Published on November 30 2006

Last day of November, with winter coming on fast--proof was the slightly below zero windchills this afternoon. Trust me, my three-miler went a little more quickly than usual today, even with stopping to take a few pictures. Click to make 'em bigger: { gallery [parkpics] }

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Published on November 29 2006

Yeah. Positive strokes are a good thing at this time in my life, lol.
Course Title: Academic & Career Planning Course Number: RQ295 Session: Fall 2006 Session B Course Grade: A Credit Hours: 3 Current GPA: 4.0000 Grade Posted Date: 11/29/2006
Next up: (Yeah, I have to take it AGAIN)
Course Title: International Relations I Course Number: SS131 Session: Fall 2006 Session D

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Published on November 27 2006

Now, I ask you.... who would ever have seen this one coming? I'm shocked, I tell ya, shocked! Pam Anderson Files for Divorce from Kid Rock
Anderson, who is represented by celebrity hotshot lawyer Neal Hersh, cited irreconcilable differences. The couple was married August 3, 2006. Earlier this month, Anderson suffered a miscarriage. It looks like there was a rush to the courthouse. Kid Rock also filed divorce papers this morning, 53 minutes before her docs were stamped by the clerk. The process server for Kid was at the courthouse when it opened at 8:30 AM and filed five minutes later Pam's website offers a short statement confirming the divorce, saying "Yes, it's true. Unfortunately impossible."

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Published on November 27 2006

BBC NEWS || 'Beer goggles' effect explained
Scientists believe they have worked out a formula to calculate how "beer goggles" affect a drinker's vision. The drink-fuelled phenomenon is said to transform supposedly "ugly" people into beauties - until the morning after.

The scary part about all this is that it's the result of a "study" commissioned by Bausch and Lomb eyecare. The next scary part is the math involved. I am extremely bad at math, and my checkbook register will prove that.formula.jpg

KEY TO FORMULA

  • Beer goggles equation
  • An = number of units of alcohol consumed
  • S = smokiness of the room (graded from 0-10, where 0 clear air; 10 extremely smoky)
  • L = luminance of 'person of interest' (candelas per square metre; typically 1 pitch black; 150 as seen in normal room lighting)
  • Vo = Snellen visual acuity (6/6 normal; 6/12 just meets driving standard)
  • d = distance from 'person of interest' (metres; 0.5 to 3 metres)

Who would have ever thought that "closing time" could be mathematically explained?

The formula can work out a final score, ranging from less than one - where there is no beer goggle effect - to more than 100. Nathan Efron, Professor of Clinical Optometry at the University of Manchester, said: "The beer goggles effect isn't solely dependent on how much alcohol a person consumes, there are other influencing factors at play too. "For example, someone with normal vision, who has consumed five pints of beer and views a person 1.5 metres away in a fairly smoky and poorly lit room, will score 55, which means they would suffer from a moderate beer goggle effect."
I'm thinking that after five pints, "beer goggles" would not be the only effect I'd be suffering! :-&

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Published on November 26 2006

Just all over the place tonight, lol. I finished my final paper for class and turned it in this afternoon. (A, btw.) Dispersed kids to all their various home ports and sat down this evening to read. I started out with a Washington Post article on the Iraq Study Group, which featured this little gem:
"Unfortunately, our deliberations have been degenerating lately into petty squabbling over picayune issues of tactics, and I'm afraid I show that I have lost my patience a little bit here," wrote former CIA analyst Ray Close in an e-mail about the experts' deliberations. "Some of our most obstinate neocon diehards are still trying to fashion a strategy that is no more than an ersatz version of 'stay the course until victory.' They have been wasting our time, in my view."
Hmmmmm, sounds like our non-partisan group might be just a weeeee bit catty? Wandered around some more links to the London Review of Books where I found another article, somewhat more long-winded, of a review of Francis Fukuyama's book "After the Neocons: America at the Crossroads". LRB | Stephen Holmes : Neo-Con Futurology
An even more fundamental argument against fighting terrorism by promoting democracy, however, is that no one in the US government has any idea how to promote democracy. Fukuyama accuses the neo-cons of chatting offhandedly about democratisation while failing to study or even leaf through the ‘huge academic and practitioner-based literature on democratic transitions’. Their lack of serious attention to the subject had an astonishing justification: ‘There was a tendency among promoters of the war to believe that democracy was a default condition to which societies would revert once liberated from dictators.’ Democracy obviously has many social, economic, cultural and psychological preconditions, but those who thought America had a mission to democratise Iraq gave no thought to them, much less to helping create them. For their delicate task of social engineering, the only instrument they thought to bring along was a wrecking ball.
Ouch. More of the "bash the neocons" meme that is so prevalent in the last month or so. So.....after bookmarking a couple more reviews I want to read later, I wandered over to the classifieds on the LRB site. And found the absolute BEST personals page I have ever read!!! Where else might you find an ad like this one:
Young, charming, thoughtful, attractive, sporty, zesty, intelligent. None of these are me, but if you’d like to spend an afternoon or more considering alternative adjectives to be applied to 53-year old cantankerous dipshit, write now to box no 2202
or this one, from a laundry-challenged male:
A friend once bought me a pair of novelty underpants that had a caption on the front reading ‘In case of fire break glass’. I didn’t understand what it meant until they did actually catch fire in the tumble dryer because they were acrylic and I had the setting on too high. The door melted shut and sure enough I had to break the glass to put the fire out. Replacement dryers are very expensive. As such I would like to meet a nice woman who won’t set fire to my underpants. Stupid, stupid man, 51. Box no. 2206
Hmmmmm, I think I need to write to this guy. We definitely share at least one interest:
Coffee. Coffee. Coffee. Coffee. Coffee. Coffee. Coffee. Coffee. Coffee. Coffee. Coffee. Coffee. Coffee. Coffee. Coffee. Coffee. Coffee. Coffee. Coffee. Coffee. Coffee. Coffee. Coffee. Coffee. Coffee. Coffee. Coffee. Coffee. Coffee. Coffee. Coffee. Coffee. Maltester! Be the sweetie worth ploughing my way through love’s harshest Revel’s bag for. Man, 36. Box no. 2201
This ad, on the other hand, left me completely mystified, although I can completely sympathize with her possible mental problems...Any guesses as to the translation? Or is she just bashing the neocons, too?
I trew there's charm in a wee pickle gear, /And wha wadna strive at the gaining o't? It mak's a puir body baith canty and fier, /If honesty's had the obtaining o't.. You know what I’m saying. Woman, 43. Possibly mad. Livingstone. Box no. 2204
Of course, watching Charlie Rangel do his best John Kerry imitation is always good for a little entertainment!!!

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Published on November 25 2006

Is my inner Scrooge peeking out? Or is it just that I am already very tired of Christmas Sale ads?
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Published on November 23 2006

I will be posting my thanks later this evening. AFTER turkey! :-D [UPDATE] These are the things I am thankful for.
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Published on November 20 2006

wcbstv.com - Anti-War Activists Plan 'Global Orgasm For Peace'
(CBS/AP) SAN FRANCISCO Two peace activists have planned a massive anti-war demonstration for the first day of winter. But they don't want you marching in the streets. They'd much rather you just stay home. The Global Orgasm for Peace was conceived by Donna Sheehan, 76, and Paul Reffell, 55, whose immodest goal is for everyone in the world to have an orgasm Dec. 22 while focusing on world peace. "The orgasm gives out an incredible feeling of peace during it and after it," Reffell said Sunday. "Your mind is like a blank. It's like a meditative state. And mass meditations have been shown to make a change." ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The couple have studied evolutionary psychology and believe that war is mainly an outgrowth of men trying to impress potential mates, a case of "my missile is bigger than your missile," as Reffell put it. By promoting what they hope to be a synchronized global orgasm, they hope to get people to channel their sexual energy into something more positive.

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Published on November 18 2006

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Published on November 18 2006

 

 

Rep. Nancy Pelosi: Bringing the War to an End is my Highest Priority as Speaker

"I told my colleagues yesterday that the biggest ethical issue facing our country for the past three and a half years is the war in Iraq.

This unnecessary pre-emptive war has come at great cost. Nearly 2,900 of our brave troops have lost their lives and more than 21,000 more have suffered lasting wounds. Since the war began, Congress has appropriated more than $350 billion, and the United States has suffered devastating damage to our reputation in the eyes of the world."

After Pelosi's pick for the #2 spot, Jack Murtha, was soundly thumped 149-86, I wonder if she should have remembered that it's the conservative and moderate Dems who brought in the win on Election Day, not necessarily the "bring-'em-home-NOW's". Her highest priority, in her own words, is ending our involvement in Iraq, and what better way to keep it on the front burner than to throw her backing behind Murtha, even though she was not required to campaign for anybody for the post? After all, it was his "courageous leadership that changed the national debate and helped make Iraq the central issue of this historic election”.

Not to mention the fact that Pelosi defeated Steny Hoyer of Maryland, Murtha's opponent, for the position of minority whip four or five years ago--with the help of Jack Murtha as campaign manager.

Sticking up for friends might be a good thing, but  Nancy seems to have backed the wrong horse in that race. Does the Murtha's thumping indicate that not all Democrats are cut and run, for example Hoyer, who at one point commented that a swift pullout "could lead to disaster"?

Kinda makes you wonder who Pelosi will support when it comes time to pick the Chair of the Intelligence Committee in the "the most honest, the most open and the most ethical Congress in history." The too-moderate Jane Harmon? Or one of only six federal judges to be impeached and removed from office, Alcee Hastings?

That's going to be fun to watch!

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