Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Explorer Crappola

 Does anyone read my blog using Microsoft Explorer?
Well,.... please do not.
Get rid of it.
Use Mozilla Firefox. Please!

PHASERS on stun Mr. Spock

Ok, this PHASER is pretty nifty.

But I am pretty sure someone will figure out a way to make simple
anti-PHASER sun glasses.

Sunday, November 27, 2005

Solar Energy Innovations

Solar strips for the roof, instead of shingles Solar shingles.  But how about solar thread for wearable materials? Somehow its got to happen. Where to invest in this?

I love this quote.

"Dr. Bose would have been fired many times over it if were a publicly held company,"

I heard about the owner of the Bose speaker maker a feww months ago, trying to make a better shock absorber function for cars. Amazing what you can throw the company money into when you have a private company.

Coincidentally I am reading Tuxedo Park just now. The true story of Alfred Loomis, a Wall Street banker that really wanted to be a scientist. Made a lot of money right before the 1929 crash leading to the depression. And, he sold everthing right before the crash and still made MORE money as the market crapped out on everyone else.

The private laboratory he created hosted quite a few famous scientific minds from around the world. He helped to privately sponsor work that helped in WWII along side of and complimenting the Manhattan project.

And... get this... the use of the word 'Tuxedo' (for a formal black tie type outfit: the difference being the innovative absence of the tails that were normal up to this time) apparently came from this area around Tuxedo Park in New York because some one wore it there (copied from someone in England).

Useless trivia. My mind is like a garage that never gets cleaned out so that something more useful can be stored inside.


Saturday, November 26, 2005

Leaving 1 degrees, for 30 ... hopefully.

Sitting at home after a walk in the park with wife and dogs. Cold out there. 1 to 4 degrees. I am looking forward to the sunny beaches of the south coast of New South Wales.

God, I miss the place. (I lived in Australia for 7 years and became an citizen; left in '96 for Europe.) Lately I am getting small episodes of melancholia, remembering the little things about oz, the smells, the sounds, the food, the sun and beach. But also friends. Trouble is there is little chance of re-living old times with frieinds as they have move on, married and had kids. But there are a few.

Odd, thinking about the age range 26 to 36. A good age range to have fun. I am 45 now, bemoaning my age of course, and missing a great place to live (Prague is cool, really. But in winter you miss Australia more). Those were the days. I left New York, a tough job there, for sunny Australia, an incredibly fun financial market in which to work, and a good girl chasing atmosphere (sorry if that was not PC).

So now I am planning to visit Australia with my Czech wife and another Czech couple, and the weather looks to be ... rainy. Australia has a had a real bad dry period for the last few years, and now the rain is welcome. But on my holiday!

And the stress that goes into this! Its all on my shoulders. All the planning, places to stay, fun to be had, kangaroos to meet, all the things you really want on on a holiday. And if it goes wrong ... Dantravels gets all the blame.

I am scared.

Oh, yeah. If anyone knows a party on the south coast for new years, please let me know. Somewhere near Jervis Bay or further south... Please!

Monday, November 14, 2005

Why Do They Sound So Foolish?

Quick comment in the midst of another really busy day. I read something today that I believe really has a lot of merit.

It makes me say, again, that I really don't understand how everyone ignores all this guff about what was said back then. It seems so strange that most politicians agreed that Iraq was doing all the nasty WMD building. They AGREED. Even the international community agreed with the assessment.

But what really gets me is that the UN has all these things that they wanted Saddam to do to prove that they could remove the sanctions and he ignored them.

I am reminded of the cases of a NYC cop shooting a perp and then they cannot find the perp's gun. What if this perp had a gun the last time he stood in front of you, and this time, he says to you, "I got a gun, but I am not showing it to you, and I won't let you search me." Do you turn your back on him?

Okay, that was sloppy. But this is not. It goes on and on to show you that there was a consensus in the case against Saddam, and it was on the table, but hidden in the debris of Clinton's departure. Berger and his mob were all saying that he had the capability, the willingness to make the WMD. Then all (ours, intl community, Hans Blix, etc) the intelligence says, 'well our best guess is that he's got them'. And they go further to say things that basically say, ' well here is the part of the gun that can only be from this type of gun; sadly the rest of the gun was moved'.

Why do people forget it. Just to hate bush? I read somewhere today a blog that likens Bush haters to children.

Sure, the claims about Scooter libby don't sit well, and the linking to Al Quaeda are weak. I am not saying Bush's crew are a bunch of angels. I just think it is time for the critics to get a bit of reality in their lives. For example, if the US went to Iraq without the Al Quaeda comment, do you think the Al Quaeda bullies would not have gone there?

(I cannot wait for the comments that I am sure to get from someone not of this planet. )

And the point about the anti - war left that is basically helping to hurt mores soldiers. The Vietnamese relished this type of internal weakness. Courtesy of Neverdock : ' Here is what General Vo Nguyen Giap had to say about the meida's assistance to him in Vietnam.

"Even Giap admitted in his memoirs that news media reporting of the war and the anti-war demonstrations that ensued in America surprised him. Instead of negotiating what he called a conditional surrender, Giap said they would now go the limit because America's resolve was weakening and the possibility of complete victory was within Hanoi's grasp." '

Pretty blunt but I feel pretty blunt right now. But acutely aware of the huge amount of ignorance and pandering.

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

What Did The Democrats Say About Iraq's WMD

What Did The Democrats Say About Iraq's WMD
JANUARY 30, 2004 (sorry, I basically cut and paste this from )

It is amusing when you think about it all. Sure, the " what about this claim of Iraq ties to Al Quaida?" will be the response. But still, what good were all these comments then? I mean, were all these people NOT WILLING to back them up with action? Courtesy of Neverdock.

"Without question, we need to disarm Saddam Hussein. He is a brutal, murderous dictator, leading an oppressive regime ... He presents a particularly grievous threat because he is so consistently prone to miscalculation ... And now he is miscalculating America's response to his continued deceit and his consistent grasp for weapons of mass destruction ... So the threat of Saddam Hussein with weapons of mass destruction is real..."
- Sen. John F. Kerry (D, MA), Jan. 23. 2003 | Source

"I will be voting to give the President of the United States the authority to use force -- if necessary -- to disarm Saddam Hussein because I believe that a deadly arsenal of weapons of mass destruction in his hands is a real and grave threat to our security."
- Sen. John F. Kerry (D, MA), Oct. 9, 2002 | Source

"One way or the other, we are determined to deny Iraq the capacity to develop weapons of mass destruction and the missiles to deliver them. That is our bottom line."
- President Clinton, Feb. 4, 1998 | Source

"If Saddam rejects peace and we have to use force, our purpose is clear. We want to seriously diminish the threat posed by Iraq's weapons of mass destruction program."
- President Bill Clinton, Feb. 17, 1998 | Source

"We must stop Saddam from ever again jeopardizing the stability and security of his neighbors with weapons of mass destruction."
- Madeline Albright, Feb 1, 1998 | Source

"He will use those weapons of mass destruction again, as he has ten times since 1983."
- Sandy Berger, Clinton National Security Adviser, Feb, 18, 1998 | Source

"[W]e urge you, after consulting with Congress, and consistent with the U.S. Constitution and laws, to take necessary actions (including, if appropriate, air and missile strikes on suspect Iraqi sites) to respond effectively to the threat posed by Iraq's refusal to end its weapons of mass destruction programs."
Letter to President Clinton.
- (D) Senators Carl Levin, Tom Daschle, John Kerry, others, Oct. 9, 1998 | Source

"Saddam Hussein has been engaged in the development of weapons of mass destruction technology which is a threat to countries in the region and he has made a mockery of the weapons inspection process."
- Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D, CA), Dec. 16, 1998 | Source

"Hussein has ... chosen to spend his money on building weapons of mass destruction and palaces for his cronies."
- Madeline Albright, Clinton Secretary of State, Nov. 10, 1999 | Source

"We begin with the common belief that Saddam Hussein is a tyrant and a threat to the peace and stability of the region. He has ignored the mandate of the United Nations and is building weapons of mass destruction and th! e means of delivering them."
- Sen. Carl Levin (D, MI), Sept. 19, 2002 | Source

"We know that he has stored secret supplies of biological and chemical weapons throughout his country."
- Al Gore, Sept. 23, 2002 | Source

"Iraq's search for weapons of mass destruction has proven impossible to deter and we should assume that it will continue for as long as Saddam is in power."
- Al Gore, Sept. 23, 2002 | Source

"We have known for many years that Saddam Hussein is seeking and developing weapons of mass destruction."
- Sen. Ted Kennedy (D, MA), Sept. 27, 2002 | Source

"The last UN weapons inspectors left Iraq in October of 1998. We are confident that Saddam Hussein retains some stockpiles of chemical and biological weapons, and that he has since embarked on a crash course to build up his chemical and biological warfare capabilities. Intelligence reports indicate that he is seeking nuclear weapons..."
- Sen. Robert Byrd (D, WV), Oct. 3, 2002 | Source

"There is unmistakable evidence that Saddam Hussein is working aggressively to develop nuclear weapons and will likely have nuclear weapons within the next five years ... We also should remember we have always underestimated the progress Saddam has made in development of weapons of mass destruction."
- Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D, WV), Oct 10, 2002 | Source

"In the four years since the inspectors left, intelligence reports show that Saddam Hussein has worked to rebuild his chemical and biological weapons stock, his missile delivery capability, and his nuclear program. He has also given aid, comfort, and sanctuary to terrorists, including al Qaeda members ... It is clear, however, that if left unchecked, Saddam Hussein will continue to increase his capacity to wage biological and chemical warfare, and will keep trying to develop nuclear weapons."
- Sen. Hillary Clinton (D, NY), Oct 10, 2002 | Source

"We are in possession of what I think to be compelling evidence that Saddam Hussein has, and has had for a number of years, a developing capacity for the production and storage of weapons of mass destruction."
- Sen. Bob Graham (D, FL), Dec. 8, 2002 | Source

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Tram Riding

I love riding the tram.

Well, actually it is much better than the bus and metro (subway). Sometimes a bit crowded, but still kind of fun.

But lately I have noticed that I don't want to put my hands anywhere near my face after I grab the overhead railings. Today a guy took his hand away from the post and rubbed his nose and then put his hand back.

I mean, really, I have done the same thing many times, I am sure. Am I being anal retendant? Or what?

Things that make you go hmmm.