Travis's lame ol' blog

yay, Travis finally changed his blog!

- Monday, September 22, 2008

Conversations around the Campfire: an Obama/McCain CSS comparison

This conversation originated at work when we started comparing the CSS used by McCain and Obama (thanks for the link Sam!)...

Ralph W.
http://js.johnmccain.com/App_Themes/McCain08/newstyles.css
Travis H.
haha
compare with: http://www.barackobama.com/css/globalv3.css
even by the file names alone you can tell that obama's is a more scalable solution
Ralph W.
It's even localized
/* Espanol Navigation 2.0
-------------------------------------------------------------- */
Travis H.
i like how the absolute last section of mccain's is for the header
Ernie B.
that is so fitting
Ralph W.
cause you can only get head in the white house by going down
Travis H.
TEXT-TRANSFORM: uppercase;
Ernie B.
hahaha
Ralph W.
that's great
Travis H.
it looks like his css was developed by the department of redundancy department since the font-family is defined in almost every selector
Ralph W.
more of the same
Travis H.
haha, good one
Ernie B.
may as well be tables
Travis H.
INPUT.groovybutton {
not that there's anything wrong with that
i love this class name:
DIV.actioncenterbluebutton_red A {
interesting, Obama's uses EM sizing while McCain's uses PX
Ralph W.
not that there's anything wrong with that
Ernie B.
also fitting
Travis H.
I swear it's as if their CSS files directly correspond with their campaigns
Obama knows the IE6 hack:
* html #nav li * { position: relative; }
interesting, they also use CSS sprites
those trendy fuckers
wow and their spanish classnames are actually spanish!
#nav-donacion {
Ralph W.
McCain blocks those classes at the firewall...see what I did there?

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- Friday, September 19, 2008

Conversations around the Campfire: an Apple/Palin comparison

This conversation originated at work when Ralph and I started flaming our resident MacTard developer, Ernie.

Travis H.
*grabs some gasoline*
Travis H.
Mac's are the Sarah Palin of the computing world
Ernie B.
in what respect, charlie?
Ralph W.
not true...Mac's do not have Tina Fey glasses
Travis H.
"we're enterprise ready, we sold an ipod in Russia"
Travis H.
also, i heard that the iphone 3g is retarded
Travis H.
and that the nano is pregnant
Ralph W.
3g has down syndrome ... get it right
Travis H.
you can put EFI in a PC, but it's still a pig
Ralph W.
What's the difference between Ernie on a PC and Ernie on a Mac?
Ralph W.
Lipstick

I have to pick on Ern while I can, I think pretty soon I might be the only developer in the company on a non-Mac PC.

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- Friday, March 14, 2008

HOPE/CHANGE

HOPECHANGE

These print out nicely on an 11x17 sheet *wink* or you can try to buy one directly from the site.

- Thursday, July 19, 2007

Vote

In the right sidebar of my blog I've placed a little NewsVine app that'll track presidential votes across various sites. You can vote once a month. As of right now Obama's winning.

- Saturday, March 10, 2007

March - A month of RIAA boycotting, and independent music supporting.

boycott RIAA Inspired by Gizmodo's RIAA boycott, I decided to check out some RIAA-free music on Amazon. To be honest, I didn't realize how many artists/albums I liked were in the Top 100 (aside from the ones below: Röyksopp, Andrea Bocelli, Skinny Puppy). I haven't spent this much money on music since AllOfMp3 took credit cards. Here's what I ended up getting:

Gnarls Barkley - St. Elsewhere
St. Elsewhere album coverI've been a fan of Dangermouse since the Grey Album. The song Crazy has been stuck in my head for awhile and at $9.99, this one's pretty much a no-brainer.
Battlestar Galactica: Season One
BSG season 1 album coverA great show and a great soundtrack. A must for all sci-fi geeks.
Battlestar Galactica: Season Two
BSG season 2 album coverSee above. I'm eagerly awaiting season 3's release.
Tropicália: A Brazilian Revolution in Sound
Tropicália album coverI'm not much of a jazz fan, aside from the Charlie Brown music, but I love obscure stuff like this. Since I heard it sampled in a Ghostface track, I haven't been able to get Alfômega - Caetano Veloso out of my head. I discovered this one thanks to the hype machine. (thanks Jon!) At $19.99 it's kinda pricey, I was hoping it was a 2-disc set or something, but it does come with a pretty thick little booklet with more than you wanted to know about Brazilian music.

I highly recommend riaaradar.com's bookmarklet.

Are you boycotting the RIAA this month? If so, what independent music did you buy?

- Saturday, March 03, 2007

A Disturbing Wikiality

Apparently Wikipedia has fallen victim to the anti-American, anti-Christian, anti-capitalist, and pro-evolution liberal media bias. If you read Conservapedia like Stephen Colbert would, then it's actually kinda funny. The fact that they are offended by British spellings and the use of CE instead of AD for dates is kinda funny too. I guess since wikipedia isn't explicitly pro-American and pro-Christian, they are anti? If you're not with us, then you're against us, right? or in the words of a uniter: Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists. I think the best part though, is that they used MediaWiki for their site.

- Sunday, March 19, 2006

C-O-N-

-spiracy? Whether or not it's true, it's still disturbing. (from Uncle John)

- Friday, March 03, 2006

All our horses are 100% horse-fed for that double-horse 'juiced-in' goodness.

Not really, but from the sounds of this article, Futurama wasn't that far off. I love the Pepsi/Coke bit from that episode:

Man: And you, Sir? How can I horse you?
Hermes: I'll have a horse Coke.
Man: Horse Pepsi okay?
Hermes: Nay.
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- Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Environmentalism, Bush-style

This article on Wired just kicked my blood pressure up a notch:

[...] The table shows that on average SUVs receive a higher tax incentive than the most fuel-efficient cars on the market.

People who buy the 33-mpg Toyota Highlander Hybrid, for example, get a $2,600 write-off -- nearly twice the $1,450 tax credit for the 57-mpg Honda Insight. On average, the four most fuel-efficient hybrids, averaging 53.5 mpg, receive a smaller incentive ($2,100) than the five SUVs ($2,310) that get 32.8 mpg. [...]

- Monday, September 19, 2005

If you can't beat 'em, join 'em...

...or something like that. Since Kraft, Wal-Mart, & Dean Foods can't easily produce organic foods, they're basically trying to get the definition of "organic" changed.

[...] large corporations such as Kraft, Wal-Mart, & Dean Foods--aided and abetted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) are moving to lower organic standards by allowing a Bush appointee to create a list of synthetic ingredients that would be allowed organic production [...]

There's more info at the Organic Consumers Association SOS page.

- Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Rochester: Murder vs. Technology

Murder wins, 4 to 1. (inspired by a not-so-recent Google blog post)

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- Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Meet the World

- Friday, June 17, 2005

The American Taliban

One of the scariest things about these quotes is the power and positions that the people who said them have. The sad thing is that there are probably many Americans who agree with them.

- Friday, May 13, 2005

May the Farms be with you

Grocery Store Wars. The puns are never-ending. (from Ralph)

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- Wednesday, March 09, 2005

Richard Clarke is a smart dude

Travis has a nice write-up of Richard Clarke's speech at UIUC. He makes many great points. I'd buy his book, but my blood pressure is high enough.

- Wednesday, February 09, 2005

Build your own budget with Oreo cookies and send it to Congress

I thought that this was kinda neat. You can watch the one on the left to see how the budget of Oreos works, then you can go back and use the one on the right to build your own budget and it will send it to the appropriate members of congress for your area. It is our money that they get, so they should know how we'd like them to spend it.

- Thursday, November 11, 2004

F the South and the A-Hole

A humourous rant that hits close to home. I can't imagine the amount of hate mail that guy is going to get. Most of it is probably pretty funny.

Film Strip Int'l has a funny flash movie about the miserable failure and his administration. (both from momsbox)

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- Thursday, November 04, 2004

votergate.tv

The movie is kind of cheesey, but I stuck with it and watched the whole thing. To my horror, they showed that the Diebold voting software used an Access database. Not only that, but the database wasn't encrypted in anyway and had no kind of password protection whatsoever. ACCESS!! Mind-boggling and disturbing at the same time. Check out the videos here: votergate.tv.

- Wednesday, November 03, 2004

Obama in '08

I just got an MSN alert that Kerry was planning on conceding to Bush. Oh how I wish Kerry would've lost the popular vote and won the electoral. It would've meant 3 great things for us (depending on your view of course):

  1. The Electoral College would get its much needed reform by the Republican controlled congress (this one I think we can all agree on)
  2. Bush would not be in office much longer
  3. Bush would get to see what it would be like to win the nations votes, but be shut-down by the system

I say Barack Obama for president in 2008!

- Tuesday, November 02, 2004

Voting problems already?

Vote

Today's the day.

- Monday, November 01, 2004

VOTE!

Tomorrow is November 2nd, don't forget to VOTE! Even if you don't live in a swing state your vote still counts. I don't care who you vote for (see image below), just don't forget to vote.

Red States for Ralph
Why I'm voting for Ralph

- Monday, October 18, 2004

PBS Frontline

Ern sent me a link to this PBS show. He assures me that it is loaded with all kinds of facts about Bush & Kerry. (what about Nader?) He said that he doesn't understand how anyone could ever vote for Bush after watching it. I haven't watched it yet, but I have a feeling I'll agree with him.

- Monday, October 11, 2004

China Boy Holly

Lowes has their plants on sale, 50% off. Apparently fall is the best time to plant shrubs as well so Sherry and I picked up a bunch. I was reading the tags from one of the bushes I planted and it says: "This plant is patented; vegetative propagation is prohibited." The plant is a China Boy Holly (Ilex x meserveae 'China Boy'), the reason I bought it was to pollinate the China Girl Holly we have. Apparently Conard-Pyle Company owns Plant Patent #4803 on this bad boy. Since when have you been able to patent a living thing? Well, since 1985 (for plants). Apparently the only reason that plants are allowed to be patented is because companies have invested tons of money in creating these hybrids and they don't want copycats to rip them off. It just seems kinda bizarro to me. I think I'm going to patent Sherry's dog so that I can sue everyone who owns a Brittany-spaniel-mutt - err I mean, keep those copycats from stealing my ideas. Here's another article, lots of them in google.

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- Tuesday, September 14, 2004

Peace has been restored in Iraq (for several minutes now)

An unidentified woman cries after identifying a pair of shoes lying at the site of a massive explosion outside a police station in Baghdad on Tuesday as those of her son.

"[...] Paramedics and residents picked up body parts scattered across the street and put them into boxes. Anguished men lifted charred bodies and lay them gently on stretchers. [...]"

Does anyone else get pissed off when they hear shit like this? I just found out yesterday that one of Sherry's good friend's husband was just killed over there not too long ago. I guess something went wrong when he was running a night convoy and his humvee hit a tank, rolled over 6 times, and he was killed. It makes me depressingly furious. I keep hoping there will be some kind of miracle and they will discover some WMD so that all these people won't have died in vain. Remember the good old days when we could make fun of our president for lying about an affair? or even "read my lips"? You can't really make too many jokes about going to war under false pretenses.

- Wednesday, September 08, 2004

Vote or Not?

Enter to win $100,000, and if the person you refer wins then you win too. Wired says it's legit, so I guess that's pretty cool. It's actually kinda handy since my address will be changing soon and I'll need to update my voter info. (from Dennis)

Band-aids with little purple hearts drawn on them

After hearing about people wearing the purple-heart band-aid people making fun of John Kerry's war injuries, I decided to do a little research to see if I could find out what really happened. Snopes has a great write-up of what really happened. I can't think of a summary that would give enough justice to what he went through in Vietnam so you should probably just read the whole thing. I still don't think I'll vote for him, but god damn it do I respect him. There's no doubt in my mind that he'd be better than the current court-appointed miserable failure. (did he just say "love"?)

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- Tuesday, September 07, 2004

"Economic statistics prove - If you want to live like a Republican vote for a Democrat."

Bush Gives Us The Largest Deficit in History (btw, the quote in the title was posted by Kerryvancouver)

- Thursday, August 26, 2004

Hooray for the peons

1.3 million more Americans in poverty. 15.6% of all NYS residents don't have health insurance. Yikes! At least gas is cheap.

- Wednesday, August 25, 2004

F NY

Fuck New York, a brief, wtf/political/humorous film from Davey's AIM profile. (warning: link contains adult language)

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- Friday, August 06, 2004

</bush>

I saw it in a google ad and I thought it was kinda funny.
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- Tuesday, August 03, 2004

QOTD

From page 189 of the 9-11 report:

"It would scare the shit out of al-Qaida if suddenly a bunch of black ninjas rappelled out of helicopters in to the middle of their camp. It would get us an enormous deterrence and show those guys we're not afraid." - Bill Clinton [2000]
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White House West

whitehousewest.com - Will Ferrell at his finest, impersonating Dubya. (thanks Jon!)
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- Monday, June 28, 2004

Iraq's new flag

Iraq's new flag [The Onion Infographic]

Anyone have any [f]actual info on the new Iraqi flag?

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- Tuesday, June 22, 2004

Solar-satellite-supplied power

A recent Wired article talks about getting solar power from space. I wrote a report on this back in high school over ten years ago. Back then the major concerns were the initial cost and the safety of delivering the electricity via concentrated microwave beam. I wonder how much the technology has changed in that time. From what the article says it still isn't good enough, but it seems that the largest barrier is the political one: "Neville Marzwell, advanced concepts innovation technology manager at NASA, spent five years researching methods of improving a satellite's ability to collect solar energy before his program was cut. Marzwell claims that politics played a part in the decision to kill the space solar power program. The United States 'doesn't have the political will to fund the research' because of pressure from fossil-fuel lobbyists, Marzwell said. 'We could have become the Saudi Arabia of the world electricity market,' Marzwell said. But because the coal and oil industries don't want threats to their profits, they applied political pressure, causing the program to be scrapped, according to Marzwell."

- Friday, June 11, 2004

Bush or Wiggum

Who said what? Being smrt, I got a 100 percentatude rite. (from momsbox)
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- Wednesday, June 02, 2004

Our Commander[ette?] in Chief

I'm probably going to disappear for making fun of Bush twice in a row, but oh well:
"I want to thank my friend, Sen. Bill Frist, for joining us today. … He married a Texas girl, I want you to know. (Laughter.) Karyn is with us. A West Texas girl, just like me."—Nashville, Tenn., May 27, 2004
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I don't understand why I think this is so funny

...something about it just cracks me up:
"Bush lost consciousness for a brief time in the White House on Sunday evening while eating a pretzel and watching a professional football game on television. He fell from his couch and has a scrape and large bruise on his left cheekbone, plus a bruise on his lower lip, to show for his troubles. His glasses cut the side of his face. … [Air Force physician Richard] Tubb told reporters Bush reported a pretzel 'did not go down right' and the doctor said it was possible a pretzel had lodged against a nerve and momentarily caused a decrease in the president's heart rate, causing him to faint."
—"Bush on Fainting Episode: Chew Your Food," CNN, Jan. 14, 2002
(from Slate)
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BioDiesel, it's time to switch... or is it?

Yes it is. If you haven't been inspired by the recent Wired article, your local newspaper, or any other article, now's the time to switch. Whether your converting a car, a bus, or even a train, I can guarantee you'll be happy with the mileage. There's tons of info out there (and tons of opinions too). Aside from the enormous environmental benefits (better mileage than gasoline, produced from renewable materials, contains practically no sulfur, decreases soot emissions, etc.), it also benefits farmers, which we've got plenty of in this state. It's something to think about while you're saving for that Prius, or waiting for HyWire to get here.

[Edit]: somehow I managed to miss a recent /. article on this very subject. It only costs the dude $0.41/gallon!
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- Monday, May 17, 2004

QOTD

"It's like somebody drove us into a ditch, and you're saying that should be the guy to drive us out." - Jon Stewart talking about the miserable failure that is W
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condiriceisangry.com

That's right - www.condiriceisangry.com.
www.condiriceisangry.com

- Monday, May 10, 2004

No Kids for You!

I've always thought having kids should be a privilege, not a right. Now a judge in Rochester agrees with me (from Jon). Apparently it's four strikes and you're out when it comes to having neglected crack-babies. "I think what the judge is trying to do is kind of have a wake-up call for society," says Attorney Chris Affronti, who chairs the family law section of the Monroe County Bar Association. Score +1 for society.

- Thursday, May 06, 2004

US Draft

After registering for the draft (it's the law, you know), get some fresh gear. Poke fun at the miserable failure that runs this country... for now.

[Edit]: great stuff, more in the links in the left-side.
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- Tuesday, May 04, 2004

Fuck Shit Bitch Ass Damn

Freedom of expression? Janet's exposed mammary gland? Howard Stern? How about the shit on Oprah at 4pm in the afternoon? How is defining what a "tossed salad" is NOT censored, but an expletive like "fuck" is? WTF logic is that? Unfair - or at least illogical - censorship is going to make "freedom of expression" in this country a miserable failure.
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- Wednesday, April 28, 2004

Justice?

Danny Hopkins was finally arrested for murdering a friend of a friend last October. 106mph in a 30mph zone ?!?! - all thanks to the black box in his Caddy. Of course this murderer's attorney is arguing that his client's right to privacy should eliminate the black box evidence. Aside from the eyewitnesses, fibers from his coat were found on the airbag. How can this asshole (and his asshole attorney) live with himself? (video)
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- Thursday, April 22, 2004

johnkerryisadouchebagbutimvotingforhimanyway.com

That's right: johnkerryisadouchebagbutimvotingforhimanyway.com. I'll have to see if his essays can change my mind about voting third party, when he finishes them.
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- Monday, April 19, 2004

Jet-eating sharks!

Kerry should count his blessings that he managed to dodge those jet-eating sharks!
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Dubya's Resume

PLEASE CONSIDER MY EXPERIENCE WHEN VOTING IN 2004.
PLEASE SEND THIS TO EVERY VOTER YOU KNOW.

APPRECIATIVELY,
GW BUSH

Resume of George W. Bush
The White House, Washington, DC, USA

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
LAW ENFORCEMENT
* I was arrested in Kennebunkport, Maine, in 1976 for driving under the influence of alcohol. I pled guilty, paid a fine, and had my driver's license suspended for 30 days.
* My Texas driving record has been lost and is not available.

MILITARY
* I joined the Texas Air National Guard and went AWOL for over twelve months. I refused to take a drug test or answer any questions about my drug use.
* By joining the Texas Air National Guard, I was able to avoid combat duty in Vietnam.

COLLEGE
* I graduated from Yale University with a low-C average.
* I was a cheerleader.

PAST WORK EXPERIENCE
* I ran for U.S. Congress and lost.
* I began my career in the oil business in Midland, Texas, in 1975.
* I bought an oil company, but couldn't find any oil in Texas. The company went bankrupt shortly after I sold all my stock.
* I bought the Texas Rangers baseball team in a sweetheart deal that took land using taxpayer money.
* With the help of my father and our friends in the oil industry (including Enron CEO Ken Lay), I was elected governor of Texas.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS AS GOVERNOR OF TEXAS
* I changed Texas pollution laws to favor power and oil companies, making Texas the most polluted state in the Union.
* During my tenure, Houston replaced Los Angeles as the most smog-ridden city in America.
* I cut taxes and bankrupted the Texas treasury to the tune of billions in borrowed money.
* I set the record for the most executions by any governor in American history.
* With the help of my brother, the governor of Florida, and my father's appointments to the Supreme Court, I became President after losing by over 500,000 votes.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS AS PRESIDENT
* I am the first President in U.S. history to enter office with a criminal record.
* I invaded and occupied two countries at a continuing cost of over one billion dollars per week.
* I spent the U.S. surplus and effectively bankrupted the U.S. Treasury.
* I shattered the record for the largest annual deficit in U.S. history.
* I set an economic record for most private bankruptcies filed in any 12-month period.
* I set the all-time record for most foreclosures in a 12-month period.
* I set the all-time record for the biggest drop in the history of the U.S.stock market.
* In my first year in office, over 2 million Americans lost their jobs and that trend continues every month.
* I'm proud that the members of my cabinet are the richest of any administration in U.S. history. My "poorest millionaire," Condoleeza Rice, has a Chevron oil tanker named after her.
* I set the record for most campaign fund raising trips by a U.S. President.
* I am the all-time U.S. and world record-holder for receiving the most corporate campaign donations.
* My largest lifetime campaign contributor, and one of my best friends, Kenneth Lay, presided over the largest corporate bankruptcy fraud in U.S. history, at Enron.
* My political party used Enron private jets and corporate attorneys to assure my success with the U.S. Supreme Court during my election decision.
* I have protected my friends at Enron and Halliburton against investigation or prosecution. More time and money was spent investigating the Monica Lewinsky affair than has been spent investigating one of the biggest corporate rip-offs in history.
* I presided over the biggest energy crisis in U.S. history and refused to intervene when corruption involving the oil industry was revealed.
* I presided over the highest gasoline prices in U.S. history.
* I changed the U.S. policy to allow convicted criminals to be awarded government contracts.
* I appointed more convicted criminals to my administration than any President in U.S. history.
* I created the Department of Homeland Security, the largest bureaucracy in the history of the U.S. government.
* I've broken more international treaties than any President in U.S. history.
* I am the first President in U.S. history to have the United Nations remove the U.S. from the Human Rights Commission.
* I withdrew the U.S. from the World Court of Law.
* I refused to allow inspectors access to U.S. "prisoners of war" detainees and thereby have refused to abide by the Geneva Convention.
* I am the first President in history to refuse United Nations election inspectors (during the 2002 U.S. election).
* I set the record for fewest number of press conferences of any President since the advent of television.
* I set the all-time record for most days on vacation in any one-year period.
* After taking off the entire month of August, I presided over the worst security failure in U.S. history.
* I garnered the most sympathy for the U.S. after the World Trade Center attacks and less than a year later made the U.S. the most hated country in the world, the largest failure of diplomacy in world history.
* I have set the all-time record for most people worldwide to simultaneously protest against me in public venues (15 million people), shattering the record for protest against any person in history.
* I am the first President in U.S. history to order an unprovoked, pre-emptive attack against, and military occupation of, a sovereign nation.I did so against the will of the United Nations, the majority of U.S. citizens, and the world community.
* I have cut health-care benefits for war veterans and support a cut in duty- benefits for active-duty troops and their families -- in wartime.
* In my State of the Union Address, I lied about our reasons for attacking Iraq, and then blamed the lies on our British friends.
* I am the first President in history to have a majority of Europeans (71%)view my presidency as the biggest threat to world peace and security.
* I am supporting development of a nuclear "Tactical Bunker Buster" WMD.
* I have so far failed to fulfill my pledge to bring Osama Bin Laden to justice.

RECORDS AND REFERENCES
* All records of my tenure as governor of Texas are now in my father's library, sealed and unavailable for public view.
* All records of SEC investigations into my insider trading and my bankrupt companies are sealed in secrecy and unavailable for public view.
* All records or minutes from meetings that I, or my Vice-president, attended regarding public energy policy are sealed in secrecy and unavailable for public view.

Sadly every fact on this miserable failure of a resume is true. (from my mom)

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- Friday, April 16, 2004

689 people who won't be voting for Bush

Bush Mosaic, also here and here (from Synja). Michael Moore has a good follow-up. I don't understand how people can still support that miserable failure.

- Thursday, April 15, 2004

Well-written critique of Bush's approach to terrorism and Iraq

A Scary Performance, and a Signal for Slaughter (from my mom). It talks about Bush's Speech the other night and what a miserable failure he is.

- Tuesday, April 13, 2004

"We're not using these robots to hand out flowers"

Wired has a neat little article on combat robots. Pretty sweet that technology will save the lives of at least our own soldiers, but I think I'd rather see more non-lethal solutions.

- Tuesday, April 06, 2004

"Made in the USA" my ass

A recent Wired article talks briefly about outsourcing and "American" goods. During a 5 hour oil change I got last week I had time to read every magazine and newspaper in Van Bortel's customer service area. One of the articles talked about the new Chevy Aveo. It's basically a cheap little Korean-made econo-box sold under Chevy's name. What bugs me is that Chevy's new ad campaign is "An American Revolution", America [this], American [that]. The Ford Focus is considered "American" by most. I guess you could say that is true, Mexico is in North America. The entire car used to be assembled in Mexico, but now just the engines are. Calling VW's Jetta "German" would just be a lie IMHO since it is also made in Mexico. Saturns are "American", right? Well assuming that you count their Canadian parts as American, and you don't buy one with an automatic, since their automatic transmissions are made in Japan. (I got most of my facts from usstuff.com)

I think that as more and more communication barriers are broken, more and more trade barriers will be broken, we will see more and more companies using parts from all kinds of different countries. Financially it makes sense. If you can find a better price on a comparable product elsewhere, why not buy it? I just find it irritating when companies advertise themselves as being "American Made", "Made in the USA", or even "German" or "Japanese" when they aren't 100%. They could at least include a disclaimer that says that they're mostly [insert nationality here], and list the parts, processes, or ownerships that aren't. If businesses continue to mislead the public, it will only lead to their miserable failure.

Personally I don't shop for things that are "Made in the USA", I just try to find a reliable product that performs well for the price. My Subaru Outback is probably considered "Japanese" by most, even though it was put together by US workers in Indiana, and even though GM owns 20% of Subaru's parent company Fuji Heavy Industries. I consider myself American because I was born and raised here, even though my roots are Irish, German, Polish, French-Canadian, English, and more - of course before all of these I am first human.

NPR's Car Talk lets me down

I was so happy to see NPR switch from Real to Microsoft. Now the jerks have switched back. I wonder if the files play with the Real Alternative?

- Monday, April 05, 2004

Fake Nigerian (419) Banks

The Reg has a story about a site that has a list of the fake banks that the Nigerian Nigerian 419 scammers use. The sad thing is that people are still falling for these pathetic scam emails.
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- Thursday, April 01, 2004

Time to move to Canada...

The Reg says file sharers are not guilty of copyright infringement under Canadian law. "I cannot see a real difference between a library that places a photocopy machine in a room full of copyrighted material and a computer user that places a personal copy on a shared directory linked to a P2P service," said the Canadian judge. This is just another reason to move to Canada. They have free health care, cuban cigars, their president isn't a miserable failure, US currency is worth more over there, they have the better side of Niagara Falls, they use the metric system, the list could go on and on. Maybe when the fast ferry gets here I'll commute (not for $80/day though).
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- Wednesday, March 31, 2004

The Governator

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US jobs created from outsourcing?

Tom's Hard News: "104,000 jobs were relocated in 2003, but 90,000 were created as a result of outsourcing. This trend would continue and allow US companies to spend more money on US workers, the study says. Looking ahead, 317,000 new jobs would be created due to outsourcing." Of course, the study should probably be taken with a grain of salt: "The study was sponsored by the ITAA which represents more than 11,000 IT companies in the US, including corporations such as IBM, one vocal proponent of outsourcing." There's still a difference of 14,000 jobs. I'm kinda on the fence on the whole outsourcing thing. On one hand, I don't want to lose my job or have my pay cut, but on the other one I don't blame companies for hiring workers who'll work for cheaper - as long as they do the same quality of work. Customer service would be the last place I would outsource though. I can barely understand people with southern accents, how am I expected to understand people who speak english as their second language?

- Thursday, March 25, 2004

"One Nation..."

"...Under God"? No more offensive to me than "Under Christ", "Under Allah", "Under Buddah", "Under Zeus", "Under [insert divine entity here]", etc. - but equally unconstitutional. I could understand if it was "Under Washington", "Under Franklin", or some other founding father, but why does it have to be religous? Ah well, who cares about religious freedom anyway?

I just came across this article on whitehouse.gov. Here are two notable quotes from our commander in chief regarding religious freedom: "The right to have religious beliefs and to freely practice such beliefs are among the most fundamental freedoms we possess" and later: "IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this fifteenth day of January, in the year of our Lord two thousand three". So according to George W. Bush we should all celebrate our freedom to choose one of the many branches of Christianity as our religion.

- Tuesday, March 23, 2004

Top Ten

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- Friday, March 19, 2004

237

This Iraq on the Record database identifies 237 specific misleading statements about the threat posed by Iraq made by these five officials in 125 public appearances in the time leading up to and after the commencement of hostilities in Iraq. And to think, Bill Clinton only lied once and look what they did to him. ;-)

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