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Friday, September 08, 2006

Friday Random Ten

It's late and I really should be in bed; I have the last ten hours of my 50 hour work week to put in tomorrow. Yes, on a Saturday. Oh the humanity!

But...

I'm gonna do a Random Friday Ten, along with all my blog friends, the Cat, Chel, Giz, Dale, American Idle, you know, the usual suspects. (Sorry, no linky love; I's too tired to seek out the hyperlinks.)

1) Turbonegro - Are You Ready for Some Darkness
2) Anthrax - Harm's Way
3) Black Label Society - Lost my Better Half
4) Life of Agony - River Runs Red
5) George Michael - Monkey (LOVE this song...and if that makes me gay, I'm gay)
6) Sum 41 - We're All to Blame
7) Fu Manchu (Live) - Weird Beard
8) Tool - 10,000 Days (Wings for Marie, Pt 2)
9) Clutch (Live) - 8 Times Over Miss October
10) Shinedown - Heroes

Hmmm...no love songs. And I was dying to do a dedication, too.

I Will Never Be a Workaholic

Is it Saturday yet?

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

It's Wednesday right?

Hello, blog friends! No post yesterday, but there's a good reason. I'm working my butt off. Due to vacations and such, I was asked to come in a little early to provide coverage, and when it's all said and done this will be one of those 50 hours weeks. I was bumming yesterday, but I think I'll live...and I am hourly, so that OT doesn't sound too bad either.

Although I went in this morning and realized that I still (still, on hump day) had 40 hours to go.

But I knocked 10 of them out today, only 30 more to go...

You might remember, I posted an idea a while ago, that of programming "work" into a video game, not only to increase productivity but also to ease the strain of doing "work." Well, seems I might have been onto something. Google Images released a game that helps them tag photos for their search engine.
"The game pits you against someone else. If you see a picture of a car, and you both label it car, you can proceed to the next image."


Not much of a game, but it "gets the job done."

I also had an idea years ago that I had forgotten about...until I was messing around with Google Earth the other day. My idea...instead of a street map of a city that was drawn by an artist, you know, the lines for roads, big green circles for parks, blue circles for water, how about a true satelite picture of a city, complete with bird's eye view of the buildings and street lights, the landmarks, all the information you really use to navigate through a city. This would be just like the map you have under the front seat of your car right now. It would fold up and be labeled, maybe even laminated. The only difference is that it would be a high-resolution photo, taken from orbit.

Google Earth recognizes the benefits of such a map, although it's not quite one you can fold up and put under the seat. Maybe they're onto something...and maybe I am too.

Monday, September 04, 2006

Fried Alligator

It's somewhat fitting that I have my first taste of alligator meat on the day Steve "the Croc Hunter" Irwin dies, or maybe it's not. The two events are not connected, unless you take into account the unity of the universe, which doesn't differeniate between one thing or another.

Interestingly enough, when I announced my intention to go to the Taste of Colorado to a friend, the first thing mentioned was the fried alligator on the menu. And then, walking to the event with the boys in tow, the first thing Scott says is, "Uncle, can we get some fried alligator?"

Fried alligator was in the air, I guess.

And you know, it wasn't bad. Breaded with cajun spices, it was all white meat and chewy, and it's true, it did taste like chicken. The boys liked it, but we decided it would be better with some sauce.

Sunday, September 03, 2006

Bill Kristol is Funny, but He's No Billy Crystal

Bill Kristol, the neocon hack (not to be confused with Billy Crystal, the comic actor), said some funny stuff on Fox News the other day. I read about it on the Think Progress blog, because of course, I don’t actually watch Fox News.

Kristol called the Valerie Wilson scandal
“a totally innocent attempt to respond to…a mendacious critic of the administration.”
Now I hate to parse the language, but I must…

First, a totally innocent attempt, well, I don’t know about that. If it was totally innocent, there probably wouldn’t have been an investigation, or charges filed. Something was obviously rotten in Denmark, as QT would say. Seems ole Billy is jumping the gun a little. Scooter Libby’s trial isn’t until next year. The verdict doesn’t even exist yet, guilty or innocent.

As for attempt to respond, okay, so the Bushies needed to shut Joe Wilson up somehow, or at least make it so no one was listening to him anymore. They could have had a little more class about that, but come on, it’s Bush. He’s not really a classy guy. Spreading leaks and running your wife’s career is only one way to respond, and sadly that’s the one the Bushies chose.

As for mendacious, well, okay whatever. Joe Wilson was a diplomat, and you don’t become a diplomat if you don’t have the capacity for mendacity. However, Joe Wilson’s claims, that the Nigeria-Iraq yellowcake deal was bogus, still stand. So the response should probably be “Oops, we fucked up” or nothing at all.

Kristol’s whole take on the subject is pure spin, and it’s transparent in every carefully chosen word.

You could paint this as an attempt to “innocently” respond to a lying sack of shit, or you could say that the Bush political team pushed the heat onto a critic instead of themselves when they made a goof. Which one is supported by the facts?

Also, if you haven’t read Fareed Zakaria’s take on the Iran situation from Newsweek, you should. It’s not just puffery and demagoguery, there’s some cold hard facts:
Iran does not even rank among the top 20 economies in the world. The Pentagon's budget this year is more than double Iran's total gross domestic product ($181 billion, in official exchange-rate terms). America's annual defense outlay is more than 100 times Iran's. Tehran's nuclear ambitions are real and dangerous, but its program is not nearly as advanced as is often implied. Most serious estimates suggest that Iran would need between five and 10 years to achieve even a modest, North Korea-type, nuclear capacity.
Bush will long gone by then, but will the stupidity that wafts around him be too?

Zakaria also says Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
“has gone from being an obscure and not-so-powerful politician—Iran is a theocracy, remember, so the mullahs are ultimately in control—to a central player in the Middle East simply by goading the United States and watching Washington take the bait.”
Could it be that Ahmadinejad is more clever than the doofus frat boy currently in the White House? Oh the shame.