The master speaks..

31 10 2004

This isn’t related -directly- to Politics, but it seems to be to be applicable to the current situation, where otherwise sane people still think George Bush is fit to lead this country…

One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we’ve been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We’re no longer interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozle has captured us. It is simply too painful to acknowledge — even to ourselves — that we’ve been so credulous.

    – Carl Sagan, The Fine Art of Baloney Detection

Retro Echo!

31 10 2004

How many of these make you go “I know what that is! I used to do that all the time!”


Control-Alt [SIDEKICK!] - Delete

C> ^P[enter] [pause] “GodDAMMIT! “

Hmm. Cool machine. What’s this? Superzap? That must be a game!

[S]pell “Tiltowait” HAHAHHA! DIE!

“Sure, I got Bilestoad. Whatcha got? Ooo, Karateka! ”

“I’ll take 2 doublesided, doubledensities please. Yeah, I could use 3, but I don’t have the extra $2.”

^R^R^R, hm… ^C… yeah… ^R^R^R… okay, i’m done. ^KX.. [C]… Damn [E].

“Whadya mean no command line!?!? It’s a friggin PDP11! Yeah, I got another interpretation of POS…

“Dude, I found this box. $5! 2 RX11s, an 11/34boardset, an RK11D and.. YES! An RL11! You still have those 2 RL01s? Man, this’ll bring me up to 10meg ! Score! Can I borrow some packs? I’ll sysgen this weekend… should only take about 22 hours.”

Wow. Can you imagine getting a ‘login: ‘ prompt? On a LAPTOP? ‘Hey, mind if I log into your machine? Here on the airplane?! Hahahahah!

Aiee! Comments problems!

30 10 2004

That’ll teach me to be heavy-handed with deleting blogspam.
I inadvertantly turned off comments on my blog for about a day (from Saturday through today). Thanks as always to Lisa for finding the offending rule in my configuration.
All fixed now. You may resume flamage!

My Election Predictions

30 10 2004

I predict next Tuesday will not in fact decide who will be the next president. What will happen is we will see the largest voter turnout as a percentage of registered voters ever recorded. The vote will be close enough that there will be an immediate challenge in the courts. The fight will simply get uglier and for 2 weeks the election will be undecided. During this time stories of gross voter fraud will surface, be reported in the media, commented on, and either discarded as false, or simply lost in the shadow of “Oh yeah? Well [other side] did [this unsubstantiated rumor!]”, thereby removing any weight to the story. Wash, rinse, repeat.

In the end, no matter who wins, the public will be disillusioned with the voting process even more so than usual. Unless there is a viciously polarized populace for the next election, I see a third party rising again in 2008.

And of course, The Onion has a perfect take on the whole schpiel. (Click on the image for the full banner). Make sure you also check out their election day guide, which includes helpful hints such as:

  • Tip for those on the go: Voting a straight ticket can save you up to 15 seconds.
  • If you are black and a resident of Florida, work out two or three alternate routes to your polling place to avoid police checkpoints.
  • If you are a Flintstone, make sure to put the granite slab arrows-first into the dinosaur’s mouth.
  • If you live in Florida, for Christ’s sake, look at the ballot very, very carefully this time.

Happy electoral college day, everyone!

Does anyone else find this particularly ironic?

27 10 2004

“A political candidate who jumps to conclusions without knowing the facts is not a person you want as your commander in chief,” Bush told more than 17,000 supporters at an airport rally as he began a day of campaigning in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Michigan.
Yahoo news

Even the Conservatives are running away from Bush.

24 10 2004

Thanks to Steam for this pointer.

The November 8th, 2004 issue of The American Conservative, a magazine that has as an editor the likes of Pat Buchanon, is publishing commentary stating the positions of the staff on the upcoming election. Normally, this would be a no-brainer.

But not this year.

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In the groove.

23 10 2004

Yesterday was one of the most productive days I’ve had in ages. I did some huge revisions to CONGO‘s appserver (the core application that holds all the business logic).

After being sick for a day, and having a tooth extracted earlier in the week, I was feeling edgy about the amount of stuff getting done, but yesterday’s 4-6 hour burst of code updates really helped.

For those into the geekier details, read on!

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Baby teeth used for Stem Cells?

21 10 2004

This afternoon I had the joyous experience of having a tooth extracted – nothing really dramatic honestly, it only took about 15 minutes, it was just unexpected. Went in to have the tooth looked at, and the x-ray showed the tooth almost totally gone. Out she comes!

After getting back, and nursing some gauze, we started chatting about the future of dental procedures, and the potential that sometime soon teeth may not need to be repaired anymore… they can be removed and simply re-grown.

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Slashdot: Neal Stephenson interview

20 10 2004

In my delerious state, I decided to read the interview with Neal Stephenson over on my favorite geek news site Slashdot. They do a fair amount of interviewing there, but this is one of the best. Neal is in his prime. Highly recommended.

“I’ll be taking the next year off dead. For tax purposes.”

20 10 2004

This is becoming somewhat of a pattern. After going away on business trips (in this case the trips lasted about 4 weeks), I tend to get sick when settling back into the house. Oddly, it didn’t happen during the gap between Gnomedex and Ubercon as I expected.
It did however happen this week. So now I’m walking around the house, zombie like, feeling like my head is stuffed with a wet pillow.
So, things’ll be a little slow until I return from the dead.