Archive of September 2004

Wednesday, September 29, 2004

Self Dentistry

How drunk and crazy do you have to be to pull your own teeth? Apparently you don't have to be completely drunk, just completely crazy!  It's very reassuring to see that after all these years, Darwin's work continues to prove itself!

12/2/04 - Moved to new "Darwin's Work" topic.
September 29, 2004 @ 05:09 pm | Category:
Tuesday, September 28, 2004

New PhotoBlog Topic

I've added this new PhotoBlog topic as sort of a photoblog within a blog.  With the acquisition of my new digital camera I now have the means to support such a venture.

Hopefully the first entry will be up within the next week.  But for this to work the way I want it too, I need to upgrade PolarBlog.  The new V1.1 adds a complete commenting system that is currently missing.  It also fixes a number of existing bugs…one of which will effect this topic section.
September 28, 2004 @ 12:59 pm | Category:
Friday, September 24, 2004


While getting ready for work in the morning I often watch the History Channel's Cable in the classroom program.  This show consists largely of a couple of those (usually old) 10-15 minute news reel clips.  I don't know what today's show was, but it wasn't what's listed on their website.  Anyhow, today's show was about the Germans overrunning Poland and France with little effort.  At one point they show Adolph Hitler dining and they are talking about him eating a celebratory meal.  Not just any meal, but a vegetarian meal.  Gasp!  You'd likely have to see it to appreciate it, but the tone was the classic "he's a vegetarian, he's evil and this is one of the reasons for it".  Quite amusing by today's standards, particularly from a vegetarian viewpoint.
September 24, 2004 @ 05:03 pm | Category:
Wednesday, September 22, 2004

Political Compass

Last week I stumbled upon the website Undercaffeinated.  I don't currently subscribe to the right-wing rhetoric that he seems to be infatuated with, but I did find one thing of interest.  In the menu bar there's a link to The Political Compass, that I think everyone should check out.

So I went and took their political test.  The results basically say I'm a "centrist, liberal, libertarian".  I scored: Economic Left/Right: -1.25, Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -1.95.  This is in contrasts with Undercaffeinated's score of Economic Left/Right: 6.12, Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -1.44.  Thus I'd say we share a similar outlook on social issues, but apparently differ on how to achieve the goals…whatever they may be.

It really doesn't matter because our government seems to be on a constant downward (death?) spiral. Congress refuses to kill pork barrel projects and deal with the increasing burden of the national debt and the many entitlement programs.  We really need to reel in spending, but that isn't going to be happening anytime soon.  Gotta get re-elected you know!  Which is quite unfortunate for us, particularly our future generations.  Neither of the two major political parties really seem "gets it" anymore.  Your choice now is the "tax and spend" Democrats or the "tax cut and spend" Republicans.  Can someone please let me know when there's a "tax moderately and stop spending so damn much money we don't have" candidate/party?
September 22, 2004 @ 05:12 pm | Category:

God’s Fury

Apparently God doesn't like George W. and the people in Florida that voted for him.
September 22, 2004 @ 12:24 pm | Category:
Thursday, September 16, 2004

Chaffing Problems?

Chaffing, rash and/or itch problems boys?  Maybe you're not taking care of things the way you should.  This might help:

Airtight Bag Seasoning
September 16, 2004 @ 05:06 pm | Category:

Canon S1 IS

And here we are one month shy of four years of using this camera...and I'm here to report that it died this past weekend.  It's not completely dead, but certainly unusable.  It appears that the sensor is shot as it's massively overexposing any picture you attempt to take.  Of course I discovered this out of town, outdoors and at a family reunion this past weekend.  :(  So new camera is definitely on the horizon.  Likely a Canon S5 IS which it the updated 8MP, 12x zoom version of the S1 IS which I've very much have enjoyed.  Another option would be a Canon A650 IS which is a 12MP, 6x zoom.  From doing some research the A650 has a little better picture quality, but I'm having a hard time giving up the zoom range of the S series.  We will see.

A most exciting treat arrived on my doorstep yesterday as my parents bought me a Canon PowerShot S1 IS digital camera for my birthday.  Or as I told them when I called to thank them, my "birthmas" as this should easily cover Christmas as well as my birthday for me.  I've been longing for a digital camera for a good 3 years now, but simply haven't had the cash available for such luxuries.  And a few months ago I found this gem and have been lusting after it ever since.  My best hope was that a new higher mega-pixel version would come out and force the price down.

The reason I desired this camera was the 10x optical zoom.  Most digital cameras are only 3x because you can't take handheld photos beyond that because of image blurring due to camera shake.  But with this one you can because its got this really cool image stabilization feature.  And based on some of the reviews I read (here and here), all of them give this camera very high marks.  So here it is:

Canon PowerShot S1 IS front view

And the backside...

Canon PowerShot S1 IS back view

That's all the good happy news.  Now the bad stuff...  Read more…
September 16, 2004 @ 12:48 pm | Category:
Tuesday, September 14, 2004

Jim? Jim’s dead.

And not only is Jim dead, he's been dead for 2 years  Oh yeah, and nobody even knew!  That direct deposit and auto-payment stuff seems to work pretty damn well.  ;)
September 14, 2004 @ 12:58 pm | Category:
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