Under the weather

I am back from holiday in Canada. Christmas was great, Boxing Day was everything I expected, travel went smoothly, blah, blah, blah. It now appears I may be coming down with something. Ugh.


Why do people even bother working today?! But what really irritates me are those people, who for no reason other than being totally self-centered, get upset when everyone isn't in the office waiting to serve them.


Male fish bear eggs in Potomac

Male fish bear eggs in Potomac

Just another reason not to live in West Viriginia and quite possibly a reason for the Dems in Washington not having any balls to stand up to the war criminals Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld. HAHA!

Business blogs, blogging, RSS, and email consultancy: Radiant Marketing Group

Radiant Marketing Group

I've added this link to my Blogroll, not because its the usual blog that I read everyday at home for fun, but because I read it just about everyday at work for great information. The site has a number of links, resources, and is a staunch advocate of blogging in business, especially small businesses. And since I work for a small company, I'm employee number 3, such a site is really valuable to me. Check it out if you're interested, share your ideas.


Its been a long weekend

Uffda! We're finally moved out of the apartment and into the house - it was hands down the longest move I've ever been involved in. But I'll be back at work tomorrow, can't wait, and getting ready for Christmas. The tree is going up tonight!


My new neighborhood...well, close enough. I'll be just a few blocks away from this pretty sight. Posted by Hello


Data mapping (geographically)

I am looking for some software at work that will take my database of clients and show me their densities on a map of the state or country. It looks like MapPoint from Microsoft will do that, but I try my best to avoid them whenever possible. I've also seen that Arcview or some such thing also does this but it sounds like a bigger program than I really need. Let me know if you know!

Wal-Mart Sued Over Evanescence Lyrics

Wal-Mart Sued Over Evanescence Lyrics:

$74,500 for each child who hears the word "fuck" in a song. This has got to be one of the more ridiculous lawsuits in recent memory. Fuck!

Blockbuster dropping late fees as of Jan. 1

Blockbuster dropping late fees as of Jan. 1

Finally I won't have to keep changing stores just to avoid late fees. I swear they just hand them out like candy - I've paid late fees more times than I've been late.

What a bridge!

This beautiful bridge was recently inaugurated in France and wow, what a bridge it is! CNN has a nice collection of pictures to flip through. Looks like something to check out the next time one is in France. Posted by Hello

Source: Huge Ford SUV set for extinction

Source: Huge Ford SUV set for extinction

Its about time this hunk of junk was stopped. Its too friggin' big and wasteful, just wasteful.


Today just sucks!

I can't put my foot on the problem, but I'm just in a bitchy-ass mood and nothing seems to help. I had a great weekend, I got some great gifts from my parenst, and I make the big move on Friday. But its not just me, everyone in the office is ready to go postal for one reason or another. If you know whats good for you, just don't call us. (and thankfully no one really is this afternoon).

Could be because I can't wear half of my pants comfortably anymore - thats right, my ass is even bigger now. I'm heading back to the gym after the new year when I can start and maintain a workout schedule. And since I didn't gain everything back, I'm hoping to make some nice improvements again this year. My downfall? Junk food in the house, like all the time. I don't blame anyone, but myself - I slipped under my own admission and because I lost self-control. Its that simple, as I feel it is for anyone.

Today is one of those days I want to be back on Lexapro. I kept on it for about 5 months, then when I found my insurance wasn't going to cover it becuase the doctor wasn't on network I was suddenly stuck with a much larger bill. And guess who sent me to the doctor in the first place, thats right, my insurance company. But apparently I called inbetween when changes were made and I was screwed. And since I like to ignore problems hoping they'll just go away I lost the opportunity to fight it and now I'm just paying it off. Then I lost my insurance with that shitty job (stagecoach riding off into the pretty sunset my ass.) I have insurance now, but its just short-term at the moment which doesn't cover mental conditions and I don't have the nerve to ask my boss for a change up. It is just short-term, so my benefits will be better in a few months. Half of the time I don't think I need to get back on and the other half I do. If I were single right now it'd probably be more of a problem than what is being manifested right now. So I'll just wait I guess, I'm not as bad as I had been. Ofcourse, I should probably spend more time getting myself in to see an optometrist - I can't see shit anymore.


The Karshner Tripplets!!

Thanks to towleroad for pointing this one out, as always. That Cingular commercial certainly got me interested, I'm with them now aren't I! So maybe a wall calendar is also in my future. Hint, hint!

Lowe's Coon Rapids store set to open

Lowe's Coon Rapids store set to open: "Lowe's appeals to female shoppers with its clean, brightly lit stores and broad product selection. The North Carolina-based retailer, for example, is known for its wide assortment of appliances and outdoor grills, Cox said."

Ah, just what I've been waiting for. Though Menards is usually nice a clean as well, but now we got choices!

Disgruntled soldiers put Rumsfeld on the spot

Disgruntled soldiers put Rumsfeld on the spot: ""Why do we soldiers have to dig through local landfills for pieces of scrap metal and compromised ballistic glass to uparmor our vehicles?'' Wilson asked. A big cheer arose from the approximately 2,300 soldiers in the cavernous hangar who assembled to see and hear the secretary of defense."


Go Target!

I'm glad Target kicked those discriminating beggers off their front door! They get what they deserve for shunning God's children.

Let them know what you think by giving them some fake money.

And if anyone has some sort of protest, whatnot, response to these people who keep arguing that creation is the only thing to beleive and that evolution is false - let me know! I'm sick and tired of this argument going back and forth.

I love my job

After losing my previous job in June from an employer I was more than glad to be leaving, I accidently found my way into a marketing position for a little insurance brokerage. I wasn't all that excited to be working in insurance, but it hasn't been all that bad and I get free health insurance - so bonus!

At my previous post, I was master of slack. I often came into work late, sometimes as much as 90 minutes late and no one seemed the wiser. I worked as little as possible, and for the most part did a great job somehow. But like most people I worked with, I didn't care one flippin' bit about the job or the company - free checking or not.

Finally the day came, a meeting had been set just before the end of my day and it could mean only one thing. They knew it and now I did too since they emailed me the meeting invite right away in the morning. It as perfect, gave me all day to clear out my personal belongings, (and a few company ones too) and most importantly I had all day to post for jobs. In fact, I scheduled a first interview for the next afternoon.

The meeting came and went, they offered a box but I had that all taken care of already. I was free. I was elated, finally gone from that place I had come to hate so much. Why hadn't I left sooner, I don't know. Fear or something, or maybe I was just too lazy. Regardless the time had come and I was on my way home. To make a long story short, I quickly followed the next day's interview with a second and just six days later I had a job. It couldn't have turned out better for me, hell I didn't even get to file unemployment.

And now today, I can't stop thinking about work. Its usually the first thing on my mind when I wake and sometimes the last before bed. I check my work email, and I'm often taking notes. After Thanksgiving weekend when people were oh so uneager to get back to the 'grind' I was chipper as hell waiting for Sunday to end so I could rush off to work.

Sometimes when I'm there it gets boring, or things just aren't going my way but all in all I love it. I went to school for marketing, and though I wondered if I was educated well at all, I've used much of what I've learned on a daily basis. Then again, I've discovered a few shortcomings in my education and might have to get those squared away sometime soon.


Blog Business Summit

Blog Business Summit

Blogging looks like its getting more and more mainstream as businesses are now planning to attend a conference on the practice. I've also read some school is offering a class on blogging as it relates to marketing. I'd be tempted to take such a class as I have been researching a blog for work to help extend our efforts further on the Internet. Does anyone have experience setting up a blog at work? Have any thoughts or suggestions?

I've discovered the following blog focusing exclusively on small businesses - its loaded with all sorts of resources and links of value.

'Daily Show' book named Book of Year


This book is certainly on my Christmas wish list, though I haven't told anyone until now so it'll be an after-Christmas gift to
myself. I've checked out the justices - funny shit!

"Mother of the Matrix" Victorious

"Mother of the Matrix" Victorious

It seems there was a good reason for the Matrix sequels sucking so bad - it was all faked since the real author never wrote them. I have attached the story below incase it disappears and since it requires registration. Would be interesting to see the 30 minutes that the studio deleted from the movie to try avoiding this lawsuit.

I look forward to seeing more of her works, just this time fully realized and genuine.

"Mother of the Matrix" Victorious
By Martha Carter

Monday, October 4th 2004 ended a six-year dispute involving Sophia Stewart, the Wachowski Brothers, Joel Silver and Warner Brothers. Stewart's allegations, involving copyright infringement and racketeering, were received and acknowledged by the Central District of California, Judge Margaret Morrow residing.

Stewart, a New Yorker who has resided in Salt Lake City for the past five years, will recover damages from the films, The Matrix I, II and III, as well as The Terminator and its sequels. She will soon receive one of the biggest payoffs in the history of Hollywood, as the gross receipts of both films and their sequels total over 2.5 billion dollars.

Stewart filed her case in 1999, after viewing the Matrix, which she felt had been based on her manuscript, "The Third Eye," copyrighted in 1981. In the mid-eighties Stewart had submitted her manuscript to an ad placed by the Wachowski Brothers, requesting new sci-fi works.

According to court documentation, an FBI investigation discovered that more than thirty minutes had been edited from the original film, in attempt to avoid penalties for copyright infringement. The investigation also stated that "credible witnesses employed at Warner Brothers came forward, claiming that the executives and lawyers had full knowledge that the work in question did not belong to the Wachowski Brothers." These witnesses claimed to have seen Stewart's original work and that it had been "often used during preparation of the motion pictures."
The defendants tried, on several occasions, to have Stewart's case dismissed, without success.

Stewart has confronted skepticism on all sides, much of which comes from Matrix fans, who are strangely loyal to the Wachowski Brothers. One on-line forum, entitled Matrix Explained has an entire section devoted to Stewart. Some who have researched her history and writings are open to her story. Others are suspicious and mocking. "It doesn't bother me," said Stewart in a phone interview last week, "I always knew what was true."

Some fans, are unaware of the case or they question its legitimacy, due to the fact that it has received little to no media coverage. Though the case was not made public until October of 2003, Stewart has her own explanation, as quoted at daghettotymz.com:

"The reason you have not seen any of this in the media is because Warner Brothers parent company is AOL-Time Warner... this GIANT owns 95 percent of the media... let me give you a clue as to what they own in the media business... New York Times papers/magazines, LA Times papers/magazines, People Magazine, CNN news, Extra, Celebrity Justice, Entertainment Tonight, HBO, New Line Cinema, Dreamworks, Newsweek, Village Roadshow... many, many more!... They are not going to report on themselves. They have been surpressing my case for years..."

Fans who have taken Stewart's allegations seriously, have found eerie mythological parallels, which seem significant in a case that revolves around the highly metaphorical and symbolic Matrix series. Sophia, the greek goddess of wisdom has been referenced many times in speculation about Stewart. In one book about the Goddess Sophia, it reads, "The black goddess is the mistress of web creation spun in her divine matrix."

Although there have been outside implications as to racial injustice (Stewart is African American), she does not feel that this is the case. "This is all about the Benjamins," said Stewart. "It's not about money with me. It's about justice."

Stewart's future plans involve a record label, entitled Popsilk Records, and a motion picture production company, All Eyez On Me, in reference to God. "I wrote The Third Eye to wake people up, to remind them why God put them here. There's more to life than money," said Stewart. "My whole message to the world is about God and good and about choice, about spirituality prevailing over 'technocracy'."

If Stewart represents spirituality, then she truly has prevailed over the "technocracy" represented in both the Terminator and the Matrix, and now, ironically, by their supposed creators.

Stewart is currently having discussions with CBS about a possible exclusive story and has several media engagements in the near future to nationally publicize her victory.


Old blog entries

Does anyone ever read their old entries? I've been importing entries from my old iBlog (cut & paste one at a time) which has afforded me the chance to read some of the things I've said over the last two years. Sometimes I can't beleive what I was thinking or writing about, the naivity of the moment, the emotions of rage and elation. And like most people, I would imagine, this time also gives a chance to re-write history a little bit - mostly just the most embarassing moments are being left behind.


Stargate SG-1: The Alliance

Stargate SG-1: The Alliance

A game, its going to be game! OMG I can't wait and it better damn well be available on the Mac; the developer's site says all major platforms. This is stunning, certainly a reason to get a new iMac when this game comes out. (mine is just a couple years old)


Male Same-Sex Experimentation

Straight, With an Asterick

Never happened for me, damn't. Thats all I'm saying.

Thunderbird 1.0 Release Candidate 1 Is Now Available!

Thunderbird 1.0 Release Candidate 1 Is Now Available!

From the people who brought us FireFox comes Thunderbird 1.0 Release Candidate. I've been using it at work, and damn is it better than Outlook. MacCentral says the final version is being released Dec. 7th, but any update is usually welcomed news.

Some of my PC friends have been using it as well, and both say its just plain better than Outlook. Try it out!


U.S. to Boost Troop Presence in Iraq to 150,000

Yahoo! News

Who didn't see this one coming?! So I wonder if our troops will ever come home in anything other than stretchers and bodybags - seriously. Not that security in Iraq isn't important now, but we still shouldn't be there under the reasoning we were told about.


O' Canada!

I was off to Canada for the Thanksgiving weekend visiting friends and family, and every time I go there I seem to learn something new that makes the county even better. I've always said life is in the details, and boy does Canada have the details down. For example, and perhaps this is just me but I was nonetheless amazed, one can perform routine government services such as purchase new vehicle tags at one amounts to an ATM-like machine at their local mall. It included all sorts of service like changing your address or getting a new health card printed. I don't know, this thing seemed to make so much sense, I wonder why we don't have something like it here. It would beat heading to the DMV hands down.

Canadian off and on ramps are also better laid out. Here in Minnesota cars are getting off and on the highway at the same time in the same location, often making for heroing weaving just to make it. Traffic inevitably slows down, especially during rush hour, and we're all left waiting to get home because some engineer decided to cut corners. (Which from his perspective is probably a good thing since it will mean even more projects to fix the first one.)

OH! And why does Canada have all the really cool phones. One can barely find any Sony Ericsson phones around here, but they have like all of the versions available. Damn them and their European roots!

Would be quite interesting if they adopt the Euro?!

Free 'Make Love Not Spam' screensaver targets spam websites

Free 'Make Love Not Spam' screensaver targets spam websites

Seems like quite the ingenious idea, especially if it helps fight spam, if even just a little bit. And the screensaver is available for Max OS X, 9, and Windows. Have at it!


**Update: something seems to wrong with the website; it has some cryptic message. I wonder if it was hacked?!


Funny Forward

An elderly couple had been dating for some time and decided it was finally time to marry. Before the wedding they embarked on a long conversation regarding how their marriage might work. They discussed finances, living arrangements and so on. Finally the old man decided it was time to broach the subject of their sexual relationship.

"How do you feel about sex?" he asked, rather hopefully.

"Oh, I like to have it infrequently," she responded.

The old guy thought for a moment, then asked, "Was that one word or two?

capitalism sucks ass

capitalism sucks ass

I look past the socialist comment, the term has a bad rap and confuses people's attention, Michael makes a great point. Home Dept sucks ass! Can that store be any more overcrowded, poorly designed and any more impossible to find anything you might be looking for?

The self-checkout option is nice, which I wish more stores in Minnesota would invest in and pass on the savings, but the store is just dangerous. They have pipe cutting tools and various other limb-deformers just lying about the store waiting for an unsuspecting child. Furthermore - I'm just not convinced its cheaper than cleaner alternatives.


Thank you Cingular!

Got a nice new Motorola v551 and Rollover minutes now that AT&T Wireless has been consumed by Cingular. A bunch of people have told me they suck for one reason or another, but AT&T's customer service sucked donkey balls as well so its not a change for me. What is pretty sweet though is the service coverage in Minnesota is huge now, and the quality in signal strength is outstanding. I don't know how they did it, but its awesome. And their mobile internet is much faster, but I think mMode was better designed for use on a phone.

Motorola's are pretty sweet phones - haven't had one for a few years but its nice to be back. However, if that s700 makes it to Cingular before Dec 15th you can bet your booty I'll be making the exchange. Yowser! Posted by Hello


Petition Spot - Howard Dean for Chairman of the DNC

Sign the Petition

I kind of think Dean would be really good for the post. A great fund-raiser and motivator he might be just the ticket.


Since I have been highlighting things that tend to irritate me I figured I might as well go through all of them and get it out there. Don't want to pent up any of this rage and go postal or anything. (Is the term 'postal' getting out of date? What would be the alternative?)

I haven't quite figured out why it irritates me so much, but I frickin' hate phonebooks. Its such a collasal waste of paper and shelf space that I have ever seen and people cannot seem to live without them. I don't get it. Never have I gone to a phone book for anything other than a paper-weight. Nothing ruins my day like coming home and seeing one at my front door. Its like PC users with their floppy disks - they just cannot let them go.

And why do I bring this up today? Guess what was on the front desk in the office, but a stack of three yellow pages. I am praying no one offers me a copy!


TV stations canceling 'Ryan' telecast

TV stations canceling 'Ryan' telecast

Why must our reality be so sanitized? That even a movie paying tribute to the memory and sacrifice of our veterans who fought in a noble war would be put into question because the script is laden with "fuck." Perhaps the government is afraid if America's youth is exposed to the harsh reality of war they wouldn't be signing up to fight. Like the debate concerning evolution, this is another one of my hot-ticket items that irritates me.


Wisconsin school district is focus of evolution debate

Wisconsin school district is focus of evolution debate

This 'evolution' debate pisses me off to high hell. People think the debate has to be like the American political system: two sided. I have been wondering for quite some time that no one seems to understand four sides to the argument actually exist: evolution, creation, both, and neither. The question that begs to be asked, is why does this debate keep coming up a couple times a year? A line in the article kind of hit me with the answer: Schools are only allowed to teach evolution, which is admittedly just a theory, and Churches teach creationism exclusively. Unfortunately no where does there exist an opportunity to discuss each objectively to better understand the situation. Science teachers feel unable to discuss the possible interconnect of creation and evolution and Church leaders aren't about to suggest that creation is part of something bigger because that might seed doubt in general.

I took a class in college that taught the four positions and helped me find my religion by eliminating the doubt I had since creation and evolution seemed to be at odds. I now adamantly believe in both, but not to the strictest sense that either side might hold.


FCC Exempts Web Phones from State Rule

FCC Exempts Web Phones from State Rule

Sweet deal! My Vonage rates won't be going up! Though I do think these types of services should certainly offer 911 service one way or the other, I don't think all those damn fees are absolutely necessary, especially when innovators go through all this work to push the envelope of technology and service.


A message from Howard Dean

Democracy For America

Dean, my favorite among the initial Democratic candidates for President, had a few good points to share. Its hard to believe Montana actually voted a Democrat for Governor - I wonder what the story is behind that.

I read somewhere that in proportion, W was voted against by the highest number of voters since 1916. In other words, America hasn't 'hated' their President in such high numbers in almost 90 years.

I might just have to start my own 'bat' to get the ball rolling again.

Loving this.... Posted by Hello


Average IQ: Red States vs. Blue States

Average IQ

Not sure what to make of it, but its certainly an interesting coincidence. Don't you think?

Tuesday wasn't a complete loss. My good friend from home unseated an incumbent Republican for a seat in the Minnesota House. Congrats! Posted by Hello

Chemical Warfare

I've begun the use of chemical weapons against kitty. Don't freak out, its just a spray for electrical cords and plants that leaves a film of a bitter substance. Lets just say kitty won't like the smell of lemons ever again. The other morning I woke up to find a lap was no longer working becuase someone ate right through the cord. And the new phone? Yeah, its power cord has been attacked as well, but the power is still flowing. (Probably why he didn't finish the job.)


F#%k Healing

Kerry suggested in his concession speach that he wants healing for the nation. F#CK that sh!t! Republicans have declared war on progressive, responsible thinking. Its time we declared war on ignorance, arrogance and hatred. First, I want the heads of the so-called leaders at the DNC - its time they saw the curb.

I think I'm still in the anger stage, but what the hell, I'm impassioned!

Economy, Education, Equality

Just three words which amount to the two cents I want to add to the political discourse of the day. The Republicans have three pillars they stand on, I think its way past time for the Democrats to have some basic principles.

Oh, and where is the National Holiday for Election Day?! Hello!


A9 Toolbar for Firefox too

A9.com > A9 Toolbar

I think this is the first time a company has personally issued a toolbar for Firefox; I've only seen it done through third parties.

Looks pretty cool. Anyone sign up and use A9.com yet? Some of the features sounds pretty good, but I personally haven't taken the leap just yet. Though I'm sure to use it for the available discount at Amazon.com.


All Saints Day

I'm not Catholic, but I went to a Catholic university and I recall learning that November 1 was All Saints Day, but I don't really recall what the deal was. I imagine it has something to do with the dead, but thats neither here nor there. I'm just sitting at work right now and not really getting much done - I'm void of all inspiration, creativity or motivation.

I actually attended a Halloween party this weekend, and though it wasn't as raucous as I had been expecting (damn people not showing up) it was the first for me...ever! I've also been working on a New Year's resolution that just happens to be about New Year's Eve - I'm going out. December 31st will mark a year since I found the courage to face up to my social anxiety and do something about it. Last year I spent the night locked in my room, crying from the frustration of such illogical anxiety. Shortly after I met a doctor and started taking Lexapro, but like many others I felt I no longer needed it and then health insurance left me as did my previous place of employment. I found Lexapro to be quite helpful and I never suffered any side-effects of notice, and I think most of my close friends would have positive comments to make about my progress. Lately I have been thinking about starting a treatment of Lexapro again, and maybe adding in some talk-therapy but I'm still on the fence.

I can call people these days without fear, and taking out the trash no longer has to be done at 3 in the morning. I am able to make eye-contact with other drivers and not freak out when it happens. Public restrooms aren't so much a challenge anymore, but maybe thats not such a good thing. ;)


This about sums it up...

Concerns mount as banks start using Windows in ATMs

Concerns mount as banks start using Windows in ATMs

You have got to be kidding me - I just don't understand how this is possible. I would think banks would look for a cheaper and more secure alternative in Linux or Unix, but Windows?! Christ, now I don't know if I should be using ATMs anymore. I'm just waiting for the day when Windows is everywhere and some really smart nerd rights such a destructive virus that crashes every copy of windows, leaving banks inoperable, cars dead on the road where they crashed (computer wise and physically) and terrorist can come and go as they please because Homeland Security has no working computers. Hello people!!

I like what MacDaily had to say:

"MacDailyNews Take: Great idea! Let's use Windows, the most insecure and most heavily attacked operating system, for banks and U.S. Homeland Security! Hey, let's use Windows to control nuclear missile silos next! And in two ton vehicles that can drive at high speeds. And on planes, yeah, jets - that would be great! Or to run nuclear subs, right after we install the screen doors! Typical institutional stupidity. It's too bad that the average human IQ isn't just a few points higher; everything would be so much easier without so many morons mucking everything up all the time."

KSTP video shows seal on Iraq bunker

KSTP video shows seal on Iraq bunker

Not only are American troops being attacked and bombed almost daily, but many of the weapons used in the attack were likely in US custody - if just for a short time. I think what is the worst part of this situation is that the Administration was warned about these stockpiles of weapons. Then again Bush didn't want to let the inspectors do their work so why should he care what they found while they were there.


iPod Ashlee Simpson Karaoke Edition

iPod Ashlee Simpson Karaoke Edition

This has got to hurt. I haven't seen the incident, but enough people have told me about it that I feel embarrassed for her. I can't believe they would try to do something like this on SNL, then again remember Brittany's first appearance. It was so awful but look at her now, knocked up at 23 with a guy loaded with a kid or two already - nice!


Eminem's Mosh Music Video

Eminem's Mosh Music Video

It seems Eminem is not only politically thoughtful, but more than willing to express it in a constructive manner. The video is more or less a call to arms for America's disenfranchised...a call to vote. Voting out Bush is by far the easiest way to rid this country of his tyranny and perhaps start America, and the world as a whole, down a path of a better future.

Kudos for Eminem for doing his part. Somehow I don't think door knocking would work well for him.

Apple's iPod/iTunes Announcement


SWEET! I'm jonesing for the Photo iPod - that could be really cool to share photos with friends, and music will even play along!!

Just go check it out, I cannot do all these new products justice with my words. I'm floored!

My Mac News Source

Untitled Document

MacDailyNews must be the preferred source of Mac News, that or their server just sucks. I've been trying to find out the news from Apple and so far I'm just getting tidbits. MDN has uploaded a simple text page with the tidbit I'm referring to. MacCentral has posted about some new shortcut for some photo application I've never heard of - oh why do I even go to their site?!

Oh sweet jesus the Apple Store just came back online. I'm in heaven...


100 Facts and 1 Opinion

100 Facts and 1 Opinion

This is some very good reading courtesy of The Nation. In all reality Bush should be kicked out of office in a gigantic landslide, unfortunately the Republican spin-machine is so good that Bush could shoot a baby in the head, and within 24 hours the majority of news outlets would be reporting on Ashlee Simpson's blunder on SNL.


Study finds 65,000 gay men, women in the military

Study finds 65,000 gay men, women in the military (HamptonRoads.com/Pilot Online)

Just imaging what our military position in Iraq/Afghanistan would be like right now with 65,000 fewer American's fighting and supporting. We are already strapped to the limits of our military - would radical ideology trump need?

At the Kerry/Edwards Rally

At the Kerry/Edwards Rally

I attended the Kerry/Edwards Rally in Minneapolis on Thursday and was proud to wear a t-shirt representing Fire Fighters for Kerry/Edwards. It was estimated that 30,000 people turned out for the rally in support of the next President.


Retire Tom DeLay

Retire Tom DeLay

It seems the sh!t is gettin' deep for Tom Delay. He has been issued a subpoena to appear in court on Monday and explain his actions sending Homeland Security agents after political rivals in Texas.

Run down

  • I don't pretend to understand how tax laws work, but when I hear about Republicans passing a massive tax bill giving $136 billion in tax breaks to companies I get suspicious. And to top it all off they say they're paying for it by closing tax loopholes, shelters and saving money by stopping the illegal export subsidies they had going will only generate $82 billion - still short and not "pay-as-you-go."
  • I got to attend the Kerry rally in Minneapolis last night - it was lots of fun to go see with 25,000 other Minnesotans. It was a great speech, full of hope, mauturity and caring.
  • Our governor is trying to blackmail the Indian Tribes in the state to pay the state or face competition from the major casino companies.
  • Google's shares are rising today after some good news in their first quarterly report. It was up $25 when I last checked and one analyst made the bold price target of $200. Personally I think he got a little too excited, but as long as it doesn't spread we can trust some sanity is left with these types when it comes to managing hype. I like Google and I think they are doing great things, but shit happens - especially with technology.


This is a Nightmare just waiting to happen

Microsoft jams 'Windows Automotive' into cars; will it work with Apple's iPod?

So let me get this straight. Microsoft wants cars to run on Windows (go figure!)?! But lets look at Windows today. First of all, Windows is PLAGUED by viruses, trojan horses, worms, adware, spyware, security holes, etc, etc, etc - lets just say there is no glass left in the window.

So I'm imagining owning a car that might not start because some hacker managed to send the car a virus during the nightly security download from Mircrosoft - becuase you know they'll be patching almost nightly. Or you might be driving down the road and all of a sudden your screen goes blue and the car just stops dead. Holy jumpin' Jesus this could be BAD!


Xavier Hard at Work

Xavier Hard at Work

Something is missing in the media

Bush administration suppressing CIA report on 9/11

This doesn't surprise me at all, and I'm sure it doesn't surprise most people. Could be an interesting situation if Bush wins and then a report comes out directly linking blame onto his administration.


Dad's recovery is going well

Mom called last night to let me know Dad's final surgery last night went very well and he's expected to make a speedy recovery. This is hopefully his last surgery as a result of the colon cancer to help put him back together. He still has to finish up with some chemotherapy for a few weeks, but thats been going well and hardly having much of an affect on him.

He is excited to be seeing this ordeal come to a close, its been quite a while and he hasn't been working through this whole time so he's starting to go crazy.

Tech Round-up

  • Apple does a surprise introduction of even more affordable iBooks loaded with Airport Extreme, and a low-end PowerMac G5.
  • Microsoft again delays security measures in its operating system until 2007. Apple's lastest OS still slated for Spring '05 and looks spectacular and as alwasy virus free.
  • Apple hits 52-week high, again!


Tantalizing News regarding something music at Apple

Apple to hold special event on October 26th

Damn, I have a feeling this is going to make my Apple Product envy even harder to control. I have it on good word I'm getting an iPod mini for Christmas, but I still need a new iMac. (Notice I said 'need.')


Moore election special is dropped

Moore election special is dropped

People and corporations are still trying to silence Freedom of Speech in America, and what gets me is this company is walking away from the highest grossing documentary film ever made. This would be a huge showing for In Demand and would certainly be worth their financial time. So why are they dropping it? How much did the Neo-Cons offer them in tax incentives and promises?

After all the things that have happened during this election its impossible for anyone ot suggest the media has a liberal bias. I like that last paragraph stating Moore offered the film for free to Sinclair Broadcasting which is forcing its affiliates to air an anti-Kerry film before the election.


Darfur Death Toll Reaches 70,000 - U.N. Agency

Darfur Death Toll Reaches 70,000 - U.N. Agency

When is the world going to start doing something about this crisis? How many people have to die, many of them murdered simply becuase they are Christian, before the world (US included) will stand up and take notice. I think its just sick and wrong that we do nothing on the matter - this is terrorism at its worst. We should be there.

Non-Partisan Joke

This was forwarded to me from a friend:

A powerful senator dies after a prolonged illness. His soul arrives
in Heaven where he is met by St. Peter.

"Welcome to Heaven," says St. Peter." We seldom see a high official around these parts, so we're not sure what to do with you."

"No problem, just let me in," says the guy.

"I'd like to, but I have orders from higher up. What we'll do is have you

spend one day in Hell and one in Heaven. Then you can choose where to spend eternity."

"Really, I've made up my mind. I want to be in Heaven," says the senator.

I'm sorry but rules are rules."

And with that, St. Peter escorts him to the elevator and he goes down, down, down to Hell. The doors open and he finds himself in the middle of a green golf course. In the distance is a club and standing in front of it are all his friends and other politicians who had worked with him. Everyone is very happy and in evening attire. They run to greet him, hug him and reminisce about the good times they had while getting rich at the expense of the people. They play a friendly game of golf and then dine on lobster and caviar.

Also present is the Devil, who really is a very friendly guy who has a good time dancing and telling jokes. They are having such a good time that before he realizes it, is time to go. Everyone gives him a big hug and waves while the elevator rises.

The elevator goes up,, up and the door reopens in Heaven where St. Peter is waiting for him.

"Now it's time to visit Heaven.", he says.

So 24 hours pass with the senator joining a group of contented souls moving from cloud to cloud, playing the harp and singing. They have a good time and, before he realizes it, the 24 hours have gone by and St. Peter returns.

"Well then, you've spent a day in Hell and another in Heaven. Now choose your eternity."

He reflects for a minute, then the senator answers, "Well, I would never have said it, I mean Heaven has been delightful, but I think I would be better off in Hell."

So St. Peter escorts him to the elevator and he goes down, down, ! down to Hell.

Now the doors of the elevator open and he is in the middle of a barren land covered with waste and garbage. He sees all his friends, dressed in rags, picking up the trash and putting it in black bags.

The Devil comes over to him and lays his arm on his neck.

"I don't understand," stammers the senator. "Yesterday I was here and there was a golf course and club and we ate lobster and caviar and danced and had a great time. Now all there is, is a wasteland full of garbage and my friends look miserable."

The Devil looks at him, smiles and says, "Yesterday we were campaigning. Today you voted for us!"

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We got him on the OBL comment

We got him on the OBL comment

Here is the text outlining Bush as a straight up liar last night in the debate. This happened within the first few minutes when he accused Kerry of exaggerating. Sorry, Mr. President, but those were your words.

Q: Mr. President, in your speeches now, you rarely talk or mention Osama bin Laden. Why is that? [...]

BUSH: ... I don't know where he is. Nor -- you know, I just don't spend that much time on him really, to be honest with you [...]

Q: Do you believe the threat that bin Laden posed won't truly be eliminated until he is found either dead of alive?

BUSH: As I say, we hadn't heard much from him. And I wouldn't necessarily say he's at the center of any command structure. And, you know, again, I don't know where he is.

I'll repeat what I said: I truly am not that concerned about him.

Post Debate Thoughts

- Bush totally lied about his comments regarding Osama bin Laden. I've already heard the audio clips on the radio this morning when he stated he didn't really think about bin Laden much at all. Mind you, he said it only six months after 9/11 when he was all gung-ho about invading Iraq.

- So are drugs from Canada good or bad?! In the second debate he stated he couldn't allow drugs from Canada because they could be dangerous. But now he's running to Canada to help with out flu vaccine shortage. Oh, and the FDA didn't not decide to stop Chiron from shipping their bad vaccines, the British made that decision and caught the FDA totally off-guard.

- His whole "culture of life" statements are starting to really piss me off. I recall a statement that as Governor of Texas he presided over the most executions of any state in America history. These opposing actions/views do not mesh.

- Bush's healthcare view is a complete pandering to the insurance companies. American's are not about to start calling hospitals and asking for rates. "Hi, I'm wondering how much you charge to remove a tumor in my colon?"

- I bet small business owners would rather see their healthcare costs drop rather than their taxes - if it came to choose between the two. I can vouch from my work experience that small business are seriously concerned with their health care costs.

- Minimum wage: Bush side-lined the question are started talking about better education. Granted that can certainly help, but it will take a generation to see the results. Raising the minimum wage, the lowest in decades, will have an immediate effect. Mind you 5 million Americans have fallen into poverty - they need help now.

20 more days!!


I didn't teach him that

MacDailyNews - News - Welcome Home

Analyst on Apple's earnings: 'It's shocking. I'm shocked.'

The good news just keeps rolling in for Apple, and the last quarter certainly wasn't an exception with Apple earning its highest profits in nine years. Get this, Apple sold over 2 million iPods in the last three months. Why are other companies even wasting their time competing, this is just insane.

One in four airport screeners fail - Oct 13, 2004

One in four airport screeners fail - Oct 13, 2004

Geez, we're spending $30 billion more on Homeland Security to protect Americans from experiencing another horiffic event like 9/11 and our airports still act like Microsoft Windows - full of holes! Doesn't Bush say we need to be right 100% of the time?! This airport, which the hijackers of 9/11 used is only right 75.2 percent of the time.

ATTENTION HIJACKERS/AL QAEDA/ and WHOEVER ELSE AMERICA HAS PISSED OFF: Our airports are still free and clear for attacks. Oh, and vote Bush!

Genes for gay men make women fertile

Genes for gay men make women fertile

Kind of an interesting article that might explain why the 'gay gene,' if there is such a thing, hasn't been weeded out by evolution. That or maybe God just wants some help decorating heaven - I don't know which.

The Fall of MacCentral; the Rise of MacDaily News

As a Mac user and a huge fan of the company, I like to know as much as I can about anything and everything related. MacCentral used to be a great site, but then MacWorld bought them out, and though their magazine might be good their website stinks. Now they've turned a great news source into a neutered, plain, advertising service fronting as a news source. Everyday its just more and more advertising and press releases about this new product or that. I've been comparing the news from these two sites and MacCentral is either a day behind or completely missing from the game.

Fortunately we have lots of Mac news websites out there and after careful review I've found MacDaily News to be the best source out there. MacObserver is alright, but not quite as pleasant.

So in speaking of mac news, the good news just keeps coming in for Apple. They had 82% of mp3 player retail sales in August and now the iPod controls over 90% of the mp3 player market in the US. Even better, iTunes still has 70% of the legal download music market - regardless of all the new competitors to the field. I guess great products and service can be picked over mediocrity.


Sinclair plans to air anti-Kerry film without commercials - Oct. 11, 2004

Sinclair plans to air anti-Kerry film without commercials - Oct. 11, 2004

Just another example of Right-wing controlled media. Anyone who suggests the media has a liberal bias has serious reasoning disabilites. They suggest reciting a list of American casualities is against the public interest, but dragging up old, oppionated issues from 30 years ago is a required must.

Warlord named Somali president - Oct 10, 200

Warlord named Somali president - Oct 10, 2004

I wonder if this means Somalia is about to turn the corner out of the turmoil that has ravaged this country for way too long. Should be interesting to see if the Bush administration will take any supporting action or ignore it since the country has no natural resources we want.



If you are a resident of Florida, and don't want to piss God off you better NOT vote for Bush. Yikes!


YouForgotPoland.com - Politics Makes You Stupid

I won't say anything here, I think the photos say enough. Its certainly worth a laugh at least.


Cheney Caught in a Lie

Courtesy of Michael Moore.com

Turns out he's met Edwards on a number of occasions, even had breakfast together once.


Michael Badnarik for President

Libertarian Party

Kerry, Bush and Nader aren't the only candidates on the ballot and certainly aren't the only ones polling with any significance. Turns out the Libertarian's Michael Badnarik is polling as high as 5% in places like New Mexico and he's on the ballot in more states than Nader.

I've always been interested in some of the positions this party takes - I guess I like a party that makes a strong stance and sticks with it. Check him out and while you're at the site, check out the "Are you a Libertarian?" Quiz. It may surprise you.


Rumsfeld Says He Was Misunderstood on Iraq-Al Qaeda

Rumsfeld Says He Was Misunderstood on Iraq-Al Qaeda

Rumsfeld seems to have actually spoken the truth, then ofcourse makes an about-face to try and cover it up. The fact remains however, when asked the question and providing an immediate answer he states no strong connection between Saddam-Iraq and al Qaeda existed.

So Iraq is part of the war on terror how? Well, I suppose it is today since we've created so many terrorists there and it is easier for al Qaeda to stike America now since we're in their backyard these days. Fun!


Shooting at home of Siegfried and Roy labeled a hate crime

Shooting at home of Siegfried and Roy labeled a hate crime

Is it really necessary to shoot at them?! Geez, one of them was mauled by a tiger. A TIGER!

Poland's troops to leave Iraq next year

Poland's troops to leave Iraq next year

"Don't forget Poland!" Thats what Bush kept tyring to impress upon viewers of the last debate. Now it turns out the Poland will be forgetting us sooner rather than later. How embarassing for the President. This also brings up another matter, Poland says 2 1/2 years is enough time in Iraq, but we still don't know how long will be enough for the President.


The Money Behind Kyoto Treaty

Russian Cabinet Backs Kyoto Pact (washingtonpost.com)

Turns out Russia could make billions of dollars every year with the implementation of the treaty by selling emission quota credits to other countries. I had no idea Russia has actually reduced their emissions 25 percent below its 1990 levels - thats huge! That should certainly counter-balance any arguments that might be had about slowing the economy.

Spain Unveils Controversial Gay Marriage Law

Yahoo! News - Spain Unveils Controversial Gay Marriage Law

Saw this on the ether, interesting move happening over there in Spain. Maybe electing Zappataro wasn't so bad afterall.

"I see on the t.v. screens how hard it is."

I just don't know what to do with that comment. First of all I thought he was a President that didn't read the paper, which I thought meant he didn't pay attention to the news at all. Secondly we don't see in the news all the body bags coming home, we haven't seen footage of American soldiers recovering in our hospitals all mamed and disfigured. I recall hearing on the radio the other day that for every one America soldier killed, seven more are injured. That means some 7000+ Americans have been injured and some of those I'm sure are pretty serious.

Bush says he understands how hard it is by what he sees on tv. But Kerry can say he knows how hard it is from actual EXPERIENCE. Since we're in the war already, we need a President who actually understands the meaning of war on a personal level. And thats John Kerry.


But is the World Safer?

Bush likes to remind Americas of his opinion that America is safer with his 'distraction war' in Iraq. But perhaps the real question should be, Is the world safer? I've forgot what it was like to read the news and not read headlines like "Blast Kills 35 Children." Actually, I think I'm starting to become completely desensitized to such headlines; glossing over it as if its an advertisement or other such nuisance.

Kyoto Treaty Still has Life?!

Back in 1997, a dream was coming together to realize a healthy and more stable environment for the future of all mankind. Everything was coming together and some real reforms were actually being made, then 'someone' becomes President and tells everyone to F-off. The Kyoto Treaty was just one of many treaties he backed out of and it seemed this one in particular was totally doomed. Then I read in the paper this mornign that the Russian government is moving towards adopting the treaty and thus making it effective for all the nations that signed on to it.

All I could think was "WOW!" How amazing it would be to actually see something done about our rapidly deteriorating environment. Sure, I don't see anything really happening here in Minnesota, but I've read more than enough stories about the far north and the devastating effects global warming is having up there. But what a slap in the face for the US - but I guess if George W Buttwipe is going to F-off the world, the world can just F-off the US.


The format for the blog is about to change. No more sex - I'm just not the person for that format and I'd rather not go into it. I'm taking the domain over for more of a regualr blog I think. I have another blog out on the web, but too many friends and family know about it now. But nobody knows who the author is on this blog so I can talk away and not fear repercussions. So in the next week or so I'll be deleting everything and starting over - just thought I'd give people a heads up since I still get a few hits every now and then.