Still One Of My Favorite Songs 
Thursday, October 16, 2008, 08:16 PM
dream about me
on the phone to me

tell me no truth
if it is bad
there's enough in my life
to make me so sad

just dream about
color fills our life
just dream about
someone else tonight
just dream about
color fills our song
just dream about
how i will let go

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The Brits Don't Get Us 
Sunday, October 5, 2008, 04:15 PM
From The Economist's take on the VP debate:
At other points Mrs Palin was baffling. Mr Biden criticised the Republicans for having too much faith in drilling as a solution to the energy crisis. “John McCain has voted 20 times against funding alternative energy sources and thinks, I guess, the only answer is drill, drill, drill,” he said. “The chant is 'drill, baby, drill',” she corrected, playing some kind of gender card against herself.

To tell the truth, sometimes I don't get us.
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Daylight Savings Time 
Sunday, October 5, 2008, 09:03 AM
Can't make sense of when daylight savings time begins this year? The U. S. Naval Observatory has a very interesting history of daylight savings time that also includes information on when the time change occurs this year. (Answer: for 2008 daylight time begins on March 9 and ends on November 2.)
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iPhone Email 
Tuesday, September 30, 2008, 04:49 PM
Having email on my iPhone is life-changingly great. However, whoever decided that all forwarded emails should be intended 3/4 of an inch -- as a technique to minimize readability over multiple forwards -- should be taken out back and shot. Okay, maybe not shot but certainly kicked in the shorts.

It appears that Apple has stolen a page from Microsoft and is now implementing it's own special way of (poorly) formatting emails.
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On Being A Coward and Other Such Common Occurrences in Our Nation's Capitol 
Monday, September 29, 2008, 11:24 PM
On the House Republicans who declined to prevent a massive 1930's style depression:
House Republicans led the way and will get most of the blame. It has been interesting to watch them on their single-minded mission to destroy the Republican Party.

How can the 435 people we elect from a nation of 300 million be so stupid as to allow the nation's financial system to fail just because some uninformed morons on the sidelines are making too much noise?

"I work 9-5 and I don't want to see my money going to bail out some wall street rich guy - I'm glad the bailout failed" said an average citizen, quoted in NYT or BBC (can't remember which). Hey you stupid moron when your firm can't borrow enough money to finance its daily operations and lays your incompetent ass off, you won't be working 9-5. And then you'll get a little bit more time to contemplate on whether ignoring economic experts and doing nothing to fix a broken situation was the right plan.
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Last Night's Presidential Debate 
Saturday, September 27, 2008, 01:07 PM
The primary debates were largely hosted by cable news hacks, anchors who were unable to hide their partisanship long enough to fairly moderate an exchange of policy views. It is fitting then, of sorts, that the first general election Presidential Debate was hosted by Jim Lehrer with the solemn dignity so is so often lacking of late from the news business. It will be good to see Tom Brokaw on the next debate.

Overall I was rather disappointed, especially on the economic issues. Both candidates were asked point blank whether or not they supported the economic bailout plan. Obama answered his response in a manner that made it sound like he took the plan as a given, but skirted giving a concrete answer by saying he hadn't seen the actual language. That's rather funny, because Secretary Paulson's overview of the plan he drafted is two (2) pages long. McCain wouldn't give a solid answer either, providing instead a dismissive "yes" as he moved on to another question.

There was a real leadership opportunity here to come out in favor of what is by all rights a plan of last resort, or to clearly indicate the flaws in the plan and propose an alternative. Imagine if one of the candidates had said "I solidly support this plan as critical to restoring the health of our financial system and challenge my opponent to put partisan considerations aside and act swiftly to bring stability to our nation's financial markets."
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On Promoting the Occurance of the Moral Hazard 
Tuesday, September 16, 2008, 09:18 PM
I tempted to -- but will refrain from -- delving into a detailed rant on the recent actions by the Fed and Treasury. I will, however, steal a couple lines from friends of mine:

Eric Yao:
I didn't know that AIG's insurance company was the Federal Reserve.

My father:
And they didn't have to pay any premiums

...because the taxpayers were footing the bill.

The real problem here is that there is now no consistent standard for who is going to be bailed out -- it's just a giant guessing game.
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On Necessity 
Tuesday, August 19, 2008, 04:22 PM
So this guy develops this tool that "automatically steals IDs of non-encrypted sessions and breaks into Google Mail accounts." He's an academic (of sorts) and so naturally he presents his findings to the general public so that Google can fix itself and so that we can all be more careful.

So far so good. Two weeks from now, however, he plans to release a pre-compiled easy to use version of this tool to the public. To which I respond: Is this really necessary? Is this the only way to prove a point, or does he just think it's funny when people's accounts get hacked?
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Helping People Starve 
Thursday, July 17, 2008, 05:39 PM
A few short years ago, ethanol (a corn based substance that can be added to fossil fuels and burned) seemed like a solution on the road to independence from foreign oil. Simply take corn, which the country was growing plenty of, and turn it into gasoline.

Today people around the world are starving, and many countries are experiencing food riots as the price of corn and other grains skyrockets. Congress' (and Obama's) solution? The highest ethanol production mandate in history, all of it (of course!) taxpayer funded because ethanol isn't currently economically viable. That's right folks, your tax dollars are being spent on making sure more people than ever starve because they can't afford to buy food.

Now, the NYT reports the most recently American economic casualty of this special interest driven agenda, conveniently located in the economically depressed Mississippi Delta. We'd all like change we can believe in -- and I'm sure the poor folks caught up in the mess certainly believe they lost their jobs -- I'm just not sure it was the sort of change they were looking for.
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Arrogant Apple 
Thursday, July 17, 2008, 03:34 PM
Apple, the maker of the iPhone and other gorgeous products that are wonderfully easy to use, has over the years gathered quite the reputation for arrogance. I grew up using Macs, and still own an Apple laptop, but over the years their business practices have come to grate me more and more.

First, let’s go back to the days of the Mac clone, which Apple used in an attempt to increase market share. Several companies launched with their sole product being Mac clones. As the development of the next generation of processor came into view, excitement built among consumers and business partners. This is when Steve Jobs broke into the picture, shouted “SUCKERS,” and announced to Apple business partners that he would not license the next chip model, the G3 (or the next OS, MacOS 8). Macintosh Clone companies, such as Power Computing, found themselves without a business future and Apple was able to snap up Power Computing for a bargain price.

More recently, Apple fraudulently backdated the dates on stock options granted to executives. What is this fraud? Because when companies give stock as compensation they get a tax write off based on the current value of the stock. If I’m going to give someone 200 shares anyways, why don’t I pretend that I gave them the shares three months ago when stock prices were higher so that I can get a bigger tax write off. The only problem is that this is patently illegal. Interestingly enough, Apple admits Steve Jobs knew about this and even recommended dates, but then contended he wasn’t culpable because he didn’t directly profit from these illegal acts. No, only the company he owns stock in profited.

And now, we have the case of Safari for Windows. Not content to allow users to intelligently choose where or not to install Safari, Apple pops up a “Software Update” dialogue for users who already have iTunes or QuickTime installed. This “update” then updates your computer with brand new software. To make matters worse, Safari has several known critical security bugs, one of which Apple has arrogantly refused to patch. In one security breach known as the carpet bomb flaw, a malicious website can download files to your desktop without your permission. Apple’s response? This is an “inconvenience” that they’ll patch when they feel like, but it’s not a security hole because they say it’s not.
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