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Wednesday, August 31, 2005

A city lost?

Even though the force of hurricane Katrina was less than predicted it might have been, the devastation continues to mount:
A full day after the Big Easy thought it had escaped Katrina's full fury, two levees broke and spilled water into the streets on Tuesday, swamping an estimated 80 percent of the bowl-shaped, below-sea-level city, inundating miles and miles of homes and rendering much of New Orleans uninhabitable for weeks or months.

'We are looking at 12 to 16 weeks before people can come in,' Mayor Ray Nagin said on ABC's 'Good Morning America, 'and the other issue that's concerning me is have dead bodies in the water. At some point in time the dead bodies are going to start to create a serious disease issue.'

Friday, August 26, 2005

Remind me why I post again?

I've written elsewhere that if I posted here in order to attract legions of readers, I would have long ago closed up shop. That's a good thing, because...

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Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Armageddon can not be far away

Submitted without comment. Found on Wikinews:
A forty-year-old British guinea pig farm is to close after a six-year campaign of intimidation by animal rights extremists culminated in the remains of the family's dead mother being dug up and stolen.

I sometimes think humanity is too stupid to survive much longer.

Remind me why we're there again?

From today's excellent Anthony Gregory article, I was led to the following article: U.S. Blood Is Not Buying a Free Iraq -- with this killer quote:
'It may be the ultimate irony,' commented Ambassador Galbraith, 'that the United States, which, among other reasons, invaded Iraq to help bring liberal democracy to the Middle East, will play a decisive role in establishing its second Shiite Islamic state.'

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Another random walk through Wikipedia

Here we go:

Heroes Are Hard to Find
River delta
Isabella Blow
British Transport Commission
Debian Common Core Alliance
Dewey County, South Dakota
New Police Story
Dennis Lehane
UGC Europe
Thomas Egerton Hale
Quetzalcóatl International Airport

Ahh, now we're talking...


Heretic, meaning literally a person guilty or accused of heresy, is also often used as a title. For example:

  • Heretic is a name attributed to those who present ideas which are contrary to popular opinion, belief, and/or the status quo of any practice or branch of knowledge. See heresy
  • Heretic is the title of a computer game released in 1994 and created by Raven Software.
  • Heretic is the title of an album released in 2003 by death metal band, Morbid Angel.
  • Heretic is the title of a book published in 2004 and written by Bernard Cornwell.
  • Heretic is the name of a strategic branding studio which designed the USS Liberty Veterans Association's brand identity.
Compare infidel.

Friday, August 19, 2005

Evangelical Scientists Refute Gravity...

From America's Finest News Source

KANSAS CITY, KS—As the debate over the teaching of evolution in public schools continues, a new controversy over the science curriculum arose Monday in this embattled Midwestern state. Scientists from the Evangelical Center For Faith-Based Reasoning are now asserting that the long-held 'theory of gravity' is flawed, and they have responded to it with a new theory of Intelligent Falling.

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Lack of posts...

Haven't posted much lately. Haven't felt like posting much lately. Actually been too busy living life to really feel like posting.

On a related note, I had forgotten just how calloused one's fingers can get when playing a stringed instrument quite a bit.

Friday, August 12, 2005

Bush Vows To Eliminate U.S. Dependence On Oil

From American's Finest News Source:
WASHINGTON, DC—President Bush unveiled an aggressive initiative Monday that would make the U.S. free of petroleum dependence by the year 4920, less than three millennia from now.
President Bush presents his plan for our nation's far future.
Above: President Bush presents his plan for our nation's far future.

'Our mission is clear,' Bush said in a speech delivered at Fort Bragg in North Carolina. 'We must free ourselves from dependence on fossil fuels within 85 generations. A cleaner, safer America is my vision. And it is our great, great—great-times-80 grandchildren who will realize that vision.'

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Anthony Gregory, you rock

His latest over at LRC, shamelessly (and extensively) excerpted here... State Violence and Limited Government:

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Sunday, August 07, 2005

I feel like such a kid...

I've been a wannabe musician for probably my whole life. Learned piano as a kid, due to my parents giving me lessons. Learned guitar in high school, played in a band for a total of about two weeks. Not sure why we stopped. Gave up guitar in college when I realized I had no talent for it, and sold my guitar (I believe it was a Hamer) and my amp.

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Wednesday, August 03, 2005

A lunchtime stroll

At lunch, eating my cottage cheese, bored, don't yet feel like pulling out the novel I'm reading, so I think it's time for another random walk through Wikipedia.

Here we go:

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Tuesday, August 02, 2005

A random walk through Wikipedia

I really like Wikipedia. For those unfamiliar with it, Wikipedia describes itself as "a Web-based, multi-language, free-content encyclopedia written collaboratively by volunteers". Anyone can create or edit any article in Wikipedia, and as its audience increases, its self-correcting capabilities increase. It has a breadth of articles which is amazing, and the depth of many of the articles is likewise astounding, considering that these are all written by people in their spare time. Additionally, all of the content is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License, so the content can be re-used by anyone, anywhere. Most of the articles are also chock-a-block full of cross-reference links to other pages in Wikipedia, for terms in the article which have corresponding pages.

One of the home page features of Wikipedia is "Random article", which does what one would expect. For fun, and because I have nothing real to post here, I've decided to go on a Random Walk through Wikipedia. I will click on Random Article repeatedly, listing the pages I hit, until I come upon a page that I find interesting enough to re-print here. If I find this fun, and if I'm sufficiently bored, I'll make this a semi-regular feature of the ALTG.

So here we go. Let's see how long it takes me to find something interesting:

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Monday, August 01, 2005

Bigger than Pluto, possible 10th planet found

The definition of what is and what is not a planet is being challenged by a newly announced discovery Friday. Astronomers from the Palomar Observatory near San Diego, California said they found a chunk of ice and rock in the Solar system larger than Pluto.

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From Wikinews.

Should I be upset?

She sits next to me, and we talk every day, absolutely every day, about everything: things going on in our personal lives which no one else know, feelings about life, about family, about how we feel about ourselves and about other people. I know she has a very complicated life (much of the complication self-imposed), and I know she is careful not to let things from one aspect of her life impinge on other aspects. But, nevertheless, we're close, even though the majority of our conversations take place via instant message.

Today, another co-worker came by her cube and discussed at length an evening out that they shared with a few other mutual co-workers. An evening out that I had neither been invited to nor heard about. Towards the end of their conversation, the other co-worker (not my cubicle neighbor) turned to me and said, "You really have to come with us next time." I told him, correctly, that I hadn't heard about it, and would have come if I had known.

Yes, I am bothered that he had not thought to invite me, as we are all part of the same extended business group, but I am more bothered my cubicle neighbor did not let me know. Didn't ask on the day they were all going out if I was also going, didn't indicate that it was even happening. The only possible charitable interpretation I can give to it was that, since she wasn't the organizer of this evening, she wasn't about to discuss it with anyone other than those she knew were involved. Or I could give it my standard interpretation of simply, once again, being the guy who is invisible and overlooked.

I'm hurt, but I'm not going to say anything to her unless she asks. I am likewise not going to initiate conversation with her this morning; I will wait to see when she talks with me.

I'm just as bothered by my reaction to this as I am to the situation itself. I should know better by now.

UPDATE: It finally came up for discussion, and she confirmed my generous interpretation, that since she wasn't the organizer, she didn't feel she had the right to invite anyone else. And she tried to soothe my disappointment in not being invited by saying that since I'm a "family man", people assume I wouldn't come anyway -- and she pointed out that one of the other "family men" is never invited either. But, since I've always been the guy who's not invited out with the group (as I've written about before, but don't feel like linking to here), it will always just feel like I am, once again, simply the invisible guy being overlooked.