Saturday, January 29, 2005

Posh Polling Place

MSNBC just showed another polling place where three or four people were voting. They were all well dressed and the whole setting was very nice. Flowers and white tablecloths, framed pictures on the walls.

Early Iraq Voting Quiet

Watching MSNBC they showed a live scene from a poll in Najaf. 5 or 6 guys standing in front of a small building. One appeared to be armed. They were just standing around. and it looked very quiet. This was 26 minutes in according to the report.

Friday, January 28, 2005

Tuesday, January 25, 2005

Friday, January 21, 2005

F... AOL

Brought to you by the self important A Holes at AOL. Now you know how they chose their name. AIM – click signoff and get a message asking if you’re sure you really want to. As if it’s probably a mistake because AIM is so important that you couldn’t possibly want to sign off. And then when confirmed the program opens again and needs to be reclosed. But even that is not the end because it’s still open in the sys tray and you are required to exit. It’s a little like getting rid of a junkie who’s trying to sell a hot stereo. Not a whole lot to offer but extremely persistent nonetheless. Brought to you by the self important A Holes at AOL. Now you know how they chose their name.

Sunday, January 16, 2005

Colts Crushed

Originally uploaded by Candlemaker.
I should also say that Manning played pretty well. It was the rest of the team that was beat up, pushed around and just generally outclassed.

Patriots 20 - Colts 3

No one predicted this! No one in the world thought the Colts would be held to a field goal. No one had the Colts scoring under 20. It was complete and total domination on both sides of the ball. Corey Dillon, offensive star of the day. Tedi Bruschi, defensive star. Look out Pittsburgh! If they play next week like they did yesterday, they will be in big trouble.

Thursday, January 13, 2005 - Judge: Evolution stickers unconstitutional - Jan 13, 2005

From - U.S. District Judge Clarence Cooper ruled that labeling evolution a "theory" played on the popular definition of the word as a "hunch" and could confuse students. "By adopting this specific language, even if at the direction of counsel, the Cobb County School Board appears to have sided with these religiously motivated individuals."

The sticker, he said, sends "a message that the school board agrees with the beliefs of Christian fundamentalists and creationists." - Judge: Evolution stickers unconstitutional - Jan 13, 2005

Tuesday, January 11, 2005

Adam, Dave and Madge

Seems that Madge Weinstein of Yeast Radio is not for real and is instead a performer of some sort. I heard a Madge clip on the Daily Source Code and thought it was funny/good so I made sure to listen when Adam Curry said he had got 'her' on the phone. I have to say that I bought it but at the same time I had a feeling that ‘she’ sounded disconnected or distracted in some way. I didn’t think about it again but I guess this information goes a long way to explaining that feeling. The timing of the reponses was off because it wasn't a real person answering off the top of their head. It was a person thinking about what the character would say. Adam and Dave Winer talk about the situation in this Trade Secrets Podcast podcast.


What's with Feedster? It's delivering feeds to my SharpReader but every time I go to the web site and try to do something there I get the message; "We're sorry but Feedster is temporarily down for maintenance. We'll be back soon." I don't go there often, it seems pointless, but this has been happening since December.

Monday, January 10, 2005

Self-Portrait as a Female Martyr

Artemisia Gentileschi

A Google for Artemisia Gentileschi brought up a brief bio, and some amazing paintings.

Judith and Her Maidservant
Artemisia Gentileschi

And who doesn't like a good panty protest?

No more Bush! Protein� Gallery

Protein� Gallery

I don't get this. Do you? Protein� Gallery

Some good photos

at the em questao blog. It's from Brazil so the text is in Portugese, which kept me from getting very far.

More on Denmarks HME

Despite assurances last week they still haven't delivered my supplies. What kind of operation is this?
Something that did arrive was yet another piece of mail promoting their Healthy Steps Sleep Right Program. Based on their records I may be eligble to receive replacement supplies the paper says. No kidding? Please call and speak with your rep today. Well I've tried that but all I get is voice mail. All I ever get is voice mail. Voice mail and promotional literature and assurances that my call is important to them and assurances that my supplies are on the way. Bla bla bla. I'll stop here before this degenerates into a rant.
BTW, they are part of a publicly traded company called AirProducts. According to a 5 year chart on BigCharts, APD shares have risen from a low of 23 odd to a high of 57 odd since 2001. I don't know if this link will work again but it's easy enough get a stock chart.

Friday, January 07, 2005

Fox Chases Whistleblowers

From Seeing The Forest - Journalists challenge Fox, threatened with $1 million legal bill Seeing The Forest - a Weblog of Politics

A Face From The Tsunami Crowd

From 'a beautiful revolution' - the daughter of friends at the scene.

Flickr Zeitgeist

I think this must be new. You can set it to display your own photos or wider groupings. Then it does a moving display. Click on an image to see a larger version. There's a line of html code to paste into your blogger template and that's it. Way cool, I just saw it on the scent of green bananas. It's a food blog first but it's got a lot more than that and if I ever get around to doing a blogroll they're in it.

Thursday, January 06, 2005

Ego Surfing

Enough of me thinking about me, let's see what other people think of me. - Some CEOs surf Web to see how they're being portrayed Feed Me

From - You'll have to do a free registration to see the article. >>Much hype has swirled around RSS' presumed ability to allow blogs to subvert big media. That's a romantic presumption. The likelier disruption will come in areas such as classifieds, search and e-commerce.<< Feed Me

Wednesday, January 05, 2005 - Ute fans angry at police for electrical shocking

In the futurist movies all the police state types are helmeted and armored, broad through the shoulders and uniformly imposing. But as it turns out some of them wear cowboy hats and have a middle aged stoop. Also, note the beads on the 'troublemaker'. Beads

A copy of a copy of a copy

My favorite personal blog! There are tons of people writing about themselves. Dull, dull dull, dull, dull. Not this guy. A copy of a copy of a copy

Monday, January 03, 2005

I Take Some of it Back

As if to make a liar out of me, even though they know nothing of this blog and wouldn't care if they did, Denmarks called me back about 10 minutes after I made this morning's post. I had tried again and couldn't get through, of course. But then the phone rang. Surprise, surprise. They even seemed to know what was going on. Wow!

Now it's on to Tufts Health care who suddenly want regular reassurance, in the form of a new prescription each time I order supplies*, that I still have the same condition I've had since 1955.
*Mundane supplies, harmless stuff, no drugs, no machinery. In the name of saving money/cuttings costs they want my doctor, the supply company and themselves to do extra paper work. And, I get the added burden of keeping track of all these various parts of the process. Oh good.

Something Dumb

The Anaheim Angels have changed their name to The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. This sounds dumb as hell.

Slackers Dramatically Change Online Holiday Shopping Season

Did you know that if you shop in the last two weeks before Christmas you're a slacker? That's according to Internet Week anyway and their readers I suppose. Shopping in the last two weeks used to be a mark of sensibility or at the worst procrastination. Now apparently it's just plain lazy and irresponsible.
Internet Week > Slackers Dramatically Change Online Holiday Shopping Season > Slackers Dramatically Change Online Holiday Shopping Season > December 30, 2004

Denmark's Home Medical Equipment Accreditation Survey

Try to order supplies from Denmarks Healthy Steps Sleep Right Program at their 1-866-843-1556 number and you get voice mail and voice mail only. Your call is very important to us but all of our operators are busy etc. etc. Eventually you get an option to leave a message and they will call back within 24 hours. Yeah right, not in my experience. They have never called back. I was able to get through once but I did that by pressing 0 and avoiding the message option. (J says she does it all the time with voice mail and it usually works.) Anyway, the operator/representative took my order and was very nice. She said I should get the supplies by the middle of the next week. Unfortunately, that was in the middle of December and I still haven't seen the supplies. I've tried to call but all I get is voice mail and no call back.

The point of this, other than complaining, is that Denmarks is up for accreditation by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of HealthCare Organizations. The JCAHO is conducting a survey Jan. 24 - Jan. 28. They're looking for public comments and if you have something to offer you can follow this link. Denmarks BTW is owned by Air Products Health Care. Find them at the link below.

Sunday, January 02, 2005

Crime Fightin' English Language Easifier Mitt Romney

From fafblog on Mitt Romney's work with criminal justice. "The standard "beyond a reasonable doubt" would be replaced with "no doubt,"....." Another state is also working to eliminate the term "preponderance of evidence" and replace it with "most of the evidence". As an aside, The National Association Of Folksy Talking Lawyers were at one point floating the term "If it walks like a duck and it talks like a duck, etc. etc. but they were unable to get the idea off the ground. Anyway, modern jurors just don't understand all this fancy legal patois so the move is on to make things easier.

Consideration was given to insisting that people acquire a basic familiarity with their native language, (read & study, fund public schools,etc.) but that would have meant missing Judge Judy. It was also noted that you don't really need to know a whole heap of five dollar words if you're working at Staples.Fafblog! the whole worlds only source for Fafblog.: "Kill 'em all and let Romney sort 'em out"