Moving Day

IT has arrived: the day we shift back from apartment dwelling to home ownership. We tried to get the DSL to stay in the house, but that didn’t work, so we’ll be incommunicado for a while.

Wish us luck.

Homeowners

Yes, we closed on our new home today, and we move in at the end of the week (regional variation in how closing and possession occur). It’s going to be a great place for us, and we’re fortunate to have this opportunity.
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The flip side is that we’ve been displaced for about 3 months, and the summer has gone by oddly, without a real routine. This was the second summer move in a row, and we’re all tired of it. Now to get in and settled.

Dennis Miller Cancelled?

Say it ain’t so. I finally get HBO (for Band of Brothers) and TV guide reports now Dennis Miller Live is to be cancelled? No word on the HBO site, either way.
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This is terrible; what will happen when my rants are no longer “Milleresque” and are then ‘weird old guy blatherings’? I hope this is just all a huge misunderstanding, like Madden on Monday Night Football. Dennis is why I keep HBO.

MedPundit

Another addition to the recommended list: MedPundit, ‘comments on medical news by a practicing physician’. Although I comment, it isn’t slanted toward medical news, and her commentary is as good as any. And, as MedPundit has now linked to me twice, I’m doubly famous.

Suspect in Custody in Arabia = nothing

The FBI put out an alert, as they want to have a talk with Mr. A.S. Al-Rasheed. They want to know why his passport photo showed up on a disk with a lot of the 9/11 hijackers. He left Egypt for Arabia, and gave himself up to authorities there.
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I take absolutely no comfort in the idea that he’s in Saudi custody: the House of Saud has not been an ally in the war on terrorism, and they haven’t been, possibly ever. They refused to cooperate with the FBI in the Khobar Towers bombing (19 US servicemen dead), they have funded al Quaeda for years, told us we cannot use their bases for use against Iraq (short memories), and now ‘hold’ a Saudi citizen saught for questioning by the US, who spent time in Afghanistan “…to distribute relief to Afghan refugees”. Now they’ve pulled between $100 and $200 Billion out of the US, and we still act like, or at least publicly state, they’re our ally, despite plenty of evidence to the contrary.
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A.S al-Rasheed is now safe in his mothers’ arms, and if the FBI does get to ask him questions I’ll be shocked. The only behavior worse than that of yet another mid-East dictatorship is that of the US, continuing to have anything to do with the House of Saud.

This will be a farce.

New Addition to the Recommended List

At the bottom of my recommended list is CounterRevolutionary. I was pointed his direction recently by another blog, and I am enjoying his prose. Although describing himself as a liberal, his definition of liberal is more conservative than some (more conservatively liberal?), and his writing is personal and pointed without being pedantic or dismissive.
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And his pointed refutation of multiculturalism is as good as I’ve seen. Maybe better.

If only his title wasn’t 20 letters long!

Newest Test

I’m getting ready for RSS for XML. Why?

I Don’t have a clue.

Update: if you have to ask, it isn’t worth knowing.

Required Reading

The most cogent argument against multicultural agenda I’ve seen recently.

Good Guys win….Old Attitudes Unchanged

First, the good news: a carjacker tried to carjack his second vehicle within about 3 minutes in LA and was stopped. A vanload of Judo instructors turns out to have been the wrong target for this criminal, who had just carjacked another vehicle, kidnapping a woman in it before pushing her out further down the street. This threat to everyone is behind bars thanks to the selfless actions of trained citizens.
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Now for the bad news: …said LAPD Officer Jack Richter. “Our department does not condone or recommend that people do that in a carjacking because you never know if the carjacker is armed.” This is on par with “stay in your seats, he’s probably not going to crash the plane into a building”. Some people still don’t get it: when you let someone else decide whether you live or die you are counting on moral, law abiding behavior in a complete stranger, usually one who has just committed a crime to be in that position in the first place.
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Flight 93 got it, Todd Beamer and the rest got it: giving in to criminals puts more than just you at risk. And a big thanks to the Florida International University of Miami Judo team from me; you probably won’t get one from the LAPD.

Update: Jon Stewart on Comedy Central comments: “Imagine, someone getting pummeled before the LAPD arrived”.

How Geek Are You?

Thanks to Thudfactor, now you can find out definitively. As for me:

You are 47% geek
You are a geek liaison, which means you go both ways. You can hang out with normal people or you can hang out with geeks which means you often have geeks as friends and/or have a job where you have to mediate between geeks and normal people. This is an important role and one of which you should be proud. In fact, you can make a good deal of money as a translator.&nbsp


Normal: Tell our geek we need him to work this weekend.
You [to Geek]: We need more than that, Scotty. You’ll have to stay until you can squeeze more outta them engines!
Geek [to You]: I’m givin’ her all she’s got, Captain, but we need more dilithium crystals!
You [to Normal]: He wants to know if he gets overtime.

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&nbspTake the Polygeek Quiz at Thudfactor.com

via Beers Across America

HP Update

As I wrote previously, I had a problem with paper feeding on my HP printer, and was promised a replacement. It arrived last week, and after a moments’ surprise that the lid and plastic trim weren’t included (reading the instructions helps; it gave very detailed instructions on how to remove them from the old and place them onto the new), it was up and running.
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And, the driver disk that arrived a day later is pretty nice, too. So, HP promised and delivered.

Things are going to start happening to me now…

Thanks to Steve Martin in The Jerk, I have a tag line I’ve used for more than two decades. It starts with Steve reading the new phone book and seeing his name in it: “my name in print: things are going to start happening to me now”. (A subtex about random nuts will be conveniently skipped over).
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Thanks to my friend Rick, I have been referred to by MedPundit (search for “Medical Weblogs” in the text). I didn’t know about MedPundit until Rick talked about the blog, and it’s interesting reading (although I disagree with her arguments and conclusions regarding physician assisted suicide; fortunately, I’m in entirely the wrong field for this to matter).
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…my name in print…

Openness and Preparedness

We have been building up a base in Qatar, in the Persian Gulf, for a while now, probably in anticipation of the Saudi’s announcing we could not use Prince Sultan Air Base to launch attacks against Iraq. Memories, and gratitude, apparently are inadequate in the House of Saud.
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Knowing about a buildup and seeing it are different things. Following a link from USS Clueless, a must-read blog, there are some fabulous open source (commercial) satellite photos of the construction there. I have conflicting emotions, the ‘way cool’ and the ‘if I can see this now the Iraqis can seen it’ bothers me somewhat more. Iraq doesn’t have satellites, so this could be their best, first look.
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What do you think?

Hewlett Packard

HP makes excellent hardware, which has been their bread and butter for a long time. HP is a bankable name, and their recent ‘merger’ with Compaq has not diminished their stature as manufacturers.
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I have been having problems with my printer/scanner/all around fabulous machine, the HP PSC 750. It refuses to feed paper. Refuses like, well, this is a family blog, but it won’t take paper. That is not to say paper isn’t available, it is. HP has an excellent web site, with support pages written for humans, with pictures and plenty of explanations. If you cannot follow the explanations, you shouldn’t have a computer, that’s how good they are.
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All the pictures and explanations didn’t fix my printer’s problem, forcing me to speak with an actual HP human on the phone. Rather than talk me through the entire troubleshooting process, he accepted my description of having done it all, three times, and he talked me through a software reset that wasn’t on the site, which also didn’t fix the problem. The upshot is that I now have a new (well, probably reconditioned) printer on the way, which I will exchange for the dead one I have now.
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I’ll keep you posted.

Mozilla

I am experimenting with Mozilla, which is Netscape all grown up. It reminds me of the old Netscape, same icons, same good performance, before the Microsoft Borg decided they would be assimilated, and within 18 months the browser to have was IE, with all its size and security problems.
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And, yet, all is not well. Mozilla is really quick, appreciably quicker than IE when opening web pages, and it’s pretty slick. However, this post to Blogger is being composed on IE, because in Mozilla the composer window is bizarre and missing pieces; also, I was unable to log into my comments engine from Mozilla but had no trouble with IE. Therefore, there is a problem with Mozilla or a problem with IE. Choose you problem.
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I’m going to keep Mozilla, for now, because it deals so completely and effectively with ads and those atrocious popup windows.