Everybody wants to save the earth, nobody wants to help mom do the dishes.  --P.J. O'Rourke

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Hacker Craft Custom

Hacker Craft Boats

1964 Huckins Out Island

Wakey Wakey !

by Angie Naron

Friday, January 23, 2009

An Excellent Treatise on Resume Layout Subtleties


Oh Crap

Worm Infects Millions of Computers Worldwide (NYT)
A new digital plague has hit the Internet, infecting millions of personal and business
 computers in what seems to be the first step of a multistage attack. The world’s leading
 computer security experts do not yet know who programmed the infection, 
or what the next stage will be. Click Thru For MORE...

Amusing NYT Article on funny British Town Names

I didn't see Ali G's "Staines" but these are pretty good, click on the pic to read

1400 Megapixel Inauguration Panorama

Check it out, click on it to get the full screen zoom-able version, you can zoom
WAYYY IN. There is more @ www.gigapan.org

I really like this painting by Joe Heaps

From joeheaps.com via Gawker Artists

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Blimey I've been made redundant

In other words Laid Off or Furloughed if you prefer.

Personally I prefer neither, but non the less I joined the ranks of the unemployed.  
Needless to say, I am none to pleased, what a Buzz Kill after the inauguration.

Scathing Editorial from Financial Times

Bush damage can be undone - Financial Times

Published: January 18 2009 18:57 | Last updated: January 18 2009 18:57

George W. Bush, who barely scraped into office but ran a presidency marked by executive hubris, imperial overreach and epic incompetence, leaves the stage on Tuesday to a national and global sigh of relief. The “decider” and self-styled “war president” who relied on his gut got many things terribly wrong, even if it is fair to say he did face some extraordinary challenges.

With his preternatural ebullience, fathomless lack of curiosity and disdain for empirical reality, Mr Bush compromised America’s reputation as a power that stands by the rule of law – giving real succour to an enemy he helped multiply.

After offering himself to voters as a conciliatory and compassionate conservative, he deliberately polarised US politics in search of a durable new Republican majority. After preaching humility in foreign policy, he preferred unilateralism and superficial muscularity.

The attacks on the Twin Towers and the Pentagon in 2001 would have tested the mettle of the greatest statesman. Mr Bush was not that. But he was right – and widely supported – in going into Afghanistan to deal with Osama bin Laden and his followers, a long-standing problem he has left unresolved.

But his war of choice on Iraq, and the very concept of the global war on terror, misidentified the nature of the strategic threat facing the US and the liberal international order of which it is the lead custodian. The late Roman republic was once badly defeated by the Parthians, who ruled most of today’s Iraq and Iran. But no historian records that the Romans thereafter declared a global war on the Parthian shot.

Iraq was the Bush administration’s single worst error of judgment. The invasion and subsequent occupation broke a state, dissolved a society and created a new incubator of jihadi extremism far worse than the Afghanistan of the Taliban, as well as uncorking a Sunni-Shia sectarian rift from the Levant to the Indian subcontinent.

As Anthony Cordesman, a strategist in favour of the invasion, ruefully summarised three years into the occupation, “We essentially used a bull to liberate a china shop.”

The stain of Abu Ghraib and the lawlessness of Guantánamo; the idea you can bomb people into moderation from high altitude; and the loss of nerve on Arab democracy and the “freedom agenda” – all this is a terrible setback for the ideas and values that have so long made America a beacon for the world. The security gains of the troops “surge”, moreover, are still too fragile and reversible for us to know if Iraq can be put back together again.

Domestically, the Bush team, led by the overmighty vice-president, Dick Cheney, sought to expand executive power and dismantle checks and balances. Torture and rendition abroad were accompanied by warrantless snooping at home.

Loyalty and ideological zeal rather than competence were the path to preferment. That exacerbated already difficult challenges.

Social security reform sank without trace. The response to Hurricane Katrina was bungled as Mr Bush sunnily acclaimed a “heck of a job”. From a team that manufactured the case for war, it was unsurprising when officials with no scientific training doctored administration climate research to play down the link between fossil fuel emissions and global warming. Mr Bush’s real achievements in aid to Africa look less impressive once one realises it is a principal victim of the climate change he long denied and has done so little to address.

He showed a surer touch in Asia: with China, after the tricky start of the Hainan island spy-plane crisis; and with India, although his consecration of Delhi as a new, nuclear-armed power and counterweight to Beijing is itself a gamble as well as a blow to nuclear non-proliferation.

Mr Bush cannot be cast as the principal villain for the financial meltdown and recession that resulted in good part from the loose monetary policies and regulation of the Alan Greenspan era spanning several presidencies. But the US would clearly have been in better shape to confront it had President Bush not spent like President Johnson while cutting taxes like President Reagan. This most fiscally incontinent of presidents took a wrecking ball to the public finances.

This economic crisis will be extremely difficult to resolve. Conflicts such as Afghanistan and the Middle East are intractable for any president, even if the Bush approach has made them more so.

George W. Bush did enormous damage to America’s standing in the world and its strength at home. Yet the vitality of the US system resurfaced, and American voters have chosen in Barack Obama a man of vision and statesmanship. It now falls to him to renew the confidence and restore the reputation of the American republic.

Copyright The Financial Times Limited 2009

Monday, January 19, 2009

While We're on the subject of miniguns, here is a maxi gun

The A-10 Warthog's Gatling Gun next to a period VW Beetle

Holy Crap !

The Presidential Escort Suburban has Minigun

Gitmo SNL Closeout

It's staggering how much things have changed in one generation

This photo of the Obama girls being escorted to their first day of school by the Secret Service
brought to mind a previous instance of the armed federal troops escorting a black child to high school. 
Quite a juxtaposition.

The Little Rock Nine 1957.  I believe this photo is of the Arkansas 
guard preventing them from attending.  The 101st Airborn would
later be called on to enforce the integration of Little Rock High.

Elizabeth Eckford Today

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Isetta Microcars

These odd little cars originated in post war Italy, the design was so popular that BMW and others licensed it.  The car was subsequently built in Brazil, Germany and Britain.  Isetta even ran a pair in the famed Mille Miglia cross country race.  I have never figured out the front door,
although it makes sense given that the manufacturer originally built refridgerators.

Snow Dogs

Cocoa and Scooby (The Vanilla Brother From Another Mother)
playing in the snow this afternoon.

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Our Dilemma is that we hate change and love it at the same time;  what we really want is for things to remain the same but get better.

Sydney J. Harris

Gee Bee Racer

I've always thought the 1930's Gee Bee racers were pretty cool, but what I did not know is that they were built in Springfield MA