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.