Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Using a crisis for a gotcha....

To quote this op-ed:

But this seems like the wrong moment to dwell on fault-finding, or even to point out that it took what may become the worst natural disaster in American history to pry President Bush out of his vacation.

Wow, it looks like you just did! Well played slam! Very clever.

Then again, I suppose 'Bushdiddit' has supplanted 'Reagandiddit'..

Thursday, July 07, 2005

But what then...

Thomas Friedman's latest Op-Ed sounds like everything else Friedman's said for decades, and while his sentiments are good and his heart's in the right place (and he's for the most part right, IMHO), he stops short and tsk-tsks.

And because I think that would be a disaster, it is essential that the Muslim world wake up to the fact that it has a jihadist death cult in its midst. If it does not fight that death cult, that cancer, within its own body politic, it is going to infect Muslim-Western relations everywhere. Only the Muslim world can root out that death cult. It takes a village.

You can agree with this and still find his arguments come up short. Responsible Western governments can't sit and wait for Muslims to get their act together while their citizens are being bombed, shot and beheaded. Citizens in the West should not tolerate it. All the while, Muslims in the West continue to whine and cavil, without making any measurable progress in delegitimzing and destroying their extremist elements. Words are cheap. These folks have to start paying attention and ratting out their extremist coreligionists if they are to prove themseves truly part of the Western world. If the Unabomber's own flesh and blood will give him up, there's no excuse for Muslims to not actively root out and expose evil in their midst.

There will come a time when Western countries will say, "enough is enough", and begin finding ways to expel Muslims and seal them out, regardless of whether they are currently entitled to citizenship or residence due to postcolonial policies. Friedman is right about this: it's time for Muslims themselves to put up. Or get out.

Sucking air?

Sucking air sounds more like what the NYT is doing.

I mean, at least 37 dead, hundreds injured, so neener neener neener Tony Blair.

Anyone else think this headline writer needs an appointment with a +5 vorpal cricket bat?

Take Heart.

Thursday, June 16, 2005

Another hand in another cookie jar...

.. looks like KPMG just apologized for shenanigans that could have got it Arthur Anderson'd.. Perhaps they should stick to cheesy corporate rock like you'd find in mid-'80s Persis Khambatta movies...

(and yes, if you can find it, grab and watch the MST3k-ified version...)

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Where's the cube?

More of the East Village falls...


Banner ads at the DMV??

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Darwin in action...

... At least nobody else was hurt...

Age inflation

After reading this, I have a question..

Why not index Social Security eligibility to age as a percentage of life expectancy?

Take the years between eligibility and average lifespan as a percentage of average lifespan in 1935, then multiply that percentage against the current average lifespan. That's elementary algebra, and it seems pretty fair to me.

Monday, June 13, 2005

Good news: threesome pr0n improves male fertility...

.. bad news, it's 2 guy 1 girl threesomes, not hot chick-on-chick action :(


Medicine in the crucible....

... of war. It's pretty obvious that, like so much technological development, medical practice necessarily improves from war. I certainly hope battlefield medical personnel are available for consultation when it comes to designing things like battle armor.. Maybe extend aramid fibres and ceramic plates to boots and extremity joints?

Also, keep a look out for James Burke's The Day The Universe Changed.. Apropos this topic he discusses the change in the nature of medicine from performance art to scientific profession, driven by the French Revolution.. Before the revolution doctors were judged on their theatrical skills and were as beholden to patients' demands as bards were to their patrons. Afterwards, doctors and surgeons (which were regarded as dogsbodies) gained in status and became authoritative as science progressed, and patients were relegated to a very passive role.

Mildly ironically, with the Internet, patients are starting to speak up more and become better informed, and demanding more control over their medical care, which is a good thing, even if it's just patients parroting some purple pill ad.

Spinning good news

You have to go about six paragraphs into this article to find a decent word about Bloomberg's edumacation strategery...

Yeah, students, teachers and administrators are working harder. THAT'S THE POINT! Who ever said that it would be otherwise?

And who put his balls on the line to kick those people hard enough in the ass to make them jump?

That's right, Bloomberg the "Republican". I guess a rose by any other name _doesn't_ smell as sweet, since Bloomberg is to Republican as Java is to Javascript... (Not that there's anything wrong with that...)

IMHO Bloomberg needs to do to the teacher and administrator unions what Thatcher did to the miners and Reagan did to the air traffic controllers...

Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Crumbs for Africa? GOOD.

Re the NYT's latest op-ed:

Leaving aside the whole 'throwing good money after bad dictatorships' thing, just focusing on the dollars, they seem to (willfully) forget the cultural differences between American charity and European charity. When Europeans see something wrong in the world they call on their government to spend tax dollars to make a difference. Americans donate to private charities and prefer their governments to 'stick to their knitting'. There was a lot of handwringing on this issue in the aftermath of the 2004 Tsunami, and this essay does a good job of discussing the issue. And yes, I count military spending on reconstruction in Iraq and Afghanistan to be 3rd world charity.

I call on everyone, from now on, to combine private charity with public spending when commenting on poor country aid.

Tuesday, June 07, 2005


Sad to think of it in the NYPD, but I guess the guy's only human, right?

Monday, June 06, 2005

But Officer...

... I've been popping all these Altoids to improve my concentration!


The coming Chinese shopping spree...

.. Looks like after years of surpluses, Chinese companies are looking to put their dollars to use..

I still think a bankrupt GM or Ford could be bought out by a Red Army-backed local carmaker or consortium of makers. Let's hope they're dumb enough to engage in a whole raft of bubble-related real estate purchases.. Is Rockefeller Center up for sale?

No WONDER Apple's Powermac upgrade sucked....

... Why put all that work into a dead platform?

And you wonder why folks (like me) were beating the Cocoa drum and dissing Carbon so bad for so long.. Here is one reason. Cocoa framework apps port in 2 days with 20 lines of code changed (Mathematica 5). Carbon? A lot longer and harder.

Still, AMD was the better choice, but I bet Apple's getting mad subsidies from Chipzilla... I wonder if they'll actually advertise Powermacs, and if so, do they get the Intel bong?

UPDATE: BTW, the censors at Apple's discussions site must be playing turbo whack-a-mole.. Thread after thread discussing the switch is getting clipped...

Friday, June 03, 2005

Ten out of ten for style...

... but minus several million for good thinking..

I mean, besides the sheer amount of space required and weight penalty accrued, how big of an alternator do you need to keep the thing humming? What happens in a crash? What about air conditioning load? What about shock absorption? Enterprise gear wasn't meant to be shaking and quaking all the time, let alone deal with constant powering up and down..

Besides, at this point, a mini-itx Via system is more than adequate for both audio and video, and you can get them with DC-DC converters...

Favorite sick T-Shirts of the day...

5-drive hotswap RAID in a Shuttle case...

.. Now _THIS_ (PDF) is HAWT...

Wireless iPod musings...

.. Just thinking about what you could do with wireless tech and iPods...

  • AD2P support for wireless stereo headphones. Having remote controls on the headphones, as well as a microphone so it could be used as a phone's headset would be handy.
  • Streamcasting, where other folks could tune into your currently-playing songs. Be your own walking bluetooth DJ, use it for tour groups, or exercise partners, whatever. iPodders should also be able to browse wireless 'channels'.
  • Contact sharing, let your iPod advertise your contact info if you like, and let it attach to your streamcast.

Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Europe doesn't have wars?

The Times quotes former EC president Romano Prodi: "'This is still better than a war of secession like the United States once had,' he said in a telephone interview. 'I'm serious now. We must keep this perspective in mind. We don't have a treaty, but we also don't have wars.'"

Hmm.. So Europe doesn't have wars between their states.. Methinks someone's spent a few too many years in coffeeshops and not enough time watching the History Channel...

Sunday, May 29, 2005

Karl's New Manifesto

Friday, May 27, 2005

You can see the rain coming...

Car toilet...

.... Made in Britain. Shoulda come out with this before the Congestion Charge though, woulda been handy in some of London's more legendary traffic jams

Thursday, May 26, 2005

Best post I've read today....

... is over at EjectEjectEject... It kinda reminds me of In The Beginning was the Command Line or some of Crichton's speeches on "scientific consensus"..

ps: The Cryptonomicon site should have ITB as a normal html (at least!) page instead of a download.

Holy crap!

Iwill's going to demo an 8-way Opteron monster at Computex, and it can take dual-core CPUs.. I wonder if Sun'll end up taking the plunge and pulling out of SPARC? This kind of rig looks like the perfect big brother to the V40z (which you can get with 8 cores for ~$40k, "entry" server my butt).. (Call it the V80z, how creative of me ;)

Fashion SWAT, somewhat NSFW...

Another classic SA Fashion SWAT today, taking on the world of comic book "fashion".

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

"Waxing" philosophical, NSFW

Hilarious but definitely not for the kiddies....

Tromaville Central.

Whose house?


Right of way

The ferry usually goes around Governors Island's west coast, but Carriers have the right-of-way...

UPDATE: That's CV-67, the USS John F. Kennedy, for Fleet Week.

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Harbor Shot

Wonder if they're cheating with a motor?

The One TV To Show Them All... Forever?

Now one of these 1080p sets is the next upgrade... Frankly, I don't see TV resolution standards getting any better for at least another 10-20 years, so 1080p is gonna be as good as it gets for a long time... If the display's any good, it may be the last TV you'll ever buy before the apocalypse / global-warming-drowning-all-life / quickening / insert-your-end-of-days-thing-here...


I can't believe
these geniuses can get a date.. While I'm stuck sorting laundry and levelling up in Warcrack :p..


Another new ferry,,, woohoo!

"New Staten Island Ferry Makes Maiden Voyage".. What with the two terminals finally getting finished and two of the three new boats in, it's getting pretty sweet out here.


... OK.

After recovering from some bad linguine carbonara and listening to some mellow, I set about gutting my old Titanium Powerbook.

I've already dropped the hard disk into an enclosure so I can recover all my MP3s, pr0n and tax returns, and maybe use it for critical backups. Some of the other bits should be usable too, perhaps even a digital picture frame using the LCD along with the old Airport card and RAM. A mini-itx motherboard should work out well in that application.

Now, what to do about my butchered Cube....