Saturday, October 30, 2004

Pelican Blogging

I've never understood the practice of cat blogging I don't dislike cats, but I don't really like them either. Other peoples cats are OK, but I've never been tempted to actually own one. Dogs are pretty kewl, they are smart, and even show a desire to please their owners. Cats remind me of liberals, aloof and and look upon other beings as inferior. John and Theresa Kerry are cats in people clothing. I like wild birds, they ask little of me, and are fascinating to watch

Pelicans in particular are entertaining and are fun to watch. I am adapting the cat blogging pheononomon to suite my own taste. Besides its more fun to be a little different

The Right Column

The right column of this blog is as important as the content and the articles. From there there are links, to sites and blogs that are a wealth of resource and entertainment. I am pretty picky about the links I put here. One site I intended to link to but for some reason I never got `roundtuit is Precinct 333 Its a great blog in Houston/Galveston area and there are some pretty insightful posts to be found there. There are lots of good blogs out there, but I lose the links or I haven't found them yet. My favorite places are those that have reasoned discussions, humorous, local, and/or atom/rss feeds.

A couple of the blogs listed have gone dormant, perhaps it is just temporary burnout, I will give them a couple more weeks before I remove any of them in the mean time I will be looking for more to list.

Friday, October 29, 2004

The NYC Cops Must be Bored

NYC Police busted two balloonist for landing in Central Park. Apparently they were flying the balloon legally, although they didn't have permission to land it in the Park. Maybe the 'Go Kerry' signed emblazoned on the Balloon had something to do with the bust. Now, I don't claim that I know a whole lot about hot air ballons, but my understanding is that the operators don't have a lot of control about where they land them, and that Central Park is one of the few places where one might reasonably land. Maybe they didn't payoff get the proper permits .

Two men were taken into custody on Friday after illegally landing a hot-air in Central Park, police said.

The balloon was emblazoned with a "Go Kerry" sign, an apparent reference to presidential hopeful Sen. John Kerry. It was unclear if it had any connection to the campaign.
The men brought down the balloon at about 2:30 p.m. in the park's North Meadow.
Police said the men had permission to fly the balloon, but not to land it the park. Charges were pending.

John Hospers Open Letter To Libertarians

Founding father of The Libertarian Party and 1972 presidential candidate John Hospers posts an Open Letter pleading with Libertarians to vote for George W. Bush. He hasn't weakened his beliefs but eloquently explains how John Kerry is so very anti-libertarian in almost every way.
As a way of getting acquainted, let me just say that I was the first presidential candidate for the Libertarian Party back in l972, and was the author of the first full-length book, Libertarianism, describing libertarianism in detail. I also wrote the Libertarian Party's Statement of Principles at the first libertarian national convention in 1972. I still believe in those principles as strongly as ever, but this year -- more than any year since the establishment of the Libertarian Party -- I have major concerns about the choices open to us as voting Americans.

There is a belief that's common among many libertarians that there is no essential difference between the Democrat and Republican Parties -- between a John Kerry and a George W. Bush administration; or worse: that a Bush administration would be more undesirable. Such a notion could not be farther from the truth, or potentially more harmful to the cause of liberty.

The election of John Kerry would be, far more than is commonly realized, a catastrophe. Regardless of what he may say in current campaign speeches, his record is unmistakable: he belongs to the International Totalitarian Left in company with the Hillary and Bill Clintons, the Kofi Annans, the Ted Kennedys, and the Jesse Jacksons of the world. The Democratic Party itself has been undergoing a transformation in recent years; moderate, pro-American, and strong defense Senators such as Zell Miller, Joe Lieberman and Scoop Jackson are a dying breed. Observe how many members of the Democrat Party belong to the Progressive Caucus, indistinguishable from the Democratic Socialists of America. That caucus is the heart and soul of the contemporary Democratic Party.

Gutsy letter, at a time when it is critical for for the Libertarian party to get votes to stay on ballots throughout the country. it also means money. Votes translate into cash from the Federal matching funds. My reccomendatation for Libertarians is vote Badnarik if you are not one the Battleground states. I suspect that most Libertarians will be holding their noses when they approach the ballot box this Tuesday.

Thursday, October 28, 2004

It's Official the Curse Is Broke

Last night the moon bled , Hell froze over and The Curse melted away. A clean sweep, congradulations Red Sox

Tuesday, October 26, 2004

Stern and Powell Mix it Up

A San Fransico Talk show had a surprise caller during an interview Michael Powell.

Talk radio giant Howard Stern confronted his longtime FCC nemesis Michael Powell on Ronn Owens' KGO morning show on Tuesday morning.

FCC Chairman Powell's interview on the San Francisco-based show (9-10am PDT) had been promoted in the media beforehand prompting Stern to unexpectedly call in for a tense 15 minute conversation.

"The commissioner handled himself well, but seemed uncomfortable," Owens told the DRUDGE REPORT in between segments. "But he made no attempt to make me end the call.

Whats got to make one laugh is is Powells insisistance that his appointment on his own credentials. Apparently he expects us to believe he got his job on his own.

"It is apparent to most of us in broadcasting that your father got you your job," said Stern, who called in while Powell was being interviewed on San Francisco's KGO-AM 810.

Powell shot back that his father, Secretary of State Colin Powell, had nothing to do with his appointment. The FCC chief was nominated to the commission by then-President Bill Clinton and elevated to chairman by President Bush.

"You can look at my resume if you want, Howard, I'm not ashamed of it, I think it justifies my existence," he said.
But he got appointed to the commission while daddy was courting both sides. It was a shameful attempt at a bribe. He expects us to believe that patronage had nothing to do with his appoint as chairman? So far there is no Explaination of why Oprah gets a pass for covering the same topics as Stern. Perhaps because she is female and black while Stern is white and male. Judging from his actions we suspect that Michael was not breast fed as a child and he resents anyone else seeing even a glimps of a nipple..

Sunday, October 24, 2004

The People's Republic of Seabrook: Let's hope lighting doesn't strike twice

The Red Sox are out to smash the curse, and they are off to great start. 1 game down and we are hoping for a repeat performance tonite. Northstar is hoping lightning doesn't strike twice. Regardless, this is going to be an exciting series. We've waited long enough to put this curse to bed.

The People's Republic of Seabrook: Let's hope lighting doesn't strike twice

The Red Sox are out to smash the curse, and they are off to great start. 1 game down and we are hoping for a repeat performance tonite. Northstar is hopinglightning doesn't strike twice. Regardless, this is going to be an exciting series. We've waited long enough to put this curse to bed.

Dvorak Misses the Boat

I have been Reading Dvorak since at least 25 years. He has been a pretty good soothsayer and outspoken critic of the industry. He explained, before it was obvious to most of us, the demise of rise and fall of IBM in the PC business. He predicted explained the domination of Microsoft while IBM was was still scratching its head. I've learned to respect him on his prognostications until I found The Zeros vs. the Ones:
After witnessing the latest Presidential election process, it's apparent to me that the Internet is turning into a bad dream. Nobody wants to admit it, but the Web's natural ability to remove normal interpersonal structures that prevent society from falling into chaos is not a benefit to anyone. Information revolution notwithstanding, the Internet will prove to be the undoing of society and civilization as we know it. It may not happen today, but it will happen sooner than we think.

This is a pretty strong statement! It seems that the Dvorak believes that the online bickering and polarization found online and on blogs in particular is cause for his concern.

Just look at politics. Thanks to the Net and the so-called New Media, the entire political scene has become one massive virtual Hyde Park corner filled with kvetching, squabbling bores. In the process, the dichotomous nature of binary communication has imposed itself on the public, forming two collectives with opposing and very rigid viewpoints. Call them the Ones and the Zeros: the conservatives and the liberals. Because of the Internet, these two crowds—or mobs—are each growing in size and becoming increasingly intolerant of the other. Since none of the purely liberal or conservative political parties are taken seriously in the U.S., these mobs have latched on to the major parties and hijacked them.

The best example of this is the recent sniping over the fabled George Bush memos in which he was told to take a military physical in 1972. It seemed as if the letter could not have been written on a 1972 typewriter but was some sort of hoax. The two political beehives swarmed over this, making all sorts of accusations against anyone who even suggested that their side might be wrong. The untenable Democratic position (which was the weaker) managed to save face by accusing Karl Rove of setting them up. As I was reading all this, I thought to myself, "So he was asked to take a physical. Who cares?" There were other documents, of course, but it was an eye roller to everyone except the Zeros and Ones, whose ranks continue to grow.

What Dvorak is missing is that the "new media" isn't all just about opinions, its also about facts. The Rathergate issue was not about subjective opinions, but about facts and the source of supporting documention. The leftist did what they were supposed to. They held the right to a high degree of proof, and they helped enforce the issue to be all about the facts.

Dvorak is concerned about the polorization of the New Media. Folks will gravitate to where opinions will match their own. I find it interesting that Instapundit, one of the major blogs involved with Rathergate, isn't very far to the right and assumes a few moderate and leftist positions. The biggest strength of blogs is their ability to highlite, unique perspectives. We as voters are not only more informed, but have more opportunuty to flesh out our perpectives and opinions.

Saturday, October 23, 2004

Jarbo Bayou Times

There is a real nice Web site covering the Galveston Bay Area around Kemah. It's found its way into my "Favorites Folder". Check it out. The Jarbo Bayou Times Its great that we have another local area site to keep us informed of whats going on in our neck of the woods.

Catch up.

I haven't been able to do much blogging these days, Its not blogger burnout, its all about not enough hours in the day. Ruok's house is almost ready and we are busy helping her get in. NASA is ramping up a little and its been keeping me busy at work.

The last couple of days I have been upgrading my pocket PC. They came out with an upgrade for the Axim 30 and I just had to have the latest and greatest, especially because it was free. If anyone intends on upgrading their Axim be careful, do lot restore your data from your backup. The proper way to do it is to:

1 Back up and install your Rom
2 Back up your data to Storage memory.
3 Install the ROM upgrade.
4 Restore your Data by doing a sync.
5 Do not restore the Data from Storage mememory.
6 Reinstall any programs you might have had previously installed.

I had intended to write a full review on my Dell Axim 30, but there are plenty of them out there to be found. I have previously had a Handspring Palm O/S unit, but I do find find the Microft based O/S a lot better, I use it mostly as my little black book. I keep it sync'd with my home and work Outlook contact data base. Its real handy to make field notes that can be coverted to Word documents. I also find that the Excel spread shhet is useful, I use it to create adhoc spread sheets. for simple things like calculations and lists. My one 3rd party program I use a lot is a free calculator calc98. The caculator is also available for the desktop. Its a good scientific Calculator, that will work with Hexidecimal, Octal and Binary. It works with 10 memorys and a great conversion utility.

My Axim is wireless and I use that feature once in a while, I hope to use the Bluetooth functionality at some point with a GPS hard ware and navigation software.

If one has use of simple computer utility away from a desk, and hate the idea of lugging a laptop around this is a great device. I've had mine for 4 months, and I'm still finding more uses for it.

On Why the World should Support Bush.

Rand Simberg Teases with the title "Why I Won't Be Voting For Bush" and links to an artcle written by. Nelson Archer at EuroPundits After explaining his view of the world which is pretty much as a centralist liberal Brazilian. He paints a pretty powerful argument on why he would vote for Bush if he could.

An attack that manages to ground all US and most of the world’s air traffic and close down the stock markets around the planet is something qualitatively different from a bomb in an Ulster pub. Human life is fragile, so is democracy, the world economy, globalization etc. The US can absorb U$ 1 trillion in damages. The rest of the world cannot. The US can survive a nuke in Manhattan. Brazil can survive a nuke in Sao Paulo. But Brazil cannot survive a nuke in Manhattan. What most of the world’s anti-Americans fail to understand is that whatever harms deeply the US harms us even more. Were Africa to suddenly disappear, it wouldn’t make much of a change in the life of New Yorkers. Were NY to disappear, Africa would go along.

So, this is what I have to say for those who think that Americans have overreacted to 9/11. Actually they have under-reacted. One more attack on America and Latin America will be condemned to a further hundred years of solitude and misery.

If he right, and he very well might be, the war on terrorism may be more important to the rest of the than it is even to us.

Sunday, October 17, 2004

Team America: World Police

I have to admit, I went to see Team America. It was raunchy and foul mouthed, yet the parody, and satire was pretty funny. Its kinda funny, I found the use of the F* word and language excessive, but the puppet sex thing was hillarious. I don't mind the well placed usage of a good curse word. It just looses its impact after the 30th time in 10 minutes.

The film takes most of its major shots at the celebrity actors that have taken an anti-war stance, but placed a few well aimed jabs at the ghung-ho pro war types also. In true South Park fashion they insult and offend everyone.

I liked it, I'm almost embarresed to admit it, but I can laugh at the anti war librals, I can also laugh at the Gung Ho conservatives also. Its not a film for those who can't laugh at themselves.

There is no Keanu Reeves in this movie.

Thursday, October 14, 2004

Paid beach parking: The Sequal

Paid beach parking considered again in Galveston. this time on 2 fronts. The City is concidering bringing it to the voters, about parking on the seawall. The county wants a paid seasonal parking scheme for Boliver Penninsula.
The Galveston City Council today is scheduled to discuss whether to call an election to see if residents want to impose paid parking along the city's seawall next year.

Galveston County Commissioners Court will hold a public hearing Monday on whether to impose a $10 annual parking fee along all but a few miles of the 32-mile-long Bolivar Peninsula.

Now, the City and Mayor Thomas might well remember the last election and the voters reponce to this. Its going to be a hard sell to the voters, and another house cleaning might be the result if Galvestonians feel this is being rammed down their throats. Its not going to fly and I believe its real unlikely that the voters will have a change of heart. Perhaps though the voters have a right to be the ones to kill this thing once and for all.
Galveston Mayor Lyda Ann Thomas said the council can't vote today — and likely won't soon — to put the issue on the ballot in 2005.

She said she expects the council and city staff to try to find money in the current budget that can be used as local shares to procure state or federal grants. The grants would be used to finance amenities such as showers and restrooms on the beachfront and to fund projects such as sand replenishment, she said.

The council is required by city charter to call an election before imposing parking fees on the beachfront. The charter provision resulted from a petition drive earlier this year by many residents opposed to any paid parking along the seawall or the placement of what they consider unsightly parking meters on the seawall to raise money.

Greg Roof, a leader of the group that gathered the petitions, declined to say whether he would support calling an election.

The County Commisioners court would be well advised to remember the electoral bloodbath of the citys elections. My observationb is that folks off Island are even more offended by the idea of charging for beach parking.
Just a few blocks away from City Hall in downtown Galveston, county commissioners are expected to discuss parking fees on the unincorporated Bolivar Peninsula on Monday. The proposal to sell annual permits, primarily through convenience stores and other businesses along Texas 87 on the peninsula, is expected to garner vocal support and opposition.

Transterrestrial Musings

It seems that I'm not the only one that thinks thats not happy with Bush, but still wants him to win. The Kerry alternative is worse. This might be skewing the polls a bit I think it might be a valid point.

Tuesday, October 12, 2004

Medical Care in the US

I don't understand Why drugs that are developed and made in the USA are cheaper in Mexico and Cananda, even though public funds are used to develop them. Now I hear that Saddam got a hernia operation. Who paid for it?

Monday, October 11, 2004

Ken Caminiti Dead

Former Astros hero is dead. Caminiti admitedly used steroids during his baseball career, and had legal troubles because of his fondness for cocaine. Fame, and money are nothing. Drugs can destroy anyones life. Caminiti had every thing going for him, but he chose drugs. Its all about choices. Ken made his, perhaps we can learn from them. Ken won't be learning anymore.

Saturday, October 09, 2004

Badnarik Arrested

Michael Badnarik got himself arrested while making a scene at the Presidential Debates. Badnarik isn't doing a great job endearing himself to middle America. Its a shame the Libertarian party has a to offer America, Too many Americans see the party as just a collection of loose screws. Badnarik is ensuring that people aren't going to change their mind. Badnarik had an opportunity to explain to the American people what Liberterianism is about. Badnarik can't really be blamed. He is just being the kook he always has been. The Libertarian party has ensured that it will keep its image as the party of kooks with the tin foil caps. They went to their convention with 2 reasonable people for the nomination. They selected the darkhorse kook instead.

Thursday, October 07, 2004

Goverment Tortures her Own

Mike S. Adams tells a strange story. of abuse, video tapes, and coverup of an American citizen.

Dr. Sell has long alleged a videotaped humiliation of his being stripped naked and then tormented by scalding water for ten minutes in front of a female onlooker. He even identified the date of this atrocity as February 19, 2000. For years he has sought release of this and similar videotapes to the public so that people could become aware of the injustice.

He alleged that this occurred repeatedly, but the government responded by calling him paranoid and delusional. He said there were videotapes to prove his claims. The government at first insisted that the videotapes no longer existed until they suddenly reappeared.

The courts have refused to release the tapes that could either prove or disprove the accusations of this man. Their has been no public outcry because the media hasn't reported it, and the goverment won't release the video. We are therefore outraged about Abu Graib, but so silent about abuse of a political prisoner. We as Americans have more to fear from our own goverment than we do from Arabic terrorists.
Has the bizarre psychiatric sadism against the Iraqi prisoners been used against our own citizen? Are taxpayer dollars being spent to take every step possible to keep these videotapes a secret? If so, isn’t this case every bit as newsworthy as the one involving the captured Iraqis, many of whom killed American soldiers?

The seven-year imprisonment of Dr. Sell has been kept from greater publicity by an extraordinary sealing of key records in the case. When Dr. Sell's attorneys were finally allowed to view the videotapes of his abuse, the judge even gagged them by ordering them not to tell others what the tapes reveal.

Millions of dollars are being spent on prosecuting our soldiers in Iraq, many of whom were probably just following orders. Yet no one is lifting a finger to hold any government official accountable for the treatment of Dr. Sell.

Instead, all the stops have been pulled to cover up the videos capturing abusive treatment of Dr. Sell. On August 12th Judge Donald Stohr denied motions filed by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and others to release the videotaped abuse.

THis guy has been a prisoner a lot longer than any of the Iraqi's. Not even Marvin Zindler finds this important.

Wednesday, October 06, 2004

Houston ISA Show

I went to the ISA show yeasterday, and managed to cross the double tracks of Metro's Death Train twice. I assure my kind readers I am unscathed. The show is huge, but a little disapointing to me. I like to see the state of the art techy stuff. The problem is in this business the hi-tech has become commonplace.

My favorite Exhibits? Rabbit, Fluke, and National Instruments.

Tuesday, October 05, 2004

Red Sox 'Curse will die this year ?

Mike Celizic Predicts That the curse of the Bambino will die this year, to be rewplaced by the Curse of the Zim.
Instead, I am here for the first time announcing that there is a counter curse at work upon the Yankees this year, and it’s more powerful than the Curse of the Bambino.

It’s the Curse of Zim.

Here’s the deal. Don Zimmer, who once managed the Red Sox and last year took a swing at Pedro Martinez and walks around with a plate in his head and was once compared to a gerbil, was a critical part of nine straight Yankee playoff appearances and four World Championships. He was Joe Torre’s confidant, bench coach, and right-hand man.

And last year, he quit the Yankees in disgust, chased out by the ogre of the Bronx, George M. Steinbrenner III. It was like Darth Vader abandoning Yoda. You can’t do it without something bad eventually happening to you.

Let us hope he is right ...

Monday, October 04, 2004

blogHOUSTON: a new blog in town

There is anew new Houston blog, that looks pretty promising. It reminds be of Chronically Biased, because they seem to have the same axes to grind Their take on Lite Rail seems familiar.

Sunday, October 03, 2004

Black Sky: The Race for Space

Yup, Thats, What I'll be watching at 8:00PM CDT.
Hopefully there will be some new footage of the flights. Discovery is doing a bang up job covering the x-prize events.

Blogging Slow Down

I've been a little negligent about blogging this week. I had some dental work done and it has made me a little miserable. The Great Debate left me more than a little bored. The questions were completely uninspired, and the responces flat, canned and repetitive.

Work has kept me pretty busy also. We have a booth at the ISA show. I'm looking forward to it. This is a chance to meet up with some old friends and to see all the new stuff out there. The one negative about it is that every time I go to one of these shows I see what was once a great company just go further down the crapper. Foxboro distances themselves further away from the Sun Unix stuff and pushes the cheaper crash prone Windows stuff. The good thing is that as they question their own ability to support their older products, we make good money doing so.

Work has been throwing me lots of challenges. NASA has geared up on me, and I have some programming to to do, for them. It also looks like I'm going to be entering the world of embedded computing. I will be programming the AVR series from Amtel. Pretty neat stuff.