Archive for February, 2006

Flupocalypse Now

Tuesday, February 28th, 2006

The end times are truely upon us.  A cat has died in Germany.

It’s the big one

Tuesday, February 28th, 2006


Yes, I’m a geek

Sunday, February 26th, 2006

I know that’s not news, but the thing that made me realize this today was walking through Manhattan Beach with friends and hearing a fellow playing with his cell phone. It was beeping out short and long beeps like: … – – … . You may be way ahead of me here, but the fellow had rigged his phone to spell out SMS in morse code when someone texted him.

Now, it’s geeky enough to figure that out. What disturbed me was that I didn’t work at it, I just reacted to it.
It disturbed me even more that my next reaction was “I’m so blogging this.”

Things I learned this weekend

Sunday, February 26th, 2006

I learned many things this weekend, and what’s a blog for if not to share trivia:

  • One should not try to rip CDs with a cat tapping you on the forehead
  • Restoring all my mp3s by loading them from my iriver takes about 50 minutes
  • Some people are confused about “don’t ask, don’t tell”
  • Timing and an understanding of public opinion are not required to be on the Supreme Court.
  • ekr‘s working a strange audience in his food reviews

Maybe this will keep the damned things off planes.

Friday, February 24th, 2006

Rod loves new phone toys, but I doubt he wants this one.

Going for the runway incursion trifecta at LAX

Thursday, February 23rd, 2006

I’ve heard of controllers clearing 2 planes to use the same runway, but clearing 3 to be on there at the same time is really impressive.

For the home that has everything…

Thursday, February 23rd, 2006

Ah, Rod, what would I do without you?

How could I live without knowing that toilet paper was available with astronomy facts in Japanese on each sheet. It is certainly a fascinating world.

The first step is admitting you have a problem…

Tuesday, February 21st, 2006

I was listening to KCRW’s To The Point broadcast about Guantanamo Bay in which a senior naval appointee’s views on how torturing people is antithetical to American values, and the fellow arguning the opposite position immediately began throwing up straw men and splitting legal hairs.

You know who does that?  Guilty people.

Torturing people does go against American values.  More than that, if you want to talk about those values being better than the rest of the world’s values – and I’d really like to – you have to hoild yourself to that higher standard.   And that means sometimes you do things not only the hard way, but the hardest way.

The basic truth is this: torturing people is always wrong.  There may be times that it’s the lesser of two evils, but it’s always wrong.  Any discussion of torture needs to start there.  After that we can weasel-word around about “lawful combatants” and exactly what penalties are appropriate.  The point is that if you’ve tortured someone or, worse yet, made someone to do it for you, you’ve done something that’s wrong – something that’s against the self-evident truth that all men are created equal and endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights.  And you really need to admit that.

Then come issues of legality and punishment.


Tuesday, February 21st, 2006

From jtw:

“Failure is not an option.”

Ikea vs Isben

Monday, February 20th, 2006

Via Educated Guesswork:
Ikea vs. Isben quiz

I’m particularly delighted by the domain name this is served by.