Tuesday, November 16, 2010

No more air travel

I was on my last airline flight in 2000. How, with the full body scanners and enhanced pat downs, I am done. I Opt Out.

I will not fly out of any airport where the TSA has control of security, and I will not fly on any airline that co-operates with the TSA. If that means I drive, then I drive.

How did Mission Impossible or the old black and white movies make clear that some place had a police state? "Papers, please." Now, the Gamma men that run this once proud country think it's acceptable for us, free citizens, to turn our heads and cough every time some tin-pot tin-badged Arby's reject(*) wants a free feel.

There comes a time in a man's life where you say "This far, no farther". I will drive, or I might ride Amtrak if I have to, but I will not fly.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

A new favorite singer

I watched Austin City Limits, and the new stuff with Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers was really good. However, Sarah Jarosz went to another level. To have a 18 year old playing like that, singing her own stuff AND taking other people's songs away from them.

The last time I was so impressed, we discovered John Prine. Time to put Ms. Jarosz in the rotation.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

UK needs defensive coaches

  • Randal Cobb is either playing hurt or playing exhausted. Trying to carry an entire team on your shoulders is too much.
  • The UK offensive line needs some strength, but was mostly just outclassed by an excellent Georgia defensive line. They need to try to give Hartline just a little more help.
  • The UK offense committed 4 turnovers. Yes, that was very bad. OTOH, get behind by 14 points or more, and you have to take chances, and chances mean turnovers.
  • No one on the UK defense can tackle. Georgia players regularly got more yardage than they should have, because the UK person couldn't grab and hold.

    The entire UK defense should be put through tackling drills, and the defensive coaching staff should have to play the offense.
  • Update: I forgot that the Georgia Athletic Director should fine the Georgia coaching staff a week's pay. Ealey got hurt on an offensive play with a few minutes left. He walked off under his own power, but I told our neighbors that he should be done for the night. At that time, UK had a theoretical possibility of catching up, but not a practical one. A few plays later, Ealey was out there again and had to get escorted off the field again. The second time, UK was a dead duck; your record-making player had no business on the field.

    If I were AD at Georgia, I would have their coach in my office Sunday afternoon for a good yelling, at the very least.

Monday, October 18, 2010

You can't make money losing $10 per unit

If you count an iPad as a computer, Apple is now the #1 US computer maker. I would tend to agree with the idea: with iWork and a bluetooth keyboard, the iPad is now enough computer for most people.

Dell and HP dumped $400 crap on the market, and now they're paying for it. Dell and HP have reached the WalMart point: they can no longer undercut their competitors and drive them out of business. WalMart is now facing profitability issues, with Aldi and Krogers being very competitive here (and Meijers even pushing them hard).

Dell and HP are now stuck fighting it out in the junk market. Intel servers are now a commodity market, with IBM squeezing them on both the Intel and Power fronts. On a deal I saw, Intel had to basically tape money to the side of the Dell hardware to even get close to underpricing IBM Power7 hardware running DB2.

Apple chose to skip the under $1000 computer market, until it could release the iPad. Now it has the iPad and iPod touch in those markets, and both make money instantly. Instead of having a lineup where most of your sales lose money, Apple makes money everywhere. (For several years, Dell was a financing company paid by Intel to ship money-losing computers.)

The current stock valuations are insane. I wouldn't short Apple (the market can stay insane much longer than you can stay solvent), but a cheap put or 3 might make money. I wouldn't be terribly surprised if the Greater Depression 2.0 took Dell out completely.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

It couldn't have happened to a more deserving coach

Steve Spurrier got outcoached by Joker Phillips. It's 11 seconds, and Spurrier burns his last time out. If UK gets a sack with 5 or 6 seconds left, it's possible that South Carolina can't get their field goal team on the field.

It's nice to see Spurrier have to blubber his way through the post-game news conference. He showed how little class he has by blaming his players instead of taking responsibility for the game.

Update: I am rewatching the last 8 minutes, and I had forgotten where Spurrier wasn't watching the play clock and let his team get the delay of game. If he doesn't take complete and utter blame for losing, his Athletics Director should fire him.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

A Failure to Communicate

I am about to have a failure to communicate: I am losing my voice. I appear to have a cold or sinus infection that is moving into my vocal cords. I was sounding like a frog last night, and it's getting worse today. Now, I can speak, but just barely. My throat feels like I won't be able to talk at all tomorrow. Hopefully a lot of cold water and rest will sooth it.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

What the Apple TV 2 is, and isn't

This is one humble, "no insider knowledge", blogger's opinion.

The new Apple TV is Apple's next step in ruling the world.


Think Star Trek, Next Generation. When you're thirsty, you tell the computer to replicate a drink. When you want to watch a show, you pick up a PADD or look at a screen and access a file. Your food, your entertainment, your whole life is a collection of data that follows you around.

Now, put that in your hand. The iPhone and iPad replace the PADD. You have laptops and desktops that do the "sit down" work, like the Picard laptop or Geordi's workstations. Now, the Apple TV is there. Forget the iTunes rentals, that's just the now state. The killer feature is that you can "throw" a video from your iPad or iPhone (and probably iTunes later) onto a screen.

iOS is the new Lingua Franca. Join data and code, and you have an object. The object can run one place, then get pushed somewhere else. Watch the file bounce from your iPad to your laptop, then back, and then over to the AirPlay compatible projector. No wires.

The Apple TV is now just another node in the Apple Home Supercomputing Mesh.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Wes Collins for the House

Been quite busy at work. Sorry, can't talk about it; I don't make fun of work, and they don't fire me. :)

Saw the following sight at a local WalMart:

If someone's willing to camp out at WalMart to support a candidate, then I'm willing to pay attention. According to his website, Mr. Collins is a Tea Party supporter, and very libertarian/constitutionalist. I like his positions.

We have had positive interactions with Ben Chandler, as I've documented here, but I can't support a Democrat in this election. I don't know Andy Barr, but if he's been mixed up with Ernie Fletcher, he doesn't have my vote either.

Looks like I'm writing in Wes Collins.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

New "favorite for now" singer

I don't tend to have all-time favorite singers. There are just too many people who are just too good. However, I do tend to have "favorite for now" singers; people who I will listen to while excluding all others.

Hania Lee has reached that point. She's a neat Australian singer with a flair for absurdist songs. I am a sucker for absurdist songs, especially false-cheery absurdism. (Think "Always Look On The Bright Side of Life" as sung by crucifixion victims.)

Here is "Relax and Smile"

Update: I was trying to make this into a player, but the stupid thing downloads every time I hit the post. You get to click on it instead. Sorry.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Must-have Safari Extensions, part 2

I just found Plugin Customs, and it's become my new replacement for ClickToFlash. It takes every single plugin, not just Flash, and blocks it until clicked. You have to uninstall ClickToFlash before it works well, but that's a small price to pay.

Update: Plugin Customs 1.2 hates YouTube5, and ClickToFlash has been ported to an extension. I use both ClickToFlash and YouTube5 because YouTube5 is better at using HTML5 on YouTube itself, and I like that ClickToFlash can be set to not automatically load embedded videos. Even so, I can see that ClickToFlash and YouTube5 are the two extensions are most likely to fight.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Must-have Safari Extensions

I've upgraded to Safari 5.0.1, and extensions are the cat's meow. I love them. I'm going to rank my must-have extensions in order.

ClickToFlash - Technically, this isn't a Safari 5 extension yet, but an older plug-in. I don't care. It just stops Flash from starting automatically. This is much less necessary with AdBlock and YouTube5, but it still helps contain the Flash damage.
(See next post.)

YouTube5 - I joined the YouTube HTML5 video beta early. but it didn't do any good for most commercial videos or embedded videos. Then I discovered this extension. You have to quit the YouTube HTML5 beta, but you get HTML5 videos everywhere, even on embedded videos out in the wild. This extension and ClickToFlash will save my CPU from burning itself up.

autocomplete - A lot of places don't want you to autocomplete their passwords. On my Mac, I have my keychain secured with a secure passphrase. As best I can tell, the keychain is reasonably secure with it, so I would rather keep my passwords there. This one lets me do that.

adblock - It does. Practically no ads slip through any more.

There's some other extensions I'm still deciding if they rank as "must-have" or not. I'll let you know that later.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

This Is Not the FBI

Even so, I will post this image in solidarity to the stupidity at the FBI.

A link to the news article about the problem.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

From Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

I thought I had posted this quote some time ago, but I can't find it. I saw Charlie again at the vampires, and this quote was on. It can be applied to so much of our life.

(from Wikipedia)

George: There's plenty of money out there. They print more every day. But this ticket-- There are only 5 of them in the whole world, and that's all there's ever going to be. Only a dummy would give this up for something as common as money. Are you a dummy?
Charlie: No, sir.
George: Then get that mud off your pants. (gives 2 thumbs up) You've got a factory to go to!

Brown is insane.

Terrell Owens is the kiss of death for teams. Why, oh why would the Bungles want to pick him up?

I want the Bengals to win. I just hope they can keep the pieces together.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Short Points

  • Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston are getting back together. Good. They should be legally married. Yes, he's an idiot: most 18 year olds are. He needs to man up and do the right thing by his wife (God's definition: you become married in the bed) and child.
  • A group wants to tear down an old but otherwise unexceptional building in New York City. This wouldn't be exceptional, except for where it is (the World Trade Center area) and what the group wants to put in: a mosque.
    This is wrong. It is Muslim tradition to build a mosque at the site of every victory. If this mosque is built, we concede that 9/11 was a defeat for us. This is IMHO unacceptable.
  • If you are having problems with the iPhone 4 and reception, you need to get rid of it. Email me, and I'll be happy to take get rid of it for you.
  • Blogger thinks that this is my 401st post. It doesn't seem like I've been going that long....

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Dead McDuck

General McArthur McChrystal has bared his life to Rolling Stone magazine. There is little doubt that McChrystal will either have to resign or be fired: a general cannot publicly criticize the president like he did.

Unfortunately, Obama is not Truman either. He does not want to win Afghanistan or Iraq, he wants to survive them. If Vietnam (Beirut, Somalia, etc.) showed us anything, the US cannot fight to not lose. If we are not going to win, then we need to leave. Now.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Dealing with loss

My old friend Jeff at Think Sink hasn't posted on his blog for a year or so, but I kept it in my RSS Reader stack out of a vain hope. Unfortunately, it just died today. I don't know if Blogger killed it or if Jeff finally dropped the hammer.

Either way, it's terribly depressing.

An irrational dislike

As I've mentioned before, I love my Beretta 92FS. It has one big weakness: it's big. Milady can't shoot it comfortably, so we're thinking smaller with her. She likes the Glock 23 some, but I have an irrational problem: I hate striker pistols.

I don't know why, but a pistol is supposed to have a hammer. It doesn't matter if it's the rounded hammer of the 92FS, or the spur design of the SIG P220, if it doesn't have a hammer it just isn't right. I can intellectually justify my problems with Glocks: you cannot double-strike the round in the chamber. Even this isn't terribly rational: most of the time, if you don't go bang, you're either clearing a round or dropping the gun.

I know I'm passing up perfectly good 9mms (Walther P99, Springfield XD, etc.), especially in the "mouse gun" category, but I just can't get past it all. A pistol has a hammer.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

A tragedy? I'm not sure

Abby Sunderland may be lost at sea. Earlier, I agreed with Timothy at Freespace that she should not have been allowed to go, but now I'm not so sure.

We brainwash 18 year olds into becoming killing machines. We give 18 year olds the power to vote, and expect them to be legally capable of rational decisions. Children are expected to have sex, just like adults, and are expected to use methods to avoid the natural results, just like adults do. 16 year olds are now expected to be convicted as adults in most politically-charged crimes.

Jews call boys men at 13. 60 years ago, women not married at 16 were on their way to being old maids.

If Miss Sunderland doesn't know Jesus, this will be a tragedy, but only because she died a sinner.

We expect our kids to live in an adult world, but to be children past 30. The more sheepdogish I get, the more I respect a younger person wanting to be mature. If Miss Sunderland dies, at least we can say she lived first.

Update: It seems that she's OK, just adrift and needing rescue.

Friday, May 28, 2010

A post at Sojourners

Jim Wallis posted over at Sojourners about libertarians. There are more strawmen than a county of corn patches, so I couldn't help but post. In case they delete or reject my comment, here it is in its entirety:

I managed to have a very nice post. Unfortunately, disqus proceeded to eat it.

Mr. Wallis, you commit the same error you claim to detest in the Christian right: you are defining the True Christian.

I am a Christian, and I am a Libertarian. God does not compel giving by the sword; the Law showed us that that doesn't work. We are instead to give freely, of our own will. Government does not ask; it takes.

If the church cannot meet God's will, then the church is in sin. God no more needs a government to feed His people than he needs it to convert the sinner.

There is no racism or hypocrisy in pointing out that the government is broke. The federal government will borrow 1 trillion USD this year. Illinois can't pay its bills at all; California is next. Social Security will spend more this year than it draws in, and Medicare is only solvent on paper because it systematically abuses and underpays doctors in the system. If we do not default on the US sovereign debt before then, the US will need 100% of our GDP just to service the debt before my children grow old.

Moreover, the government is inefficient. The government has around 70% overhead rates (for every .30 going to the poor, the government spends around .70 to do so). Good charities manage 10% overhead or less (.1 overhead for every .9 spent), and any charity with more than 25% overhead is probably a scam.

Facts aren't racist or classist. They are still the facts.

The libertarian doesn't favor the strong; the libertarian KNOWS that the strong regularly abuse the weak, and they usually use the government to do so. To paraphrase Lewis, at least give me a petty tyrant. He will sleep or might grow lazy. God save us from the righteous tyrant; he will never sleep for fear of someone harming themselves.

We have a government of righteous tyrants, afraid that one type of "marriage" will corrupt me, or that my incandescent lights will ruin the world. Neither "side" has the least compunction from using the same means; they just argue over goals.

The Libertarian believes in the law of unintended consequences. Pass a minimum wage law, and fewer people get jobs. Regulate companies, and they can't compete with their foreign competitors. The government that has the power to take over GM is the same government with the power to shoot the workers (coal miners and railroad workers of the 1800s). The government that can force a waiter to serve a black man is the same government that can force a waiter to not serve a Christian, or a Jew, etc.

I do not believe that Government is evil; it is worldly and flawed. The Mosaic Law failed when it attempted to impose charity just as it failed when it tried to impose Godly behavior. Our brethren who want to outlaw sin are just as flawed as those who want to outlaw poverty.

As for racism: Mr. Wallis, might I suggest you attend a Tea Party rally? Or perhaps look at the pictures from the right-wing nut job blogs. The people showing you the lilly-white pictures have an agenda to keep them looking that way.

Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Shame on Congress

There is absolutely no excuse for giving a foreign head of state the bully pulpit of a joint session of Congress to criticize the legal, legitimate actions of a sovereign state of the Union. Anyone who attended needs to be thrown out of office, now.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Rand Paul takes the Nomination

Dave Wiegel on Twitter:

Boone County 100% counted -- Rand wins it 67-31. Again, TREY GRAYSON LIVES THERE. #kysen #randslide

That is very hard on a candidate. That said, Greyson was incredibly gracious, and I will remember that later. I would love to see him run against Bashear.

Hat tip Vodkapundit.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

For my nephew

I want to be counted among the Sheepdogs

I know a lot of people have linked Dave Grossman's article On Sheep, Wolves, and Sheepdogs. I'm not sure who gave me the original link, but the version on Mr. Grossman's site is better than the rest.

I printed off a copy for Number One Son and Little Miss to read. It sums up the true warrior mentality better than any other article I've ever read.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Voting for Skip Horine for Mayor

I have no idea how competent he is, but he can't be any worse than Newberry, Jim Gray, or Theresa Isaac (WHY is she running again?). Therefore, I'll vote for Skip Horine Tuesday.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Gun Control

Gun control is hitting what you aim at.

That's 20 out of 20 from 7 yards. No, it's not 20 holes, I count 17 distinct holes but I know all 20 hit the paper there (the target is BIG). If it were up to the gun, that spread would have been a 1-2" circle around the X; the distribution is solely the fault of the shooter....

The sad part is that a lot of people testing for concealed carry in Kentucky can't hit that well to that close.

A habit to break

Work requires I carry a pager, since I don't get called enough to justify a cell phone (a good problem for a system administrator to have). I had been carrying it on my right side, but of late I've switched it to the left.

Over the last couple of days, I've been going into gun stores, to find and then take a CCDW (concealed-carry) class. Until I went in, I didn't realize that I have a bad habit: resting my hand on top of my pager. Normally, this wouldn't be a big deal, except for being around people who have to watch for concealed weapons in hip carry configurations. Putting my hand down there makes gun shop owners more nervous than cats in the dog pound....

To be fair, I stayed nervous the entire time I was in the store. It was unnerving to hear autoloaders having their actions worked that much, with my back to the action.

Monday, April 19, 2010

It's too good to not copy

As a multitude of sites have pointed out, Gizmoto has gotten their mitts on an alleged prototype of the iPhone 4G. I have no great opinion of its quality, since I won't be able to buy it until I can afford to pay cash for one and hook it up to my T-Mobile to Go account.

However, John Gruber at Daring Fireball has gotten super-secret pictures of Steve Job's office today, after hearing about the release:

(Thanks to skarpi at http://www.flickr.com/photos/skarpi/4527797541/ for making the picture available on the Internet. I didn't copy the picture, only made a link back to it.)

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Thank you UK

There will be a lot of people who think Kentucky let them down. I am disappointed, but for the guys. I wanted them cutting the nets down, but West Virginia beat us, fair and square.

Thank you Mr. Wall. If you go pro (and I think you should), you've given us a wonderful year. Mr. Cousins, if you don't go pro (and you should not), remember how bad it felt on the bench, and make sure this summer that you don't go back.

Thank you Mr. Patterson for sticking through Unmentionable Coach #2, and giving us three wonderful years. I'd love to see another year, but you've earned your NBA money. If you go, you go with our thanks.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Never, ever give up.

Keep fighting, even when it looks like you're done.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

A comment at Vox Popoli

Since at least one person over at Vox Popoli liked this comment to Vox's post to MH, I'll preserve it here as well. Nothing is original to me; I just retyped it.

MH: 3/16/10 1:15 PM:
I just want to thank everybody for all the wonderful references, I will most certainly check some of them out.

I have tried to read the bible many times, and find it utterly unreadable. The God described in that book in as far as I could ever get through it is an incredibly vindictive and cruel entity. And its full of things that just seem preposterous to me to the point where I can't take it seriously enough to finish the book.

This is interesting, as I've found much of the Bible the most readable book out there. Job and Ecclesiastes helped me through a depressive high school term, and Revelation is the ultimate combination of "Cheer up! The worst is yet to come!" and "Guess what: we win." I challenge you to read Revelation 21 (the descent of the New Jerusalem from heaven to the new Earth) without wanting to see that city, even a little bit.

My number one piece of advise for "new" Bible readers is to ditch the King James Version. The best thing I ever found was a New International Version bible at summer camp. Find an NIV Bible or an English Standard Version bible with wonderful notes. The Quest Bible is an excellent choice.

Second, throw away your notions of God as the eternal grandfather/Santa Claus and as the punisher. The God of the Bible is both Just and Love, and He is not concerned that we can't understand how He balances out those natures.

When I hear about God being vindictive, most people are usually talking about the conquering of Canaan. At the very first blush, it does sound cruel. Kill everyone, burn the cities, etc. However, if you read just a little bit more, you realize that it's not that simple. God behaves in predictable patterns:

* God decides to set a time limit on a sinful people. Over 430 years before Joshua, God tells Abraham that the people of Canaan's time is limited. A few cities get destroyed soon afterwards (from the author's point of view, the absolute worst). The rest get extra time to repent, until the Israelites show up.

* God warns people. Rahab knew God's name, and knew that God was giving the land to Israel. Jonah went to Ninevah to warn the people there that they were under God's judgement. The two angels warned Lot's household to leave Sodom.

* God provides an "out" for the good guys. Ninevah repented and was spared. Rahab and her household became part of Israel. Sodom would have been spared for the sake of 10 good people. (As an aside there, Lot had as many people with him as Abraham did, and Abraham had an army. When Lot went into Sodom, he took hundreds of servants with him. Abraham was sure that at least 10 of the people he sent with Lot would still be righteous. He was wrong.) An entire city was spared just because Lot whined he couldn't walk to the mountains, solely for Abraham's sake.

* God judges individually and collectively. You are responsible for your own sins, but you are also responsible for the sins of your group if you don't act. Rahab rejects her community, and is absolved of both their sins and hers. Lot's wife self-identifies with Sodom, and is punished for its sins, despite being of an otherwise righteous household. If you are "innocent" but won't get out of a sinful people, then you are under judgement.

* God sets your lifespan. This is a hard thought to make sink in, but it is a very Tanach-based Jewish thought: God gives life, and takes it away. God cannot commit murder because He gave the life in the first place, and can set the boundaries as He pleases. If God says "this person's life is over", then that's it.

"What about the innocents/children?" I've heard several arguments that are probably true (Israel didn't have the resources to feed tons of orphans, etc.), but there is a moral judgement hiding in the question. Morally, the real accusation here is "these children deserved to keep living, and it's murder for God to take their life". This is really begging the question. God gave these children their life, and He can decide how long they live.

Morally, either they are innocent at death or they aren't. If they are innocent, then their death is inconvenient but temporary. If they aren't innocent, then they are morally condemned anyway. (I include this not for infants, but those who want to define "children" to include clearly self-aware ages as high as 18 or 21.)

God is not capricious or bloodthirsty, but patient and merciful (the real "God changed His mind" verses always involve God choosing mercy over judgement). He sent Jesus to die on a cross because He wants all of us to live.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

They was robbed!

I didn't get to watch CBS's selection committee, so I only now realized that Florida got into the tournament, but Mississippi State didn't. That isn't fair. I am a fan of Billy Donovan, and originally hoped that he would get the job instead of both Billy Gillespie and Calipari. However, Florida consistently underachieved this year, while Mississippi State played people really, really hard, especially UK.

Coach Cal was right; if UK is second in the country, then Mississippi State deserves to at least be in the big dance. They were robbed.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

My tax dollars at work

We didn't get any bills or Netflix envelopes yesterday, so the mail sat on the counter until this evening. After opening the Netflix envelopes (gotta find out what happened after the 4th season of CSI: Miami), I checked the rest out. There, in white "US Official Business only" glory, was a letter. From the Census Bureau. Telling me that I was going to get my census forms next week, and that I needed to fill them out.

The Census Bureau spent about a dollar printing a custom letter for my address, stuffing it into an envelope, and mailing it, just to tell me that my census form was coming soon. Wow, that's 100 million tax dollars down the drain. Thanks, China, for funding that.

That said, I certainly support the "I am an American" racial choice, and will be checking it for the entire Packrat family. I can't tell which racial groups are in my family, why should the government care?

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

South Carolina played a good game tonight

I just wonder why Patrick Patterson and John Wall didn't show up for the game.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Disagreeing with Scalia

In general, I am a big fan of justices Thomas and Scalia. I think they are the two most libertarian on a court packed with statists. Both still aren't far enough, but the current trend in anti-government Constitutional thinking derives straight from Scalia.

That is why I am particularly upset at Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. As I've gone along, I've grown to appreciate Vox Day's opinion that corporations should not have their "legal personhood" fiction, and that legal entities have no rights, much less First Amendment rights.

I wish Scalia had gone down that path here.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

I'm done with Dickie V.

Several years ago, Dick Vitale did an interview about his career. He made me feel sorry for him by saying how he just loved basketball, and wanted everyone else to love it too, and he couldn't understand why people didn't like him. I felt really sorry for him.

Today, I turned him off. The sound, at least. I am watching the UK game on espn360.com, and the sound is off. I just can't take it any more.

Monday, January 11, 2010

A committed Relationship

OK, I can be a very dense man. Just ask Milady. I often don't understand things.

I am very confused by the term "committed relationship". It seems that Peter Orszag was in a committed relationship with woman number 2. He wasn't committed enough to marry her (the jury's out on whether it was mutual or not), and wasn't committed enough to stay with her after she's pregnant. He's already in yet another "committed" relationship with his new fiance, a couple of months out.

I see no commitment here. He stayed as long as he was getting something out of it, and then left. I would prefer the honesty of "it was only about the sex and food" than "we are in a committed relationship".

Of course, he could be using an alternate definition of committed: "To place officially in confinement or custody, as in a mental health facility". That would work with Michael Savage's theory that current liberalism is a mental illness.

Thursday, January 7, 2010


I attended the University of Kentucky as an undergraduate. Being a night owl, I tended to be on campus in a computer lab or visiting the Tolly-Ho or Perkins for late-night food.

A cloudy night after a snow storm was extra special. I would bundle myself up as possible, and then wander around campus. At 2AM, the air would be completely crisp and clear. It looked like every photon of light had to have bounced up and down at least 20 times before stopping. I know it was a trick of the eyes, but it looked brighter and crisper than a clear, sunny day. A snowy night in the country is nice, but you have to have the solid light pollution of a city to pull this one off. One of the terms I used was "snowshine".

Tonight, it's snowshining again. I can't walk on campus or down our street - I'm too cold, and I've got to get in bed to meet tomorrow's responsibilities. But, for 10 or 15 minutes, I can look out the front window and be amazed at God's blessings yet again.


Right after Christmas, I realized that I hadn't seen PokerStars mentioning the Blogger tournaments. I was afraid I'd missed them. No, they are just running late.

Registration code: 843197

Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy 2010!

The Packrat family prayed, worked, and then relaxed. A perfect way to start the year.

We worked by putting the final touches on the upstairs lounge paint job. Now the paint is almost done; we only have to paint the new day bed I'm putting in tomorrow.

Now we are relaxing, watching the after-ball-drop shows on the tube. What high quality....