Friday, August 31, 2007

That's Right My Dawg!


Happy Friday and a glorious Labor Day Weekend to all y'all!

Monday, August 27, 2007

"...some people . . don't have maps..."

Well. There ya have it.



I guess the point is that, assuming that she's at least 18, of course, I'd do her.

NEXT!

I'd say "poor kid", but she'll probably be rich in no time.

{sigh}

Hmmm... I just thought of something else. Maybe I'm being optimistic (call little miss sunshine, eh) but, maybe this child will see herself being a complete and total freakin' stereotypical idiot, and decide to maybe take her self a little more seriously. I'd say her odds are 30-70 in favor.

{shakin'head}

Champion of Choice: Joycelyn Elders


I've been thinking about volunteering somewhere for years now. Well, I certainly intend to be up for it, since I finally found a good cause with which I'm a good fit.

The woman running Cleveland's NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio office is very cool and extremely busy. So, since her last tech guy has moved on to a great opportunity in another state, I jumped on this chance to help keep the local office running smoothely, computerwise at any rate.

Wish me (and her!) luck. I know I'm capable. I know I'll do the best that I can. I just worry it won't be enough, that I'll drop some ball she really needs to keep in the air. This is too important, so I'm gonna give it my best.

I'm also thinkin' it might be cool to hear Joycelyn Elders speak. Remeber Dr Elders? She was ousted as this country's Surgeon General for saying something which had LONG been needed to be said by a person in her position: that adults need to get over their OWN faux-shame and tragic hang-ups and teach the children for whom they're responsible that good health, mental and physical, includes a rational and non-addictive understanding and appreciation for the act of masturbating. Since everyone does it, we really need to let the folks for whom it's one of the scariest of those adolescent Big Deals know that it's alright. *

Like fast-food and "misbehaving" its simply something you've got to do in moderation, lest you acquire an unhealthy preoccupation and loose out on so many other opportunities to enjoy life and grow up wisely and happy.

If you're in the C-town area 'round October 6th, I hope you'll come on down to the Myers University club to hear a true leader speak about Choices.

L8!


* By the way; I am in No Way an official representative of NARAL ProChoice Ohio. My ops are always gonna represent only My Own Views, even where they happen to coincide with those of any organized I'm proppin'.

Alright. Just had to put that out there, eh. {-;

Saturday, August 25, 2007

meh!

You Are 67% Strange!

Based on your score, it seems you do have a healthy dose of strangeness. You aren't THAT far out, but you are somewhat bizarre. Congratulations on being different and having some quirks. It makes you an interesting person!

How Strange Are You?
Quizzes for MySpace



i repeat; meh!

{-;

with teh hat tipped to el presidente, who, maybe accurately, maybe not, scored even weirder, tho only slightly so, than yours truly.

Abriefbit: i'm a wounded duck for a few, which explains the lack o' caps. Dislocated m' right shoulder whilst diving back 2 2nd base in a softball game, after work yesterday. while doin' stuff lefty is an interestin' change o', teh vicodin is tellin' me to chill my arse out.

on that note, ...

;-}

Friday, August 24, 2007

We Could Be Under Emergency Rule:

That All Depends on Your Next Move, Your Honor

Here's a trick which is, quite simply, Rovian in its gall and temerity.
Pakistani Court Authorizes Return of Musharraf Rival

-----
In a sign of just how precarious the political situation has become, a government lawyer asserted during Thursday's hearing that the country was already under emergency rule, and had been since a 1998 move by Sharif's government that the lawyer insisted had never been overturned. Chaudhry, looking anxious, asked Attorney General Malik Mohammed Qayyum whether that was true. Qayyum said he would need to look into it.
I can easily picture the look on the bespectacled Chaudhry's "anxious" face upon hearing that assertion. The cat has already been locked 0ut of the Court one time, and his recent spate of rulings against Musharraf's government must surely have him periodically glancing sideways for the government muscle-men who could, at any minute - especially if Pakistan were to find itself, spontaneously, under retro-active emergency rule - haul him off in one of those all too frequent, and quite possibly permanent, disappearing acts.

As we in the States have begun to become so intimately reacquainted with experiencing, governments with major paranoias - real or substantially psycho-circumstantial - can and will find a means to interpret anything in any way that suits their purpose.
After a brief recess, Qayyum told the court that he had heard from "the highest level of the government" and that, for the moment, the country was not under any emergency.

[Back to the bottom-line]
Like it wasn't obvious already? Oh! That's right. As with the government Spying programs in the United States, you know, the ones which aren't really subject to the F.I.S.A. courts which were established specifically to overlook them, the law is simply a general guide-line which the rulers may use or ignore depending entirely upon what works for them.

Oh. Well, right then.

Good luck with that, eh. . .

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Rover Teh Helper

Or:
Turd Blossom in Bloom

The jury's still out on whether dude did quit his current position to prep a run back to the White House for another Rethuglican, as is my current best-guess, or if perhaps, just maybe, he knows something we All need to know about. Might be it's something pertaining to some kind o' Dominoes gettin' ready to fall.

While I certainly hope for the latter, until I see more than a half-assed Democratic effort at either Censure or Impeachment, I'm holding my bets on the former.

We'll be to see.

Hopefully . . .

Sunday, August 19, 2007

cogito ergo . . uhm.. What?

Der Doctor is in Da House! Or he was on this topic back in his school daze 'tany rate, at which time he chose to take to task teh Science, as well as its more (IMO) obfuscatory opposite in the arena of Explanations, Religion. It seems that the good Dr. Zaius has a bit of a problem with how both of them utilize the Unknown as a source of their surety.

Hmmm... Perhaps a wee example is in order.
95% of what is around you is unobservable by any form of scientific instrumentation, according to science. Our model of the universe only accounts for 5% of what we can observe with any instrument known to man.

It is not a matter of some unseen force might be possible in your mind or imagination - it is a matter of some unseen force must exist, or science itself is talking through its hat.

This substance could be anything; we don't know what it is. This would mean that it is entirely possible that a vast portion of the universe may be made of large quantities of invisible Cheez Whiz - Or to use a phrase that might have a bit more irony, according to the Big Bang Theory, it is possible that at this moment that we are surrounded by "invisible pink unicorns."
Well, say I in my atheistical indignation. Poppeycock! Balderdash!! Gibbering Ginormities!!! You're misapprehending what it means to be seen! Science can undoubtedly be utilized to observe the unobservable. It just needs, for soothe, to utilize that most imaginative of unimaginary artifacts of existence; Mathematics. With numbers, which can never lie (though paradoxes might they multiply,) one, or any, and eventually many, an otherwise unobservant assayer of the modes and forms of empirical reality (errm, toi et moi, et al who would for that matter) may decipher and discern at both the most microscopic and creatively cosmic of levels that which is both true and sound and inevitably to be found to be the whole, wide, vast and sure expanse of All Reality.

We just ain't gonna do it before Tea*

And yet, I am just a softy. {sigh} There's little, . . hell, who am I trying to kid? . . There's no chance of me using said tool on my own. When it comes to math, I'm quite illiteratively, all thumbs. None the, others can, have, and will do so further in the future, and folks such as I are generally able to follow along. At least we are when given respect for our intellectual limitations, rather than the abusive utilization of those same which the Religionists must employ in order to survive despite their delusional, though often sublimely beautiful, drivel. That's simply part of the nature of teh Science. It takes Training, and dedication, but not even a scintilla of teh Faith is required. (Though, for folks in need, such a thing has inarguably proven helpful in getting us through some rather tight spots. Again, at least IMO.)

Whilst scientists, like Shamans and Witches and Priests (oh my!), are merely human and, thus, subject to each their own quirks of personality in the exposition of what they've experienced relativistically as individuals, the by laws of Science have evolved in gross opposition to the essential elements of Religion.

Religion says that no knowledge is new. Well, if it is, then it supports (somehow, don't know. we'll work that out later) the previous Gospels (Edicts, Prophecies, What have yous) which were laid down and set forth in the Past. If it contradicts what has been established, then it is wrong. (Even if we change our minds later, and forget to tell you, but instead just act like we'd always known and had said this all along.)

Science says that knowledge is available, if we, or any sentient beings, can develop the methods and tools necessary to ascertain it.

The most fundamentally hallowed proposition of Religion is that Truth® has been revealed in the past.

The most elementally important tenet of Science is there is always more to know.

Ahhh, well. As I commented on the good Dr. Zaius' site, "There is no God. Science doesn't say so. I do... " The ellipsistical is, as I hope I've established in this rather manic** rant, essentially unimportant. But if you got a kick out of reading my rejoinder to the Doc's post, then I highly recommend clicking on over to read this post's impetus.

And, regardless of disagreements, whether well-writ or poorly, I do gladly say "Thanks Doc!" for giving me blog fodder for a drizzly Sunday afternoon.

* Eh, I think I've a British reader or two left "in da house". (Alright. Enough of that phrase. Promise.)

** I used to be fairly certain of it when I'd say that I'm not manic-depressive. Just madly so. Que sera, sera, eh. I've always heard that the manic phase was, despites its desperate after-effects, a state of high creativity. Maybe assuming such proportions to my situation will help to me gettin' my lazy arse to writing more stuff and more frequently. Please, don't to be counting on it. Hmmm, or ag'in it, for that matter.

{-;

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Orange Ya Glad Ya Took This Quiz?

Yah yah yah... lol!

But that sure is a Pretty Orange!

What color is your soul painted?

Orange

Your soul is painted the color orange, which embodies the characteristics of balance, heat, enthusiasm, flamboyance, playfulness, aggression, over-emotion, danger, desire, strengthens the ability to concentrate, attraction, adaptability, and stimulation. Orange falls under the element of Fire, and symbolizes glory and fruits of the earth.

Personality Test Results

Click Here to Take This Quiz

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Tip o' m' cap to Nava The Red (who's actually quite Purple at heart, don't ya know.)

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Literally


Though not yet intractably.

At least you can be sure that a whole helluvalotta folks are hoping not.

Me? I don't know. Maybe it's time for that house-cleaning which Clinton's budgetary victories over the Rethug (and Dem-asses too) Congress managed to stave off via some balanced budgets. As I've said a lot, even more than usual, lately, we'll see...

Sunday, August 12, 2007

That's Life!

Well, ok, it's not what all the people say. It's something completely theoretical, but none-the-less possible, and quite possibly, Life indeed.

Or not. Eh, even if not, I'm still digging this story a lot.
Could alien life exist in the form of DNA-shaped dust?
* 18:09 10 August 2007

"This came as a bit of a surprise to us", says Gregor Morfill of the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics in Garching, Germany. He and colleagues have built a computer simulation to model what happens to dust immersed in an ionised gas, or plasma.

The dust grains pick up a negative charge by absorbing electrons from the plasma and then this charged 'nucleus' attracts positive ions, which form a shell around it.

It was already known that this system can produce regular arrays of dust called plasma crystals, and some experiments have also shown hints of spiral structures. Now, Morfill's simulation suggests that the dust should sometimes form double helixes.

Like DNA, the dust spirals can store information. They do so in the scaffolding of their bodies, as they have two stable states – one with a large diameter and the other with a small one – so a spiral could carry a series of wide and narrow sections.

The specific order of these sections can be copied from one dust spiral to another, like a genetic code. The researchers aren't sure how it happens, but they think each narrow section of spiral creates a permanent vortex of moving dust outside it. So if another spiral drifts alongside it, that vortex pinches the same length into its narrow state.

Genetic code

The spirals even feed, in a sense, as they need fresh plasma to survive and grow, suggesting they may compete with one another for food. Since they are also capable of passing on their genetic code, then perhaps they could evolve into more complex structures.

But that is very speculative, says Morfill, explaining that the simulation is far too simple to include such complex processes as evolution. "It has a lot of the hallmarks for how we define life at present, but we have not simulated life," Morfill told New Scientist. "To us, they're just a special form of plasma crystal."

--snip--


Alive or not, these dust structures could exist in nature. There are many places in space where small grains of material are immersed in a plasma.

"In our solar system, the places most likely to have the right conditions are planetary rings, especially the rings of Saturn and Uranus," says Morfill. There the "dust" would actually be fine ice grains, and the nourishing plasma would be supplied by the solar wind, channelled by planetary magnetic fields.

For any ice-grain creatures roaming the rings of Saturn, the pace of life would be leisurely, because plasma-crystal processes run more than a hundred thousand times more slowly than the biochemistry of Earth. So even if they are alive, there's no need to worry about them possessing malign alien intelligence. They probably won't have had time to evolve very far.

[See what (these) people say...]

Corporate Shills Say Leaving Iraq's Gonna Take A While


I've got no commentary at this time. Just a freakin' predictable stomach ache.

Alright, just briefly though: While I admire Richardson's gusto, I do think he's needlessly over simplifying the pullout.

And Edwards' reasoning, as given in this article, jibes well with everything else I've heard him say on the matter. We would have some obligation to stick around a wee bit longer should such a Genocidal scenario appear to be in process. Otherwise, Get out! GET OUT!

From The NYTimes, via Common Dreams

(M)any Democrats are increasingly taking the position, in televised debates and in sessions with voters across the country, that ending a war can be as complicated as starting one.

“We’ve got to be prepared to control a civil war if it starts to spill outside the borders of Iraq,” Mr. Edwards, who has run hard against the war, said at a Democratic debate in Chicago this week. “And we have to be prepared for the worst possibility that you never hear anyone talking about, which is the possibility that genocide breaks out and the Shi’a try to systematically eliminate the Sunni. As president of the United States, I would plan and prepare for all those possibilities.”

Most of the Democratic candidates mention the significant military and logistical difficulties in bringing out American troops, which even optimistic experts say would take at least a year. The candidates are not only trying to retain flexibility for themselves in the event they become president, aides said, but are also hoping to tamp down any expectation that the war would abruptly end if they were elected. Most have not proposed specific troop levels or particular rules of engagement for a continued presence in Iraq, saying the conditions more than a year from now remain too uncertain.

In political terms, their strategies are a balancing act. In her public appearances, Mrs. Clinton often says, “If this president does not end this war before he leaves office, when I am president, I will.” But she has affirmed in recent months remarks she made to The New York Times in March, when she said that there were “remaining vital national security interests in Iraq” that would require a continuing deployment of American troops. The United States’ security, she said then, would be undermined if part of Iraq turned into a failed state” that serves as a Petri dish for insurgents and Al Qaeda.”

[Hillary Reagan-Cheney '08!]


Freakin' disingenuous pols . . . {sigh}

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Hola Comrades!



You're Cuba!

How bad can you really be? So many people have said so many bad things about you, but you know they can't all be true. Not even most of them.


You went a little crazy for a while, but now you're just getting older and tired
of all the nasty stuff people think about you. You could use a little more money and you really wish people wouldn't keep leaving you for richer people, but other than that, things aren't so bad. You really like used military clothing.


Take the Country Quiz
at the Blue Pyramid



Hmmm... Other than that last bit (I've never dug teh camo. Though, come to think of it, one of my fave Trenchers of all time was Swedish Army surplus. Huh...) I think I'm good with this one.

Thanks, Blueberry!

I Keep Forgettin' . .

. . that I too have wings.


Especially when I get to feelin' as such.


Sarah McLachlan's Fallen (Gabriel and Dresden remix)

Thanks to all y'all, my wings.

Enjoy!

Thursday, August 09, 2007

. . 3, 4, 5, 6 . .

. . Oh. Excuse me a minute. I've found m'self needing to count to 10 so's I don't go self-righteously ballistic.

7, 8, 9, 10.

{sigh}

There. That's better.
[An iffy assertion, at best]

The old theory is that the first and oldest species in our family tree, Homo habilis, evolved into Homo erectus, which then became human, Homo sapiens. But Leakey's find suggests those two earlier species lived side-by-side about 1.5 million years ago in parts of Kenya for at least half a million years. She and her research colleagues report the discovery in a paper published in Thursday's journal Nature.
D'you see that "But"? It's inappropriate. Ridiculously so, in as far as it includes the misapprehension that Every homo habilis was ancestral to homo erectus and, thus, to us H. Sapiens. Not only is that NOT how evolution works, if it were so . . . well, it can not have been because then we would NOT have evolved as we have.

Please don't get me wrong. This discovery is both fascinating and sublime in its representation of that long debated boogeyman, the "Missing Link". What it does is to make more clear than ever how evolution is in no way a merely linear process of inevitably pre-determined end-production. It's a mess! But a mess which follows the laws of physics, and is colored by chance and the purposes of individuals within and along the chain.

Of course these two species lived alongside one another. Of course the older one was still extant, at least for a while, whilst its derivative was coming into its own.

That is Evolution! This discovery was just a matter of time in coming, and even if it was never uncovered it would still Have Had To Have Happened. Otherwise, WE would simply not be here today.

And, yes, my attitude is currently in "SUCK" mode so, as I've recently been assured, I'm sounding both haughty and imperious. No offense, eh.

I just think that the quality of most people's education on the topic of evolution is as much responsible for our current state of War and Constitutional near-Crisis as is any other cause, and to see science writers frame the issue as if some Long-time knowledge were suddenly a New Thing, well, it just pisses me off to the point where I need to rant.

Being drug-free And unmarried for the first time in about 15 years doesn't help my attitude any, either. But I am Very Happy to be both for a change.

On that note, the writing of the article does get better, so Enjoy!

The two species lived near each other, but probably didn't interact, each having its own "ecological niche," (University College Evolutionary Anatomist, Fred) Spoor said. Homo habilis was likely more vegetarian while Homo erectus ate some meat, he said. Like chimps and apes, "they'd just avoid each other, they don't feel comfortable in each other's company," he said.

There remains some still-undiscovered common ancestor that probably lived 2 million to 3 million years ago, a time that has not left much fossil record, Spoor said.

Overall what it paints for human evolution is a "chaotic kind of looking evolutionary tree rather than this heroic march that you see with the cartoons of an early ancestor evolving into some intermediate and eventually unto us," Spoor said in a phone interview from a field office of the Koobi Fora Research Project in northern Kenya.

That old evolutionary cartoon, while popular with the general public, is just too simple and keeps getting revised, said Bill Kimbel, who praised the latest findings. He is science director of the Institute of Human Origins at Arizona State University and wasn't part of the Leakey team.

"The more we know, the more complex the story gets," he said. Scientists used to think Homo sapiens evolved from Neanderthals, he said. But now we know that both species lived during the same time period and that we did not come from Neanderthals.

Now a similar discovery applies further back in time.

[Sit up straight(er)! {-;]

Monday, August 06, 2007

'Snothing Personal

And, to tell the truth, I really do have to quit thinking so much about this or the backlash is gonna feck me up good.

None the less...

Got some tough stuff to get through today, and I need the reminder of what not to do or I won't be able to ride the wave the way that I want.

Besides, I freakin' love the energy, passion, relevance and honesty that is Disturbed. They focus their brutality through music, rather than via physical or emotional destruction, which is, IMO, one of the Primary Purposes of art.

Enjoy.

Sunday, August 05, 2007

. . took a duck in the face . . *


[prelude to the point]

"You belive that the segments are part of a whole?"

"Yes." Zero hesitation.

"Why?"

"It doesn't feel so much like a leap of faith as something I know in my heart." Strange to hear herself say this, but it's the truth.
[painting the point]
"The heart is a muscle," Bigend corrects. "You 'know' in your limbic brain. The seat of instinct. The mammalian brain. Deeper, wider, beyond logic. That is where advertising works, not in the upstart cortex. What we think of as 'mind' is only a sort of jumped up gland, [hmmm...] piggybacking on the reptilian brainstem and the older, mammalian mind, but our culture tricks us into recognizing it as all of consciousness. The mammalian spreads continent-wide beneath it, mute and muscular, attending its ancient agenda. And makes us buy things."
[point made. 'duck' averted.]

The point being, advertising, propaganda, campaign rhetoric work because they utilize just enough of our intellectual capacity to make us think we've thought it through, thought it out, thought it over enough to be able to make an informed decision.

But the decision is far too often made in a much older location in our brains; a part which has been developing for aeons before our enourmous cortex came to the fore to help us "consciously" figure our ways around the maze of space and life and time which is our immediate universe. When we are lazy and continue to call that part our 'heart' then we essentially do deserve the results of making those life altering decisions in the ignorance which comes of not knowing how we work.

It's not always so bad, though. Right?

Eh. Not always. Sometimes it's even quite sublime.

--- Dialogue extracted from near to the end of Chapter 7, The Proposition, of William Gibson's 2003 novel, Pattern Recognition.

--- Analysis snottily contributed by moi in a mood.

/-'

-----

* So, hmmm, wazzup with the "took a duck in the face"?

Cayce, our heroine, has what we'll call 'allergic reactions' to logos. Kinda sucks since her talent is finding the "next big thing". Hunting cool (though she doesn't like to call it that. Of course not.) Anyhow, a friend of her pop's told a story about his taking off in an airplane, when all of a sudden, a duck came smashing through the windshield of the plane while it was cruising 'long at 250 knots.

Whenever she's confronted with a reaction to some particularly devious logo-age, she manages to calm herself down and regain her composure by mouthing the mantra, "he took a duck in the face at 250 knotts."


Yeah. Whatever it is, it ain't
that bad. It's just that it happens to us.

Saturday, August 04, 2007

Oh My!

Thanks t'you, Blue Girl! I'm So Glad to've found this site!

There is a voice inside of you

That whispers all day long,

"I feel that this is right for me,

I know that this is wrong."

No teacher, preacher, parent, friend

Or wise man can decide

What's right for you -- just listen to

The voice that speaks inside.


BY Shell Silverstein

sin scan


i wish i had a mirror
a projector
a still life juxtaposer

not unreal
faked in electrons
drawn on ether

reality
shining forth
from within my head

when in rome
why don't the romans notice
its not important
anyway

it's just what I wish
what i want

but we've already established
that
that means nothing

at least not
so far

Thursday, August 02, 2007

The Guilded Page


I mean, seriously now. Didn't this kind of shit used to be illegal? You know, something about preventing one individual, business, Point Of View from dominating the dissemination of information.

Oh. That's right. It's the ownership society. Fuck you (me), Commie!

{sigh}

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Does This Mean I Can Take Vacation Now???



So, like, huh?

Actually, the write-up was OK. It caught many of my essentials, but, as with any of these silly and imprecise things, it has a wee bit o' trouble differentiating between categories when the person taking the quiz bounces readily between them.

The advice on how to be a bit different than my normal self was alright too.

Also, Dr Zaius's "DNA Map" (where I found the quiz) is chock full o' links to websites which ostensibly represent who he be. Mine is - perhaps not unfairly - boring!

C'est la freakin' vie, eh.