Wednesday, December 20, 2006

I am Plato


27% Skepticism, 55% Religiosity, 47% Dogmatism, 34% Originality

The father of Modern Philosophy - and many would say the mighty conjurer responsible for most philosophical confusion.

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Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Level the playing field

From one of my favortie blogs is the story of more Ninth Circuit idiocy. It's about levelling the playing field by significantly hurting one group to marginally aid another group. In this case it would hurt the most disadvantaged demographic in an attempt to help the most advantaged. I commented on it thusly:

Small nit with mike. It's actually a "glottal stop" in english. Okina is simply the hawaiian word for it. There is also the macron (line over a letter representing an elongated vowel sound), and makona in hawaiian.

A couple of nits about Chaps post. It was the princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop, who was married to American Charles Reed Bishop, whose will, executed by Charles Reed Bishop after her death, founded the school. It was explicit in that it was to benefit aboriginal hawaiians. Despite the mandate to serve the aboriginal children of Hawai'i, the Kamehameha Schools/Bishop Estate, spends money on outreach programs to the public schools. It does this knowing that it can not possibly serve all aboriginal hawaiians. It also does this with the intent of helping other disadvantaged children.

The public schools in Hawai'i are the ones you're referring to, and I agree wholeheartedly with your evaluation. I don't know why Hawai'i's public schools are, and have been for decades, so disgraceful. Not even Barack Obama went to public school in Hawai'i. He went to the elite (and damned expensive) Punahou Schools. This is, however, not the fault of the Kamehameha Schools, but is due entirely to corruption, mismanagement, inadequate funding, and union influence on the public school system in Hawai'i. It's the same here in California. The public schools are the responsibility and the fault of state government.

One of my co-workers (Campbell High School graduate) pointed to an article about this topic. Myself, I don't have much faith that this is a real victory for hawaiian aborigines. The Ninth Circuit is a joke, having been reversed often, and their ruling was an 8-7 split. Not to mention the eight made there ruling with the typical Ninth Circuit disregard for what the law says in face of what they want it to say.

My opinion of the people who brought the initial suit are scummy. The Kamehameha Schools once mandated JROTC which had a positive effect on all of its graduates whether they served or not. This is now gone because of a scummy person (since some federal funds helped pay for the program). Frankly the mother of this kid could have sent her son to Maryknoll, or Damien or any other number of Christian schools. She could have sent him to a secular school such as Punahou (which has a much more impressive record and reputation for scholarship than Kamehameha) or University High School. No matter what her stated goal may have been, she knew that she was hurting what is left of the aborinal hawaiians, since her son going to Kamehameha means one less rural, poor, and majorly disadvantaged young person from Moloka'i, or Poipu Kaua'i or Waianae. If her real concern was for all of Hawai'i's children she would have done far more good spending all that money, effort and press improving Hawai'i's pathetic public school system thereby helping all of Hawai'i's children. A more cynical and pissy person might also say, "but then that would help hawaiians rather than hurt them."


Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Blu-Ray and DVD

Just wanted to point out that currently Blu-Ray DVD movies are discs that actually have less capacity than the HD-DVD discs. HD Blud-Ray movies are on 25GB discs and HD-DVD are on 30GB discs. This is, most likely, due to the low yield rates on double layer Blu-Ray, which (in addition to the greater expense) makes them less desirable than the smaller single layer discs. Another reason is that both formats are more than ample for HD movies which seem to be coming in at around 6GB per hour of HD media. This means that even with the smaller capacity discs The Lord of the Rings could fit each movie on a single disc with a second for the extras (same with HD-DVD).

I don't think capacity will have any impact on which format wins the movie war since both are more than ample for that need. The deciding factor will be the installed base. Sony having signed more studios is an issue, but if HD-DVD pulls ahead those studios will abandon Sony in a heartbeat because they're fickle and are looking at their own profits without any regard for Sony. Right now (not including the PS3) the installed base for HD-DVD is far greater than that for Blu-Ray, but the numbers we're talking about are small to begin with (ie. sure 2 is twice the size of 1, but the actual numbers are small).

Blu-Ray will win on the PC because capacity is a very important there and the much higher cost of discs is a small issue for end users who aren't looking at the profit margin of one million Blu-Ray versus the profit margin of one million HD-DVD.

It's still very much in the air and it is with the movies that one format or the other will have a win, not with games or PC storage. Either way, however, we as consumers are losers in this war. Until there is a clear winner any money we spend could easily be entirely wasted, and I don't know about you, but a grand wasted is an awful lot of money for me. I believe that this is a lot of money for most people and they will wait, even if it's a couple of years, for a clear winner before spending their money.

Either way, between two and five years from now people will begin buying one or the other for $150-$200 for a player and $12-$25 for each movie no matter which format wins.


Check out Home Theater Blog's entries on myths of Blu-Ray and HD-DVD and his pick in the format war.

Saturday, September 23, 2006


Two months since my last post. Two months and a bunch of comments on other sites, such as this comment.

Me, I'm a fanboy. Right now I'm a Microsoft fanboy. I blame Bungie and Bethesda for that. Daggerfall, Eye of the Beholder, The Bard's Tale, etc... These are my type of RPGs. With Morrowind and Fable on the XBox it meant that XBox was going to be my console of choice (and Halo turned out to be an outstanding bonus to that choice). With Oblivion, Fable2, and Halo3 on the 360 it's natural that the 360 became my console of choice. With Rockstar and others talking about multi-console launch (heck whou wouldn't, it's a business after all) the impetus for me to choose a PS3 isn't there. MGS is a great game, but I can make do with Splinter Cell, and the Shooters... Well, the Japanese market isn't very shooter friendly so there is less impetus for Sony exclusives there.

I want Microsoft to dominate the world market with Sony and Nintendo snapping hungrily at their heels since it will make my chosen console that much better in terms of updates, online, and games. I'm sure reasonable Sony and Nintendo fanboys want the same for their consoles, with their consoles on top.

My beef with Sony is the price (which means I won't be getting one) and I take a personal offense to the non-apologetic lies. The exagerations I can stand, but Sony had to know the state of their development when they were promising launch last March, and worldwide, etc. That bugs.

I'm not interested in either HD-DVD or Blu-Ray right now, so that simply isn't a selling point. If I was interested in being an early adopter of HD media I'd go HD-DVD since the discs have higher capacity, quicker load times, and the format conversion is showing better quality. Of course if I was an early adopter I'd know (and have the cash) to be buying Blu-Ray also, once it starts to live up to its potential. Okay, I actually just wish I made the kind of money it takes (wastes) to be an early adopter.


Thursday, July 27, 2006


WARNING: IDF Load Chemical/Atomic Munitions (Photos)

via Armchair Generalist: Israeli "CW" Attacks who is much more informed than the morons on "war in iraq" blog.
"I dont think that what is pictured is an atomic weapon. It looks more like a chemical or biological weapon delivery muniiton (not that I've ever seen one must admit)."
Well I've seen them and they look like (drumroll) conventional munitions. There is no outward difference between a conventional artillery round and one filled with VX. Same thing with the mines, and the bombs, and rockets. Ummmmmm, just google it and you'll find pics of them.

"They are most likely chemical munitions (white phosphorus) with radioactive residues from Israel's nuclear power stations thrown in for good measure. It's still chemical - just as DU is chemical."

Ummmm, so if depleted uranium is a chemical weapon then it stands to reason that so is a .22 short round as is a broadhead arrow or a knife, or a sling bullet.

"Joe Vialls analysis regarding the mini nukes that were used in Bali by Mossad and company is that they are 99% pure plutonium. They have a devastating effect with Alfa radiation that cannot be discovered by the normal geiger meters. The Alfa radiation disappears very fast because the volume of plutonium is very little hence the number of particles is little."

Aside from misspelling alpha, this person knows jack about alpha radiation. Blue collar welders know more than this guy. We know that a couple of inches of air stop alpha radiation and that clothing will stop beta. Heck, we put that stuff out every time we weld a bead.

"British agents destroyed British factories to make it appear as though there were genuine German spies (spies in the UK acting for Germany)."

Really? Never heard this before. I know that the Germans actually did send spies and sabateurs to both the UK and the US (though the US ones were ineffectual. I'd need some serious documentation about this. Normally I give people the benefit of the doubt, but in this case I'm saying prove it. Title a book, or article or something I can read that's not some moonbat rant. Serious scholarship would be accepted.

"this is a MINECLEARING SYSTEM. It uses MLRS rockets to cover a large minfield, the rocket creates an explosive shockwave which detonates old style mines."

Okay, this makes sense.


Sunday, July 02, 2006

NASCAR Dad's and NASCAR Democrats

Wow, I've forgotten what it was like to write. I forgot that I could write. I wrote this in 2003, NASCAR Democrats, and was reminded of it by this thing, about NASCAR Dads, over at Tim Blair's place.


Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Book In

"From Sun Tzu to XBox" came in. Just started reading it. Gonna be a hard sell, considering my background, interests, and mad Halo skillz. :)

It's starting off well.


Thursday, June 08, 2006

From Sun Tzu to Xbox

Gamer Andy is still my favorite gaming site, but this one is interesting. Don't know if it'll be around after the book's been out for a while but I'm liking it so far.


Monday, June 05, 2006

Power Line: The Post Discovers Taxes

Power Line: The Post Discovers Taxes

One thing, in addition to the taxes dodged by illegals (and legals to a much lesser extent) by working off the record, illegals work on the record by stealing people's SSN and then either claiming married/9 or exempt. In both examples they pay zero taxes and in the second instance Americans get letters from the IRS wanting back taxes for the year they spent in California using the alias Juan Hernandez. The study calculates that 45% of illegals work off the books and don't pay American taxes in exchange for American opportunities. It does NOT include the number of illegals stealing the identities of Americans and not paying taxes.

I don't know how many of the remaining 55% of illegals use identity theft to work in America but it's enough that my wife got clipped twice in the same year for working with a male spanish name in Texas and for working with a different male spanish name in New Mexico. At the same time.

So I believe a far greater number of illegals fail to pay taxes or purposefully avoid paying taxes. Add that to the huge debt Americans incur for services that illegals steal every year. Add that to the millions upon millions that illegals remove from America's economy, money that will not help make jobs in America, money that will not help America, money that was illicitly made by people who start out with so little regard for America that they refuse to obey America's laws. It's no wonder that they refuse to pay taxes since they begin their career flaunting America's laws, traditions, sovereignty and desires.


OpinionJournal - John Fund on the Trail

OMFG, these people piss me off. I understand why the big push. Backlash against the attacks on the Kamehameha Schools is part of the problem, and now backlash against OHA being forced to allow non-hawaiians to participate in the Office of Hawaiian Affairs. On that, however, even Kam school had non-hawaiians running the trust and the school and teaching, but for the benefit of the aborigine children. But this is silly. I think it's unfortunate that the federal court could rule how someone could use their own personal money with regards to whom it benefits, and the OHA decision is whack, because there is no problem with this kind of thing in regards to hispanics, blacks, and indians; and only indians are in the same smacked down category as the hawaiians.

OpinionJournal - John Fund on the Trail

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Dunkin' Donuts Pro-America

Michelle Malkin: I SUPPORT DUNKIN' DONUTS...

Looks like I'll be hitting Dunkin' Donuts more often and excluding any other donut place. Well, I may except the one little local one in Mojave.


Saturday, May 27, 2006

Roloson, Dirty Player

The more I watch Roloson, the more evident it becomes that he's a dirty player. He just drew a penalty by skating into an opposing player and causing a "goalie interference" penalty. Worse, from the reverse view, you can see Roloson pushing off the opposing player with his glove hand making it look like the opposing player bumped him.

Incidentally this was outside the crease, the opposing player was far enough outside the crease that Roloson had to exit the crease to draw this penalty.

That, combined with the constant hooking and body contact, shows Roloson to be a dirty "Slapshot" player.


Thursday, May 25, 2006

Dwayne Roloson

Dwayne Roloson, whiny bitch. Whining that Selanne banged in to him. Replay shows more than a foot between the two the whole time. Then he tries to trip McDonald, and falls on his ass, and draws a penalty.

For a goalie who is constantly tripping and initiating body contact with the opposing team, he whines like a little bitch. He whines to the ref about body contact between him a Lupul, when Lupul was run into the goal so hard that he clipped Roloson, and was slammed into the net, knocking it off it's post. Lupul should've bitched about that cross-checking charge from behind. Instead it's Roloson bitching about minor incidental contact caused by his own team.

He's good. He's been on fire, but being good is not indicative of character, and Roloson has none.


Saturday, May 13, 2006

Missed Birthday

April 11th, 2002. Seven months after 9/11 was when I first posted a blog entry. It's been over four years now. Granted, it would be a much more impressive feat if I were a much more regular blogger. Lately I've been burned out on politics, burned out on politicians, burned out on our enemies, and burned out on our countries advesaries. Oh, I'm still pissed off by it all, but I've been burned out on it all. Not to mention how much time I've spent on Oblivion.


Monday, May 08, 2006

PS3 Price, Ouch

Gamer Andy, E3 attending fargin bastages, shared what they've learned about the Sony PS3.
Seems Sony's going the two SKU route after all, offering a $499.00 package with a 20gb hard drive, and a 60gb package for $599.00.

Full time job as an experimental welder (DoD, USAF), two teen age kids a wife, a dog, and two fish. We had to scrape to get our 360 in time to play Oblivion on launch day (or rather the day EB actually got them in). Oblivion and Halo X, are killer apps in this house (my sons and I play Halo 2 online together) so the 360 was an easy choice but damnably difficult on my wallet.

Right now, because of Marble Blast Ultra, Oupost Kaloki, Feeding Frenzy, and how much the one 360 is tied up for Oblivion my wife went out and put another 360 on layaway. That's still a LOT of money for us.

I don't see us trying to put together half a grand for the PS3 for a LONG time. Maybe in late 2008 if Sony has games that'll trump the likes of Halo and Elder Scrolls.


PS: GTA and the like don't count. I have kids and I don't let them play trash, and I don't play trash in front of them (as much as I really, really, really want to). Just like I don't let them cuss and don't cuss in front of them.

Thursday, March 16, 2006

Michelle Malkin: MOONBAT VS. MOONBAT

Michelle Malkin: MOONBAT VS. MOONBAT

Rescheduled? Heck I won't even notice. Silly twits scheduled their little anti-American protest for the Elder Scrolls: Oblivion release date. I should probably call in sick that day.


Monday, February 27, 2006

Blogthings - What Kind of Flirt Are You?

Blogthings - What Kind of Flirt Are You?
You Are a Natural Flirt

Believe it or not, you're a really effective flirt.
And you're so good, you hardly notice that you're flirting.
Your attitude and confidence make you a natural flirt.
And the fact that you don't know it is just that more attractive!

Saturday, February 25, 2006

Happy Birthday and a Major Nelson to you

Well, today was my birthday and I got to play Major Nelson.
Friggin Awesome!!!!

Screenshot of the game stats showing Major Nelson.
SlobberinTroll and I pointing to the screen showing our Birthday Halo2 match, which happened to have Major Nelson in it. Wicked!!!

Update: You can see the game stats here. We were so jazzed. Oh, and as an aside, Troll was playing on his brand new 360 (playing Halo2) against Major Nelson who has the dubious honor of being the first person to corpse hump another player in a Halo2 Match in 360 emulation mode. LOL


Thursday, February 23, 2006

Blogthings - What's Your French Name?

Blogthings - What's Your French Name?
And for the same reason I still watch CNN, read the paper and listen to Schumer here's this one. Just to feel disgusted and try to listen to the idiocrats.

Your French Name is:

Gilles Broussard

Blogthings - What Song Should You Strip To?

Blogthings - What Song Should You Strip To?

Your Stripper Song Is

Dirrty by Christina Aguelera

"Too dirrty to clean my act up
If you ain't dirrty
You ain't here to party"

You're so dirty, you make Christina look clean.

Blogthings - What's your Hawaiian Name?

Blogthings - What's your Hawaiian Name? Now this is funny, considering I used my Hawaiian name for the "test" and it gave me this as my "Hawaiian Name."

Your Hawaiian Name is:

Mamo Keahi

Blogthings - What Are The Keys To Your Heart?

Blogthings - What Are The Keys To Your Heart?

The Keys to Your Heart

You are attracted to those who are unbridled, untrammeled, and free.

In love, you feel the most alive when your lover is creative and never lets you feel bored.

You'd like to your lover to think you are loyal and faithful... that you'll never change.

You would be forced to break up with someone who was ruthless, cold-blooded, and sarcastic.

Your ideal relationship is lasting. You want a relationship that looks to the future... one you can grow with.

Your risk of cheating is zero. You care about society and morality. You would never break a commitment.

You think of marriage as something precious. You'll treasure marriage and treat it as sacred.

In this moment, you think of love as something you thirst for. You'll do anything for love, but you won't fall for it easily.

Blogthings - The Muppet Personality Test

Blogthings - The Muppet Personality Test

You Are Animal

A complete lunatic, you're operating on 100% animal instincts.
You thrive on uncontrolled energy, and you're downright scary.
But you sure can beat a good drum.
"Kill! Kill!"

Blogthings - What Age Do You Act?

Blogthings - What Age Do You Act?

You Are 27 Years Old

Under 12: You are a kid at heart. You still have an optimistic life view - and you look at the world with awe.

13-19: You are a teenager at heart. You question authority and are still trying to find your place in this world.

20-29: You are a twentysomething at heart. You feel excited about what's to come... love, work, and new experiences.

30-39: You are a thirtysomething at heart. You've had a taste of success and true love, but you want more!

40+: You are a mature adult. You've been through most of the ups and downs of life already. Now you get to sit back and relax.

Blogthings - What Element Is Your Love?

Blogthings - What Element Is Your Love?

Your Love Element Is Metal

In love, you inspire and respect your partner.
For you, love is all about fusing together for one incredible life experience.

You attract others with wit and a bit of flash.
Your flirting style is defined by making others want and value you.

Greatness and optimism are the cornerstones of your love life.
You may let go too easily, but you never get weighed down by your past.

You connect best with: Earth

Avoid: Fire

You and another Metal element: will control and smother each other

Blogthings - Which Musician (or Group) Shares Your Taste in Music?

Blogthings - Which Musician (or Group) Shares Your Taste in Music?

Weird Al Shares Your Taste in Music

See his whole playlist here (iTunes required)

Blogthings - How Machiavellian Are You?

Blogthings - How Machiavellian Are You?

You Are Somewhat Machiavellian

You're not going to mow over everyone to get ahead...
But you're also powerful enough to make things happen for yourself.
You understand how the world works, even when it's an ugly place.
You just don't get ugly yourself - unless you have to!

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Old Agent and Raid

Comments on this Post, "The Dems Lied And People Died"
(via Neo) made me jot a short comment that turned into a long comment that has become this post.
Bilgeman says: " Interesting...I was not aware that chemical weapons had a "sell-by date", after which point they ceased being dangerous."

They don't. America's inventory of chemical agent, produced long before 1990, are still very dangerous, and very deadly. Currently they are being destroyed, but the chemical agent itself is not inert. In some ways these munitions are far more dangerous now than ever before. Also, there was a mustard exposure at Dover AFB, in 2004 I think, in which the blister agent was from a WWI round that had been dumped into the Atlantic for decades (no one knows when) (update: I think it may have been during the 1970's when many munitions had simply been dumped in the ocean) and in appearance was black goo.

Copithorne wrote: " There were no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. We know that now."

Nerve agent and Raid are chemically pretty close and spraying raid around your bedroom will cause you to test positive for exposure to nerve agent. Both are CHL inhibitors. The point of this information is that numerous 55 gallon drums of "concentrated insecticide" have been found in Iraqi ammo dumps and military sites stored with or near unfilled chemical agent rounds. The only difference between "concentrated insecticide" and GB (sarin) and VX (VX) is in intent, and not in their effect.


Tuesday, February 14, 2006

What Crew?

via Instapundit.

You scored as Serenity (Firefly). You like to live your own way and donĂ¢??t enjoy when anyone but a friend tries to tell you should do different. Now if only the Reavers would quit trying to skin you.

Deep Space Nine (Star Trek)


Serenity (Firefly)


Babylon 5 (Babylon 5)


SG-1 (Stargate)


Enterprise D (Star Trek)


Galactica (Battlestar: Galactica)


Nebuchadnezzar (The Matrix)


Moya (Farscape)


Andromeda Ascendant (Andromeda)


Millennium Falcon (Star Wars)


Bebop (Cowboy Bebop)


FBI's X-Files Division (The X-Files)


Your Ultimate Sci-Fi Profile II: which sci-fi crew would you best fit in? (pics)
created with
Strange, however, that Deep Space Nine was so high. Couldn't stand the show after the first half of the season. Pleased about B5 and Stargate though. Serenity, B5, Stargate SG-1. I like those shows, I liked those crews.


Tuesday, January 24, 2006

New Enlistment Oaths

via BLACKFIVE, Fuzzilicious has scooped the media by obtaining leaked copies of the New Enlistment Oaths. I don't know what the DoD is thinking with these, perhaps a newer, more accurate Oath of Service. Okay, a really, really accurate Oath of Service, and they are utterly worth reading.


Saturday, January 21, 2006

File Under WTF...

From QandO, this needs to be filed under WTF. Go the hospital, have a baby, lose an arm and a leg.

Oh, and lose the other arm and leg.


Friday, January 20, 2006

Best Game Show

Okay, I just watched the best game show on television. Cash Cab. Check your schedule and watch the durn thing. However, knowing my history this means that it will have a short run as have all the shows I've enjoyed.


Tuesday, January 17, 2006


Sarah, over at Trying to Grok, posted a reaction to a Cold Fury post. Of course I had to lay my two cents in the comments. As always they are first draft, not thought out, and are a bit angry this time.
"America, love my vision of it or leave it, eh? Sorry, that isn't how democracy works..."

Pericles, one other way in which democracy isn't supposed to work is when a minority forces their "vision" of America on the majority through nebulous legal concepts such as The Constitution being a "living" document whose meaning changes based not on those who wrote it but on what those charged to interpret it wish it to mean. The truth is that there are countries that closer match your idea of a better country but none match the idea of a better country held by the majority here (especially conservatives, military and veterans) the way the US does.

Certainly at some point when leftists are able to convice the majority of the population that their views are the right ones you'll get an America made the way you want it, but it will no longer be America. It'll be a country named America, but one that no longer resembles the dream of The Founding Fathers, and which no longer espouses the ideals and values that constitute what America is.

Sillyman, you're argument is based on the false notion that being pro-healthcare is the same as being pro-universal socialized healthcare. You're argument on gun control is equally false in that some gun control is not the same as banning firearms. The aim of the left is not common sense control and education of firearms, but rather to remove firearms from the hands of the common man.

Frankly I'm with Sarah on this. If your values diverge so far from the values that this country represent, then why bother to stay here? Are leftists such sadist that they wish everyone who believes in freedom and liberty the pain of living in yet another failed socialist utopia? Are they simply religious extremist evangelists bent on forcing everyone to worship at the shrine of Marx?

We know it's not because they prefer to live in a country that espouses their values since those countries already exist and would embrace them and their inherent anti-Americanism.

Oh, and let's nip this one before someone poser tries to make an issue of it. If you espouse ideas and values that are contrary to those that define America, then you are anti-American despite your heated denials. Being against something makes you "anti" that thing. Such as me being anti-communist or anti-Jihadist.

Incidentally, despite the knee-jerk reaction of the leftists, nowhere does Sarah say "America, love it or leave it," though the opinion of that old bumper sticker is just as valid an opinion as the anti-Military "bakesale for bombers" one I've seen. Well, actually it's more valid since it has a logical basis whereas the bakesale bumper sticker is based on idiotic aunt-Nellism that is self-destructive and delusional.

Mr. Silly, "Sarah's opinion included saying that people who disagree should leave the country. There is ample reason to criticize this immature view."

No she didn't. She pointed out that countries that fit the vision of liberals and the far left already exist, but countries that fit the vision of the center and center-right exist singularly as the United States of America. No country, least of all America, fit the vision of the far right.

"Pretending people really followed your advice, when your country has been depopulated by greater than 50%, do you really think you would be better off?"

I doubt it would be greater than 50%. The left does not make up a majority of the country. Center and right make up a greater portion of the country than the left, and the center is more rightwing than it is usually portrayed. Even a large number of ardent Democrats are too far right to be left. From Union supporters who use can't stand the left, to Black Baptists who are ardently anti-Abortion, pro-traditional family, and pro-Christian. Both groups tend to be ardent Democrats, but their support is based on very narrow goals of the Democrat party, and they support more of the Republican platform. However, in the words of my ardent Democrat in-laws, "I'll be damned before I vote Republican." Of course they are also disgusted by homosexuality, abortion, socialized anything, mixed race marriages, gay marriage, illegal immigration, and a host of other pets of the Democrats. Theirs is a strange point of view held by quite a number of people I've met in my blue-collared life.

Sarah is a strong woman and doesn't need me jumping to her defense even though I'm obnoxious where she is shy, abrasive where she is kind and tolerant, and brutally honest where she is politely honest. Though we both get fed up, I have less patience than she.

Update: Sarah posted an addendum, and Mr. Silly's comments are worth reading.

Best Blond Joke

Okay, Tigerhawk has found the best dumb blond joke I've ever found. It's on par with a certain "portagee" joke from my youth.


Monday, January 16, 2006

Wired versus Wireless

I finally ran cat 5 cable across the living room to my xbox, pulled the crappy wireless adapter and noticed that there was no difference. Well, no difference in individual matches, but... I did notice that overall performance was better. What I noticed was not better performance in any one match. What I noticed was that I cussed less, and lag compared to my party was better. See, often four of us play off the same connection and sometimes I'll get a bit more lag than Arrowatch, or Max the Troll, or TequilaNaku. Now I lag when they lag also. Certainly I would lag when they lagged before, but now I don't lag while their connect is good.

Think I'll stay with the wires for the XBox, but of course I'll stay wireless with my laptop.


Neocon Test

Via Q and O, the neocon test.

Turns out I'm a neocon according to the test.

  • Want the US to be the world's unchallenged superpower
  • Share unwavering support for Israel
  • Support American unilateral action
  • Support preemptive strikes to remove perceived threats to US security
  • Promote the development of an American empire
  • Equate American power with the potential for world peace
  • Seek to democratize the Arab world
  • Push regime change in states deemed threats to the US or its allies
Historical neoconservative: President Teddy Roosevelt
Modern neoconservative: President Ronald Reagan
and Kalroy, according to the test maker.


Wednesday, January 11, 2006


I need to apologize. Primarily to my loyal four readers, ummmmm, three now I think. Holidays hit like a sledge and being the selfish egotistic prick and ignoring ya'll for the last couple of months. I also would like to publicly apologize to Samantha Burns who sent me an e-mail that I promptly lost and then utterly forgot about. Pretty girl pays attention to ya, ya'll should pay attention back, especially at my age. Since her site is such a hoot, it's a safe assumption that my three already look in there from time to time even though I've been quite remiss in everything lately. So anyone coming here from a search engine, please go by there. Since the search engine guys are probably here for game info, I'm betting you'll enjoy her site.


Monday, January 09, 2006

Wingman Day and the Cowardly Lion

We have this ossifer who gets it. I'm not going to provide an example of this, but I've read one of his WITs in which this is demonstrated. Reminiscent of the great denBeste it was a clear announcement that he "got it" even though it was never meant for that.

One of his previous WITs had this particular passage that I have been meaning to post for months now, but with the holiday season and all the stress and goings on, I simply stopped posting for a while. This was written by Maj. Gen. Curtis M. Bedke, and was something that needed to be said regarding the role of the wingman, or simply the role of a good friend, good citizen and good American in life.

Hey, I'm not gonna lecture, but let me tell you in the end what Wingman Day is all about. It's all essentially about Courage. Yeah, that's right. And you know it, too, before I even explain why, don't you?

You know when you're all at the bar, and Mister Popular, the group-accepted Joe Cool, is ordering that one-too-many-drinks…or you see him getting a little too frisky with the new female airman that's still vulnerable and young and looking for someone to be her friend…or you know your buddies are supposed to be working a critical job in the morning, but they all want to go to "just one more joint" to "check out what's happnin'." And if you say something, you figure they'll call you a pansy, or even worse, just give you that look, the one that says "if you aren't man enough, then go on home…loser."

Or you've been watching a friend slowly slip into depression…you know things are tough…and once in a while they say something that scares you just a little…but it's never something really obvious like "I'm planning to kill myself tonight with a handgun in my car at the overlook," it's more subtle, it's things like "Sometimes I wish I was dead" or "I'm just worthless, and if something happened to me, nobody would notice or care." So, hey, you just say "Hey, c'mon, it's not so bad" and you crack a joke and everything's okay, isn't it, even though in the back of your mind you keep thinking "Man, if they end up dead I am going to wish I'd said something to somebody."

My point is this: Most of us know What Needs to be Said and Who Needs to Hear It...but we all tend to avoid confrontation and embarrassing or awkward situations...because we don't have the Courage to do it. And we need to steel ourselves to do it. We need that Courage.

Do you realize that the odds are that if you don't speak up, everything will turn out okay? That they probably won't crash and kill themselves or the child in the other car? That they'll probably be alive the next morning?

Just so you understand that their safety was a matter of dumb luck, and not because you didn't need to have the guts to "rein them in." You should have. You could have. You just needed to have some courage--the courage to do what you know is right.

You wanna be really cool? Be a good Wingman. Don't just talk about it. Don't just joke about it in that cynical way that says "We're too cool for that official 'wingman b.s.'!" Be a Wingman most especially during those few times when your buddies need you there for them. It's like flying. The good wingman checks his buddy's six while his buddy is too busy looking at the target in front of him, not realizing he's about to be the target!

I'll point out that this was re-printed without his permission, and as I know it he won't actually give official permission to re-print his writings. Simply put he knows the WITs go out all over the world via e-mail to family and friends of blue-suiters and there is probably somebody else blogging it, but he writes for himself and his people and he doesn't want to write for the blogosphere because then his WITs will be written with that in mind.
His focus is the USAF and his people.


Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Back in the Saddle

Yesterday was "Back in the Saddle Day" here at Edwards AFB. A day for annual refresher training and getting out of the slower holiday thought-process back into full gear.

Oh, and free chocolate covered macadamia nuts for Surfaces division.

So here we are in 2006, a new year that brings with it new hope, and new uncertainties. It brings new opportunities for progress, growth, and happiness. In many ways I'm very much looking forward to it. I'm looking forward to time with family and time with friends. One thing I'm looking forward to is what this recharge has done since my news/blogging/politics/etc burnout is now gone; I'm writing again, though most of it isn't fit to say in polite company.


Oh, and maybe, just maybe, an XBox 360.