Friday, December 03, 2004


Can anyone explain the difference between the approval approval process for patches to help women get their grooves back vs. drugs which might give men four-hour erections and/or heart attacks?

IBM's PC division will go up for sale? Should be some good prices when they liquidate some stock.

Thursday, December 02, 2004

Evolution, pt. II

Frankly, it's a fringe thing. It excites a very specific group of people, for whom this is the be all end all topic of discussion. It's in the same vein as the Freedom from Religion crowd and the gaggle of people who put up anti-UN signs in their front yards.

Look, the Vatican has embraced evolution. The guys with the gold bracade, the pointy hats and the penchant for large crowds in the rain have decided that this is a religious truth. That pretty much says it for me.

As for Kansas Baptists, well, we live in a representative deomcracy. If you don't like what your local officials are doing, run for office, lobby gov't, or leave the state. If rampant multi-culti drives you bugfuck, get out of San Francisco. If you're uncomfortable with what your kids are learning in school, put them in another one. This ain't Tennessee in the 1930s - there are other options.

I'm not really sure where the Important National Debate is on this issue.

But I still respect their beliefs. As much as I respect the wrongheaded pacifism of the Quakers and the stubborn determination of the Cubs fans. If you don't like it, fix it.
Seriously was there an important issue here? This seems like the background noise of Democracy.

Thunderbird Goes RC1 Now

Well, Mozilla's lite email client, Thunderbird, is going to release candidate one status. Heady day, indeed.

Does anyone use it?

I know we have the FireFox revolution going on where MS saw IE lose something like 5% marketshare to an open source project, but will Ballmer start shaking in his boots over losing OutLook Express marketshare? I don't use T'Bird mostly because GMail is so good to me (I'm heavy on info retention and searching, light on ontology these days — I know, I know, I used to sort my porn into different directories, but that was before strong searches).

This does kind of get into the question of search vs. sort. I don't have Google Desk (but don't you, Terry?), but if there were an open source application that made file management as friendly as FireFox is to browsing, I might go with it, even if it was a revved up search engine. For now, I won't add Google Desk (primarily because it's the parents' computer I'm using at the moment and I'm scared of what Google's doing on the computer), but I'd really like to see something enter that arena from those players.

First, though, Mozilla should beef up their bookmark manager. It's a little on the underpowered side for my tastes. I would do it myself, but I'm still working on that thing for Brian.
Surely you've seen the hillarious proposed textbook stickers?

Wednesday, December 01, 2004


The bust of a statue acheologists identify as Roman Emperor Philip the Arab, who ruled from 224 to 249 AD, is seen on a beach on the Mediterranean island of Corsica in this recent undated photo. Archeologists announced November 19, 2004 that a 2-meter statue of a feminine silhouette and statue fragments of the roman emperor were discovered October 23, 2004 in in shipwreck dating from the third century off Porticcio in southern Corsica.

"Sirs, perhaps there are those among you who believe you are descended from a ape. I suppose there may even be those among you who believe that I am descended from a ape. But I challenge the man to step forward who believes that General Robert E. Lee is descended from a ape." - Maj. Gen. George Pickett

7 Down, 8 to Go

It's good to see that the purge continues apace. I just read a nice blog entry on Tom Ridge, and I find it interesting that he's leaving, even though he's considered one of the most loyal Secretaries. I agree that all of the creepies are leaving, but I have to say that I am much more concerned about the even creepiers coming in. We have someone coming into Justice who advocated torture.

Google for bush and politburo. Nice results, no?
Should we talk about the evolution debate? I'd really like to get into it.

Ridge Leaving Cabinet

Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge, the former governor and U.S. Army sergeant who became linked in the public mind with color-coded warnings of possible terrorist attacks, resigned yesterday after nearly two years overseeing the most ambitious U.S. government reorganization since the 1940s.

Ridge is the first secretary of a department that combined 22 preexisting agencies into one unit designed to protect America from terrorism. He said he will remain until Feb. 1 or until the Senate confirms his successor. Administration officials said President Bush is seeking to replace Ridge with someone even more bugfuck creepifying.
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I blog because I care.
Have you noticed that with the exception of Powell, the creepier ones are the ones leaving?