June 30, 2004

Wictory Wednesday

1) "Many of you are well enough off that ... the tax cuts may have helped you," Sen. Clinton said. "We're saying that for America to get back on track, we're probably going to cut that short and not give it to you. We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good."

2) The Kerry campaign cozying up to Michael Moore.

The two reasons listed above are sufficient to dump Kerry like a steaming pile of dog poop. I had hoped after Dean collapsed that the Democrats would pull back from the abyss of idiocy and attempt to act more reasonable. Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine that the party as a whole would take a running start and then swandive into the pit. God help us all if Kerry wins the presidency because the nutjobs that have hijacked the Democrats will be running the country, and that's enough to give anyone night sweats.

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 09:38 PM | Comments (0)

Do I know her?

I'm not certain, but her face rings a bell.

Posted by Physics Geek at 04:04 PM | Comments (1)

What is wrong with people?

Maybe we can get an elephant to "babysit" the asswipe in this news story. I don't think that 12 years in prison suffices for his crime, but that's just me.

Posted by Physics Geek at 04:01 PM | Comments (0)

New ads

I've added some ads to the sidebar. One is for Steve's new book, "Eat What You Want and Die Like A Man." Number two is for the website All About Cats. It contains all sorts of trinkets and doodads for cat lovers. It also has a Devine Feline photo contest each month, with the winner getting a $10 gift certificate to be used for the next web purchase. Think cat blogging with a capitalistic twist.

Posted by Physics Geek at 03:45 PM | Comments (0)

Stale PGH assignment

And moldy, too. Ever check your draft folder and realize that you DIDN'T publish something you thought you had? No? Okay then, it's just me. In any event, here's a month old PGH assignment: What are some possible signs that the anti-war crowd is getting REALLY desperate?

This assignment is bound to bring out either the snark or the beast in me. Maybe both. In any event, let's get down to business with my late assignment:

1) In an attempt to drum up more money for their cause, the wacko left has created an infomercial on cable television touting Michael Moore's Weight Loss Strategy. Act now and receive the free gift: Beauty Secrets of Helen Thomas.

2) Joe Isuzu hired as spokesperson for Moveon.org

3) The People's Republic of Berkeley passes a resolution to secede from the United States. Motion is rescinded when it's discovered that the rest of the country thought they already had.

4) Hippies mount a stuffed chimp to a wooden board as a symbol of their opposition to President Bush. A small ruckus ensues when the board turns out to be Al Gore.

5) Hippies drive around Iraq using bullhorns to broadcast the following message:

"There are no terrorists here! These people are our friends. The American people support the efforts of the so-called insurgents. As proof, we offer the number of members in our organization:

1,000
923
817
633
219
65 and still growing!"


Posted by Physics Geek at 03:26 PM | Comments (0)

Precision guided humor assignment

I'm back from vacation and ready to write crappy attempts at humorperform my Alliance duties. Here is this week's assignment: What excuses will Air America come up with to explain their poor performance?

Well, let's begin by looking at their shows and hosts:

1) The O'Franken Factor- Oh, I get it! It's a play on the O'Reilley Factor. Funny! Too bad the show isn't. When you've styled yourself as the liberal Rush Limbaugh, you ought to pay attention to what makes him so popular: humor and insight. Screeching "Bushitler!" while flinging feces at your microphone probably isn't the way to build an audience. I'm just sayin' is all. And hosted by Al(ice) Franken and Katherine Lanpher. Wow. You can just smell the charisma coming off of them in waves.. Oh wait, that isn't charisma I smell.

2) The Majority Report- Pffttttt! Crap, there goes my soda. The title implies that the majority of Americans are wacko leftwing nutjobs. Or maybe it just means most of Hollywood. Okay, they have a point. Anyway, it's hosted by Janeane Garofalo and Sam Seder. Confession time: I think Janeane is cute. Now don't barf on me. My (slight) infatuation goes back to her days on the Larry Sanders show. She was funny and hot. Hey, I like my women with curves. And maybe she's ugly compared to Uma Thurman, but so what? Lots of women are by that standard. She even struck me as pretty bright over the years. Too bad she's got the Kool-Aid IV working these days. Anyway, Air America has apparently teamed her up with Orville Redenbacher. Give the leftists credit: it takes talent to find someone that makes Garofalo look like a heavyweight by comparison.

3) The Randi Rhodes Show- Here's the description: Randi brings her own brand of provocative and infectiously humorous talk to Air America Radio.

She's infectious like a flesh-eating bacteria. This shrieking harpy makes me want to jam a meat thermometer in my ear and pound it in with a sledgehammer.

Okay, I have to quit now: my breakfast is attempting to swim upstream. On to the excuses:

- Al Franken exudes such raw animal magnetism that others feel inferior just listening to him. To prevent this from happening, people don't listen to his show. Or any of the others.

- The average listener doesn't have the intellectul depth to handle the subtle difference between "Bush=HItler" and "Bush is Hitler".

- Evil conservatives are burning down all radio stations that want to carry Air America. I have "vivid and painful memories of Air America radio stations being burned in my own state when I was a child"...

- "It's not poor perfomance; it's different performance. Who's to say that an Arbitron rating of 10.0 is better than one of 0.00000000000000000000000001?"

- The nasty Republicans are going to disrupt my daughter's wedding! Whoops, wrong paranoid fantasy. My bad.

- We haven't sacrificed enough goats on the altar in our Hillary shrine.

- YEEEAARRGGHHHH!

Well, that sucked. Anyway, homework is done.

Posted by Physics Geek at 03:11 PM | Comments (2)

June 29, 2004

Aw, for crying out loud!

So Kelley has called it quits. F**k! Another of my favorite bloggers goes down for the count. Hopefully she'll get back off of the mat someday. In any event, stop by and give her your best wishes.

Posted by Physics Geek at 08:48 PM | Comments (0)

Apparently I'm a good friend to have.
So I've got that goin' for me

Found the quiz results below interesting. Hat tip to Leeann.

dem
You are Form 8, Demon: The Destroyer.

"And The Demon took advantage of the chaos
and seized civillization. With grace and
style, Demon slit The Goddess's belly and
drowned the world in her blood. The Goddess,
The Demon, and the world were no
more."

Some examples of the Demon Form are Seth (Egyptian)
and The Horsemen of the Apocalypse (Christian).
The Demon is associated with the concept of
destruction, the number 8, and the element of
earth.
His sign is the full moon.

As a member of Form 8, you are a very strong willed
individual. You don't let others' opinions
sway your own and you're usually not afraid to
speak your mind. However, some may see you as
a bit overly passionate but it's just because
you never back down from your values. No
matter what, you always do everything with
style. Demons are the best friends to have
because they will back you up.


Which Mythological Form Are You?
brought to you by Quizilla

Posted by Physics Geek at 07:38 PM | Comments (0)

Embrace the Penguin

Check out this article over at Linux Today. Excerpt:

After getting up early and scoping out the Net for new and interesting stories to post, I ran across several articles detailing a new form of malware that supposedly hides in Web site graphics, and will download a package to a computer running IE, without the user even knowing it. No one is sure what this package will do; it could be spyware doing keystroke logging, or could be a way to turn an infected computer into an unwitting spam generator. Time, unfortunately, will tell.

Now, after reading this, I was not terribly concerned, since the one Windows machine in the house runs Netscape, and this lovely new piece of malware affacts only those unfortunate running Internet Explorer. But, when my wife came in to say goodbye before she went to work, I said this to her:

"If you surf at work today, you may want to rethink it. There's a new virus hiding out in images out on the Web."

"On which sites?," my intelligent spouse asked.

"They don't know yet, or they're not saying," her not-so-intelligent husband replied.

And as we were having this exchange, I realized that this tiny little conversation had to be the most insane thing I said or will say today. It boiled down to: there's a virus out there that will hit your IE-running computers and you won't know where or when it hits.

Now, to be fair, later today I learned that this immediate threat had been thwarted, because they managed to shut down the Russian server all this malware was sending information to. The malware is still out there, still infecting IE-running PCs, except now it's effectively rendered toothless. Not by a patch or a fix from Microsoft, understand.

And, after all of this, that's when it dawned on me: Internet Explorer must die.

Not be fixed. Not be patched. Be dead, as in no one in their right mind should use it anymore.

This is a piece of software--a closed source, and therefore supposedly (ha!) more secure piece of software, mind you--that is constantly having innumerable flaws exposed and taken advantage of. In the recent past, it was download this, and you're doomed. Open this, and you're in trouble.

Now, it's: open any page on a Web site running a Microsoft Internet Information Server, and you potentially could be infected.

Read this again: By opening a page. With pictures.

I say that this sort of irreponsibility must be stopped and stopped now. The public must be made aware that while Microsoft is certainly not responsible for the behavior of crackers behaving the way they do, they are certainly responsible for creating such a fertile field for them to play in.

Read the whole thing.

Posted by Physics Geek at 04:11 PM | Comments (1)

It's that time again...

Yes! I'm talking about bashing France, our national pastime. Lyrics to a Weird Al song, Genius In France, have been posted here. I'm reposting it in its entirety here because, well, see for yourself:


Genius In France
by Al Yankovic

Lyrics:

I'm not the brightest crayon in the box
Everyone says I'm dumber than a bag of rocks
I barely even know how to put on my own pants
But I'm a genius in France (yeah), genius in France, genius in France

Hoom chaka laka
Hoom chaka laka
Hoom chaka

I may not be the sharpest hunk of cheese
I got a negative number on my SATs
I'm not good looking and I don't know how to dance
But nevertheless and in spite of the evidence I am still widely considered to be
A genius in France, a genius in France, a genius in France

People say I'm a geek, a moronic little freak
An annoying pipsqueak with an unfortunate physique
If I was any dumber, they'd have to water me twice a week

But when the Mademoiselles see me, they all swoon and shriek
They dig my mystique, they say I'm c'est magnifique
When I'm in Par-ee, I'm the chic-est of the chic

They love my body odor and my bad toupee
They love my stripey shirt and my stupid beret
And when I'm sipping on a Perrier
In some cafe town in St. Tropez

It's hard to keep the fans at bay
They say, "Sign my poodle, s'il vous plait"
"Sign my poodle, s'il vous plait"

Hemenene humenene
himenene homenene
Poodle... poodle...

Folks in my hometown think I'm a fool
Got too much chlorine in my gene pool

A few peas short of a casserole
A few buttons missing on my remote control
A few fries short of a happy meal
I couldn't pour water out of a boot with instructions on the heel

Instructions on the heel
Instructions on the heel

But when I'm in Provence, I get free croissants
Yeah, I'm the guy every French lady wants
And if you ask 'em why, you're bound to get this response
(He's a genius in France! Genius in France!)

That's right
(He's a genius in France, genius in France)
You know it
(He's a genius in France, genius in France, genius in France)

I'm not the brightest bulb on the Christmas tree
But the folks in France, they don't seem to agree
They say, "Bonjour, Monsieur would you take ze picture with me?"

I say, "Oui, oui"
That's right, I say, "Oui, oui"
"Oui, oui"
He says, "Oui, oui"

I'm dumber than a box of hair
But those Frenchies don't seem to care
Don't know why, mon frere
But they love me there

I'm a genius in France
Yeah, I'm a genius in France

Gonna make a big splash when I show up in Cannes
Gonna make those Frenchies scream
"You ze man! You ze man! You ze man!"

Like a fine Renoir (waa), I've got that je ne c'est quoi (quoi!)
Like a fine Renoir (ooh la la), I've got that je ne c'est ...
Quoi quoi quoi quoi quoi, oo-we-oo
Quoi quoi quoi quoi quoi, oo-we-oo

Bow diddy bow di bow di bow bow diddy
Bow diddy bow di bow di bow bow diddy
Bow

[snort]

I'm a taco short of a combo plate
But by some twist of fate, all the Frogs think I'm great
Oh, the men all faint and the women scream
They like me more than heavy cream

When I'm in Versailles, I'm a popular guy
My oh my, I'm as French as apple pie (apple pie)
They think I'm awfully witty, a riot and a half
When I tell a stupid joke, they laugh (haw haw haw haw haw)
And laugh (haw haw haw haw haw haw)

People in France have lots of attitude
They're snotty and rude, they like disgusting food
But when they see me, they just come unglued
They think that I am one happening dude

Bowm ba ba bowm ba bowm ba bowm
I'm about as sharp as a bowling ball
But they like me better than Charles de Gaulle

Entre nous, it's very true
The room temperature's higher than my IQ
But they love me more than Gerard Depardieu
How did this happen; I don't have a clue

Well, I'm not the quickest tractor on the farm
I don't have any skills or grace or charm
And most people look at me like I'm all covered with ants
But I'm a genius in France (yeah), genius in France, genius in France

And I'm never goin' back, I'm never goin' back
I'm never never never never goin' back home again
I'm tearin' up my return flight ticket
Gonna tell the folks back here where they can stick it

'Cause I'm never goin' back
I'm never goin' back
I'm never goin' back

The girls back home never gave me a chance
But I sho' 'nuff got them Frogs in some kinda trance
And I'm aware that it's a most improbable circumstance
But "Great Googily Moogily!", I'm a genius in France

Every Frenchie that I meet
Just can't wait to kiss my feet
Get in line, pucker up! Tout Suite!

Bowm diddy bowm diddy bowm diddy

I'm gettin' even more famous by the hour
I'm stuffed with pastries and drunk with power
Now they're puttin' up my statue by the Eiffel Tower

A little more to the left, boys, a little more to the left
A little more to the left, boys, a little more to the left

I'm the biggest dork there is alive
My mom picked out my clothes for me 'till I was 35
And I forgot to mention
I'm not even welcome at the Star Trek convention

But the Frenchies think

That my poop don't stink
I'm a genius in France

Say, would you pass the Grey Poupon?
Merci beaucoup

Oh, and check out the lyrics to Bob as well. It's a song consisting entirely of palindromes. Very cool. Both links via Jay Nordlinger.

Posted by Physics Geek at 03:27 PM | Comments (3)

Hyprocisy, thy name be Michael Moore

So Michael Moore, the bloated pustule disguised as a movie director, claims to be registered as an Independent. Oh really? It muist be the new leftist definition of Independent: registered to vote in 2 separate states. Hat tip to Neal Boortz.

Posted by Physics Geek at 01:58 PM | Comments (0)

June 28, 2004

Mini linky love

While I was on vacation, I had a dream that I was in Hell. Today, awake at work, I realize that my dream was better than today. In any event, here's some linky goodness to get things up and running at the Physics Geek again. More to follow. Someday.

Someone is dissecting The Big Blowhard's latest crockumentary, lie by lie. Great idea. I'd do it myself but I can't force myself to spend money on a ticket.

So no doctor would ever "assist" in someone's death without their consent. Oh really?

Vox offers a history lesson to some of today's public school graduates. Okay, mostly the leftist kind.

John Hawkins describes liberal foreign policy in a nut(ball)shell.

Annika posts a headline that ESPN is sure to steal. Not.

It's teenagers such as this one that give me hope for the future. Link via Jen Speaks via Annika.

The Puppy Blender expounds on hypocrisy from the Left. And yes, I know that's a redundant statement.

Begging to Differ analyzes Extreme Bullshit Farenheit 9/11 and links to reactions from others around the Internet. My favorite was from Andrew Sullivan: "I'd address the arguments, if there were any."

Spoons is apparently unhappy about the recent flap over Jew-munition in the freaking US House of Representatives. Excerpt:

Let me get this straight. We're so goddamn sensitive and solicitous of the Nazi sentiment that pervades that Arab world that we're now supposed to ask the goddamn terrorist cocksuckers which mutherfucking bullets they prefer to be shot with so we don't hurt their fucking feelings?

Jesus Fucking Christ!
Neil Abercrombie (D - HI)
Curt Weldon (R -PA)
You bastards are on my fucking list.

Don't hold back, dude. Tell us how you really feel. Heh.

Harvey posts some interesting links, including a recipe for a Harvey. The last ingredient is, umm, interesting. Here are a couple of variations for me:

How to make a Physics Geek
Ingredients:
3 parts competetiveness
5 parts brilliance
3 parts leadership
Method:
Stir together in a glass tumbler with a salted rim. Serve with a slice of curiosity and a pinch of salt. Yum!

Username:

Personality cocktail
From Go-Quiz.com
How to make a Matthew
Ingredients:
5 parts pride
5 parts humour
5 parts empathy
Method:
Blend at a low speed for 30 seconds. Serve with a slice of curiosity and a pinch of salt. Yum!

Username:

Personality cocktail
From Go-Quiz.com

Gag. I like this one better:

How to make a matthew
Ingredients:
1 part anger
5 parts silliness
1 part ego
Method:
Stir together in a glass tumbler with a salted rim. Top it off with a sprinkle of curiosity and enjoy!

Username:

Personality cocktail
From Go-Quiz.com

However, I did like the different results from the Warning Label quiz:

Physics Geek is poisonous! Induce vomitting if ingested.
N
POISON

Username:
From Go-Quiz.com

and

>
WARNING
Matthew is radioactive. Wear protective clothing at all times.

Username:
From Go-Quiz.com
Posted by Physics Geek at 09:28 PM | Comments (1)

Words of wisdom

Moxie has provided me with the best laugh that I've had so far today. Excerpt:

It should not surprise you that the French manicure involves painting blinding white polish on the outer edge of your nails.

You know -- just in case you have to surrender at a bar. And don’t have a white flag or a pair of panties to wave like the nutsack-less pussy you are.

Posted by Physics Geek at 06:18 PM | Comments (0)

New to the blogroll

Looks like the apple didn't fall far from the tree: the du Toit daughter has her own blog called Tragically Normal. Good reading and a nifty site design. Go check it out. Thanks to our fearless leader for linking to it.

Posted by Physics Geek at 06:05 PM | Comments (0)

TQM Questionnaire

If you're easily offended, don't read this!

GOD'S TOTAL QUALITY MANAGEMENT QUESTIONNAIRE

God would like to thank you for your belief and patronage. In order
to better serve your needs, God asks that you take a few moments to
answer the following questions.

Please keep in mind that your responses will be kept completely
confidential, and that you need not disclose your name or address
unless you prefer a direct response to comments or suggestions.

1. How did you find out about God?

__ Newspaper
__ Other Book
__ Television
__ Divine Inspiration
__ Word of mouth
__ Near Death Experience
__ Tabloid
__ Burning Shrubbery
__ Bible
__ Torah
__ Other(specify): _____________

2. Which model God did you acquire?

__ Yahweh
__ Father, Son & Holy Ghost Triplet
__ Jehovah
__ Jesus
__ Allah
__ Satan
__ God
__ None of the above, I was taken in by a false god

3. Did your God come to you undamaged, with all parts in good working order
and with no obvious breakage or missing attributes?

__ Yes __ No
If no, please describe the problems you initially encountered here:

________________________________________________

4. What factors were relevent in your decision to acquire a god?
Please check all that apply.

__ Indoctrinated by parents
__ Needed a reason to live
__ Indoctrinated by society
__ Needed focus in who to despise
__ Imaginary friend grew up
__ Hate to think for myself
__ Wanted to meet girls/boys
__ Fear of death
__ Wanted to piss off parents
__ Needed a day away from work
__ Desperate need for certainty
__ Like Organ Music
__ Need to feel Morally Superior
__ My shrubbery caught fire and told me to do it

5. Have you ever worshipped a God before? If so, which false god
were you fooled by? Please check all that apply.

__ Odin
__ Cthulhu
__ Zeus
__ The Almighty Dollar
__ Apollo
__ Left Wing Liberalism
__ Ra
__ Barney T.B.P.D.
__ The great Spirit
__ The Great Pumpkin
__ The Sun
__ The Christian Coalition
__ The Moon
__ A burning cabbage
__ The Bomb
__ Other: ________________

6. Are you currently using any other source of inspiration in addition to
God? Please check all that apply.

__ Tarot
__ Lottery
__ Astrology
__ Television
__ Fortune cookies
__ Ann Landers
__ Psychic Friends Network
__ Dianetics
__ Palmistry
__ Playboy and/or Playgirl
__ Self-help books
__ Sex, Drugs and Rock and Roll
__ Biorythms
__ Bill Clinton
__ Tea Leaves
__ EST
__ Mantras
__ Pat Robertson
__ Crystals
__ Human Sacrifice
__ Pyramids
__ Wandering around a desert
__ Insurance policies
__ Burning Shrubbery
__ Barney T.B.P.D.
__ Other:__________________
__ Barney Fife
__ None

7. God employs a limited degree of Divine Intervention to preserve
the balanced level of felt presence and blind faith. Which would you
prefer (circle one)?

a. More Divine Intervention
b. Less Divine Intervention
c. Current level of Divine Intervention is just right
d. Don't know ... what's Divine Intervention?

8. God also attempts to maintain a balanced level of disasters and
miracles. Please rate on a scale of 1 - 5 his handling of the
following (1=unsatisfactory, 5=excellent):

a. Disasters
flood
1 2 3 4 5
famine
1 2 3 4 5
earthquake
1 2 3 4 5
war
1 2 3 4 5
pestilence
1 2 3 4 5
plague
1 2 3 4 5
SPAM
1 2 3 4 5
AOL
1 2 3 4 5

b. Miracles
rescues
1 2 3 4 5
spontaneous remissions
1 2 3 4 5
stars hovering over towns
1 2 3 4 5
crying statues
1 2 3 4 5
water changing to wine
1 2 3 4 5
walking on water (other than
the Hudson)
1 2 3 4 5
talking flaming shrubbery
1 2 3 4 5
VCRs that set their own clocks
1 2 3 4 5
Saddam Hussein still alive
1 2 3 4 5
Cubs winning the Series
1 2 3 4 5
Clinton's re-election
1 2 3 4 5

9. Do you have any additional comments or suggestions for improving
the quality of God's services? (Attach an additional sheet if
necessary):


_____________________________________________________________________________
_____________________________________________________________________________
____________________

Thank you!

Posted by Physics Geek at 02:19 PM | Comments (2)

June 18, 2004

Happy blogday to me...

And so it's been one year. Hard to believe. Anyway, I'm celebrating by going on vacation, driving to Missouri to visit a friend. See y'all when I get back.

Posted by Physics Geek at 01:10 PM | Comments (2)

June 17, 2004

Ouch!

I mean really: OUCH! Scroll down to the headline "GOP ARTILLERY AIMS AT KERRY'S ECONOMIC PESSIMISM" and start reading. Excerpt:

"My message to Senator Kerry is this, since you have been away from the Senate, missing hundreds of important votes, the economy has taken off and hundreds of thousands of new jobs have been created. While you have been campaigning, America has gone back to work. Maybe you should too."

-Rep. Candice Miller (R-MI)

I disagree with this comment in one respect. Check out this snippet:

"...since you have been away from the Senate...the economy has taken off and hundreds of thousands of new jobs have been created. "

Seems to me that the best place for Kerry to be is away from DC.

Posted by Physics Geek at 05:56 PM | Comments (1)

Too bad this nutball didn't receive the Democrat presidential nomination

So Howard Dean says, well, let's hear it from him:

Howard Dean said the scream speech "never happened," and that its repetition more than 900 times in the following week showed cable "at its worst" and revealed cable news as a "Murdochized" entertainment medium, not journalism.

Uh Howard? You might want to up the dosage. I'm just saying. For the record, I was piddling around on my blog with the TV on in the background that evening when Dean made his foray into political oblivion. When he started screeching, "We're going to ", I was chuckling a bit. And then came the YEEEAARRGGHH! sound, which actually startled me. Not because it sounded manical(okay, it did a little), but rather because this was a nationally televised speech. It's one thing when you're feeding red meat to both of your supporters in private, quite another to act like a raving looney when the whole world is watching. I wondered if I was the only one that felt that way. Turns out that I wasn't.

Hat tip to Jeff.

Posted by Physics Geek at 05:42 PM | Comments (2)

So long, farting dog. We barely knew ye.

Actually, the tooting pup has been around for 20 years. For some reason, people no longer think the logo is "trendy". Whatever.

Posted by Physics Geek at 03:50 PM | Comments (0)

Why?

Because we can. It's the best answer I can come up with. Excerpt:

AN Indian bank, which operates what it bills as the world's highest ATM in the fareastern state of Sikkim, is hoping the cash dispenser will ring in business once a trade route to China is reopened.

The automatic teller machine, set up at an altitude of 13,200 feet (4023m) along the winding route that links the Tibetan capital Lhasa to Sikkim's capital Gangtok, has been installed by UTI Bank with the help of US-based NCR Corp, which made the special machine.

"This is a technological feat," said UTI vice president Jayanta Chatterjee of the ATM which runs on a generator when its fuel is not frozen by temperatures that plummet below -20 degrees Celsius.

Not your average hiking trail.

Posted by Physics Geek at 02:59 PM | Comments (0)

What's that I smell?

Ah yes, the latest steaming pile from the New York Times, cleverly hidden in a column by Juan Williams. Excerpt:

But in a close race, the key to re-election rests on the president's ability to increase his percentage of the black vote. Here, he has the chance to make tremendous gains — if only because he now has practically no support among black voters. A May Washington Post/ABC News poll showed the likely Democratic nominee, Senator John Kerry, with a 79 percent to 6 percent lead over Mr. Bush among black voters. If the president gets only 6 percent of the black vote this year he will have achieved the near impossible task of getting a lower percentage of black votes than he did in 2000, when he won 8 percent.

But the president has the opportunity to flip the script. With a direct appeal, President Bush could win at least 20 percent of the black vote — and the White House.

My point is not that President Bush is polling horribly among blacks. Hey, he personally drove the car that dragged William Byrd to his death, right? At least, that's the impression you're likely to get listening to the Democrats. What I'm saying is that the prize of the black vote mentioned in this article is fool's gold. If President Bush's people buy into this nonsense, Senator Kerry will be sworn in as the next president. I can almost guarantee that Bush will receive less than 10% of the black vote this fall. After all, the Democrats will play up the church burning/black lynching/white sheet wearing "aspect" of the Republican Party(sorry Senator Byrd) as election day nears. Predictably, the blacks in this country will vote overwhelmingly for Waffles. I will add one caveat: if the Republicans start receiving 20% of the black vote in general elections, the Democrats can kiss the White House goodbye for a generation or more.

Posted by Physics Geek at 01:46 PM | Comments (0)

June 16, 2004

Human debris set to go free

Via Michelle Malkin comes a link to this story. So a guy beats a 6 year old into unconciousness and then passes out from smoking crack. The girl dies. Man spends time in jail and gets released. That's bad, but it's not the worst: he's got a cable TV job lined up already and he's still in jail. For killing a 6 year old girl. Words fail me.

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Coming soon to a theater near you

Via the Emperor comes this link to Floyd and his artwork for Michael Moore.

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Wictory Wednesday

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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The horror! The horror!

Found this freakish link over at The Smoking Gun. I wonder if I'm too young for retinal transplants. Ugh.

Update: The above mentioned story seems to have bothered Ace a bit.

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For those over the age of 30

Received the following in an email that had been forwarded so often that the addresses took up more space than the actual text. However, it does offer some interesting perspective:

People over 30 should be dead.

Here's why ............

According to today's regulators
and bureaucrats, those of us
who were kids in the 40's,
50's, 60's, or even maybe
the early 70's probably
shouldn't have survived.

Our baby cribs were covered
with bright colored lead-based
paint.

We had no childproof lids
on medicine bottles, doors
or cabinets, ... and when we
rode our bikes, we had no
helmets.
(Not to mention the risks
we took hitchhiking.)

As children, we would ride
in cars with no seatbelts
or air bags.

Riding in the back of a pickup
truck on a warm day was
always a special treat.

We drank water from the
garden hose and not from
a bottle.

Horrors!

We ate cupcakes, bread and
butter, and drank soda pop
with sugar in it, but we were
never overweight because
we were always outside
playing.

We shared one soft drink
with four friends, from one
bottle, and no one actually
died from this.

We would spend hours building
our go-carts out of scraps
and then rode down the hill,
only to find out we forgot
the brakes.

After running into the bushes
a few times, we learned to
solve the problem.

We would leave home in the
morning and play all day,
as long as we were back
when the street lights
came on.

No one was able to
reach us all day.

NO CELL PHONES!!!!!

Unthinkable!

We did not have Playstations,
Nintendo 64, X-Boxes, no
video games at all, no 99
channels on cable, video
tape movies, surround
sound, personal cell phones,
personal computers, or Internet
chat rooms.

We had friends!

We went outside and found
them.

We played dodge ball, and
sometimes, the ball would
really hurt.

We fell out of trees, got
cut and broke bones and
teeth, and there were no
lawsuits from these accidents.

They were accidents.

No one was to blame but us.

Remember accidents?

We had fights and punched
each other and got black
and blue and learned to get
over it.

We made up games with
sticks and tennis balls and
ate worms, and although we
were told it would happen,
we did not put out very many
eyes, nor did the worms
live inside us forever.

We rode bikes or walked to
a friend's home and knocked
on the door, or rang the
bell or just walked in and
talked to them.

Little League had tryouts and
not everyone made the team.

Those who didn't had to learn
to deal with disappointment.

Some students weren't as
smart as others, so they
failed a grade and were
held back to repeat the
same grade.

Horrors!

Tests were not adjusted
for any reason.

Our actions were our own.

Consequences were expected.

The idea of a parent bailing
us out if we broke a law was
unheard of.

They actually sided with
the law.

Imagine that!

This generation has produced
some of the best risk-takers
and problem solvers and
inventors, ever.

The past 50 years have
been an explosion of
innovation and new
ideas.

We had freedom, failure,
success and responsibility,
and we learned how to deal
with it all.

And you're one of them!

Congratulations!

Please pass this on to others
who have had the luck to grow
up as kids, before lawyers
and government regulated our
lives, for our own good !!!!!


People under 30 are WIMPS !

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June 15, 2004

Color me NOT surprised

Well, looky here. Looks like someone posted pictures of Wonkette as a child on the Internet.

A visitor looks at Rasputin's penis displayed at the first Russian museum of erotica in St. Petersburg. The museum was founded by Igor Knyazkin, the chief of the prostate research center of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences.(AFP/Interpress/Alexander Drozdov)

They also found the secret ingredient in the Howard Dean cocktail:
A man prepares an absinthe drink.  The Swiss parliament voted to end a 96-year ban on absinthe, the mythical herbal liqueur beloved of artists at the turn of the century and blamed for driving some of them mad.(AFP/File/Denis Maraux)

A man prepares an absinthe drink. The Swiss parliament voted to end a 96-year ban on absinthe, the mythical herbal liqueur beloved of artists at the turn of the century and blamed for driving some of them mad.

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When you can snatch the YEAEARRGGHH from my hand, you will be ready Grasshopper

Just saw interesting poll results over at Zogby wherein the Bush-Cheney ticket is matched up against Kerry-Dean and Kerry-Gephardt. Excerpt:

In an interactive presidential poll of 7,741 likely voters in key battleground states conducted by Zogby Interactive, a John Kerry-Howard Dean ticket receives 47% of support as compared to the George Bush-Dick Cheney ticket with 48%. Independent Ralph Nader receives 1%. The interactive poll was taken Tuesday, June 1 through Sunday, June 6. Overall results have a margin of sampling error that ranges between +/- 2.1- 4.5 percentage points.

In a nationwide telephone poll conducted during the same period that tested the pairing of John Kerry with two vice president candidates, Howard Dean and Richard Gephardt, Bush-Cheney holds a narrow lead over both Kerry tickets. In either race, Bush-Cheney leads by two percentage points, 45% to 43%. Ralph Nader garners 3% support with 8% unsure in a Kerry-Dean pairing, and Nader receives 4% of the vote with 7% unsure when Kerry is paired with Gephardt.

So the vice-presidential candidate might have an effect this election cycle. Who will John Effing Kerry pick?

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June 14, 2004

Time for the glue factory

I wonder if the other horses will make fun of the one in this story.

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One final Ronald Reagan post

Watching the media reaction last week reminded me of an essay by P. J. O'Rourke: 100 Reasons Why Jimmy Carter Was A Better President Than Bill Clinton. Specifically, it reminded me of the final and best reason:

And let us not forget that Jimmy Carter gave us one thing Bill Clinton can
never possibly give us-- Ronald Reagan.

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So where did they bury the rest of him?

hiscock tombstone.jpg

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New to the blogroll

From the Emperor comes great tidings: Michelle Malkin has her own blog. So one of my favorite columnists now posts mini-columns every day, in addition to her regular work. Sweet.

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Farewell, President Reagan

So I watched the eulogies in the Rotunda early Friday and then tuned in the TV to Foxnews around 7:30 to watch the conclusion of President Reagan's state funeral. I listened to Reagan's children give heartfelt speeches as they reminisced about their dad. And I watched Nancy finally break down over Preasident Reagan's casket as she said her final goodbyes. I was sitting with my wife at the time and I held her a little tighter right then watching someone suffer through pain I can't even imagine.

Image courtesy of Michele.

Update: I planned on linking to some of the eulogies, but Jonathan Hawkins has beaten me to it. Go here, here and here.

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And the winner is...











If the presidential election were held today, for whom would you vote?
George Bush
John Kerry
John McCain
Ralph Nader


  

Free polls from Pollhost.com

Poll code from the Command Post via Michele.

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June 11, 2004

Pre-election numbers

I've noticed some projecting an attitude of doom and gloom with regards to the Bush polling numbers. Hey Andrew? You might not want to take the LA Times at its word. Both links via Hugh Hewitt. Even more interesting is the link to the Iowa futures market for the presidential race of 2004. The current numbers might surprise you. Even Zogby, who called the race for Kerry last month, provides this update wherein he notes the Bush has been gaining on Kerry of late. Excerpt:

The poll numbers reflect a slight improvement for the President. Based on interactive polls conducted June 1-6 by Zogby Interactive of Utica, New York in 16 battleground states around the country, Democratic presidential challenger John Kerry would defeat the incumbent today by an Electoral College tally of 296 to 242. However, races in several states are simply too close to call.

Two weeks ago, Mr. Kerry held a 102-vote lead in the Electoral College, 320-218.

Rasmussen has the race still a dead heat. Hmm. Two prominent pollsters known for their accuracy show Bush closing the gap against Kerry or pulling even. The futures market lists somewhat towards the incumbent. And yet the LA Times decides to bravely buck the trend and post their completely madeup numbers. Past results are not necessarily indicative of future results, of course, but I'm betting against the LA Times. Call me crazy.

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June 10, 2004

There ought to be a law

My guess is that Congress is already debating the public safety hazard posed by flying toilets. All you chili eaters that like to smoke while in the loo> They're coming for you.

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Schwarzenegger's tribute to Reagan

Saw the following column by the current governor of California. I'm reprinting it here in its entirety.


For several days, we have been hearing what Ronald Reagan meant to the world.

We all have such vivid memories of him, because he was a man of clarity -- in his heart, in his faith, in his convictions and in his actions. His was a strong, unwavering flame that burned brightly. That is why, although we have not seen him in 10 years, he appears to us so clearly today.

Reagan was a hero to me. I became a citizen of the United States when he was president, and he is the first president I voted for as an American citizen. He inspired me and made me even prouder to be a new American.

He used to talk about the letter he received from a man who said, ''You can go and live in Turkey, but you can't become Turkish. You can go and live in Japan, but you can't become Japanese. You can go to live in Germany or France, but you can't become German or French.'' But the man said that anyone from any corner of the world could come to America and become an American.

When I heard President Reagan tell that story, I said to myself, ''Arnold, you Austrian immigrant, he is talking to you. He is saying that you will fit in here. You will be a real American, able to follow your dreams.''

He represented America

President Reagan symbolized to me what America represented -- hope, opportunity, freedom. He made us remember that the United States stood for something great and noble. Once again, it was alright to stand tall and believe in this country, and in ourselves.

He made each of us, no matter our station in life, feel part of something larger and grander. He saw America as an ''empire of ideals,'' and he advanced those ideals to the world.

Just Monday, I spoke with some of my friends in Austria and Germany. They told me that every single newspaper, every television station, every radio program around the clock is reporting on the life and death of Ronald Reagan. The reports are not just about the passing of an American president, but intimate stories that capture the essence of the person and the persona -- as if he were one of their own.

Why are people everywhere so deeply and personally affected by Ronald Reagan's legacy? Because his leadership profoundly influenced not only America, but also the world. He embodied the very things that all people desire, the same things that draw immigrants like myself to the United States: an unfailing optimism, a devotion to freedom and a belief in the goodness of humankind.

He is a role model for any of us who have been granted the public trust as an elected leader. He led a life of public service with common sense and uncommon purpose. And he taught me something very special about this country: That here, the greatest power is not derived from privilege; it is derived from the people.

President Reagan's unshakable faith in the people reminds us that despite the challenges we face, by the power of our collective resolve, we are a mighty force for goodness and progress.

Words of action

He said, ''To those who are faint-hearted and unsure, I have this message: If you are afraid of the future, then get out of the way, stand aside. The people of this country are ready to move again.''

These are words of action, fitting for a nation whose best days are always ahead. Every generation can nourish the American experience -- with more opportunity, stronger security, greater equality, new discoveries.

Ronald Reagan is gone, but his spirit remains with us in all of its vigor and charm. We see the twinkle in his eye, the winning smile on his face, and we hear his message of optimism, courage and strength.

He once said, ''In this springtime of hope, some lights seem eternal. America's is.'' We are thankful for the life of Ronald Reagan, and blessed that his own light is eternal.

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June 09, 2004

Especially for the women

A fairy tale for the assertive woman of the 2000's:

Once upon a time, in a land far away, a beautiful, independent, self assured
princess happened upon a frog as she sat, contemplating ecological issues on
the shores of an unpolluted pond in a verdant meadow near her castle.

The frog hopped into the princess' lap and said,"Elegant Lady, I was once a
handsome prince, until an evil witch cast a spell upon me. One kiss from you,
however, and I will turn back into the dapper, young prince that I am and then,
my sweet, we can marry and set up housekeeping in yon castle with my mother,
where you can prepare my meals, clean my clothes, bear my children, and
forever feel grateful and happy doing so."

That night, as the princess dined sumptuously on a repast of lightly sauteed
frog legs seasoned in a white wine and onion cream sauce, she chuckled to
herself and thought,"I don't fucking think so."

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Hot and smart

Gee, it seems like there are a lot of Republican babes out there, doesn't it? Even one who lives in New Zealand. Yes, Stacy's mom DOES "got it goin' on".

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Wictory Wednesday

The passing of Reagan has rightfully replaced all of the current campaign bickering in the media. Soon though, the onslaught of he said/he said/I did NOT!/He did TOO! will begin again. Someone in the Kerry campaign will accuse Bush and the Republicans of roasting small children over campfires. The Bush people will respond with ads describing Kerry's voting record. And then the Kerry people will run around screaming about the negative attacks on their candidate. Funny how illustrating someone's past is considered going negative while relentless personal assaults is considered within bounds. Look, I'm no neophyte here. Politics is a rough and tumble, brass knuckles business. If you can't handle the truth about your past, then you have a few choices:

1) Change your past. Say hi to Christopher Lloyd for me while you're there.

2) Own up to your past and mention that there are some things that you would probably do differently now, having made the mistakes of callow youth in the past.

3) State that you support every single decision/statement that you've ever made and let the chips fall where they may. Suck it up and be a mensch.

4) Run around screaming like a baby because someone has the unmitigated gall to accurately describe your record.

I leave it to the reader to decide which of the above choices describes the junior senator from Massachusetts.

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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And still more LOTR stuff

Are you a LOTR fan? Do you like Monty Python? Then imagine the bastard offspring of J.R.R. Tolkein and Terry Gilliam. He/she might have produced this. And I thought I didn't have a life. Wow. Hat tip to Da Goddess.

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June 08, 2004

This looks like a job for...

The Smiths were unable to conceive children, and decided to use a surrogate
father to start their family. On the day the proxy father was to arrive,
Mr. Smith kissed his wife and said, "I'm off. The man should be here soon".

Half an hour later, just by chance, a door-to-door baby photographer rang the
doorbell, hoping to make a sale. "Good morning, madam. I've come to...."

"Oh, no need to explain. I've been expecting you," Mrs. Smith cut in.

"Really?" the photographer asked. "Well, good ! I've made a specialty of babies."

"That's what my husband and I had hoped. Please come in and have a seat."

After a moment she asked, blushing, "Well, where do we start?"

"Leave everything to me. I usually try two in the bathtub, one on the couch
and perhaps a couple on the bed. Sometimes the living room floor is fun too;
you can really spread out!"

"Bathtub, living room floor? No wonder it didn't work for Harry and me."

"Well, madam, none of us can guarantee a good one every time. But if we try
several different positions and I shoot from six or seven angles, I'm sure
you'll be pleased with the results."

"My, that's a lot of ..." gasped Mrs. Smith.

"Madam, in my line of work, a man must take his time. I'd love to be in and
out in five minutes, but you'd be disappointed with that, I'm sure."

"Don't I know it.", Mrs. Smith said quietly.

The photographer opened his briefcase and pulled out a portfolio of his baby
pictures. "This was done on the top of a bus in downtown London."

"Oh my god!!" Mrs. Smith exclaimed, tugging at her handkerchief.

"And these twins turned out exceptionally well, when you consider their
mother was so difficult to work with."

"She was difficult ?" asked Mrs. Smith.

"Yes, I'm afraid so. I finally had to take her to Hyde Park to get the job done
right. People were crowding around four and five deep, pushing to get a good
look."

"Four and five deep?" asked Mrs. Smith, eyes widened in amazement.

"Yes", the photographer said. "And for more than three hours, too. The mother
was constantly squealing and yelling - I could hardly concentrate. Then
darkness approached and I began to rush my shots. Finally, when the
squirrels began nibbling on my equipment, I just packed it all in."

Mrs. Smith leaned forward. "You mean they actually chewed on your, um, ...
equipment?"

"That's right. Well madam, if you're ready, I'll set up my tripod so that we
can get to work."

"Tripod??".

"Oh yes, I have to use a tripod to rest my Canon on. It's much too big for me
to hold very long. Madam?.... Madam?..... Good Lord, she's fainted!"

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English language trivia

Lots of interesting stuff over here. Excerpt:

The longest common (i.e., likely to appear in an unabridged dictionary) word: "pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis" .

Words which contain all five vowels in reverse alphabetical order:
"duoliteral", "subcontinental" "uncomplimentary".

Check it out if you're interested.

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Oh, that liberal media

Another essay on the liberal media bia, this time from the keyboard of Orson Scott Card. Excerpt:

Testing for Bias

This morning – the Sunday before Memorial Day – I picked up the Asheville Citizen-Times and started looking through national news coverage. You know, the stuff that is filtered through the lens of liberal bias long before it even reaches local papers, which rarely revise what they get off the press service wires.

In a story on Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld’s remarks to the graduating class at West Point, here is the lead paragraph:

“Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, making no mention of the prisoner abuse scandal that has led to calls for his ouster, told a cheering crowd of graduating cadets Saturday that they will help win the global fight against terror.”

Let’s see … how could there be any bias in that? Every word is true, right?

Bulldog Journalism

Except for this: The first thing mentioned, the lens through which we are forced to view the rest of the story, is something that did not happen and that only an idiot would expect might happen: Rumsfeld mentioning the prisoner-abuse scandal at a commencement address at West Point.

The lead, in other words, is not the graduation that is supposedly being reported, but rather Rumsfeld’s failure to resign in the face of events that happened weeks ago.

How is Rumsfeld’s not resigning news? It’s mentioned in this story only because the reporter does not want to let go of it.

This is bulldog journalism: Once you get hold of a story, you never loosen your grip until your victim dies – at least politically.

Read it all. Reprinted in The Ornery American.

Posted by Physics Geek at 06:15 PM | Comments (1)

Feeling stressed?

Having a bad day? Okay, it's time for a little relaxation exercise.

Close your eyes. Picture yourself in a secluded spot up in the mountains. There are trees there, birds are singing, the sky is a rich, clear blue. Now imagine that your sitting next to a pool of water being fed by some mountain springs. Look into the pool of water. It's so clear that you can see the face of the person whose head you're holding under. There now. Feel better?

Posted by Physics Geek at 02:19 PM | Comments (3)

It has ceased to surprise me

A former president dies. A wildly popular former president, I might add. People all over this country lowers their flags to half mast to honor him. However, some had to be dragged kicking and screaming to that point. Excerpt:

Give some Democrats credit: many of the comments released by party factotums on the death of President Ronald Reagan at least attempted to be gracious. But, while some of the words may have been magnanimous, the actions of some Democrats was not.

In California, according to a Democratic House leadership staffer, Democratic House leader Nancy Pelosi's office refused until late in the day West Coast time to prepare any remarks by the leader on the passing of the President.

"A call went out around mid-day on the East Coast that Reagan might be in serious condition, and that party leaders should be ready. But Pelosi's people basically said they couldn't' be bothered. [Democratic whip] Steny Hoyer had to get them in line. We got the impression they just didn't want to say anything that would be construed as supportive of a Republican."

Pelosi's office also nixed sending flowers to the funeral home where the president's body was being prepared for burial.

Back in Washington, staffers at the Democratic National Committee stopped a couple of interns who were lowering the flags to half mast outside their headquarters.

"The interns were just doing what they thought was right," says a DNC staffer, who heard about the incident. "But somebody a bit more senior told them not to lower the flags until they absolutely had to, I guess when President Bush announced that all flags should be lowered. There was only an hour's difference. It was pretty petty, but that's how bad things have gotten around here."

Nice. How very, very nice. Dickheads.

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June 07, 2004

On the road again

Well, it's almost time for my first extended road trip with a toddler onboard. To complicate matters, my wife is 5-1/2 months pregnant with our second child. However, I'm nothing if not stubborn. We WILL have fun. :-)

Where are we going? The family is off to the square dance capital of the world. And no, that is not the reason we're going. One of my wife's best friends moved back home to Branson, MO, before we got married and I mentioned that this might be a good time for our family to visit. The friend hasn't seen our son up close and personal, having to make do with lots and lots of pictures via email. The esteemed spouse was exceptionally pleased by my suggestion, which was kind of the point. She's been missing her friend something fierce. Besides, it'll be a good chance to see parts of the country in ways that you just can't do while flying at an altitude of 35,000 feet. We'll stop by Graceland to tip our hats to The King before continuing on. I'll also play the tourist in St. Louis by riding up in the Arch. Sure it sounds geeky, but, well, what else did you expect from me?

There's still some planning to do(finding hotels with cribs, for instance) before we hit the road, but we're ready other than that. Posting will be non-existent during that time. I've got another week to add more tripe to this site. Stay tuned for still more wastes of time.

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Potty training

Okay, when did this myth begin that you cannot toilet train children before they're 2-1/2/3 years old? A good friend of mine trained her child around the age of 14 months; my mother says that I was trained around 15 months. Okay, one size doesn't fit all for children. However, this rigid mindset seemed to originate around the early 1980's and I can't find any good reason for it. Somewhere around 15 months, most children are probably ready to get started. Things that have to exist before you begin, though:

1) I believe that the child must be able to walk.
2) He/she should have a decent awareness of his/her bodily functions. My son son started bringing me the diaper changing pad when he had a stinky a couple of months ago.
3) Parents must exhibit patience. Remember, you're dealing with a baby; don't be one yourself.

I know several people with 4+ age children that still wear diapers. One will stand in the middle of the room and say, "I'm peeing!" You think that's cute? Not me. If your child isn't potty trained by age four then-barring physical problems- you need to work on your will as a parent. Yes, that's right: you're the freaking parent. Remember that.

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And now back to the serious

I posted a frivolous entry after the linkage to Reagan posts because I just needed a mental break. Seeing the bile pouring out at the DU made me want to puke. Reading lots of the memorial posts to President Reagan has eased my mind enough so that I can describe what Reagan meant to me:

Some of the most vivid memories from my childhood are of the Cold War and the continuous threat of nuclear war. Every Saturday morning, I would listen as the air raid sirens were tested. I lived 6 miles away from the closest shelter, but the sound was loud and clear. We watched the news each day to see how much closer the world had inched towards annihilation. That was how the 1960's ended and the 1970's began.

The Seventies reintroduced this country to government corruption and crimes via Watergate. A president resigned in disgrace over the incident. Then a peanut farmer from Georgia appeared on the scene and the people of the United States decided to give the reigns of power to a DC outsider. To give Carter his due, I believed then that he was a decent man full of good intentions. Unfortunately, the road to misery index was paved by those intentions: double digit inflation; a stagnant economy; waiting in gas lines for 2+ hours on the weekends; the Iran hostage crisis; timid responses to international aggression(note: I agreed then and agree now that boycotting the 1980 Olympics was the proper thing to do); and the creation of the misery index. Many in this country were convinced that America's best days were behind us as we entered 1980.

An then a funny thing happened: the governor of California received the GOP nomination for President and won the general election. He campaigned on the idea that he believed in the people of this country, that America would once again become the leader of the free world. And after becoming President, Reagan governed in the same way. Even when the recession of the early 1980's was at its worst(10+% unemployment) , President Reagan's confidence in this country inspired that same sort of confidence in the rest of us. His heartfelt belief in the people of this country lifted our spirits and finally allowed us to shake off the malaise of the 1970's. And when the Soviet Union finally collapsed as an instituion, we realized that President Reagan's faith in us was justified. We were proud not only of this country, but also the man that we had chosen to lead us.

Watching President Reagan deteriorate the last 10 years has been difficult. His mind was no longer sharp; his wit no longer inspired. The love of his life watched over her best friend as he was slowly devoured from within. The rest of us could only offer condolences and support. And now that his suffering has ended I can only say this: You were the tonic this country needed during a low point. Would that there were more like you. Godspeed, Mr. President.

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So this is where I'll end up

And it's a little better than I anticipated:

The Dante's Inferno Test has sent you to Purgatory!
Here is how you matched up against all the levels:

LevelScore
Purgatory (Repenting Believers)Very High
Level 1 - Limbo (Virtuous Non-Believers)Very Low
Level 2 (Lustful)High
Level 3 (Gluttonous)High
Level 4 (Prodigal and Avaricious)Moderate
Level 5 (Wrathful and Gloomy)High
Level 6 - The City of Dis (Heretics)Very Low
Level 7 (Violent)Moderate
Level 8- the Malebolge (Fraudulent, Malicious, Panderers)Moderate
Level 9 - Cocytus (Treacherous)Low

Take the Dante Inferno Hell Test

Not surprisingly, I appear to have a lot in common with people in levels 2, 3 and 5. Link via Harvey.

Posted by Physics Geek at 03:56 PM | Comments (3)

Ugh

I was saddened by Reagan's passing for many reasons, some of which I'll discuss in a later post. However, I knew that the human debris at DU would be high-fiving each other. My wife had a hard time believing me until I reminded her of the celebration over Michael Kelly's death. Even I, though, couldn't have imagined this. Memo to all my left-leaning Democrat friends: if you do not dissociate yourself from garbage like this, you run the risk of being labeled as one of them. Most of us on the right have repudiated that garbage the infests our end of the political spectrum, although there pieces of slime that we haven't managed to scrape off of our boots completely. Please show that you value humanity over politics by jettisoning the piles of feces on your end. It will go a long way towards bridging the ideological divide. Should you refuse to disavow such contemptible behavior, though, I will cease to consider you my opponent: you will have become my enemy.

Update: I should have gone to Andrew's website quicker for a mental cleanser; Sullivan is a huge Reagan fan. Start here and keep scrolling.

Update #2: Michele offers her opinion of Reagan in the midst of another excellent post:

Reagan saved me from fear. Reagan delivered me from evil. Reagan made the nightmare of the Russians go away. That changed my life, changed my views and forever altered my perception of America, the world and my future. So of course I honor the man. Of course I look back at his presidency as one that gave me hope and promise.

She had more to say here.

Thanks to the Emperor, from whom I borrowed the image below.
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Update #3: A link to some of Reagan's greatest speeches.

Update #4: The complete schedule for memorial services can be found here.

Posted by Physics Geek at 01:46 PM | Comments (2)

June 04, 2004

Anti-natural selection news

The guy in this story made a strong big to make the list of this years Darwin awards. Excerpt:

The Missouri State Water Patrol said he used the hose to snorkel 30-feet below the surface, with a 20-pound boat anchor tied to his waist to help him reach the bottom.

Quick bit of information for those of you tempted to try a simliar stunt. You lungs hold a limited amount of air. A 30-foot section of garden hose probably holds air more than your lungs do. What does that mean? It means you're likely pass out from the excess CO2 in your lungs before drowning. So don't. Just think of this as a public service announcement.

Posted by Physics Geek at 08:25 PM | Comments (4)

Faith

An atheist was spending a quiet day fishing when suddenly his boat was
attacked by the Loch Ness monster. In one easy flip, the beast tossed him
and his boat high into the air. Then it opened its mouth to swallow both.

As the man sailed head over heels, he cried out, "Oh, my God! Help me!" At
once, the ferocious attack scene froze in place, and as the atheist hung in
mid-air, a booming voice came down from the clouds, "I thought you didn't
believe in Me!"

"Come on God, give me a break!!", the man pleaded. "Two minutes ago I didn't
believe in the Loch Ness monster either!"

Posted by Physics Geek at 05:45 PM | Comments (0)

You learn something new every day

The guy in this story has been taught what it means to be on the receiving end of schadenfreude by his former staff.

Posted by Physics Geek at 03:52 PM | Comments (0)

Filthy Lie Assignment

I've slacked off lately on completing my Alliance assignments. Hmm. That lead sentence sounds familiar. In any event, this week's assignment is due:

Who will be the Instapundit T-shirt Babe?

or

What will be on the Instapundit T-shirt?

C'mon! We all know who the T-shirt babe will be. Go here to see. As to what will be on the Insta-shirt, well, the Alliance was on this one back in October.

Now close your eyes and picture the Insta-"babe" wearing that T-shirt. Gurk.

Okay, if Evil Glenn were really smart, he'd choose one of the Axis of Naughty babes to be his spokesmodel. I guess we should all be glad that he's too busy watching penguin porn to pay attention to such things.

Posted by Physics Geek at 01:41 PM | Comments (2)

June 03, 2004

Just when you thought it was safe to go to a cookout

I can always count on Moxie to post something that makes me want to puke and laugh at the same time. Excerpt:

As you know this past Monday was Memorial Day and since that was the last official day of my life as a Democrat -- after Dennis Kucinich’s botox party -- I used my welfare check to fly out to Michael Moore’s barbeque.

Let me tell you this, I’ve never seen so much food and been unable to eat.

Sure MM eats like a Neanderthal but you’ve not seen anything that makes you more nauseous until you’ve seen the French-loved filmmaker from Michigan licking his own nipples. How he found them amongst the rolls of fat is still a mystery to me.
...
I felt like Hilary Clinton, except without a cock. And a daughter.

Posted by Physics Geek at 09:42 PM | Comments (1)

When you realize that the time has come

Steven H. has regaled us all with his tales about Claudia for a long while now, including some details that "nice guys" will find horribly familiar. Here's a little excerpt just in case you don't understand where I'm coming from:

Problem was, Claudia stayed too close. She was possessive. She was jealous. She interfered when other women came around. And she called three times a day. You think I'm kidding. I mean three times a day. Not every day, but many days. And a day rarely passed when she didn't call at least once.

At first, I thought it was cute, but eventually, I saw that I was being used. Claudia wanted a disposable man who would escort her to functions and keep her entertained, but she planned to drop me instantly when someone better-looking showed up. That's fine, if you understand that I need to meet people, too. It's not fine if you run interference to keep me single. Whenever a man showed up and showed an interest in Claudia, I made myself scarce and tried to help. But she wouldn't give me the same consideration.

On top of that, she treated me like a servant. We'd agree to go out and do something, and then she'd call me the day we were supposed to go, or the day before, and tell me some man had batted his lashes at her and she had to go on a date with him that very day. She's a grown woman, and I actually had to explain that this was not acceptable and would not be tolerated.

She admitted more than once that she thought of me as someone she could fall back on if she couldn't find a good-looking prize bachelor. I told her that wasn't going to happen, but telling a woman things like that is a waste of time. Most women bluff and BS constantly, and they assume men do, too.

You get the idea. There are plenty of decent guys out there that are respectful, intelligent, funny and gainfully employed. Too often, women will treat those men like emotional tampons, forcing us to absorb all of the pain and disillusionment when the losers they were dating treated them like shit. Here's an expression that many men will find familiar:

::sob:: "Why can't he be more like you?"

Here's a clue: no one is more like me than, well, me. It stands to reason. And eventually I'll tire of being the fallback guy and move on to someone that actually appreciates me for who I am. When you're 45+ and despairing of finding a nice guy, remember that you probably kicked a bunch of us to the curb because you thought that we weren't exciting enough. I guess you'll get your kicks from loneliness and bitterness in the future, though. Don't worry: I'm certain that you'll find a way to blame it all on us guys. Happy to oblige, ma'am. For the record, the "Kick me" sign has long since been removed, so move quickly. You might succeed in pissing on me, but I'm most assuredly not going to help you.

I have several women friends who are as dear to me as family; most of them attended my wedding. Despite what Billy Crystal says, it's possible for a man to be friends with a woman. And I've quizzed them all about why so many women(all of them) invariably choose to date jerks for such a long time. The general answer was something along the lines of this: "Bad boys can be exciting and fun." Maybe I'm too male to understand the pleasure one can get from being abused emotionally, cheated on and ignored. However, most finally realized that dating nice guys has rewards of its own and are happily married to those boring guys that love them, respect them and generally treat them like royalty. Could it be that I'm on to something? Naah.

Posted by Physics Geek at 09:02 PM | Comments (2)

June 02, 2004

Top five signs that you are a complete dork

5. You can actually converse in fluent Klingon.
4. It's difficult to decide between wearing Vulcan ears or Romulan ears to the next Star Trek convention.
3. The letter writing campaign to bring back Cop Rock is still in full swing.
2. You're over the age of 35 and live in your parents basement.
1. You expend substantial effort recreating the Tron costume and then post pictures of yourself wearing it on the Internet.

Posted by Physics Geek at 08:07 PM | Comments (1)

The first step...

And hopefully not the last.
One of the things that Reagan did that still pisses me off is the pressure that the federal government brought to bear on individual states, forcing them to raise the drinking age to 21. If I tried such a thing, it would rightfully be called extortion, although maybe not from a legal standpoint. Let's see. You can be drafted at 18(you have to register for Selective Service at any rate). You have to right to vote in local/state/federal elections. You can even speed around in your car like a nutcase threatening life, limb and property. But you're not allowed to drink a beer. Utter and complete nonsense. I was the last group of 18 year olds legally allowed to drink. Trust me when I tell you that no magical transformation occurs on one's 21st birthday whereby they become responsible drinkers. All that's happened is that the attraction of doing something illegal has been added to an activity that should not be criminalized. Bah. This topic pisses me off. I'll have lots more to say at a later time.

Posted by Physics Geek at 06:10 PM | Comments (0)

Best PC technology of 2004

From the editors of PC World comes this little article which is just chockful of helpful suggestions.

Posted by Physics Geek at 02:37 PM | Comments (0)

Now with twice the Bush hatred

So Julia Roberts is expecting twins. Good for her. I might think her political views are nutty, but being a parent transcends all that crap. I hope that she finds the same kind of joy that I experience daily.

Posted by Physics Geek at 02:35 PM | Comments (0)

It's not a f**king documentary!!!

So Big Fat Asshat Michael Moore found a US distributor. Well, there are plenty of Bush haters around, so no surprise there. But STOP CALLING THE FUCKING MOVIE A DOCUMENTARY!

Posted by Physics Geek at 02:32 PM | Comments (0)

I think he just saved his wife the trouble

Wife discovers husband having sex with a chicken. Husband is filled with remorse and kills self after trying to kill his wife first. I guess he was trying to avoid alimony.

Question: what is wrong with people?

Posted by Physics Geek at 02:29 PM | Comments (0)

Quick, call an ambulance!

Horny but unprotected? On a booty call without the raincoat? Call 696969 in Sweden and the condom ambulance will be right over. Really.

Posted by Physics Geek at 02:25 PM | Comments (1)

Wictory Wednesday

So John Kerry decided to flip the bird to a Vietnam veteran while standing at the Vietnam Memorial wall. The vet was out of line, but the response by Senator Kerry provides another glimpse into the effete, elitist mindset of the man who would be King President. The question to ask yourself is whether or not this is the kind of person you want to vote for. I already know my answer. What about you?

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 02:16 PM | Comments (0)

June 01, 2004

Quick hits

Saw this article over at Amy Ridenhour's site. I really need to stop by there more often. Anyway, she links to two posts at Who Moved My Truth. I'm always interested when a woman takes issue with the shabby way that men are treated these days. Excerpt:

Sooooo, how's it feel, ladies? Like the shoe on the other foot? Or is it a little tight?

The offensive drivel I posted above was originally written about men. Every time you see a female reference, insert the appropriate male reference, and you will have the original saying (except with the pints of ice cream - that was actually beer). Have you ever stopped to think about how many negative things you hear about men, whether on TV, the radio, or in public? How often do you see the bumbling husband in TV sitcoms? Ever notice how negative commercials are towards men? Listen the next time you hear commercials on the radio or see them on TV. How often do the men get painted as idiots, while a woman comes in a makes the decision since he obviously is incompetent. How about this: ever been to a dinner party, where the hosts are a couple who have been together long enough for the glow to wear off, and every time the guy makes a point, the woman cuts him off? Or insists that he is wrong, it was actually this way, and she proceeds to contradict him.

Talking to men recently has been a learning experience. I know of several who are either unhappily married or going through a divorce. The men were willing, even desperately wanted, to go through counseling, but their wives refused. After all, he does not understand her, he never listens, if he would just be this way or that way, all the problems would be fixed. Could it be that women can not admit when they are wrong or need to change?

Kevin posts a link to this post wherein some campaign timebombs for John Kerry are ticking merrily away.

Update: John Kerry flipped off a Vietnam vet on Memorial Day? I think Ted Sampley was a little out of line, but just how big of an asshat do you have to be extend your middle finger to a Vietnam veteran while standing in fron the Vietnam Memorial Wall? I guess John Kerry decided that the asshat wasn't snug enough; he's decided to start wearing the ass-turtleneck. If he's not careful, his head will push so far in that it comes out of his own mouth, creating a living, breathing Klein bottle. Someone with Photoshop might be able to work up a Kerry Klein bottle. It'd make a great t-shirt.

Pejman links to a story that I heard Glenn Beck discussing this morning: "post traumatic slave syndrome." And no, I'm not making it up.

Posted by Physics Geek at 09:06 PM | Comments (0)

Can we reinstitute flogging?

Some people shouldn't be allowed to have children. A woman sold her daugher for $3000 and forced her daugher to perform chores for hew "owner" and have sex with him. The whole episode makes my skin crawl. Ugh.

Posted by Physics Geek at 01:41 PM | Comments (4)

Ranking beautiful women

Now there's a job I'd like to have. Sadly, a panel of experts has already beaten me to the punch and Audrey Hepburn finished atop the list. I have some minor quibbles about the ordering in the list, but by and large the panel picked some extraordinary looking women. I've excerpted the top thirty below, highlighting a few that rank high on my personal list. Life isn't a Friends epsiode, though, I'm not Ross and those choices are purely hypothetical:

1. Audrey Hepburn
2. Liv Tyler
3. Cate Blanchett
4. Angelina Jolie
5. Grace Kelly
6. Natalie Imbruglia
7. Juliette Binoche
8. Halle Berry
9. Helena Christensen
10. Elle Macpherson
11. Cameron Diaz

12. Princess Diana
13. Kate Moss
Note: Couldn't they have picked someone weighing more than 60 pounds?
14. Charlize Theron
15. Scarlett Johansson
16. Isabella Rossellini
17. Nigella Lawson
18. Beyonce Knowles
19. Madonna
20. Jamelia
21. Nicole Kidman
22. Monica Bellucci
23. Audrey Tatou
24. Vanessa Paradis
25. Julianne Moore
26. Jennifer Lopez
27. Marilyn Monroe
28. Julia Roberts
29. Liberty Ross
30. Kylie Minogue

Posted by Physics Geek at 01:30 PM | Comments (4)

You know you're getting old when...

One of your favorite rockers growing while growing up is now hawking batteries for hearing aids. What's next? An ex-Senator hawking Viagra?

Posted by Physics Geek at 01:22 PM | Comments (2)