Saturday, July 30, 2005

Anaheim Mighty Ducks: Press Box - What’s New for 2005-2006 Season

Anaheim Mighty Ducks: Press Box - What’s New for 2005-2006 Season: "Highlighted below are several progressive enhancements to NHL hockey that reinforce the game’s prominence in the entertainment marketplace."

Reading the thing left me with one thought. Videogame.

The "progressive enhancements" read like a promo for a new videogame. I was left with the impression that the new NHL season was going to be EA's biggest jump in its franchise series. Thing is though, this was the NHL league and not NHL Hitz, or NHL '06 or NHL 2K6.


360. No Wireless. Good idea. - Xbox 360 first-party accessories line-up is revealed: "The wireless adapter is designed to allow the Xbox 360 to go online over a wireless home network, and will plug into a USB port on the box. The decision to make this into an optional feature has left many scratching their heads, as both PS3 and Revolution promise to have the feature as standard, but as well as being a cost saving exercise, using external wireless may also allow the system to have better reception."

Well that, and wireless G can handle streaming a non-high-definition DVD so long as nothing else is using the network, no gaming, no downloading and no surfing Big Boys. Reading an article on setting up a home network specifically for media streaming via Microsoft Media Center and Media extenders. It was pretty clear that to have a good home media network you gotta have wires. According to the magazine's figures G could handle quite a bit of music, and even some video, but only one stream of DVD data and god forbid you were streaming a DVD to the living room while your kid streamed music out to the deck while the wife streamed music to the garden. Stutter, stutter, freeze, stutter.

I think it would have been nice for the 360 to have had wireless capability, since gaming is just fine with B or G, but I understand why it doesn't. Mind you in the future the N will help the bandwidth constraint a lot, but a ethernet port or USB port would be how an N adapter was connected and the built in B or G would be a wasted expense again.

String the wires. It's not difficult, drywall works easy. Wireless is convenient, great for surfing the net, streaming music, and even gaming (though ether to the router is marginally better), but it's not ready for streaming high-definition movies, and that's a big part of the 360's media extender goals.


Thursday, July 28, 2005

Missing Teen

via Instapundit:Missing Girl, please check it out, just in case. You never know, some little thing or other might help.


Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Righty in a lefty state: Now THIS is Art...

Righty in a lefty state: Now THIS is Art...

Three Muslim March

I've written before about the ever elusive million muslim march against terrorism that has never happened and still doesn't look like it will ever happen. However, I've also noted the few decent muslims who are good people and have protested against the fundamentalist and traditional interpretations of Islam. Neo-neocon writes a bit about the situation in Egypt and gives us just a bit more hope that the million muslim march might still have a chance to happen. Neo-neocon is on my daily read list, not at the top, but high enough that she still gets read daily. Always a good read from her.


Mele Inoa

Felt like re-posting this.

E lohe mai e Ka Moku o Keawe,
e Nä Hono a'o Pi'ilani,
e Ke One o Kakuhihewa,
me Kaua'i o Manokalanipö!

E lohe Mai ë!
Eia nö ka mea huaka'i, he kama ä Hawai'i.
'Oia ka mea hele i Kahiki.
E ha'aheo mau e ka lei o ka 'äina.
E akahele nö ho'i i ka hewa o ke ao.
Mai poina i ka na'auao o nä küpuna ë,
Mai poina i ka 'ohana ë,
Mai poina i ke one hänau ë
Hea mai nei 'o Hawai'i
Ke awäwa,
Ka nahele,
Ka wailele,
me ke ola o ka 'äina,
E ho'i mai ë, e ho'i mai ë!
Imua, imua mau a loa'a ka lei o ka lanakila!

He inoa nö Kaleiokalani, he koa Hawi'i maoli nö.

(Ua haku 'ia e Kana'i Kapeliela)

Day By Day by Chris Muir,

I've been a big fan of Chris Muir's Day By Day for a long time. This one cracked me up especially today. Hey Chris, when do I get a cameo! LOL, just joking.

Check it out daily.


Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Mile Zero and I

Mile Zero and I get into it over the propaganda network, Al-Jazeera, and I guess I got him upset.
Because frankly, your views on journalism so far are simplistic at best, and delusional at worst.

You may be content to remain in a fantasy world where the military is perfect, Iraq is a peaceful place filled with freshly painted schools, and insurgents really do hate freedom. Do not ask the rest of us to subscribe to your ill-informed opinions simply because you can't imagine a world that's not dictated by Our Great Leader.

I answered some of his reply and may try to make time to answer a bit more, however, as I noted earlier, my free time has dwindled. Here, however is my last posting to him.
Perhaps we can simply agree that both sides practice propaganda.

What bites my ass is when people who are supposed to be on our side practice propaganda for the enemy.

CNN did report Iraqi propaganda as fact, and did attempt to keep access by bribing officials (not a big deal to me compared to) and reporting Iraqi propaganda without due diligence. That is not not the same as broadcasting views that don't agree with mine. During wars it's called treason. Journalism would have questioned the veracity of the Iraqi Ministry of Information, considering that the constant lying and misinformation that came out of that place. Failure to question Baghdad Bob, but constantly questioning the Defense Department and American military personnel is journalism, but it is biased and shows favoritism towards America's enemies.

Oddly enough your characterization of my beliefs is incredibly wrong. I don't believe the military is perfect, I do believe in the decency of most GI's. I've seen, personally, more decency in them than I have at Cal-State. I don't think that Iraq is a peaceful place filled with freshly painted schools, and have no idea why you would so badly mis-read any of my comments in that way. I do know that it is in better shape than you probably know, but only because my sources are closer to the situation than yours, though you could remedy that by giving some credence to America's military personnel and trying to find out their side of the story. Consider that in matters military they have far more reliability, knowledge and credence than journalists who have zero experience in the subject and routinely get simple matters wrong.

It's part of the reason so many GI's refuse to watch CNN, have contempt for the New York Times, et al. You are entitled to your own opinion on this particular matter, but in the same way that the majority opinion of astronautical engineers is more valid and accurate than your (or my) opinion on spaceflight, veteran and AD GI opinion is far more valid and accurate regarding the reporting of military matters and topics in the press.

"Our Great Leader" as you call him has failed this country on many subjects, but he is a better wartime leader than the alternative was. Liberal opinion of him tends to be rather hateful, and yet he generates more respect and loyalty from those troops who are in harms way than Bill Clinton did, and even Bill Clinton didn't generate the disdain and disgust that most veterans and AD GI's felt for John Kerry.

As to my views on Journalism being simplistic, you are entirely correct. Journalism is not rocket science. It is far simpler to report the news without impugning our country or the military who fight for it than it is to machine a bushing. They are, however, not delusional. A majority of Americans feel that the media is biased, and an overwhelming majority of veterans and GIs have felt that way for some time. So much so that in some places the common GI will not watch the BBC or CNN because of how biased they are perceived.

Incidentally, the ad hominem attacks and insults are uncalled for. At no time have I impugned your intelligence, critical thinking or character, and yet you saw fit to attack mine. I understand that you are passionate about this matter, but that does not justify such hateful behavior.

Best Regards,


Oh, and I just couldn't resist.
As to the rest of that particular post, I'll remind you that your "accent" is liberal/left wing. The proper "bushitler/chimpy McHalliburton" accent is, "Javolt, fear not mein national socialist bruder. Party media state ist soon to arrive, und den de dissedent other-think vill be banned. Only der vords of herr fuhrer Bush und his loyal National Socialist party members vill be spread thru der vaterland."

As I recall, on the left, Soviet Socialists good, German Socialists bad, and Itallian Socialists are...well, kinda just ignored


Busy Busy Busy

Well, here’s an update, and my lame excuse for not writing more. As some of you know (some meaning three, the sum total of readers of this blog minus my son) I ruptured my Achilles tendon back in April and had to have it repaired. I was supposed to have started my new job back in April and hurt myself at work a day before I was supposed to leave. Since then I have been bed, and then couch ridden, with my bad leg elevated.

About three weeks ago I was finally able to hobble around without my crutches and decided it was time to go back to work. Firstly because disability payments cut what money we had to eat with drastically, and secondly because I was concerned about how long my new employer (or rather the hiring official) would hold my position open for me. I know the guy, and the truth is that he would probably have held the position open for me another month, at which point I’d have been walking better, but I was already feeling bad about having to start three months later than planned, and I didn’t want to have to put him on the spot where he would be forced to close the position. So I took the occupational physical and passed. The work is less strenuous, in that I don’t have to put on the bubble suit with a tank on my back, and I believe the doctor understood that the tendon will get back to 100%.

So I’ve been working regular shifts these last two weeks, and coming home tired, sore and sweaty. Like I said, it’s a lame excuse, and not a real solid reason.

So about the job. It’s wonderful being back in aerospace. It’s wonderful hearing the sound of freedom all day at work. It’s wonderful seeing cool aircraft. The most wonderful thing is to be home with my family again.

Now if only I could start getting paid and finish all the silly in-processing.


Monday, July 25, 2005

George Washington, mercenary.

BLACKFIVE tears apart another idiot who claims that the American military is a mercenary army. The guy's definition? Our military is paid money. As far as I can tell the guy's full description of America's "mercenary" military means that The Revolution was fought entirely by mercenary troops, after all, they were all paid volunteers. There was no draft in The Revolution. Conscription was one of the practices disdained (and outright hated) by many of The Founding Father's, and their Masonic philosophy. Stupid moron.


Update: RantingProfs weighs in.

Sunday, July 24, 2005

lgf: ban fascist headwinds

via LGF:
"“How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries! Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia in a dog, there is this fearful fatalistic apathy. The effects are apparent in many countries. Improvident habits, slovenly systems of agriculture, sluggish methods of commerce, and insecurity of property exist wherever the followers of the Prophet rule or live. A degraded sensualism deprives this life of its grace and refinement; the next of its dignity and sanctity. The fact that in Mohammedan law every woman must belong to some man as his absolute property, either as a child, a wife, or a concubine, must delay the final extinction of slavery until the faith of Islam has ceased to be a great power among men. Individual Moslems may show splendid qualities - but the influence of the religion paralyses the social development of those who follow it. No stronger retrograde force exists in the world. Far from being moribund, Mohammedanism is a militant and proselytizing faith. It has already spread throughout Central Africa, raising fearless warriors at every step; and were it not that Christianity is sheltered in the strong arms of science, the science against which it had vainly struggled, the civilisation of modern Europe might fall, as fell the civilisation of ancient Rome.”

—Sir Winston Churchill, from The River War, first edition, Vol. II, pages 248-50 (London: Longmans, Green & Co., 1899)."


Saturday, July 23, 2005

AV Press: AV Muslims take to street

I wish I had known about this beforehand. It's local and I would have loved to have gone and shown my support for these people.

I loved this part.
Around 8 p.m., a man wearing an Army shirt walked through the rally and offered a firm handshake to al-Khatib.

"Last time I saw this was outside of Baghdad," said the man, who identified himself only as an Army corporal from Palmdale. He served a tour of duty in Iraq that ended in January 2004.


Monday, July 18, 2005

We Were Soldiers Once, and Broke - Ben Stein

We Were Soldiers Once, and Broke. Loved his show, and I've enjoyed some of his writing. I disagree with his solution, that the very rich should pay more taxes and that GIs should get more pay. It's a nice idea, but GIs aren't fighting for just money, and frankly there would be a point where people were joining up solely for the nice money if pay were to be raised to high. If pay after five years in the military were fifty to seventy thousand dollars a year (an amount that many craft workers enjoy after a four to five year apprenticeship) I believe it would be a boon to recruitment numbers and a bane to the type of recruits we would get.

As it is we get idiots who freak and desert when it turns out they might have to fulfil their obligations and actually defend their country and their country's interests. After all, they only joined for the money (college tuition help) and never really had any interest in serving their country or of ever putting their country ahead of their own selfish needs. Those are not the kind of people we want flocking to the military in droves. There are enough of them as it is, and they came out of the woodwork in '91 too. I remember the marines and others who suddenly became concientious objectors or went AWOL when, after having signed a contract and sworn an oath, chose to become oath-breakers rather than serve honorably as so many of their compatriots chose to do.

Just off the top of my head, I'd say it would be better to socially and culturally reward those $500 million a year makers who donate substantial amounts to military aid organizations, veteran tuitions, police widow and orphan support groups, firemen's funds, and other such endeavors. Conversely it would be better to socially and culturally embarass and stigmatize and to banish from polite company those who make untold millions because of the sacrifices made by those who choose to serve their country and their community by putting their lives, and potentially putting their lives and safety on the line.

Well, that's the idea. I come up empty on implementation since it would require massive emotional and moral support from all Americans, and we already know that so many Americans who are in a postion to affect just such changes are the very ones who have demonized GIs and such. Who look with condescencion on those who have put the good of the body politic and what America stands for ahead of their own needs.



Another good sign. Sure it's not the Million Muslim march that would demonstrate that Islam isn't the religion of hate and violence that so many of its adherants have demonstrated by their actions, and that even more have failed to repute by their silence, inaction, and support of the hate and violence that Islam has represented for hundreds of years; but it's part of a start.

My hope is that we're seeing a type of Reformation of Islam that Christianity went through (and I don't mean the one where they emulated muslims and went kill happy in the crusades). I wrote some years ago about small actions that gave me some hope, but those were incredibly rare, numbering in the single digits. Since the invasion of Iraq and an end to the over a decade long Gulf War more and more examples are happening. Hopefully for the world, as well as for Islam, it becomes a torrent and the hate and violence that has characterized the religion for so long will be a thing of the past. An historical nastiness that is written about and studied but never again practiced.


Monday, July 11, 2005

Hope for Islam?

A good start. It's a start. I'm still waiting for a million muslim march against terrorism, but this is a start and helps to offset a little of the hate that has been coming from mainstream islam today. I hope they have started a movement that continues and, more than that, grows to encompass all of islam. I'm not holding my breath, but I have some hope now.


Thursday, July 07, 2005

Our Family Attacked

I watched the news while sitting in the waiting room at the flight surgeon's office this morning. Myself and a Falcon pilot sat together on a couch discussing the attack. We were both calm, but we were both angry. I felt tears wanting to well up in anger and fought those down. It's not the time to cry or scream. It is the time to get angry, plan and act.

Bloggers all over the blogosphere have talked about the attacks. They've commented, kept information updated, and showed solidarity with our British cousins. I can't even describe how angry I am. I've previously described the Anglo-sphere as "Britain and her cowboy kids," with the US, Canada, and Australia (all countries that have cowboys and a "wild west" at one time) and this attack on Britain feels like an attack on my family. In a way it is an attack on our family, and I don't take kindly to attacks on my family.

I don't take kindly to attacks on America's family.


Update: Michael Yon's family too.

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

I'm back

Got back this evening and the break from reading blogs, news, and e-mails was nice. Our Independence Day was really nice, and I enjoyed the fireworks. I am, however, back now, though I'm going to be pretty busy in the next couple of days. Oooh, and tommorrow I'll know if I get to leave the chemical weapons demil industry or not. Wish me luck.


Sunday, July 03, 2005

Happy Independence Day

I just wanted to wish you four a Happy Independence day and hope that you and yours have a great one.

I'll be gone for a few days, be back later.


NASCAR Democrats and Rumsfeld

Instapundit has a link to an article about an appearance at a NASCAR race by Donald Rumsfeld,
Rumsfeld, honorary grand marshal for the race, also got a standing ovation during the prerace drivers meeting.

The Instapundit link to the San Jose Mercury News article requires registration, but this one doesn't. It brought to mind something I wrote a long time ago about NASCAR Dads, and about NASCAR Democrats and the condescenion that they were treated with by some elites.

Oh, and I found out how faulty my memory has become. Turns out I registered as a Repbulican back in October '03, or whenever the California recall and the election of Arnie.


Another Blog Comment

Another short comment on a blog, this time on Chrenkoff's blog. In response to a commentor's attempt to claim that America's military are the equivelant of terrorists. The claim was not direct but implied, and that implication is clear when considering the topic. It follows.
Chan:"Deliberately targeting civilians is not much different than not giving a shit about civilians who may get in the way."

Actually it is hugely obvious. You're not an idiot so you know this.

There is a huge difference between targetting a civillian non-combatant and targeting a combatant (civillian or otherwise). The intent, planning, act and outcome are ALL different, even if the ultimate goal is the same in such actions. The only other similarity is that in both cases a civillian non-combatant could be killed, though this is true of someone crossing the street in front of a bus. If the ultimate goal being the same is your only other qualifying similarity than your logic also equates the strategy of non-violence with that of terrorists.

It is not simply sad, but utterly disgusting when people attempt to give moral equivelance between terrorists and the American military (your statement was implicit if not direct).


Saturday, July 02, 2005

Party Affiliation

neo-neocon says: "I think I am an example of the strength of party affiliation. Most people need a much greater jolt than I received during the 80s, and much more time and energy to reflect on the situation than I was able to give to it, to actually abandon their party affiliation, if it had been strong previously."

Yeah, I understand this. In my case I was much more pig-headed than neo-neocon. I already was a hawk, big Reagan fan, moderate Bush fan, Clinton supporter and Democrat. It wasn't until well into the Clinton administration that I realized what a mistake voting for Clinton had been. It was then that I registered Independant. Yes, even at that point I was unwilling to become a Republican like those I served with. Truth is that didn't become a Republican until last year.

I think with me all my dis-illusion with the Democrat party had to build up to a head and I had to be exposed to Democrats who were not from Hawai'i. So it wasn't until all that had built up and piled on that I becamed disillusioned enough to leave the party. It was years after that before I actually switched parties and became a Republican.

So how did that come about? Part of it was that I finally paid attention to the Republicans (who are the anti-christ back home growing up) and their party. I found that they weren't the extremists they had been portrayed to be, which was a fact I already knew having served with so many, but never fully intellectualized and applied. I found that there was a phenomenon that seemed to apply to me. The neo-conservative, a term first used to describe "South Park Republicans" and then co-opted by the liberal movement to describe Paul Wolfowitz and Karl Rove. Turns out that was ridiculous because they've been conservatives for a very long time (hello...Karl Rove, head of his young Republicans group way back when dinosaurs roamed the earth). Still, it was 9/11 that made me analyze and think about politics, my place, my desires, and my country in a way that I had never considered before. It was the likes of den Beste who gave me food for thought and didn't so much help with the transformation, but had not only valid arguments, but made me actively think in a way that wouldn't allow the mindless dedication to ideology I had once had. With that, and the gubernatorial recall in California, I finally registered Republican, voted for Arnie, and voted again for George Bush.

I sometimes say that I never left the party, that the party left me, however looking back on things I'm not sure if the party, during my lifetime, was any longer the party of legend that it purported to be. It had long ago pulled away from the values of my grandfather or even my mother. It simply took me a while to look past the rhetoric, window dressing and wishful thinking.



Okay, neo-neocon is a new, new for me, blog. I don't remember how I got there the first time, but I bookmarked it and figured I would get around to reading it eventually since there are only so many hours in a day and I have a list of daily blogs I read, and a book I'm reading (Glen Grant's Honolulu Mysteries) and still trying to play through Pandemic's Mercenaries (Damn you XBox!!!) and chatting with my oldest son, and all that wonderful good ness that come from being home. Well, I finally read it and I found it quite interesting and will time manage to make time to read it on a more regular basis. Hopefully my four readers will enjoy neo-neocon's blog.

Oh, and I can finally go up and down steps, one step at a time, really slowly, but without my crutches.


Friday, July 01, 2005

Game Real? Photo Real?

This is just amazing. They're claiming it's actual in-game shots, and I don't know the company well enough to know whether they have a history of hype or not, but it looks incredible. Common wisdom is that graphics don't matter as much as gameplay; tell that to the fans of Myst. Frankly I want it all. I want the gameplay as well as the good looks.

Just greedy that way,