Sunday, March 27, 2005

In london this weekend

I've spent the past week up in Newark, which is in Lincolnshire. It's a nice little town with a pub for approximately every person and lots of restauraunts, but no internet access. Dial-up won't work from the hotel, they have no broadband and there are no internet cafes. Future business idea...internet cafe in Newark.

This weekend I came down to London to sightsee, I'm writing on what appears to be a 486 or pentium I at the hotel's business center. The city is packed with people for the easter holiday, I didn't manage to get into any major tourist sites, but I took some pictures. no usb port on this pc...so I'll post them tomorrow.

Anyway, I love the trains and underground here. I took a fast train down from newark, one that when it whooshes through the station you have to wonder if if will suck you off the platform. I zipped around on the underground yesterday, if houston wasn't built on mud it would be so cool to have the same kind of rail network, instead of the crappy on ground level train.
more later...

Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Coonass in England

I'm headed to the UK today to help teach a course for work. Since I'll be there 5 weeks I'll hopefully get a couple of days to do tourist and I'll try and post some of the pictures here.

I picked up a 512 meg memory card at best buy for 35 dollars, so I should be able to get at least one or two displayable photos.

Friday, March 11, 2005

Minutemen, I think not.

My wife and I were just discussing American history. She is trying to get her american citizenship, and to do so she has to pass a test on history and culture. The sample questions are pretty simple, eg, who is George Washington, and when was the declaration of independance signed? Just naming people and dates as history is difficult for me, so instead I launched into a summarized american history, from the declaration of independance to 1800.

The unfortunate metaphor I chose for the colonies defeating Imperial Britain was, what it would be like if the insurgents in Iraq were to defeat the U.S. . Even though it brings bile to my throat to think of it, it might be a similar scale defeat (neglecting the french helping the insurgents in both wars).

But then I spoke about the declaration of independance. Who signed it and why. What the last line says: "And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor" . I tried to make the point to my wife that the pledge these men made was serious. They understood the consequences of losing. They would be hung as traitors at least, maybe even drawn and quartered as well. (remember Braveheart?)

That was the glaring problem with my original metaphor; Iraqi insurgents compared with our founding fathers. Iraqi insurgents don't sign published documents. They aren't wealthy landowners with much to lose, they are murderers, criminals and thugs who wear masks in public to protect their most prized possession, their identity. So the next time some fat bastard calls them minutemen, I hope someone straightens him out.

Monday, March 07, 2005

Coonass, not a perjoritive, unless you're from Texas

In case anyone is wondering, before you get offended by the title, coonass is just
another name for cajun, but can also include the non-cajun rednecks of southern
louisiana.

A better explanation here:

http://www.coonass.com/whycoon.htm