Apr/13
2011
A regular coffee meant "cream and sugar" instead of "not hazelnut"?
Apr/13
2011
I can't wait for the explanation as to why a skinny little 6 year old was considered enough of a threat to warrant a pat down. Maybe because she was too tiny to be viewed properly on the Peeping-Tom-O-Tron?
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) -- A Kentucky mother said Wednesday that federal airport screeners wouldn't tell her why they were frisking her 6-year-old daughter, whose treatment was captured on a YouTube video that has sparked outrage. Selena Drexel said her family went through body scanners last month at the New Orleans airport, and her daughter Anna was selected for a pat-down. She asked why but wasn't given a reason. Drexel told The Associated Press in an interview on Wednesday that her daughter began to cry after the search and said, "I'm sorry mommy. I don't know what I did wrong."
In the tally of what's "ok" and "not ok" this firmly falls into the latter. I'm sorry but sticking your hand in the child's waistband is not, I repeat NOT an acceptable act. Most especially for such a young child. I can't fathom a reason, any reason, that a six year old might be considered a threat. Carrying bomb materials? No. Packing a piece? Definitely not. Running drugs? Laundering money? Hiding a packing knife? Hardly. You'll note that the parents asked why their child was selected for a pat down, and you'll also notice that they weren't given a reason. Any normal person will suspect that the TSA officer in question just had a yen to run their hands over a small child for personal satisfaction. I mean it's arbitrary right? They could have chosen the mom or the dad, but instead they chose their little girl. Seems pretty suspicious to me. Especially after looking at the video it becomes hard to understand why *any* child is selected for a patdown, even if it's at random. Isn't there an opportunity to use common sense? Apparently not, and the TSA isn't even learning from past mistakes such as this one where they decide to pat down a recalcitrant 3 year old. Most of the comments on these videos reiterate the same themes: the terrorists have won, look at the pain and suffering they're causing all americans. Or: where is the common sense in invading a small-child's privacy? And: why are we empowering a set of individuals who are clearly getting a kick out of exerting their authority over fellow citizens? Yes, all of these things are true. 9/11 has effected all Americans. It has reduced our comfort, freedoms and sense of safety. We allow fear to control us, and willingly give up rights when someone shakes a specter of terror in our face. Patriotism is now equated with docility, something our country was clearly *not* founded on. We became the land of the free and home of the brave because we wouldn't tolerate rules forced on us arbitrarily. But equally sadly the notion of libertarian values and independence has been twisted by forces who only want to ensure the continuation of those currently in power... big business, the filthy 1%, the conservative right. These are the people who would only cram more restrictions down our throats while ensuring that there is no way we can financially succeed. For now the nation is still gripped by the notion that we're under siege. Put up and Shut up are still the motto's of the day. And until such time as people are willing to think for themselves and elect someone with a spine we, and our children, will be subject to the rule of the stupid who are empowered by the few, the rich and the power hungry.
Apr/13
2011
I received a request, a demand really, to explain why I reached certain conclusions and how I evaluated a certain set of data. I had *gasp* disagreed with someone who fancies themselves an expert and I didn’t rubber stamp his idiocy. I’ve been doing what I do for a long time, I may not have a long alphabet soup after my name, but I know my job. I drafted a response; it was reviewed and then reviewed by more people. Then the approach for the response was changed by management. I re-drafted and the same people reviewed it again. Then more people reviewed it, some who have less than half a clue about what it is I do. Some never even read the whole thing before opening their pie hole with comments. Some acted amazed that I really wasn’t an idiot and that I had considered certain things. I’ve been doing this for a long time, and they know it, so they should not be surprised. Some people added good comments, some people asked for irrelevant detail to be added, some people suggested items that showed their ignorance of my job, and some people added stuff that really shouldn’t be included, but who am I do disagree with someone with far more education than I (yes, there is just a bit of sarcasm there). It has been a long torturous process that has involved five Ph.D.s, three engineers, one M.D., (and a partridge in a pear tree . . . just kidding) and a chemist. The proverbial “light at the end of the tunnel” has been yanked from view so many times I have stopped looking. Now I am going on vacation so I won’t be here emerge from the dark tunnel and sign the final copy. I had so hoped that I would actually get to sign the damn thing. I wrote it. I took Tylenol over it. I worked through lunch perfecting it. It’s mine, damn it. Now someone else gets sign it and “take it over the finish line” as one of my up line so eloquently put it. Yes, everyone is appreciative of my efforts, but their appreciation does not provide as much satisfaction as placing a pen to paper and signing my name would have provided. Time to go on vacation and be curious what has become of the project that has cost more staff time than a problem caused by another Ph.D. really deserved. I just hope the bunch of them don't leave me a bigger mess to deal with when I come back.
Apr/12
2011
**The fix: if Chrome won't run after you just installed it. Find your Chrome.exe and then move it into the folder with the version number. So, for example, if you find Chrome.exe in C:/users/yourname/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/Application? Then move it one folder DEEPER into the version (e.g. 10.0.648.999) folder and run it from there. It should work just dandy.** My hard drive crashed last week. Friday 2pm to be exact. Right before a meeting. An hour before I was going to leave to pick up a friend at the airport. It went from fully functional to whirrr...tic, whirrr...tic. It took a little while for the magnitude of the disaster to sink in. Kinda like Japan just now upgrading the severity of their nuclear disaster to Chernobyl-like devastation. And I had just gotten everything shipshape, ready for a nice long 3 day vacation. And now it was fucking hose-bagged. I was a half hour late to the meeting. I was an hour late leaving to pick up my friend. I tried not to dwell on it on my trip. Well, that is until I got an email from my admin telling me that somehow the backup program had failed and there wasn't any images to be had. Not a single one. Oh yeah, it was the gift that kept on giving. I did have a new drive and an OS on monday, the drive being scarfed from someone else (we apparently don't keep any spares). But as always with a clean install it's just an endless parade of 'fuck what did I forget now?' Need to print? Well first you have to install one, which means finding the email with the IP of the printer and the recommended driver. Want to code? Well you need an IDE. Go install that. Sure, try and remember the proxy settings so you can add the necessary features, like say CDT for Eclipse. And don't forget to install the compiler/debugger because that's separate. Word? Yeah I got that. Even got an old version of 2003... but then I got an email with a docx attachment. 2003 doesn't know docx, you need to install the conversion pack. Email? Certs? Even the quick-launch alias for the command prompt, it's all got to be set up again. (Man, I know I did this before but why the HELL didn't I keep better notes? I know why, because I never expected to have to deal with it a second time right?) Back up the bus a bit. After the clean OS, I needed a nic driver right? Sure, sure. Once you have connectivity then it's half the battle. But not when you're forced to use a crapy-ass browser. No, no, not for me. I need a little shine on my intarwebs, I needs mah bling, mah chrome. Sure I use IE8 or Firefox, for about as long as it takes me to download and install Chrome. And while my admin happened to be logged in at the time I didn't think anything of it. I just downloaded and installed, 1, 2, 3. Boom, done. Until I had to reboot and log in as myself. The first warning sign was that there was no program group or icon for chrome. Uh, ok, but I know I just installed it so where are you hiding? In the user settings for my admin. Well bushwah, I'm an admin too so I'll just create a shortcut and run it from there right? Wrong. It doesn't run. It just burps and dies. Hmmm. Maybe if I tried to install it locally? Yeah no. It just sits and spins during the install. Nada, nothing. Even if I get the admin to uninstall and reinstall? Still nothing. Wtf. Seriously? I suspected gremlins, malevolent spirits and generally bad juju at work. Turns out I just needed to move the exe into the version folder, actually. The rest of the day went more or less like that. One step forward only to realize that there was five steps back of installs that depended on it. Didn't help much that the company auto-installer kept pushing random updates at me every hour on the hour forcing reboot after reboot. Nor the fact that people kept forgetting that I was busy trying to recover my e-life and constantly emailing, calling or (of all the nerve) showing up unbidden in my office all day. It's damned hard to wallow in self-pity if people insist on interrupting your well-justified angst. Anyway, tomorrow will be more of the same. Presuming that all the damned updates pushed over to the machine tonight don't crap anything out. Because then, you know, I'd probably have to start all over again. But at least this time I'd remember how to fix Chrome. Wait - maybe I should write that down first?
Apr/10
2011

Honor or Race

Brigham Young University's Cougars Basketball Team dismissed their star player Brandon Davies just before the playoffs. Some call the move crazy (I mean who drops the guy who helps you drop the ball in the basket?), others call it racist. BYU dropped Mr. Davies for having sex outside marriage. Before some of you say "But isn't that what college kids do?", consider that BYU is a university founded by and for members of the Church of Latter Day Saints, or Mormom. Mormons think fornication is a big deal. The school has students sign an Honor Code before attending and that code includes, among other things, a clause that one will refrain from sex outside marriage. Fact, Mr. Davies signed that code. Fact, Mr. Davies admits to knowing his girlfriend in the Biblical sense. Seems like the end of the discussion. However some are saying BYU is racist and that they only enforced this rule because Mr. Davies is black and his girlfriend is white. Sorry, that is crap. Harvey Unga, their football team's running back, "withdrew" from school last year for a code violation. His girlfriend also withdrew. ("hmm, who could have made them do that . . . .SATAN!" - Sorry, I miss the church lady on SNL) I don't think anyone needs to be a rocket scientist to realize that both the football player and his volleyball playing girlfriend faced the same problem that Mr. Davies just faced and they ain't black. Dismissing of Davies racially motivated? I think not. Mr. Davies chose BYU. It's a good ranking school with a scholarship. Not a bad deal, unless keeping little Brandon zipped up is a problem. The point is, when in Roman, do as the Romans, but in this case it's when in Utah, do as the good little Mormons do. Actually, if BYU gave Mr. Davies a pass it would have been racism. It would have said "Oh, he is incapable of controlling his urges. He couldn't help but nail his hot girlfriend. We'll let this one go." Let's face it, Brandon Davies will be just fine, like Mr. Unga before him. Mr. Unga moved on to the NFL and I would be surprised if someone from the NBA didn't pick up Mr. Davies. And if Mr. Davies really wants that education first, I'm sure there are plenty of schools willing to give him a good scholarship deal sans an Honor Code. And there in lies another fact, any kid heading to college has many choices. Good little Mormons have few, if they want to go to a surrounded by like minded people. If staying sober and keeping your pants zipped for four years is a problem, check one of the many out. Let's face it, the only reason basketball players even give two craps about BYU is that their team is good, damn good. If that wasn't the case, no one would care.
Apr/06
2011
You know most people want to draw attention to their website because viewers mean hits and hits means happy advertisers who then keep paying money to keep the website alive. But Mr.Stupid aka. Publisher Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Jr. who gets one fucking phat salary thinks charging between $180 and $360 a year is something that a recession-strapped reader is just going to ante up for.
the Journal reports that Times Company chairman "Pinch" Sulzberger's total compensation more than doubled in 2009 to roughly $6 million (NewsBusters)
Sure, maybe if I hauled in over $6 mil a year I'd think that $200 was chump change, but sadly no. I don't. You'd think with the enormous fucking advertisements he's been sticking in his readers faces that it was enough, but apparently sailing the ship into frozen waters isn't enough for Artie, he's more inclined to just start ramming icebergs. Because you know, the Time's readership hasn't been going up, it's been going down. Still that's not the kicker. This is:
Bloomberg was the first to reveal that it cost the New York Times a whopping $40 million to build its subscription platform, also known as a "paywall." But Times Company chairman Arthur Sulzberger Jr., insists that number is off-base. "I'm happy to tell you it's vastly wrong, it was much less," he said Tuesday evening during a Q&A at Columbia University. "Don't use that number. It's not accurate." According to paidContent, Sulzberger said the Times asked Bloomberg for a correction. However, Sulzberger failed to detail the actual costs and did not disclose the real number.(PCMag)
$40 mil. Did you get that? $40 million for this piece of shit, easy to bypass if you want to go to the trouble, nag-fest. Because even if you haven't reached your "monthly limit" you still get a nag-screen at the bottom that reminds you that you haven't subscribed. You know it might be easy just to pin the blame on Artie, but clearly from this snippet in 2008 it was apparent to most that his judgement was suspect. Why he has been allowed to continue in his role at the helm leads any sane person to ask why?
October 08, 2008: Although the New York Times circulation has been plummeting like a lot of other newspapers due to readers switching to the Internet for their news as well as being turned off by the extreme liberal bias at that newspaper, the ultimate failure of that periodical might be due to another reason according to an article in New York magazine. Sulzberger stupidity. And based on what New York has to say, we aren't talking about the ordinary garden style variety stupidity here. Sulberger stupidity comes on a massive scale of unerringly poor judgement in almost every major business decision. The prime culprit of Sulzberger stupidity is the Times heir, Arthur Ochs ("Pinch") Sulzberger Jr. although it seems that lack of judgement is also a trademark with the other branches of the extended family, which includes the Goldens and the Cohens, to the extent that there is a good chance that the 27 members of the fifth generation of the Ochs-Sulzberger family (founded by Adoph Simon Ochs) could well be the last generation of that clan to profit from the Times.(NewsBusters)
I'd have to agree. The Sulzberger heirs are sucking the life from a once vibrant media source like virulent parasites. In the past I used to rely heavily on the Times for references, most especially those from the Associated Press. But since the Times will now try and charge me for reading the AP Breaking News (note, the times just hosts the content, they don't do dick to contribute to it) I'll just get it right from the source - the Associated Press themselves. Expect to see few if any more NYT attributions on this site any more. For the latest news from the AP see the AP "Raw News" page here: http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/fronts/RAW?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME Oh yeah and Fuck you Sulzberger and your little dog too.
Apr/05
2011
Beware Vanessa. And by beware I mean run. The fuck. Away. Screaming. Honestly I don't know what her beef was, I mean my breath was ok, I was nice, I smiled. Hell I'd even been her patient before but something must have set her off because she went after my gums with a vengeance that would have made me willing to spill any or all secrets I had. Not that I had any. But seriously? She put the Marquis Himself to shame. Yes she was that brutal. You ever see someone wanting to chip some ice off a 20 lb block? The way they attack it with an ice pick, bits flying, chips shattering? Yeah, that was Stage 1. She wielded those dental scrapers on my gums like the final scene in Terry Gilliam's movie Brazil. Incidentally it was a torture scene, which I'm sure you've guessed already. I tried to relax, just deal with it. Maybe that was my mistake. Because she took out the heavier guns. Honestly I've never had someone clean my teeth with a dental drill before. You know it's odd because I've never missed a checkup in twenty years, but to hear her talk you'd think this was the first time I'd been in after a career of hardcore coffee and cigarette consumption. Neither of which I do. Yes, a drill Ladies and Gentlemen, she used a fucking drill to clean my teeth and... under my gums. "Wow that's a lot of blood" she remarked at one point. No, I'm not making this up. After the drill-cleaning she went back to the gum-gouging. Near the end she took out this hooked took that I swear had a fucking barb at the end. "Hold still," she said. I didn't. Two attacks later she was miffed that I kept shrinking away "What you want me to go away?" "No, I just think we can leave whatever that is alone." "It's tartar," she sniffed, "under your gum." "Yeah, that's ok. Leave it." Clearly annoyed she moved on to flossing. And I could swear she flossed my gums to ribbons. She certainly did a number on the corners of my mouth with the far end of the serrated string. I think it was actually glass-embossed kite string. The kind the kids use in India for kite fighting. I'll admit that I'm impressed. She was even able to wield non-bladed weapons with complete aplomb. Jamming the suction tube into the corner of my mouth, yanking my head aside like someone locked in a brutal battle trying to land their prize tuna. She'd use the tube, and occasionally the mirror or polishing tool to knock my jaw open. Yes that is the correct word. Knock. As in bang. Bonk. Slam. Thump. Swat. Smack. Bash. Between the screaming of the dental drill from the cleaning, the furious flossing and the brutal brushing I'd really had it all. Well almost. I almost forgot the part where she'd occasionally wipe the spray from my face with the paper bib. Until it got sodden. Then she used it anyway. On the plus side my teeth are clean. Damn, fucking, perfectly clean. As clean as they've ever been. Even before I had teeth, these are cleaner than that. And... now that I know her name, I'm going to make absofuckingloutely sure that I never, ever, get Vanessa the Dental Hygienist of the Damned ever, ever again. I'd rather take my chances with the plaque.
Apr/04
2011

Screw You TD Bank

So, I used to bank at TD Bank. That ended last week. Well, technically, I won’t close my account for a week or two, but all the money is gone already. I just need to make sure all of the automatic transactions are transferred properly before I close it. Sometime in the past month, they decided to start charging fees for using other bank ATMs. It’s a sadly common practice that irritates me because it means that the ATM owner charges me, and then my bank charges me a second time. Both parties are charging me for the same transaction. Both claim that it’s a requirement forced on them by the other party, when it’s really just a revenue stream that they both want to siphon. I switched to TD Bank (then Commerce Bank) a few years ago specifically because they offered accounts that didn’t have that fee. They advertised that fact. Well, sometime last month, that changed. They sent notices that I didn’t really pay attention to, so I discovered the fees when I went to balance my account and pay bills last month. $2 for each withdraw. One withdraw a week, so it’s not that much money. That’s irritating, but not the end of the world. So, I call them up and ask what the deal is. The guy explains the new fees and said that every bank is doing it. I appreciate that, but I remind him that many other banks have more ATMs available. TD only seems to have them in their actual branch locations, which makes it much less useful to me. I only visit my bank once every couple of months, because I can do nearly everything I need online. I don’t think their phone rep understood that. He insisted that EVERY bank was going to charge me fees, so I might as well stick with TD Bank. I explained to him that he was wrong. I can take my accounts to the bank that has ATMs everywhere, and then not have to pay ANY fees. He told me I was wrong, which makes me think he doesn’t’ get the concept. Then he suggested that I get a premium checking account, which apparently involves keeping $2500 in my account. I don’t know about most people, but other than money being used for monthly expenses, I only keep about five hundred in my checking account for emergencies. The rest is in savings, invested or dumped into something like my mortgage. I told him that, and his response is why I’m leaving the bank. “$2500 isn’t much money, so just put it in your checking account and forget about it.” That is bullshit right there. First off, he doesn’t know my finances because never provided my account number. You don’t know if $2500 is a lot to me or not. It’s really not that bad for me, but it is to a lot of people, particularly in this economy. It’s a monthly salary (before taxes) for someone making 30k a year. So fuck you. Second, why the FUCK should I give my bank a couple grand that they can use to loan out at 6% while I get jack shit for it sitting there idle. I save something like $8 a month on fees. I think I can do better things with $2000 than let it sit, particularly when switching banks gets around the entire problem. Fuck you again. And finally, it’s fucking insulting to say something like that to your customers. It’s effectively saying ‘bend over and take it bitch’. Fuck you TD bank. You’re counting on people being too lazy to switch banks. You’re probably even going to be right for most people. For me, you’re losing my checking and savings account, and my safety deposit box. Frankly, I wish there was more service I could take away from you. If it had just been the fee I might have been ok with it. Maybe altered my patterns to get my money out monthly instead of weekly. Maybe made an effort to stop by branch offices to save a fee here or there. But frankly, your customer rep made this all a no brainer for me. I had no problem telling him to go fuck himself. And I have no problem telling TD Bank to go fuck itself too. This is a business arrangement. You should expect your customers to recognize that this arrangement is bad. Oh, and in case you missed it, TD Bank….. FUCK YOU
Apr/04
2011

End of the World

The supposed end of the world is coming. According to Harold Camping, 5/21/11 will be the beginning of the Rapture, with the end of the world occurring 5 months later on 10/21/11. He's wrong. As my follow up post on 5/22 will prove, and the extreme follow up on 10/22. He was wrong when he guessed it would happen in 1994. He's wrong today. Wrong tomorrow. Wrong in 2 months. Wrong in 7 months. Just wrong. Stop listening to this loon.
Apr/03
2011
Thomas Johnson of Gardner, MA, and Seth Davis of Winchendon, MA, fell out of the window of a bus bathroom on a return trip from a brewery. One died and one is in critical condition. Even though it is tragic, I can't help but wonder what two grown men were doing in a tiny bus bathroom that might cause them to fall out the window. . . .
Apr/03
2011
Well, maybe not an infidel. Terry Jones does have "religious belief" even if it is twisted caricature of religiousness. A jackass? That might work. I could even think of few more names that might be less flattering and more appropriate, but jackass works. How we differ greatly from Muslim extremists is that we allow people to be jackasses. Few beyond Rev. Jones' few dozen followers agree with his burning of a Koran. I think it was a childish act on Rev. Jones part. However, some Afghanis are calling for us to punish Rev. Jones, even with death. Sorry, we don't do that here for the burning of an object. Although I personally might find some pleasure if an asteroid fell on his church this Sunday morning. One thing of which many Muslims seem to lose sight is that it is a book, printed by humans for humans to read. Even if someone believes it is a representation of the word of God, it has in no way removed the message because there are numerous books containing the exact same message. God himself did not print it or bind it. A replaceable object is given a higher value than the humans that God himself created. If rioting Muslims take such offense to their holy book being burned perhaps they need to take a look at their brethren who burn Mosques of opposing sects that might contain more copies of the Koran than the single copy Rev. Jones burned. Unfortunately, I think facts are the furthest thing from the minds of rioting Afghanis. Some people just want to be offended and find a reason to accuse and abuse and kill. I think violence is the prime motivator, not some minor insult to their religious beliefs. Hopefully these rioters represent a minority of the Afghani people, but I am not terribly optimistic. This is just one more reason for us to pack our bags and leave them to their own fanatical and corrupt ideals. Rev. Jones has not eliminated the possibility of a repeat performance. I have an idea. We can take up a collection for a one-way plane ticket to the Muslim country of his choosing for him to stage an encore. I think a return ticket might be unnecessary. I think what is left of him afterward might fit into someone's carry on.
Apr/03
2011
Boehner The Bonehead values image over cooperation, disunity over collaboration and conflict over cooperation. Great way to run a railroad, much less a government "of the people".
"Not very interested," Boehner told reporters last week when asked about forming a coalition with Democrats to pass the legislation to keep the government operating.[..] Boehner, R-Ohio, wants the overwhelming majority of those votes to come from his fellow Republicans, even if dozens of easily attainable Democratic votes could help carry the budget bill to victory.[..] Some congressional veterans say Boehner is taking the only realistic approach for a speaker who wants to stay in power. If he cuts a deal that relies heavily on Democrats' votes, he could alienate scores of House Republicans, who might in turn start seeking a new leader.(AP)
Yes that's correct, keeping himself in power is *more important* than a government shutdown. Preserving an image of Republican unity against a bipartisan solution is more important. Wasting the time of the people, putting lives and jobs in jeopardy is more important. Listen Fuck Face, the elected government includes more than just the majority. It includes *all* Americans, even those that voted for the opposite party. I didn't vote for you, but you represent *my* interests too. So stop being such a one-sided cocktard and do your part to keep the government running and serving it's people. Obstructionist poser idiot.
Apr/03
2011
Jazlyn Freel's teacher taped her mouth shut because she lacked the ability to keep it closed herself in class. Jazlyn told her Mommy, Leah Freel, what the big bad teacher did to her and they went running to the administration. The Freels want an apology from the teacher. "It wasn't a really good experience, and I hope that it doesn't happen to anyone else," Jazlyn said. (Video) Mommy says they aren't staying quiet - I think there in lies the problem. Like mother like daughter. Boo, hoo, hoo. I think both the Freels need to STFU. Jazlyn is 13 and she is not a "child" as her mother puts it. She is old enough to know right from wrong and be learning how to control herself. Unfortunately Mommy is too busy worrying that her darling is being "abused" by a simple piece of removable tape to teach her daughter that the world is not going to tolerate all of her behavior unconditionally. Of course Mommy may need to learn that lesson first. Jazlyn has a few years to learn that she will need to conform to certain rules of society. Endlessly talking when you should shut up is one of those. Most bosses will put up with that for only so long. Difference is a boss will tell Jazlyn to pack up her desk and get out if she does it too much. I'm sure Mommy will tell Jazlyn that the big bad boss should hire her back and apologize. Honestly, I think Jazlyn is in for a lot of experiences that are not really good because the real world is a lot tougher than a teacher with a roll of tape.
Mar/31
2011
No, you are just the scumbag CEO of GoDaddy. You obviously ENJOYED shooting an elephant, proudly smiling near your kill. The poor SoB didn't see it coming. For those that can stomach it Are there problem elephants? I'm sure there are. Do they cause a hardship for the farmers? I'm sure they do. I don't have a problem if those farmers kill a rogue bull elephant in an area where there are ample numbers. Especially when the village doesn't leave that elephant to rot and they get a good meal out of it. However, let's be honest, Mr. Parsons was not merely lending a helping hand to his poor African brethren. The grin on his face was not from satisfaction of helping save a man's field and feeding a village. I know a smug, can't wait to show the boys back home, grin when I see it. And there is my problem with Mr. Parsons (and people like him). Mr. Parsons is nothing but an obscenely rich scumbag. He has money to burn and an urge to show what a big man he is. People in that category have to show their manhood in large flamboyant ways such as shotting a very large animal. Yes, Mr. Parsons is the last of the great white hunters. Perhaps if the next elephant gave him an enema with one of its tusks then it would at least be a tie. However, it is doubtful Mr. Parsons would ever put himself in that much danger.
Mar/31
2011
Most people these days just talk on their cell phone any time, any place, any where. They have no problem belting out all sorts of personal issues in a crowded place like a restaurant or air port. I've heard all sorts of personal issues drift by, marriage, dating, funerals, divorce, friendships on the rocks. You name it, I've heard someone chatting about it, out loud, like a performance artist on display. Which is O.K. in my mind because if you're gonna put it out there for public consumption then, clearly, you're also O.K. with what people think about you too. Unless of course you're the guy I encountered today. He was outside the building with his cell phone. Now usually something like that screams "I'm interviewing somewhere else and I can't let anyone else in the office hear me." Alternatively a person might be outside to have a butt and decide to place a call to pass the time while they smoke, but this guy didn't have a cig in his hand. Nope, instead he had his cell flipped open and about four inches away from this face, talking into it at full volume. Basically just short of yelling. And he had it on speaker phone so from fifteen feet away I could easily hear the replies to his caterwaul. He turned and glared when he finally noticed my approach. Barked a quick good bye and flipped the phone shut with a snap. Then bolted back into the building. He was no where in sight when I opened the door. I don't get it. I've seen other guys do it in the car, pretend their phone was a walkie talkie, holding it in front of their face instead of to their ear. I just figure it some sort of fetish. But Loud Talker was clearly annoyed that someone might: a. use the entrance to the building he was standing in front of and b. overhear his larger than life interaction with a 4" phone. Truthfully, had he stood his ground, I might have been hard-pressed not to slap it out of his hand as I walked by. I guess I owe him that, since he had the common sense to glare-and-run. Morons abound in this world. If you want privacy for your call, then go to your car, your house or some other enclosure (handicapped bathroom maybe?) if you need your alone time. Maybe you own this world, but the rest of us have to live in it too.
Mar/30
2011
Bitchin' Bike Exhaust? 92 db. Happy Kitty? 73 db. But ask me which I'd pre-furr....
LONDON (AP) — No need to bell this cat: A gray-and-white tabby by the name of Smokey has cat-apulted to fame with purring so loud it has been recorded at a potentially record-setting 73 decibels. The British community college that measured the sound said it peaked at 16 times louder than that of the average cat. By some estimates, that is about as noisy as busy traffic, a hair dryer or a vacuum cleaner. The 12-year-old, ordinary-size feline first came to national attention last month when her owner, Ruth Adams, decided to run a local competition for the most powerful purr.
For better or worse Smokey is happy almost *all* of the time. Her owners say that she even purrs while eating. Noise cancelling headphones? Eh. Who needs em so long as kitty is happy. That's what I'd call a purr-fect solution to noise pollution.