Thursday, August 11, 2005
I’m News and Media…
Bumper Stickers That Irritate Me, Part 56 (Or Something Like That)
It wasn’t the “Pro Choice, Latte Loving, Volvo Driving Liberal” sticker that got me. That just seemed like fair warning.
I didn’t even mind the little symbol proclaiming “No Patriotic Red, White, and Blue Elephants,” although I admit to being confused about the driver’s antagonistic attitude toward elephants. Apparently targeted animal cruelty is just fine (which doesn’t sound like something that a good PCLLVD Liberal would be saying, but I’m open minded about these things).
No, the sticker that got me was the “Pro Cure” sticker. I mean, it seems that “pro cure” would go without saying. The grand majority of American citizens are solidly in the corner of curing whatever it is that ails you. Cancer, AIDs, baldness, bad taste in music--we all hope that some day they find a cure for these things.
Anti Cure, on the other hand, would be pretty meaningful. Not a popular stance, but definitely brave.
So, anyway, thanks to the Pro Choice, Latte Loving, Volvo Driving, Redneck Hating, Michael Moore Worshipping, Elitist Liberal for sharing with the class. And, umm, I meant that in the good way, of course.
Wednesday, August 10, 2005
It’s late night, I’m still working over the venue question for the bash in my head, and I’m not ready for bed. So, sports it is.
More Or Less Credible
The bill ended up close to Bush’s $284 billion number (reflect on that number for just a moment) that was the President’s supposed cutoff point. It was close enough, in fact, that he didn’t feel the need to use his threatened veto.
As for me, though, I can’t find a way to be happy about this. I’m glad that he at least came close to holding the line--every billion saved is a billion that can actually stay in the more productive sectors of the economy instead of being gobbled up by bureaucracy. Still, the number is ridiculously high and doesn’t support the idea that there is actually a fiscal conservative left in Washington.
Three million dollars to “documentary about infrastructure advancements in Alaska?”
The President specified a number that he was unwilling to go past ($284 billion dollars), but it isn’t purely the dollar figure that is offensive (although that certainly plays a part). No, what is truly offensive is that the veto should have been as much for irresponsible spending as much as for that arbitrary high limit.
How about nearly a quarter billion dollars for a giant bridge to be built in Alaska? It will be built to link a tiny tourist town of 15,000 to an island with just a handful of inhabitants. Why? Right now the island can only be reached by a short ferry ride, which seems to serve the island’s 50 citizens just fine.
I’m moderating my comments, though, and my opinion about the veto-less President simply because, in context, it really is a vast improvement over the original versions of the bill. The original House bill weighed in at some $370 billion (and included a new five cent tax per gallon of gas), the original Senate version looked to top $318 billion, and the final bill looks downright slender at just $286.4 billion.
Of course, that’s like saying that the 300 pound man looks slender next to the 400 pound man; if those are the only choices, then the one that’s better still isn’t good.
And that’s what we the people got here: something better than it could have been, but it’s still no damned good.
Tuesday, August 09, 2005
In Case You Were Wondering… (III)
1. Andy, (possibly) Matt, and I will be deciding the location of the Rocky Mountain Blogger Bash tomorrow night. So be looking for the announcement of the venue (along with directions and stuff) Thursday morning.
There is still time to let us know that you’ll be coming (especially if you plan to buy me shots--and I know you do).
2. “Carry Home.” If I ever write a screenplay, I want this song to be on the soundtrack of the multi-gazillion dollar mega hit that I’m sure to have penned. It’s a cover of the Gun Club song, although it takes on an entirely new feel in Mark Lanegan’s version. The rest of the CD, I’ll Take Care of You, is just as good and well worth the purchase.
I thought it would be nice to share.
3. I have fond memories of the ol’ blog-city version of ResurrectionSong. Which is only one of the reasons I’m going to point y’all to Combs Spouts Off--the other of which is that he engages in telling me how wrong I was about some of my Best of Heinlein picks and comes up with some good answers of his own.
4. So the Mayor Ito of Nagasaki thinks that nuclear deterrence as a strategy for keeping the peace is a bad thing. Man, I’m feeling a serious 80’s vibe on this one; it’s almost worth ignoring.
But he asks and I feel obligated to answer for myself (your mileage may vary).
The answer, of course, is yes. Yes, I do feel safer knowing that my country has the power to project its will incrementally from diplomatic pressure in the UN to a single SEAL team involved in the most surgical of missions to the punishing air strikes that kept Libya quiet for so many years to the kind of military expedition that can topple the majority of the world’s governments in just a matter of weeks to the threat of nuclear devastation that ensures that people take our words seriously.
Honestly, there isn’t another country in the world that I would trust with that much power and I hope that Americans realize that it is always in our best interest to keep our government on the shortest possible leash. Using the right tool to support our international interests is vital; but the knowledge that we have an impressively stocked tool chest most certainly is a comfort.
For that matter, I think that it could be argued that the only thing that kept the Cold War from becoming hot enough to destroy Europe in another World War was the nuclear deterrent.
Hot for Teacher
It’s one of those days where what I’ve worked on isn’t working the way I want it, new tasks aren’t as well-considered as I might have hoped, and where being completely and utterly ignored in a meeting left me on the edge of walking out. What turned out to be the prescription to help me keep going?
That’s right. Van Halen’s “Hot for Teacher.”
“Oh, man, I think the clock is slow...”
I needed that.
Surely, that’s not right…
Update: See, now, this makes an awful lot more sense to me.
Mr. Answer is Clueless On This One
Okay, the problem is this:
Create a good, useful layout for the navigation on a system with these traits:
This is the task that was handed to me yesterday with the request to have the solution deployed by the end of the week.
Mr. Answer Doesn’t Know it All, But Still Knows Quite a Bit, III
The question that came through was about Steve Moore’s condition. For those of you who don’t remember, in 2004, Todd Bertuzzi attacked Steve Moore during a hockey game. The hit from behind left Moore bloody and unconscious on the ice, with a concussion and a broken neck. Without a doubt, it was one of the most brutal hits I’ve ever seen and the damage Bertuzzi caused was horrifying.
It wasn’t hockey, it was a criminal act.
Well, Bertuzzi is back. He was cleared to come back to the league after missing twenty games (13 regular season and 7 in the playoffs) and being banned from European leagues and competition last season while the NHL was on hold.
Steve Moore, though, is still out of the game. Doctors have yet to clear him to play and he may never have the opportunity to play again--which would mean that Bertuzzi missed out on about half a million in salary while Moore could miss out on having a career.
As to whether the suspension was an acceptable punishment, I’m having a hard time with the answer. My emotional response is that Bertuzzi shouldn’t be allowed to play until Moore is medically cleared to take the ice again; that would be emotionally satisfying. But it might not be right.
Monday, August 08, 2005
Microsoft Excel exports some of the nastiest HTML files you’ll ever see. The more complex the Excel file, the nastier the underlying code. Worse, trying to shoehorn their file into the framework of my company’s current site is proving to be nightmarish (surprisingly).
Now, the absolute worst part of the whole, irritating process: I don’t have a choice in the matter.
White Noise: 10 Point Review
Sunday, August 07, 2005
On the Need for a National Identity
I offer this without much in the way of commentary except to note two things:
These things said, the writer of this piece in the Telegraph understands the need for a level of national pride and admiration in the citizens of the West. And a persuasive bit of writing it is.
Update: Kindly linked by Iowa Voice.
Sudden (Stupid) Realization
Watching Rocky IV isn’t very fun.
Watching Rocky IV dubbed into Spanish with no subtitles when you speak precisely none of the language is an entirely different story.
I’m not entirely sure why, though…
Friday, August 05, 2005
I’ll be out today and may well not be feeling that blogging spirit for the rest of the weekend.
Notes for while I’m away:
1- Spread the word about the Blogger Bash. We want this to be big and fun, and we want to see new faces at the event. Readers are as welcome as writers.
2- If you RSVP and don’t see yourself on the list immediately, don’t fret. I will be updating as soon as I get home.
3- Thanks again to everyone who expressed sympathy and congratulations over this last week. You’ve all been wonderful.
See ya soon.
Thursday, August 04, 2005
Yumm! That’s good stuff.
George Galloway: No Longer Amusing
George Galloway praises the terrorists who are doing their best to ensure that Iraq never becomes a nation with a representative government, never respects human life and freedom outside of the dictates of the most strict and punishing readings of Islamic law, and who have targeted Iraqi women, children, policemen, and politicians with no qualms about the blood shed.
Galloway is a treacherous, vile, and small man who is praising the murderers of coalition soldiers, regular Iraqi citizens, journalists, and diplomats from around the Middle East. Worse, he’s acting as a cheerleader for the people who would deny Iraqi’s the opportunity to govern themselves--and he’s doing it under the guise of rooting for the supposed liberators.
He may not have said anything legally actionable, but he has proven that he has no place amongst reasonable, intelligent people. There was a moment where I found him amusing in that Michael Moore kind of way--over the top, a buffoon, but essentially harmless. No more.
Now I realize how hateful he truly is.
Sickening little man.
Wednesday, August 03, 2005
Was it The Moon is a Harsh Mistress--a brilliant political and social commentary wrapped up in an exciting story about revolution? How about Stranger in a Strange Land, his best-known book? The amazingly wide-ranging Time Enough for Love is not only a massive book, but it encompasses so many different genres of fiction all tied up into a coherent science fiction theme.
Friday deserves mention as does Job: A Comedy of Justice. But many people prefer the earlier period where it would be foolish to ignore Starship Troopers. The g-phrase is partial to her battered and well-loved copy of The Door Into Summer. And Have Space Suit--Will Travel may have been my favorite book as a young teen--unless it was Tunnel in the Sky. Or Starman Jones.
Sadly, after all that, I’ve probably missed a book that could easily qualify as Heinlein’s best--and if that had bee all he’d written, it would have qualified as an amazing legacy.
As for me, my very favorite is still The Moon is a Harsh Mistress.
Unless it’s Time Enough for Love...
We’ll Miss You, Forsberg
A couple Stanley Cups, league MVP, seven-time All Star, and all around brilliant player, Peter Forsberg is leaving the Avalanche. I’ll miss watching him skate--his strength, speed, eyes, and puck handling made him one of the most exciting players on the ice.
We’ll miss you here and good luck with the Flyers.
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