Thursday, July 31, 2008
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
One of the more intelligent things I have read in a while.. Do We Need a Wartime President?
The jist that it is too big a problem for one man to solve is fair across the industry.. those at the helm now are fighting fires they (mostly) did not start.. but don't help themselves being unclear about the real situation.. but the way the markets work doesn't allow complete clarity in these volatile times.
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
He finds out there is a view from this vantage point and settles down to enjoy it..
After a busy morning, it is time for a nap..
We thought we got beagles, but I think they are both actually cats.
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Thursday, July 24, 2008
- Turn off 3G
- Minimize use of location services
- Fetch new data less frequently
- Turn off push mail
- Auto-check fewer email accounts
- Minimize use of third-party applications
- Turn off Wi-Fi
- Turn off Bluetooth
- Use Airplane Mode in low- or no-coverage areas
- Adjust brightness
- Turn off EQ
In a nutshell? Use it as an iPod. But not too often.
Still on the fence.
via Comment #23, Leaving Baghdad: What Should the Americans Do? NYT
I hear the same question: “ What do you think about pulling our troops from Iraq?” I always answer with another question: “What should the Americans do before leaving Iraq? Iraq has been destroyed by your army, so what should you do before leaving? You broke it and you have to fix it.” cont'd
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Chuck Norris doesn't read books. He stares them down until he gets the information he wants.
There is no theory of evolution. Just a list of creatures Chuck Norris has allowed to live.
Chuck Norris does not sleep. He waits.
There is no chin behind Chuck Norris’ beard. There is only another fist.
Chuck Norris can slam a revolving door.
via the fil :)
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
The G8 summit went off without a single security hitch. On the other hand, the policing bill for the three days was 30 billion yen. That's £142 million."
It is nice living in Legoland though..
"A panel of top business leaders testified before Congress about the worsening recession Monday, demanding the government provide Americans with a new irresponsible and largely illusory economic bubble in which to invest.
"What America needs right now is not more talk and long-term strategy, but a concrete way to create more imaginary wealth in the very immediate future," said Thomas Jenkins, CFO of the Boston-area Jenkins Financial Group, a bubble-based investment firm. "We are in a crisis, and that crisis demands an unviable short-term solution."
The current economic woes, brought on by the collapse of the so-called "housing bubble," are considered the worst to hit investors since the equally untenable dot-com bubble burst in 2001. According to investment experts, now that the option of making millions of dollars in a short time with imaginary profits from bad real-estate deals has disappeared, the need for another spontaneous make-believe source of wealth has never been more urgent."
Monday, July 14, 2008
Wildman himself is a world-class athlete in several sports. In recent years, he has competed in the Ironman Triathlon nine times, the three-thousand-mile Race Across America bike race, the Aspen downhill ski race, and the New York and L.A. marathons. In the sailing world, Wildman made history by winning all three of the Chicago Yacht Club's famed Mackinac races in one season. He snowboards the Alaskan backcountry with Olympic downhill champion Tommy Moe. Two years ago, he paddled through the entire chain of Hawaiian islands on a surfboard.
Except that it doesn't make sense. Because Don Wildman is seventy-five years old.
One of the most consuming chapters in Wildman's competitive life began in 1982, when he caught the first televised Hawaiian Ironman triathlon. The race, composed of a 2.4-mile ocean swim, a 112-mile bike ride, and a marathon, was touted as the ultimate physical challenge. As if to illustrate this, the women's leader, twenty-three-year-old Julie Moss, collapsed two hundred yards from the finish and for ten minutes attempted to drag herself to the line, staggering and crawling. When she touched the finish line, she collapsed in a puddle of urine and her eyes rolled back in her head. It was one of the most horrifying moments ever documented in sports. Watching it, Wildman was impressed. "I told my wife, 'Hey, there's this new sport I want to try.'"
"Don dragged me and all my buddies into training for the thing. And then he beat us all," John Wildman says. "I did not do subsequent Ironmans." His father did. After being told he'd won his age group, Wildman was dismayed to learn that he'd actually come in second to a Canadian named Les McDonald. The following year, Wildman returned, seeking to claim the gold, only to lose to McDonald again. Ditto the third year. Over seven years, a pattern emerged: Wildman would lose to his rival, a superior runner, but he'd narrow the gap. The eighth year, Wildman won.
When most of us do something that could potentially result in severe injury, resistance intervenes in the form of terror. Like Hamilton, Wildman appears to be missing that gene. To them, getting hurt is simply an inconvenient by-product of doing what they love, nothing to get emotional about.
Wildman gets off his bike and helps me up, nodding his approval: "I always say, It's not a ride unless you get some blood." "
Esquire, via Duffy
“They go on for me,” he said. “I am learning to get online myself, and I will have that down fairly soon, getting on myself. I don’t expect to be a great communicator, I don’t expect to set up my own blog, but I am becoming computer literate to the point where I can get the information that I need.”
As he answered questions, sipping a cup of coffee with his tie tight around his neck, his aides stared down at their BlackBerries.
As they tapped, Mr. McCain said he did not use a BlackBerry, though he regularly reads messages on those of his aides. “I don’t e-mail, I’ve never felt the particular need to e-mail,” Mr. McCain said."
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Friday, July 11, 2008
I am not alone in my green fatigue. The Shelton Group's latest study, Energy Pulse 2007, revealed that between 2006 and 2007, Americans' enthusiasm for energy-efficient products and services fell across the board. "We are really seeing a backlash to the whole green thing," says Shelton. "We've tested environmental messaging for some clients lately, and we get a lot of eye rolls and deep sighs. We hear things like 'I'm so tired of the green label being slapped on everything,' 'I'm so tired of being guilted into being green'."
There isn't a diagnostic label [now] for green fatigue or eco-anxiety. At some point there probably will be."
"The discussion about changing our light bulbs, about washing our laundry on a lower setting, all seem to be very petty approaches to what is being described as a great climate catastrophe," says James Panton, cofounder of the Manifesto Club, which is committed to preventing ecological disaster without limiting human potential. "Changing a light bulb isn't the way forward."
"If there were stronger infrastructural changes, then you would have a clear lead from the political and economic leadership of our society, and you won't have that kind of fatigue," says Tim Baster, executive director of the U.K.'s Climate Outreach and Information Network. "It's individuals who get demoralized. There has to be collective action."
Sad, but true?
Wednesday, July 09, 2008
Fiorina's record as a businesswoman makes George W. Bush's stewardship of his office look slick by comparison.
Fiorina took one of the greatest companies in America, the crown jewel of Silicon Valley, the Hewlett-Packard Co., and within less than five years she brought it to its knees. She ignored its corporate culture, she made one of the dumbest deals in American business history (buying Compaq), she treated anyone who questioned her with contempt, and (worst of all) she lost money.
Then she blamed everyone but herself. Still does.
I don't care whether it does or not. What I care about is John McCain's judgment in thinking Carly Fiorina can run a lemonade stand, let alone the U.S. economy. Fiorina is the ultimate icon of the Forbes Myth, the idea that business is all great men (and women) who bestride the world like collossi, around whom all revolves.
Business isn't like that. Never was. Only in the fevered imagination of people whose view of life doesn't extend beyond the Hudson River. Business isn't just about strategy. It's about tackling. It's blocking-and-tackling, it's manufacturing and marketing, it's organization. It's hard work, the hardest work America offers, and the most potentially rewarding.
We love to say of American capitalism that it rewards success and punishes failure. Where is Carly Fiorina's punishment?
And again, what does it say about John McCain that he would choose this woman to represent him?"
Harsh but fair? I don't rate her either, but is she really his economic advisor??
get your war on
Tuesday, July 08, 2008
"While the few cities in this county have paid firefighters, in the small communities that dot this region, fires are fought mostly by trained volunteers. When the lightning fires struck in June, Mr. Acker said, “The entire governmental system broke down; we had to rely on ourselves and our neighbors.” nytimes California Wildfires 6Jun
"We're living in this beautiful space on the whim of Mother Nature," he said. "She comes along like this every once in a while. It teaches you humility." sfgate
images via boston.com/bigpicture
Monday, July 07, 2008
"Just yesterday, I pulled out to overtake four cars on a normal A road and by the time the manoeuvre was complete, I was doing 165mph. That is not a boast. That is a fact. And if anyone asks, I shall say I was on the Isle of Man. There’s a crest on a B road near where I live, and in most cars the traction control light flickers as you go over it. The GT2, however, slewed sideways. Suddenly. It was extremely alarming. I may even have wet myself a bit." clarkson
Dear Father Christmas.....
Saturday, July 05, 2008
Head measurement, Spine, Humerus measurement, Heart and heartbeat, Stomach and circumference, Femur measurement gives weight estimate of 1362g, statistics show right in the middle of the curve with due date 16th Sep, but still no confirmation of sex. Being coy. :)
Friday, July 04, 2008
When Bush took office in January 2001:
The unemployment rate was 4.2%, now it is 5.5%.
The inflation rate was 3.7%, now it is 4.1%.
Gasoline was around $1.45, now it is over $4.00.
The S&P 500 was 1,342 and now it is 1,261.
The trade weighted dollar was 122.7, now it is 96.0
I'm looking for a bumper stickers that says, Bin Laden still has his job, do you?"
Thursday, July 03, 2008
Tuesday, July 01, 2008
Get in ball. Strap in. Pull levers. Vomit violently. Good time!!
"The banks have been doing their death dance for an entire year now, pretending that their problems are those of mere "liquidity" (i.e. cash-on-hand) rather than insolvency (no cash either on hand or in the vault and nothing else to sell to raise cash except worthless "creative" securities that nobody would ever buy). But the destruction of money (resulting from loans not paid back) is now so intense that the game of pretend has reached its terminal point. The question for the moment is exactly who and what will be crushed as these institutions roll over and die."