Archive for February, 2006

Dear Elena

I have been reading a blog that I would like to bring to your attention. The blog is called Dear Elena, and is written by Daniel H. Steinberg. Dear Elena touches me as a reader, as it is in much the same process I am going through while writing about My Life with Gee. Elena […]


He is the best sailor who can steer within fewest points of the wind, and exact a motive power out of the greatest obstacles. -Henry David Thoreau This was the quote I found this morning on my Quote of the Day widget. I thought it was quite appropriate to describe some of the sailors that […]

New Boat Projects

Last week, down at the marina, I was taking measurements for fender boards. The fender boards are going to be eight or ten feet long, and hinged in the center. I plan on using a second set of hinges and drop-in hinge pins to lock each fender board into the open position. The fender boards […]

More Sailing Gear Arrives

( My Life andSailing andTech )

In the last week, I have gotten a few new toys for the Pretty Gee—flares, GPS, and smart controllers.

WiFi Ethics

There is an article over at Ars Technica on WiFi Ethics. WiFi is everywhere, even in Prague panelaks, where I faced the dilemma common to every traveler with a laptop: to leech or not to leech? See, from our flat at the edge of the city, my wife and I discovered a range of WiFi […]

King George Revisited

George W. Bush has been President for a little over five years. He has yet to exercise his right to veto laws passed by Congress. This week, he has finally threatened to use his power of veto, and what is he planning on vetoing? A law which would prevent a company based in the United Arab Emirates, a known haven of terrorism, from taking over control of six major American ports.

Fascism—America Style, Part II

Another update on fascism under the Bush regime. More information on problems with electronic voting machines in Florida from the 2004 election can be seen here. Given all the inconsistencies that have been found with the electronic voting machines in Florida and the security issues found in the Ohio-based Diebold electronic voting machines, it seems quite likely that the authenticity of the Presidential Election results in 2004 is highly questionable. Looks like fascism is very much alive and well in the United States of Bush & Co.

What Really Happened on 9/11

As more time has passed, the official government story about September 11, 2001 seems to be less and less plausible. The video clip I posted earlier and Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11 are among the many questioning the actual events of September 11, 2001, and the Bush regime’s connection to the various individuals involved. Even some members of our Congress are questioning the official story.

Force-feeding Prisoners

Apparently, the Bush regime has decided that force-feeding prisoners at Guantanamo is allowed. The New York Times reported on nearly eighty prisoners going on hunger strikes earlier this month. The most probably reason for the force-feeding of prisoners is that the Bush regime is afraid that the prisoners will become martyrs if they should die […]

Mac Security Issues Overblown

There is a good article over at Wired News on how the current Mac-related security issues are being blown way out of proportion. But by taking reasonable precautions, there is actually very little risk to the Mac platform in reality. As I have said before, Mac users should be running a firewall, like Intego’s NetBarrier, and a good anti-virus package, like ClamXAV, at a minimum. Good computer security is an on-going, ever-evolving process.

More Miscellany

More stories I would like my readers to know about, but not worthy of a full post. Corporate Greed AOL has seen fit to screw over its loyal dialup customers. Now dialup customers will pay the same price for their service as AOL’s broadband customers do, increasing their monthly fee to $25.90. AOL has done […]

Corporate Hubris

( News andStupidity andTech )

Dell, which changed its name from Dell Computers in 2003, is going after a web designer, Paul Dell, because of his two websites. Dell claims that Paul Dell’s use of and dilute their trademark, and is suing for both transfer of the domain names as well as monetary damages. Paul Dell is a Menorca, Spain-based web designer and photographer.

Surfing Usenet

( Misc. andThoughts )

While I was reading alt.sailing.asa this morning, I came across a humorous post. I’m not sure why it was posted in alt.sailing.asa, as it really isn’t sailing related, but it is pretty funny. I thought I’d share it with you. It sounds like something my father could have written. Things I’ve learned from my Boys […]

BYU Professor Questions 9/11

Over at Homeland Stupidity, there’s a post about Brigham Young University Steven Jones. Jones is asking for a special investigation to see if the World Trade Center buildings were brought down by explosions in a controlled demolition. More questions and information about what really happened on September 11, 2001 can be seen in this video.

Miscellaneous Links

Here are a series of stories that I thought were worth reading, but I don’t believe warrant a post of their own. Some are related to previous posts, and I will try to link them back to the related posts.

Truth and the Bush Regime

( News andPolitics andRants andThoughts )

Apparently, there is nothing the Bush regime can tell the truth about. If the Bush administration is going to such lengths to cover up a simple hunting accident, one must really ask what else are they covering up, and to what lengths are they willing to go to do so? It would seem that the TRUTH is one of the casualties of the Bush regime’s “War on Fundamentalism”.

Republican Corruption

The Republican Party has gotten rid of Tom DeLay, in the fears that someone tainted by money laundering charges, and who embodies corruption and other ethical problems may reflect negatively on the party in the upcoming elections. There is a good article on his replacement, John Boehner, and some of his past activities over at […]

My Take on Republicans

I recently had a conversation with a woman about politics. She is a Republican, and I am not. Whether I am still a Democrat really has more to do with whether the party can get its head out of its collective rear and find a spine, more than my political and social beliefs. I don’t […]

A Different Take on September 11, 2001

I saw this video because of a post on h2uh0, and wanted to share it with my blog readers. The video takes a different perspective on the events of September 11, 2001, and comes up with a strong case for a conspiracy. While, I don’t agree with some of what is in the video, and […]

The Plane and the Conveyor Belt

Here is the puzzle, as stated on “A plane is standing on a runway that can move (some sort of band conveyer). The plane moves in one direction, while the conveyer moves in the opposite direction. This conveyer has a control system that tracks the plane speed and tunes the speed of the conveyer […]

A Sane Response to Terrorism

Wandering the internet, I came across an article with an excellent and sane response to terrorists and terrorism. America could learn alot from this. My thanks to Emergent Chaos for the link.

Fascism—American Style

I recently read an article that pointed me to Dr. Lawrence Britt’s essay on the Fourteen Defining Characteristics of Fascism. Now let’s take a look at each of Britt’s fourteen points, and how America, in 2006, under the Bush Presidency regime is faring.

Apple Sued Again

( Events andMac andNews andTech andThoughts )

Apparently, the powers that be are angry with Apple for succeeding where the other technology companies could not….or for that matter the music labels failed too. Thomas Slattery has been given the green light for his monopolization claim under the federal Sherman Anti-Trust act according to the articles at eHomeUpgrade and Tera Patricks’ blog. I […]

NASA vs. the Bush Regime

Score one for the side of truth, ethics and science. Apparently, GWB’s politically appointed toady, George C. Deutsch, has resigned according to this article over at New York Times. While NASA won’t disclose the reasons for his resignation, the fact that George (Deutsch, not Bush) lied about graduating from Texas A & M University has […]

Dell vs. the iPod

( News andTech )

Apparently Dell has given up the fight against the iPod.

Another Take On Islam

If the Moslem doesn’t feel that they need to do anything about the fundamentalist fanatics…then why should the rest of the world respect the Moslem community, or treat them as other than the irrational supporters of terrorism that they are becoming in fact.

Editorial Cartoons

Editorial cartoons have been in the news quite a bit recently. The main furor is over the Danish newspaper depictions of the Islamic prophet Mohammed, which can be seen here. The reactions of the Islamic fundamentalists has been a bit extreme, but not surprisingly so, given that they are Islamic fundamentalists. What is worrying is the reactions of other, non-Islamic groups, like the Vatican, which has called the cartoons a “unacceptable provocation”; CNN, which has in its cowardice, refused to even show the cartoons in question; and our own government, which has denounced the publication of cartoons that incite religious or ethnic hatred. The Hammer of Truth blog makes these points quite well.

Religions of Peace?

A Stitch in Haste has an excellent, if pointed, series of articles on Islam, and whether it is a “Religion of Peace”. Given the current controversy, where the Islamic fundamentalists are denouncing the Scandinavian countries based on a series of a dozen political cartoons, and have resulted in Islamic attacks on some of the Scandinavian […]

Customer Service Kudos

( Tech )

Now, while I can’t say much good for the folks over at Verizon Wireless, the people who support the Verizon FiOS service are phenomenal.

Real Security

There’s a very good post over at Not Bad For A Cubicle on Airport Security. He is one of the few that I have seen writing on the subject who realizes that most of the highly visible security measures that have been implemented in the United States are also among the least effective. He also […]