Tuesday, November 22, 2005

the ULU is mine!

Well, I'm heading back home for turkey day. The office here
very generously gave me and my coworker ULU knives with our
names engraved in them. You can see ulus at ulu.com of course,
they are used to shave blubber off of whales apparently, which
should come in handy if the buffet line at Ryan's gets too long.

I'm flying out in a few hours, trying to get my stuff together in
such a way that it doesn't look like I dumped dirty clothes into
a bag. If anyone ever sees me fold a shirt correctly I give you
permission to shoot me, I've been replaced by an alien. Oh
well, dump away.

Taking a quick tour of the blogosphere in the few minutes I have
left before I have to pay for another 24 hours of internet access.
The Domestic Engineer has a funny/quaint/scary story about
singing pants and conversations.

If we were really in The Holy Grail, he'd shout back, "You're not fooling anybody, you know!" before hitting me over the head with a plank. But we'll never find out, because just then a melodious chime issues forth from the doctor's crotch. He puts down his pen and reaches deep into his pants pocket.

"Your pants are singing," I say. Maybe I didn't say it. I was thinking it. I was thinking it so loud I was afraid I said it. Because 1) maybe there is no sound and it's all in my head or 2) maybe there is a sound, but such a comment would be risque and in bad taste.

He pulls a tiny cell phone out of his slacks and holds it to his ear with a sigh.


Inaudible monologue follows.

It's always funny when I have to think whether I made a comment
of such bad taste/innappropriate, or if I just said it in my head.
We just finished the day today with a meeting where a client kept
insisting he didn't understand something, when I tried to explain
it a different way, he'd talk over me saying he didn't understand.
The uncomfortable silence occurred when I had stopped talking
due to my imagination playing the loop of me strangling him.
Oh, sorry it's my turn to talk is it?

Sunday, November 13, 2005

Looking a gift horse in the mouth

Here's a photo looking to the west
from my hotel. It's 2pm local time,
you can see the long shadows of
the buildings.

The photo was taken with my new
m:robe from Olympus, which is
a safety award from the company
I work for. Thanks! You can see
there is a little blurring, that's
because you have to tap the center
of the LCD display to take a photo.

I think it might have been cheaper
and better to just put a "button", which is a technical
innovation similar to a "laser".

Oh well, as they say I shouldn't look a gift camera/music
player in the lens. But since I had heard we were getting
ipods, I had a friend rip a bunch of my cd's, and apparently
he gave the music back to me in a fairly lossless format
supported by an ipod but not by an m:robe. doh!

Liveblogging CSPAN

I'm clicking through channels while waiting to go to work
and I came across a show on cspan2 interviewing
Peter Schweizer "Do as I say not as I do:
profiles in liberal hipocracy

This looks like a great book, I tried to take some notes
on the question period:

questions: School choice? the clintons sent chelsea to
a private school, when the public schools she would have
gone to were ones the clintons praised before they were

Hillary Clinton is pro children's rights, but she was a very
strict parent and wouldn't allow Chelsea to get her ears
pierced. But Hillary wants the rest of the country to allow
teenagers to get abortions without notifying parents.

Rich people and political affiliation - kennedys, clintons
George soros are pro-taxes, but do their best to avoid
inheritance and income taxes.

The clintons bragged that they always pay the maximum
in taxes, the author checked and it is ridiculous. They (liberals)
are never called on their statements by the press.

The rules apply to other people but don't apply to themselves.
Kennedy and guns, "Guns don't make you safer", but ted
kennedy's bodyguard was arrested with two submachine guns
in the Senator's building, When asked, a spokesman said Senator
Kennedy's concern was "to be able to leave washington safely."
Liberals want rules for other people, but those rules don't apply
to themselves.

Organized labor - do these people who advocate labor unions
really use them...some of Ralph Nader's employees tried to
form a union and he fired them.

Nancy Pelosi is one of the richest members of congress, owns
a restaurant chain and a vinyard. But doesn't allow unions
there. She can't meet with the afl-cio at her own hotel because
it is not unionized.

Who is a good example of someone who lives their liberal values:
Nader isn't, he owns shares in competitors of companies that he
is attacking, eg when he attacked Microsoft he owned $100k of
dollars in companies attacking microsoft.

Micheal Moore gives away the 5% minimum to maintain his trust's
tax exempt status.

Do liberals give to wounded soldier's foundations?
-Al Franken does entertain the troops.
-Noam Chomsky was asked by Frontline magazine in India if it
is dangerous to attack the US. He said no, it's not dangerous
because he hold a US passport.

Does the media show some hipocracies and not others?
The liberal media shares the liberal worldview. eg Bill
Bennet wrote a book about virtues, but was called a hipocryte
because of his gambling, which he had never condemned.
Meanwhile Kennedy is a true hippocryte, calling for high
taxes while his family doesn't pay taxes.
[in the body of his speech the author cited several examples:
The kennedies used trusts to avoid death taxes, only paying
1%, they own a company based outside the country to avoid
corporate taxes, and they own an Oil company.]

Saturday, November 12, 2005

Snowy Morning

Here's a picture from
yesterday as the snow
fell. It was only about an
inch of snow, but as I
walked to the clients office
yesterday, I felt like it
was a blizzard.
It might be cold as heck
here in achorage, and not
very sunny during the day,
but they do have some
pretty good seafood here.

I had King Crab legs last night at a place called
Sullivan's. We had to wait about 3 hours for a table
so I joined the rest of the people in drinking knockouts,
which is just vodka that has been marinating in a big jar
with fresh pineapple. Then with dinner I switched to
Grey Goose vodka over ice.

Needless to say, my head feels like a gypsy family has
been sleeping in it. Apparently if I had just stuck with
Grey Goose I couldn't possibly get
a hangover since it is so refined/expensive.

Today the sun is out but the days are getting noticeably shorter
about 10 minutes per day. Sunrise at around 8 am, sunset at
4:30 and it pretty much looks like 4 in the afternoon all day long.

Thursday, November 10, 2005

North to Alaska again

Well I'm back up in Anchorage again. When I'm rich (come on
Powerball) this will definitely be the location of a summer home.
It's beautiful here in the summer, golfing 20 hours a day, good
seafood. Etc.

Not a winter destination though. I've been here 8 hours this
time and I'm already depressed. The guy I'm working with
just got a call saying he has to go up to the north slope for
the project while I work back here in town.
thankfully they didn't ask me to go, since they would have received
a creative combination of "fuck" and "no".

Or back in reality I would have meekly gone, mumbling darkly under
my breath. By the time I don't work here, I'll only be capable of mumbling

Sunday, November 06, 2005

The number of the month - 62

The ever-sensible numberwatch points out that the
number of the month is from the only 62 people that
have died of the bird flu worldwide. Yet there is a
raving hysteria being generated by the press:

We can’t get away from bird flu. It has swamped the media. People have actually stopped eating chicken for fear of it. Yet the total number of human deaths so far is 62. That is half an hour’s worth of malaria deaths. One of these days, of course, the scaremongers are going to get it right and flu is a pretty good bet for them, with its remarkable mutability.
Numberwatch makes some other great points this month especially
about the UK wide smoking ban.

Friday, November 04, 2005

I too prefer my ammo dumps insect free

Daffyd app Hugh tells the thigh-slappingly funny tale of
the iraqi wmd sites that were often found but never seen.

It is well known that the staggering extent of Saddam Hussein's WMD programs was only discovered after he lost the Gulf War. Iraqi chemical, biological, and nuclear weapons by the tens of thousands were unearthed (often literally) and destroyed by the coalition. Afterward (we have known this for some time from defectors), Hussein decided that Iraq would take a new tack in its never-ending quest for WMD: from then on, all of Iraq's programs were designed to be "dual use": each would have an ostensibly civilian purpose (pesticides, medical research, nuclear power generation) but could quickly -- in some cases within minutes -- be converted to military use.

Therefore, when looking for "stockpiles" of WMD, the Iraqi Survey Group (ISG) should have been looking, not for a warehouse full of shells pre-filled with sarin or mustard gas or anthrax, but rather for the precursor components of such: shells and rockets built to accept such chemicals or biological agents in close proximity to the agents themselves... even if they're not actually loaded into the warhead yet.

(here he quotes from an article by Kenneth Timmerman)

A rocket that can accept toxic chemicals into its warhead near a 55-gallon drum of cyclosarin-based "pesticide" is a chemical weapon, and it should be defined as such.

At Karbala, U.S. troops stumbled upon 55-gallon drums of pesticides at what appeared to be a very large "agricultural supply" area, Hanson says. Some of the drums were stored in a "camouflaged bunker complex" that was shown to reporters - with unpleasant results. "More than a dozen soldiers, a Knight-Ridder reporter, a CNN cameraman, and two Iraqi POWs came down with symptoms consistent with exposure to a nerve agent," Hanson says. "But later ISG tests resulted in a proclamation of negative, end of story, nothing to see here, etc., and the earlier findings and injuries dissolved into nonexistence. Left unexplained is the small matter of the obvious pains taken to disguise the cache of ostensibly legitimate pesticides. One wonders about the advantage an agricultural-commodities business gains by securing drums of pesticide in camouflaged bunkers 6 feet underground. The 'agricultural site' was also colocated with a military ammunition dump - evidently nothing more than a coincidence in the eyes of the ISG."

..."Of course, later tests by the experts revealed that these were only the ubiquitous pesticides that everybody was turning up," Hanson says. "It seems Iraqi soldiers were obsessed with keeping ammo dumps insect-free, according to the reading of the evidence now enshrined by the conventional wisdom that 'no WMD stockpiles have been discovered.'" [Emphasis added]

Ok, so maybe that wasn't very funny, or maybe just funny strange
and not funny ha-ha. When put into the bigger context of the CIA's
war against George W. Bush, maybe what has happened in the past few
years makes sense.