Wednesday, December 20, 2006

The value of a haircut...

I was reading an article about the unemployed in Germany. First off, yes, I noticed that the man looks like a butch lesbian. This guy is 37. He had half bleached hair, rags for clothes, and rings from every orifice. He yells at a politician that he doesn't have a job, and the politician tells him, shave and get a haircut. He ties it, and then decides that maybe he will take a job rather than starve. Neat story. Not very important other than maybe an inspiration to losers.

The important part comes in at that end.

Beck was accused by some of attempting to shift responsibility for the country's jobless rate from the government to the unemployed. One Green Party member, Thea Dueckert, told the Die Welt newspaper that Beck was stigmatizing the jobless.

"With 4 million unemployed, you cannot seriously claim that the people themselves bear guilt for their destiny," she said.

Wow. I almost did not believe the quote, then I saw that it was from the Green Party. The unemployment of many Germans may be their own fault as they do not want certain jobs. If immigrants are moving there, then their must be jobs. They just need to "shave, and get a haircut". The other thing I noticed is that she says that "the people"can not "bear the guilt for their destiny". The people elected the current government. The people are responsible for their country. The people need to choose leaders that will get them out of 10% unemployment. The people are not victims. They are the cause. Germany as a country needs people and leaders that will realize that their destiny IS in their hands. Who's fault is it? Are you going to always blame leadership, chosen to represent the people? The people conveniently never have any responsibility. In that case, why not have a dictatorship?

Stupid ads

I got a piece of mail from Comcast a week ago. On it was this quote:

I switched because I could bundle my phone, TV, and Internet... all on one bill. With BellSouth I had to choose satellite service, which meant two bills to pay and no ON DEMAND.
That quote was on the outside. On the inside was this quote:
I switched because I could save up to 39% over the comparable unlimited plan from BellSouth. Yeah, I like to talk a lot, I just don't like to pay a lot.
I do not understand why the locations of the quotes was not switched. I personally did not notice the quote that mentions saving money until I started writing this post. I don't understand how having fewer bills is seen as a good thing if it increases the total cost. I can pay an extra 37 cents, use an extra check and 5 minutes of my time to get savings on a bill.

Remember kids, paying two bills that both owe $5 is better than paying one bill that owes $15.

Saturday, December 09, 2006


Double spaces at the beginning of sentences is for weenies and momma's boys. Real men use one space like god intended. Get a proportional font, Luddite. If you have to use a monospaced font, deal with one space. The "rivers" will not kill you, I am sorry that you can not see that a period ends a sentence.

The semicolon is a valid punctuation mark. If you think that it should never be used you are bovine. The fact that you never use them correctly is not a valid arguement against their use. Smart people get privileges, and semicolons are one of them.

These are not really directed at anyone. In general, I find grammar nazis on par with Hitler (not really Hitler, cuz he was a big dick and actually killed people instead of wasting my time). I am on the description side of linguistics, and prescriptors are just emulating the French.

Let the silly debates continue!

Friday, December 01, 2006

Hawk vs Squirrel: Rematch

Hawk almost got squirrel one day a few weeks ago. The hawk came down about 20 feet in front of me. People were walking by, and spooked the hawk just as it was trying to get the squirrel. The squirrel got away, and the hawk flew to a nearby tree. It was on a branch about 8 feet high, so I got a goood look at it. It was neat to have been able to see the ineraction.

In other news, I saw pidgeons on my street yesterday. I had not seen them for quite a while.

I got interrupted writing this blog post in a meeting. I have a post coming about the meeting.

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Adsense and squirrels

So my ads are about squirrel elimination now. In other news that is the real reason for this post...


I had the urge to share that with the world. The time is 1:22 AM.

Monday, November 27, 2006

Milton Friedman

"[The minimum wage is] the most anti-black law on the books."
-- Milton Friedman, Nobel Prize in Economics (1976).

There are four ways in which you can spend money. You can spend your own money on yourself. When you do that, why then you really watch out what you're doing, and you try to get the most for your money.

Then you can spend your own money on somebody else. For example, I buy a birthday present for someone. Well, then I'm not so careful about the content of the present, but I'm very careful about the cost.

Then, I can spend somebody else's money on myself. And if I spend somebody else's money on myself, then I'm sure going to have a good lunch!

Finally, I can spend somebody else?s money on somebody else. And if I spend somebody else's money on somebody else, I?m not concerned about how much it is, and I'm not concerned about what I get. And that's government. And that's close to 40% of our national income.

--Milton Friedman.

And that, is the truth. No to increasing the minimum wage, and no to more government! (unless its them hiring me)

Muslim is not a race.

Please watch the video. I think that he said many things that need to be said. Muslim is not a race. It is not a component of American society to persecute Muslims.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

OODA loop update

Today, as I was walking to class, I saw a hawk on the top of a electricity pole. I was like, thats pretty cool. On further examination, I noticed a tail. It was a squirrel tail. The hawk was tearing into a squirrel, and looking around with a big grin every once in a while. This was right near where I let Cody (the dog) chase a squirrel.

Cody chased the squirrel in this parking lot. The only cover was a car. In the beginning, it was like the part in snatch where they set the dogs on a rabbit. Cody almost got the squirrel, but the squirrel could turn much faster. He chased it around the car, but the squirrel made it to a tree.

The hawk caught squirrel was not so lucky. The hawk was operating in a different axis, one where the squirrel could not observe, orient, decide, or act very effectively. The hawk was inside of the squirrels OODA loop. The result was squirrel for breakfast.

Elections - Seniors

I have a few things to say about the elections. I am going to focus on one that that really bothered me. THE ELDERLY

According to the voters of GA, the order of support for ad valorem taxes goes something like this:

88.7% Seniors
85.2% Widow of Firefighter or Police Officer *1
71.3% Veteran Orgs *2
68.5% Property of charitable institutions
60.7% Farm equipment

*1 killed in the line of duty
*2 which refurbish historic aircraft for educational purposes

89.9% Surviving Spouse w/continuations of base-year value homestead exemption. This one is different because it is the passing of a base year assessed value homestead exemption to the surviving spouse who otherwise meets the exemption requirements. The spouse gets to get the exemption transfered with the same base amount.

what was voted on

How did seniors beat the widow of a fireman or police officer? I am wondering what sort of person wants senior citizens to have the ad valorem exemption, but not widows. I am assuming that if you voted for widows you probably voted for seniors, but this might not be the case.

Sunday, November 12, 2006


I just watched this short, kiwi . It is inspiring, but also very sad. Go watch it, and come back.

So the Kiwi dreams of flying, (but can't fly) and he puts trees on the side of a cliff. He jumps off, and has the sensation of flying, realizes his dream, and then .... splat. Was the dream worth it if he had to commit suicide to realize it? I was proud of the little guy, until I realized that he didn't have a parachute. Should he have accepted that he could not fly? Should he have given up on his dream? I just came up with the parachute, and I really like that idea. One should find a way past impossible dreams, but also live to enjoy it. Bring a parachute. Don't kill yourself making your dream.

Friday, November 10, 2006

Cat and Squirrel on Skiles

About a week ago, I saw a cat attempt to get a squirrel in the grass between the student center and skiles walkway. It was interesting to watch, but the cat was too fat, and the squirrel could out turn the cat. It almost proved the fighter mafia's position that instantaneous turn rate was important, as the squirrel can't outrun the cat, but can out turn him. Anyway, the cat failed to get into the squirrels OODA loop.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Retro Virus

I will be talking about the article entitled, "Viral Fossil Brought Back to Life". In a simple/short version:

There are viruses that modify the DNA of the person that they infect so that the virus encoding becomes part of the person's DNA that is passed onto their children. We (as humans) have a bunch of these. We are protected from the virus because the version that we carry has a mutation so that the virus no longer works. What the scientists did was take a bunch of human DNA, find the messed up virus, and compare the sequences. Some people have different mutations, and you can see what is the same between all but one sequence. Then you can recombine the DNA so that it is "correct". Once you do that, you have remade the initial virus. Then you can infect humans! Turns out our immune system rocks, so it wasn't very effective.

The interesting quotes appear at the end of the article. Who has the authority to do this sort of research? This is sort of like Jurassic Park, but with viruses instead of dinosaurs. What sort of safe guards need to be implemented? Is it a national security issue? Are predictions of infectivity accurate? I don't really know the answers to those questions. If the person really could make sure that it only replicated once, then I think that level III was appropriate. If all of this stuff was unknown, I would demand level IV. All of us have read Andromeda Strain, and Jurassic Park, heck, even Prey. Wait, and almost Sphere. All involved something that was not understood being haphazardly injected into our world. (all by Michael Crichton ..... what does that mean?!)

PLease comment, with a capital L.

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Transgender? Italian Parliament

Link to news

Interesting thought experiment. So, if a person is transgender, do they go to the bathroom in their gender, or in their sex? I can see both sides of the argument. Lets use the male being female gender for the rest of this conversation. I can see how women do not want to see someone pull out their member and use a urinal. I can also see how the person associates themselves with another gender, so it would be unnatural to go to the male restroom. The men in the male restroom might feel weird with a lady next to them going in the urinal. In this case, it seems weird that it matters so much. Female restrooms have stalls (as I am told... and also couches!) so no one would ever actually know. But, I suppose it is also the principle of the thing, as in this case the other person knew. So tough question. Are restrooms decided by gender or sex? On a practical level, I think that the restroom of the gender should be used, as the person can use the stall and no one would be the wiser. On whether the practical answer is right, I am not really sure.

The real question is how the Italians use $2.5 million in bathroom costs on only the upper house. I think that making a separate bathroom is taking it a bit too far. Then you need one for females being male, males being female, males being goats, females being dolphins, etc.

Friday, October 27, 2006

Thoughts of the day

When you pull the stick out of the hotdog in a corndog, the hotdog looks like it has a urethra.

Lets change the destiny of mankind

Duffman would make a good Halloween costume
So would Dr. Zoidberg

Fixed Wing feels like I am in a madrasah , we are expected to memorize without understanding. Well, at least by what we have to do for the test. Overall, we are supposed to be understanding.

I doubt I have any extra tickets for the Miami game, sorry guys.

Wtf is up with Paris? I mean, the leadership is telling people that it is bad for them to defend themselves. In the next breath, they tell them that the police can not defend them. Who will defend the French people? I don't see how a country that is always trying to be a weapons exporter can forget it's own people's defense (internal, not internationally)

Fridays with rain should be banned. Rain:party::bug spray:party of roaches Well, not all the time. But it certainly reduces party numbers due to the decrease in mobility. The is exaggerated on Halloween, as Halloween parties are more dependent on time than space.

Firefox 2.0 made a poor user interface decision. I think that having the "x" on the far right is a good idea. Individual "x"s on each tab is poor design. You have to locate the tab that you are on, and then click the x. The tabs can resize, so the tab "x" location changes over time. Basically, you can not rely on muscle memory or peripheral vision to accomplish the task of closing a tab. This increases tab closure time and makes the tab closure a task that requires conscious resources. I will probably move toward an exclusive ctrl-w to close a tab from now on, or write a firefox extension to fix this travesty. Whew. Its in browser.tabs.closebutton change it to 3 for the nice behavior. ha!! yes, back to normal!

Upgrading the UbuntuBox to 6.10. It is really nice to have a 6 month OS cycle, and updates come in on all of my installed programs in between. Also the kernel gets updated more frequently than 6 months. The UbuntuBox does basically everything that I need. Its running great on a 533 mhz K6. I have it setup to open programs on my windows box, they look like programs running locally to windows. So I have one desktop, one taskbar. The only reason I don't run the UbuntuBox with its own desktop is because I remote in often. The X client that I have does not handle the transition between remote and not remote very well, but if it is not a full desktop, it can handle it w/ no problems. The problem arises due to changes in screen resolution.

Ok, this post is too long.

I have in mind a system for the "ideal" dance party mix. It would involve the computer randomly mixing different songs. BUT the songs are picked from distinct bins... I'll writeup a post later. I am going to get this party thing down, for when we open up that club.

Duffman: Thrusting in the direction of the problem, oh yeah.

I can now isolate hip thrusts from the rest of the body movement. I almost can walk and thrust. Duffman training is close to complete.

Time for lunch.

These thoughts were brought to you by Fixed Wing Pre Test Study Time (tm).

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Friday, October 06, 2006

Dynamite battle?
Wow. You know, South America has been having a lot of problems lately. That socialism just isn't working out... (yes, I am talking to YOU, Chavez...)

Thursday, September 28, 2006

SpaceShipTwo ... video


In other news, SpaceDev's ship is also supposed to make it around the same time frame. We will see, I got more faith in Scaled, but I got my money on SpaceDev

Iran prediction

I had a thought yesterday, and thought I should put it on paper.

If we have to go to war with/attack Iran, I believe that we might unveil a new weapons system.

We won't if we only blockade Iran (much better plan, cut off gasoline and the country implodes).

I hope we don't have to get into a confrontation with Iran, but it is just something that I thought of.


Check out this post...

Neat pics, I should check virgin galactic for more.

Monday, September 18, 2006

Pope's Words

ACE said it well. The very thing that the Pope was saying became true. Wtf is that? That would be like the Pope saying, "United States, you invade all sorts of countries!" and then we invade Iran or North Korea. And then we get mad at the Pope for saying we invade countries. I also think the Pope is a weeny. He SHOULD NOT back down. He said what someone else said, quoted them. The quote is mostly being used out of context, and the whiny muslims can just STFU. People should be allowed to say things that are true, or were true. When they don't or they apologize for telling the truth, it is a travesty.

DO NOT back down. The fact that they firebomb a church over some remarks that are 600 years old just says that they have not changed. Not all of them mind you, but the militant subset. They are looking for reasons to be pissed off. They compare the Pope to Hitler, but the closest thing to Hitler and the holocaust is themselves. The Holy See did not send bombs into mosques. The Holy See does not want to conquer the lands around him and make a huge empire where only one race/religion exists. Some muslims currently have Hitler-like ambitions, and we need to wake up. Before another world war scale war.

Airborne Combat Engineer: Muslim rage against the Pope

Never in the history of Christianity has a pope been proven correct so quickly and demonstrably.

Sunday, September 17, 2006


My mom recently wanted to keep up with the Jones. She bought a Roomba. (and a car mounted GPS, but that is another story)

I was tasked with setting up the Roomba today. She hadn't taken it out of the box. I plugged in the base station, put the battery in the Roomba, and started it going. That thing works pretty well. Misty didn't care about it, the casts didn't care about it, and it wasn't annoying. It was fun to watch. It cleaned the downstairs living room very well. It even did under the couches.

It has this mode that when it finds a "particularly dirty spot" it will go into "deep clean mode" and go over that section more. This happened on a section of the carpet, and I could see why. That is pretty neat. If you have seen our living room, it is a pain in the ass to vacuum. This thing had no problems. It changed from rug->hardwood floor->rug easily. It pushed a trash can into a corner out of the way. We left it running while we loaded the washing machine.

Matt and I were moving a washing machine and spilled some water. As we were loading it into the truck, we joked about how we hoped it wouldn't eat any of the animals. As luck would have it, it did get into trouble. It found the spilled water, and was trying to suck it up. I freaked out, dried it, and everything was ok. I was surprised about how much STUFF it picked up. It is currently charging, and I set it up to start cleaning again at 8:00 pm on Sunday (today). Hopefully the family is watching tv during prime time and freaks out.

You program the Roomba with a remote control. You can hook the remote control up to your computer with usb. I don't know why (but I can think of a few reasons). You can steer the Roomba with the remote, or schedule when it will vacuum. It won't fall down stairs.

You can make "virtual walls" and it came with two of those units. It automatically finds the base station for charging when it is needed. All in all, it was fun and did what it was supposed to do. I think that if my mom can remember to clean it out it will be worth it's cost.

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Saturday Game + Sunday Turkish festival

So we went to the game. Adam, Andy, Dana, Hakeem, Jeremy, Nic, Sara, Todd, and Zb. Sorry Todd, your name is next to Zb, it was the alphabet's fault. We went in the North gates, but walked to the South side to sit behind the Gold-fellas. They are these guys that paint up in yellow and have bright yellow wigs. Adam is/was a member, so we got to sit right behind them. Second row! Sara and Nic are the best fans in the Stadium. Everyone else not in our group definitely needs more school spirit. We as a group were much more lively than the goldfellas, they disappoint. Adam was the "b" in "bulldogs", the name of the other team's mascot. We pulled Buzz, the mascot up into the stands, and everyone except me molested Buzz in some way. I had gone to get water. Nic and Sara were yelling at Buzz the whole game to come and visit us. Zb left early and missed the excitement. We destroyed the other team, 3rd or 4th string QB was in by the end of it.

We went to ice cream at marble slab post game. I had peanutbutter/strawberry w/Oreo mixins. MEOW. MEEEEOOOOOWWWW. I think we freaked out some little kids. Boots needs to be shared, his meow is designed to wake the dead. We yelled cheers and talked to people stuck in traffic on tenth street on the way home. We got word that one of our friends fell asleep early, and we almost drew on his face with a permanent marker. We picked up a Lisa along the way and went to Rocky Mountain for pizza. I think the waitress was disappointed in the lack of beer ordering. "We'll take a water for everyone", and her face fell. We ended up back at my place, and festivities resumed until late into the night.

I went to the Turkish festival hoping for some shawarma, but it was not meant to be. I did have some humus and other assorted Turkish foodstuffs. We got there kind of late, so we basically had time to eat, and then left for football. It was an epic game! between Denisse, Sara, and I, and Erica, Melissa, and Steph. My team won under the great Quarterbacking of Sara, and the running skillz of Denisse. I had one touchdown, and the last was Denisse out running Steph and Erica. Thanks to Steph for insisting that we play, I need to play more random games in parks.

Friday-Saturday Morning

Well, Friday is pretty easy. I had a splitting headache and went to bed early. I ate dinner, and took a nap. Woke up, and turned three times, and fell asleep till morning.

Saturday was a more interesting day. I went with Andy, Josh, and Sara to a gun show. I bought a rail so that I could mount the red dot that I bought earlier. The rail/mount was on backorder, and it was the same price so I canceled the backorder-ed part. Bad news though, the rail is not the right size for the rings, so I am still not able to mount the optics. AND! I need a new case because it won't fit with the optics installed. A vendor tried to sell me on a 40 round 1911 mag, but I thought better of it (what would I need a 40 round mag for? ... ZOMBIES)

Andy is now the proud owner of an SKS. He bought a sling for it, and the person that sold it to him is an interesting character. Coyote Frank was giving beads out to women at the show, "Hey lady! want some beads? You don't have to do nothing for um". Turns out he went to Troy (the school that we are playing next week), and played on the football team. He told us that we were like the 70's gang, all we needed was an Ar-ab. I suppose that he thought that Fez was an arab? I am not entirely sure... HOPEFULLY we see him at the game, it is sure to be amusing. His card has a picture of him and his wife in a bathtub, old west style. They "weren't naked". Her face is blurred so that "some punk kid doesn't tell his momma and get her fired" from a teaching job. We "learned" that Andy is squeaky clean, but that was expected. Personally*, I think that Andy isn't squeaky clean, but that the FBI just had his file on its desk.

Josh found a nice shotgun that "felt right", and I have to agree with him. It was a pump action with a pistol grip, no stock (but came with one). We both preferred the plastic stock SKS with a pistol grip (also the folding stock version), but admit that it might not have been as fiscally responsible for the intended use.

Sara believes that grenade launcher attach points are overkill. I wonder what she will do when the zombies come! or the Giant mutated spiders (we watched the end of eight legged freaks). I would agree with her, but I think that the point of having one is that it IS absurd. You can't really get a grenade to launch, so it really is useless.

After the show we went to get some items from my sister's place. Turns out it is near Andy's childhood home, so we toured his neighborhood also.

*not my real opinion, Andy is of outstanding character. (well, not outstanding, but at least he isn't a convicted felon)

BRAINS .. mmmm .. BRAINS

Friday, September 08, 2006

Congress Fun

ok, weird....

H.RES.981 : Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 503) to amend the Horse Protection Act to prohibit the shipping, transporting, moving, delivering, receiving, possessing, purchasing, selling, or donation of horses and other equines to be slaughtered for human consumption, and for other purposes.

an amendment to the same,
H.R.503 : To amend the Horse Protection Act to prohibit the shipping, transporting, moving, delivering, receiving, possessing, purchasing, selling, or donation of horses and other equines to be slaughtered for human consumption, and for other purposes.

finally! something about Sudan!
H.RES.992 : Urging the President to appoint a Presidential Special Envoy for Sudan.

new coins!
H.R.2808 : To require the Secretary of the Treasury to mint coins in commemoration of the bicentennial of the birth of Abraham Lincoln.

again, FINALLY I hope something happens. We can't say that we care, when we really don't.
S.RES.559 : A resolution calling on the President to take immediate steps to help stop the violence in Darfur.

wtf? S.3867 : A bill to designate the Federal courthouse located at 555 Independence Street, Cape Girardeau, Missouri, as the "Rush H. Limbaugh, Sr., Federal Courthouse".

Eh, at least they are reading new bills lately. They are pretty big slackers. I got two posts on recent news articles, but I am searching for the time to write them.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

And so it begins...

Ahmadinejad Purges

I hope that the world will begin to understand. These things seem to follow a set pattern. First the people lose freedoms. Then the government begins to remove those that oppose it, within the government and within the new generation. How do you remove people in the new generation before they cause trouble? Why by removing their teachers and other people that encourage the people to think for themselves. He has "cracked down on independent journalists, web sties, and bloggers". There is a VERY good reason that we have the Bill of Rights. It is designed to contain rights that allow for a peaceful revolution, and hopefully, liberty for all.

The people need to be aware of what is happening around them, and also learn/share ideas and information with the world. This is accomplished through the media and connections with other people (internet). The professors that he has the most problems with are the very same professors that are working for more freedom of expression. They must be on to something, and he must be scared of it.

The purges have not happened yet. And that is an important point. We will see how much power he really has.

Iran is on a very slow motion train wreck, and following a pattern we have all seen before. It is our duty as part of mankind to detect, see, and avoid this problem. (DSA is a term that they were using for automated TCAS type stuff (collision avoidance in airplanes)).

Btw, they need to allow women into soccer games. They obviously have never been to a football game with drunken hot chicks. (more so because they don't drink, or play football). Good thing the Iranian chicks showed up for the world cup.

Monday, September 04, 2006


"Experience has been defined, perhaps a bit lightheartedly, as just a sequence of nonfatal events."
- Engineering Design, 3rd Ed. by G. Dieter.

Woah - Ethanol

Ethanol conducts electricity.

Football - Notre Dame

I went to the Notre Dame - GT football game this weekend. It was fun for the first half, then our liquids ran out. Oh, and we started losing. We started out good, but then would not stop the Notre Dame advances, or advance ourselves. I think we scared some of the people next to us. I am going to start saving up for a turkey leg next game, this dude next to use got one and I almost stole it. "free with running" was the motto of the day. Beer was plentiful, even though I don't really like beer. These guys gave us beer in exchange for our opinion on the movie Zoolander. I got beer from Bill for greasing the wheels of game-viewing. I felt bad about the Zoolander beer, I didn't drink it and just brought it home for someone else. After the game, we went to Krystals for a sackful. I found out that conveniently the weekend that I am going out of town they are having an eating contest. Oh well, next year I suppose.

We had a housewarming party for nic, pam-peter, and peter's roommate on sunday. Highlights include:

  • Andykerr getting pwned by a drunken girl
  • Excellent pork chops and brauts
  • Swimming and other associated watersports (and I do mean watersports!) (frisbee, not the other kind!)
  • Great beans and decent daiquiris that somehow had no ice particles. I am still mystified.
  • The magic of youtube
  • R-thomas style water drinking (I try not to order any food from that place)
I finished my book on Lean Manufacturing, it was a very interesting and informative read.

Thursday, August 31, 2006

The problem with studies...

You Can't Judge an Alga by its Color | Science Blog

These sort of problems are the biggest problems for figuring out things like Global Warming. The people that write the reports assume that they have perfect data. They assume that everything is pretty simple. The problem is that it is EXTREMELY complex. The lack of iron in some algae leads to them being more green than they are supposed to be. Scientists miss 1-2 billion tons of CO2 per year. (one side note, isn't that a big range? you have the top end double the low end!) . Each bit of data needs to be analyzed down to this level, and I don't know that that is possible. This doesn't even cover how the models are made or what assumptions they make. The data that is generated is not always the truth, as assumptions were made. In this case, they assumed that the algae are homogeneous in their growth rate as a function of color in all of the oceans. This is clearly not the case as growth rate is effected by environmental factors.

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Recent happenings

I was walking to school on Tuesday, and I had to walk through sprinklers to get to the bus on time. This girl was watching me walk through the sprinklers, and just as I made it through and shook off the water the sprinklers turned off. I thought this was hilarious, and I think the girl thought I was crazy.

I bought a domain name last night. This means everyone can forget about remembering my ip address, and when I move around, I can keep everything the same, just change the DNS info in one place.

... found out I therefore need a DNS server. So I'll be setting that up soon.

TONS of reading to do.

I got Notre Dame tickets for the block, we got 29 tickets. Come and get them if you didn't already.

I got my international version of the book we needed for class today. It was about 40% of the cost of the US version.

A pellet gun can shoot through aluminum beer bottles made by Budweiser.

Sunday, August 27, 2006

Fun Sunday

Saturday night we played Settlers of Catan at Nic's. Afterwards we went to find a drunken Adam that we left to wander Nic's apartment complex while we played. He was sleeping by the pool. We left to Homepark for the Rugby party and an Indian party that was supposed to help cancer.

I didn't have more than one drink on Saturday, so Sunday was able to be a good day. I was planning on doing some homework, but you know how that goes... I went with Sara and Erin to Noodle, had the customary Thai Peanut Noodle (w/ a coconut sauce). We got a group together and went to the pool at Sara's place. Nic, Todd, Alex, Sara, Andykerr, Erin, and I were at the pool. We played some frisbe, drank a bit, and played with aluminum beer bottles. Those bottles are pretty neat. Can't crush them with the pressure of 8 ft of water.

After the pool we went to Nic's because they have a good BBQ place. We got brauts and burger meat. Good times eating grilled food, chips, and cokes. Back to Nic's for some large-tv Pirates of the Caribbean.

Now I am going to camp out near the stadium for the Notre Dame game, tickets come out tomorrow morning. We got a 26 person block right now.

Saturday, August 26, 2006

Bomber Evolution

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Bomber Evolution goodness. mmmmmmm. Ten points to the first person to identify what is on the back o f the B-52.

Friday, August 25, 2006

College Campus Gun Laws

Arming citizens could help security

I tend to agree with that article. A "gun free zone" on a college campus does not really help anything. I can not recall any "gone postal" incidents at a college, only at middle or high schools. All of the "gone postal" incidents at middle and high schools could have been stopped sooner if the students did not have to wait for the police. I am not advocating arming underage people, but the teachers are also banned from any sort of protection.

I could not own a firearm while I lived on campus, and that contributed to me moving off campus (and it was waaaay cheaper). I probably would not carry on campus if I could, but I would feel better knowing that Sam is.

Improv Everywhere Mission: Slo-Mo Home Depot

Improv Everywhere Mission: Slo-Mo Home Depot

I have been seeing more and more of these lately. There was the best buy people, that all wore blue polo shirts into Best Buy. Its interesting to watch, and they aren't doing anything illegal.

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Gamasutra - Feature - "Too Many Clicks! Unit-Based Interfaces Considered Harmful"

Gamasutra - Feature - "Too Many Clicks! Unit-Based Interfaces Considered Harmful"

This is a pretty good read. It may seem like this guy is just complaining about the Civ UI, but I think that it has farther reaching elements to it.

One idea that I came up with as I finished the article was that the game should "evolve". In some games it you almost have this ability. For example, in WarCraft III you can group units. This allows you to make "squads" that change the nature of the battles. As you play, you can direct these squads instead of individual units. A better example of evolving would be the game Spore. I have not played Spore, but you start out in a microscopic view and end with a view of the universe. Obviously you will not be controling the universe at a microscopic level.

The bigger thing to take from it is that 5-9 rule. It is normally true. Anything you do, you have to try and keep ~7 things happening for it. This does not mean that you can not be a general and a fire squad leader, but you will have trouble if you wear both hats at the same time.

Wired is scared...

Wired 14.09: START:

"Ionosphere Heater
Here's an idea: Build an array of 180 antennas in Alaska to beam radio waves at the ionosphere - the upper layer of Earth's atmosphere - creating an electric field that interacts with charged particles. Operated by the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program, this disruption can raise the temperature of the ionosphere by as much as 30 percent over a 9- to 40-kilometer radius. It's targeted global warming."

So that one doesn't really scare me that much, but it should scare other countries. From other reading, I was under the impression that it was not designed to impact the weather. The intent was to study the effects of different radiation on communications to improve reliability and things of that nature. Who is to say, though, that it isn't being used to test ways to degrade other people's communication, or make it so that only our signals can get through? I would welcome the US having new technology that could be useful for a deterrent. I know of some plans to try and weaponize the weather, it would be neat if this tied into it. I mean, the x-woman Storm get to control the weather, why can't I?

Dark Matter Exists | Cosmic Variance

Dark Matter Exists | Cosmic Variance

Pretty good explanation of the whole "dark matter" thing that has been in the news lately. I was wondering how they "proved" that dark matter exists. One thing to remember is that this analysis is based on the assumption that all of the Einstein-ish stuff is correct and his assumptions are valid.

It is interesting to consider that any manipulations to the data assume a certain model of the universe. What if we used a different model?

Conspiracy - woah....


Hard. Core. Crazy.

This lady is insane. I am glad this case was dismissed "sua sponte".

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Confederate Yankee: Iran Assaults Oil Rig, Captures Crew

Confederate Yankee: Iran Assaults Oil Rig, Captures Crew

Interesting. Halliburton gets a Romanian company to drill for oil in Iran? wtf? Or is Ahmadinejad still crazy?

Monday, August 21, 2006

JonBenet Ramsey suspect in L.A. jail - Yahoo! News

JonBenet Ramsey suspect in L.A. jail - Yahoo! News

This news article is full of descriptions of what the dude ate, who he sat by, etc. Interesting facts about the man such as his medical needs of the future, what color shirt, etc. But the news article doesn't really tell anything beyond "This dude is going to LA, and he is doing so in an airplane". When I read this link earlier, it talked about how no real facts about the case were known, and that LA did not know of a extradition case that was being rushed. Just was a weird news article, more like something out of People magazine.

Thursday, August 17, 2006

The Belmont Club: The Usual Suspects

The Belmont Club: The Usual Suspects

Good read, maybe slightly long. But definitely worth it. We need the will to use our weapons. And we need the will to show other people that we have the will. Some wars have been fought almost solely for this aim, to prove that you have teeth, and that you bite.


The situation is dire. Today is the last day I can write you in this condition.

For tomorrow, I go commando.

Please support "Joe doing laundry"

In other news, we have six people together for Snakes on a Plane. In alphabetical order: Andy, Josh, Nic, Sara, Todd, and myself. Any other people interested?

Monday, August 14, 2006

Camping Trip to Panther Creek

Last Thursday-Friday I went on a backpacking/camping trip with Sara. I'll save the pictures for last. The pictures are in no particular order. They were all taken with a shitty camera, and most by an incompetent camera operator (me). Higher resolution would be desirable, but I think that you guys are seeing them at full res.

So we headed out, after getting everything together. We bought gas, water, gatorade, and batteries at a gas station. It was easy driving, but when we got to the start of the trail we found out that the trail was closed. I think that the rangers finally went down the trail, from reports it is as bad as it was last year after the severe weather, so we COULD have hiked it. We decided to go to the other side of the trail. Panther Creek Trail is point to point, about 5.5 miles (or so they say. 3.5 miles to the falls the way I normally go, and 2 miles the other way. So we head off with vague directions, "go north on 184 from Toccoa, stay on 184 as it becomes Yonah Dam Rd, and take a left onto Panther Creek Trail." We get to the town of Toccoa and end up stopping at the local museum/information place. We get a local (town) map, and a slightly more useful area map that gets us on 184. We took Alt 17 from US 441 to Toccoa.

Once on 184, we found the point where it becomes Yonah Dam Rd. 184 continues into South Carolina, and we ended up about 500 ft into South Carolina before we turned around. In taking Alt 17 south, we went by Tallulah Gorge and stopped at that store with a view of the gorge. So you go down Yonah Dam Rd, and I start singing the song from Deliverance with the Banjo. We go down the road until it ends (at Yonah Dam) and can't find Panther Creek Rd. We pass this road that we thought could be it, but all it had was sign to some weird Baptist church. We go back to where 184 and Yonah split. That is the first place we could get cell reception. I called Matt O. , but maps don't go to deliverance country. The sherif came by, and ended up showing us where to go. He starts driving and turns down the street with the Baptist Church by Pastor (something). I start wondering if we are going to be dinner for the north georgia church canibals. Is the Sherif in on it?

We finally find the start of the trail, and some people are camped out right there. We start down the trail, and after maybe an hour run into an old man. He didn't make it to the falls, and warned us about a big hill. There are many millipedes on the trail. We start up this hill.


Think of your worst stair master experience. At the end of it, add a turn. As you pass the turn, add MORE HILL. It wasn't that bad, but it was a looooong way up. It wouldn't have been so bad, if it was up and down, but it was up. and up. and up. As we are fighting the hill, loud thunder almost became drum beats driving us forward. The sky looked ominous, but luckily we never got wet. We got to the falls and no one wass there. We setup camp with the new tent that my mom bought and change into swimsuits to swim. We hiked up the trail a bit, to get to the "top" of the falls, but decided that the swimming was better in the big "pool" at the bottom of the falls.

Sara and I went to the sandy area and tested the water. It was sort of cold and we waded for a bit. I spent the time gathering courage to dive into the unknown dark water where you could not see the bottom (or the Panther Creek Falls Monster). We ended up swimming to the sand bar in the middle of the pool, and then to the falls. We hung out in the falls, holding onto the slippery rocks and moss.

Ate, played cards, and decided to remove the rain fly. That way you could see the trees and sky in the tent. It did not look like it was going to rain, and we were feeling brave. A couple around our age showed up from the "closed" side. We didn't notice them for a while, we were in the tent hanging out and hiding from the mosquitoes (I forgot the DEET). I got out to talk to them, and asked about the trail. Seems like we could have taken that route, I bet it was not much worse than last year.

We found some crawfish claws on a rock, so I took a picture of them. In the morning we packed up and headed out. The big hill uphill became the big hill down hill. This is when we decided to record the slope of the hill, using a water bottle and my knife. About half way through we met three older men that were going to the falls. I warned them about the hill, but I don't think they listened. Lots of spiderwebs in the morning when you are hiking, I swished a stick in front of me to get them before they hit my face. We brought plenty of water, and had extra when we stopped. We went back to Atlanta the way that we came.

Unplugged in the Park (99X)

So I went to the free concert by 99x on Sunday, and had a good time. Blue October was playing, and played at the end. You might know them for the song "Hate Me". We hung out, listened to the music, then walked around the park to kill some time. Next time, I need to bring a cooler, and sit out on the grass and have drinks/food.
Other than the fat girl behind me that kept bumping into me (it was gross, ask Todd) and the three girls that just couldn't stop talking in high pitched whiny voices, I had fun. Sara, Todd, and I were there. I think I saw someone from my high school, but I forgot her name. She won a free burrito.

Peter Pan Party

The Peter Pan party turned out to be a good time. They had a three story tree house (although the crow's nest was off limits during the party. The tree house had electricity and a pole to slide down (like a fireman's pole). I had an epic battle with a blue bean bag chair in the driveway, and the concrete won. You can see it is just a scrape, but it also is bruised underneath. I tore my pants, and also wounded my palms and one elbow. The good news is that I did not spill but a drop of my drink, even after the tuck and roll maneuver. I had an eye patch and was walking backwards. I was a decent pirate, I think Todd and Andy had better costumes though. Eye patches suck, you lose depth perception and if it is made from cardboard and duct tape it gets annoying.

Saturday, August 12, 2006

And everything stays the same...

Israel to halt war in Lebanon on Monday - Yahoo! News
So everything stays the same. There is a "cease-fire", but with complications. The Hizbollah side vows to continue fighting while Israeli troops are in southern Lebanon. The Israeli side says that they will stay in southern Lebanon until the UN forces arrive. These are mutually exclusive, so the cease fire will be used by both sides as an excuse to keep fighting. Israel gets to say it "tried the diplomatic route", and Hizbollah can say that it would have followed the UN resolution if only Israel hadn't stayed to continue fighting.
I hope that France actually has the authority to shoot both sides if they do not comply. I would prefer dead Hizbollah, but this is sort of a "test" for the UN. They really haven't done anything useful for resolving conflicts in a while. I doubt very much that the UN is going to be able to disarm Hizbollah, but time will tell.

Friday, August 11, 2006

Great summary of the pictures issues...

Just read it, nothing much to say, other than don't believe everything that you "see".

Reuters Photo Fraud

They are remaking Conan the Barbarian!!!

HA! YES!....


Wednesday, August 09, 2006

You know things aren't working when...

Ailing Castro's Cuba signals crackdown on pirate TV - Yahoo! News
You know things are not working very well when the government has to limit the flow of information. If the people were happy, it would not be a problem to let other sources of information exist. If Cuba was to have TV that I could get, and it was all talking about how good it was to live in Cuba, it wouldn't matter that much to me. I kind of like living here. If it sucked, and everything cost alot, and I wasn't getting any recognition for what I do, I might care if the other side was greener (or pretending to be greener).

Friday, August 04, 2006

I ate a bean

I ate another bean, with garlic salt and pepper. The fruit of my labor!

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Been gone, Here is some congress...

As I was going through my daily routine, I started sending some bills to Josh and decided to share with you guys too.
Thomas is where I get this information.
Anyway, here we go ...
Congressman Mike Thompson had this valuable bill "H.CON.RES.399 : Recognizing the 30th Anniversary of the victory of United States winemakers at the 1976 Paris Wine Tasting."
Congressman Tom Davis from VA, "H.R.3682 :
To redesignate the Mason Neck National Wildlife Refuge in Virginia as
the Elizabeth Hartwell Mason Neck National Wildlife Refuge." I wonder what Mason Neck did to piss people off. ... seems it is a peninsula, so that is not as funny.
Let's not forget the important summer break... Congressman Tom Davis from VA, "H.CON.RES.467 : Providing for an adjournment or recess of the two Houses."
I haven't listed the numerous "lets play rename the post office" that seems to take up most of their time. One year, I want to count how many post offices get renamed.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Is this telling?

Bahrain, Jordan, UAE. And that is only people buying American. Saudi Arabia added more money on monday toward tanks and helicopters.

US DSCA Issues a Flurry of International Arms Sale Notifications (defense acquisition, defence purchasing, military procurement)

Friday, July 28, 2006

New Motto...

Europe swelters as heat wave continues - Yahoo! News

"It's amazing how quickly we've got used to it. We seem to think we're Mediterranean now," said Brendan O'Connor, a newspaper and TV satirist. "There's even a danger that we'll start drinking sensibly."
Since no one in Ireland uses sunblock, no matter what the weather, O'Connor said, "There are big tomato heads everywhere. And everybody is saying to each other, 'Were you away?'"

The crazy Irish... The day they start drinking sensibly, there will be peace in the middle east!

Show me the money!...

To all the people who read this blog and think it is only a small border skirmish between Hizbollah and Israel. I ask you to follow the money. I have found that if you follow the money, you can learn a lot more than from what is said. It shows action and is not something that can be taken back easily. When a country spends millions (or billions), they normally have a reason.

To back up the claim that it is not a border issue, I bring to your attention the actions of Saudi Arabia in the past two weeks. Tanks, Personnel Carriers and ground troops equipment, Helicopters, Artillery, more Helos, Ship protection, and Patriot missiles. The last two were early July, so it wasn't all in the last two weeks. I'll sum the other ones without the Patriots and Phalanx.

It comes to... drumroll... $15.378 Billion... lemme say that again. BILLION. I find it very interesting that Saudi Arabia decides in the recent weeks to finalize that many deals for new military equipment. I know that just recently a defense cooperation agreement was signed with France, but you must question why it was signed on July 21st.

The GDP of Saudi Arabia was 340.5 Billion dollars in 2005. As a percentage of GDP, Saudi Arabia in the past two weeks was contemplating spending 4.52 % of its GDP. That is a LARGE amount. I am assuming that these contracts are not going to be paid in one year, but it is still significant.

Trouble is brewing, and many people want to be ready for it. Including the Saudis.

You guys got any suggestions on what other nation's spending I should look into next? I wouldn't mind doing most of the countries in the middle east, since the Hizbollah thing started.

One caveat. I do not show/ haven't researched previous year spending in Saudi Arabia defense, nor know if they need to upgrade everything. It was something that I noticed as I kept seeing more and more defense procurement from them recently.

UPDATE: I was in the shower, and the thought came to me. What does all of that defense procurement have in common? I see the common thread of a ground-based fight. Helicopters are used to support ground troops. Tanks and LAV's -> Ground troops. Artillery -> Ground troops. Ships... well, ships don't fit. But its also a very small portion of the spending.

My new motto

PhD !

Debt Free!

Can you believe this?

So it finally comes out. Hizbollah is a master at wtf pwn-ing the western media. They stage media events to make us feel sympathy. Don't fall for it. Hiding behind civilians is not courageous. Hiding behind civilians that don't support your cause is even worse. I have heard reports of Hizbollah not allowing people to leave Bint Jbeil, wtf is that. I recognize that both sides play the propaganda war, but I am wondered why I didn't see scores of Israeli civilians in the news. All I heard about was dead Israeli soldiers.

You want to know why? ........    The Israeli government promoted bomb shelters and has air raid sirens to warn it's citizens. Hizbollah? ... they would have a siren to tell people to run out into the street, luckily they haven't thought of that yet. - Transcripts

This is a heavily orchestrated Hezbollah media event. When we got here, all the ambulances were lined up. We were allowed a few minutes to talk to the ambulance drivers. Then one by one, they've been told to turn on their sirens and zoom off so that all the photographers here can get shots of ambulances rushing off to treat civilians. That's the story -- that's the story that Hezbollah wants people to know about. (Voice-over): These ambulances aren't responding to any new bombings. The sirens are strictly for effect. When a man in a nearby building is prompted to play Hezbollah resistance songs on his stereo, we decide it's time to go. Hezbollah may not be terribly subtle about spinning a story, but it is telling perhaps that they try. Even after all this bombing, Hezbollah is still organized enough to have a public relations strategy, still in control enough to try and get its message out.

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Bean Plants update #2

My mom bought me a pepper plant a few days ago, and I planted it into the pot that used to hold the beans on Tuesday. The pepper plant has one pepper (of the bell pepper variety). I was checking on the crushed bean plants between tues-wed and I found out that some were flowering. On wed, I found out that some had BEANS.

So, today, I cleared out all of the weeds in the back plot, moved 4 bricks around them. I watered them, and wanted to thin the plants so everyone got the sun that they needed. The crushed plants grew toward more sun, and ended up along the ground until they could get around the washing machine. So I moved the washing machine. I found sticks and used some hemp to make the bean plants more vertical. They are really good at listening to changes in direction. Four bean plants remain there, and I converted them from "crushed and running along the ground" to "proud and standing tall". I also watered them, and might re-water when it gets cooler today. We were supposed to get rain, but we haven't.

The worst off bean plant that I removed from that plot I planted into the ground near the pepper pot. It will remain horizontal. I took off the kink in the stem, and basically planted the stem. In the other plants, I noticed that when bent and close to the ground, they grew roots, so I am experimenting. This is in the "flowerbed" plot, and it is shitty soil.

The other two bean plants that I wanted to transplant I added to the pepper plant pot. This was the pot with potting soil and purchased at ace hardware. I added them, and used sticks to try and make them grow how I wanted. I used hemp to tie them to the sticks. I hope that one of those survive, it had the most flowers out of all of them. It also has one green bean on it.

Hopefully, the plants can begin to make fruit for my labors, and stop spending all of their energy on fighting the stress of being crushed and fighting against those vines. They need to be spending the energy making babies for me to eat. And dry for storage and planting next year.

I know, this post needs pics. If you are so inclined, donate to the "Joe Camera Fund" by using this link:

If you are not as inclined to donate, yell at me to buy a disposable digital camera and convert it into one I can get the photos off.

I will make all of my readers a green bean casserole if the plants are successful.

Snakes on a Plane... remake?

Funny fan film, might even be advertising.. Fun to watch though.

CollegeHumor Movie: Did you Snakes on a Plane was a remake? Here's the original unreleased version from 1920, "Snakes on a Flying Machine"

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

The usual

So evidently, they were banking on "the usual, limited response". I hope you see what is wrong with this. The status quo should not be "we get to pester you when we want, and you get to take it and then barely strike back". What happens when they get stronger? What happens when they can up the ante past what Israel is willing to do?

Hezbollah says Israeli response a surprise - Yahoo! News

The truth is — let me say this clearly — we didn't even expect (this) response ... that (Israel) would exploit this operation for this big war against us," said Komati. He said Hezbollah had expected "the usual, limited response" from Israel. In the past, he said, Israeli responses to Hezbollah actions included sending commandos into Lebanon, seizing Hezbollah officials and briefly targeting specific Hezbollah strongholds in southern Lebanon. Komati said his group had anticipated negotiations to swap the Israeli soldiers for three Lebanese held in Israeli jails, with Germany acting as a mediator as it has in past prisoner exchanges. He said Hezbollah captured the Israeli soldiers from a military area, but charged that Israelis had taken Hezbollah leaders from their homes at night.

Hizbollah is like a colony of cockroaches in your house. Do you have
cease fires with cockroaches? Do you just say, hey, take over my house,
I love you creeping me out. When you see a cockroach, do you just kill
the cockroach? I don't. I kill that cockroach, and then I try and kill
any that attempt to use the same entrance to my home (using poison).
After that, if I saw any more cockroaches I would "fortify" my
parameter with poison and spray that nerve toxin stuff on probable
places that they live and travel across. I would get those roach motels
so that the cockroaches would bring poison back to their homes, and
they all would die. My goal is to exterminate them.

The goal against Hizbollah should be extermination. Not negotiation.

 Negotiation leads to infestation. An infestation of Hizbollah leads to your own extermination.

Monday, July 24, 2006

And so it ends...

It is with great sadness that I write the next sentence. My parents computer will have to run Windows. I am going to try and find a windows 2000 cd and install that. They will be overrun with spyware, and I will routinely be tasked to clean it out. I will be yelled at for it being slow, for microsoft products crashing, and other such annoyances. In a few years time, when the hardware is still good for what they need the computer for, they will be forced to upgrade to a newer windows and buy new hardware. ALL THEY DO IS WEB BASED EMAIL AND WORD PROCESSING! They don't need a GPU, they don't need multiple cores/processors.

My parents will need to buy new versions of office, so they continue to send documents to other people. Their old files will no longer load in these new products, so they will lose their old files. And they will pay for this service. They will be forced to have extremely buggy software that will have bugs that microsoft knows about, but will not fix. But no, they can't fix the bugs themselves.

People have been wondering why other operating systems haven't caught on. The reason is VERY simple. The people have applications that have not been ported to the alternate operating systems that they NEED. For example, my Mom's work needs to have internet explorer, with activeX and java. The microsoft version of all of that. It is a web based application that does not follow any standards, except only running on internet explorer. It actually codes for internet explorer specific things. It is the SOLE reason that I have to install windows on their computer. I would install windows XP, but it would cost more for the operating system and office than the hardware that it runs on.

Blah. I HATE fixing other people's computers. And my parents computer the most. I do not have many problems on my own windows box, but that is because I watch it like a hawk. I don't run random things. I don't get stupid emails from my friends with virus infected attachments (thats my mom's friends). I use a browser that removes alot of problems (firefox).

Firefox is not perfect. But it most definately fits what I want the most. When it has a flaw, it gets fixed. I don't have to wait for business's to tell microsoft it is ok. With windows, they don't let you upgrade stuff, if you do, you have to tell them. Switching a harddrive? yeah right, then some of your programs can not be updated, or other weird problems arrise.

Drivers is another big issue. I have had NO problems with Ubuntu in this regard. The printer, scanner, and camera all worked out of the box. The video card, and other components within the case all worked out of the box. It had applications, out of the box. Now, with windows. I gota find drivers, for the camera. For the printer. For the scanner. I have to uninstall the stupid extra programs that those drivers install. I have to do that in a way that they do not stop the driver from working. I have to stop my mom from installing anything without asking me. So i can uncheck the "install spyware" box. Sony would develop a rootkit again. who knows?

I have my windows box because I need it for work. I am trying to ween myself off of it. I "need" it for games, but I would give them up. Wine supposely works for the majors ones, and that would be good enough for me.

And it was so great. Linux. and my parents using it. and everything worked. My dad liked it alot. It runs his old windows 3.11 programs perfectly (games). I converted his old files. It works for all of his internet needs.

FUCK gamls. They run their site from a linux box. Why can't I access their site from a linux box? Good enough for them, not for me?

*end non-coherant rant*

P.S. please tell me of any spelling errors, I was not writing this on my home computer with the firefox spellcheck plugin...

Check out those boots

Ha, look at those boots. I definately like the outfit. So she ended up talking, and both sides agreed that they weren't going to agree. From inital reports it looks like Lebanon wants to deal with Hizbollah as an internal problem.

To the Lebanese government:
WTF have you been doing since 2000? From your track record, no one should trust you when you say that you will do that. The Lebanese government has publically declared that they can not take Hizbollah on directly, and how do you expect to be able to if a crease-fire occurs? You might as well be secretly cheering for Israel to remove the cause of you losing your way of life in the past few weeks.

As you can see, I took the pic from,Take your time, Condi.

Neat squirrel pic

Ha, it must be hot....

How to beat us.

There has been more and more people lately talking about the lose-lose situation that democracies are in at the moment against terrorism. Either we attack terrorists hiding in civilian populations (and therefore kill civilians) or we don't attack the terrorists and allow our own civilians to die. Western nations need to stop taking the smack from countries like North Korea and Iran, and terrorist organizations such as Hizbollah or Al Qieda (who cares how you spell it). We need to figure out a new paradigm of warfare/ rules for dealing with non-state actors.

The American Thinker

In World War II there was no talk of a “cease-fire” with Japan, or of a “buffer zone” between Japan and China. No one thought it made sense to merely “disarm” or “degrade” the Wehrmacht, or to just push Hitler back into Germany where his National Socialist party could continue to dominate the Reichstag. And no one who suggested that the fire-bombing of Dresden, or the D-Day invasion, were a “disproportionate response” to Hitler’s invasion of Poland was taken seriously.

Ha, I just realized that I have been talking about this alot.

I am struck by the difference in reactions to civilian deaths in the Israeli-Hizbollah conflict. There has been MANY cries for humanitarian aid for displaced peoples in Lebanon, but I haven't heard one for Israelis. It is like there are no missiles coming down specifically to target civilians in Israel. At least the missiles going to Lebanon are an attempt to kill military targets (and not packed with ball bearings).

I need to implement the blog paradigm of having a short summary/introduction and a "more after the fold" link to expand it.

Sunday, July 23, 2006

I lasted 33 seconds...

How long can you last?

4Games: Game Guru runner up Sneeek

Sowell isn't so bad, and he has a good point.

"Was World War II ended by cease-fires or by annihilating much of
Germany and Japan? Make no mistake about it, innocent civilians died in
the process. Indeed, American prisoners of war died when we bombed

Thomas Sowell

Civilians die in conflicts. More civilians die when they are directly targeted (ie: any extremist islamists) than when not directly targeted (ie: United States military with JDAMs). Groups that start conflicts and do not get along with anyone do not fit into the current infrastructure of the world. They need to be eliminated. They need to have no protections that are given to nations.

Read this plese

See, this is something that people are not getting yet. We are not fighting a war as they used to be fought. The enemy is using our own tools against us.

GraniteGrok: The changing nature of war, or is the West only just starting to catch up?

Ha, Score!

So uh, yeah, the polecat was to show off composites making ability...

New Scientist Tech - Breaking News - A plane you can print

Rapid prototyping is something that I have been interested in for a while. That they can make some parts for a flying plane out of it is a big accomplishment.

Friday, July 21, 2006

Quote of the Friday

Good ole Churchill, I was talking to Kerr about him today.

Live from an Israeli bunker

"One ought never to turn ones back on a threatened danger and try to run away from it. If you do that, you will double the danger. But if you meet it promptly and without flinching, you will reduce the danger by half." -Churchill

New "Secret" Drone...

Defense Tech: High-Flying, Secret Drone Unveiled

So Lockheed Martin has an internally funded "high flying secret drone". It is mostly made from composites, with a thrust to weight of ~0.66. The payload fraction is ~11% of the GTOW. It is tailless, has "new" aerodynamics (new airfoil shape with laminar flow), and has all the automation needed. ~90ft wingspan. I haven't gotten the Aviation Weekly that talks about it yet, I'll add some stuff there.

From how it was introduced, and my estimations of the capability, the aircraft was not designed to be secret at all. The only secret in it was corporate secrecy. Lockheed martin needed to prove that they had the capability to manufacture and integrate large composite pieces like Boeing. They were using a low temperature process (only like 150 degress F vs 350 degrees F with an autoclave) that really hasn't been flight tested. The autonomous nature of the airplane would have been a secondary goal. It was weird that Lockheed did not have an airplane like the x-45A (Boeing) and x-47A (Northrop Grumman). Lockheed Martin did win both of the next generation fighter contracts. The autonomous features were proven in the Darkstar as early as 1996. The Darkstar was supposedly terminated in 1999, but rumors abound about its use in 2003 during the begining of the war in Iraq. The Polecat seems to be made to show off composites ability and that Lockheed has not lost the ability to rapidly (18 months) design and build unique aircraft.

One really neat thing about this airplane is that they have been hinting that it can fly over 60 kft, and will use contrail suppressing ideas. Jane's seems to think that you don't get contrails that high anyway so just flying high is enough. I don't know anything about contrails, other than how they are made. So, basically, it could fly high enough that you cant hear/see it, you can't detect it visually from the contrails, and it is low observable to radar. I wonder if you can see the temperature difference from the exhaust, using an IR sensor of some sort? It would have to be high res or have a really neat zoom, as an aircraft at that altitude wouldn't be much more than a few pixels with a commercial camera.

This picture shows the rear end of the aircraft, you can tell it is a development airplane because of the huge ass pitot tube sticking out of the front. The two engines each have their own exhaust, and it looks like the wing has some sort of sweep, starting about 4-5 engine nozzle diameters from the edges of the engine nozzles. There is some suggestion in the artifacts of jpeg compression that the engine nozzles are circular, and not half circles as you initially expect. The "shadow" in the right engine nozzle sort of "jumps" right at the edge of the nozzle.  You can see a control surface on the right wing. I am going to attempt to get estimates on trailing edge sweep and length of the control surface (the inner one, it probably has another one more outboard).

It supposedly has a 4 hour loiter, with the only fuel tank being in the center portion. Some thoughts have been floating around about putting fuel in the wings for more endurance. I am guessing that they were structurally designed to handle fuel loads in the wings.

Upon further analysis, I think that the back end of the aircraft is not straight as I originally thought. I really wish I had that software that I was using at Dryden for 2D images to 3D models. I could generate a top down view of the rear end of this aircraft right now, based on this one image. The front I am guessing is half of a circle, sort of like the Darkstar. It does not have to be, as it is hidden by the "belly".

Ok, resolved. I am going to try and get the wing "kink" angle and distances. I am going to assume that the edges of the wings are coplaner, and that everything is symmetric. (not bad assumptions) There are not too many points to look at, I am going to compute distances, constrain everything to one plane and enforce some symmetric constraints. I hope it is possible.

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Sunday, July 16, 2006

Neat t-shirt

Ha, check it out. I have been thinking about buying a shirt from Threadless, some of them are very good. Maybe I'll take the plunge.

Threadless T-Shirts - Cowboys and Indians by Glenn Jones

Someone make some wine...

Anyone want to make some with me on wed?

How to brew cheap wine ·

Saturday, July 15, 2006


Feeling slightly anti-social, don't know why.

This is the problem with the world.

Girl was beat up in bus for having good grades

This is a common occurrence, and I think more common in "ghetto" areas. I attribute the difference in grades/test scores between different schools/socioeconomic groups to hatred for success and on a much smaller scale, teachers. A good teacher does wonders for kids, but often the teacher can not teach due to the kids trying to keep smart kids down. My mom taught at Riverdale High, a school in Clayton county. She often ran into kids that were really smart, but they could not show it because they would get beat up, picked on, or lose all of their friends.  I was lucky to have a school when I was growing up (SAIS-R) that encouraged kids to learn and we ended up competing to be better, and not competing to equalize. We had some problems with kids getting jealous, but they were mostly minor. At Eagles Landing you had to mostly hide that you were smart, but in the honor's class circles it wasn't that bad.

Genesis I

Well, Bigelow did it. He has a sub-scale prototype of an inflatable hotel in orbit. It seems to be keeping shape, and all power stuff works correctly. He bought the engineering from a NASA project (Transhab) on an inflatable habitat/lab. He sent up some insects for good measure. I hope that micro meteorites don't destroy it, but it looks like the shell might even be a bit stronger? Or at least more able to take hits because it is elastic. (Not sure it matters when the object is going that fast) I am waiting for the high res shot of the Genesis-I.

Bigelow Aerospace


Ok, so I haven't had much content lately. I have been busy. This guy is a good read.

Rantings of a Sandmonkey » Surprised?

Maybe later I'll do something other than link other good content.

Interesting paragraph.

The problem with Israel fighting Hizbollah is that it is a non state actor. Can a country have a war with a political party in another country without being at war with the host country? If the host country is not strong enough to control non state actors within its borders, can other countries control the non state actors?

Whiskey Bar: Punching Above Its Weight

In that sense, Hezbollah may have found the sweet spot in Fourth Generation War: It isn't a state and doesn't carry the political or defensive burdens of one, but it controls enough territory, commands enough popular loyalty and has enough allies to mount some fairly sophisticated military operations, using both conventional and nonconventional weapons. It's powerful enough to be successful -- and be seen as successful -- but not so powerful that state actors like Israel can fight it on equal terms. We may be looking at the New Model Army of the 21st century.

Friday, July 14, 2006

Star Trek Quote

"We've made too many compromises already; too many retreats. They invade our space and we fall back. They assimilate entire worlds and we fall back. Not again. The line must be drawn here! This far, no further! And *I* will make them pay for what they've done."

Thursday, July 13, 2006


Yeah, that sucks. It sucks when people have to live in fear. I shed tears for the Lebanese and Israelis tonight. I hope that they keep their hopes up while cooped in bomb shelters, and that things do not get worse.


I am lucky I moved, our company's people moved to a subdivision (compound) that was bombed, Hiroko had her windows shattered by the blast.

No one wants to live like that.


I never thought I would see the day. Saudi Arabia on Israel's side. I got a lot of comments about what is happening. First things first, buy gas before gas futures that will be delivered in a month cause gas prices to go up tomorrow.. (ha, explain that one to me, please, anyone!)


Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Putin's Kitten

YouTube - Putin's kiss

Putin poofing a little boy. Afterwards when asked he said it was "prompted by a desire to 'touch him like a kitten' " or " He said that he wanted to 'stroke him like a kitten'." HA! It looks like Putin likes the boys. And not just any boys, but young scared Russian boys. " 'I tell you honestly, I just wanted to stroke him like a kitten and it came out in this gesture. There is nothing behind it.'" WOW. Check out what the boy said "The Izvestia daily reported that he has refused to bathe ever since.
Nikita said: 'I just liked him and he liked me very much. I want to be
president myself.' "   

Monday, July 10, 2006

Ever seen a Penguin do that?!

Neatorama » Blog Archive » One Massive Core Dump.


Women have more separated flow

Textile & Apparel - Supercomputing for Olympics swimsuit designs

So, the obvious  is proven with a super computer. Interesting application. I assume that they use a shaved skin for the human. I wonder how they got the measurements and made the muscles move between each case. They would have to regenerate the grid many times. I also wonder how they put in the energy that the swimmer added to the flow. I bet that they were analyzing cases where the swimmer is mostly "coasting" and they cared more about drag.

Friday, July 07, 2006

Pop, goes the stripper! - Strippers rupture dancer's breast implant

All I can say is ... WOW. Two strippers so mad at another that they popped her over her attitude.
I demand pics! Crazy Canadians. I found pics of the one of the two strippers. That link is NSFW. I think that it is her.

Spoid! ... where do they get this stuff?

Please read.

Sploid: ''Black guys like fat chicks' is racist?'

I have seen that in action.

I also read an article today, about how DDT really didn't kill the eagles... I should check up on it.

RIP Backyard Beans

So my fucking mower dude decided to kill my beans that were not in a pot or on a raised portion of earth. The beans that I planted in my backyard went from this:

to this:

no really, it was this:

I don't understand why the washing machine was moved:

but the bricks were pushed together on top of the plants, I moved them apart to see the carnage. Sara is holding a broken bean plant in her hand, it is oh so sad.

So I am not very happy.

Plans include:

  • sharpened sticks pointing outward
  • a sign that says "Don't fucking touch my beans"
  • calling the landlord to ask the mower dude not to be retarded
  • I would have booby traps, but they are illegal in this state
  • Webcam w/snapshots when it detects motion
  • Only doing the first three bullets

I am going to completely move the washing machine though. It blocked the sun most of the day. The strongest plant was the one that was the most out of the washing machine's influence. I would have thought that using bricks and the washing machine to make a wall around the beans would be enough deterrent. The beans were also planted in a grid, and weeded. It looked like developed land! He moved the washing machine (for what reason!?) and then moved the bricks together so that everything was crushed. The strongest plant was only slightly bent, I am going to lash him to a stick until he gets strong again. I have two bean plants that probably shouldn't be in the potted plant that I am going to transplant to that location. It is the best location that I chose, and it was productive. The plants in the raised earth part next to the pot are in shitty soil and are growing slower.

To end on a good note, these beans are still good:

I should have beans to eat by end of July/early August. Everyone is invited for green bean casserole.

Quote of the Day

Herodotus wrote that when Dienekes, a Spartan soldier, was informed that Persian arrows were so numerous that they blotted out the sun, he remarked with characteristically laconic prose, "So much the better, we shall fight in the shade."

HA! This was during the Battle of Thermopylae.

Thursday, July 06, 2006


Push for simpler spelling persists - Yahoo! News

The simpler spelling idea doesn't sound too bad on the surface. We would make the english language more like spanish, in that any word that you hear you can spell. One problem is that we would need more letters in the alphabet, or use two letter groups for certain sounds. Another problem is that everyone that is not in kindergarden would need to relearn the alphabet, and how to spell most words. The article brought up a good point, that we get meaning from how words are spelled. Sometimes we get more information from how the word is spelled than from how it is sounded out. It would most likely take over a generation. Books would have to be reprinted. Keywords in ANSI C would get redefined.

Quotes about militants...

"We are doing the utmost effort ... to avoid civilian casualties," said
another military official, Brig. Gen. Ido Nehushtan. "Really, there is
no other way of operating against terrorists who are operating inside
their own civilian populations."

I think that that quote is important to how we handle current conflicts. People say that we should not kill civilians, but when the civilians support the opposition, and the opposition forces look and act like civilians, how can you tell the difference? I do not believe that the answer is to not kill anyone.

"Israel can't be extorted by a group of terrorists, because then they'd
be kidnapping civilians and soldiers every other day," Sheetrit said.

The age old logic about terrorism. I believe it to be correct. The reason that we do not have the same amounts of kidnappings in the United States as Mexico or other Latin American countries is that we handle kidnappings in a way that works. When people pay ransoms or agree not to arrest kidnappers if they give the person back they give that message that it is alright to kidnap. It becomes profitable. The FBI has helped in the United States also. I think that the main reason is because they stopped giving into the demands. Criminals learned that most kidnappings ended up with the SWAT breaking down the door, throwing in flash bangs, and killing or detaining all kidnappers.

Amongst my friends lately we have been talking about how guerrilla warfare depends on the people. The people can not complain when their lives are ruined if they are supporting a losing guerrilla group. Guerrilla warfare is not always a bad way to make change happen. But when the civilian populations support the groups, they also need to understand that they suffer the same fate as the guerrillas. If the guerrillas win, they will have whatever they were fighting for. If they lose, then the civilians also pay.

Friday, June 30, 2006

Thursday, June 29, 2006

I think he was enjoying it...

Operation removes lightbulb from anus - Yahoo! News

OK, since when can you just say, "No officer, I don't know how that *insert object name* got into my anus." I think he got bored in his cell and his fingers just weren't doing it. I wonder who he was selling the alcohol to, obviously there is a market.