these assholes. The Republicans gained control of the state legislature for the first time since the Reconstruction and them immediately emulate the tactics that got their opponents ousted. Good going, buttwipes. You've lost a voter in this state for the forseeable future.

What in the Hell is wrong with the world today? And I'm not making a snide remark about the current political culture in the US. I'm talking about headlines such as this one:12-year-old boy charged in girl's slaying.

Good news. And it's about time. I'll be watching the tests very closely.

So we-the readers- are to blame for your hiring/employing a lazy, no-talent hack? Guess again.

Are the Dem's suffering from buyer's remorse over John Kerry? Hugh Hewitt takes a look:

Dems know he's a loser. But can anything be done?
Who knows? Don't bother looking up the rules governing nominations. There were rules in Florida, and the Florida Supreme Court tore those up when Gore needed help. There were rules in New Jersey, but when Torricelli flamed, the New Jersey Supreme Court tossed those aside. There were rules in California, and three judges ordered a halt to the recall that only went forward because the luck of an en banc draw brought sanity to the review panel.

No, the rules won't stop Kerry's recall. Only Teddy can, and the weight of the senior senator from Massachusetts shouldn't be underestimated. The Kerry campaign is his last hurrah, and the convention's in Boston, for goodness sake. What kind of a reception would follow a party that tossed Kerry onto the tracks?

Jonah Goldberg, over at the Corner, on John Kerry:

SIX REASONS THE KERRY STORY'S GOOD FOR BUSH

Matt Yglesias writes about the Kerry Medal flap: "The real mystery in all this, if you ask me, is why Republicans persist in raising an issue that can't help but make their man look bad when the Bush and Kerry military records are contrasted."

First, I don't buy the desperate line that solely "Republicans" are raising this issue. The LA Times, Charlie Gibson and Tim Russert do not a vast right wing conspiracy make. Second, I'm mystified as to why he's mystified. Here are few plausible theories why some Republicans might think this is a good story for Bush:

1. Candidates only get one theme ascribed to them. For Gore it was "he exaggerates and lies to make himself look good" or something like that. It wasn't always fair, but it was no more unfair than the "Bush is stupid and ignorant" theme. For Kerry it's increasingly looking like his one theme is "can't take a stand on anything" or "can't be straightforward." This "I threw the medals away if by medals you mean the ribbons because I would never throw away the medals because they are too important to me even though I never saw a difference between the medals and the ribbons and I would have thrown away the medals if I had the medals with me even though that's not what I used to say or what I will be saying tomorrow" thing only reinforces this negative identification.

2. People already have made up their minds about Bush and his National Guard service. Indeed, he's a known quality in general. So while rage may still burn bright at the American Prospect over Bush' National Guard stint, most Americans stopped caring a while ago. However, people are only now being introduced to Kerry and what they're seeing is a caricature of stiff, pompous Senator.

3. As I try to point out in my column today (not up yet), Kerry has a particular problem with Vietnam. Unlike say John McCain, Kerry has two completely contradictory Vietnam narratives and he wants to brag about both and not be criticized on either. Lots of politicians have tried to have it both ways on Vietnam. But wants to get credit for fighting in a war which he says was criminal and a mistake and he wants credit for denouncing that war as criminal too. Meanwhile, lots of Vietnam vets and other pro-military types think the real Kerry is the one who came home from war, not the one who went to war. I think, given Kerry's record as a politician, that is the only logical position and the more people who realize that, the worse it is for Kerry.

4. Kerry looks like an arrogant shmuck when he's defensive. Any time the GOP or anybody else can get under his skin, the better it is for Bush. Particularly if it involves any kind of contradiction or inconsistency on Kerry's part because the guy looks like such an idiot when he insists that A and Not A are both simultaneously true.

5. During a war the Americans still support, it's always good (for the GOP) to have footage of the Democratic nominee calling American troops -- of any era -- war criminals.

6. And this one's a bit of a stretch. There are still people in this country who think the anti-war Kerry was right and the pro-war Kerry was telling the truth when he called Americans war-criminals. To see Kerry back-pedal on that doesn't only reinforce the image that he wants to have it every which-way, it might actually turn off the pugnacious doves in the Democratic electorate. I like to call these people "Nader voters."


Posted by Physics Geek at 05:53 PM | Comments (0)

Egads!

Well, I guess it's good news that there are some animal products in McDonald's food. In related news(sort of), I found this little poem:

A poem:

© 2000 Barry Bell
Cow Brains
Nay I say, neigh.
Horse envy.
I graze, meander the field.
Retire to India, Promised Land.
Holy cow, fish eaters.
Well, swish my tail Charlie!
Got to fly, chew my cud.
Warm rear - sunny breeze?
Piss. Again.
Lay down, no tipping please.
Be here until we go home.

Posted by Physics Geek at 04:27 PM | Comments (0)

Jokes from before the flood

Everyone's seen this before, but I think it warrants repeating now and again:

A request for a raise in salary
===========================

I, the penis, hereby request a raise in salary for the following
reasons:

I do physical labor.

I work at great depths.

I plunge head first into everything I do.

I do not get weekends off or public holidays.

I work in a damp environment.

I don't get paid overtime.

I work in a dark workplace that has poor ventilation.

I work in high temperatures.

My work exposes me to contagious disease.

Thank you for considering my request.

The Penis

- - - -

In Response:

Dear Mr. Penis,

After assessing your request, and considering the arguments you have raised, the administration rejects your request for the following
reasons:

You do not work 8 hours straight.

You fall asleep on the job after brief work periods.

You do not always follow the orders of the management team.

You do not stay in your allocated position, and often visit other areas.

You do not take initiative - you need to be pressured and stimulated in order to start working.

You leave the workplace rather messy at the end of your shift.

You don't always observe necessary safety rules, such as wearing the correct protective gear.

It's doubtful you'll work until the normal retirement age of 65.

You're unable to work double shifts.

You sometimes leave your allocated position before you have completed the day's work.

And if that were not all, you have been seen constantly entering and leaving the workplace carrying 2 suspicious looking bags.

Sincerely,

The Management
====================================
And now one directly related to my favorite hobby:

Ale's Well That Ends Well

Copyright 2001 W. Bruce Cameron http://www.wbrucecameron.com/

Believing that maybe it would help my relationship with my 12-year-old
son if we had a common hobby, I bought him a beer-making kit. My wife
seemed to think that the situation called for female incredulity.

"You got your son a BEER-making kit?" she demands. "Are you out of
your mind?"

"Hey, you were the one who said we needed to do more things together,"
I point out.

"So you picked drinking beer," she scoffs.

"Of course not. He'll only make it. I'LL be the one drinking it," I
respond. I hold my hands up in a representation of harmonious
balance in the universe.

She fixes me with a scorching look that I recognize from early in our
marriage, when I tried to train her to bring me snacks during football
games, but I will not be deterred. "It's very scientific," I declare.
"Fermentation. Carbonation."

"Intoxication?"

My son is even less enthusiastic. "It smells bad; you DRINK this
stuff?" he sniffs, stirring the batch of malt and hops.

"Yes, but not until there is alcohol in it," I explain with fatherly
wisdom.

"Alcohol is a by-product of fermentation," he quotes, looking through
the little handbook. He squints at me. "You'll be drinking yeast pee."

"Real men don't read directions," I advise.

When we're finished, my home brew sits tightly sealed in a plastic
keg. "This is the pressure valve," I lecture my son. "The yeast builds
up carbon dioxide, which escapes out the valve; otherwise there would
be an explosion that would level houses in a four-block area."

I'm hoping this will excite him, but he's been reading the manual
again. "Carbon dioxide is another waste by-product," he intones.

"Yes."

"In other words, yeast farts."

For three days, the mixture sits implacably inside the plastic vessel,
as exciting as a bucket of paint. Concerned, I sneak in a little more
sugar to get the yeast motivated. "You're not supposed to do that,
Dad," my son warns.

The next day, the yeast have suddenly sprung to life, bubbling and
hissing as they busily produce waste products. Impatient, I pull on
the little tap, pouring an ounce of muddy liquid into a glass and taking
a sip.

"Does it taste like beer?" my son asks anxiously.

"Maybe beer that's already been through somebody," I respond ruefully.

That night my son prods me awake. "Dad, the beer is calling you."

My wife gives me a frown, as this is exactly the excuse I give her
whenever I meet my buddies at the sports bar. "What do you mean?"
I ask him.

He shrugs. "You sort of need to come hear it. It's making noises."

My wife puts her hand on my arm. "Could it be dangerous?" she inquires
anxiously.

I laugh. "Of course not. How could beer be dangerous? Beer Is Our
Friend."

I follow my son out into the kitchen and, at his urging, put my ear to
the plastic keg. He's right: There is some sort of creaking noise
emitting from the seams around the edge of the thing. Through the
thick, dark plastic, I can see that the yeast has rioted, filling the vessel
with foam.

"Maybe you put in too much sugar," he worries. "Should I start calling
people in a four-block area?"

"Nonsense. More sugar just means a higher alcohol content. How could
that be bad?" But his question has drawn my attention to the filter,
which should be allowing yeast farts to escape. Instead, it looks
locked in place, a little button that should be bobbing up and down.
I reach out a finger.

"Dad " my son starts to say.

The moment I pry at the valve it fires straight up like a bullet, the
little button gone in an instant. The entire contents of the keg follow half
a second later, a thick spray of foam coating everything in the
kitchen. I don't even have time to blink and it is over, except that a
steady rain of gooey sludge comes down on my head from the ceiling.

Tilting my jaw, I'm able to catch a few drops in my mouth. My wife
bursts into the kitchen and stares at me, shocked.

"Not bad," I tell her, licking my lips.

Posted by Physics Geek at 03:13 PM | Comments (0)

Precision guided humor assignment

Well, I'm finally tackling another Alliance assignment after being MIA for a while. Sometimes, life just gets in the way. In any event, here is this week's assignment: what further scandals will examination of the Iraqi documents reveal? Well, let's have a look and see what we can find:


1) Iraq killed the Frenchman who discovered the recipe for soap.

2) Of course I'm kidding! That Frenchman hasn't been born yet.

3) Because the French draw blood from potential parents and then cross-match the DNA. That information is used to prevent such a child from being born.

4) Kidding again! We all know that the leeches contaminate the blood samples.

5) Or does the French blood contaminate the leech? I'm confused.

6) Iraq funded Cop Rock.

7) And Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman.

8) Saddam was responsible for New Coke- the bastard.


Posted by Physics Geek at 02:45 PM | Comments (0)

Spirit of America Challenge

I just noticed that Lileks joined the Victory Coalition. He even created a cool graphic to boot:


vcc.jpg

Okay folks, we're down to the wire here. More than 33k has been raised so far. All the constant sniping and backbiting has really paid off. But it's time to give some more. Give until it hurts. Don't buy that soda pop today. Skip that grab bag of Doritos. Forgo that overpriced coffee from Starbucks. Give all of that money you're pissing down the drain to a worthy cause. You'll be glad that you did.

Posted by Physics Geek at 02:06 PM | Comments (1)

Wictory Wednesday

Watching John Kerry self destruct on Good Morning America was amusing. Not just because I enjoy watching politicians squirm- I do- but because it was predictable. If Kerry would come out and state "I was young and stupid and did things that regretfully I cannot take back," he'd earn the respect of voters. Instead, Senator Kerry hedges, squirms and flip-flops, followed by an attack on President Bush's National Guard service records. He simply wants to delflect attention away from this issue rather than trying to deal with it like a grownup. And that pretty much sums up what a John Kerry presidency would be like.

Today is Wictory Wednesday. Every Wednesday I ask my readers to volunteer and/or donate to the Bush campaign if they haven't done so already. And if you have volunteered and donated, then get a friend to join you. It's the only way to defeat the lying liberal media.

If you're a blogger, you can join Wictory Wednesday simply by putting up a post like this every Wednesday, asking your readers to volunteer and/or donate to the president's re-election campaign. Be sure to visit these fine participating blogs:

Posted by Physics Geek at 01:27 PM | Comments (0)

April 27, 2004

From the ?who knew? category

Michael Graham posted this little exchange. Kudos to the WaPo for deciding to write fantasy stories full time. I guess it's easier than pretending to be a newspaper.

The Washington Post has been doing a series on the Red State/Blue State divide. Yesterday they profiled the "typical" Red State voter, described by writer David Finkel as a huntin', grits-eatin', church-goin' quasi-bigot redneck whose "truck is a Chevy. His beer is Bud Light. His savior is Jesus Christ." The entire piece was a tribute to East Coast snobbery and stereotyping.

This morning came the typical Blue Stater. Would it be a homosexual couple in San Fran's Castro District? A single, black mom in Harlem?

No, it's a straight, white, blue-collar, never-divorced Catholic couple with two happy, straight adult children...and who don't even drink. Oh, yeah, this is Deep Blue heart of the Kerry coalition.

If these are the hard-core liberal voters, yesterday's Red Stater should have been a pot-smoking agnostic Republican living in subsidized housing.

Posted by Physics Geek at 08:59 PM | Comments (0)

Something's rotten in Belgium

Protein Wisdom has the scoop on the self-styled International Ass Munchers Criminal Court, including the full text of the Weekly Standard article available for subscribers only.

Posted by Physics Geek at 08:08 PM | Comments (0)

Debunking global disasters(an ongoing series)

Via Kim du Toit comes this little article detailing how the editors of Nature magazine have been swapped en masse with those from The Weekly World News. No offense to TWWN. Excerpt:

It's not the first time, either. Just as scientists "admitted privately" the models don't work, so have prestigious environmental journalists told me privately they are concerned about Nature's handling of global warming stories, both in terms of increasingly shoddy reviews and timing clearly designed to influence policy. No one has forgotten that in 1996 Nature featured a paper, right before the most important U.N. conference leading to the Kyoto protocol, "proving" models forecasting disastrous warming were right. The paper was subsequently found to have used data selectively to generate its dire result.
Note to Nature: Even journalists, normally your friends on global warming, are getting suspicious.

Posted by Physics Geek at 06:44 PM | Comments (0)

April 26, 2004

Monday stuff

Want to lose weight but not sure how/where to start? Eat every meal at McDonald's. Junk science continues to take a beating.

For once I agree with some Democrats:

Senate Republicans this week will launch a series of hearings to promote the value of traditional marriage, a move some Democrats are calling an election year ploy that is none of Congress' business.

Stayed tuned for anything else that politicians might think is none of their business. Don't hold your breath, though.

Watch out! She might lose an eye! Oops, too late.

It's crap like this that makes people contemptuous of law enforement officers. Apparently Common Sense isn't dead; it's a myth.

Today's forecast: continued light, followed by increasing darkness until nightfall. It will then stay dark all night. Hey, it's the only forecast that Russians will want to give in the future.

Leave it to Maxine Waters to provide the best WTF?! comment from this past weekend. Via KLJ at the Corner:

There were a good number of "Say What" moments at the March this weekend. Some of the most telling were at the pre-rally the night before, filled with music and ranting aimed at modern-day bra-burner wannabe college students and their nostalgic feminist mothers. One of the most bizarre though, came from Maxine Waters. After sending a civil message to the president (George W Bush, go to hell! And while you're at it, we want you to take Ashcroft with you. And don't forget Rumsfeld. And please carry along Condi Rice."), Waters told the rallied, "I have to march because my mother could not have an abortion."

What a freaking idiot.

Jonah Goldberg just linked to a site that clearly shows how pumped the Dem's are to vote for Kerry this fall: John Kerry is douchebag but I'm voting for him anyway.

Update: Mickey Kaus says the site is a fraud.


Posted by Physics Geek at 11:51 PM | Comments (2)

Help Support A Friend I

Help Support A Friend

I don't know if anyone will be able to do this, but I'm going to post it anyway. A friend of mine in Austin, Texas has Scleroderma and she is running her annual fund raiser again right now.

What is Scleroderma, you ask? Here's a basic description from the Scleroderma Foundation website:

Scleroderma, or systemic sclerosis, is a chronic connective tissue disease generally classified as one of the autoimmune rheumatic diseases.

The word “scleroderma” comes from two Greek words: “sclero” meaning hard, and “derma” meaning skin. Hardening of the skin is one of the most visible manifestations of the disease. The disease has been called “progressive systemic sclerosis,” but the use of that term has been discouraged since it has been found that scleroderma is not necessarily progressive. The disease may take several forms which will be explained later. There is also much variability among patients.

Scleroderma is a disease whose symptoms may be visible, as is the case when the skin is affected, or the symptoms may be invisible, as when internal organs are affected.

If you would like to help Heather out, she has a webpage on the foundation site which offers the capacity to sponsor by credit card. If that interests you, or you know someone who can help, click HERE.

Just so you know, I get none of this money. This is not a scam. And, Heather is a wonderful, beautiful and delightful person to be around (who flew from Texas to Florida to be at our wedding, no less). I'm sad that she has to deal with this, but she has a huge amount of supportive family and friends to help her out. This is an attempt to do just that. Help if you can, but good thoughts and a prayer or two couldn't hurt either.

Posted by Physics Geek at 03:23 PM | Comments (0)

On being "The Poodle"

Found via Neal Boortz:

WHY DO I REFER TO JOHN KERRY AS THE POODLE?

Simple:

He's French.
His hairdresser also grooms poodles.
He's a rich woman's pet.
That pretty much cover's it.

Posted by Physics Geek at 02:56 PM | Comments (0)

The Final Stretch Thankfully, I

The Final Stretch

Thankfully, I got my entire manuscript done yesterday and am just waiting for final revisions.

This is my last week of classes and studying for finals will be excruciating, at best. This semester has been...well, I'm just glad it's almost over.

Again, I remain rather busy, so I'm sorry if I haven't been blurfing as much, and commenting. I hope you understand. It's nice hearing from some of you about my absence, though. Please know that I miss you too. In about a week and a half you'll be wishing I was back in school. LOL

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Jackson Camp? Well, this is

Jackson Camp?

Well, this is fascinating news. Nothing says "guilty" more than changing out your defense attorneys. The article would lead you to believe that it's because he wanted Thomas Mesereau Jr. as his attorney, who has recently become available now that he doesn't have to worry about the pesky Robert Blake. But, don't you think it's just a bit curious? Here's what his old attorneys (brilliant attorneys) had to say:

"Based on recent developments and discussions with various persons in the Jackson camp, it became clear that it would be best if Mark and I decided to step down," Brafman said. "And that's what we elected to do."
The Jackson camp? You know, in some ways I hope Michael's money dwindles so much by this that he is forced to be humbled. It's this living like a prince shit, for years on end, that has turned him into a very sick man. Who knows, it may be too late for him. He is like a perpetually spoiled child that never grew up.

Posted by Physics Geek at 08:46 AM | Comments (0)

April 25, 2004

I've got a camera and I'm not afraid to use it!

Saw the following exchange over at Dean's site and thought it was pretty darned funny. FWIW, Me is Dean and HER is someone from the rally:

Her (Continuing to follow me): You can't take pictures of me, I've gotten death threats, been on death lists!"

Me: "I don't want to take pictures of you, and you're going to be on another one in a second if you don't get the Hell away from me ..."

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April 24, 2004

Victory Coalition members unite!

Image stolen shamelessly from Michele. Hey, it's for a great cause:

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It's been a hoot duking it out in a pixelated fashion. Sure, there's a lot of people talking smack, but it's all in fun. Remember, we're supporting our men and women in uniform over in Iraq. Donate early and often. And if your current financial situation prevents you from giving money, at least link the Spirit of America Challenge on your webpage, if you have one. Barring that, send the link to all your friends and relatives. Shame the company you work for into giving. They'll be grateful to have the chance to give to such a worthy cause. And remember to send the link to this page for donations so that the much beloved Victory Coalition will get credit. Lots of bloggers are offering different bribes rewards for donaters. Michele has the scoop.

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A Few Things To


A Few Things To Keep You Busy

We're having a garage sale today, I'm trying to finish a manuscript that was due yesterday AND review Chemistry for the upcoming final. But, I have a few things for you that might stir some thoughts, at the very least.

First, I received the funniest email today from an old friend and coworker from our time in Belgium. Man, it was so good to hear from her. Whichever reader passed the site along to her, thank you.

While searching through stuff to sell for the garage sale last night, I found a section of my old Daytimer which had some phrases written down from seminars I took while living in Austin. Here they are:

Remember where you came from, where you're going, and why you created the mess you got yourself into in the first place. You're going to die a horrible death, remember. It's all good training, and you'll enjoy it more if you keep the facts in mind.
You are never given a wish without also being given the power to make it come true. You may have to work at it, however.
In order to live free and happily, you must sacrifice boredom. It's not always an easy sacrifice.
Here is a test to find whether your mission on earth is finished: If you're alive, it isn't.
Don't be dismayed by good-byes. A farewell is necessary before you can meet again. And meeting again, after moments or lifetimes, is certain for those who are friends.
Have a great day everyone!

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Quote of the day

Saw this little post over at Vox Populi and just had to present it here. Vox Day encapsulates my feelings about John Effing Kerry:

The nice thing about John Kerry is that you can easily justify supporting him. Chances are extremely high that he supports your position on pretty much anything on which you might have an opinion The problem is that he also supports the opposite position as well.

Why will Bush win? At first, I assumed this would be the case because of the homogamy issue. But now, I believe this because the Democrats nominated a candidate who combines Bob Dole's likeability with Bill Clinton's trustworthiness.

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April 22, 2004

Some for the road

Quote of the day from Neal
Boortz
:

One-half of Philadelphia middle school teachers couldn't pass a basic federal competency test.; As they said on Fox News last night, this means that middle school students in Philly have a 50/50 chance of being right when they say that their teachers don't know what they're talking about.

Also found via Boortz is this sitep;which contains
the interesting notion that you can raise a baby without
having him/her wear diapers. Excerpt:

Rather than teaching a baby to eliminate into his or her intimate clothing and cleaning up after the fact, parents learn to listen and respond in the present moment to the baby's needs and communication.

"Teaching a baby to eliminate into his or her intimate clothing"?! How can you stop them? I imagine that the dialogue would proceed in this
fashion:

Me: "Son, do you feel the need to go potty soon?"
Him: SPLORRRTTTTTT! ::splash::

The President lied!!! James Tartanto notes an exchange between Senator Clinton and Larry King that would be rocking all the major networks if, say, Laura Bush were the one being interviewed. Excerpt:

The lack of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq contradicts years of intelligence indicating Saddam had such weapons, which also was the conclusion of officials in the Clinton administration.

"The consensus was the same, from the Clinton administration to the Bush administration," she said. "It was the same intelligence belief that our allies and friends around the world shared. "

"But I think that in the case of the [Bush] administration, they really believed it. They really thought they were right, but they didn't let enough sunlight into their thinking process to really have the kind of debate that needs to take place when a serious decision occurs like that."

So Clinton didn't actually believe the intelligence reports, which makes him smart, and Bush is an imbecile because he believed it. O-tay!

Anyone that ever reads my stuff(thanks to both of you) realizes that I'm an agnostic when it comes to global warming, mainly due to two things:

1) I'm a scientist and want either evidence or a hypothesis that can be tested
in some manner. FYI: results from a model that cannot correctly forecast current climate conditions will be ignored if said results predict doom and gloom in the future.

2) I have no particular political agenda when it comes to the climate. This gives me the freedom to question any declarations made by either side.

In any event, the Imperial Torturer posts
about some more scientific whacking of all the Chicken Littles.

A family in Canada wants a law passed that will allow them to sue their daughter because she was in a car wreck while pregnant. The accident caused some damage to the little girl. Excerpt:

The family is as close as ever,but Doug Rewega wants to be able to take
legal action against his wife, Lisa, on behalf of their daughter, Brooklyn.

As close as ever? The Magic 8-Ball says: Unlikely.

Why did I have trouble getting dates before marriage? Apparently I'm an expensive drunk:

Pisces Style:
since you're pisces you proberly already now that
you share a sign- as well as an addictive
personality with--- Liv tyler,Liza Minelli and
Kurt Cobain. not only do pisces like to lose
themselves in the dream like state that only
hooch can induce, but they can build up a
strong tolerance real fast. who needs an
expensive date like that? on the other hand,
they're fabulosly enchanting partners, be it
conversation or crime with the right pisces you
can start out sgaring a pitcher of margaritas
and wind up in bed togeather for days. what?
the phrase 'addictive personality' can be seen
from two angles y'know


Alcohoroscopes MRK 2- the stars and your drinking style
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Quiz via Emilywho also provided me with this uplifting
news
.

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Desert Island Bloggers Which 10

Desert Island Bloggers

Which 10 bloggers would you bring to a desert island?

Kim from The G-Spot

Yes, Kimmy is first on the list. I don’t think I would be able to take her without Darin and the kids, so this may end up being more than 10 people…but, man, would it be fun. Kim is genuine, funny, spontaneous and very supportive.

Ed from Captain's Quarters
Ed’s integrity is what guarantees him a place on the island. He is level headed, fair, intelligible and interesting to talk with in areas of differed opinion.

Her Grooviness from Eurotrash
Really, what would a desert island be without a wacky Brit? Someone has to pour the pints and write her own paper instead of working for the man.

FoO from GotFoO
I don’t know if you’ve been reading long enough to know how I found FoO. But it was from a search for the phrase “America’s Favorite Freak.” This, of course, was referring to Michael Jackson. But, once I found FoO, he was strangely magnetic.

Amanda from Hot Abercrombie Chick

Ah, our philosopher. The world would be a much different place if it weren’t for philosophers. We have to have her with!

Stu from GuruStu
Who else is going to teach us how to relax while waiting for our rescue? Plus, he would be great at engaging Amanda in a philosophical discussion.

SJ from Sarcastic Journalist
She’s actually available for a trip to a desert island now that she was fired. Oh, and she’s pregnant too, so the population continuation would be ensured.

Laurence from Amish Tech Support
What is it about the name Simon that gets everyone riled up? In this case it’s true. Laurence Simon really shakes things up and I wouldn’t want to be out on an island without someone having the capacity to be brutally honest. Plus, he’s Jewish. It can’t just be me.

Daniel from Was I There?
Daniel is a lot like Kim in that I wouldn’t be able to take him without Richard, so I’m adding even more to the list. What the hell, we’ll have fun, right? Daniel is going to bring his uniqueness, style and nachos to the table.


Goldie from dramaqueen
Goldie, Goldie, Goldie. I would want Goldie with just to lighten things up and make them more ethereal. She puts the yum in yummy.

And, just to keep up the whole blogger support thing, here is where this idea is stolen from:

Da Goddess from:

Up Yours from:

Right Wing News

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April 21, 2004

Game on!

The Victory Coalition

Michele has been a busy young lady. Kevin, too. Check out his original post here for details on how to join/

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Assorted links

Yeah, I'm too lazy to write my own stuff. Ergo, I link to others. Anyone that reads me on a regular basis(both of you) will probably appreciate that.
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Found this quiz via Annika:

You are 29% geek
You are a geek liaison, which means you go both ways. You can hang out with normal people or you can hang out with geeks which means you often have geeks as friends and/or have a job where you have to mediate between geeks and normal people. This is an important role and one of which you should be proud. In fact, you can make a good deal of money as a translator.
Normal: Tell our geek we need him to work this weekend.

You [to Geek]: We need more than that, Scotty. You'll have to stay until you can squeeze more outta them engines!

Geek [to You]: I'm givin' her all she's got, Captain, but we need more dilithium crystals!

You [to Normal]: He wants to know if he gets overtime.

Take the Polygeek Quiz at Thudfactor.com


I can't begin to tell you how much this result disturbs me:

Buttercup

Which Princess Bride Character are You?
this quiz was made by mysti

Joseph Farah predicts the outcome of the presidential election; it's not good for Bush. He joins Dean in feeling that way. Me? I'm still waiting for the conventions. Considering that Kerry will receive his convention bounce waayyy before the election, and Bush will get his much closer to the first Tuesday in November, I'm inclined to disagree with them both. History will be the judge, though.

It's reasons such as the ones presented in this article that make me avoid Earth Day activities like the plague. I ought to go carrying a sign saying "More nuclear power plants to make the enviroment cleaner." It's true, of course, but I'd probably get killed.

Want to get nothing done at work today? Go here. Thanks a lot, Jonah.

Campaign ads I'd like to see.

John Kerry might want to check how his campaign money is being spent.

Dean discusses meeting your significant other via the Internet. Good stuff, if you're single.

Victory Coalition: give until it hurts.
The Victory Coalition

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Useful information

Getting tired of having to provide information such as your name and email address to newsites before you read the articles therein? Well here's a solution for you: bugmenot.com. Just enter the name of the website you're attempting to login to and you will be provided with some dummy user id's and passwords. Hat tip to Neal Boortz.

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April 20, 2004

Like The Wind I have

Like The Wind

I have 5 more class periods before my finals. In two weeks and one day from now, I will be free for the summer.

Next week I will be studying hard for finals and trying to get this blog moved to it's new home. I hope I can be around to handle stuff around here, but if I'm not, you know why.

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News roundup

Another pimple on the butt of humanity gets popped. Swing away, sister, swing away.

This is a little disturbing. Commit a crime on Indian lands and get prosecuted twice. Apparently this doesn't violate the double jeopardy clause. I remain unconvinced.

I'm betting that this stings a bit.

What do you mean, Ted Kennedy's driving me home?


So Coke has created C2, or Coke-lite. What kind of slogans will this stuff spawn?

1) "It's the really watered-down thing."
2) "I can't believe it's not Coke!"
3) "It tastes more like regular Dr. Pepper than bile."

Yes, they're crappy slogans. And no, I don't care. Actually, I'm more worried about the possibility of "New C2".

Whatever you say, my masters:



A disc that can hold 25 Gb of data and can be destroyed with a pair of scissors.
Pretty cool.

I agree with the #1 song on this list. Every time that song starts I have to control my gag reflex. But I still love The Sounds of Silence.

Wow! Lacy has really grown up.


No offense to Dr. Keilis-Borok, but isn't
predicting a big earthquake in California like predicting that the sun will rise in the east? He has given a pretty tight timeline, though.
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A sad obituary...

Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend by the name of Common Sense who has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape. He will be remembered as having cultivated such value lessons as knowing when to come in out of the rain, why the early bird gets the worm and that life isn't always fair.

Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don't spend more than you earn) and reliable parenting strategies (adults, not kids, are in charge). His health began to rapidly deteriorate when well intentioned but overbearing regulations were set in place.

Reports of a six-year-old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate; teens suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch; and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student, only worsened his condition. It declined even further when schools were required to get parental consent to administer aspirin to a student; but, could not inform the parents when a student became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion.

Finally, Common sense lost the will to live as the Ten Commandments became contraband; churches became businesses; and criminals received better treatment than their victims. Common Sense finally gave up the ghost after a woman failed to realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot, she spilled a bit in her lap, and was awarded a huge settlement.

Common Sense was preceded in death by his parents, Truth and Trust, his wife, Discretion; his daughter, Responsibility; and his son, Reason. He is survived by two stepbrothers; My Rights and Ima Whiner. Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone.

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Just had to add this

Was over perusing the posts over at Cold Fury when I saw that Mike had linked to this article wherein the author discusses how, like Zell Miller, the Democrat party has left him. Excerpt:

In a way, what the Democratic party is now is somewhat like a first wife thought about at a safe distance from the divorce. You know you loved her at some point but you can't really remember why. You know she was beautiful to you then, but now you can only see the ruins of that beauty, and you are glad you got the best years. You know that, yes, you must have been happy with her and had a lot of good times. But now you can't remember where or when. In fact, when you think about her now you can't really believe you wasted all those declining years with here just because you believed that somehow, some time, she would grow sane, beautiful, and young again.

Life and politics though don't run backwards. One the hardest things to learn in life is when to leave, that's why we're always leaving late. It's not that the Republicans are running the most decent game in town. It is only that lately they seem to be the only game in town, at least the only one that puts America first. That's why I'm getting on their train. At least to the next stop.

Read it all. His point of view represents a lot more of this country than people think. As I've mentioned in the past, I'm dismayed at what the Democrats have become. I voted for Doug Wilder because I thought he was the best candidate for the job here in Virginia. Turns out that I was right because he managed to correct a fiscal nightmare while acting in a principled manner. A Democrat such as Wilder probably couldn't get elected today because he's not rabid enough. Too bad.

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April 19, 2004

Monday stuff

Want to see some background on the whole Israel/Palestine conflict? Go here.

John Leo flogs the DC press corps. Again.

Duke plans to end 8 a.m. classes because they're trying to figure out what to do to help sleep deprived students. Here's a thought: shut down all sales of beer in town at 9:00 p.m.. Trust me when I tell you that I know the Duke student body pretty well.

WT living F? And I see that my old alma mater is participating. Great. Excerpt:

It is true that Americans have the rights to free speech and assembly. But we do not have the right to protest in all times and places. The Day of Silence takes place at school during classes. Teachers expect their students to speak when called upon, but will the Day of Silence become an exception? Students expect their teachers to teach, but will the Day of Silence become an excuse for teachers to cancel classes, or worse, to show inane videos?

What can you do to resist the Day of Silence? In any community, the answer is to organize a coalition of students and parents, and go straight to the local school board. Tell the school board that students do not have the right to carry on protest activities during the school day, and teachers should be expected to teach during their classes. Most importantly, demand that the school board ban all use of taxpayer money for supporting the Day of Silence.

Here's a question that comes to mind: when did our schools decide that their sole purpose in life was to promote whatever social agenda they could find rather than bothering to actually teach our children something? And lazy kids will use this as an excuse to not do the work. See if this looks too farfetched:

Teacher: Okay students, today is the day for your exam in speech class. Who wants to go first?

Student holds up sign which states that he/she is participating in the Day of Silence and therefore won't be participating.

Teacher: Oh goodness, I forgot. Silly me. All of you get an "A"

Teacher(if I were the instructor): Great. The first zero of the day. Who's next?

Vox Day offers some insight into the mind of a man. Excerpt:

Finally, it is not a bad thing to encourage the boy within the man from time to time. The man who cannot put aside the cares of supporting a family from time to time is a widow waiting to happen. The woman who not only accepts, but supports the male friendships of her husband will always be the most popular woman among the married men in her social circle. And learning even a little about football and holding a staunch opinion on which Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model is the prettiest will go a surprisingly long way in ensuring acceptance by the boys.

If a woman treats a man with civility and respect, maintains a cheerful attitude toward him and encourages him believe in himself, he will not only respond with love and affection, but will consider it an honor to lay down his life for her, both metaphorically and, if the occasion demands it, literally.

I think that I heard it put best the character Maurice on Northern Exposure:
Men are simple creatures, ruled by two things: their stomachs and their penises.

Doug Powers often makes me laugh and today's column is no different. Excerpt:


Trying to figure out what Kennedy is saying at a campaign rally often makes me appreciative of the skills of Timmy from Lassie. Where's Jon Provost when you need him?

"Ahnd ahftah muthna hahve olll crompushnin Johhhnn..."

"What is it, boy? Kerry needs our vote?"

"Nithmish nahd caheforea jah Kreee!"

"Bush must not be re-elected or there will be global Armageddon? Good boy!"



In addition to the occasionally comical slurry harangues, Ted can be absolutely shameless. When Kennedy is endorsing Kerry, he isn't even shy about touting the fact that Kerry once saved somebody from drowning – this statement often causes more uneasiness and suppressed giggles in the room than the time Marilyn Monroe crawled out from under the podium after a JFK press conference.

Statements like this are the most telling symptom of Kennedy's ivory tower induced moral myopia. Ted Kennedy, without batting an eye, can proudly laud a colleague for saving someone from drowning? This takes some serious nerve – right up there with Lizzy Borden praising the skillful hatchet work of Paul Bunyan.

This picture is great. Link via the Instamonster.

I had noticed when Sullivan mentioned that he had an article out supporting a dollar/gallon tax on gasoline. Fisking it would have been easy. Also pointless, as Lileks rakes him over the coals better than I ever could. Excerpt:

Here I disagree. Low gas prices are bad for the economy and bad for drivers, he says - the sort of statement that makes you read everything that follows with wry detached amusement, the same way you'd regard an article on canine training that began "dogs respond remarkably well to feng shui." You read on because it can only get better.

He refers to gas as “woefully undertaxed.” If one uses the phrase “woefully undertaxed” one may be correct, but one should not be surprised when one’s conservative bona fides are called into question. You could make the argument that cable TV is woefully undertaxed. Peanut butter is woefully undertaxed. Once you’ve identified a good that can be cured by additional taxation, well, everything is woefully undertaxed. There aren’t any pro-war movies being made! We could fund them with a movie tax! Popcornn is woefully undertaxed! He says:

The truly needy tend to consume less gas than their middle-class compatriots. Others say it penalizes those in remote and rural areas. So what?

Some conservatives say it's antithetical to the American Dream. Hooey.

I’m not sure how I can argue with that.

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So long Air America; we hardly knew ye

Okay, Bloviating Radio Incorporated(yes, I know that O'Reilly already has a successful show) isn't dead in the water yet. However, as this article points out, it's already on life support. It just doesn't know it yet. The rest of do, though. Link found via Neal Boorz.

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I wonder if Al Gore will sue?

The guy that invented the World Wide Web has been awarded 1 million euros. When informed of the prize, Al Gore had this to say:

"He betrayed the Internet!!!!"

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Happy Days are here again

I go away on vacation and miss the biggest story in the blogiverse: Kelley is working on a new Cul-de-Sac. Also found this quiz via Suburban Blight.


:: how jedi are you? ::

Note to self: stop fantasizing over Carrie Fisher and answer the questions properly.

Update: And the new Cul-de-Sac is up. Kelley mentions that she's not, well, I'll let her tell you:

Before I turn it over to you, a word about link-whoring. Back when I started Sacking, I didn't ever know what link-whoring was. Heh - I learned fast. Later, knowing that every blog out there had a linkback gimmick or two at its disposal was one of the things that drove me away from doing a Sac every week. In short, I don't want anyone to feel obligated to linkback on this. I ain't doing this for the linkage - I'm doing it for the love, baby. Because I like reading blogs. So take it easy.

I didn't link to the Sac because I felt obligated; I linked to it because it's great. It's good to have it back. Now I just have to find time to read the gazillion posts she links to.

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April 14, 2004

News roundup

Well, since I'll be on vacation and away from my PC until Monday, I thought that I'd finish my blogging week off with a roundup of items. Here goes:

Unbelievable. It's amazing that this little girl survived.

This isn't good news. As my son would say, "Owie!".

And I thought I liked to ski fast. Not compared to this guy.

I have a lot of respect for Mr. Wanniski but I have only one reply to this article: bullshit. Excerpt:

The only way to get the burden off the USA is to shift it to the United Nations in general and the UN Security Council in particular.

Yeah, let's get give the responsibility to a group that could stomp at the ground and miss.

Does anyone else want to TP Bill Gates' house? After reading this, you will. One brief observation about Windows: each release since(and including 95) has contained some sort of security flaw, albeit for different reasons each time. Is there some reason why people are stupid enough to keep buying the next version as soon as it's released? Good grief.

Does this make me look fat?
Trident of devotion : An Indian female Tamil devotee (L) who has her tongue pierced with a metal trident is watched by another devotee as she begs in front of the Murugan Temple in Madras on the occasion of Varuda Pirappu (Tamil New Year). (AFP/Dibyangshu Sarkar)

The officers must have been distracted by a donut sale. Or maybe this article.

Mel wants to push the envelope in primetime.

Here's a message to some people: grow up.

Steroids: the other white meat.

I've mentioned it before, but this time, I mean it. This is really, really cool.

Wanna see something really scary? Excerpt:

Being somewhat of a voyeur when it comes to natural catastrophe, I couldn't resist running some scenarios through the new catastrophe calculator.

If you read on, please keep in mind that the odds of a serious impact occurring in any year are extremely low. A civilization-ending impact, while possible, almost surely won't happen within our lifetimes (90 percent of all asteroids big enough and close enough to do the job will be found by 2008) and is extremely unlikely even over the next millennium.

But hurling big virtual rocks at the planet is admittedly kind of fun. And in this case it's at least more scientifically meaningful than the average video game. I started by dropping a 9.3-mile-wide (15-kilometer) asteroid -- the estimated size of the suspected dinosaur killer -- on San Francisco.

The Bay Area doesn't do so well.

The resulting crater, at 113 miles (181 kilometers) wide, pretty much tells the story. The entire metropolis vanishes faster than you can say where you left your heart. What isn't consumed is knocked over in an earthquake of magnitude 10.2, bigger than any in recorded history. Heat from a scorching fireball would turn much of the state, and parts of others, into toast.
Be sure to read Lucifer's Hammer as well.

Headline: Search To Find Dangerous Asteroids Nearly Complete. Big whoop. What can they do when they see one? Go around screaming like a chimp that stuck a fork into an electrical socket? Or sit there and smoke a pipe leisurely while stating, "Yep, we're all gonna die."

Cool article here. Wait. What was that about?

Take me to your leader.
Birth control is a subject the main Philippine presidential contenders have chosen to quietly ignore. Here 'Mr. Condoman' in Manila(AFP/File/Romeo Gacad)

Where can I get one of these things?

Um, WTF?

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Waffles R'nt Us

Just say no to Waffles this November. Remember, he's not just for breakfast anymore.


waffles2.gif

Waffles


Also saw this over at A Little More To The Right and it's in line with the theme of this post:



wafflehouse.jpg

You don't want this to happen, do you?

And courtesy of Kevin I give you this:



kerryimg.png

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Wictory Wednesday

I watched the press conference last night and was struck by the President's demeanor more than his words. He appeared honest and forthright. Also, he seemed ready and willing to do what he deemed necessary in Iraq, letting the voters judge him as they see fit in November. It was also good to hear a politician state that "I don't govern based on polls." Quite refreshing in contrast to he who shall not be named. Oh sure, Bush is a politician and will do and say things purely for political benefit on occasion. However, I'll offer another contrast between the two presidential candidates: Bush called John Kerry to congratulate him on sewing up the Democrat nomination while Kerry saw fit to make gratuitous slams on Bush's character at a union gathering. Real classy, dude.

Today is Wictory Wednesday. Every Wednesday I ask my readers to volunteer and/or donate to the Bush campaign if they haven't done so already. And if you have volunteered and donated, then get a friend to join you. It's the only way to defeat the lying liberal media.

If you're a blogger, you can join Wictory Wednesday simply by putting up a post like this every Wednesday, asking your readers to volunteer and/or donate to the president's re-election campaign. Be sure to visit these fine participating blogs:

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One comment about the press conference

The first question asked contained both "Vietnam" and "quagmire" in it. Holy. Crap. That's got to be a record. Did the press corps have some sort of press conference game show going on where they'd receive points for inserting Ted Kennedy talking points into their questions? It looks like the first guy must have tried for the daily double. Maybe he would have made it to the bonus round if he could have some insinuated that the President flew the 9/11 planes into the World Trade Center by remote control.

Question: would it be wrong to create a little attitude adjustment on some reporters using a Louisville Slugger? Inquiring minds want to know.

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April 13, 2004

Do you feel lucky, punk?

Apparently, he did.

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Another pointless quiz

I found this java script hidden away in a temporary file so I don't know where I found this quiz. In any event, here are my results:




You're Dune!

by Frank Herbert

You have control over a great wealth of resources, but no one wants to let you have them. You've decided to try to defend yourself, but it may take eons before you really get back what you feel you deserve. Meanwhile you have a cult-like following of minions waiting for your life to progress. This would all be even more exciting if you
could just get the sand out of your eyes.



Take the Book Quiz
at the Blue Pyramid.

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April 12, 2004

Hard to argue with his logic

Saw the following excerpt over at Vox Populi:

Alex wrote: Crappy power Republicans do not represent the wishes of the majority of the party in the Majority Party

I agree. What I don't understand is that given this, why do you think that enlarging this already ineffectual conservative majority will help you take the party away from the strong government Republicans who have controlled it since its birth? I've already seen good conservatives spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to do precisely what you're advocating, only to eventually quit the party in disgust, their lesson learned the hard way.

You will never be allowed to seize the reins of power. Do you truly believe that it is happenstance that the same sort of quasi-moderate Republicans keep getting nominated, regardless of whether they are electable or not? Do you think it is an accident that the party is always trying to unseat one of its most popular members, Ron Paul? The notion of "fixing" the Republican Party is like trying to take over a Fortune 500 company to bring your product to market instead of starting a new business. It may look easier, but the reality is harder because you have an active opposition.

Only those who think outside the box ever have the ability to create significant change. The two-party system exists for a reason and only way to break out of the long-term bipartisan direction is to build a third party. And a third party will never grow unless those who are sympathetic to its goals are willing to give up their addiction to the status quo. That's my take on it. Perot and the Reform party were not a genuine movement as they had no ideology, however, they did show that their is real discontent. Just imagine if Perot had not been a goofy-looking loon, but a principled and properly polished candidate committed to liberty.

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Not for cat lovers

I found this automobile commercial that's likely to offend anyone that has/likes cats(note: I own 3 myself). However, I traced the origin of the clip and it has an interesting lineage. Here's the earlier, alternative version. I wonder if there's a "monkey" version yet? If not, Frank will probably create one.

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find the lie?

Masterful effort dissecting logical fallacies over at Snooze Button Dreams.

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M-O-N-D-A-Y S-U-C-K-S

Well, it's Monday morning and I'm sitting in my cubicle waiting for network access to be granted that will allow me to do my new job. Also waiting for incorrectly revoked old access to be restored so that I can finish up old projects that I started in my old position. Consequently, I think it's time to add lots of linky love today:

And still more from Neal Boortz:

A bit later today a breathless media will be standing by to report on John Kerry's latest campaign gambit ... the "Misery Index." He's going to try to tell Americans just how horrible things are for them.

Well, let's see ....

  • Inflation is low
  • Interest rates are low
  • Unemployment is low and new claims for jobless benefits are going down
  • Jobs are being created at the greatest rate in years, and a greater proportion of these jobs are high-paid managerial positions.
  • Family income is at an all-time high, and yes ... that's adjusted for inflation.
  • Almost one-half of wage-earners pay no federal income taxes at all
  • Home ownership levels are also at an all-time high.
  • Fewer people are on welfare
  • Illegitimate birth rates are down
  • Record amounts are being spent on entertainment like movies, theme parks and vacations
  • More and more people are rediscovering their religious faith

Yeah .. it's a miserable time to live in America, isn't it? Well, John Kerry is sure going to try to convince you that it is. Remember, good news for you is usually bad news for Democrats. Bad news for you is good news for Democrats. Democrats in general, and John Kerry in particular, thrive when you suffer. Kerry will do his best today to convince you that you are far more miserable than you really feel. Do you really want to lend your political support to a candidate and to a party that thrives on misery?

Now we know why John Kerry has such a long face. He can't help it, he's just miserable.

You can't say that! At least, not in Canada. Here's hoping that the US doesn't join in. John Leo has the scoop. Excerpt:

'Canada is a pleasantly authoritarian country," Alan Borovoy, general counsel of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, said a few years ago. An example of what he means is Bill C-250, a repressive, anti-free-speech measure that is on the brink of becoming law in Canada. It would add "sexual orientation" to the Canadian hate propaganda law, thus making public criticism of homosexuality a crime. It is sometimes called the "Bible as Hate Literature" bill, or simply "the chill bill." It could ban publicly expressed opposition to gay marriage or any other political goal of gay groups. The bill has a loophole for religious opposition to homosexuality, but few scholars think it will offer protection, given the strength of the gay lobby and the trend toward censorship in Canada. Law Prof. David Bernstein, in his new book "You Can't Say That!" wrote that "it has apparently become illegal in Canada to advocate traditional Christian opposition to homosexual sex." Or traditional Jewish or Muslim opposition, too.
...
In the United States, the dominance of anti-bias laws and rules limiting free speech and free exercise of religion is clear on campuses, not so clear in the real world. Still, First Amendment arguments are losing ground to antidiscrimination laws in many areas, and once stalwart free-speech groups, like the American Civil Liberties Union, have mostly gone over to the other side. An unlikely split has occurred. In the interest of fighting bias, liberal groups reliably promote laws that limit First Amendment principles. The best defenders of free speech and freedom of religion are no longer on the left. They are found on the right.

Global blarney?

A movie opens at #1 and stays there for three weeks, dropping back into the pack for the next three. Said movie then jumps back to #1 in week 7. Not surprising, though, when you consider the movie's subject and the time of year.

When otters attack! I'll bet that FOX is unhappy that reality upstaged them for once.

The Bible is a book for all people. Bob Just has the scoop.

Mark Steyn on the current situation in Iraq. Excerpt:

So how bad are things in Iraq?

Answer: not very. Fallujah is not the new Mogadishu, Muqtaba al-Sadr is not the new Ayatollah Khomeini and, despite what Ted Kennedy says, Iraq is not ''George Bush's Vietnam.'' Or even George Bush's Chappaquiddick.

Read the whole thing.

So Eleanor Clift thinks it's horrible that Condi didn't apologize during her testimony. I'll take the cow by the horns here and apologize in Rice's place: I'm sorry that you're a complete asshat, Eleanor. There. Feel better now?

It's hunting season again. Deroy Murdock wants to bag a RINO.

Shhh! Jonah Goldberg reveals what the President knew and when he knew it.

Michele has a note to the leftists out there. Excerpt:

You know what's going to happen if we don't take these bastards out?

Look here. Read these stories. That's what will happen. We will live that all over again. And some of us won't even live it. We'll be dead.

That's what you are supporting, you traitorous fools.

This is war. The insurgents and their backers are our enemies. Either put down your signs and get on the right side or head over to Iraq, strap on a suicide belt and show your real support for these goons.

Oh, it's so much easier to just chant and sing, isn't it? You are a bunch of cowards. Traitors, cowards and supporters of mass murderers and tyrants. If that's the kind of people you support then get the fuck out of here and go live with them.

And the hell with your moral equivelancy. Drop your crappy little fool's lies in the comments about how everything is our fault, how we made poor little al Sadr and all the Mullahs and Arafat and all those other henchmen hate us. I no longer consider your comments even worthy of my laughter.

I'm going now to spend Easter Sunday with my family. If you people don't want us to fight terrorism, I better go enjoy as much time with my family as I can while we're all still free to do so.

Assholes.

I think she should stop holding back and tell us what she really thinks.

When moonbats collide. Link via Michele. Warning: if you don't actually hate this country or support terrorists, the pictures are likely to make you very, very angry.


Not sure what to make of this result. Found over at Annika's place:
kiss my ass2
congratulations. you are the kiss my ass happy
bunny. You don't care about anyone or anything.
You must be so proud

which happy bunny are you?
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Harvey posts some things that make a woman look sexy. I agree about smiles being sexy. Everytime my wife smiles at me I just melt. Yes, I'm her lapdog. More to the point, I like it that way.

John Cole has the latest excerpt in his ongoing series of posts filed under what he calls "Democratic Stupidity". Lifted in its entirety:

The memo has been released, and if you had any doubts that the left had any desire to do anything but to politicize 9/11, check out the Calpundit's rhetoric:

Look, I know there's a perfectly good case to be made that the PDB merely states generalities and doesn't warn of a specific, impending attack. That's fine as far as it goes, and it's the spin I'd expect the White House to put on it.

It's all spin in the weird world of Democrats. How about it is the truth?

Asparagirl turned 25 today. I'm surrounded by children in the blogosphere! Anyway, stop by and wish her a happy one. And read the stuff the she and her husband write. Top notch stuff, including this post and this one. Note: the second post contains links to extra geeky humor. Having read it all before only underscores my geek quotient. And I love the title of the post: "That's What We Call An ID 10 T Problem." One excerpt from the first link:

I'm an apatheist. The question is no longer interesting, and the answer no longer matters.

Den Beste bids farewell to his latest blogroll graduates and welcomes a new group into the fold. He also links to this response by George Turner in a comment thread over at the Emperor's place. Here's the response in its entirety:

I am the very model of a modern left wing democrat.
I vent my spleen and prattle in forums on the internet.
I can’t hold long a single thought. I need to take my Ritalin.
Now what was that you asked of me? Did I just take my vitamin?
I cannot lose an argument, so why don’t you get used to it.
I won’t concede a single point, even if there’s no truth in it.
No matter what you say to me, I’ll post back an ad-homenim.
Regardless of the things you do, you’re all BushHitler’s supermen
They call me Post-It Note’s bleat boy, and I post crap like it was true.
On all the countless websites that my drivel is cross-posted to.

Chorus:
We call him Post-It Note’s bleat boy, and he posts crap like it was true.
On all the countless weblogs that his drivel is cross-posted to.
On all the countless weblogs that his drivel is cross-posted to.

Your weblog I will litter with my often posted snivelling
And you all have to pay the bill, supporting all my drivelling.
My posts sum up in six bad lines of mindless dreck and scribbling,
But lots of carps and doodoo too, plump out my posts with twiddling.
Impossible to penetrate much less on which to cogitate
I don’t see how you can relate, to my simplistic mental state.
I will flame you with invective till you yield to my perspective.
Of socialist utopia when we join the big collective.
My whole outlook is progressive my belief is so obsessive
All your taxes are regressive cause with stuff we are possessive.

Chorus:
His whole outlook is progressive his belief is so obsessive
All our taxes are regressive cause with stuff they are possessive.
All our taxes are regressive cause with stuff they are possessive.

I’m ignorant of simple facts, both social and historical.
So don’t confuse me with your lies, just argue metaphorical.
No matter what you say to me, I’ll argue opposite you see.
If provably you show I’m wrong I’ll change the question joyfully.
My facts are bad, conclusions too, my arguments erroneous,
You’ll be crying oh “boo hoo”, cause I’m so sanctimonious.
My learning is extensive but is nothing more than Chomskyia,
Designed to fan my hatred of the Empire called Amerika,
Your ruler soon is coming down, we'll crush him like a big ass clown
John Kerry soon will wear the crown, so I don't care if you all drown.
I am the very model of a left wing personality.
I intersperse mendacity with vacuous opacity.

Chorus:
He is the very model of a left wing personality.
He’ll intersperse mendacity with vacuous opacity.
He’ll intersperse mendacity with vacuous opacity.

So Kelley's ailment was finally diagnosed: benign MS. Not surprisingly, she shows the same rock-solid determination and good humor that we've come to expect from her. Go by and wish her well.

Spoons continues his search for the "Diogenes For The Blogosphere." Excerpt:

Are there no honest, decent liberals in the blogosphere? None at all?

Josh Marshall long ago removed the mask, and few now cite him as an example. Kos is a raving hate-filled lunatic, shunned even by left politicians. Now the erstwhile Calpundit, Kevin Drum, so esteemed that the Washington Monthly put him in charge of their entire web operation, reveals himself to be yet another dishonest hack.

The commenters came up with 3(that's right, only 3) such: Roger Simon, Jennifer Larson amd Michael Totten. I added Jeff Jarvis.

Speaking of Jarvis, he has the best line that I've seen about the box office rankings from this last weekend:

: Jesus beats Hellboy.

Spoons keeps talking about This Just In. I'm gonna have to check it out. Excerpt:

How many more days of this 9/11 Commission are we gonna have to wade through? Everybody's trying to figure out who's responsible. Let me save you some time and money. ARABS!

* * *

Newspaper Headline: Panel Concludes Al Qaeda Could Have Prevented 9/11

Enough for now. I actually have some work to do. Really. Okay, stop laughing. Now!

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Quote of the day

Lifted in its entirety from Neal Boorz's website:

"War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling that thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself." .... John Stuart Mill.

It occurs to me that there are quite a lot of people in this country who fit that description. Most of them will vote for John Kerry in November.

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Finally

So Mickelson breaks through in a major. At Augusta, no less. Good for him.

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April 11, 2004

"Jersey Girl" review(sort of)

I just saw my 6th Kevin Smith movie and it's the first one that I think my mother would actually enjoy. Quite a departure from films such as Clerks or Chasing Amy. However, you'll find something familiar in that several actors from earlier films appeared in this one, too. Let's run down the list:

Ben Affleck: Mallrats, Chasing Amy, Dogma, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back and now Jersey Girl.
Matt Damon: I don't remember him from Mallrats, but the other movies listed for Affleck apply here. And no, I didn't check IMDB.
Jason Lee: See also Ben Affleck

One oddity is that I didn't see Kevin Smith anywhere, although I did hear that Silent Bob had been retired. What I found amusing, though, is that Smith appeared briefly in Daredevil, starring ?guess who? Ben Affleck. Incest might be too strong a word to use here, but not by much. Anyway, I'll try to avoid details as much as possible. Unlike for The Passion, the phrase "spoilers ahead" applies here.

Ben Affleck does a pretty good job as a man who became a single father when his wife died during childbirth. Interestingly enough, J-Lo played his wife. She did a pretty good job for the 10 minutes she was onscreen. Lots of personal growth involved and some somewhat sappy sentiments about what's really important. You think maybe Kevin Smith's child has anything to do with that? Or the fact that this is his first movie not rated "R"? Nah. In any event, pretty decent romantic movie with a decent mix of comedy and drama. Excessively bitter people might not enjoy it, but I did. So go check it out, if you want.

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April 09, 2004

Ah ha!

I checked Blog City's header editing and it does allow META encoding, which means that I can redirect visitors to the new mu.nu site. Once all my old posts have been moved over to this site, I'll set up the redirect with a short delay. After a couple of months, it will cease to be necessary. Very cool.

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Clancy of the Overflow

Andrew Barton 'Banjo' Paterson

I had written him a letter which I had, for want of better
    Knowledge, sent to where I met him down the Lachlan, years ago,
He was shearing when I knew him, so I sent the letter to him,
    Just on spec, addressed as follows, "Clancy, of The Overflow".

And an answer came directed in a writing unexpected,
    (And I think the same was written with a thumb-nail dipped in tar)
'Twas his shearing mate who wrote it, and verbatim I will quote it:
    "Clancy's gone to Queensland droving, and we don't know where he are."

In my wild erratic fancy visions come to me of Clancy
    Gone a-droving "down the Cooper" where the Western drovers go;
As the stock are slowly stringing, Clancy rides behind them singing,
    For the drover's life has pleasures that the townsfolk never know.

And the bush hath friends to meet him, and their kindly voices greet him
    In the murmur of the breezes and the river on its bars,
And he sees the vision splendid of the sunlit plains extended,
    And at night the wond'rous glory of the everlasting stars.

I am sitting in my dingy little office, where a stingy
    Ray of sunlight struggles feebly down between the houses tall,
And the foetid air and gritty of the dusty, dirty city
    Through the open window floating, spreads its foulness over all.

And in place of lowing cattle, I can hear the fiendish rattle
    Of the tramways and the buses making hurry down the street,
And the language uninviting of the gutter children fighting,
    Comes fitfully and faintly through the ceaseless tramp of feet.

And the hurrying people daunt me, and their pallid faces haunt me
    As they shoulder one another in their rush and nervous haste,
With their eager eyes and greedy, and their stunted forms and weedy,
    For townsfolk have no time to grow, they have no time to waste.

And I somehow rather fancy that I'd like to change with Clancy,
    Like to take a turn at droving where the seasons come and go,
While he faced the round eternal of the cash-book and the journal—
    But I doubt he'd suit the office, Clancy, of The Overflow.

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