Wednesday, December 31, 2008

The Poor Hamster


Hamster Shredder


This is an interesting article regarding a hamster shredder. But what is worrying is this line near the bottom:

Several companies have expressed an interest in turning the working prototype into a full-scale production.

Do you conjure up a vision of chicken house conditions where hamsters are underfed and forced to shred CEO Documents day and night?

I do.



Monday, December 29, 2008

From Michelle Malkin, quoting a journalist in 2002 who implied that too much exercise was a bad habit for the president: 

Fit Republican president = Selfish, indulgent, creepy fascist.

Fit Democratic president = Disciplined, health-conscious Adonis role model.

The (over)exercise of power

A week ago, when President Bush met with Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III to interview him for a potential Supreme Court nomination, the conversation turned to exercise. When asked by the president of the United States how often he exercised, Wilkinson impressively responded that he runs 3 1/2 miles a day. Bush urged him to adopt more cross-training. “He warned me of impending doom,” Wilkinson told the New York Times.

Am I the only person who finds this disturbing? I don’t mean the fact that Bush would vet his selection for the highest court in the land in part on something utterly trivial. That’s expected. What I mean is the fact that Bush has an obsession with exercise that borders on the creepy.

Given the importance of his job, it is astonishing how much time Bush has to exercise. His full schedule is not publicly available. The few peeks we get at Bush’s daily routine usually come when some sort of disaster prods the White House Press Office to reveal what the president was doing “at the time.” Earlier this year, an airplane wandered into restricted Washington air space. Bush, we learned, was bicycling in Maryland. In 2001, a gunman fired shots at the White House. Bush was inside exercising. When planes struck the World Trade Center in 2001, Bush was reading to schoolchildren, but that morning he had gone for a long run with a reporter. Either this is a series of coincidences or Bush spends an enormous amount of time working out.

There’s no denying that the results are impressive. Bush can bench press 185 pounds five times, and, before a recent knee injury, he ran three miles at a 6-minute, 45-second pace. That’s better than I could manage when I played two sports in high school. And I wasn’t holding the most powerful office on Earth. Which is sort of my point: Does the leader of the free world need to attain that level of physical achievement?

Bush not only thinks so, he thinks it goes for the rest of us as well. In 2002, he initiated a national fitness campaign. The four-day kickoff festivities included the president leading 400 White House staffers on a three-mile run. As then-Press Secretary Ari Fleischer said: “When it comes to exercise, there are many people who just need that extra little nudge to go out there and do a little bit more exercise.”

Sometimes it takes more than a nudge. In 2002, Bush fired Lawrence Lindsey, his overweight economic advisor. Lindsey’s main crime was admitting to Congress that the Iraq war might cost $200 billion, at a time when the administration was trying to cut taxes and was insisting that the war would cost nothing. But compounding things was the fact that, as the Washington Post reported, Bush “complained privately about [Lindsey’s] failure to exercise.”

My guess is that Bush associates exercise with discipline, and associates a lack of discipline with his younger, boozehound days. The president,” said Fleischer, “finds [exercise] very healthy in terms of

Bush’s insistence that the entire populace follow his example, and that his staff join him on a Long March – er, Long Run – carries about it the faint whiff of a cult of personality. It also shows how out of touch he is. It’s nice for Bush that he can take an hour or two out of every day to run, bike or pump iron. Unfortunately, most of us have more demanding jobs than he does.

Hamas: Then We Know Who Is The Devil

'For the children, it is like living in hell'


I read the title to this article and just want to punch a Palestinian.


Not only the hawkish Palestinian, but the do-nothing, mothers and fathers who sit back and let their country go deeper in to hell, if that is possible.  


Perhaps it would be possible were the Palestinians to invite Iran deeper into their house.


'For the children, it is like living in hell', indeed. Why do they insist on surrounding themselves with non-combatants, using them as innocent shields?  Why do they continue to capitalize on the images of helpless children with blood streaming down their faces?


Stop using excuses and enter a negotiation after first policing your own people.


For the children, it is like living in hell'. Then we can agree the master of Hell is the Devil. And that Devil is Hamas.



Saturday, December 20, 2008

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Wow, Gues I Really Am the BAD GUY

I am having a look through television shows that I would like to download rent and came upon Firefly, the Joss Whedon show. I have seen it and am amongst the wishful fans that hopes it comes back. 

But I was on Nathan Fillion's myspace page and followed the link to the Serenity Firefly Personality Test. I am plugging along and marvelling at the quotes and had a chuckle now and again.  

If you are a Firefly fan then you might laugh at my result, but then after some thought, ... well, hate me.  

(I think here, once again in a very tiresome trend, mainstream ingrained television/film ethos, anything but a touchy-feely, overcaring liberal gets you cast as a fascist.  )

Yeah, I was labeled as "Alliance". haha.  Sorry, I laughed. 

Your results:
You are Alliance

Wash (Ship Pilot)
Malcolm Reynolds (Captain)
Kaylee Frye (Ship Mechanic)
Jayne Cobb (Mercenary)
Zoe Washburne (Second-in-command)
Inara Serra (Companion)
Derrial Book (Shepherd)
A Reaver (Cannibal)
Dr. Simon Tam (Ship Medic)
River (Stowaway)
The Alliance is a powerful governmental
organization that fought and won a war
to bring many planets under its control.
As an Alliance member you really believe
in your governments ability to rule.

Click here to take the Serenity Firefly Personality Test

Even With Rats, I MIss It So Much...

I miss Australia. I miss it a lot. I left in 1996 after being there seven years, and I long to move back.  

And when I read stories like this, it really hits home. The story is about an experiment to release bush rats (wild, forest rats) into a suburb in order to get rid of the disease ridden black rats that (presumably) came over with European settlers. 

This story has particular relevance to me since I lived for about a year in a wonderful house right on the water in Little Sirius cove, a small harbour just across from the Sydney Opera House (I took a ferry to work, about 20 minutes). I never saw a rat there, but believe it to be accurate. Afterall, the wildlife there is like nothing you can imagine. Even the bugs, the snakes, the jelly fish... its like a different planet. 

My longing is worse in November and December since the spring time in Australia is so lovely.  

I miss it so... 

The Sydney Morning Herald: national, world, business, entertainment, sport and technology news from Australia's leading newspaper.

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Daily News 'steals' the Empire State Building

It took 90 minutes for Daily News to 'steal' the Empire State Building

I love these stories. Make you think how easy it is to do this sort of thing. 

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

A Close Call, Makes You Think

My wife was in India during the attacks. Turns out she was closer than we had thought to death. She was in an airport cafe in which 20 people were shot, but departed on a flight to Bangalore only 3 hours before the attack.

I keep thinking about it. What if the flight were delayed?

I keep thinking about it.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Michael Lewis does a great job describing The End

Michael Lewis, the author of the 1980s Liar's Poker writes about the The End of Wall Street's Boom.

The article covers the mortgage crisis, ill-prepared CEOs, screwing the client ethics, and recent bygone days of the investment bank.

Its quite amazing that we accept that wild, untrained cowboys run the market and yet we just keep giving them loaded weapons.

(And this comes from a lowly cowpoke.)


Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Monday, October 20, 2008

McCain POW video




Monday, October 13, 2008

Funny Numbers - Do Polls Lie About Race? -

Funny Numbers - Do Polls Lie About Race? -

>> I worry about the comment that follows because it will appear that I support or condone the implications. I don't. But, I am a realist and this is what i feel will really happen. <<

The article claims that polls are inaccurate because, for a handful of reasons. The general idea is that some people just won't respond to pollsters. And in my mind it make sense that 1. a liberal new yorker would respond to pollsters because they like to complain where as 2) a red neck in loosiana , an investment banker (too busy) will not. 

Another thing to consider is that, yes, America has a strong undercurrent of racism. I am sad to say it but it is, in my opinion, accurate. 

Am I glad that McCain might win - in contrast to polls - because of this? No, of course not. But I think that this is likely. Yes, not possible, but likely. 

And, what is more worrying is the reaction in the streets.  Imagine the rioting that would eventuate after the presidency is "stolen".  Think back to race riots  going back 10 or 15 years in California. This would be much worse. 

[The OJ Simpson trial was one interesting example where I seem to remember that people were asked (polled?) if OJ was guilty or innocent. Blacks: 70% said innocent. Whites: 70% said guilty.] 

So, again I say, I do not relish a McCain win in some ways. But of course I want him to win. 

Friday, September 26, 2008

Talk About Taking/Managing Risks!!

Yves Rossy with jet pack


"When we've talked to him and asked him are you worried about risk his quote consistently is: I'm not worried about risk, I manage risk.

Dover Calais map
"He flew Mirage fighters for the Swiss army, he now flies an Airbus. And in his sort of heart he's a pilot and a parachutist and what they do is manage risk."

The longest flight he had previously taken lasted 10 minutes.

Talk about taking risks!! Flying FRENCH MADE jet fighters and EUROPEAN CONSORTIUM made airliners? No wonder he would rather take a safer jet wing across the channel!


Thursday, September 25, 2008

Nokia 6300 video converter

I was searching for a long time to find a converter so I can watch news podcasts on my nokia 6300 on the tram etc. I write this only to tell people what I found, since it’s really a problem to find the info.

The trick - or at least what I think it is – is simply to make sure the resolution is 176.:144. I found this explanation on this discussion site: .

And I used , although I do not know if there are some limitations. You simply upload your video and then it converts it, but you have choices: on the first choice page you pick 3gp, and the next page 5 or 6 choices (codecs, bitrates, and then resolution), and resolution is what  you want. I downloaded a cnn podcast with wolf blizter, 35 mb, in a mp4 format.


Wednesday, September 17, 2008

This Might Cause Me Some Problems, If It Turns Up IN Prague

DNA will link Dog Poop to Dog Owners, who will then be fined.

At least my dogs poop under bushes, and not on the grass. 
Well most of the time.

Ok, ok,. sometimes my little dog just does it in the middle 
of the grass and I pretend not to see her.


Friday, September 12, 2008

Celebrities for McCain

Robert Duvall speaking about how much he hates Gore Vidal.


"His (McCain’s) 96 year-old mother could beat the crap out of Gore Vidal with her shoe," Duvall says. "And you can quote me on that."

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Matt, oh Matt

Matt Damon condemns Sarah Palin. (condemns? thats 's description, not mine)

One rationale is that she was mayor of a realy small town, she was governor of Alaska for less than 2 years, and she might be staring down Vladimir Putin.

Sorry, but isn't that lack of experience and the Vlad Putin Angle valid for NoBama?

I cannot help thinking and saying 'Matt Damon' in the way it was used in Air America.


Coldest State, Hottest Governor aritcle

They held home-made signs with slogans like "God, guns, lipstick" and "Read my lipstick - Palin."

A vendor had run out of badges with Mrs Palin's picture and the legend: "Coldest State, Hottest Governor."

One beaming woman wearing a "USA" baseball cap had scrawled a on a piece of cardboard: "A Real Woman = Governor, mom, CEO, pro-Life, God fearing, happy. GO SARAH!"

A vendor had run out of badges with Mrs Palin's picture and the legend: "Coldest State, Hottest Governor."



Wednesday, September 03, 2008

The Poor Guy

I mean really, the hockey guy boy friend, looks like he is married whether he likes it or not.

Its an interesting video overall. The family McCain is all there, the adopted daughter even. The full Palin group, too, in a very candid video.

McCain really stops and talks.


Thursday, August 21, 2008

Czech Land for Sale

We are selling some land in the mountains in Bedrichov, near Liberec. This norther Czech Republic. It is suitable for building one or two houses.


Wednesday, August 20, 2008

What the hell is lphclfej0ep27.exe ??

What the hell is it ?  I have been mining my process list for two days after some serious virus attacks.  Cannot find out what it relates to.


By the way. PC Tools?  Forget it. It must be attached to the virus that someone within the company is promoting.










Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Bring on your fat girls

Aussie mayor urges unattractive women to move into town

I hope I do not offend people but I have had this thought a long time ago but was thinking more about Alaska oil field towns. The theory goes, if an overweight (perhaps obese) woman cannot find a man, she might move to where women are scarce.

And even though this is politically incorrect, my logic for accepting this way of thinking is simple: Why not give these women an opportunity for happiness?


The mayor of an Australian outback mining town has come under fire for urging unattractive women to move in, assuring them they will find a man because there is a shortage of women.

John Moloney, mayor of Mount Isa in northwestern Queensland, told a newspaper his town was a place for "ugly ducklings to flourish into beautiful swans" and called on the "beauty-disadvantaged" to flock there.

In the face of outrage over his remarks, Moloney stood by his comments, saying he did not mean to cause offence but wanted to highlight the gender imbalance in the remote town of some 25,000 people.

"Well I said beauty disadvantaged," he told national radio. "Now beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Beauty can be a good set of teeth, beauty is nice wavy hair. Beauty can be blue eyes or green eyes.

"There is such a thing as disposition, temperament, manners, general attractiveness, attitude and demeanour, all those things tend to make a person attractive."

Mount Isa city councillor Gary Asmus said that while there was a shortage of women, Moloney's comments were an insult to the town's menfolk.

The mayor was "returning us to the Dark Ages and making the guys that live in this town seem like sex-hungry starved men that will pounce upon the first girl that they see walking down the street," he said.

Anne Morris, who has lived in Mount Isa for 50 years, told the radio she had not come across anyone who she would call ugly.

"The people that are coming into town now are coming here to work and find a house and live and bring up their families, but with these sort of comments ... I'd say 'humph, fancy going up to that place'," she said.

The operations manager of the city's popular Irish club, Bernard Gillick, said he sees the gender imbalance daily but suggests the mayor's solution might not be the right one.

"Anyone who moves to Mount Isa, beautiful or not so beautiful, they have a great chance to make a great life here. It is a fantastic town." he said.

"If guys have the right attitude then, you know, any type of girl will be happy to be with them so maybe the guys need to fix their attitudes a little bit."


Friday, August 01, 2008

I am in the USA right now.

Some people may be looking for me. I am in the States until 12 August, but just now on a cruise to Alaska Aug 1 until Aug 8. send me gmail.

Dantravels    at....

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Karadzic In Plain Sight

I am truly amazed by the fact that Karadzic was hiding in front of everyone's eyes. And that he had changed his appearance so dramatically. And, that he was living in an area that is quite central to the downtown area of Belgrade, where I lived in 2002 (probably the same time as him).

See these photos of him (from the Yahoo site ).

It seems to me that he was not even hiding out, keeping a low profile. The fact that these photos look to have been taken at a conference where he might have been speaking - on his latest speciality: alternative medicine - says to me that he was very much a publicity whore. Probably it was his undoing. I don't think that the public around him was entrusted to keep the secret, rather I think he was simply noticed and noticed by someone willing to get a reward.

Alternative medicine? What a great cover. He must have realized that most people try to avoid purveyors of witchcraft.


Tuesday, July 15, 2008

NoBama Jokeless

This article explains how difficult it is to make a joke about Obama because he is just not funny, or because any taint of racism and it just won’t fly.

The article quotes comedians and writers for late-night chat shows explaining their difficulty coming up with suitable material

But I laughed out loud with this comment indicating a hoped-for cure to their ailment: "We're hoping he picks an idiot as vice president."

Although….there was one oddly troubling comment I found. One comedian, a black comedian (David Alan Grier), who will do a new Comedy Central segment, will in fact be able to tell jokes about Obama and black issues. But the IHT.COM article presents this quote:

‘"I tell jokes on stage about him," Grier said, reciting a few that would not ever get onto a network late-night show (nor into this newspaper).’

‘…nor into this paper’?

It’s a wacky situation. We cannot read what a black comedian says because of PC rules. Must we hear it ourselves then? Or wait for a Black owned news journal to report it??

Or maybe he was simply telling sexually explicit Obama jokes.


Friday, July 11, 2008

One for the Bull


 Matador gets gored in the groin.


Sorry, but I do hope killing animals for sport is weeded out of the gene pool. I.e., perhaps he won’t reproduce another little matador.


Along these lines, I was touched by the this story of an explorer that had to kill his dog for food to survive. "That didn't go very well," he says with a shrug.




Sunday, July 06, 2008


I never go to sports bars. I rarely pay attention to sports, let alone tennis.  But here i am at a sports bar in prague, listening to the tennis on this phone / nokia 6300 / from the BBC world service AND blogging
on the very same phone. I love technology. And czech beer. On my second now, which is a lot for me on sunday, or any day lately.

Friday, July 04, 2008

Betancourt Release Could Backfire

Backfire? Yes, it could.

I have been noticing the gloating of the press, the diplomats, the Columbian and French leaders, the army - all to nauseating effect on the BBC World Service radio.

I think its a mistake. They seem to hope that the great win, the dreamy raid by the military, will somehow tell the FARC have no hope for success and they might as well give up now.

What, are they mad?! The FARC are now backed into a corner like a mad dog. It has no hope but to fight, to push the button on mutually assured violence. They have lost, but they won't go down without causing much more casualties. Do not forget they hold many, many more hostages.

Sure, some might hope they will see the light and negotiate an amnesty by the release of the remaining hostages.

But consider these two last points. They have not hesitated to kill in the past and there are some in the higher echelon that would rather not be embarrassed (and for them they cannot receive amnesty). If I were them, I would make an example.

I am not them, please note, I do not like to see violence. But I think the governments involved and especially the media should try at least to put themselves, just for a fantasy moment, into the mind of a guerrilla leader with a cause that has caused him/her to live outside the law for decades for a cause similar to a devout religious observance, to have killed for their cause, and then wonder, what is possible.


Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Huckabee Quoted Again

"You can't accept an invitation to the prom until the football captain asks you. So I'm not going to go out and buy the outfit just yet," Huckabee said.


The article was about Huck saying to Republicans not to denigrate Obama, but this gem was quoted near the bottom and it refers to him being a possible pick for the VP slot with McCain



Gmail on the mobile phone.

Gosh, i really like checking my email on the way to work on my phone.
I realize that sounds silly and many have had black berry for years,
but its so bloody simple with gmail and this nokia phone. And it is
the cheap nokia, not one me the big ones.

Sent from Gmail for mobile |


Monday, June 09, 2008

Cell Phones and the Day of the Triffids

Many people these days are probably not too familiar with the book and movie (and English miniseries) called "the Day of the Triffids", but lately I have come to connect tenets of this Sci-Fi story to the use of cell phones.

Perhaps I should not start with Day of the Triffids, but with "28 Days Later", or "Twelve Monkeys", or similar doomsday scenarios, even with the latest Will Smith movie, "I Am Legend".

The similarity of all these movies is the man-made disaster (all biological in these examples aside from Triffids) and the resulting scenario where only a few are left alive and unaffected.

In the Day of the Triffids people probably associate more with the plants that kill people, and with 28 Days Later, the infected humans, that run like zombies.

But what I fear is the biggest similarity to Cell phones, is much, much worse. In Triffids everyone, well, almost, everyone was struck blind by staring at the sky for a few nights when a spectacular and bizarre meteor shower occurred. All those that could see would stare at the sky for hours. This of course, cause blindness to 99% of the world's population. The killing agent - aside from madness and depression - came in the form of a nasty plant. (I wont go into that , because my point lies elsewhere).

My point is, that like the bizarre but hazardous meteor shower, Cell phone use might end up being the cause for a sudden decrease in the world's population. Could you imagine? After lets say, 15 or 20 years, we have been using cell phones more, and more, and more.

What if, another 5 years goes by and the most zealous cell phone users begin to show in obvious figures, that the correlation to cell phones and some brain cancer or other illness, is clear. People will start dropping like flies. First, ironically, women perhaps, since they use the phone more, but generally, most 30 to 60 year olds will see the biggest swath of deaths.

Later, in degrees by use of cell phone, more and more drop. But those who are unaffected, are the kids. The youngest ones who have used the phone the least.

Perhaps this is a bit morbid. But after watching "I Am Legend", and recently hearing this radio podcast about the" Day of the Triffids" TV miniseries and then reading this new study of cell phone use, I couldn't help putting it all together.


Sunday, June 08, 2008

Dr Zahar

This guy does not answer one question directly. And the hard-talk BBC guy was really tough on him. He could not speak directly on one issue. (I almost started yelling at the TV. )

And he used the death of his sons as leverage. What a low life. At one point, while telling the story of one son's death, he wasn't so sure of the son's age.


Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Hot Prague, and Alcohol (Too much)

Yesterday I was suddenly invited to lunch with the boss and some colleagues. I was welcomed with a beer and a shot of Fernet (its like a dark apertif; like a herbal schnaps).


And then we had two more rounds.


That kills me. I then had to hike across the center of Prague in 30 degree weather (82 farenheit?). And then out with friends of the wife. By the time I got home I wanted to peel off my business suit and throw it away.


And I keep telling people I love the heat. And they expect me to be an experienced financial markets dealer… ie., that I can drink a lot and hold it well.


Nope. Not true.




Thursday, May 29, 2008

Does anyone else think this is surreal?

Kirk Douglas on a slide at another playground he donated.

Great guy, but if I saw him hanging around at my playground, I would be inclined to back away slowly.


Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Mistakes Made by Cancer Sniffing Dogs

I love stories about Cancer-Sniffing dogs (that can identify through smell alone whether you have cancer).


But it makes me wonder what if… you have one of these dogs and you bring it over to a friends house and they make a few inadvertant sniffs as a normal dog does.


Imagine a bunch of hypochondriach women sitting around in a New York suburb and you walk it with you cancer sniffing dog. The dog goes to the first lady and sniffs her boobs (which she inadvertantly rubbed up against the refrigerator door where some pate was stored). Oh my lord!  I have breast cancer!


And another dog sniffs another lady’s hair (which was being played with that morning by the house cat). Oh my god! I have a brain cancer!


And lastly  the dog gives another lady a thorough snoot of the behind for a good full 20 seconds (as dogs indeed do a lot of ).   


Colon cancer!



I mean really, can’t a dog sniff any more?






Tuesday, May 20, 2008

A Young Kirk , A Young Spock??

F __ Me! They are making a new Star Trek movie... but one of the Early days of Kirk and Spock, Scotty, etc. (Simon Pegg as Scott, ger off!)

I look forward to it. I never was into the Jean luc Gerard and that really creepy first officer or that Data thing. Really, It ended with Spock and Kirk for me. I did enjoy the follow-on movies with the real cast except for that one where Kirk dies with Jean luc Gerard (and that really creepy first officer or that Data thing).


Thursday, May 08, 2008

Annoying Journalism from Robert McMillan, IDG News Service

The following is a story about Mozilla Firefox browser being infected with a trojan in the Vietnamese language version which may or may not be included with the version you (and I ) have downloaded.

There, I just encapsulated the whole story - and even my beef - where Robert McMillan or his editor could not.

My complaint is this: why didn't they say that most versions include all language packs, or most of the thousands of downloads recently, contain the Trojan. The article does not say "if you downloaded the English version you have nothing to worry about" or "99 percent of cases affect those poor Vietnamese sods that use Firefox". They do say we should disable the plugin, but does that mean even though I do not use it (Vietnamese) that the plugin will cause problems Sure, sure, I have a decent anti-virus program, etc, will re-install, etc. Maybe I just feel cranky today.

Why cannot he be more precise?

Got to rush, must re-install my browser.

Mozilla warned Wednesday that a malicious program inserted adware code into a Firefox plugin that has been downloaded thousands of times over the past three months.

Because of a virus infection, the Vietnamese language pack for Firefox 2 was polluted with adware, Mozilla security chief Window Snyder said in a blog posting. "Everyone who downloaded the most recent Vietnamese language pack since February 18, 2008 got an infected copy," she wrote. "Mozilla does virus scans at upload time but the virus scanner did not catch this issue until several months after the upload."

Mozilla is now going to add additional scans of its software to prevent this kind of thing from happening in the future, she said.
The Xorer Trojan

The malware in the language pack is from the Xorer Trojan, according to discussion on Mozilla's Bugzilla developer Web site, which indicates that Mozilla developers first discovered the issue on Tuesday.

"I think it (happened) just because the author's local network was infected with the virus, so it modified HTML files," wrote developer Hai-Nam Nguyen. "The infected code just display(s) annoying banner but it can't propagate."

Mozilla missed the code during its initial scan because antivirus vendors had not yet added detection for Xorer into their products, Snyder said in an interview. Antivirus vendor Panda Security first detected Xorer on Feb. 28, 10 days after the infected plugin was published.Firefox developers have now scanned all of their plugins. The Vietnamese language pack is the only one that had this kind of code, she said.

The open-source browser maker does not know how many people were infected with the adware, but the plugin was downloaded more than 1,200 times in the past week and has been downloaded 16,667 times since November.
Disable Plug-In

On Wednesday afternoon, the Web page for the plugin was off-line as Mozilla scrambled to come up with a new, adware-free version of the language pack. In the meantime, users of the software should disable the plugin, Snyder said.

Xorer added a script to the Vietnamese language pack's HTML files that would have taken Firefox users to adware servers as they were surfing the Internet, Snyder said. Snyder did not know exactly how the adware code was added, but she said that this kind of problem could affect any software provider-- open source or not. "In most software development environments the developers aren't kept in a dark cave," she said. "They browse the Web or take those laptops to a coffee shop ""It's just a fact of life," she added.Other vendors have been hit with similar problems. In late 2006 Apple shipped Video iPods that contained the RavMonE.exe virus. And late last year, retailer Best Buy shipped digital picture frames that contained malware.Although some might say Mozilla's incident underscores the risks of open-source software development, this type of issue could crop up at a company like Microsoft too, said Eric Schultze, chief technology officer at Shavlik Technologies. "Most products that ship today include HTML files in them," he said via instant message. "Any one of them could suffer from this."Mozilla was already doing the right thing scanning their code before upload, Schultze said. "But it shows the need to have tight security on developer systems."


Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Wow, this is wacky.

Now really, is he playing that little movement afterwards? Its funny in a way; and frightening in another.


Chavez: I don't like him.

 Interpol confirms authenticity of Raúl Reyes's computer files



The information found in the computers of the deceased leader of the rebel Colombian Revolutionary Armed Forces (FARC), Raúl Reyes, was not manipulated by Colombian authorities, according to an Interpol's report to be released next May 15, as disclosed by Bogota El Tiempo daily newspaper.

The report stated that a committee comprising computer science experts from Korea, Australia, and Singapore working for the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) completed last May 2 the investigation into the three computers found in Reyes' camp in Ecuador, Efe reported.

"The first finding was that Reyes' files were not manipulated and that security agencies and citizens who had the computer in their hands kept them safe," the Colombian newspaper stated.



Friday, April 18, 2008

BMW Bike Sold

Someone asked if I have sold my motorcycle.

The answer is yes. I sold the old BMW which is pictured in the left hand column.

.. i wasn't a real biker anyway.



Friday, April 04, 2008

Don 't Believe Him

Edwards "says" no.


I use quotes around “says” rather than “no” for a reason. (Or should I have italicized it?)


Of all the scary things that could happen in this election, (an elegant but untried and way-too-left senator, or another smarmy Clinton), none scare me more than John Edwards getting within a heartbeat of the White House.


The other day he claimed that he will not accept the VP position. I do not believe him. He has not endorsed one or the other, and he is probably waiting for  either a) a Clinton-Obama, Obama-Clinton ticket to emerge or b) Hillary to step down so as not to diss her.


Be scared.





Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Biblical Laugh

Heard on The Tonight Show:


Jay Leno was discussing Richardson’s defection to the Obamacans and weasel Carvel calling him a Judas.


He said something about this election having many biblical connotations. Not only because Richardson was called Judas but also due to Bill Clinton being called a Jonas. This was because he was swallowed by a whale.






Thursday, March 20, 2008

So What Was Hillary Doing During This Time?

I love stories like these. Some gossip seeker really had to do some handiwork to come up with these details. But they are very telling.

It seems that while Bill was with Monica, somewhere in the same building, was Hillary. If she cannot catch her husband committing crimes against good taste - in the same building, at the same time!- how is she going to catch a terrorist?

What exactly was she doing? Getting a damp rag to clean up the mess?


A Dog Named Radar

I am always interested in Dog stories. I am especially interested in Dog stories about Dogs that do something uniquely useful, helpful or completely mind-bogglingly cool.

The activities you might have heard of (or might not have, if you are not a dog person >>stop reading now and go jump off a bridge) are :

o Dogs that can sniff out people under snow or buildings.

o Dogs that can calm people (old or handicapped young) in a therapy called canis-therapy, I believe.

o Dogs that can sniff out a cancer on your body.

o Even, one of my favorites, Dogs that can “convince“ birds and kangaroos to move off the golf course fairways (rather than using fireworks, poison or guns).

Now I read about Dogs trained to pin-point bug infestations such as in hotels and cruise ships. I.e., rather than spraying the whole damned unit, lets narrow it down. This story has a Dog named “Radar“.

Once when asked why I capitalize the word “Dog“ I said it is because it is “God“ spelled backwards (I think I heard that in a Woody Allen movie).


Monday, March 10, 2008

Unhinged Hillary

Yuk yuk


„I watched, transfixed, as she took the 3 a.m. call...and I was afraid...very afraid. Suddenly, I realized the last thing this country needs is that woman anywhere near a phone. I don't care if it's 3 a.m. or 10 p.m. or any other time. I don't want her talking to Putin, I don't want her talking to Kim Jong II, I don't want her talking to my nephew.“


Larry David on Hillary



Sunday, March 09, 2008

This DOES make me angry.


The point here is that when a Republican gets busted for a crime, his party is mentioned over and over again, as if to highlight that it is typical of Republicans to commit crimes.


In this article, there is never a word of this Democrat, who was in his elected office at the time of his crime, or let’s say, transgression?


First the link to the original and then the link to the site that clearly lays out the facts of the unequal reporting. It just makes me so mad.




Saturday, March 08, 2008

Thursday, March 06, 2008

Democrats and the "Zapatero Effect"

I think that any increase in the violence in Iraq will be due to the
Zapatero Effect, as we head into the elections.

I cannot help but think that a maniacally committed last ditch effort
on the part of Iraqui based Al Quaeda wannabees would have anything
else in mind but assisting in the election of a a "pull-out-quickly


Friday, February 29, 2008

Now try the stick; the carrot didn't work!

"Now try the stick; the carrot didn't work!"

I am claiming this as my saying. What a braggart I am.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Carbon Trading: Today big news about registry delays

I will take some credit for getting this ball rolling. I started to
complain to journalists about the EUA Deliveries being delayed. Seems to
have struck a chord with some bigger players. I had worried that all big
players would not care since most trade forward or futures. Yesterday it
was the Czech Registry, Today Germany, the UK.

Daniel Butler

Full stories at bottom:
Subject: wt wallich- Czech Grant of 2008 Emission Permits Will Be Del

A late allocation will put eastern Europe emission traders at
a disadvantage compared with traders in western Europe, where
permits may be granted faster, said Daniel Butler, senior
consultant at Wallich & Matthes in Prague, a securities firm and
``Eastern Europeans usually have little access to forward
trading due to poor credit lines,'' Butler said. ``They rather
trade only spot EU allowances.''
Eastern European factories and power stations will be hurt
particularly should prices fall and they don't yet have permits to
sell, Butler said.

Subject: ``early summer''German Grant of 2008 Emission Permits Delaye

other than those with whom i've already spoke, who else is
degressed/angry by
this? comments my way. Are the regulators competent, at a time when they
trying to tell the world that emissions trading is the way? I'm seeking
clarification on the length of the delay.

``This market is becoming a farce because of the lack of
transparency,'' said Phil Brown, chief executive officer of Climate Spot
Exchange, a proposed bourse in London for emissions traders. ``The lack
of information is incredibly frustrating in a
multibillion-dollar market.''

``I am livid, absolutely furious about the incompetence by
regulators,'' said Gerhard Mulder, vice president of eco markets at ABN
Amro Holding NV in Amsterdam. ``The commission and most member states
disregard the rules that markets play by.''

Story 1 of 2
Czech Grant of 2008 Emission Permits Will Be Delayed (Update1)
2008-02-27 12:38 (New York)

(Adds comment in fourth paragraph, other nations in eighth.)

By Mathew Carr
Feb. 27 (Bloomberg) -- The Czech Republic will delay its
allocation of carbon dioxide permits for 2008, blaming technical
faults in the European Union system that tracks ownership of the
allowances, according to its registry.
Permits for this year are supposed to be allotted by the end
of this month, a deadline set by the European Commission, which
regulates the program. The EU emissions-trading system is the
world's biggest greenhouse-gas market.
The country's registry committee will revisit the allocation
at ``the end of April,'' according to a notice on the registry's
Web site. Registry manager Miroslav Rehor declined to specify in an
e-mail when the government would allocate permits. National, EU and
United Nations registries that track ownership of emission permits
and credits are being completed by government bodies.
A late allocation will put eastern Europe emission traders at
a disadvantage compared with traders in western Europe, where
permits may be granted faster, said Daniel Butler, senior
consultant at Wallich & Matthes in Prague, a securities firm and
``Eastern Europeans usually have little access to forward
trading due to poor credit lines,'' Butler said. ``They rather
trade only spot EU allowances.''
Eastern European factories and power stations will be hurt
particularly should prices fall and they don't yet have permits to
sell, Butler said.

Price Plunge

Grants of permits are being delayed this year after the
commission allowed too many permits to be awarded in the three
years through 2007, causing the price to fall as low as 2 euro
cents ($0.03) a metric ton, according to prices from the BlueNext
SA exchange in Paris. The EU is trying to prod the U.S. into
adopting emissions trading to help limit greenhouse gases blamed
for global warming.
Germany and Poland are among nations that will probably fail
to issue carbon dioxide permits to factories and power stations by
the February deadline, Point Carbon said on Feb. 20, citing a
survey of officials from member nations.
A maximum of 11 of 27 countries are likely to issue by the
deadline, Oslo-based research and publishing company Point Carbon
said at the time. They plan to allocate 614 million allowances a
year, compared with a total cap of more than 2 billion, the report
said. The U.K. has said it will issue on time.

--Editors: Amanda Jordan, Will Kennedy

To contact the reporter on this story:
Mathew Carr in London at +44-20-7073-3531 or


Story 2 of 2

Germany, U.K. Delay Grants of Carbon Dioxide Permits (Update1)
2008-02-28 07:58 (New York)

(Adds U.K. delay starting in first paragraph, comment from
climate bourse CEO in fourth, banker in sixth.)

By Mathew Carr and Thom Rose
Feb. 28 (Bloomberg) -- Germany and the U.K., Europe's two
biggest emitters of carbon dioxide, delayed their allocation of
2008 carbon dioxide allowances because European Union and United
Nations ownership-tracking systems are incomplete.
``Contrary to previous plans, it currently appears that the
European Commission will probably only be able to create the
connection with the international coordination system of the
climate secretariat in early summer 2008,'' according to the Web
site of German emissions body Dehst. ``Germany is working to
speed up this process.''
The permits were supposed to be granted by the end of this
month under a deadline set by the European Commission, which
regulates the bloc's emissions trading. The climate secretariat
is the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. The
lack of allocation will hamper spot trading in the EU's program,
the world's biggest greenhouse-gas trading system, during its
five-year second phase through 2012.
``This market is becoming a farce because of the lack of
transparency,'' said Phil Brown, chief executive officer of
Climate Spot Exchange, a proposed bourse in London for emissions
traders. ``The lack of information is incredibly frustrating in a
multibillion-dollar market.''

EU Allocations

The EU's 27 nations will allocate allowances equivalent to
about 2.08 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide for 2008. At
forward prices of 21.09 euros a ton, they are worth 44 billion
euros ($66 billion), according to prices from the European
Climate Exchange in London. Both Climate Spot Exchange and ECX
are units of Climate Exchange Plc, based in the Isle of Man, U.K.
``I am livid, absolutely furious about the incompetence by
regulators,'' said Gerhard Mulder, vice president of eco markets
at ABN Amro Holding NV in Amsterdam. ``The commission and most
member states disregard the rules that markets play by.''
Commission spokeswoman Barbara Helfferich didn't immediately
respond to requests for comment sent by e-mail and telephone.
Britain has delayed its allocation by an unspecified number
of weeks.
``The U.K. hopes to be able to issue carbon allowances with
minimal delay and in the meantime activity in the carbon markets
will continue to operate as normal because the bulk of EU-
allowance trading is in the secondary market using forward
contracts,'' the country's Department for Environment, Food and
Rural Affairs said today in an e-mailed statement.
Germany's Dehst said the nation's allocation plan hadn't yet
been approved by the commission.

--Editors: Kristen Schweizer, Amanda Jordan

To contact the reporters on this story:
Mathew Carr in London at +44-20-7073-3531 or;
Thom Rose in Frankfurt at +49-69-92041-127 or

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Subway Knight Rider

There are these people in Prague that really go all out and dress up as medieval knights and pages, etc. So funny to see them with their earnest pursuit of authenticity. But when you encounter one on the metro, the context just makes you smile.

This guy didn't mind the photo op.

Serbians. They are nuts.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Hillary Shrillary. Lets call her Shrillary

Clinton's Best Moment Not Really Hers?


The Obama campaign wasted no time in sending out an email that claims Clinton's best moment of the night was plagiarized from John Edwards.

Clinton: “You know, whatever happens, we're going to be fine. You know, we have strong support from our families and our friends. I just hope that we'll be able to say the same thing about the American people. And that's what this election should be about.”

Edwards: “What's not at stake are any of us. All of us are going to be just fine no matter what happens in this election. But what's at stake is whether America is going to be fine.” AND “I want to say this to everyone: with Elizabeth, with my family, with my friends, with all of you and all of your support, this son of a millworker's gonna be just fine. Our job now is to make certain that America will be fine.”



Lets call here Shrillary