Oct 30, 2010 | | 2 comments |

Am I the only one who thinks it's an amazing coincidence that as the
TSA are bringing their new hyper invasive "security" pat downs into
effect, suddenly explosive devices are found on cargo planes? Nothing
like a little positive reinforcement to keep the sheeple in line.

It's like working in a hospital

Oct 29, 2010 | | 0 comments |

The mornings are nice and dark now - the best time of year is fast approaching and it brings out a certain oddity in one or two of my work colleagues. I don't know who they are because I never see them do it but it's this : they like working in full-intensity bright light. Our office has strip lighting in ceiling fixtures where one strip is controlled by one circuit, and the other two are controlled by a second circuit. On dark mornings, it's lovely to come in and have subdued lighting - just the one strip per box. But every morning, about 10 minutes after I get in, someone turns them all on and it's blinding white. Makes you squint. It's like working in the glow of a nuclear bomb. So every morning I go and turn the two-bar off again and eventually someone comes in and turns off the one-bar but turns the two-bar back on. It's so bad that I've taken all the lights out of the fixture above my desk and put a sticky note in the fixture telling maintenance not to replace them.
I don't get it - why do people want to work under harsh, direct lighting? Have these people never heard of Ikea? (actually, here in Mormonia, they probably haven't. I'm sure Ikea is the work of the devil or something).

Even more TSA bullshit

Oct 28, 2010 | | 2 comments |

In the continuing theme of why I hate flying, today the TSA decided that the new 11 inch Macbook air is OK to leave in a bag for the Xray machine, but the 13 inch version - identical in every way other than size - is not.

Because that makes complete sense.

TRA deems new Macbook Air bag friendly - or not

First snow of the season!

Oct 27, 2010 | | 1 comments |

Well this is pleasingly early. We had a couple of feet of snow in the
mountains last night and a couple of inches in the valley. It'll be
gone down here by tomorrow but it's cold enough up top that it will
likely stick around. Nice.

Support in high places

Oct 26, 2010 | | 0 comments |

Seems the CEO of British Airways agrees with my sentiments about airport security theatre : BA Chief questions redundant security checks.

More TSA bullshit.

Oct 25, 2010 | | 5 comments |

"I cannot consent to nor accept unwelcome physical contact any more than having images of my naked body being viewed by government personnel as a routine part of my daily commute to work. If I'm not under arrest or a suspect in some known threat to air transportation security, the feds have no grounds to invade my privacy and personal space in this way. It is an outrage beyond any measure of reason, an assault on liberty, a gross overreaching of the state, and a very significant step on the road back to the sort of tyranny many of our forbears and the founders of this society fought and often died to escape and abolish." - ExpressJet pilot Michael Roberts who was barred from entering Memphis airport for refusing a full body scan.

Let me just say "Thank you George W Bush" for the Patriot Act. Without which we might still have some semblance of freedom and liberty in this country.

The TSA - Security Theatre. There to employ people to make the sheeple feel safe.