Here yesterday, gone today.

Jul 24, 2004 | | 0 comments |

Patrick and Stefania left this morning heading off for the rest of their hols, starting at Twin Falls. It was great to see him again - been about 4 years since we last spent any time together.
We spent the day yesterday at Park City where we had some lunch, and Patrick and I went on the zip-line and the toboggan (alpine slide).
I'm really glad he managed to re-arrange their holiday plans to take us into account, by starting here and working their way down to Las Vegas.

A world of drug addicts?

Jul 22, 2004 | | 0 comments |

It sounds odd, but at 35 I think I might be becoming old-fashioned. I read a report today that stated that 9% of job applicants tested positive for amphetamines, 15.8% tested positive for cocaine, and over half test positive for marijuana.

So is it me? Do I not get it? Or are there really so many people with such low self-esteem out there that they feel the need to use drugs to fit in?

More Cement

Jul 21, 2004 | | 0 comments |

We finished pouring the second set of three foundations for the deck tonight. All 6 are done and ready to go.

Weakness begets terrorism?

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El Busho's camp was quick to criticise the Philippines for pulling out of Iraq today. State Department spokesman Richard Boucher said (paraphrased)."Countries that appease terrorists will inevitably be attacked by terrorists".
Odd.
Was America appeasing terrorists when 9/11 happened? Boucher implies that terrorism only happens to weak countries with bad anti-terror policies. So does that make America weak, with bad anti-terror policies, or does that mean he doesn't know what he's talking about ?
Whichever way you look at it, the terrorists won in America. They forced the introduction of the Patriot Act, an act so sweeping in its powers that it has taken certain liberties and freedoms away from everyone who lives here. A clearcut case of terrorism affecting government policy.

The rich get richer.

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Micro$oft announced today that it is going to pay out billions of dollars in dividends as one-time payments of $3 per share, to every shareholder.
The rich get richer.
The whole problem with privatisation is that the companies become run for the benefit of the shareholders. I'm sure part of the reason that Winblows is so terrible and so full of holes and bugs is that it's always rushed. Bugger making secure, easy-to-use software. We've got to make sure the shareholders get their dividends.
Business driven by greed.
I wonder how many MS shareholders who will benefit from this windfall will "forget" to mention it on their tax returns?

You can't use the word 'terrorism' for everything.

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A car bomb has gone off outside a Tennessee hotel this morning, killing one person. It only took ABC news 4 sentences to get to the word 'terrorism'.

Idiots. Not everything is terrorism you jerks!

Concrete. Ugh.

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We got the first three foundations for the deck poured last night. Turns out Paula can mix concrete better than me, so she did most of the mixing and I did the pouring, setting and hosing. Checked them this morning and all appears well. The J-bolts didn't sink into the concrete overnight so I guess that's A Good Thing.

Senate to vote on banning Free Speech

Jul 20, 2004 | | 0 comments |

Well they might as well be. They're voting on a constitutional amendment to ban flag burning. Given that burning a flag is considered to be expressing yourself in a supposedly free country, then making it illegal is tantamount to outlawing free speech.

The Eagle has landed.

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Great quote:

"The same people who think the moon landing was a hoax are the ones who think Bush is a good president."

Just for those unscientific idiots and rednecks who still believe (for whatever reason) that the moon landings were a hoax, hop over to Moon Base Clavius and, if you can read, enjoy the scientific debunking of all your beliefs.

Possibly the best post ever, appeared on Fark today. Here it is in its entirety, from poster cannibolic. PS. His profile reads I had the highest SAT in my high school while being a starter on our champion football team. I then went to the top scientific college in the US.
This is truly priceless. I can't figure out if he's trolling, or truly believes what he's typing.

How can it NOT be a hoax?

1) Science: Let's start with physics There's no air in space, so obviously there's nothing for the rockets to push against. We can put satellites into orbit by "lobbing" them up, but not with the accuracy to land something on another object.

2) Physical facts: The moon, like Earth, is a few billion years old. Without an atmosphere, it has been freely accumulating dust onto the surface. By this time, the dust should have accumulated to a depth of many feet. But in the video, the "astronauts" only stepped into less than an inch of dust! Pictures from the moon show the horizon "fading" into the background... without an atmosphere? And no stars showing up in any of the pictures? Isn't this strange? Almost like they filmed during the day?

3) Politics: In 1969 the US was having major social problems at home, and was also engaged in a public pissing contest with the USSR. In the same vein as the Romans staging gladiator combat to pacify the citizens, the US government had a MAJOR incentive to look like it was succeeding. Claiming to have "landed on the moon" was an obvious step. Funny how we did it first, despite the fact that the USSR was the first in space, first with a person in space, etc. etc. They were FAR ahead of the US, but somehow we managed to put together a project of this type? Uh huh.

The amazing thing isn't the we supposedly "landed on the moon", it's that so many people believe it.

Iraq, Iran - heck it's only one letter different.

Jul 19, 2004 | | 0 comments |

Sheesh! It just goes on and on doesn't it?
El Busho today accused Iran of harboring suspected al Qaeda members and developing nuclear weapons.
Whilst CIA chief John McLaughlin said:
"We have no evidence that there is some sort of official connection between Iran and 9/11."

El Busho turned around and said:
"As to direct connections to September 11, we're digging into the facts to determine if there was one.".

Much in the style that El Busho wanted to invade Iraq to settle a family spat, despite there being no need to, it seems he's going to go against his advisors again and march into Iran now. Isn't there supposed to be a senate, or house, or constitutional thing that prevents this sort of bezerking in the White House?
Lets not also forget that CNN continue to try to associate Iran with Iraq by falsely calling Iranians Iranis......

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Holey foundations Batman!

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Well I managed to get all 6 foundation holes for the deck dug by the end of the night last night. Apart from tearing a chunk of my hand out with a flying nail, it all went pretty well. The last hole was full of roots from the old tree but our neighbour's sharpened shovel saw to that.
Next step : mixing and pouring concrete for the first time....

I guess blogger read my plea about the editting page - it's gone back to the normal non-html style. Thanks !