Nemesis Wanted [Pic]
Iâ€™m probably the last person in the world to see this, but here it is: The Evolution of Dance
Redneck Mansion [Pic]
Best of Craiglists: To the Crazy-bat-shit-lady who picked up the free fridge
Confused by the subprime crisis? Let some stick figures explain it to you.
I loved Nickel & Dimed. This book is a response to it, showing how possible it is to get out of poverty if you are at all determined to do so.
A very interesting call-in discussion about atheism and faith.
Another Buffet interview, from business students. Good questions, great answers.
Can the psychologist beat the mathematicians? An update on the Netflix contest.
Yes, itâ€™s torture. See some new photos.
The effects of bottom trawling, as seen from space.
Deepak Chopra’s new book is “The Third Jesus: The Christ We Cannot Ignore”
I’m gonna try.
Bush is a conservative, eh? Here’s another typical budget from our small government champion.
If President Bush’s budget for fiscal 2009 is approved in its current form, U.S. government spending will have increased by more than $1.2 trillion since President Clinton left office; adjusted for inflation, that’s a 35% increase. Bush has increased spending at three times the rate Clinton did when he was president, and also has given us the biggest defense budget since World War II — and that’s regularly budgeted defense spending, not counting funding for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Yet, as in the past, Bush is proud of his fiscal discipline and projects the end of the deficit in 2012.
This graph makes you think:
And as I always have to point out, that final bar showing 10 is for Japan, not America. America has no bar, because Americans, alone in the developed world, aren’t guaranteed even one day of paid vacation.
I did not know that.
Almost three years ago Jabley got Vonage. He’s my guinea pig for cool new tech toys, and I’ve wanted it since then. The delay for most of that time has been over the 911 issue. Cel phones are actually tracking you all the time to know where you are, but Vonage doesn’t. The phone number you have may not be related to your geography at all, Jabley cites people using American phone numbers even though they’re based in India. This means that if you dial 911, you might not get the right service.
How smart are we? We finally realized that Vonage is for the house, it won’t replace our cel phone. We can tell Vonage with the right 911 is, and it will always be right. Duh.
So I called and got it. It works perfectly. Reception is clear as a bell, all the features I could ask for, long distance is no distance, etc. I’m especially glad that we kept our old phone number. It will cut our phone bill in half, that’s $300 a year. I even got two months free by putting Jabley as a referral.
- Activation, buying the physical unit, shipping it me: $50.
- I naively pictured that all our existing phones would continue to work. In reality, Vonage is a physical unit that the phones must plug into. That means we had to buy a phone system with a master unit and a few slaves. And these new ones can’t be outside which means our outdoor phone is gone. $99.
- TiVo: TiVo uses the phone system to update itself. Although there are ways to hook it into Vonage and dial, it makes more sense to connect it to the home network. I broke down and bought the wireless adapter: $65, thank you Circuit City.
After all this saving money, I’m over $200 in the hole!
When I’m asked who I support, my answer is Hillary but I really like Obama also it’s a close call bla bla as long as it’s a Democrat who wins the whole thing bla bla bla. I finally came up with an analogy I like:
You and the guys are getting some dinner. You have two choices. One is pizza. The other is tofu sandwiches. Of course, you all want pizza. Some people want mushrooms, some want onions on top. The arguments start. You compare the relative merits of both toppings. You question everyones knowledge. You question their motivations. You question their sanity. The more you talk about it, the bigger the differences get. The drug connotations of mushrooms are examined. Breath freshness of the onion lovers is tested. The arguments go on.
But one thing everyone can agree on, no one wants the tofu sandwich. As long as we get pizza instead of tofu, I’m basically happy. I like onion over mushrooms, but either is fine by me.
This is a very good article on the media narratives surrounding Hillary and Obama. Worthy enough of your time to be a standalone post.