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Updated: 2014-10-04T17:10:16.759-07:00


Moving Day


A couple of folks have nudged me because I've been silent lately. And there's a perfectly good reason--moving day. No, not me, just the blog.I'm not thrilled with the look and layout, so look for things to change as I get used to the new digs and start creating something all my own. And this weekend will be dedicated to some reorganizing and general cleaning and fixing of links.For now, I'll

Bye-bye, bulbie


I wrote some months ago about the impending start of the phase-out of the incandescent bulb.It's here. In addition to massive biofuels subsidies, ridiculous fuel efficiency standards for automobiles, and other steaming, wafting piles of scientific nonsense: One portion of the bill sets new efficiency standards for appliances and will make the incandescent bulb -- invented two centuries ago and

Tourist... terrorist... let's call the whole thing off


Nobody's Business brings us, from the Chicago PD's own website, their newest flier outlining how to spot potential terrorists. Among the "suspicious" behaviors?Physical Surveillance (note taking, binocular use, cameras, video, maps)Glad they cleared that up. Now I can clear all those pesky tourists from around my office with a quick 911 phone call.Presence of individuals who do not appear to

Puck you


The hockey weekend has now come and gone, and overall, it was worth the trip.Saturday, I got up painfully early for my shuttle ride to the airport. This time I was prepared with small enough toiletries that I could comply with the 3-1-1 (3 oz bottles, 1 quart plastic bag, 1 person) nonsense imposed by the transportation security assholes.The shuttle made one other stop, and off we went to the

Entering the world of music downloads


I recently purchased a 30GB Creative Zen personal music player for myself. Tired of shuffling CDs in and out of the car, trying to change them while driving (dangerous and not fun), and picking and choosing what to take to work, I decided that a player big enough to hold my entire CD collection which can be plugged into my car's auxiliary jack would be ideal, particularly for the long road trip

Out of touch


I know I've been largely silent on the blogging front, and you'd probably never notice the difference, but I'll be in San Francisco for the next few days, which gives me a justification for the silence, this time.

Thoughts on Pakistan


Generally I keep my musings much more local. It takes more than I have to get torqued over issues of foreign/international consquence. But I have a couple of thoughts on President Pervez Musharraf's imposition of emergency rule (read: imposition of dictatorship) and the suspension of law in Pakistan.First, why can't our own leadership see that attempting to spread democracy in the middle east

So funny I forgot to laugh


Today's Dilbert is very, very Atlas Shrugged.

Self-interest vs. Need


A situation has arisen with a member of a forum in which I participate that tickles the corners of my brain. This man, K, his girlfriend and their new baby were all set to move 1600 miles away to the currently unused home of his great aunt under a verbal agreement to rent the home from the aunt's children (his first cousins once removed, for those keeping track). They'd given notice with their

To fly or not to fly?


A friend of mine has invited me down to L.A. for a Kings-Avalanche game in a couple months. Now the question is, do I accept and fly down there, or turn the opportunity down and wait for his visit up here for New Years Eve?When the Tyrannical Scam Administration started confiscating toiletries, I concluded I'd flown my last, except in case of emergency or a rare work-related trip. Boxing myself

On the drawing of battle lines...


PintOfStout over at Murphy's Bye-Laws writes yet another excellent piece:There are two reasons voting persists even though the choices almost all crawl from the same cesspool. The first reason is to keep those that are being extorted from flat-out stringing them up. This is accomplished by slapping some hooker-red lipstick on this pig and promising the booboisie anything they want, including

Knowing when to shut up


Maybe I should rethink this "overcoming fear" theme for the year. Just a smidge over two weeks ago, I wrote about having my sunroof smashed by a rock thrown from an overpass. Yesterday morning, I was rear-ended on my way to work. Fortunately there were no serious injuries beyond some stiffness and soreness on my part, and it was pretty clearly the other driver's fault.My heart aches for her.

From the "Good Fucking Grief" files


It's shit like this that makes me doubt any hope for humanity.Iowa Family Finds Snake Head in Can of BeansAn Iowa family filed a lawsuit seeking damages over a snake head they claim to have found in a can of green beans.Amy Schneider said she found the head when she opened the can of green beans on March 24, 2006. It was about the size of a golf ball, she said."It was ... yuck, it was really yuck

Visit Seattle, ride the SLUT


New trolley saddled with mocking nameOfficially, it's now the South Lake Union Streetcar. But the trolley name already has caught on, and in the old Cascade neighborhood in South Lake Union, they're waiting for the SLUT.At the Kapow! Coffee house on Harrison Street, they're selling T-shirts that read "Ride the SLUT.""We're welcoming the SLUT into the neighborhood," said Jerry Johnson, 29, a

New additions to the blogroll


Two folks I very much admire have finally started blogging.Jacques, self-admitted lazy guy, has succumbed to nagging and started Jacques' Blog. I can only hope he sticks with it.Meanwhile, I'm a little late to the party over at Eleanor's My Quiet Mountain Town. As she's someone who, when she speaks up, is worth listening to, I'm looking forward to reading her musings on her upcoming relocation

Robert Jamieson does hypocrisy


I sometimes wonder how folks can come relatively close to what I think is the right conclusion in one aspect of freedom and be so blindingly, painfully off-base in another.Robert Jamieson of the Seattle PI bloviates:But anyone who truly values democracy doesn't want safety if it comes attached to a troubling string: Big Brother-like surveillance.Video eyes threaten civil liberties. And if we are

What can they use against you?


Regarding my entry about my moon roof incident, B.W. Richardson said...Not really surprising - they would have had to report it as an unsolved case, bad for their percentages, so they scared you out of reporting it (well, that, and the idiot insurance companies exist to keep your money and deny as much of your claim as legally possible). I've been thinking about this comment for days. And I've



Why on earth do I continue to be surprised at government idiocy? You'd think that by now, I'd have long since accepted the fact that stupidity has no bounds... that we have, indeed, invented a better idiot at every junction in social evolution.As I was driving home yesterday, someone tossed a rock (or something heavy--I never found it) off a freeway overpass and smashed my moon roof.

Why I love Rob


Rob over at To The People cracks me up. I appreciate a man who doesn't mince words.

The appropriate response to nosy cops


Police visit but make no arrests at what appears to be speak-easyAbout 3 a.m. Sunday, a uniformed officer attempted to follow a patron into the club, only to have the door slam shut on both of them.I love it! Subversive behavior AND giving a nosy JBT with no warrant exactly the entry he deserves--none at all.Does it get any better?

Leap, and the net will appear


Just as Kirsten blogged about her Year of Broken Things, I've been pondering the theme for my year. Sure, I could make it a broken things theme for the calendar year--a home burglary, a deceased grandmother, a stolen car, a cat with an abscessed jaw--but those things, while they cannot be trivialized, haven't coalesced into a concrete central motif. This year's theme appears to be about

Must I hold your hand?


Why is it some folks seem almost willfully incapable of considering all the effects of their actions? Recent interactions with a coworker have me so frustrated that I'm nearing the point of calling for someone to post her head on the battlements as a warning to others. This woman is in a position of enormous responsibility--she manages all the data many, many other folks use in their analyses.

Step up to the plate and swing!


I promised myself that come Monday, I'd decide whether Company A or Company B would employ me. Unfortunately for me, someone who dwells, I spent most of the weekend mulling it all over--sleeping little, eating even less, fretting with the weight on my soul. B. was the only person who managed to get my mind off the whole sordid affair for any measurable length of time, and I'm grateful for those

Fuck you, Seattle PD, redux


Looks like their response to crime and thugs is to turn downtown into Stormtrooper Central. I hadn't noticed it today, given that my mind is on other things, but I'll be keeping watch over the next few weeks. I carry my camera with me at all times, so if I get any interesting pictures, I'll post them.

Rumpled spirit


Internal conflict seems to be the order of the day, lately.On the one hand, I have an incredibly lucrative job offer from a reputable firm, a firm that sought me out to recruit. On the other, I have my current employer who is putting up a fight for me to remain. I am now, unhappily, the rope in a difficult, tense game of tug-o-war.The new offer with Company A comes with a greater salary (and