Saturday, December 04, 2004
I wanna be a Truck, Not A Pedestrian
The difference between liberals and conservatives is that conservatives know the truck is always coming. They're looking for ways to escape - to get away clean. The liberals are trying to set up traffic lights and warning signs so that nobody gets hit. That's why liberals are so attracted to despair. They know the feeling, while trying to be nobody's enemy, of watching a fellow human splattered. Writings of despair could be shared by liberals and conservatives. Perhaps it is the proper nexus. It was despair that changed me.
I turned Republican when I realized that catastrophe is inevitable, and the only salvation is becoming larger than life, and pre-emptively thrashing your enemies. Capitalism is a great medium for this agenda. If you don't become larger than life, then you are stuck at the mezzanine of despair, of knowing that life is a giant highway and the trucks never stop running people down. The liberal never seeks to become the truck. Instead, they endlessly warn the weak and bury the dead. It's a state of mind I cannot abide. Despair cannot be my byline. I want to be sensitive, I cannot be jaded. Burying bodies, praying for the trucks to stop, coming up with new schemes and watching them all fail...
I don't have the patience for that.
Friday, December 03, 2004
Hey Sugar, Can I Buy You A Drink...?
Get ready for the $10,000 martini....
There's still time to be the first sucker to order one up, and it only takes 3 days to create.
The plush Algonquin Hotel in New York City has created a new, glamorous and expensive drink called "Martini on the Rock". One glass of the Martini on the Rock will set your bar tab at $10,000. This poses the question: when it costs $10,000, is it safe to ask for it to be shaken?
For those of us who think a $10 dollar Martini is expensive, the drink sounds too lavish to quench even the deepest thirst. But, the innovative Martini exceeds all expectations of an already classy drink by trading in the drink’s traditional olive for a diamond. Anthony Melchiorri, the hotel’s general manager, says nobody has risked purchasing the drink yet.
There is usually a three-day preparation period after you order the drink before it can be made. My guess is, interested testers have sobered up by then.
Olberman: The Eyebrows that Roared
Still no takers on Keith Olberman's "conspiracy voter fraud in Ohio" theory?
Didn't think so. I don't know why people outside MSNBC refer to this guy as a journalist.
Lame puns seem to be the only reason for his existence. Does he fancy himself an icon of anti-hero newsreading? Hmmm, even Dan Rather didn't take the 'Republican voter fraud' bait. What do you expect from a guy that gets his main info from emails, chain letters and satirical websites, often quoting them on his 'news' show as hard news. I used to like his show a couple years ago, they at least had 8 seconds of decent musical outros before the commercials began. But now he just looks desperate and kinda sad. His ratings are just below Chris Matthews, and they beg the question.... when will the NBC news division and get a clue?
Is it just me or is it about time for a news show written by bloggers from the left and the right that attempts to capture breaking stories, their possible implications and the agendas behind the stories.
In the meantime, why doesn't somebody ask Olberman about getting those caterpillars trimmed before they turn into butterflys.
Thursday, December 02, 2004
Japanese Robot to Keep Old People from Going Senile!
When I lived in Japan several years ago, I was continually amazed at some of the products they would invent for what is seemingly a 'niche' market. They have a great respect for the elderly in Japan, but I'm not sure their good intentions actually shine through with this talking robot. It's designed to keep grandpa company by asking things like "hey, how about this crazy weather today?" I guess it's a good substitute when the retirement home won't allow pets.
Snuggling Ifbot, who is dressed in an astronaut suit with a glowing face, has the conversation ability of a five-year-old, the language level needed to stimulate the brains of senior citizens, its software designer said.
If a person tells Snuggling Ifbot, "I'm bored today," the robot might respond, "Are you bored? What do you want to do?"
To a statement, "Isn't it nice today?", the robot could say, "It is a fine autumn day," by detecting the season from its internal clock.
"This robot has in its memory several million patterns of word phrases that it uses when spoken to,"
Wednesday, December 01, 2004
Q: Are We Not Blog ?
A: What's the #1 Word of the Year?
.....according to Merriam Webster anyway. Check it:
Americans called up blogs in droves for information and laughs ahead of the November 2 presidential election.
Freed from the constraints that govern traditional print and broadcast news organizations, blogs spread gossip while also serving as an outlet for people increasingly disenchanted with mainstream media.
It was mainly on blogs that readers first encountered speculation that U.S. President George W. Bush wore a listening device during his first debate against Democrat John Kerry. The White House, forced to respond, called it a laughable, left-wing conspiracy theory.
Bloggers also were among the first to cast doubt on a CBS television news report that challenged Bush's military service.
CBS later admitted it had been duped into using questionable documents for the report. Last week CBS anchor Dan Rather said he would step down in March, although the network said the move was unconnected to the scandal.
A Merriam-Webster spokesman said it was not possible to say how many times blog had been looked up on its Web sites but that from July onward, the word received tens of thousands of hits per month.
Monday, November 29, 2004
Amazing Eye in the Sky
Like I've stated before - technology will triumph in the War on Terror. This is just plain cool.
The "ScanEagle" is a robotic plane is capable of transmitting real time images of terrorists on the ground in Iraq. The detail transmitted is startling, and how about that gas milage!
It was developed and built by the St. Louis-based defense unit of Boeing Co. and the Washington-based Insitu Group.
Boeing officials said they could not comment on specific ScanEagle missions, but spoke generally of its use.
It travels above insurgent positions and sends real-time video images to Marines on the ground. The unmanned device can relay facial expressions on enemy soldiers, and can transmit in such detail that it shows steam rising from their coffee.
The 4-foot-long aircraft has a 10-foot wingspan and can fly up to 15 hours at a time on less than two gallons of fuel, Boeing officials said.
Wow! I guess, similar to Americans, the "insurgents" stood around sipping coffee before they started their day. They probably weren't much different from us. Of course, while our days involve traffic, phone calls, memos, etc, their day involved murdering civilians, feining death, and blowing themselves up.
College Football: Quote of the Week
"We can't imagine Knute Rockne envisioning this kind of pstscript when he first brought his Notre Dame team west in 1926.
That was then, this is now.
The reality is the gap between USC and NOtre Dame is wider than the one in David Letterman's teeth."
Chris Dufrense, LA Times
Sunday, November 28, 2004
Anarchy in the Ukraine
Still not sure if the Ukrainian elections were rigged? Check this out from the Daily Telegraph in London.
It was 5.30pm on election day in Ukraine when the thugs in masks arrived armed with rubber truncheons.
Vitaly Kizima, an election monitor at Zhovtneve in Ukraine's Sumy region, watched in horror as 30 men in tracksuits stormed into the village polling station. "They started to beat voters and election officials, trying to push through towards the ballot boxes," he told The Telegraph.
"People's faces were cut from blows to the head. There was blood all over."
The thugs - believed to be loyal to the pro-Russian presidential candidate Viktor Yanukovich from his stronghold, Donetsk - were repulsed only when locals pushed them back and a policeman fired warning shots.
Damnation and Redemption about to be unearthed in equal measure; so now is the time - as it always was.
Full story here.