Tuesday, November 29

Rest in peace, Mighty Quinn

Jaq's young son, Quinn, whose health was so troubled, passed away yesterday.

My deepest sympathy and condolences to their family. Words do not suffice...

'You've not seen nothin' like the Mighty Quinn.'

Wednesday, November 23

Today's tagline

'interact': Where we do more logging before 9 am than most people do all day.' ;-)

(Bolded) Google Menu

Ooh! Did you see that (working on being) complete list of Google services? I like. And as I read the comments I saw some German-speaking herr made himself a condensed list. I liked that, too. But when I tried to crib his, I couldn't get his bolds off. Had to make my own. Decided to add a separate menu for the Features page. I was just going to keep it in my own Gmail, but thought 'Why not send it out into the world?' And when I looked back at the original site this morning, I saw in Update 5 that he'd taken my humble suggestions to heart.

So, anyway, without further ado, my (bolded) Google Menu - the services I like and use the most. Want to do one of your own?

Add to Google Blogger Froogle GMail AdSense AdWords Alerts Analytics Answers Base Blog Search Book Search Catalogs Code Deskbar Desktop Directory Earth Groups Homepage Image Search Labs Local Maps Mobile Movie Showtimes News Reader Ridefinder Scholar Send to Phone Sitemap SMS Store Suggest Talk Toolbar Video Video Upload Web Accelerator Web Search Hello Orkut Picasa Search History Advanced Search Language Tools

Calculator Currency Conversion Definitions File Types I'm Feeling Lucky PhoneBook Q&A Search By Number Site Search Spell Checker Stock Quotes Travel Information Weather Who Links To You?

Battle for Wesnoth

Oh. My. Where have you been all my life?

I consider myself pretty well-informed about cool stuff on the internets. Then I follow an innocent-looking link, Battle for Wesnoth, and find a turn-based, fantasy-themed, mulit-campaign, free computer game! Wil and I started playing it last night and really like it already. If it wasn't for dead, preThanksgiving time at work, you probably wouldn't get any weblogging at all. ;-) Now if I can just get it to run on my >7 year-old Fujitsu Lifebook for our Thanksgiving jaunt to Christine's folks...

(Latest) Million Dollar Idea!

I thought of this while driving to work this morning, listening to some fun music I really love: I'll form a Trip Shakespeare cover band! We can start out of the Southeast, than make a move to cover the entire nation proper, with special shows in the Twin Cities, maybe even the Metrodome!

Tuesday, November 22

Football and basketball

+ Good football weekend for me, just completed last night with the Vikes eeking one out over the Packers at Lambeau. 3-1 since I saw them stink up Charlotte and Daunte get injured. Go figure. The Hawks dropped the hammer on Minnesota leaving me wishing they'd walked away with either the Northwestern or Michigan game to sit alone at 3rd place in the Big Ten and probably be in the top 25. Oh well. Plus, my Fantasy Football team finally won another game. Those are the big 3 for me. My next two favorite teams lost: both Carolinas - the Panthers and Gamecocks. Oh well.

+ In other sports news I see that the Hawkeye basketball team beat Kentucky last night . Hot dog! Who's Mike Henderson?

Ode to my professors

Paul's got a nice post on literary crushes, memorable books from college. I wanted to participate, but realized my professors at Wartburg were even more memorable than the books they had me read.

Dr Greg Scholtz taught Brit Lit and I took almost every class he taught: 3 semesters of survey, one of Shakespeare, and one of Jane Austen. He really challenged us. And he was funny. Lots of good marginalia in those books...

Dr Heimir Geirsson taught Analytic Philosophy. I remember my brain changing in that class, after being broken down. I think we spent the first month on the word 'the'. Also read Saul Kripke's 'Naming and Necessity'. After working on the paper for that class, I could process in a new way.

Pastor Larry Trachte was, and is, the college chaplain. I never got to take one of his classes, but he was a very good friend to me in my service in the ministry there. We met once a week for a couple years.

Dr Paul Torkelson directed Choir. The Wartburg Choir is the most excellent team I've ever been a part of. We practiced for an hour every school day and toured the country and Europe. Some people have the experience of being part of something like this in athletics or work. I never did. For me, it was choir and I'll always remember it.

And finally, adding one from Seminary, Dr Rollin Grams, a student of Dr Gordon Fee, taught me to look at Scripture is a qualitiatively more rigorous way.

Monday, November 21

Top Geek Novels bolded!

Dude! Jaq misunderstood me. I wasn't dissing bolding. Bolding is good. And just to show I mean it, and that I don't feel so lazy today, here's that list again, copied and bolded!

1. The HitchHiker's Guide to the Galaxy -- Douglas Adams
2. Nineteen Eighty-Four -- George Orwell
3. Brave New World -- Aldous Huxley 4. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? -- Philip Dick 5. Neuromancer -- William Gibson
6. Dune -- Frank Herbert 7. I, Robot -- Isaac Asimov 8. Foundation -- Isaac Asimov
9. The Colour of Magic -- Terry Pratchett
10. Microserfs -- Douglas Coupland 11. Snow Crash -- Neal Stephenson
12. Watchmen -- Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons
13. Cryptonomicon -- Neal Stephenson
14. Consider Phlebas -- Iain M Banks
15. Stranger in a Strange Land -- Robert Heinlein
16. The Man in the High Castle -- Philip K Dick
17. American Gods -- Neil Gaiman
18. The Diamond Age -- Neal Stephenson 19. The Illuminatus! Trilogy -- Robert Shea & Robert Anton Wilson
20. Trouble with Lichen - John Wyndham

Friday, November 18

Breaking the silence

+ Sorry for the extended absence over here. I just haven't been motivated, somehow. And I've been pretty busy. When I get Wil down between 8 and 9 pm I often don't feel like sitting at the computer. This is probably a good thing. I've been reading a little more: First, The Moviegoer, which was a little disturbing to me, and now The Napoleon of Crime, which is ok.

+ Do you know that RFID will probably change everything?

+ You are obviously not hip. Neither am I. Check your playlists against The Top 40 Bands in America Today. Whatchoo got? Do I hear 'bupkis'? Fortunately for you, dude links some legal mp3s and videos so you can hear/see what you're missing. Plenty I've never/barely heard of. I do like Death Cab for Cutie quite a bit (via The Postal Service), and I've always felt I should like Wilco but somehow have never stopped to listen to them.
+ Easing back in with 'Top n...' posts. Here's a Top 20 geek novels. I have read 14, including the first 8. Maybe I should read the rest...

If I were Jaq, I'd bold the ones I've read. That would be a good thing to do. Too lazy today...

+ Cringeley had a really, extra interesting article about what he sees in Google's future. Teaser: it's not what you think.

Saturday, November 12

Just a few, little things (nothing major)

+ On to glory: Peter Drucker (via Brad)

+ Matt posts a cool picture of the Toronto Stock Exchange: and old building surrounded by a skyscraper. Cool.

+ The map from which the name of Tom's New York Times Bestselling book, The Pentagon's New Map, took it's name.

Zenpundit roundtable

Mark has a very ambitious roundtable going on over at Zenpundit. He's signed on some big names to post over the course of a number of days. I highly recommend that you check it out.

Zenpundit Roundtable introductory post

Friday, November 11

World wealth, words, and anti-Westernism

+ Since I have some guilty liberal tendencies, I have to link my ranking on the Global Rich List:

I'm loaded.
It's official.
I'm the 277,391,305 richest person on earth!

How rich are you? >>

+ AllYourWords.com looks interesting, especially since I'm so into... words. Now, what word should I associate with your site...

+ While Macon and I agree that Tom's economic determinism is a little overdone for us, and that ideology does matter, I found this quote from Tom to be pretty interesting:
It ain't about religion, but about economic connectivity. The 'new proletariat' can't turn to Marxism, because that's too discredited. So when you're radicalized today, the one package that's both anti-capitalist and anti-Western is jihadist Islam.

Thursday, November 10

Elections, big oil (and more)

+ What to make of the Democratic victories tuesday? Is this a reflection on the President's low approval rating and Republican scandals or just Democratic wins where Democrats were already governors? Did the president's campaigning for the Republican candidate in VA hurt that candidate? And let's not forget Schwarzenegger's losses, either.

+ Big oil execs testified yesterday about their huge profits. They argue that those profits are in line given revenues. Since I'm leaning free market these days, I would say that Congressional action is probably not the way to go. Consumers should act beyond just complaining.

Of course, I reiterate my opinion that we shouldn't use tax dollars to subsidize gasoline (and, to some extent, roads).

It'd be nice to wean ourselves off of subsidies for gas, roads, agriculture, coastal insurance... What else can we add to the list?

+ Just when you thought the TO show was totally crazy, you get the apology (yeah, right) and the antics of his agent (who's behind him, you guessed it, 110%).

+ Thing that makes me go hmmm: When will Gmail emerge from beta? What's the hold up?

+ Get a load of this: someone thinks Iowa City needs another hospital.

+ Hello Trooper. Hello Kitty and Imperial Stormtrooper mashup.

Wednesday, November 9


+ Underworld: Evolution. There's a sequel? Saw the first one at Macon's. It was entertaining, but...

+ Just a reminder: Terrell Owens is a punk. The Eagles did the right thing. The sad thing is, someone will sign him.

+ I can sure appreciate Matthew's proudest moment:

I brought The Squirrelly to a Halloween party. He saw a child dressed as a pirate and, unpromped, said "Arrrr!"

+ Tom today:

The key reason why we lost Vietnam was because the other side had some very serious backing from the Sovs and Chinese, plus a regional environment that was conducive to the dual strategy of civil war and insurgency from within. The analogies to Vietnam now being employed work only to the extent that the regional environment is permissive, with some states obviously lending some support (Syria, Iran).

+ NPR had a piece on this morning about a Dr Robert Young, a professor at Western Carolina University who says we should pull back some of our subsidization of coastal communities. Can't find anything else on the web except the actual sound file. Sounds about right to me. What do you think?

Tuesday, November 8

Some comedies

Jaq's got a new comedy movie post. I'm bolding the one's I've seen, underlining my favorites, deleting the ones I don't care about or don't think belong on the list, italicizing ones I want to see, and adding a few (cross referencing with AFI, which takes care of some of Jaq's objections).

9 to 5
Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery
Being There
Blazing Saddles
Bringing Up Baby
Broadcast News
Cat Ballou
Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story
Duck Soup
Ferris Bueller's Day Off
A Fish Called Wanda
Four Weddings and a Funeral
The General
The Gold Rush
Groundhog Day
A Hard Day's Night
His Girl Friday
It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World
Kind Hearts and Coronets
The Lady Killers
Local Hero
Monty Python's Life of Brian (blasphemously funny)
Monty Python's Quest for the Holy Grail
National Lampoon's Animal House

The Odd Couple
The Producers
Raising Arizona (one of my favorites)
Shaun of the Dead
A Shot in the Dark
Singin' in the Rain
Some Like it Hot
Strictly Ballroom
Sullivan's Travels
There's Something About Mary
This is Spinal Tap
To Be or Not to Be
When Harry Met Sally...
Young Frankenstein

Wednesday, November 2

The Order of Civilization, Windows, Live? (and more)

Sorry I've been out of commission: out of town this weekend and now studying for my CDL test tomorrow. More later.

+ New Orleans Police Fire 51 for Desertion. A pure, cryin' shame.

+ Brad points me to Windows Live [PC World article ]. Cool URL. Wonder what it cost them? But Live is basically a poor copy of Google's customized homepage. Now, if they get (at least some rudimentary) Office functions online, that'll be useful.

+ Critt has an interesting diagram called The Order of Civilization, from The Clock of the Long Now.