Friday, October 31, 2008
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Monday, October 20, 2008
"Who is more Sarah Palin? Sarah Palin herself or Tina Fey?"
Hipster Doofus Donut Slinger (HDDS): Yeah, I really don't know who I am going to vote for yet. I would have voted for McCain in 2000 but I just don't know what happened to that guy.Hipster Doofus + Baby Makes Three in a Running Stroller (HD+BM3): I know what you mean. I am not happy with either candidate.HDDS: Are you going to vote for the Nader and Gonzalez?HD+BM3: No, are you kidding me!? I hate those guys! I am kind of libertarian.NDDS: Oh, how about Bob Barr then? I would vote for Ron Paul because he is the only one who is talking about "real" issues. Too bad he is not running anymore.HD+BM3: I thought about McCain but Sarah Palin is really frightening to me. All that "God's Will" stuff bothers me and there is no way she is ready to be president.HDDS: Yeah, I know. God's Will but what, Palin, are YOU going to do?HD+BM3: I think I am going to vote for Obama and simply hope for the best. There is not much else I can do but I still don't know . . .HDDS: I'll probably do the same thing.
Sunday, October 19, 2008
This is interesting and exciting news but one wonders if Powell, once described as the "most respected man in the nation," will matter all that much to those currently on the fence. If the recent experiences of Parker and Buckley are any indication, I also wonder how many hate emails and death threats he will receive from the Joe Six Packs out there.
Personally, I have to respect the man. His cautious realism was eventually bested in the knife fight that made up the decision to invade Iraq and his Security Council presentation is a "blot" (as Powell describes it) on his service. But is apparently the case that he did his best to slow things down and he has had the courage to own up to the role he played in taking the country to a war which, if Stiglitz is to be believed, will have severe consequences for the nation going forward.
His call this morning for unity, fairness, inclusion, and (yes) fair play? Wonderfully and powerfully said.
But again, will it matter?
Is the process of American politics, that toxic mix of hate, rumor and innuendo, likely to change any time soon such that notions of unity, inclusion, and fairness become central? Powell seems to think so and, this morning, I share his hope.
Thursday, October 16, 2008
"My brother and I are both in college and my parents have decided that his education is more important than mine. They are giving him most of the money so he can go to a 'good' school and I have to work and go 'here'".
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Monday, October 13, 2008
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Distance: 10KGarmin Time: 54:22Chip Time: 54:2 [Official]Overall Pace: 8:46/mile
Thursday, October 9, 2008
a record low temperature of 43 degrees was set at Seattle WA WFO today. This breaks the old record of 45 set in 1991. [wunderground, 10/9/08]
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
- the brakes really scream, especially when wet
- can't shift into the big ring anymore (this happened on my first ride)
- riding on the hoods is really, really uncomfortable. It feels as if they get further and further out the longer I ride
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Answer: Not really as I found out this morning when I unpacked my breakfast from the plastic bag I randomly picked up in the kitchen. Turns out it once held rocks from Tofino. Yum. Crunchy.
Answer: Yes, especially when the sun is smacking right into a very dark cloud band.
Answer: Yes! [Insert very large and whimsical grin here]Question: Did yours truly forget to bring his copy of Quest for the Holy Grail to use in class today?
Answer: Yes, he did and hoping that YouTube can come to the rescue.
Monday, October 6, 2008
Today I commuted by bike for the first time. A very busy and active day.
Friday, October 3, 2008
- I need fenders. Oh boy do I need fenders. The spray of the tires was not as bad as my Gecko but still
- The stem might be a little too long for me and I might need to come up a bit (I can talk about this with the mechanic tomorrow)
- Wet new disc brakes make a hell of a squeal until they dry off. I wonder if this is a setting issue? A newness issue?
- This bike climbs really well and with a triple it is very nice, although the easiest gear is still not as easy as mtb gearing
- Running clothes are great for running but even a short ride in the rain, well . . .
Thursday, October 2, 2008
she's a master, not of facts, figures, or insightful policy recommendations, but at the fine art of the nonanswer, the glittering generality. Against such charms there is little Senator Biden, or anyone, can do. (Andrew Halco)