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Monday, March 31, 2008

A complete treatment of the Creationist argument at rationalwiki.

http://rationalwiki.com/wiki/Expelled:Leader%27s_Guide

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Friday, March 28, 2008

A couple weeks ago Adventure Boy came home all exceited and happy.  His band director had invited him to join the jazz band as a bass guitarist.

He's going to be the next Geddy Lee, you know.  Bought himself a guitar, taught himself how to play, practices every day.

I felt a sinking feeling in my stomach, as I realized that I was going to have to say "no".

Adventure Boy has a B- average.  Barely.

He's a Freshman, and he is working hard, but he's just not settled in to the High School academic pace yet.  He's taking accellerated classes, and he was in the Winter play, and now he's in the spring play, he's playing tuba in the band and Chamber Winds, he hangs out with his friends a lot playing D and D, doing martial arts, playing basketball, etc.

He's even hoofed it down to the Caribou for a little hanging-out-and-studying-with-the-gang.

He's busy is what I'm saying, and he's treading the soothing waters of average while throwing himself into the whole teenager gig with gusto and positivity.

And that's great and all - but I saw one more activity as the death-knell of his academics.  I don't have real high standards when it comes to grades, but this is a kid who COULD get straight "As".  And as far as I'm concerned, if he doesn't have a "B" average, he's not making the cut.

Add two hours of jazz band practice per week, and the performance schedule they have...and I can even kiss a "B-" average goodbye.

Not cool.

So I said "no".  I explained that extra-curricular activities were "EXTRA-curricular", and that his curricular activities had to come first.  If this opportunity arose again later, when he had a solid "B" average, I would say "Yes", but until that happened, he would need that time to focus on his studies.

He looked crushed, but he nodded and said he understood.

And I went upstairs to do dishes, because I figured that if I had to feel like a puppy-kicking monster at least I could also be productive.

Now, lo and behold, the drama club is doing "As you like it" and Adventure Boy has a small role (William, a country fellow), and the director asked if there was anyone who could play an instrument in the play...just be a sort of roving minstral wandering through the scene.

Adventure Boy is going to get to play his guitar after all.  :-)

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Thursday, March 27, 2008
Thursday, March 27, 2008 12:00:13 PM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [4] | #

I usually get bored watching You Tube videos where people are just speaking extemporaneously about things they like.  But this guy has a charming voice, and I liked his take:

 

 

My favorite quote: "I was getting worried that they were going to lose all the knowledge of the Aasgaard. That would have pissed me off because the Aasgaard, they were - you know sometimes they were kind of dicks but what super-powerful alien race isn't at one point or another?"

Indeed.

Thursday, March 27, 2008 7:18:54 AM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [4] | #
Wednesday, March 26, 2008

I'll believe the "pro-life" movement is about "life" when they oppose this sort of thing with even half the viggor (or at all.  or I would even settle for them ceacing to support it in the name of "religious freedom" and "parent's rights") that they dedicate to abortion.

(Hat Tip: pharyngula)

 

Wednesday, March 26, 2008 6:33:04 PM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [0] | #

The perfect encapsulation of the Creationist tactic:

 

buckled.jpg

You can begin to see why it might be attractive for some creationists to become Holocaust revisionists as well. 

(Hat Tip: Pharyngula)

 

Wednesday, March 26, 2008 10:06:31 AM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [0] | #
Monday, March 24, 2008

Is the average Joe going to be the death-knell of McDonalds?

Don’t be too sure…

I was greeted with this article this morning over my ordinary cup-a-joe.  It’s all about how McDonalds stock is being dumped by insiders because they are trying to sell better coffee and bill themselves more as a coffee shop where you can get even crappier food even cheaper.

A quote:

Consider demographics and brand personality. Starbucks is urban, born in Seattle, and populated by graduate students looking for single-origin coffees from Africa. McDonald’s is Mainstreet U.S.A., packed full of blue-collar men, moms and kids, and broke teens ordering off the dollar menu. If you can’t picture a truck driver from Wyoming ordering a double-pump vanilla non-fat latté, then McCafé is doomed -- especially with all the competition entering the field.

 

Obviously, this guy has never been to a Dunn Brother’s in Bemidji and seen a huge guy in Carharts get out of his rusted pick-up, walk back into the store with a stylish paper car cup, and declare that he ordered a skim-no-whip-caffe-caramel-macchiatto, and this one clearly had whip on it.

My neighbor, the professional carpenter and general contractor extraordinaire has a Caribou coffee addiction that rivals his ability to calculate slope, area and volume in his head simultaneously.

I was disabused of this silly notion that the average guy was not into caffeinated novelty drinks when I was in a hotel lobby in Bemidji listening to a trio of hocky dads from the Iron Range discuss the relative virtues of Starbucks, Dunn Bros, and Caribou.

If McDonalds is in trouble, it’s not because the average Joe cannot appreciate the subtle finery of specialty coffee.  

No, I could see an assertion of cultural tone-deafness if they, for instance, insisted on putting little pastel umbrellas in said confections.  There IS some silliness that the Average American Male simply will not put up with.  But adding sugar, cream, and flavored corn syrup to something containing the highest level of caffeine possible simply doesn’t fall into that catagory.

Monday, March 24, 2008 5:40:03 AM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [4] |  | #
Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Today, I had a chance to take one little problem off of the top of a big pile of someone else's problems -

and make it disappear.

Poof!

Damn, that feels good!

Wednesday, March 19, 2008 1:31:19 PM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [0] | #
Monday, March 17, 2008
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Sunday, March 16, 2008

One of the things I love about Stargate SG-1 is the characters…but not just the primaries.

There’s all these great secondary and tertiary characters that you just get to know so well, and they jump off the screen.  Like the hapless but stoic Sylar, or efficient and humorless Walter, or the very dapper and urbane (but very, very evil) Ba’al.

But the one I probably am the most impressed with is Woolsey (played by Robert Picardo).

Woolsey is an efficient and relentless bureaucrat for an international organization which helps fund the Stargate program.  He’s an unlikeable man, doing a difficult and unpopular job.  And yet, for all that, he’s incredibly sympathetic.

After all, civilian oversight is an important part of our government.  We WANT someone watching those that we are giving use of our money and power…to see that it is exercised properly.

Woolsey obviously takes his job very seriously.  He doesn’t have any kind of a political agenda.  Whenever he is in conflict with Stargate Command, he is professional and unyielding.  He is not cowardly, and he is not to be intimidated nor dissuaded with bribes nor blackmail.  He’s a straight shooter when it comes to imparting intelligence, and he’s an honest broker when it comes to arguing courses of action.  He's intelligent, thorough, and earnest.

He is the perfect bureaucrat; except for one little thing.  

He constantly forgets that he is there for the purposes of ACCOUNTABILITY.  Instead, he constantly steps in to uh…”pre-correct” is the kindest word I can think of for the activity, the actions and decisions of the professionals whose job it is to make the decisions and take the actions in question.

Instead of letting them do their damned job, and then hold them accountable afterwards if what they did was wrong…he often steps over the line from doing HIS job, to messing with THEIR jobs.  And he just can’t seem to get that this is the problem.  He feels badly about being wrong, and he takes responsibility for the bad outcomes, and he doesn’t flinch from admitting he was wrong…but he doesn’t get that he’s wrong because  He.  Doesn’t.  Know. What. He’s Doing.

He’s like so many people you come across who think they know someone else’s job better than they do.  He thinks he knows what the risks and the pay-offs are, but he has no way of knowing because he doesn’t have the training or the experience to know.

He is trained to analyze facts and results in retrospect, not to respond to a fluid situation in the moment.  He gives inappropriate weight to certain facts, and has different expectations becasue he is used to dealing with situations that have already happened, where the outcome is known.  He's not equiped to handle them on the fly and put his butt on the line based on that analysis.

I hope that he learns, eventually.  But then, of course, he will not be nearly the useful plot device that he has been in the past. 

 

J

Sunday, March 16, 2008 10:09:54 PM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [2] | #

Rocky bought "The Ark of Truth" and we watched it Friday night.  I enjoyed it very much.  I chuckled a wry chuckle over the idea of a box full of ancient technology containing the Truth that the Orii (whose religion is modeled on Calvanism) are false Gods...and referred to as an "ark".

I love that the ancient's misguided egalitarianism WAS their undoing, and the evil Morgan LaFey was right:  There is no "right" to force your destructive self-delusion upon others; and when it comes down to you being forced to worship false Gods, or force others to see the truth...you gotta do what you gotta do.  And I think that they did a good job of showing the conditions under which such force becomes necessary.  Also, I think it was clear from the narrative that there was a clear distiction between something being NECESSARY, and something being RIGHT. 

On the other side of the very fine line...

It showed the cost of believeing something enough to believe it is right to commit atrocities.  Belief that can over-ride all of the human instinct about what is right.

Teal'c's monologue to Tomin was extremely powerful:  You alone have to live with what you have done.  You can blame the false Gods and the false doctrine, but it's a lie.  When you were doing wrong, you KNEW it was wrong.  But you did it anyway.  You're never going to be able to excuse it.  The Gods who gave you dispensation for your sins were a lie, give up any desperate hope that you may have for dispensation in the future...it will only lead you into more error.  Now, the only thing you can do is face the truth, suck it up, be a mench, and go and sin no more. 

I don't like replicators, and I strenuously objected to their presence in this movie.  However. I have to admit, in retrospect, that it was the right thing to do.  Old enemies are never fully defeated.  Evil knowledge can never be erased.  There will always be some misguided Eddie-Haskell-esque putz trying to dredge them up for their own purposes.  Even if you win the big "final battle", you will always have to deal with those enemies going forward, and have to re-defeat them again and again.  It's just the way of reality.  Final solutions are not only immoral, they are impossible.

I have to say that is is a good thing that they released this directly to DVD.  As such, it was merely a special 2-hour episode, and the perfect thing for us fans to enjoy without trying to pander to the general population, or put it before them to have them mystified and frustrated by it.  I hope it makes enough money for there to be more of them.

Sunday, March 16, 2008 8:17:32 AM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [2] | #
Saturday, March 15, 2008

I taught Kung Fu for seven hours straight today.  After about four hours, I stopped doing everything my students did, but I still had to do almost constant demos to help them.

When I am demo-ing for students, I like to model perfect form and explosive power.  Sometimes, when I am just refershing their memory, I will be more relaxed, and not go deep into the stances, or preform the moves with full power.  However, the first time I teach them the moves, and any time I am critiquing their technique, I like to put everything into being the best example I can be.

I am completely exhausted right now.  It hurts to sit in any one position for too long, or even to lay down in one position too long.  Every part of my body seems over-sensitive.

Legend has it that the monks used to train to exhaustion...to the point where they collapsed.

Well, I wasn't quite there, but I WILL say that I think I will go and hang out in the steam shower for a little while now...thanks.  Do some Yoga in a 115 degree, steam-filled room and hopefully I will be able to go and train tomorrow.

I'm too old for this shit.  :-)

Saturday, March 15, 2008 9:56:27 PM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [0] | #
Friday, March 14, 2008

Some of you might have noticed that our server has been up-and-down for the last couple of days.  Apparently, I have a zombie army of computers rapidly trying to post pingbacks to my blog, which was over-loading the server.

The attack continues, so  I just want you to know what's going on.

It seems very strange that anyone would consider my little blog to be worth the trouble.

Friday, March 14, 2008 9:29:32 PM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [2] | #
Wednesday, March 12, 2008

OK, so I thought the town I grew up in was kind of messed up.  Here's the crime stats for my hometown (all stats from http://www.cityrating.com/):

 

Bemidji Crime Report
General Information: Violent vs. Property Crime Rate:
State: Minnesota (MN) Violent Crime Property Crime
City Population: 12,472
Murder: 2
Forcible Rape: 8
Robbery: 4
Aggravated Assault: 30
Burglary: 55
Larceny or Theft: 884
Car Theft: 57
Arson: 3
Data Source:
2003 FBI Report of Offenses Known to Law Enforcement
Zero values may indicate the data was not available. 44 996

Bemidji Violent Crime Rate per Capita:
Murder Forcible Rape Robbery Aggravated Assault All Violent Crime
National Local National Local National Local National Local National Local
Is 2.10 times the National Average Is 1.77 times the National Average Is 0.15 times the National Average Is 0.66 times the National Average Is 0.59 times the National Average

Bemidji Property Crime Rate per Capita:
Burglary Larceny or Theft Car Theft Arson All Property Crime
National Local National Local National Local National Local National Local
Is 0.52 times the National Average Is 2.39 times the National Average Is 0.76 times the National Average Is 0.81 times the National Average Is 1.81 times the National Average

 

Here's the town where I live now:

Eden Prairie Crime Report
General Information: Violent vs. Property Crime Rate:
State: Minnesota (MN) Violent Crime Property Crime
City Population: 57,794
Murder: 0
Forcible Rape: 14
Robbery: 1
Aggravated Assault: 33
Burglary: 189
Larceny or Theft: 1,132
Car Theft: 46
Arson: 14
Data Source:
2003 FBI Report of Offenses Known to Law Enforcement
Zero values may indicate the data was not available. 48 1,367
Eden Prairie Violent Crime Rate per Capita:
Murder Forcible Rape Robbery Aggravated Assault All Violent Crime
National Local National Local National Local National Local National Local
Is 0.00 times the National Average Is 0.67 times the National Average Is 0.01 times the National Average Is 0.16 times the National Average Is 0.14 times the National Average
Eden Prairie Property Crime Rate per Capita:
Burglary Larceny or Theft Car Theft Arson All Property Crime
National Local National Local National Local National Local National Local
Is 0.38 times the National Average Is 0.66 times the National Average Is 0.13 times the National Average Is 0.82 times the National Average Is 0.54 times the National Average

And here is Minneapolis, the biggest metropolitan area in the state;

General Information: Violent vs. Property Crime Rate:
State: Minnesota (MN) Violent Crime Property Crime
City Population: 378,602
Murder: 46
Forcible Rape: 384
Robbery: 2,192
Aggravated Assault: 1,895
Burglary: 4,482
Larceny or Theft: 12,404
Car Theft: 3,519
Arson: 249
Data Source:
2003 FBI Report of Offenses Known to Law Enforcement
Zero values may indicate the data was not available. 4,517 20,405
Minneapolis Violent Crime Rate per Capita:
Murder Forcible Rape Robbery Aggravated Assault All Violent Crime
National Local National Local National Local National Local National Local
Is 1.59 times the National Average Is 2.79 times the National Average Is 2.64 times the National Average Is 1.38 times the National Average Is 2.00 times the National Average
Minneapolis Property Crime Rate per Capita:
Burglary Larceny or Theft Car Theft Arson All Property Crime
National Local National Local National Local National Local National Local
Is 1.39 times the National Average Is 1.10 times the National Average Is 1.55 times the National Average Is 2.22 times the National Average Is 1.22 times the National Average

 

But then, you have Brainerd, Karen's hometown.  It is about half-way between Minneapolis and my hometown:

Brainerd Crime Report
General Information: Violent vs. Property Crime Rate:
State: Minnesota (MN) Violent Crime Property Crime
City Population: 13,417
Murder: 0
Forcible Rape: 24
Robbery: 4
Aggravated Assault: 38
Burglary: 155
Larceny or Theft: 740
Car Theft: 57
Arson: 32
Data Source:
2003 FBI Report of Offenses Known to Law Enforcement
Zero values may indicate the data was not available. 66 952
Brainerd Violent Crime Rate per Capita:
Murder Forcible Rape Robbery Aggravated Assault All Violent Crime
National Local National Local National Local National Local National Local
Is 0.00 times the National Average Is 4.92 times the National Average Is 0.14 times the National Average Is 0.78 times the National Average Is 0.82 times the National Average
Brainerd Property Crime Rate per Capita:
Burglary Larceny or Theft Car Theft Arson All Property Crime
National Local National Local National Local National Local National Local
Is 1.36 times the National Average Is 1.86 times the National Average Is 0.71 times the National Average Is 8.04 times the National Average Is 1.61 times the National Average

Holy Cow!  What's up with Brainerd?  There's a couple of prolific criminals with a hell of a scary psychological profile, is the only thing I can think of.
Wednesday, March 12, 2008 8:35:39 PM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [1] | #

Women!  Take personal responsibility for your own safety.  I know it's tough, but you can do it by starting small.  All you have to do is make some small changes in your dating habits.  Lets start with the easy ones.

1)  Don't date men who describe themselves as "Christian Libertarians". (especially ones who look like they have had someone give their head a bikini wax)

2)  If you do date a self-described Christian Libertarian, and he buys you a diet Coke, assume it is laced with GHB, and don't drink it.  See, a "Christian Libertarian" will view knocking you out and having his way with you as the moral equivilant of stealing a purse you left lying around.  If you are going to date them, it's best to understand their culture and customs so you don't find yourself in situations like this.  See, "date rape" isn't like "Genuine rape".  It doesn't count.

3) Before you engage in innocent flirting, or put on that cute little outfit that shows off all the hard work you did in the gym for the last year, make sure that there will be no Christian Libertarians around where they can see you.  For that matter, consider moving to Berkley or someplace like that where it is toxic for Christian libertarians to live before you join a gym and commit to working out.

4)  Don't flirt with Christian Libertarians.  In their strange culture, flirting is agreeing to have sex...not a preliminary social ritual to gague a potential partner's interest, compatablility, or social acumen.  Also, changing your mind isn't allowed.

5)  Remember, if you put effort into looking good, a "Christian Libertarian" will view it as an invitation to rape you.  See, like the people on the street who overhear your conversation with a friend and interject themselves uninvited, a "Christian Libertarian" doesn't understand that even though you might be sending signals of sexual receptivness, you are not necessarily talking to THEM, and that you do not wave your right to say "no".

6) Actually, if you want to be safe from "Christian Libertarians", forget all of the above.  Just wear a Burqua.

7)  Oh wait, that won't help either.  Then they'll just shoot you.

8)  It doesn't matter what you do, the Christian Libertarians will get you.

9)  It'll be all your fault.

10) They don't need the government or any damn women telling them what to do.  They have all sorts of self-control.

(Hat Tip:  Denialism.com)

Wednesday, March 12, 2008 9:13:47 AM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [0] |  |  |  | #
Sunday, March 09, 2008

Uh oh.  I wouldn't want to be in this guy's shoes.

Apparently, he wrote a court decision about a case where he decided that it was a bad idea to let incompetent, abusive, neglectful parents educate their children at home.

And he wasn't careful to word it so that your average homeschooler would understand that it wasn't meant for them personally, just for incompetent, abusive and neglectful homeschoolers.

So they're all up in arms over it.

It's personal now!  I mean, if incompetent, neglectful, and abusive homeschoolers aren't allowed to educate their children at home...where will it end?

I ask you, isn't it time SOMEBODY drew a line in the sand and said "beyond this we shall not pass?"

My goodness, people, if we require parents to adhere to basic state standards for educating their children, if we (as the father so colorfully put it) force the parents to subject their children to educational environments that expose them to "snitches"...

What will the world have come to then?

Well, anyway, don't worry about it, the Govahnatoh is on the case.  He'll put it right.

Here's the offending opinion.  Basically, it says that religious reasons are fine, but you have to meet certain qualifications.  Kind of like avoiding the draft, you can't just say "it's against my religion", and get out of it.

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If I had to choose a guy on Atlantis, it would be Mckay. 

 

But of course, my first choice would be celebacy because McKay is just a little too...uh well...McKay.

'nuff said.  Charming moments and a few endearing qualities do not a heartthrob make.

But he's growing on me.

(P.S. David Hewlette is an AWESOME actor.  It is difficult to portray a character that is so unlikable in a way that makes him sympathetic and gives you glimpses at the person he could be...and to carry the character development on into time, showing him becoming more and more his best self.)

 

Sunday, March 09, 2008 12:13:17 PM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [4] | #
Friday, March 07, 2008

Not really, but this woman appears to be an exact psychological clone of my mother.

http://themakersacres.blogspot.com

It's a little weird.

I found her through a comment she left on Karen's blog.

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I think this guy is completely missing the point of the verse in question:

 

 

I mean, he rightly gets that you're supposed to pee standing up...but then he goes and complains about not being allowed to pee standing up IN A BATHROOM.

Hello?  Doesn't the verse say "pisseth against a wall"?  (First Kings 16:11 - And it came to pass, when he began to reign, as soon as he sat on his throne, that he slew all the house of Baasha: he left him not one that pisseth against a wall, neither of his kinsfolks, nor of his friends)

How many bathrooms have you seen with a pissing wall?  Very very few.  And the kind of hoity toity places that have those water-fall pissing walls are not a place a real man who is under God's direction should be anyway (so I've heard), unless he's "ministering" to drug-dealing massuers.

One time, I saw one - in France - I'm just sayin', is all.

No.  God wants you to pee standing up OUTSIDE.  AND, if you have any friends that sit down, you better get rid of them...just to be safe (read the whole verse, and remember, it's the WORD of GOD.  You've been warned)

You would think that someone who has done all the work to attain the rank of pastor would know that.

This is what Evilution has brought us to, people.  Men who don't act like men.  Men who act like animals...peeing sitting down on a porceline bowl indoors.

It's inhuman.  Go find a tree like God intended.

Whoa.  I just had a revelation!  Here I had thought that The Full Monty was a Godless filthy issue from a decadent movie industry!

And here it was a CHRISTiAN film!

[update:  The pastor's wife wants you to vote Ron Paul]

(Hat Tip:  Monastic Mumblings)

Friday, March 07, 2008 8:09:48 AM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [4] |  |  | #

Yes, I AM an unofficial member of the "Marcus Cole Estrogen Brigade"  but I couldn't find a SINGLE fan vid of him out there.  What's up with that?

Friday, March 07, 2008 6:46:58 AM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [0] | #
Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Here's a Daniel Jackson fan vid for you. I don't want you all thinking that Captain Jack has tuned my head away from my main fictional sqeeze, after all...but I don't understand why there's so much footage of THAT WOMAN in this vid.
Wednesday, March 05, 2008 10:06:58 PM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [2] | #

The other day I was “up nort” for a family event and I witnessed a conversation that went something like this:

Guy 1: “Do you ever see red fox up here?”

Guy 2: “I’ve seen one sometimes.”

Guy 1: “How about wolves?”

Guy 2: “They’re beautiful.  They have a beautiful pelt.”

Guy 1: “Can you trap them?”

Guy 2:“Not yet, but we’ll see…depends on the damn environmentalists.”

Guy 3: “If they let us hunt ‘em their populations will probably go up.”

Guy 1: “Yeah.”

Guy 3 :“It’s like the bald eagles.  I mean, how many eagles do we need?”

Guy 1: “Keep the roadkill cleaned up good though.”

Guy 3: “Yeah.”

 

The rewards of lurking near a conversation like this make it worth the effort to not interject your opinion.  Even though I grew up in the area, I’d only ever seen one timberwolf, maybe a handful of bald eagles, and never a fox, and never a trumpeter swan.

Now, after numerous environmental protection measures, they are ubiquitous.

Guy three was right, when a certain population level is reached, there’s some scientific indication that controlled hunting will increase the population, as has been the case with the deer population in the area.  but he's wrong in implying that hunting in and of itself is automatically a forcer for population growth.

The question is what is the threshold?  And no matter what, without the “damn environmentalists” there would be no beautiful wolf pelts to argue about taking or not taking right now.

And yes, I know that if I had pointed that out, the guys would have asserted that the population lows we saw during my childhood were “natural” lows in the populations that would have come back with or without conservation efforts.

However, I think we’ve seen enough evidence to the contrary all over the world where conservation efforts were either never attempted, or were circumvented by market pressure for poaching or habitat destruction.

Another interesting portion of the conversation wandered into the subject of "the damn buck-shooters" and how there weren't very many bucks in the area anymore.  It is important to note that the "damn buck shooters" were probably not being complained about because of concern for the effect that a limited number of males might have on the genetic diversity (and therefore health and stability) of the local deer population, but because of resentment for "six-one-tourists" (tourists from the cities...which used to be dominated by the 612 area code) coming up and sniping all the good trophies.

On a personal note, I don't know if I qualify as a "damn buck shooter" or not.  I grew up in the area, but now I live in the cities (not the 612 area code anymore, though) and I'll shoot anything tastey that comes across my path, doe, buck or itty-bitty fawn.  I hunt to eat, I'm not a trpophy hunter...

...but I have to admit, I was a little proud of the 8-point monster buck I pulled out of the woods a couple of years ago.  As a matter of priciple, I don't take trophy photos, but I was tempted that year.  Sorely tempted.

Wednesday, March 05, 2008 7:18:17 AM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [2] | #
Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Aaaaarrrrrgh!

I've been developing detailed descriptions of how to do the Kung fu techniques that I teach my students.  I write them down into study guides to help their parents double-check and be sure that they are doing it right.

I created two study guides this weekend while I was up visiting my folks, working in the car to use my time wisely.

Then I got home and Rocky found that the server had crashed.  So he (being the efficient, hard-working guy that he is) restored from the last back-up.

And when I connected my computer to the network it auto-synced (Rocky is efficient and hard-working, did I mention that?  And thoughtfully set my computer up to auto-sync everytime I connect and disconnect to the network.  It has saved me numerous days worth of work over the years).

Naturally, when my computer synced THIS time...it found that the two study guides I created over the weekend had been "deleted" from the server...so...it "synced" that action on my computer.

grumble...

I would like to say, for the record, however, that I am NOT complaining about having a competent, hard-working, thoughtful computer genius who thinks ahead and takes great pains to set things up so that I can have all of my work backed up and updated continuously without having to lift an extra finger to do so.

That would be dumb.  All of these things have added up to saving me many times more work than the few pages I lost.

Mostly, I'm grumpy because my dishwasher is broken, my car has been in the shop three times in the last week (to the tun of a couple of grand), my dog is obsessed with eating my headscarves, and now my computer ate my homework!

Oh, and I got a nose-bleed at kung Fu tonight.

blah.

 

Tuesday, March 04, 2008 10:23:46 PM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [4] |  | #
Monday, March 03, 2008

Went to my brother's wedding last weekend.  It was a nice service.  The bride is really sweet, and she's going to make a great sister-in-law.  The wedding dance was fun, and there was Kareoke.  I didn't do a song, but my brother sang a nice love song to his bride.  People seemed amazed that he had a nice voice, but of course we knew that, just because he's kind of quiet and sort of a rough-neck and a smart-alec when he ISN'T quiet doesn't mean he can't sing.  :-)

The bride's family is very nice.  They threw a bon-fire party and kegger.  That was lots of fun, but we couldn't stay late.  The bride lamented that the bon-fire was kind of small because they "didn't have any outhouses to burn this time".

My kind of people.  Fire and alcohol DO Mix and those of you who think otherwise are just a bunch of wimps.  :-)

On the other hand, with all the running back and forth I've been doing up between here and "up nort", I've also had quite a few reminders of why I ran away and became one of those much-hated "big city libruls".  :-)

For every girl who understands that throwing an entire out-house on top of a bon-fire the size of a small car is just good clean fun...there are a half a dozen guys who think that the height of entertainment for you is having them cornering you and making you listen to them slur incoherantly while they bungle dirty jokes.  :-)

 

And just so you know, if you are looking for a place where a Christian can excape the horrible persecution of having no choice but to go to a SECULAR paintball gameplace and store...you will be thrilled to know that Bemidji is a nice, safe haven where Christians can go to a Christian paintball gameplace and store.

Monday, March 03, 2008 9:12:33 AM (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [1] | #
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