Sunday, December 28, 2008
But, for those with the means, or in other words, the requisite RAM and Video card. Watch it in HD here.
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Monday, December 22, 2008
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
"A team at Rice University has determined that a strip of graphite only 10 atoms thick can serve as the basic element in a new type of memory, making massive amounts of storage available for computers, handheld media players, cell phones and cameras."TEN ATOMS THICK!
"Graphene memory would increase the amount of storage in a two-dimensional array by a factor of five, he said, as individual bits could be made smaller than 10 nanometers, compared to the 45-nanometer circuitry in today’s flash memory chips."Your 8 gig iPod nano (if your one of those iPodders) is suddenly a 40 gig iPod.
"Being essentially a mechanical device, such chips will consume virtually no power while keeping data intact"And I don't know why but I found this to be the coolest.
"While generating little heat itself, graphene memory seems impervious to a wide temperature range, having been tested from minus 75 to more than 200 degrees Celsius with no discernible effect, Tour said."Check it out!
Monday, December 8, 2008
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Dude it has Liquid Calcium.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Some thoughts on Proposition 8.
Take a Look.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
"Nobody's perfect." That was the reaction of Louise Bimpson, our Corporate Director of Human Resources, to the complaint by Bill Wakeham, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Portsmouth, that physics departments contained too many upper middle-class white men. While admitting that the description fitted the Poppleton Department of Physics, which currently consists of 14 upper middle-class white men, she claimed that such imbalances were endemic in universities.
"Our Sociology Department, for example, contains more than the average number of lower-middle-class whingers. There is also an abundance of cigarette-smoking aesthetes in the English Department, a surfeit of very elderly men wearing brown corduroy in the History Department, a plenitude of demented crystal-gazers in the Department of Complementary Medicine and a superfluity of people in higher management with extreme language difficulties," she said.
Ms Bimpson said she expected such differences would iron themselves out in time. "You only need to look back to the bad old days when this university was seriously overloaded with academics committed to a life of the mind. Just look at it now."
Monday, November 10, 2008
Surely between us the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
Definitely visit. We are very proud of our URL: www.nationbeforeparty.blogspot.com
We believe that a huge source of our problems is politicians placing their party before their nation. We hope to do what little we can.
Most of my political musings will end up there.
I know! That will mean crickets and cobwebs here. Have no fear family updates will be here, and some of my more silly stuff. Like cows dying from lightning strikes.
Thursday, November 6, 2008
How does this stuff happen:
Maybe it's the 40+ plus step procedure to fire an incompetent teacher.
Thanks to the Supreme Court it is still a right, but that doesn't mean they can't raise taxes on them prohibitively.
Update: I took this picture in a small Montana town.
"President-elect Obama was gracious in his acceptance and I hope that the same graciousness stays with him throughout his presidency . . . I also hope that the Republican Party can avoid emulating the recent politics-first partisanship of their democratic counterparts. Republicans need to be the loyal opposition. Opposing on principle is the strength of our republic, but loyalty is also necessary. Loyal opposition is demonstrated by reaching back when the other side reaches out in good faith and by supporting the president when they think he’s right."Also:
Some great perspective on just what the president can do.
Fabulous and fun to watch.
There is a reason we are always disappointed. Our expectations are bloated. You won't be disappointed.
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
When it comes to "Hope" and "Change". I hope you change government and not America. I'd like to improve, not change, that which I love.
"Sheen, of Lincoln, Nebraska, says his vote is coming down to one issue: abortion. Sheen says he's "definitely pro-life" and he's trying to decide whether Democrat Barack Obama or Republican John McCain is more in line with his views."Umm gee that's a tough one.
Obama only voted against mandating health care for babies that survive abortions.
Monday, November 3, 2008
I've long thought that these sorts of propositions made sense.
"Why the Great Depression lasted so long has always been a great mystery, and because we never really knew the reason, we have always worried whether we would have another 10- to 15-year economic slump," said Ohanian, vice chair of UCLA's Department of Economics. "We found that a relapse isn't likely unless lawmakers gum up a recovery with ill-conceived stimulus policies."
Let's hope we don't have the New Deal II.
Please Obama no.
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Snow fell as the House of Commons debated Global Warming yesterday - the first October fall in the metropolis since 1922. The Mother of Parliaments was discussing the Mother of All Bills for the last time, in a marathon six hour session.
In order to combat a projected two degree centigrade rise in global temperature, the Climate Change Bill pledges the UK to reduce its carbon dioxide emissions by 80 per cent by 2050. The bill was receiving a third reading, which means both the last chance for both democratic scrutiny and consent."
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Ashley and I went to get Addie's 6 month pictures from Angela McAllister, who hails from the swampy depths of Lehi, just as most of you who will read this do. She has a delightful apartment in the center of old residential Lehi -- right by Wine's Park -- I don't know how delightful that is during the height of summer festivities, but I'm sure on balance it's nice.
I don't know how many of you have had the pleasure of visiting her place, but, regarding home furnishing, she has one thing in particular I liked: her coffee table is an old trunk (like the picture; pictured trunk not actually Angela's). Now I don't know if it is actually an old trunk, but it looks old and that's what counts. I thought it was cleaver and the idea may not even be original. I certainly wouldn't know, home decor being way down on my list of priorities, my wife can attest that I would have a very spartan living space if I had my way.
On to the pictures:
She does amazing work with kids; though I like to think little Adelaide had a lot to do with it.
This picture perfectly captures the way Adelaide's cheeks border on becoming jowls.
She really like kisses too.These are some of my favorites. She loved this chair, which is very classy in and of itself (apparently the place to buy nice furniture is Tooele , UT). It was all we could do to get her to stop rocking back and forth holding the chair's arm and look at us.
My personal favorite.
In closing might I give a plug to visit her site if you want some great pictures.
Monday, October 27, 2008
A veterinary expert who examined the carcases said they had been killed by lightning hitting the wire fence bordering the field where the animals were stood. The incident occurred in Valdez Chico, near Montevideo, Uruguay.
Sunday, October 26, 2008
1. Media ignores it and it is tucked away to be discussed on blogs.
2. Media discusses it and the US electorate makes the case for restricting the vote to those married or over 35.
Socialist through and through:
Saturday, October 25, 2008
The following video however is terribly and sweetly ironic. This may require some set up for some of our readers.
William Ayers: A Domestic terrorist who bombed the "New York City Police Headquarters in 1970, the United States Capitol building in 1971, and The Pentagon in 1972" you know as Wikipedia describes just activism of a radical nature, but lets not get sidetracked. These bombings were all inspired by the revolutionary Marxism that he subscribes to. Now on to the video; see if you can find the irony.
Hahahahaha. He called the police and even better wearing a communist star appeals to private property rights to get rid of the guy. Hahahahahaha
Friday, October 24, 2008
So it seems that the Obama campaign has decided it is unnecessary to verify the addresses or even the names of those donating to his campaign online. Can you think of any reasons this could be a problem?
1. Suppose someone gets your credit card number and expiration date. Normally to do most anything online with that number you would need a valid billing address. Not at the Obama website.
2. Your campaign can violate contribution limits set by law. Since donations above $200 have to be reported individually to the FEC, a series of donation under $200 can be made under different names and addresses.
3. It allows foreign nationals from anywhere in the world to donate to the campaign. Their system doesn't care Where or Who you are as long as the number and date on the card are accurate.
This is so obviously facilitating fraud that it makes me ill. Where is the media in covering this. Can you imagine if McCain had done this. Seriously it would be over for him.
An example of test donations:
"Courtesy of my (real) CC number and expiration date, the Obama campaign has just received a $19.45 donation from mister Adolf Hitler, whose occupation is "Dictator" at the company "National Socialist Party of Ger" (I got cut off). I captured screenshots to prove this."Screen shots of actual fraud in progress.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Yeah its just a link, but follow instruction and *click* on "click".
More pics in the first two posts.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
"Being treated well" explained:
"French television reporter, Francois Chalais, recorded a five-minute interview with McCain in his hospital bed . . .I've never failed to be impressed with John McCain the man. Not necessarily his politics. Yet, in terms of character the alternative to him is sad indeed.
McCain later wrote that "Chihuahua [his North Vietnamese handler]," who was observing off-camera, was unhappy with his answers. He wanted McCain to express gratitude to his captors, but McCain refused, saying only that he was being "treated well." Chalais helped the prisoner by saying that he was happy with his answer. McCain later expressed regret that he had violated the code of conduct by talking about his ship and squadron number."
Monday, October 20, 2008
So off to Afghanistan where he gets amazing shots like this:
Afghanistan is the good war, but it is much more tenuous and difficult than Iraq is at this point.
"No subsidy would prove more fateful than the massive federal commitment to residential real estate -- from the mortgage interest tax deduction to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to the Federal Reserve's low interest rates under Mr. Greenspan. Unregulated derivatives known as credit-default swaps did accentuate the boom in mortgage-based investments, by allowing investors to transfer risk rather than setting aside cash reserves. But government helped make mortgages a purportedly sure thing in the first place. Home prices seemed to stand on a solid floor built by Washington.So now that you've admitted it how about taking it to the congress persons who continually blame a lack of regulation for creating this mess. Read the whole thing.
Government support for housing was well-intentioned: Homeownership is a worthy goal. But when government favors a particular economic activity, however validly, it must seek countervailing control to ensure the sustainable use of public resources. This is why banks must meet capital requirements in return for federal deposit insurance. Congress did not apply this sound principle to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac; they were allowed to engage in profitable but increasingly risky activities with an implicit government guarantee. The result was that taxpayers had to assume more than $5 trillion of their obligations. Contrast U.S. experience with that of Canada, where there is no mortgage interest deduction and the law requires insurance on any mortgage over 80 percent of a home's purchase price. Delinquency rates at Canada's seven largest banks are near historic lows"
Thursday, October 16, 2008
An annual dinner to raise money for a charitable event where politicians yuck it up. A great comedy writer McCain had.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Give me break how is there not an uprising in Ohio. It will disenfranchise voters to make sure all the voters are valid:
"Since Jan. 1, Ohio has 666,000 newly registered or updated voters -- all of whom fall under scrutiny by this latest court ruling. Brunner said an initial review found that at least 200,000 of them might have mismatched information. Once the office identifies all of the mismatched voters, Brunner will send the list to the county boards of election where the individuals have registered.
But state Republican Party Chairman Bob Bennett said Brunner's decision to not implement the verification system sooner without the court forcing her to do so has cost county boards of election valuable time reining in examples of fraud.
"Unfortunately, her delay in providing this matching system leaves little time for election officials to act on questionable registrations," Bennett said in a statement. "Secretary Brunner should immediately issue a new directive providing clear guidance on how the boards should handle the mismatched voter data."
Add to that news this:
"An entire houseful of young, non-Ohioan Democrat activists have used the Brownlee Avenue address to register themselves to vote in the Buckeye State and secure absentee ballots under extremely shady circumstances — all while mobilizing a large effort to register thousands of others for absentee and early voting."Now I'm certain not all of these voters are fraudulent. But, in Ohio it is more than conceivable that a couple hundred voters will decide the election. This must be remedied, and the passivity of of government officials in many of these states is beyond shameful -- disgraceful.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Precocious Youngster Sells Cookies To Buy Attack Ad
Take that McCain.
An NHS trust has spent more than £12,000 on private treatment for hospital staff because its own waiting times are too long. The money was used to bring in physiotherapists to help workers recover from muscular-skeletal injuries at West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds.
Th only thing missing here is the recognition that it just isn't that they don't have to wait that causes long wait lists. It's the lack of competition. Why perform if there is no other option for those you serve?
Bosses said it prevented them from leapfrogging NHS patients and enabled them to return to work more quickly.
However, the private treatment, which amounted to £12,116 for 271 appointments over the past year, was described by critics as “shocking”.
Mark Wallace of the TaxPayers’ Alliance said: “Their staff should have to wait like everybody else. Perhaps if they experienced it as their customers - that is the taxpayer - experienced it, they might be a little keener to improve their waiting times.”
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Oh you mean I have to do something, but I don't want to!
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
According to STATSIndiana, In 2007, Indianapolis/Marion County had an estimated population of 876,804. Of that number 232,607 were below 18 years of age, for a total of 644,197 people in Marion County/Indianapolis 18 or over and thus eligible to vote. (Indiana allows felons to vote as long as they are not incarcerated).It should. This sort of activity threatens the foundation of our self government.
So we have 644,197 people eligible to be registered in Marion County/Indianapolis, and 677,401 people registered. Congratulations go to Indianapolis for having 105% of its residents registered!
It wouldn't have anything to do with this group would it: "ACORN Vegas Office Raided in Voter Fraud Investigation"?
Thursday, October 2, 2008
The economic crisis explained
And my baby is still cute:
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
So if you need bathroom supplies or a get rich quick scheme give it a click :)
In other news: My baby is awsome. She now drags herself around the room, and pivots in circles to get to things she wants.
For instance, I didn't put her next to that box of nail supplies.
Note: she ingested nothing.
And, I never put my baby under a basket.
Oh and she screams a lot now (p.s. I have no idea where those pants came from).
She's the best.
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Don't know how many of you remember him. April probably does. His funeral was nice. It was amusing to see all of his post high school clubbing goth friends and the rest of us in our Sunday best. While fearsomely large and tall he was the biggest softy in the world.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Wit in abundance.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
This should do it:
Seven years after the Sept. 11 attacks, there is no consensus outside the United States that Islamist militants from al Qaeda were responsible, according to an international poll published Wednesday.
On average, 46 percent of those surveyed said al Qaeda was responsible, 15 percent said the U.S. government, 7 percent said Israel and 7 percent said some other perpetrator. One in four people said they did not know who was behind the attacks.
Okay maybe those are just crazy Egyptians being polled ummm no:
In Europe, al Qaeda was cited by 56 percent of Britons and Italians, 63 percent of French and 64 percent of Germans. The U.S. government was to blame, according to 23 percent of Germans and 15 percent of Italians.
Monday, September 1, 2008
Last night my wife was kind enough to introduce me to the blessed wonder of Amazon mp3 dowloads. Look an mp3 that's all I wanted not some stupid mp4.
By the way, did you notice mp4s are a lot like a movies. Mp4 the sequel to Mp3 it must be bigger better cooler! But then like most sequels it totally isn't. Its just bigger bloated and corporate tasting.
Let iTunes die by a simple mp3 from Amazon!
For a more thorough and better written review of amazon vs iTunes check out this article by Orson Scott Card of Ender's Game fame. Skip down the article till you get to the part about iTunes and Amazon. Or Ctrl F iTunes <--- a little web browsing tip there.
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
They used no cameras in the entire shoot. Only Laser scanning of the environment. Weird and awesome! The future is now!
THis a making of video:
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Gag and Choke time if that statistic is true.
Okay so let get this straight:
Gas prices are high not because of the supply and demand price relationship. Instead privately owned oil companies, which only control 10% of global oil reserves, are sitting "behind closed doors" and by fiat charging us exorbitant prices to "squeeze" us. I never knew.
Nationalized companies can avoid the law of supply and demand. You mean a nationalized company can just tell foreign governments to sell us their oil for less than the market price. That's awesome! I guess then it doesn't matter that we import 60% of our oil. We'll just tell them we'll buy it at cost. No problem!
Government regulation and increased corporate taxes will increase the oil supply and the refinery capacity of our nation. I guess all those taxes will go directly to building refineries, paying off politicians to allow more drilling, and fund the actual drilling of oil. Finally, the oil companies won't have the money to pay their lobbyists to influence politicians to stop them from drilling. Finally!
It really is a stroke of genius. Just do what Chavez does. By nationalizing oil companies we can stop those record profits -- those suck don't they? If we had done it back when he did we could have declining production and lower oil profits too. Behind the curve again. Stupid America. Well cheer up better late than never.
It's so nice to have the moral ambiguity of taking someone's private property cleared up for me. I mean we demand action! Screw the shareholders! Crap I own shares in a mutual fund that owns energy company stock! Nooooooooo! It's so complicated I want my government funded binki! Please just take care of me!
Friday, June 13, 2008
Friday, June 6, 2008
Thursday, June 5, 2008
D.C. police will seal off entire neighborhoods, set up checkpoints and kick out strangers under a new program that D.C. officials hope will help them rescue the city from its out-of-control violence.
Under an executive order expected to be announced today, police Chief Cathy L. Lanier will have the authority to designate “Neighborhood Safety Zones.” At least six officers will man cordons around those zones and demand identification from people coming in and out of them. Anyone who doesn’t live there, work there or have “legitimate reason” to be there will be sent away or face arrest, documents obtained by The Examiner show.
We can't alter their culture of violence with our guns. This is an immoral and illegal occupation fueled by imperial hubris. We need to withdraw and leave it to them to sort out. Get the U.S. out of D.C.!!
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
Is there anything new about this guy other than his race and rhetoric?
Friday, May 30, 2008
Out west we may have what could be called a "Persia on the Plains."
A Rand Corporation study says the Green River Formation, which covers parts of Colorado, Utah and Wyoming, has the largest known oil shale deposits in the world, holding from 1.5 to 1.8 trillion barrels of crude.
Of that, some 800 billion barrels are recoverable with current technology — roughly triple Saudi Arabia's current known reserves.
Nick Loris of the Heritage Foundation says: "If full-scale production begins within five years, the U.S. could completely end its dependence on OPEC by 2020." That's quite a forecast, given that nearly a half of our oil today comes from that monopoly.
Indeed, there is enough North American petroleum trapped in oil sands and shale rock to form our own OPEC.
While OPEC, the Saudis, and even the U.S. Congress are telling us to pound sand, at least one U.S. company wants to get energy from it.
The Senate Appropriations Committee today narrowly defeated Sen. Wayne Allard's attempt to end a moratorium related to oil shale development in Colorado.
If you want to complain about high gas prices complain to Congress.
Monday, May 19, 2008
Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Police in have arrested 13 suspected sorcerers accused of using black magic to steal or shrink men's penises after a wave of panic and attempted lynchings triggered by the alleged witchcraft.
Rumours of penis theft began circulating last week in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo’s sprawling capital of some 8 million inhabitants. They quickly dominated radio call-in shows, with listeners advised to beware of fellow passengers in communal taxis wearing gold rings.:| . . . . . . . . . . . .
Reports of so-called penis snatching are not uncommon in West Africa, where belief in traditional religions and witchcraft remains widespread, and where ritual killings to obtain blood or body parts still occur.KINSHASA (Reuters) - Police in Congo have arrested 13 suspected sorcerers accused of using black magic to steal or shrink men’s penises after a wave of panic and attempted lynchings triggered by the alleged witchcraft.
Errr . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Police arrested the accused sorcerers and their victims in an effort to avoid the sort of bloodshed seen in Ghana a decade ago, when 12 suspected penis snatchers were beaten to death by angry mobs. The 27 men have since been released.
“I’m tempted to say it’s one huge joke,” Oleko said. “But when you try to tell the victims that their penises are still there, they tell you that it’s become tiny or that they’ve become impotent. To that I tell them, ‘How do you know if you haven’t gone home and tried it’,” he said.
*cough* . . . . . . .
“It’s real. Just yesterday here, there was a man who was a victim. We saw. What was left was tiny,” said 29-year-old Alain Kalala, who sells phone credits near a Kinshasa police station.*blink blink*
Saturday, April 12, 2008
And in today's world be 100% recycled.
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
"A year ago, the president said we couldn't withdraw because there was too much violence," said Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.). "Now he says we can't afford to withdraw because violence is down."
In a witty retort blogger Ann Althouse says: "A year ago, you wanted to give up because we were losing, and now, you want to give up because we're winning."
Monday, April 7, 2008
So much ice in Iceland has melted in the past century that the pressure on the land beneath has lessened, which allows more of the rock deep in the ground to turn to magma. Until the ice melted, the pressure was so intense that the rock remained solid . . . Since 1890 the ice-cap has lost 10 per cent of its mass, which has allowed the land to rise by up to 25m (82ft) a year. The volume lost between 1890 and 2003 is estimated at 435 cu km.
I'm no math whiz, but . . .
1890 - 2008 = 118 years * 82 ft = 9676 feet
The land in Iceland has risen 10k feet and we didn't even know it! Can you imagine if your house raised a hundred feet every year? Please.
Monday, March 31, 2008
"Why is Osama safe in . . . . . somewhere?"
9/11 Conspiracy Theories 'Ridiculous,' Al Qaeda Says
Thursday, March 27, 2008
Demeaning them "a little bit". You know those holocaust deniers aren't that bad.
Ahmadinejad: "They have invented a myth that Jews were massacred and place this above God, religions and the prophets . . ."
David Duke: "The Zionists have used the Holocaust as a weapon to deny the rights of the Palestinians and cover up the crimes of Israel."
Just mad tyrants and white supremacists that's all. No biggy really. By the way shut up will you.
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Sunday, March 23, 2008
It just keeps getting worse for Al Gore and the Global Warming crusaders.
Jennifer Marohasy, a biologist and senior fellow of Melbourne-based think tank the Institute of Public Affairs:
"Is the Earth stillwarming?"
[Jennifer Marohasy, a biologist and senior fellow of Melbourne-based think tank the Institute of Public Affairs] replied: "No, actually, there has been cooling, if you take 1998 as your point of reference. If you take 2002 as your point of reference, then temperatures have plateaued. This is certainly not what you'd expect if carbon dioxide is driving temperature because carbon dioxide levels have been increasing but temperatures have actually been coming down over the last 10 years."
One day you'll actually hear about this stuff.
Saturday, March 22, 2008
Hey if you are irreligious you gotta have something to believe in. Why not a silver tongued neophyte senator from Illinois.
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Some 3,000 scientific robots that are plying the ocean have sent home a puzzling message. These diving instruments suggest that the oceans have not warmed up at all over the past four or five years . . . 80 percent to 90 percent of global warming involves heating up ocean waters. They hold much more heat than the atmosphere can. So Willis has been studying the ocean with a fleet of robotic instruments called the Argo system. The buoys can dive 3,000 feet down and measure ocean temperature. Since the system was fully deployed in 2003, it has recorded no warming of the global oceans.
So I know this doesn't mean global warming can't be real or that we don't have a significant role to play in climate change, but can't this at least mean global warming skeptics aren't akin to holocaust deniers?
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
My first time holding the baby.
If only she was this serene at 3am.
Look at all of that hair.
This is our baby getting ready for interstellar transport. No actually its just her jaundice treatment. She hated that thing.
This is just adorable. Her cousin was very eager to hold her.
Hope this tides some of you over for a bit.
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
To inaugurated my new blog I will post this awkward, sad, tragic, amusing, disgusting, and yes terribly hilarious news story. You could not believe it was true if I told you:
Authorities are considering charges in the bizarre case of a woman who sat on her boyfriend's toilet for two years—so long that her body was stuck to the seat by the time the boyfriend finally called police.I wish someone would video tape an answer to this question: "What made you think it was okay to leave her on the toilet for two years?" I will say no more at this time. My baby should be arriving in four days.
Video on the matter.