March 31, 2004
We have lots of lantana all around the property. The stuff likes to spread and deer don't mess with it because it smells a little funny.
As I said blogging will be light until this class is done in several weeks. This is an off night so I brought work home instead.
This weekend however I will try to make up for it including a letter from a friend who is working in Iraq at the present time.
March 29, 2004
Quote of the Day
From a true classic movie. The great Peter Sellers in multiple roles.
Dr. Strangelove or: How I learned to stop worrying and Love the Bomb - 1964
Springtime is when the Azalea's bloom. In most cases not for very long though there are now some that repeat bloom. Ours do not (sigh). We have had this one for a while and every year it looks better
This is a closeup.
Mystery Russian Weapon
As soon as I saw this article I knew exactly what my quote of the day would be.
Do you think the Rooskies have a Doomsday bomb?
March 28, 2004
If you have never gotten Freesia from the florist you should they are wonderful fragrant flowers. I used to get my wife them when we lived in the city. When we moved we must have planted 300+ blubs. So much that she got mad at me if I brought another 20 home.
I have never ben much involved in normal political parties. I did some work in 1960 at the age of nine for Nixon but that is another story.
Yesterday I decided to do something very different and attended the Senatorial Convention for Montgomery County Texas. I have voted in the primary right before the polls closed and since they were having the party caucus right after I decided to stay and see what it was all about. There weren't many people there but since there were more than we were a located for delegates my name got put down as one of the delegates to the Senatorial convention. This was how I found myself yesterday driving up to Conroe to meet in the cafeteria of an intermediate school with almost 600 other people.
The most contentious item was the choosing of people to attend the state convention. It seems that there is a split between the old guard and the new, mostly younger conservatives. The old guard has usually chosen the delegates from among their friends and supporters. The motion on the floor was the let the 80+ precincts choose their own delegates. There was some heated discussion and a roll call vote which we lost 314-271. I was obviously on the side of giving more power to the people but I didn't realize how bad things were until the committee's selections were announced. Some precincts got 10 or more delegates and alternate while some like mine got only 1.
After those fireworks things calmed down a bit. We got down to resolutions. The most popular was against gay marriage. I was wondering if this was going to be an issue and it looks like it is even though most talking heads don't think so.
The next most popular were for defunding the NEA and NPR. There were some people who thought NPR should not be defunded but no one spoke in favor of the NEA.
All resolutions were approved.
March 26, 2004
I can't figure out how Google works even though I love using it.
Now if I had nude pictures of Marilyn Monroe or nude pictures Michelle Pheiffer I might post those but since my wife reads this sometimes I don't think posting nude pictures of movie stars is the best thing to do.
Then again I was just doing a search in Google of my other plum tree and the first URL returned was this site, which I thought was very funny.
So if you want nude pictures of the Hilton sisters (I think the other one is much better looking) this is not the place to come.Continue reading "Gaming Google"
Wow. I know it is spring because everything is blooming at once.
This is my big Plum which is also known as a Japanese Plum Hybrid.
This was one of the first fruit trees we planted when we moved to Texas and the last three years is has produced more fruit every year.
The sweet mild statement above is a bit deceptive since these plums are better than almost anything you can buy in a store. Take it from me, I have loved and eaten plums all my life, usually in large number and these are great.
March 25, 2004
Quote of the Day
This quote reminds me that the movies sometimes present us with truth about what happens in the real world. Has something like this happened to anyone you know or have heard about.
No, I am not going to go there you will have to think about it yourself.
Cool World - 1992
I should have lots to post this weekend, pictures and text.
March 23, 2004
Last Wednesday afternoon I took a slight tour of the HP(formerly known as Compaq) campus just south of where I live. The campus comprises 22 buildings which used to do manufacturing and administration. Now most of the manufacturing is gone and just the offices remain. The one exception to this is in high end servers and storage which was what I came to see.
I spent two and a half hours with HP reps talking about things with names like SAN, MSA, EVA and blade servers.Continue reading "Mega-Storage"
March 22, 2004
Back To School
A little while back I won a course of my choise at a user group meeting.
Starting tomorrow for three weeks I will be spending my Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 to 9:30 at Houston Community College taking the course Intermediate C#.
Posting on those days may be a little light for the next few weeks.
March 21, 2004
Ted has a new entry to his series Rocketing around the Blogosphere.
He also has a new logo on the main page. Very nice.
I was reading Tanya's blog about how she installed MT-Blacklist and I went here to post something and had to delete another 20 spam comments so I took the plunge and installed it myself.
March 20, 2004
Red Baron Peach
Well I can tell its Spring because today was a two shirt day. It could have been a three shirt day but it was only about 80 and I stopped while I was ahead.
I got the two fruit trees planted that I bought my wife for Valentine's Day.
We also planted a Lady Banks Rose which the wife wants to climb up a tree. If it works it will be interesting.
One of the reasons I got the Red Baron Peach was because the lady at Arbor Gate said it had great blooms as you can see below she wasn't kidding. I doubt there will be any fruit in the first year but you never know.
The tree in the back is the apricot which hasn't bloomed yet.
This is what it looks like close up.
Bill Whittle has a new post and it is actually smaller than a novella.
The comments are huge however and while the post wasn't hard to get through I don't think I will make it through the comments.
Losing a Loved ONe
Mr. Lion lost his father earlier this week. He writes movingly about him in this post. I don't know if I could do the same.
I lost my father in Jan. 2001 and reading this post brought it all back and I was pretty teary after finishing and until not too long ago.
Go over there and say something because in times like these it helps to know that other people care.
I saw a presentation on this a few weeks ago.
It goes by the number 802.16d though the article just calls it 802.16.
The cool thing is the range 20 to 30 miles whereas traditional cell phones have a 3 mile radius. The speed is about 2.5 mb but that if fine for a lot of things, heck my DSL is only 1.5.
Don't expect to see it anytime soon however. The presentation I saw was talking about 2006 and the article above was thinking 2007-2008. It is however coming down the road and you can never tell when those kind of things might speed up.
Paid Hotspots not cutting it
In the I told you so Dept.
Bolding is mine.
March 18, 2004
Quote of the Day
Whatever Happened To...
I was working late tonight and when I hoped in the car and started the long crawl through Houston traffic I punched a few buttons on the radio. I punched Michael Savage's show but Michael wasn't on. The substitute host was tearing Kerry a new one but that was not what catch my attention.
After the series ended Jerry has been busy. He ran for congress in California, lost and is now the host of his own talk radio show.
I spent 5 years waiting to see Jerry and Co. every week and it is good to see he is doing well.
By the way the last season of Babylon 5 will be available on DVD April 13. You can pre-order here, especially if you want to get me a present for my birthday which happens to be two days later.
I crashed early last night. I just couldn't keep my eyes open.
March 16, 2004
Quote of the Day
Trying to deal with terrorists reminds me of this exchange.
Independence Day - 1996
Don't take my word for it check this out.
Reason 25 Why I love living in Houston
It was 78 and sunny in Houston today.
Where is the Media?
They really suck so bad.
Oh NRO is posting on it too as you can tell from my previous post.
Iran in Flames
Sometimes I say something and I am right.
Two days ago I wrote this.
If the people of Fereydunkenar are successful word will spread like wildfire across Iran. The Mullahs will have to move into full scale repression mode or they will lose control. The people will either be cowed or there will be outright civil war.
Today we have this
Mar 16, 2004 The Islamic republic regime's anti-riot units and plainclothes men have opened the charge, at this time 21:35 local time, against the demonstrators in southern Tehran, Esfahan's Tchahr Bagh and the city of Mashad by using knives, clubs and chains. Unconfirmed reports are stating about the use of plastic bullets in Esfahan and the Sadeghieh square of Tehran.
and this from Iran.
The genie is out of the bottle now. The people of Iran are fighting back. Anything can happen.
My best wishes go with those of Iran fighting for their freedom.
March 15, 2004
The Ides of March
Quote of the Day
Given what is happening with Spain this seems appropriate.
Julius Caesar - 1953
One Less Poet
Another major AQ leader bites the dust.
Someone tell me again how we are losing the war on terror.
A senior al Qaeda leader -- described as the group's "chief of operations in the Arabian Peninsula" -- was killed in a shootout in Saudi Arabia, U.S. officials told CNN on Monday.
March 14, 2004
George W. Bush
Quote of the Day
George W. Bush - Sept 20, 2001
I have long predicted that is would get bloody in Iran before things get better.
If this story is true things could move rapidly from here.
If the people of Fereydunkenar are successful word will spread like wildfire across Iran. The Mullahs will have to move into full scale repression mode or they will lose control. The people will either be cowed or there will be outright civil war. I suspect it will be a long hot summer in Iran.
Mr. Lion is posting in a similar vein about how nice spring in NY is and how Fall will forever be linked to a beautiful September day that we must never forget.
The Nature of Terror
I realize I have not been posting much political these days and there are three reasons for it.
One time, I never had the time I thought needed to be spent to do the kind of posts that some bloggers do and now that I am working again and driving 3 to 4 hours a day in order to do so I am fairly tired by the time I get home and I do not want blog from work. I was out of work too long to lose a job because I couldn't resist posting during working hours. I am more of a Glenn Reynolds type blogger anyway where I point out interesting things and other peoples posts rather than write big long essays like Steve or Bill.
Second purpose, this was never supposed to be a purely political blog. It has a political tilt because that is part of what I am and how I spend my time. I also spend a lot of time on gardening, technology, movies and other things some of which I have addressed and some which I will address some day.
Third I hate repeating myself and most of the important issues I have gone over at least once or twice, One of those things which I feel compelled to re-visit is the nature of terror.
I can't understand for the life of me how some people like this blogger just don't get it. She thinks that 9/11, 3/11, Iraq, Chechnya and the terror in Israel are all different. They are all the same as is North Korea, Iran and others. They are cancers on civilization. Like cancer they must be sought out and destroyed tumor by tumor until we are free of this disease.
Iraq is related to 9/11. Terror is terror. Flying planes into buildings and grabbing people in the middle of the night to disappear for forever are just different sides of the same coin. There are bad people in this world. People who would rather live by terrorizing others then working hard to build their societies for the common good.
Michele gets it, read this post.
Michele ends her post with words I could have written but since she wrote them first I will just quote them.
The war on terror is this nation's number one priority if we want a future of peace.
One last thing.
March 13, 2004
Quote of the Day
Spartacus - 1960
I remember when the first Peanuts TV show came on.
You are Schroeder!
Which Peanuts Character are You?
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Kerry crushes Dissent
Krotchety Kegler has a story of a Kerry staffer assulting a protester.
Link via Glenn.
March 12, 2004
The Number 11
Let's see 9/11 for us and 3/11 for Spain.
I like this post from Andrew Sullivan about the change in the french press after yesterday's bombing.
My french was rusty so I had to look up enfin which Google translated as finally.
Update: Eric thinks there may be something in those numbers, more than even I thought. 3/11 was 911 days after 9/11, sheesh.
Update: Jeff quotes some who says that it is exactly 912 days not 911.
March 10, 2004
A lot of people thought it would be a great idea to let China into the WTO. I was not fully sold on the idea and now it turns out that they really do not want to trade fairly.
Intel is joining the protest but they are in a bad situation.
What was that quote about dealing with the devil?
March 08, 2004
More on 9/11 ads
My post yesterday has been echoed by someone much better with words than I Charles Krauthammer.
Also on the same subject one of the victim's sister is also on the presidents side.
I want to see Katie and company talk to those on the other side as much as they rushed to interview the anti-bush victims but I am not holding my breath.
March 07, 2004
I agree with Michele in that I think it would be stranger if he didn't mention it.
Now on the 9/11 familes who are complaining. I have really had just enough of hearing from them. We all feel really bad about what happened to their loved ones but it has long since passed the point where they themselves are the ones who are trying to profit from this tragedy.
I am sorry but just because you lost someone does not mean that you are the sole person or persons who have anything to say about what is built on the site or how those images are used.
It is obvious that some of these people have an agenda and I am tired of hearing from them. They should be trying to put their lives together rather then holding press conferences about what the president puts on TV or what the memorial at the WTC site should look like. That is not to say they shouldn't have input but just because their input isn't followed to the letter does not mean they have a right to call anyone with a different idea callous.
Gulf Beauty Plum
We planted this tree just last year and I was very surprised that it bloomed this year and several weeks before my other plum tree.
March 06, 2004
I am in charge of the house tonight and made dinner for my daughter. She wanted pizza which I have made for her many times.
All posting will be delayed while I run cold water over my stupid fingers.
This is an interesting article about a jew who moved to France and is now wondering about moving back to the US.
Hat tip to Dean for pointing it out to me.
I guess I am not as big a geek as I thought.
March 05, 2004
The Black Bird
I started reading the Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett last night, no I didn't buy the over priced book I found at Barnes and Noble.
It is kind of weird though because even though Hammett describes his characters very well and I read the descriptions I still saw the characters from the movie, especially Peter Lorre's Joel Cairo.
March 02, 2004
Not much to blog about today. I had training classes in mapping software and tried real hard to stay awake all day. More of the same tomorrow.
My boss made a presentation but we still don't know if the group will be intact or I will be job hunting again.
March 01, 2004
Got the kid a belated present at best buy. This is something she has wanted since I told her that I had suggested it to her grandmother who had agreed it would be a nice present.
On the way back I got the next volume of the Mike Hammer collection. Since I am reading mysteries which I have never really done in my life I had intended to get something by Dashel Hammet but all they had was the Thin Man and the Maltese Falcon. I may get them at some time in the future but since I know both movies pretty well 11 bucks a piece seemed like a lot, at least yesterday.