November 30, 2003
Quote of the Day
November 29, 2003
Global War on Terror
There has been a major raid in Kenya where more than 25 key Al Queda suspects have been detained.
U.S. authorities believe there are hundreds of terror suspects in eastern Africa sought by authorities around the world, Marine Brig. Gen. Mastin Robeson, the commander of a U.S.-led anti-terrorism task force in the region, said earlier this month.
I bet you didn't know that we had an anti-terrorism task force in Africa. Never forget that this is a global war and we are fighting it in many places that you don't hear about as often as Iraq.
And we are winning.
Cheating the Ecosystem
NZ Bear has put 6 weblogs on notice that they will be suspended from the ecosystem for posting mulitple sitemeters on their site that point to other sites.
The ecosystem is a fun thing that Bear came up with and no pays that much attention to it except as a fun thing, or so I thought.
These weblogs, which are all liberal, thing that they must inflate their numbers to compete. It is really sad but it is reflective of what the entire liberal establishment has become. It is ok to lie, to cheat, to misrepresent facts, to attack people instead of their arguments, to ignore laws when they stand in your way all because you are so convinced in the rightness of your cause.
Get a clue guys, if your cause was so right it could stand by itself in the bright light of the day with being propped up like a sick tree.
November 28, 2003
New Intel Wireless Chipset
Intel plans to build a chipset that allows any desktop computer to act as a wireless access point.
This is good news but it seems to me that is misses the point entirely.
What I would like to see is built in wireless the same way most new computers have ethernet ports built in today. Since this is pretty much what they have done to laptops with their centrino series I expect be will see it in all computers before too long.
This is not good news for Cisco, Netgear and the others who now make money selling these products as add ons.
November 27, 2003
George W. Bush
Quote of the Day
George W. Bush - Nov. 27, 2003 in Baghdad
I have seen his speech twice now and I have to say the first time I saw it he looked very moved and so was I.
The second time I saw it it was still pretty amazing.
The President has made a surprise visit to Baghdad.
No Links yet.
I bet this pisses Hillary off, BIG TIME.
Update : Here is the first link I could find.
I have not looked through the Carnival for a while but it is a good way to find new bloggers so give it a look.
November 26, 2003
This is what Jackson and Perkins calls a ground cover rose.
November 25, 2003
Gearing up for Return of the King
I was really hoping for Elf but ....
Talking about things that are still blooming I noticed that this climber in the back had some blooms on it (eat your heart out Ted).
This is growing on the side of the playhouse I got for my daugther when we moved down here that she hardly ever uses anymore. She was the one who picked it.
This picture does not really do it justice and I didn't have a full shot so I went back through my picture directory and realized I had taken something over 800 pictures of various things since the spring.
It is also amazing how fast things grow. This is what the Pinkie looked like back in March.
In September it looked like this.
I almost forgot. Here is what it looked like in full bloom back in April. It blooms all through the summer but the spring bloom is the best.
Quote of the Day
I read this on someone's web site today and I don't remember where.
Oh wait now I do, it was from this piece by Terry Teachout in the Opinion Journal about the new Loony Tunes DVD.
More Rose Pictures
Ted over at Rocket Jones liked the picture I posted of my Arizona yesterday that he posted one of his own roses from the spring.
This has had a bad outcome in that it got me thinking of spring and I have started a list of roses I would like to buy next year. So far there are two mini's and two climbers on the list but that won't last.
I, The Jury
I sometimes read books in spurts and I am in one now. I guess because I need something to balance all the other stuff I am doing.
I have never been big on mystery books but I am starting to read more. I like Spillane and some of the older authors.
I also noticed that fellow blogger Roger Simon also writes private detective fiction and I intend to check him out once I catch up.
Master and Commander
I have been reading Master and Commander, which I picked up last week, between working on my certification.
I came across this article today that states that though O'Brian wrote about sailors he was not one himself and in fact had very little knowledge about the actual operation of a sailboat.
November 24, 2003
I think I may have posted this rose already but I was so surprised to see this bloom yesterday (yes I said yesterday) that I had to snap this picture. It is a little late in the year for this to bloom but it has really come back well from the pruning we gave it in Feb.
Nose to the Grindstone
I have to get back to my studies and since the kid is now on Thanksgiving break I have to make sure she finishes her outstanding projects in addition to having fun.
In other words light to no blogging till much later in the day.
More UAV's needed
This story about using UAVs in greater numbers should come as no surprise to those of use who read Sci-Fi.
Most of us wonder what is taking so long since Doc Smith wrote about it in books like this
In Smith's books it is not all that unusual for tens of thousands of robot guided craft to fight and 'die' before any live person is injured.
Update/Aside: After posting this I decided to check my copy of the Gray Lensmen to see how much I paid for it, $2.50. Isn't inflation grand?
In 1994 I left the large insurance company where I had worked for the last six years. One week after I cleaned out my desk all the IT people were called into a meeting and told that almost all IT was being outsourced and that they would be let go within 90 days.
In time however the company thought better of it and brought some of those jobs back in house.
Dell seems to be doing the same thing at least for the corporate accounts that have pull. I expect that this trend will continue as word gets around to even the retail customer who buys one machine that the tech support isn't worth the trouble when you can't understand the person on the other end of the line who is speaking a dialect of english that in not understandable. It may take a little longer but everytime someone like me has a bad tech support experience the word gets around. This is one of the areas where users groups can still have an impact.
November 23, 2003
It just occured to me (ok maybe I am slow) that maybe all this hype has been all about getting a big audience for Paris Hilton's new reality TV show.
Of course I wouldn't think that Paris would release nude movies of herself just to hype a TV show or wouldn't she.
Listening To:Who are You - Justin Hayward and John LodgeContinue reading "Paris Hilton"
Today they are joined by N.Z. Bear and I agree with all three of them.
Salam should go back to Iraq and try to make a difference there instead of throwing shit from the safety of London.
On another item I have meant to add Roger to my blogroll for a while which I will do tonight.
Listening To: Power and the Glory - Phil Ochs
Quote of the Day
November 22, 2003
End of a Dream
Ohio State 21
This has not been a good year for my teams. First the Yankees come up short and now the Bucks fold to hated Michigan. I thought that they had a chance after the interception but I guess it was just not fated to be.
Oh well I will get to the Sugar Bowl someday.
This is another one of the new roses. Actually it is a replacement for a Mr. Lincoln I used to have that died. These are great roses, very fragrant and winners of lots of awards.
November 21, 2003
I have no idea where this comes from. My wife thinks that our local nursery handed her some seeds once, she planted them and forgot about them.
Then suddenly this thing starts growing on oneof our trees and she couldn't figure out what it was. It kept growing and now as you can see it is quite large.
The reason they call it an air potato is because it has things like you see below all over it.
And I do mean all over it.
It is I fear not edible, at least by humans.
I am hoping that the deer eat it and get sick but I doubt I will be that lucky.
I don't know if I have ever mentioned it before but I am probably the most un handy man there ever was with do it yourself stuff.
I have been trying the mount the two Lord of Rings Swords I got on either side of my fireplace.
I went to Lowes got a masonry drill bit no problem.
Today I finally got to Home Depot and bought a drill with a cord and managed to get the holes drilled. Now however the mounting board won't fit over the screws and I don't want to force it because I might (probably will) break it.
Religion of Peace
Follow this link I found at the Mrs to a story in FrontPage on how the publishing of a translation of a book on the Religion of Peace was shut down because of death threats made against everyone involved.
New Blog Showcase
That being the case the least I can do is make my votes for the New Blog Showcase, which are:
The Congressional Drug of Choice on the New American Revolution,
In a very interesting segment on Brit Hume's show on Fox last night Mansoor Ijaz had some new and startling information.
Both Bin Laden and his chief deputy are now in Iran planning attacks on US interests in Iraq and Afganistan.
They are getting together with an Afgani warlord and will plan attacks to overthrow the Afgan regime this winter powered with Iranian Revolutionary guards.
If this is true, any part of it, Iran should become an active target.
November 20, 2003
Which Bush Admin
Now this one surprised me.
November 19, 2003
George W. Bush
Quote of the Day
President George W. Bush - Nov. 19,2003
More on the WTC Memorials
The eight finalists for the WTC memorial have been revealed today.
I will have to look them over a while and will comment later.
HoloCaust Museum Firebombed
A Holocaust Museum in Terre Haute Indiana has been firebombed.
The story is here.
National Ammo Day
In case you forgot, today is National Ammo Day.
Go out and buy some ammo.
I picked up 100 rounds of Velocitor 22LR on my way home from the Library since I didn't have any.
When my Father-in-law died I inherited a 9 shot .22LR revolver that I have not tried yet but I do intend to in the near future.
Wifi at the Houston Library
Based on a post over a Rocket Jones I decided to go to my local library to pick up a copy of Master and Commander which of course they didn't have at my branch.
What didn't work so well was the library's computer directory. I went to request a copy of Master and Commander and it asked me for my pin which I forgot (of course) but they had that covered with a link that said "Forgot your pin"?
November 18, 2003
Rocket Jones has another Rocketing Around the Blogosphere which is wierd because it seems like he just did this a day or so ago.
It is full of different links, even one for me though he does manage to hide it pretty well.
So go over to RJ and see if you can find the link to Freedom Lives and if you do I will give you a free link to the blog of your choice.
November 17, 2003
The Wizard of OZ
Quote of the Day
The Wizard of OZ - 1939
National Ammo Week
Don't forget that this is National Ammo Week and the 19th is National Ammo Day. Go out and buy some ammo.
I bought 800 rounds of .22LR today and I will get more later in the week. I may get some from Cheaper than Dirt Ammo since I have never gotten ammo over the internet before.
Not bad, not bad at all.
It was a little funny that the munchkins were all taller than Dorothy.
Life in the Suburbs
It was pouring here today. We even had a tornado warning, which I hate.
I have to take the kid to a show at the High School tonight. She is in drama and part of the course is seeing plays and reporting on them. It doesn't have to be the school productions but it does make it easier. I was hoping to take her to the production I had auditioned for but since I didn't get the part I figured, why bother.
We might get up to NYC around Christmas and we will probably see a play while there but I wonder how a report on a broadway show would come across in suburban Houston. I guess that like anything else there will be some who think its neat and others who be jealous. I guess she doesn't have to report on it but I want her to see the show anyway. One of the few things I miss about NYC is being able to see broadway shows.
For the above mentioned reasons I will not be posting till much later if at all.
The show by the way is The Wizard of OZ. That is pretty challenging for a high school, it should be interesting to see how they do.
All entries to be Displayed
All 5201 entries for the WTC memorial may be put on display for the public viewing after the finalists are chosen.
Given the effort that these people put into making these proposals this is a good idea. I just hope it does not lead to endless second guessing of the judges picks.
Listening To: Long May You Run - Neil Young
Something in the Air
Michelle has a foreboding of things to come which doesn't sit well with me since I have been having the same feelings.
New Cul de Sac
If you think I am saying that just because I am one of the featured blogs you would only be part right. I would be saying it anyway but I am certainly saying it sooner.
Update: Kelley's blogroll is messed up too. This seems to be spreading.
OSU Number 2 in BCS
It looks like my friend was right because today OSU moved into second place in the BCS.
We still have to beat Michigan next week and that will not be easy.
There seems to be a major problem in my blogroll.
November 16, 2003
Quote of the Day
The Alamo - 1960
Last day of Ren Fair
As I said in the previous post I am beat and will probably go to bed real soon.
John fisks Kim
I got home from the last day of the Ren Fair just in time to follow Meryl's link to this piece that is an attempt to fisk Kim's post on the Pussyfication of the American male (get the link at Kim's I am too tired).
Aside from the fact that the guy comes across as a raving far left Queen I have trouble taking someone seriously when they try to compare Texas to South Africa. This is someone who doesn't seem to have ever been in Texas, to say the least.
He also doesn't seem to know much history since he doesn't know the difference between the Mex. American war and Texas' war for independence.
You can read it yourself if you need your blood boiled, I don't think I will be able to finish it. I am just too tired.
November 15, 2003
According to Alexa, Freedom Lives has improved its rank to 2,667,524.
That is an increase of almost a million places.
Thanks to all of you, a lot.
OSU win in OT, again
This is becoming too much for my old heart.
My friend Dick say that it we win today (we did, barely) and win next week in Ann Arbor (always risky) that under the BCS point system we will move into 2ad place and be able to defend our title against the sooners, which is how it should be.
I hope he is right and if he is able to get tickets it will be the first time I have ever seen a game in the Sugar Bowl.
Another Ren Fair day
We got up early got to the fair early.
I added to my sword collection by buying another Glamdring. Why do I need another you ask? Well the one I got previously is a display piece. It is made of stainless steel. Looks great and it will hold an edge if I put one on it. If I try to use it as a sword however it is likely to shatter.
The one I got today is made of carbon steel. It is a little higher maintenance but it is a real sword.
We also picked up a pair of daggers for $10 a piece and a dagger for the kid for a little more.
November 14, 2003
Ren Fair Pictures
Well I finally got all 45 pictures loaded from our trip to the Ren Fair and just in time because we are going back this weekend which is the last weekend of the fair for 2003.
My Ren Fair album is here.
I don't know how long I will kep them up because I have some issues with the way SBC/Yahoo has implimented these albums. It seems that once I make the album public anyone can order prints or them or even mousepads which to my mind is usurping my copyrighted material.
This is picture is of your humble host in his Fair costume. In case you are wondering I am a wizard.
Update: By the way that is a real wedding that took place during a break in the rainstorm.
The Late Show
Quote of the Day
In the Late Show Art Carney played a detective.
The Late Show - 1977
Rocket Jones has a new post up on his Rocketing around the Blogosphere series.
It is hard just posting some days and my study for my Microsoft certification exam is not going that well either.
Kelley can't seem to get back into the Cul de sac mood so until you like surfing aimlessly through blogs you better go read Rocket.
November 13, 2003
One interesting think about this senate debate is that if you watch Cspan2 ( I am only glancing at it from time to time) you get to see senators that you would never see otherwise. There are a lot of them that never go on the talking head shows or Meet the Press.
They are not alone since it is also not on the web front page of the NY Times.
November 12, 2003
Quote of the Day
Art Carney got his only Oscar when he was 56 for playing the part of a 70+ year old.
Harry and Tonto - 1974
Another Web Quiz
Link from susanna
A new study by Ernst and Young says that 50% of consumers would consider dropping their landlines and going completely wireless once number portability gets signed into law on Nov. 24.
I have a gut feel that something is wrong over at E&Y. No way that many people are going to drop their landlines.
There will however be a major kick to the cell phone business as fickle cell customers will now be able to keep their numbers when they move. My current cell contract is up in April and while I have no problems with my current Verizon service I may just go month to month and see what develops rather than signing on for another 2 years.
Rush Limbaugh will return to broadcasting next Monday Nov. 17.
I predict this will be one of the largest audiences in his career.
Diversity on Campus , NOT
Good article about how the left opposes free speech at yale.
Link from Glenn.
Ren Fair Pictures
Having not been able to get the photo essay working the way I wanted it to I have decided to take the
November 11, 2003
The label of this rose says Perfume Delight but when I look online it doesn't look anything like what I see. Perfume Delight is a pink rose in all the pictures I see.
Ren Fair - Day 1
What I am going to do or try to do is a photo essay of our trip to the Ren Fair.
If it works I will post the second day soon. We might go again this weekend which is the last this year but I am not sure the wife can get off from work.
Go to the extended entry and click on the links to see the pictures.
Update: It looks like I need to resize the pictures some.
Quote of the Day
Art Carney died today. He was a great actor and did a lot in his life but what he is best remembered for was one of his earliest roles.
The Honeymooners - 1955
November 10, 2003
Meryl on Moore
Meryl has a good post on Michael Moore and explains what a blivit is.
This is one of my new roses bought for only five bucks the other day.
It is a Hybrid Tea derived from the famous Peace rose.
Madfish Willie looks through other blogs in his Champagne Room.
November 09, 2003
Punk, New Wave and All that Jazz
The reason for these posts was the release of a compilation of Punk being released by Rhino.
I was going to chime in but in a way it is too personal for me to talk about since I was a bartender at several hot Punk Clubs in New York during the late 70's and I knew a lot of these people.
I will probably buy the CD but I know it will leave a lot to be desired since it is not possible to capture the mood or the energy that was going on then on a record.
Working 5 sometimes 7 nights a week I got to see a lot of what was going on behind the scenes. It was really an amazing time.
There was excitment in the air, more so at any time since the whole Beatles invasion.
Try to explain the Beatles today and people just can not understand the sheer craziness that just gripped everyone of that generation. Punk was like that except it wasn't as out in the open with everyone. With everyone that was into of course but there was more going on.
When the Beatles hit there really wasn't that much going on musically.
When Punk hit Disco was king and they actually coexisted for a while. In some cases , like Blondie, Punk groups actually had Disco hits.
Anyway go read Michele's post and be sure to read the comments too. It will keep you busy for while but if you don't know much about Punk or even if you do there is some good stuff there.
In the Sky of Pern
I have always loved the Pern series. I think I have all of them, some in hardcover others in soft worn out from re-reads.
You are a dragon. You live for today, and your soul
wants to fly!
The Ultimate PERN Quiz!
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Solving the Energy Crisis
I am still seeing reaction to Kim's post. The latest is at baldilocks.
November 08, 2003
I thought I was finally finished with that last purchase of cheap roses but some more came in and what can I say but this is what my front yard now looks like.
Another Thin Man
Quote of the Day
Another Thin Man - 1939
I was flipping through the listings and stopped to watch the last 30 minutes or so of the movie Another Thin Man.
November 07, 2003
Kim du Toit's post is still causing echos all over the blogosphere. I keep finding references to it I have not read before like here on the Acidman's blog.
Meryl has some more links and I have more to say in the extended section.
I don't do this a lot but I thought of it today:
1. What food do you like that most people hate?
Except as noted below I like almost anything. Things I do hate, like anchovies, are hated by most people I know also so they don't fit in this category.
2. What food do you hate that most people love?
Oysters or anything chewy like that. Most food I like and most of the time will clean my plate. That is why it is so hard for me to lose weight.
3. What famous person, whom many people may find attractive, is most unappealing to you?
Julia Roberts. I think she is one of the ugliest people in film with a mouth that reminds me of the ramp of a cargo jet.
4. What famous person, whom many people may find unappealing, do you find attractive?
If most people think that a person is unappealing there is probably a good reason and I can't think of anyone like that where I would disagree.
5. What popular trend baffles you?
Reality shows. I watched part of the new Joe millionaire because I like looking at beautiful women and they had some fine ones but even then I couldn't sit through the whole thing.
Economy rockets, Jobs too
The latest jobs report is A Dem killer, unless you are Pete Stark who couldn't say anything nice about Bush if his seat in congress depended on it, which in his district is not a problem.
Meanwhile I am still jobless but more hopeful.
We had a DotNet user group meaning last night. Great turnout. Usually headhunters turn up at these things and even they were hopeful.
Wifi Dangers explained
My readers are so much better at reserach than I am.
Read his whole comment for more.
This is consistent with a recent conversation I had with an Intel employee where he stated that 2.4 gz is absorbed by water or at least somewhat blocked.
November 06, 2003
New Blog Showcase
If you have not checked out the New blog Showcase you should. There are a lot of good new bloggers out there.
November 05, 2003
The Price of Fame
Requests for Kim's essay have crashed his server but if you really have not read it yet you can go here.
You could also stop by and read Kevin's take on it.
Somewhere I managed to Leave comments was at Michele's
Kim doesn't think real men have small dogs. I don't know about the relation but I have never liked or wanted a small dog.
It also occured to me that I had never posted pictures of my dog here so click on the extended entry to see my puppy pictures.
In case you are too busy readning about Kim's post on The Pussification Of The Western Male and hadn't noticed the Dow is within spitting distance of 10,000.
Bombers on the move
Debka repots that "DEBKAfile’s military sources report unusually heavy US bomber and fighter air traffic on the move from US West Coast to Middle East via Scotland.
If true it is interesting to speculate on the target.
I don't think a leveling of the Bekka valley would cause a lot of people to lose sleep. It would kill a lot of bad people and send a serious message to Syria.
Of course this could just be posturing however taken with Mubarak's trip to Damascus it very well may be that Bush is going to get serious about Syria.
Real Men ...
Kim has caused quite a stir with his essay The Pussification Of The Western Male .
I hardly ever admit anyone is entirely right about anything but Kim is mostly right on this one.
November 04, 2003
The Mind works in Funny ways
Case in point.
Update: Now that I got this far I have to go back and add categories to all those new/old posts by hand. This may take a while.
About hits and Google
I noticed that I was getting a lot of hits from Google about Gregg Easterbrook.
Meryl was ahead of the curve pointing out how widespread and subtle anti-semitism is not only abroad but in our society.
And then came the clincher... this educated doctor, a US citizen, told me in all seriousness how there was a detailed Jewish plot that if Al Gore had become president, he would have been assasinated so that Joseph Lieberman could assume the presidency of the United States. Since the Jews knew they would never get a Jewish president elected directly, the Lieberman VP bid was a Jewish conspiracy to gain control of the presidency by underhanded means. I felt sick in the pit of my stomach. What was really worrying was he felt safe to say what he did in a gathering of middle class physicians in a wealthy neighborhood of Los Angeles.
It's real. Nazi ideology is alive and well and in the minds of many even in this country. Now just imagine what they're saying in polite company in Paris.
November 03, 2003
Climbing Don Juan ??
The wife called me today from WalMart.
To make a long story short here is a picture on my new climbing Don Juan, one of five new roses I bought today, none of which will probably make it to spring.
Update: Looking at this closely and comparing it to other pictures on the web I have decided that this is probably not a Don Juan. Another mislabled rose but the other one labeled Don Juan looks like the real thing.
Sometime today or tomorrow Freedom Lives will record its 20,000th visit.
Thank you all and I hope I can give you reasons to keep coming back.
I predict that when Rush Limbaugh returns to radio later this month his return will be huge.
I am not saying this because I like and listen to Rush (I do) but because I believe it will happen.
When he first comes back people who never tuned in before will check him out to see what he is all about, what he will say about his problems and his treatment. All his regular listeners will still be with him plus thousands maybe even millions of curiosity seekers. Some will stay. Whatever else you think about Rush, he is good and he will retain a good number of those who are just trying to find out what all the noise is about.
Tripp Wins Big
A lot both good and bad has been said about Linda Tripp but one thing is obvious. the government (read Clintons) went over the line when they released personal information in an effort to discredit her.
Zell Miller on why he is voting for Bush in today's Opinion Journal.
Stopping Free Speech
Interesting round up of some of the routine infringments of free speech that are taking place on our campuses.
What is the Sheldon award?
November 02, 2003
Diana is back
I guess she was getting tired of just posting comments on others blogs and just by accident today I discovered that Diana Moon is once again posting to her blogspot address.
November 01, 2003
Is France Doomed?
I have read about the problem the French have with their getto areas, called La Zone, for several months. Random violence, young women getting raped, drugs but even after reading all that I was still stunned by reading this account in City Journal.
The average visitor gives not a moment’s thought to these Cités of Darkness as he speeds from the airport to the City of Light. But they are huge and important—and what the visitor would find there, if he bothered to go, would terrify him.
The French have in lots of ways made their own problem and it doesn't look like they will be able to find their way out of it anytime soon. I can almost feel sorry for them. I do feel sorry for the rest of western Europe because if this account is true the country is not that far from total anarchy which would affect Europe and the rest of the world badly, to say the least.
Link via Merde in France.
Quote of the Day
Conan the Barbarian - 1982
I looks like I bought too much candy yesterday. I am sitting here with a toosie roll pop in my mouth and if I had a real time glucose meter I could probably watch it move ever farther off the scale.
How we Botched the Occupation
Perhaps I should have titled this, The more things change the more they are the same.
Nah, too long.
Update: I made a mistake, the cover was from the Saturday Evening Post, The Times Magazine with the similar title comes out tomorrow.