January 31, 2004
link via Michael
Margin of Error
I just watched a program on the History channel called Days that shook the world. This one was about the bombing of Hiroshima.
I never before knew that the bomb had been armed while the plane was airborne. A single man did the job in the unheated bomb bay of the Enola Gay.
It could have easily been a disaster. Lots of other things could have went wrong.
There are so many points in history where something might have went a different direction and this was one of them.
It was a little scary watching pictures of the explosion. Could something like this happen to an american city? Terrible to think of but possible. It is for this reason we must defeat the terrorists and build a missile defense system. If you don't think so you are fooling yourself.
When it rains it pours
I was standing around in the computer room friday babysitting for our outside contractors who were trying to install the reporting software on our website when I got a call.
January 30, 2004
On top of everything my DSL went out last night and when I finally got it back I couldn't get the network back online.
Update: The router table somehow got knocked out of sync and wiped out all the settings. It is working now and Linksys tech support was fine and even spoke english. I take back all the bad things I said or was thinking about them.
January 28, 2004
It may be that I don't quite post as much for a few days until I get used to the new schedule.
I woke up at 5am today, was on the road at 6:30.
Not much I can say about this job including who I am working for. It is the kind of client that could easily get bent out of shape.
January 27, 2004
Light in the Tunnel
I got a call yesterday from this woman headhunter that I had spoke with. She said she had a Dot Net job that I could get but it only paid $12/hr. It was for 3 months would I be interested?
Good news ,maybe.
It is a lot less money than I was making in 2000 but it is a bunch more than I am currently making.
January 26, 2004
Bush as a Deserter
Bill Hobbs refutes this charge that Wes Clark had accepted.
Donald Sensing has more and a description of what desertion actually is.
January 25, 2004
Quote of the Day
Sir Winston Churchill
The Next Attack
Two, Al Queda needs to hit us back and soon. They are hurt, we have disrupted their network and killed a lot of their people. They are now promising a devastating attack within the next 4 or 5 weeks. If they can't pull off what they are talking about they will prove themselves impotent and they will lose support from the masses that they need.
If they do pull off something (god forbid) the country will once again rush to support the president and Bush will win in a landslide.
I would rather have Kerry than another 9/11 but I hope we don't have that choise to make. I think there are enough people like me who do not feel safe and will not feel safer with Kerry or any Democrat in the White House that when it comes to November, Bush will win handily.
John Stossel has a piece on ABC's website about Lies, Myths and Downright Stupidity. There was a broadcast of this which I am sorry I missed.
A Justice Department study confirmed what the prisoners said. But get this: the felons say that the thing they fear the most is not the police, not time in prison, but, you, another American who might be armed.
Too bad there are not more reporters on TV saying things like this but John has always seemed to stand alone and has taken lots of grief for it.
Link via Glenn
January 24, 2004
We also spent time putting up shelves in the kitchen.
The kid has a project due in Biology.
Twenty dollars for a school project, sheesh.
I took everyone out to eat at Denny's after. Yup that is about what I can afford these days. At least the wife didn't have to cook.
I would like to win the lottery tonight. Please!
I recently had some discussion in comments about vouchers on a liberal blog that linked here on MLK day.
Today there is an Op Ed in the Times that is pro vouchers, will wonders never cease.
The argument that vouchers drain money out of the public schools may sound like a high-minded defense of the public system. But in reality it's simple-minded, it isn't true and it provides no justification at all for denying needy children the educational opportunities that vouchers can offer.
January 23, 2004
Ok it's not the best picture I ever took but I don't think there is any doubt about what it was making such a racket as I was trying to relax late in the day.
New Blog Showcase
My vote in this weeks New Blog Shocase goes to this entry on the use or should I say non use of our special forces.
I have not been paying much attention but today I scrolled down and noticed I have moved up in the rankings on the Ecosystem.
I am now an Adorable Little Rodent which is much better than the last time I looked.
Thank you to everyone who is linking to me.
Now I will have to make sure to vote in the New Blog showcase.
January 22, 2004
After 20 years in the IT business I can no longer get a job because my skills are no longer what the market is looking for.
Everywhere I look there are finally jobs opening up but unless you have Dot Net experience you can't even get through the front door.
I had always been lucky about this in the past but now that Microsoft has pulled the rug out from under us developers again and you were one of the lucky ones who was working in on a Dot Net project in the last year or so you are screwed.
Enough ranting. I have to redouble my efforts to get a Dot Net certification. It might not help but it certainly won't hurt. Posting may be light for a while.
It seems they get it better than some in this country.
January 21, 2004
Ultimatum in Pakistan
If the Pak government goes ahead with what they say they will in this article it could be very good news for the War on Terror and very bad news for Al Queda and company.
It sounds like the army has decided it is time to get tough with the tribal regions and all I can say is IT'S ABOUT TIME!
What is really important in Life
New mother Dawn has some pictures of her new baby.
Forget politics, this is what life is all about.
January 20, 2004
My take, good not great but it had good parts. The strongest part was when he was talking about Iraq and really got animated.
Update: James Joyner has a good play by play.
Update: SOTU page at the Whitehouse.
There still seems to be some trouble with the posts prior to moving to MT.
At some point I will get everything moved over but it is not high on my priority list and for a world class procrastinator like myself that means it may take a while.
Cul de sac
Kelley has a new edition of the Cul de sac up. I guess I am a little late on this but I have been almost busy.
Look out for severe cold during the next few weeks.
The United States east of the Rocky Mountains will see extreme cold in the next two to three weeks with at least one forecaster calling it the coldest in 25 years, meteorologists said on Tuesday.
Just another side of global warming.
January 19, 2004
Winners and losers.
Kerry will pick up votes from this bounce. The question is will he pick them up from Dean or Clark. My guess is that tonight is very bad news for Clark. Kerry will either win NH or come in a strong second with Clark third.
No predictions on SC since a lot will depend on NH.
Someone sent me this link today to pictures of a painted rock in Iowa.
There are six pictures in all and it is a very impressive paint job.
Martin Luther King jr.
Quote of the Day
Martin Luther King jr.
Update: I spent some time today posting comments to this site because the people there found it odd that Dr. King's words would be echoed by a conservative. My main point is that Dr. King's words are not democrat or republican they are american. We all can strive for the american ideal that Dr. King talked about the difference is how we plan to get to that ideal. I don't think a lot of the ways we have tried in the last 30 years have helped those we all want to help and that we must scrap what does not work and find a way to get to Dr. King's dream that does.
You can read the whole thing here.
Bill Whittle is developing a manual on how to be an Ideal American.
Update: It seems that Bill's last post got a lot of negative comments and it looks like he has pulled it and explains why here.
January 18, 2004
Vengence is mine
I finally finished the last book of the Mike Hammer 3 pack I bought which is titled Vengeance is Mine.
This one was harder to finish for some reason.
The story starts out which Hammer having his PI ticket pulled because he is passed out in a hotel room after getting druck with an old friend who uses Mike's gun to kill himself, or so the DA thinks.
It turns out that Mike has been drinking quite a lot lately, trying to drown out the memories of the two women he loved who died in the first two books ( one of which he killed himself).
It reminds me of a bar a worked in around 1980 where the patron who had the best legs in the entire bar was in fact a guy. I was clueless for a while until one of the other bartenders told me. Not that it changed anything. She was always straight with me (bad choice or words maybe) and since she was a regular I always served her the same.
I was just surprised.
I was always so busy at this place and there was always so much craziness going on that this was just another part of the circus.
One morning I was cleaning up the front room after we closed and I came upon an empty 3 foot long canister of nitrous oxide. I have no idea how they got it into the club but it was just another part of the surreal atmosphere that existed at the time.
Ah the good old days.
I was living at the time in room 100 of the Chelsea Hotel. I will relate stories about the hotel and about that room specifically at a later date.
The price of being right
Michael Totten has been taken to the wordshed ( or should that be woodshed?) or at least the hell of comments (180+ of them) for saying that those protesting the president's visit to Martin Luther King's grave were out of line.
Actually he is not right he is a centrist now which I guess is better than being a moderate. In any case he no longer considers himself as one with the Democrats and I am glad to have him on our side, at least part of the time.
January 17, 2004
My wife and I were both cracking up after reading this story at the Da Goddess.
In spite of what I said I missed watching the second show od the Apprentice. I was studying which is more important.
January 16, 2004
The Manchurian Candidate
Quote of the Day
The Manchurian Candidate - 1962
Trouble in Alphaville City
There is apparently trouble in cyberspace. More directly there are problem with the cyberspace game Sims online which is owned by Electronic Arts.
As it was, Alphaville quickly turned into a hellhole of scam-artists, crime syndicates, mafia extortion artists and teenage girls turning tricks to make ends meet. It became a breeding ground for the very worst in human nature
More in the extended entry,Continue reading "Trouble in Alphaville City"
January 15, 2004
Over at Meryl's
Meryl has a good post on the mother who blew hereself up in Israel. I don't think that many people in this country can conceive of a mother with two small children being a bomber.
Of course not many people in this country can concieve of an Andrea Yates either.
Meryl also has a link to to this LTOR spoof which is a must see if you are a Bogie fan. I am a big Bogie fan though I don't know if I have ever posted this before. My favorite movie is Casablanca. I have a Casablanca movie poster in the den and I can quote you most of the movie though I am a bit rusty, must be time to see it again for the 20th or 50th time.
The World is a Dangerous place
It put what is happening in Iraq in context to what is happening in other places.
What might be interesting is if we have record from the Saddam era that listed how many people were killed by their own government on a weekly basis. It would probably show how we have actually brought peace to that country.
January 14, 2004
I just did a long post about the last two days and somehow when I went to send it, it got lost.
We drank a lot more yesterday. My friend passed out in front to the TV after dinner.
I dropped him at the airport at 7am and went directly to my job interview even though I got there two hours early since going home didn't make any sense.
The server we started putting together last year is still not working but we found lots of incompatibilities.
It was a fun few days. Since his heart bypass my friend is trying to keep in closer touch with everyone he knows. I can understand that.
January 13, 2004
Talked a lot.
My friend is on atkins now so we did a little shopping to make sure there was stuff for him to eat in the house.
The big excitment of the night was when Star got a hold of a wedge of sharp cheddar and ate it before any noticed. He was a "bad dog" and banished to the outside for most of the evening. This turned out to be bad for him since he didn't get any scraps from dinner of which there were not a lot but there were a few.
January 11, 2004
When I posted a picture of this earlier in the year it was listed as an unknown Lily. Tanya liked it a lot and wondered what it was so I did some research and it looks like a Spider Lily.
Return of the King
Quote of the Day
The Return of the King - 2003
My best friend is flying in for a few days in the morning so posting will probably be limited until Wednesday.
Speaking of Wednesday I have a job interview so wish me luck. It is a 40 miles drive each way but at this point I would almost drive to Clearwater if I was offered a job there.
Is Dean Peaking?
Do you recall Joe Trippi predicting 2 million supporters by election day?
The Case for Bush in 04
The case for Bush is made very nicely by my former mayor, democrat Ed Koch, who states the simple and priority reason, his party's candiates can not be trusted with the war on terror.
There were a lot of things to like and dislike about Ed Koch when he was mayor but he was never one to put his party over the good of his country and he shows that once again in this article.
January 10, 2004
The War at Home
Bill Whittle has a new Essay. It is not near as long as some of his past efforts but he makes up for it by linking to a longer piece on our Jacksonian tradition.
He reminds us that while we are at war with Al Queda we are also at war with some of our own countrymen.
This war too will be long and we must remain strong.
Quote of the Day
I just discovered that there is an Italian remake of this coming out this year titled, È già ieri , which translates into It is already yesterday.
Groundhog Day - 1993
The North east could be wondering whatever happened to global warming before this weekend finishes.
As much as I love Central Park I would not be there at 5:51 am even on a warm day. Actually if I had to be in Central Park at 6 am I would prefer the temperature to be 1 degree since the bad people tend to stay away when it is cold.
Getting Bin Laden
According to this article our soldiers are stepping up their search for Mr. Bin Laden.
Since I have him on my list at the ATS 2004 Dead Pool I hope they get him soon.
I have spent a lot of today raking and burning leaves.
I won't have my car back until Tuesday. They found that the bolt that secures the engine to the body is missing. Small part but no one stocks it.
The handy dandy indicator on the right sidebar says that we are back to Yellow alert status. I heard somewhere that something was planned for early Feb. so I wonder what is up.
January 09, 2004
The Truman Show
Quote of the Day
The Truman Show - 1998
Car problems redux
I decided to go with the new guy who is a local texas chain that is fairly new.
Update: They called back and found another problem or the problem that caused the first problem which will double my bill. They think it might have been put together wrong which makes me think I might be visiting small claims court soon.
Update: Another interesting thing about this place is that they have web cams in the garage so I can watch from home. I just checked yhe car is not in there yet so I guess they are waiting for parts. Pretty neat though I guess I am paying for it somewhere.
January 08, 2004
Quote of the Day
I have long said how I hate this stuff but I watched the Apprentice tonight and actually found it amusing.
Bad Car Day
I have been having problems with my car recently. I don't want to link to those posts because it would be too painful. Today I went somewhere new because the car was making a cricket like sound. The guy looked at, sprayed some lube on a belt and it was fixed, fine.
He suggests I take it back to the guys, who have already in my mind proven their incompetence, and ask them to fix it.
What do you guys think?
January 07, 2004
Quote of the Day
Niccolo Machiavelli - from the Art of War
Ted posts a new version of Rocketing around the Blogosphere for those of you who want see what's up without having to check everywhere.
Of Terror and Power
Good post on what is going on in the ME and the world over at Solomonia.
I love it when people quote Machiavelli.
January 06, 2004
Emily has moved here.
WTC Memorial Chosen
The final design for the WTC memorial was chosen today.
The representitives for the victims' familes was not impressed.
While I respect the loss these people have suffered I think they are totally out of line. They think that it must be all their way or not at all. I am sure the jury listened to their input but that does not mean they have to do everything these people want.
This memorial is not just for them it is for the entire country.
We all suffered a loss on 9/11 maybe not loved ones but we all lost the illusion of well being that we had become used to.
Before 9/11 there was a commission on terrorism, Hart and Rudman I believe. They said some scary things but no one gave them much attention. After 9/11 everything became possible and every last horrible scenario in that report was now thought of as a real possibility for sometime in the future.
We need to rebuild the WTC and we need to do it as soon as possible. The victims familes have had their say and now they should shut up and get out of the way.
Update: Jeff Javis doesn't like the memorial. I can't say that I like it either but unlike Jeff I don't see where taking more time is going to get us anything better. The people doing the choosing could take another 2 years and would probably still pick the same design.
I don't have the link because it is on one of the posts that have not made it here from blogspot but I predicted long ago that what we ended up with was not going to be liked by a lot of people. This whole process was a no win situation from the start. However we choose and whatever was chosen there would always be someone or many someones who didn't like it.
I hate to use this phrase but let's move on.
Life is Cheap
Mrs. Du Toit may have given up posting to her own blog but she posts a thought provoking piece here on Kim's site.
I am reading though it a second time at the moment.
My daughter and I watch Anime together sometimes.
In this particular series there is an evil wizard named Bobbidi who is the son of an even greater (but dead) wizard named Bibbidi who created the ultimate engine of destruction name Buu.
Bibbidi, Bobbidi , Buu, I can't believe the lawyers at the house of mouse have not jumped all over this one yet. Granted Cinderella was made a long time ago but they always seem to figure out a way to extend their trademarks.
How to spoil a Happy New Year
Kelley has a story about the New Years Party she went to that would have me furious if it weren't so sad that there are people in our own country like this,
I feel sorry that Kelley who had been having a good time was subjected to these assholes but I feel even sorrier that they are americans.
Link Via Dean
January 05, 2004
The dow surged past 10,500 today to 10,544 on a 44 points rise.
One of the stocks I talked about on this post went down 0.32 so if you had bought it when I posted you would have only made 40% by selling today and not the 50-60% if you sold it at the high (siri). The other stock I talked about is only up 10% but heck where else can you get a 10% return in 5 days.
Not quite the glory days of the 90's but there is still money to be made.
Update: I have not sold siri yet but if it gets down to $3.40 I am taking my profits.
Clark for President
I was going through the referer logs l a little while ago and noticed a referal from clarkbot. It seems that the clark for president site has a little spider that runs around finding where he was mentioned on the web.
Since my entry was not very pro-clark I was was surprised they picked it up but spiders and robots are not known for their intelligence.
I was impressed with Clark saying that he would not run for veep. Now if he does accept veep we will know for sure that he is just another pol.Continue reading "Clark for President"
January 04, 2004
Late Bloomers - Graham Thomas
Thanks to the great weather we have been having I was able to take this picture of the Graham Thomas in my front yard today.
I saw Wes Clark on Meet the Press this morning.
Tim asked him about his claim that if he were president he would have caught Bin Laden. His response is that he would have done things differently than Bush did. Bush we recall set the big goal and let his generals in the field do what they thought they needed to in order to get to their goal. Why then does Clark not critique the generals in command?
What he seems to be saying, to me anyway, is that he would have micromanaged the war and overruled the commanders on the ground.
But you may say "Clark is a general", not the point I say.
January 03, 2004
I can't think of much to write about since my mind is reeling from all kinds of Microsoft stuff at the moment.
In the back looking away from the camera is my daughter's dog Silver, then my dog Shadow. The white guy who is looking at me is Ghost who we rescued from certain death at the hands of a bad owner. The furball in the front is Star.
I also like this post about Kwanzaa Unwrapped.
I might check out some more later on my next break from hitting the books.
January 02, 2004
Game Over Man
Not as boring as I would have liked but a great game.
Update: I should point out that any game Ohio State wins is a great game in my book and I have seen a lot of them in last 30 years.
Sitemeter clicked over 30k a little while ago.
Good game so far but I am hoping for a boring second half.
January 01, 2004
Screw the Blue
The Big Blue wussies lost to USC.
Telling it like it is
Go Glenn go.
Link via Lair
Quote of the Day
The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension - 1984
New Year's Day
I have had a pretty relaxing day.
I stopped at Home Depot on the way back and picked up a few things.
I might even try to mount the other sword tonight, especially if the big blue boys roll over for USC.
My other football picks seem mixed so far. Iowa won, Purdue lost but made it close as I predicted, in OT. Just forget I said anything about Maryland losing, please.