Oct 31, 2005

DRM? (link)

This is a funny technology story, in which Sony appears a sad loser, and in the process of losing even more sadly, manages to reduce choice for its own consumers, and limits it's own artists revenues as well.

granted, only one of those is news.

Oct 30, 2005

Aged Coffee - Celebes Kalossie Estate, 5yr.

According to the Dunkin'Donuts site:

Traditionally, coffee held in warehouses for several years, sometimes deliberately, sometimes inadvertently. Such aging reduces acidity and increases body.

Well, this stuff is NOT from DD.


Although it is still widely debated, certain types of green coffee are believed to improve with age; especially those that are valued for their low acidity, such as coffees from Indonesia or India. Several of these coffee producers sell coffee beans that have been aged for as long as 3 years, with some as long as 8 years.

However, most coffee experts agree that a green coffee peaks in flavor and freshness within one year of harvest.

This is honestly, one of the BEST cups i have ever had. Today is the day i am glad I befireded a new roaster. So SO good that I want to hide the beans in the freezer so I can always have one on other crappy, snow covered, disorienting mornings.

yes, the flavor is different, and the acid is reduced.

But I have never before had coffee calm me down, while turning me up, and I'm a unitarian, so that says something.

this cup was just in time to save my daylight today.

Oct 28, 2005

TPM has a point here (link)

This is why blogs are good.

Everyone is quick in different ways.

Dear rest of the world

As with everything worthwhile we Americans do, this will take a while. But rest assured, our head is finally coming out of our ass.

Sorry for the DeLay, we got bush-whacked.

When Bolton resigns the UN, please applaud.


--An American

Oct 24, 2005

Y2K, W, Y?




The mark of fiction (link)

This is odd (ahem-cist) enough

Mexicans and stranded tourists, hungry and frustrated after a two-day beating by Hurricane Wilma, stood in line to buy supplies Sunday or simply raided grocery or furniture stores, dragging goods from shops ripped open by the storm.
As with Katrina coverage, the looters and the white people, i mean tourists, are different peoples. The photo caption says it well.

But this next part is suspect. Jayson Blair style impossible, the kind of BS that makes you want to undo the 30 seconds you spent at ABC news.
Others waited in long lines at the few stores that were open. Some American tourists without local currency offered $100 bills for $5 calling cards.
Wha? Maybe 'the hundred dollar bill waving american' needs to pop a lock, or perhaps he is a neurotic collector, because I'm confident the phones aren't working.

Oct 23, 2005

30 months is a drought

In an 8-month space station simulation on Earth in 2000, a Russian man twice tried to kiss a Canadian woman researcher just after two other Russians had gotten into a bloody brawl. As a result, locks were installed between the Russian and international crews' compartments.
Those Russians and their hands. good thing there weren't any Romans.

My reccomendation? Greeks bearing Trojans.

Oct 22, 2005


Cheney and friends resign

Cheney and friends are pardoned

Jeb is Vice President, just after he saves florida from Wilma


My blog is worth $1,129.08.
How much is your blog worth?

Oct 21, 2005

Friday headache Blogging

What's good for an unearned headache?

The Talent Show

I should blogroll that guy.

He hits the nail on the head far more often than not , and he drives it home. (and he knows tom tomorrow)

well said Greg Saunders, well said

this too


Hat tip to the general


and, of course to desi.

rather than a tip, leave your 2 cents.

Oct 19, 2005


As a country, we have let out rope for 4 years and 37 days.

I believe they have fashioned it into a noose, and placed it around their own neck.

it is time to pull. all of us. at once.

(a blowjob never got anyone killed, nevermind 2,000 kids)

We deserve a better president.

And we deserve not to be lied to.

Oct 17, 2005

Make levee's not war

Evacuation ordered in Taunton; possible dam failure

TAUNTON (AP) -- Two-thousand people living near the Whittenden Dam in Taunton were evacuated this afternoon amid reports the dam may have structural problems.

The mayor also declared a state of emergency in the city.

The National Weather Service issued a flash flood watch for portions of Bristol County because of the possible dam failure.

(Massachusetts, you're more likely to live here)

A nation of laws?

"But the fact of the matter is that when we were attacked on September 11, we had a choice to make. We could decide that the proximate cause was al-Qaeda and the people who flew those planes into buildings and, therefore, we would go after al-Qaeda and perhaps after the Taliban and then our work would be done and we would try to defend ourselves. Or we could take a bolder approach, which was to say that we had to go after the root causes of the kind of terrorism that was produced there, and that meant a different kind of Middle East. And there is no one who could have imagined a different kind of Middle East with Saddam Hussein still in power."

Condoleeza Rice, telling you that you were lied to.

Y2K N1

What are the symptoms of bird flu in humans?

Symptoms of bird flu in humans have ranged from typical flu-like symptoms (fever, cough, sore throat and muscle aches) to eye infections, pneumonia, severe respiratory diseases (such as acute respiratory distress), and other severe and life-threatening complications. The symptoms of bird flu may depend on which virus caused the infection.

2 Questions

Wilma is the last on the list of storm names for 2005; there are 21 names on the yearly list because the letters q, u, x, y and z are skipped. If any other storms form, letters from the Greek alphabet will be used, starting with Alpha.
One, what happens if hurricaine Omega hits the south

Two, How many letters away is 'Omega'?

and, for good form, can I have your car?

Oct 16, 2005

Then you must be the horses sss!

You know any inescapably long hairy dog stories? The kind that when you stick them out - and you have just the temperment to enjoy the wait for the punchline - are entirely worthwhile, in the end.

Only in humor, only in the abstract, can the ends justify the means.

My vote? The Horses Head.

Oct 15, 2005

Tweaking format, check back often, make suggestions

Oops, I crapped my pants (TM)

Oct 14, 2005

Friday 10

1) Dropkick Murphy's - Fields of Athenry
Pronounced athenrhie, rhymes with cry, repeatedly.
Great if you like bagpipe in rock, Includes a prison ship. 5/10

2) They Might Be Giants - Don't Lets's Start
Rent the documentary somebody made about these two. "No one in the world ever gets what they want, and that is beautiful" Makes moody-bastardness catchy. Includes Deputy Dawg. 7.6/10

3) Frank Black - Old Black Dawning
I had a job in college. I mopped the Dining Commons. I listened to this album A LOT, Sony Casette Walkman (that's "90's" for iPod crapo). Includes Frank Black. 7/10

4) Aquateeen - Mooninites and Meatwad
"Somebody hook me up with a flame, i'm having a nic fit". Includes 30 seconds of the Mooninites berating Frylock. 9/10

5) Dreseden Dolls - Good Day
This song is even better live. The premise is your psychio ex -girlfriend, written and performed by your psycho ex-girlfriend, with your psycho ex-boyfriend on drums. I will be at their Haloween show. Includes accurately descriptive chorus "I'm on fire".9.5/10

6) Coldplay - Clocks
A wall of above average sound. Very good for a rainy day drive, which I am not on. Includes a rhythym that attempts to reset your heartbeat.6.5/10

7) A lack of colour - Death Cab for Cutie
Awesomely clever lyrics, simple enough music, great atmosphere. She must have been one hell of a woman. Includes psycho ex-boyfriend leaving an embarrasing answering machine message. 7.5/10

8) I'm Amazed - Pixies (purple tape ver.)
1986 - believe it. no one has yet set the mark for how far ahead of their time the pixies were. Includes my amazement 9.5/10

9) Any colour you like - Pink Floyd
As i recall, this ws when the planetarium laser show got really good. Includes a few reminders that it took radiohead 25 years to set pink floyds time-aheadedness mark. 6.5/10

10) Busted bicycle - Leo Kottke (6&12 ver.)
I saw this guy play live once. It is just one guy with one guitar, and fingers like calloused hummingbirds. Includes a race to the end of the song. 8/10

11) Golden Brown - The Stranglers
A song about the best sex you've ever had. Power pop at it's birth. Includes vague masturbation references. 8/10

No summary math here, but I do have happy ears.

Oct 12, 2005

Better than kittens

Our product line was created based on our belief in the traditional American Indian usage of tobacco ? in moderation and in its natural state. We feel that tobacco is a powerful herb worthy of the respect it is given in American Indian tradition. Our name, Natural American Spirit, was chosen as a symbol of respect for this tradition. Natural American Spirit is America?s only brand that features both natural and organic tobacco products.


Now, Why would anyone smoke cold turkey?

Oct 7, 2005

Away From Office


I will be away from my desk until 10/11.

Please leave a message. beep

Oct 2, 2005

the brigadier agrees

pic is link