Recommended Reading

Sep 30, 2008

10 Planks of The Communist Manifesto

1. Abolition of property in land and application of all rents of land to public purposes.
2. A heavy progressive or graduated income tax.
3. Abolition of all right of inheritance.
4. Confiscation of the property of all emigrants and rebels.
5. Centralization of credit in the hands of the State, by means of a national bank with State capital and an exclusive monopoly.
6. Centralization of the means of communication and transport in the hands of the State.
7. Extension of factories and instruments of production owned by the State; the bringing into cultivation of waste-lands, and the improvement of the soil generally in accordance with a common plan.
8. Equal liability of all to labour. Establishment of industrial armies, especially for agriculture.
9. Combination of agriculture with manufacturing industries; gradual abolition of the distinction between town and country, by a more equable distribution of the population over the country.
10. Free education for all children in public schools. Abolition of children's factory labour in its present form. Combination of education with industrial production, &c., &c.

All Over but the Shouting

Sep 26, 2008

Well, kids, I survived the end-of-fiscal-year insanity that occurs in every sales organization everywhere. We closed all the business we expected to close and some that we didn't, and we even found a couple blue birds. And I had a pretty darn good quarter, and hopefully at least 100% for the whole year - we'll know about that soon. That's the source of all the shouting.

Anyway, perhaps the perpetual anxious stomach and tight shoulders I've been living with for two weeks will go away now that it's all over. One can hope.

Also in the News

Sep 24, 2008

PETA Urges Ben & Jerry's To Use Human Milk
*eww eww eww*

Green Idealists Most Likely To Take Long-Haul Flights

Mysterious Universe

Nasa reports:

. . . solar wind is losing power.

"The average pressure of the solar wind has dropped more than 20% since the mid-1990s," says Dave McComas of the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio, Texas. "This is the weakest it's been since we began monitoring solar wind almost 50 years ago."

In addition to weakened solar wind, "Ulysses also finds that the sun's underlying magnetic field has weakened by more than 30% since the mid-1990s," says Posner.

What's more:

The sun has reached a milestone not seen for nearly 100 years: an entire month has passed without a single visible sunspot being noted.

The event is significant as many climatologists now believe solar magnetic activity – which determines the number of sunspots – is an influencing factor for climate on earth.

Meteorologist Anthony Watts, who runs a climate data auditing site, tells DailyTech the sunspot numbers are another indication the "sun's dynamo" is idling. According to Watts, the effect of sunspots on TSI (total solar irradiance) is negligible, but the reduction in the solar magnetosphere affects cloud formation here on Earth, which in turn modulates climate.


Sep 23, 2008

My cat drools.

Yeah, you read that right. She drools like a rottweiler when she's all happy and purring and being petted. It's like some kind of liquid token of appreciation.

Penny for Your Thoughts

Sep 22, 2008

Really? Do we really need new pennies? Can't we just get rid of that denomination altogether?

Happiness is . . .

Sep 18, 2008

. . . pink shoes.

. . . electricity and running water.

. . . rice crispy treats.

Vocabulary Lesson #6: Chain Lightning

Sep 12, 2008


Bonus: meteorology

Blow to My Ego

Sep 11, 2008

So, I'm filling out an online form that asks for age by group:


Needless to say, I selected the 25-34 group.


Got rear-ended on the way to work this morning. By a 17-year-old boy in his shiny Ford Escape, who was staring at the oncoming traffic and not at the little car in front of him.

The good news: No apparent cosmetic damage. Nerves were jangled, but no one was injured.

The bad news: I stepped in a puddle of mud on the side of the road. In my brand new shoes. Wah!

A Beauty Way to Go

Sep 10, 2008

Knock, Knock

Sep 9, 2008

Jennifer Jo Knighton

2. YOUR GANGSTA NAME: (first 3 letters of your first name plus “izzle”)

3. YOUR DETECTIVE NAME: (favorite color and favorite animal)
Blue Cat

4. YOUR SOAP OPERA NAME: (your middle name and the name of one of your pets)
Jo Trixie

5. YOUR STAR WARS NAME: (the first 3 letters of your last name and the first 2 Letters of your first name)

6. YOUR SUPERHERO/CRIMINAL NAME: (2nd favorite color and favorite drink)
Red Ravenswood

7. YOUR WITNESS PROTECTION NAME: (parents’ middle names)
Loretta Harold

8. YOUR MOVIE STAR NAME: (grandfather/grandmother on your father's side and your favorite candy)
Betty M

9. YOUR ROCK STAR NAME: (first pet and current car)
Charlie Eclipse

10. YOUR TV WEATHER ANCHOR NAME: (fifth grade teacher's last name and a major city that starts with the same letter)
McGaughy Manhattan


Couldn't resist this article, especially the following tidbits:

. . .political season is just so w e i r d.

The spinners lie constantly. They lie with a straight face. They lie sentence after sentence, relentlessly.

Like the uncanny valley, we don't really know what to do in the face of non-stop lying. Is this person an alien? Do they think we're stupid? How are we supposed to respond to the onslaught of disrespect?

I wonder if this election is going to mark the end of classic spin or the beginning of a whole new class of even slicker lying.

All I know for sure is that it gives me a headache.

-Seth Godin, Spin

The Laws of Physics

Sep 8, 2008

Just because you're tooling around California in a cute red convertible, it doesn't mean that you can't get a sunburn.

Arriving at the airport 10 minutes before your plane is scheduled to leave is not advisable, and also not avoidable if you've spent two hours in traffic driving 30 miles. At least you got to drive the cute red convertible.

Southwest Airlines is amazing. You CAN make that flight. And your luggage CAN make it on the plane with you. It's a Birthday Miracle!