Tuesday, April 19, 2005
Pope Benedict XVI
Frankly, I was hoping that the white smoke/black smoke thing would go on for a few more days. But the white smoke has gone up, the bells have rung, and Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger has been selected as the new Bishop of Rome.
Here’s my prayer that Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI, will prove to be a wise, compassionate, and good pontiff.
PS-- Right Wing Sparkle sounds downright giddy. And Michelle Malkin has links to all sorts of informative links. Andrew Sullivan seems, ahem, a bit less happy than others.
Personally, I like the Ann Coulter Time magazine cover photo. Go through the slideshow, Ann has always been hot. Of course I’ve always been a leg man. When I see a girl in French bikini—I’d better go now, before I get in trouble.
You gotta admit it though, Ann’s hot!
Thanks James. Excuse me while I go be depressed. (h/t VodkaPundit)
Yesterday marked the 64rd anniversary of Doolittle’s raid on Tokyo. The Washington Times has an excellent write-up of the Doolittle Raid.
These guys left the flight deck knowing that once they took off they would have no place land. Where we do we get men like this?
Black Smoke, No Pope
I’m only posting this cuz we beat Drudge to it. Personally, I think the dude was lying when he said he surfs 14 hours a day looking for news. More like 14 minutes 9-5.
Monday, April 18, 2005
How can you criticize John Kerry?
Laurie Byrd was asked what her qualifications were to be able to criticize John Kerry:
Wireless Internet access for us poor people
Instapundit has an update on Verizon EVDO broadband access that ain’t.
I’ve been using a similar service from T-Mobile. It is a wireless card that lets you access the Internet from wherever T-Mobile has cellular service. It works at 56k speed, and is usually reliable. And it’s half the cost of the Verizon offering. Typically, these cards give you solid coverage in the urbs and burbs. For the rest of the country, you get coverage along the Interstate, with expanded coverage in the larger towns along that ribbon of highway. I’m happy with it. I wouldn’t use it for home access, but it is worth the money if you’re out and about a lot.
These services are different than the hotspot or wifi offerings. These work through the cellular phone system. So coverage and reliability are the same as the local cell service.
It is quite cool to be blogging while driving down the highway. And, just to prove I’m cooler than Instapundit, I was surfing the Internet while travelling down the highway long before the Pundit guy was. Hah, take that Glenn Reynolds.
Instapundit linked over to this bit at Powerline about the latest Bolton kerfuffle. So, I’m assuming you’ve read it already (I’ll recap below for the 3 or 4 of you who haven’t seen it yet). Here’s my 2 cents worth:
When the Left and the media forsake their mantras of “fake, but accurate” and “the ends justifies the means” I will maybe begin to believe them when they throw out outrageous claims. Until then I won’t even bother with “innocent until proven guilty.” I don’t believe a word of what this woman says.
Recap from Powerline:
The accusation (from Ether Zone:
The Left needs better writers, this reads like a script from a bad movie.
The whining liberals at National Review
The libertarian leaning conservatives over at National Review always seem to find some kind of law they want passed whenever they get offended.
Come on Jonah, go ahead and say it: “I’m doing it for the children. If it saves the life of one child...”
Note: I like Jonah, and agree with a lot, (not all), of what is espoused over at NRO. It gets me how easily they shrug off their anti-big-government costumes for special causes. A lot days they sound like a gaggle of whining liberals.
Press Freedom in the UK
The next time some international organization decries the lack of press freedom in the U.S., maybe we can point them to this—Telegraph wins right to appeal in Galloway ruling:
Can you imagine the outcry if W had sued Dan Rather? BTW, it is illegal in Germany for a newspaper to report that Gerhard Schroeder dyes his hair. In Canada it’s illegal for newspapers to report on corruption (see Capt Ed).
Let’s see… you could get a new job that is in keeping with your abilities; go to school and brush up on your skills (or, just plain get some skills); work your ass off so that you’re “needed” or at least have soemthing to add to your dusty old resume; or, get therapy from some guy who can’t make it in the real world who will tell you what a good person you are and to not listen to your mean old boss.
Evidently there is a little bit of sanity left in Germany:
Welcome to the real world.
Am I the only one who finds the whole black smoke/white smoke thing intriguing?
The last time a new Pope was chosen, I was far too young to notice these things, and, as far as I can remember, my parents weren’t terribly interested. Now that I’m older, I’m far more interested in the traditions and rituals that are part of Catholicism. There are even times that I’m a bit jealous of those ceremonies, even while realizing that the Catholic church would probably be a poor fit for me. Then again, the Baptist church doesn’t seem to fit as well as it once did, either.
Seeing the photos of Pope John Paul II lying in state, reading about the black smoke and the white smoke, and even delving a bit into the history of the Catholic church has been wonderful. The sense of something ancient and solemn does something to add to the religious observance.
Sometimes, expressing individuality is not a good thing.
Well, That’s a Surprise (Updated)
In a move that will be of interest only to graphics geeks--but it will be of interest to graphics geeks--Adobe is about to gobble up Macromedia.
This would be kind of like waking up to find out that Microsoft had bought out Apple, only without quite the partisan bickering that would attend that kind of a moment and with two corporate cultures that mesh far better. This is the two biggest players in 2d graphic design and illustration coming together and leaving very little in the way of competition in the field.
Hopefully the lack of competition won’t mean a lack of innovation in the future.
Update: Jerry was kind enough to forward a link to the Slashdot response. In case you wanted to watch the real geeks tussling over the future of Adobe and Macromedia products. I’ve decided that Slashdot exsists to make me feel well-adjusted and normal by comparison.
Sunday, April 17, 2005
Tom Snyder Has Leukemia
Whether on TV or the radio, I’ve always liked Tom Snyder. I don’t agree with his politics, but he’s always been evocative, entertaining, and a gentleman. I hope he gets the 15 years he’s asking for.
A good cause is a good cause.
I’ve never gotten caught up in the celebrity culture. I think it’s because inherently I’ve known that they are a bunch of losers.
That’s not the impressive part, this is:
A 70-foot tall wave and it didn’’t break over the top of the cruise ship. Damn, that’s one big ship.
Am I smarter than Jane Galt?
Of course not, but it’s fun to think that in some small little way I was for a 5 minute period.
So, how does that make me so smart? I had a chance to pursue freelance writing once, and do have a couple of good (and not so good) articles out there. When I sat down and did the math for the amount of work I put into my work, and what I got out of it, I decided there are better things to do with my life. It took me only about 3 seconds to put the keyboard away.
Denny’s manager fired for exercising free speech
The shift manager was fired, which is all well and good. Unfortunately:
A sfhit manager at Denny’s was stupid. Why do well-intentioned people have to go and compound the stupidity?
I won’t be joining this boycott. However, I won’t be running over to the neighborhood Denny’s to express my anti-support of this other stupidity, because I’m already boycotting Denny’s for other “serious” reasons. When I’m sitting in a restaurant, using real forks and knives, I prefer a salad with my burger, rather than the god-awful starchy thingies these restaurants call “fries”. Every restaurant I’ve been to, except for one, gladly substitutes a salad for the fries. Some will charge me an extra 90 cents or so, and I don’t mind because I’m getting a meal I want to eat. Not so at Denny’s. They will not substitute a salad for the fries. They will not add a side salad for an extra buck. They will not let me order the hamburger a al carte. They will not refund the money I’m spending on the fries I don’t want to eat. I hate Denny’s and refuse to eat there (other than for breakfast when I’m traveling).
All for the want of a salad I don’t care if Denny’s stays in business or not because they are not a customer-friendly kind of place. However, a nationwide boycott after the guilty party was fired on the same day seems stupid. Count me out.
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