October, 2006


31
Oct 06

Giving credit where credit is due

After the 2004 election I was quite vocal about wanting a viable second party. I will say the Democrats have come quite a long way since then. If you take the new blood on the scene in Jim Webb and Harold Ford you will find very little of the baby-boomer narcissism and navel gazing that affected most of the 2004 candidates.

There is starting to be a concensus plan on Iraq among Democrats as well, in the form of partition. I think that is the option we will take (along with looking the other way on ethnic cleansing) once all the others are exhausted, which should be in around 10 months or so.

All that being said, none of them are any closer to me ideologically (except for the partition, which I do like) than the Republicans but new blood will probably not be as talented at corruption as the current folks.

Not that I think the dems will take the House or Senate, but I do think they will take some seats.


30
Oct 06

My contest entry

More blogging while uploading. I entered this contest recently. I submitted the first photo listed, though now I kind of wish I’d used the other one.


30
Oct 06

Eating the elephant

The more I think about it, I think the GTD “Open Loops” theory of anxiety is true. Which is why one eats the elephant one bite at a time I suppose.


28
Oct 06

Aspects of the conventional wisdom

  • Oil is the lifeblood of the Global Economy – I remember paying 94 cents a gallon in October of 2001, to $3.05 this summer, to $1.98 today (yes I realize that the price of oil does not track gas exactly, but it’s close). Given that the economy of the oil consuming world has growing mildly (Europe), moderately (the US), and highly (China and India), it would seem that this is simply not true, or if true, not meaningful.
  • The invasion of Iraq will turn the Muslim world against the US. Given that it’s been three and a half years, and all of the opposition is still based in Iraq (with some degree of foreign investment in people and capital) this would seem not to be meaningful.

27
Oct 06

This is quite clever

Web 2.0 validator, or as they put it:
Web 2.0 Validator : We’re the dot in Web 2.0


26
Oct 06

Line of the moment

The message you get when one is about to delete something in BlinkSale

This action is wholly irrevocable and utterly non-undoable.


24
Oct 06

Blogging will be light

For the next ten days or so. I’ve got a crushing workload until then.

Also, I apologize if I’ve been rude or distant or anything like that lately. Everything is getting to me more than it usually does.


24
Oct 06

Quote of the moment

I think my life will run out before my work does.
Townes van Zandt


23
Oct 06

Overstreet at the Overlook

The fiddle series continues. On this particular occasion I got the lighting on most of the shots wrong, but some of them turned out well nice. Check out Overstreet at the Overlook, featuring the lovely and talented Michelle.

I came across an interesting Sin City effect with levels in, as seen below.


23
Oct 06

Photo stragglers

This guy was on my screen door on Thursday and Friday

An ordinary stairway. There were some nice lines here. I decided to make it creepy via the use of Photoshop Curves. It’s an interesting effect.