Saturday, March 13, 2010
*Update* - Ubuntu up and running. Wireless internet works. Skype works. Camera works. Entering the learning curve. Cheers.
*Given the new news that I'm soon to be a permanent world traveler, that Amazon Kindle is tempting as hell. [Mike is a proponent and fan...] If they come out with a color model, that can handle .cbr files, then it's a go. I'd even ignore their evil DRM. Till then though...
Friday, March 12, 2010
Taste Test: Kumquat - Boing Boing:
"Josh Gerstein over at Politico sent Threat Level his piece underscoring once again President Barack Obama is not the civil-liberties knight in shining armor many were expecting.
Gerstein posts a televised interview of Obama and John Walsh of America’s Most Wanted. The nation’s chief executive extols the virtues of mandatory DNA testing of Americans upon arrest, even absent charges or a conviction. Obama said, “It’s the right thing to do” to “tighten the grip around folks” who commit crime.
When it comes to civil liberties, the Obama administration has come under fire for often mirroring his predecessor’s practices surrounding state secrets, the Patriot Act and domestic spying. There’s also Gitmo, Jay Bybee and John Yoo."
For 50 years, residents of the French village of Pont-Saint-Esprit have tried to understand the 'cursed bread' incident, a moment of terrifying mass insanity and hallucinations that left at least five dead and dozens in asylums. Now the mystery is solved: the CIA secretly spiked the bread from the bakery with enormous quantities of LSD as part of its cold war mind-control experiments, at least according to recently uncovered documents. The allegation originates with H P Albarelli Jr., an investigative journalist who uncovered the documents while researching his forthcoming book, A Terrible Mistake: The Murder of Frank Olson and the CIA's Secret Cold War Experiments."
"Woman #1: I love TGI Friday's, but if I could pick any local place to go for dinner tonight, I would pick Olive Garden.
Woman #2: Oooh, good pick! What about Macaroni Grill?
Woman #1: I love Macaroni Grill! But isn't it a little fancy for tonight?
Woman #2: No, we can go change.
Woman #1: Are you sure you're okay with driving in this city?
Woman #2: Sure, it is okay.
Woman #1: Maybe we should pray before we leave... you know, just in case.
Woman #2: Great idea.
Overheard by: Jon"
Thursday, March 11, 2010
"A former TSA analyst has been indicted for computer crimes after being allegedly caught tampering with various terrorist watchlists (his work duties involved keeping these databases up to date). He'd been given notice that he was being fired before the incident."
One of my Jr High kids decided to use her little brother in elementary school to play a mystery game with me. Easily solved. Elementary, my dear Watson. [Get it? 'Elementary.' That's some fine humor right there.]
World's tiniest crane origami. Pencil for scale comparison.
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
"Booze, for all its magical wonder, still has big drawbacks: You can't sober up quickly, and you often get a hangover. Now Korean researchers have found a way of tweaking booze to limit the fallout — without cutting its strength.
Doctors Kwang-il Kwon and Hye Gwang Jeong of Chungnam National University studied the properties of oxygenated alcohol - booze with oxygen bubbles added - which is a popular concoction in their country. In these drinks, oxygen is added the way carbonation is usually added to soda, and the scientists wanted to know if these oxygenated beverages affected people differently than non-oxygenated ones. The answer was a resounding yes."
Completely on board with the whole minimalist footwear brigade. The best places to start to get what they're all about is this post at Mark's Daily Apple [which I think is the first place I learned about them] and, well, the entire blog birthday shoes. You can even download a free e-book from there:
the [beginners guide] to Vibram Five Fingers shoes!
Vibram Five Fingers are the standard bearers in the whole 'barefoot shoes' deal, and now I have, apparently, 5 pairs. [Told you. Cult. Yay.] The short version of the hows and the whys is this - normal shoes restrict your ranges of motion and weaken your feet - 'casts for feet' as it were - minimalist footwear is designed to get you back in touch with how your feet actually work, strengthening and making them more flexible. When I first saw them it reminded me of how old school bodybuilders used to workout barefoot - like this pic of Arnold, back in the day - - and yoga, beach running and other disciplines trend to bare feet for the same reasons.
Classics, on the left, for summer/warmer weather kicking around, and a pair of Sprints on the right, for trainers in similar conditions.
KSO Treks, left, for all purpose casuals/semi-formal [pair of khakis or jeans wear] and Flows on the right, for cold weather PT or watersports.
A pair of Soft Star moccasins for around the house...
And a pair of Vivo Barefoot Dharmas, which is as close as I get to "normal" shoes.
Via Warren Ellis' T-Shirt of the Week Store.
"America’s Founders had a great idea: government should be limited. It should keep the peace, and do a few others things like run the courts and the Post Office, but otherwise leave us alone. Fast forward to 2010, when Drudge has this link up:Troopers raid popular bars for unlicensed beers; Dozens of gallons seized...More than a dozen armed State Police officers conducted simultaneous raids last week on three popular Philadelphia bars known for their wide beer selections. The cops confiscated hundreds of bottles of expensive ales and lagers...
Although the bar owners had bought the beer legally from licensed Pennsylvania distributors and had paid all the necessary taxes, the police claimed that nobody had registered the precise names of the beers with the state Liquor Control Board ....
Based on a complaint from someone the State Police refuse to identify, three teams of officers converged last Thursday on the three bars, run by Leigh Maida and her husband....
In fact, according to Maida, more than half the beer removed by the State Police was properly registered - but the cops couldn't find it on their lists because of "clerical errors" or "blatant ineptitude" between the police and the Liquor Control Board, with whom the officers were conferring by telephone."
"It’s weird enough living in a country where a man can legally own an arsenal of machine guns, but his neighbor growing a pot plant will send a team of DEA agents kicking his door in with a no-knock warrant. But this goes even beyond that. If I go online today to HaveNoLifeAndBetOnSports.com and bet fifty dollars on the Bucks against the Celtics tonight, I’m a criminal. But some gazillionaire firm in New York can legally bet against the United States of America in unlimited amounts in a trade that has nothing to do with anything, but a guess about how many other people will make the same bet.
Jesus, are we a weird country."
Tuesday, March 09, 2010
"Harry Markopolos expresses his anger over the SEC dismissing his multiple warnings about Bernie Madoff's Ponzi scheme."
The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon - Thurs 11p / 10c Harry Markopolos www.thedailyshow.com
Political Humor Health Care Reform
After a week of practice... I give you juggling!
Learning using this.
Monday, March 08, 2010
Atlas Lesson 1 x3
P90X - 1 - Chest & Back, Abs
Sunday, March 07, 2010
8 Things I Wish I Knew When I Was 22-AlmostFearless.com:
"...here are 8 Things I Wish I Knew When I Was 22:
1. Pick a career you love; you don’t have to give into the pressure to be practical...
2. Pay off your credit card debt and don’t buy so much stuff...
3. Your student loans can be deferred practically indefinitely...
5. The job you have right now is not that important. If I were an employer I would only hire ambitious twenty something’s. They will knock themselves out working incredibly hard on stuff that barely matters. Try to get a 35 year old to take photocopying that seriously and you’re more likely to get your dog to iron your suit in the morning.
6. You don’t need a safety net. You can figure this out. The idea of being out there, with nothing to catch you if everything goes wrong may make your stomach do little flips, but really, you’ll be just fine."