Monthly Archives: November 2006

Semantic annoyances

It’s annoying that Colin Powell calling Iraq a civil war is news. When there are two wars going on the media decides to make media pronouncements news stories. Pathetic.

More annoying is that the current conflict doesn’t bear that many resemblances to a civil war as they are usually defined, and a lot resemblances to a traditional gang war. Come to think of it, that’s probably the most useful way to think about it.

Nietzsche at the end of a long, poorly focused day

Today’s quote is

A casual stroll through the lunatic asylum shows that faith does not prove anything.
Friedrich Nietzsche

via the Nietzsche Family Circus
Just have to love the Germans.

Somehow I’ve let all of the tedious work that has to be done during the month have to happen today. Diagramming, estimating, writing, organizing. Humbug. Everything has taken forever today.

On another note, the photos I took on Saturday turned out well, and surprisingly Gothic and noirish. All of my more recent shots have gone in a Sin City direction. I’ll post them soon.

Deepthink of the moment

From the ever interesting Jane Galt about child rearing and careers

I’m not sure. If childrearing is a) necessary and b) as tedious as everyone assures me, then it strikes me that whatever feminine thrill women get out of doing it probably increases the happiness associated with the activity. And, based only on my own previous relationship experience, I’d imagine that socialization which reduces the number of areas that have to be negotiated probably, on net, makes marriages happier.

That would go a long way to explaining why opposites attract, if in fact they do.

Quotes of the moment – Saturday morning Edition

I came across these while perusing the internets…

I just need enough to tide me over until I need more.
Bill Hoest

Feel like you’ve lived a wee bit too long? Looking for a spectacular way out — one that’ll keep your family crying in disgust for years on end?
Defense Tech – from a post about a personal helicopter

“I do not think people who have bad things in their minds would wear a burqa,” he said.
CNN Article about a possible Dutch Mask Law