Archive for September, 2005

Nel mezzo del cammin di mia vita…

Wednesday, September 21st, 2005

I find myself in a place obscure, having lost the direct route.
It occurred to me the other day that this general malaise I have been experiencing of late may actually be some sort of midlife crisis. Who’d’ve thought it could happen to me?!
Part of the immediate problem is that my time back this year is […]

Most Airlines Use Engine Thrust; Delta Sucks

Monday, September 12th, 2005

And at the same time blows. But not in a way conducive to thrust.
Quite a bit of a quandary, actually.
The trans-Pacific Narita-Atlanta flight (DL56) this year was the worst in my experience. I knew the plane was different the moment I stepped onboard, but wasn’t sure in what way until I got into my seat, […]

Post Test

Thursday, September 8th, 2005

Okay, so hit the BGM, Folks!
Let’s start out with that birdbath-churning Country classic “On the Road Again”, how about?
Reminds me of another anecdote, somewhat along the “coffee additives” line.
On a previous trip home I was running around with some friends and, as usual, we had the music loud and were singing along. I can’t remember […]

神隠しではなく紙潰し

Wednesday, September 7th, 2005

Ye ten thousand gods, they LOVE their paperwork.
ARGH!

A Mountain, Trees, and a Midget

Tuesday, September 6th, 2005

If you don’t know what that means, google it and find out.
So many choices: Agnostic Buddhist, Unitarian Jihadist, or now this? What’s a seeker of Truth to do?
Thank ??? for people who are insane in the good way, for helping us to laugh at those so in the bad.
…And whether or not it is […]

Recall the Guard

Monday, September 5th, 2005

Sometimes the level of my own ignorance about our world shames me. My ignorance of the disparity between what I think I know and the reality.
I was reading here and there about the disaster and came across the statement that 35% of the Louisiana National Guard has been unavailable to assist in the crisis because […]

Cream in your coffee?

Monday, September 5th, 2005

Here’s what until recently I was using in my morning coffee:

Meiji Rabu (Love).
Was using, until I thought about it in English. Sic:

Love Milk.
Eeeewww!
(By the way, the non-standard answer to the common question in the title, the one that will send your server scurrying back to the kitchen looking askance at you over his/her shoulder […]

Ara ma: Most scientific papers are probably wrong

Monday, September 5th, 2005

From NewScientist.com via Articulatory Loop:
Most published scientific research papers are wrong, according to a new analysis. Assuming that the new paper is itself correct, problems with experimental and statistical methods mean that there is less than a 50% chance that the results of any randomly chosen scientific paper are true.
John Ioannidis, an epidemiologist at the […]

Crusci-fiction: C3POs on crosses offend churches

Sunday, September 4th, 2005

From World News - WebIndia123.com via Drew Curtis’ FARK.com. Hee hee. I’m still looking for pix.
Fun quote:
Monsignor Lee Tomlinson, [Melbourne, Australia]’s Roman Catholic vicar general, suggested the art trivializes the central symbol of Christianity.
Oh, boo-hoo. Suck it up, will you? I don’t know, I think it’s a cool revamping, a new symbol for our […]

Nouvelle-Orléans, Adieu!

Sunday, September 4th, 2005

What is the opposite of politically correct? Apolitically correct? Politically incorrect? Anyway, what I am about to write may seem to some as justified as blaming the rape victim, but here goes anyway…
Rebuilding the city in its current location will simply compound the folly that situated it there in the first place. (The same folly […]

ID whackjobs sing this song, do-dah, do-dah!

Sunday, September 4th, 2005

Watched a show the other day on the Scopes Monkey Trial. Quite interesting.
Especially when you remember that it took place in July 1925, over 80 years ago. (Also keep in mind the publication date for The Origin of Species, 1859…146 years ago.)
Eighty years…and some of us still haven’t come to grips. Tools.

Why meetings suck (in my experience)

Friday, September 2nd, 2005

Just a few quick notes (initially?):

They waste time that could be more productively spent in other activities.
They usually accomplish very little.
Their time constraints (everyone has a busy schedule!) often preclude in-depth discussion and logical assessment of the issues.
They too often follow an invariable, fixed format.
Japanese academics simply have no idea how to conduct them. […]

Top Floor, please.

Friday, September 2nd, 2005

I’ve blogged before about space elevators in general and the Liftport Group, which is doing basic research and publicization in an attempt to construct and have one in operation by April 12, 2018 (4604 days, 12 hours, plus some odd minutes and seconds to go!), in particular. I’ve been on their mailing list for […]

PhotoBlog 2: 宴の後

Thursday, September 1st, 2005

After eating WAY too much (I find it hard to believe myself, but long after the point where I was stuffed like a pig I saw the host bringing out yet another platter and said to myself, “Oh ye gods, another one?!” I seem to remember Gluttony being one of the things in that Morgan […]