Bear Droppings
Saturday, August 31, 2002
I spent a good chunk of today reading and completing Holy Fire the fourth book I have read by Bruce Sterling. I must admit I think it's my favorite book I have read by him. What I find particularly interesting about his work is not the writing style, but rather the questions he asks in his writing. Not that he necessarily has answers within his books, but more than he is asking the right questions. He sees that we as people are getting to a critical juncture with our development.

We have found ways to feed ourselves, technology growing at a pace to outstrip out our childish nature as a species, but are we asking important questions about the next steps in the universe. With Moore's Law, understanding of the human genome, and other technical advances we are reaching the point in the not to distant future when we will possess not just the basic knowledge understanding to critically change the world and way we live but fundamentally alter them.

Heady stuff really. Not that we are there, but we can see them in our grandchildren's lives coming reality. If we can see these changes, we must have the wisdom to start exploring the moral, social, and cultural effects these technologies will impact people's lives. Granted a stray asteroid or mass plaque could easily makes these question a moot point, but these are not simple questions and they need to be started to being discussed before we get there. Our debate must develop beyond the simple left vs right nature of Western democracies. The problem is typically government, politicians, and the nature of modern media need a sound bite, a crisis, or a tragic event to inspire their involvement. The problem is these organizations move too slow and when these issues become crisis level we may well not have the time to discuss the issues maturely before they wipe out our world. On the web in sense it's already coming to fruition.

Napster and other file sharing technology already are starting to scare some old established oligarchies and this is just the tip of the iceberg. Truth is break out a Tom Peters or some of the other modern business gurus who are looking long term and they know major changes in our economy are just around the corner and they will do to the modern office environment what modern computing and robotics have done to the old industrial factory. Good chunks of the jobs that exist in bureaucratic and human resources will be gone.

What then?

A lot of people will lose their jobs and be left without the skills to find new jobs. Even the modern education system is ill-equipped to educate today's youth in the independence and freedom of thought to explore the world that is coming. A lot of problems and technology is moving faster than existing constructs of social order can control. Social order takes time to change, because it's made up of people and people don't like to break out of their comfort zone into new environments. We, humanity, has a conservative nature when it comes to the world. We don't like change, we don't by and large like to have the world shaken up like a five year old kicking an ant hill.

But that is what is happening with technology a beast of our own creation is going to take away the neat social order. It's not going to going away so let's start asking questions, let's learn, let's have the maturity to look ahead.

We can split atoms, we can engineer new crops and designer drugs, but can we ask the right questions?

I hope we can and I hope we can do it with a laugh, smile, and hope for what will be, not the grim reluctance after technology blows over this house of cards we call society.

Bruce keep questioning our world, we need it.

Friday, August 30, 2002
Enough of this outtahere...have a good weekend all....
Quiet morning in the office. Day before labor day, our office is keeping the door locked and there only about 5 of us around instead of the usual 35 or so. It's kinda funny, almost feels like a weekend day because no one has bothered to turn on the hall lights since there are so few of us about. I have the feeling it will be a real productive day...anyone for golf in the hallways?
Happy Birthday Tom Cheng!

Thursday, August 29, 2002
Don't You (Forget About Me) by Simple Minds
Won't you come see about me
I'll be alone dancing
You know it, baby
Tell me your troubles and doubts
Givin' evrything inside and out on
Love's strange, so willing in the dark
Think of the tender things
That we were working on
Slow change may pull us apart
When the light get in your heart

Baby, don't you forget about me
Don't, don't, don't, don't you forget about me

I knew you spent above me
Look my way never love me
Rain keeps falling, rain keeps falling
Down, down, down…
I knew you recognise me
Call my name or walk on by
Rain keeps talling, rain keeps falling
Down, down, down…

Don't you try and peep in
It's my feelings. well, when in the end
I won't harm you or toucch your defenses
Valuble in security, ah…
Don't you forget about me
I'll be alone dancing,
You know what baby,
Don't you, I take you apart
I'll put it back together at heart

Don't you forget about me
Don't , don't, don't you forget about me
As you walk on by
Will youcall my name
As you walk on by
Will you call my name
When you walk away

Oh...when you walk away
Will you walk away
Will you call my name
Will you call my name
I say…la…la…la…

Now it's time for Jen Naked Come on post it, Jen has slipped in the rankings and needs help.
Catching up on important blog work, yes I haven't been posting my regular things because of being out of town, Poetry should be posted later tonight, but until then...

PromoGuy's Monday Mission 2.34
1. What do you do to make things better when you feel sad and/or lonely?
Go to the gym or call up an old friend.

2. Are you a "touchy-feely" person? That is, do you like to touch people you don't know that well? And on the flipside of that, do you like being touched by someone you aren't close with? I am a "touchy-feely" person with family and old friends. Otherwise I don't generally like being touched by people I don't know, on the other hand I know some folks just are very friendly touchy people so I try to not let it bother me.

3. Do you like to have "me" time, time to yourself to be alone and relax? Or do you prefer to just do your own thing with someone else in the room? When was the last "me" time you got and what did you do? Read, I can sit and read for hours.

4. Generally speaking, how do you feel about the concept of marriage? Are you the marrying type? Do you think the act of getting married means something today or is it simply just "a piece of paper?" I would say I am the marrying type, but I haven't found her yet. I tend to think that people need to find the right person and when you get married and make it work, heck it has worked for my parents.

5. That said, as many as 25 states have passed legislation regulating who they believe should be the "marrying type." What are your thoughts on the banning of same-sex marriages? People are going to love who they will, you can't legislate someone's heart and it's just silly to try.

6. If there was one law you had the ability to create or change, what would it be? I would most likely say repeal DMCA, it has been used to chill free speech online and only serves out of date oligopolies. Reduce copyright times to the founding fathers intention of a limited time, in the long run such extensions will inhibt technological development and are unworkable. I think 10 to 15 years on any corporate held patent is plenty long and for individual a lifespan is plenty.

7. What would you like someone visiting your Blog for the first time to know about you? Now is your chance! Bear Droppings is a place of rantings, nonsense and general mayhem. It is named because there is so much crap on the web and this is my friendly little corner and contribution to the pile, like it great, don't tough. Don't take life too seriously, it's not permanent. :-)

BONUS: Can you hear them? Damn time to up the dosage on the medication for you...

In the Office
Back in the office wearing a tie and sitting at my desk, dreaming of red rocks, blue skies, and home. In due course I shall return home I suppose.
Wednesday, August 28, 2002
Back in DC
I am back in DC I had a good time spent mostly with my family although I did get to see a few friends. I came back and all I want to do is pack and get home. Something to motivate me I suppose, but in the interim I have all those fun details before a move. So alot of work in front of me, but I am looking forward to it. I am going home.

Nothing more confirms that feeling of home when you step outside of your regular bar at the high of summer evening and watch the sunseting on the mountains, it was simply an incredible sight.
Sunday, August 25, 2002
Arizona Time...
I have been surprisingly busy while I have been in Arizona a lot of time spent with family, in fact I didn't have dinner with just friends until last night. It has been nice, but the time is moving all too quick. Thankfully, it won't be long until I am back here on a more regular basis.


Getting alot of sun....yes I am sunburned

I played a really challenging golf course...I really stink at golf

Flagstaff and Sedona......ah HOME

Thursday, August 22, 2002
Poetry Thursday
I never got online yesterday, so it's on Thursday...something that hit me going through the terminals yesterday...

Security and Freedom
We walk lonely halls of terminals
From doing ourselves and others harm

Truth lies deeper
True security a desert mirage
That all the confiscated nail clippers won't make a reality.

We speak of freddom
of deeper truths

Yet imprison ourselves for security sake
Be it plane, train, or surfing the web.

Makes a prison of the mind,
Makes a prison of our souls,
of our freedom.

In Phoenix
I made the trip safely and with relatively few problems. A word of advice for travelers at the Federal Tavern in National Airport (Yes, I know the name has change, but I am going to call it what I want) order your eggs scrambled, because they don't understand the concept of eggs being cooked over hard.

If you happen to fly through Columbus don't order the chicken breast on foccica(sp?) bread it's not worth it.

I did happen to have a great dinner with my family, so it made up for all the bad meals early in the day. Watching my father and I go through the beer section at AJ's market was not unlike watching to kids in a candy store. They have some great polish beer there, as well as many, many other tasty beverages.
Tuesday, August 20, 2002
On the Road...
Leaving the office shortly, I will be in Arizona for the next week. Blogging will be mixed as I will be online occasionally.
I found Making of a Restaurant on the Best of Blogger page and it's one of my favorite regular reads. The idea is simple two guys will open a restaurant someday down the road, most likely a few years away, in the interim they throw ideas back and forth about what the atmosphere, food, set up and anything else to do with the restaurant. One friend of mine and I regularly discuss opening a restaurant/brewpub together and read the site fairly often...why?
For posts like this...
"Just as you finish a chapter, our chef will emerge from the kitchen, pause at the doorway and slowly walk to the front window. He'll flip the 'open' sign to 'closed' and stand there a minute. He will sigh. He'll wring his hands in his apron. Finally he will return to the kitchen but quickly come back out with a half-full bottle of cheap red wine. He will grab two Ball fruit jars and walk over to your table. Without asking for permission, he'll pull down a chair, fill the jars with wine and sit next to you.

"He will lift your book to see what you're reading. He'll take a deep breath, and already he will have forgotten the title. 'Uff da,' he will say. 'I've got to get out of this business.' He'll proceed to tell you about his day -- troubles with the vegetable stock, troubles with the city, troubles with his dumb, homely waitresses -- and you will tell him about yours.

"He will grunt, shake the now-empty bottle, study it as a scientist might study an erlenmeyer flask, and grunt again. He will go through the kitchen to the office, where he'll fetch from the safe an unopened bottle of $200 chianti (the last to remain from a mix-up with the liquor distributor). He'll return and refill the jars, and the two of you will spend four more hours discussing, among other things, homeland security, romanticism (he'll spit at the mention of Lord Byron) and Tommy John surgery.

"Before either of you know it, it will be 4 a.m. 'That clock is either four hours fast or it's four hours past my bedtime,' you will say. 'I ought to get home.'
Why do I like Making of a Restaurant, because that sounds a hellova lot like our restaurant/brewpub, we need more places that aren't just a restaurant, they are your second home.
During the internet bubble, I did occasionally wonder how some of the companies were going to survive like selling custom made furniture or shipping a 50 pound bag of dog food "because Pets can't drive". Ever wonder how these people got there cash to begin with? Who would believe such ideas would fly? Well a recent chat may provide an answer.

Thomas: on a conference call at the moment :)....ah joys of multitasking
j: Indeed. Most conference calls only require the use of 2% of your brain.
j: I don't miss my midnight conference calls with Hong Kong.
Thomas: buzzwords shoooting around
Thomas: get a net
Thomas: gotta corral 'em
j: Ugh
j: Buzzword bingo
j: Yeah, most of it is. I seriously thought about publishing a Consultese-English dictionary.
Thomas: with 37 appendixes and reference charts
j: Matrix it for me, Tom.
Thomas: website....program development on our's all good
j: eBullshit is a lot easier to clean than the physical kind.
Thomas: gotta to write up a memo on the meeting we are having....
Thomas: it's about the excessive amount of meetings, we are goning to form a committee to look into the issue
j: Don't forget to conduct a few focus groups to bounce around your ideas before submitting them to management.
Thomas: then we can workshop them
j: Ugh.
j: No more verbizing nouns.
Thomas: hahahahaa
Thomas: I will network the idea around and see what we get for pushback
j: Only if you have the bandwidth, Tom.
Thomas: well I'll have to do it in internet time, but I think it would be valuable to approach this from a 30,000ft level...
Thomas: (cause the air is thin and then everything sound good when you oxygen deprived)
j: Very true
Thomas: how do you think all those folks got VC for crazy take people to 30k ft and open a door you will agree to anything

To think I always though of the term was just a metaphor, but the more I think about it, I think they really must have taken them up in a plane to such highests to agree to some the crazy ideas. Just something for you to chew on this morning...
Monday, August 19, 2002
ISPs fight back against RIAA. Nice to see I just wish they had service in my area.
PromoGuy's Monday Mission 2.33
1. Many children have blankets, or a favorite nubby stuffed animal that they like to keep near them for security. Do you recall what you had for your "security blanket" as a child? When did you finally give it up? What brought that about?
Teddy Bear, he is all beaten up and our dog chewed up one eye, but I could tell where it is now.

2. Now that you are a big kid, what do you have to give you that same sense of security? Myself

3. With a little over four months left in 2002, have you accomplished everything you wanted to for the year? Is there anything that you would like to accomplish before the year is over? I have not accomplished everything I want to for the year, in fact I have alot to do, move to Arizona, find a job, and figure out transportation. And I need to get to Austin to visit some folks TOGA!

4. I don't know about you, but it seems to me children have it pretty good these days. Game systems, computers in the home, microwaves, cable TV, the internet, cell phones and pagers, they certainly have a wider variety of technology than most of us did as children. What modern convenience, if any, do you think it would be good for children today to do without? What would they gain?
Junk food, I think my generation was raised on too much of the stuff and the next generation is getting worse, I suspect it has a lot to do with the high rate of cancer in developed countries. I ate my fair share as a kid, but I honestly can't tell you the last time I ate at a fast food place, I just aviod them like the plague.

5. Many of us have one thing in which we believe we excel. What do you do better than most? Looking at the big picture....just all those trees get in the way ;-)

6. In the United States, and possibly other countries, teenagers in High School usually wind up falling into several social circles or "cliques." Stoners, Rich Kids, Jocks, Cheerleaders, Band, Drama, Goths, and so on (though the names are probably different today). What High School "clique" did you find yourself in? Was it by choice or did it just happen? Did you look down on other groups? (Aw it's ok, it was/is High School, we all did dumb stuff) No formal clique, just a group of kids who generally saw high school as a numb and babysitting experience. It was far more of a cattle through the system environment. Funny thing is those friends are still some of my closest still today and some of us have gotten a lot further in life than anyone then would have given us credit at the time. Living well is it's own reward?

7. (it begins) I have great news! I won the contest and we now have plane tickets to anywhere in the world. The bad news is we have to pick a place now and leave in the morning. I can't decide where to go, so you get to pick. Where should we go, and what is the first thing we should do when we get there? India and Nepal to go exploring across the ancient sights and see the thriving economy. Yes, it would likely be a little dangerous, but it would make life interesting, no? Timetable for the trip, no less than a full month to have enough time to get the feel for the area.

BONUS: Must I beg you? No, why bother? We live, love and take our own paths... Begging does not surve a purpose, don't ask for what is not th way. What will be in due course shall happen and perhaps with even better results than you first sought.

If you want to find me Friday afternoon between 4 and 5pm try the coffee shop across the street in the picture, I will likely be stopping by on my way to play billiards. Macy's coffee, yum.
Mental Vacation
While my official vacation doesn't start until Wednesday mentally I think my brain has already left out the door. Granted it could be the coffee still waiting to take effect, but honestly I am just so ready to go...

Any sudden moves and the clown gets two rounds in his funny bone.

Fun weekend for the most part too long in the hot sun on the golf course Saturday. As for Sunday I ran some errands downtown around the Museums and I even made it into the Egyptian exhibt at the National Gallery. The detail on the cravings was incredible. The show only runs until October 14th so while it was filled with tourists at the moment but after Labor day the crowds should ease up a bit. If you have any interest in Ancient Egpytian artifacts or carving I highly recommend you pay the display a visit.
Friday, August 16, 2002
Regular readers know I don't usually post on the weekends, I try to take a break from computers, but considering I have a fantasy league draft tomorrow, expect a few posts over the weekend. I am on my way out shortly so have a good weekend.
You know I do support the efforts of DC folks who cry taxation without representation. At the same time, I like this response and think it may be the perfect answer.

See what happens when you let the plumbing back up?

More seriously I am rather worried I have actually been in the middle of this courtyard, it was really pretty as are the parts of Prague that have been recently flooded. This is something we need to keep an eye on the earth is tell us something, now are we bright enough to listen? I hope so.

Thursday, August 15, 2002
The Professor mentions this column on the German-American discussion on the War on terrorism and how it is really becoming a dialogue between nations, which I think is a healthy process. The thing that really doesn't surprise me is that it includes words from Dieter Dettke, head of one of the German think tanks here in DC. Dr. Dettke is one of the top voices in German American community and while I don't always share with him the SPD point of view I have noticed that when it comes to the Trans-Atlantic relationship he always provides keen insight. Besides that I happen to know he's a nice guy willing to spare a few minutes for someone trying to find his way when they first get to DC from personal experience. The Friedrich Ebert Foundation events I still attend when I can because I always learn something new, if you are interested in German-American issues and live in the DC area look them up.
Wednesday, August 14, 2002
Media and the Web
Salon has a thoughtful write up on media and Where they went wrong with the Web. Thanks for the heads up David. A lot of what it says directly applies to the AFF Blogger event a couple of months ago.
Motavalli, lamenting the post-bubble state of the industry, asks the quintessential media-insider question about the Web: "There are billions of Web sites, but how many of them matter?"

Excuse me -- matter? To whom, exactly? To the Manhattan lunch crowd? To the Beltway lobbyist? To the person searching Google for "Anna Nicole Smith" -- or "expansion joints"?
That was the same attitude that alot of folks who were at the AFF event seemed to have about the web. I don't mean to keep going back to beat up on the attendees, some people at the event understand the web very well. But I just simply find it amazing how many people have been to a Austin Powers movie website and maybe have an email account. I don't mean to imply that there is some secret decoder ring and that if you don't go to knock three times and mutter the password "rosebud" to understand the web. I think it's a more basic issue of following your bliss to paraphrase Joseph Campbell.

You have to find your love and follow it, some folks like running their own internet games ala Ernie, others have a daily quiz about various things...i.e. What's Worse, Which Would You Choose...., I even have heard that some freaks post Poetry online. The important point is explore and enjoy.....and just maybe we will learn something from each other in the process...PEACE
Poetry Wednesday

Mexican Quarter
By John Gould Fletcher

BY an alley lined with tumble-down shacks,
And street-lamps askew, half-sputtering,
Feebly glimmering on gutters choked with filth, and dogs
Scratching their mangy backs:
Half-naked children are running about,
Women puff cigarettes in black doorways,
Crickets are crying.
Men slouch sullenly
Into the shadows.
Behind a hedge of cactus,
The smell of a dead horse
Mingles with the smell of tamales frying.

And a girl in a black lace shawl
Sits in a rickety chair by the square of unglazed window,
And sees the explosion of the stars
Fiercely poised on the velvet sky.
And she seems humming to herself:
“Stars, if I could reach you
(You are so very near that it seems as if I could reach you),
I would give you all to the Madonna’s image
On the gray plastered altar behind the paper flowers,
So that Juan would come back to me,
And we could live again those lazy burning hours,
Forgetting the tap of my fan and my sharp words,
And I would only keep four of you—
Those two blue-white ones overhead,
To put in my ears,
And those two orange ones yonder
To fasten on my shoe-buckles.”

A little further along the street
A man squats stringing a brown guitar.
The smoke of his cigarette curls round his hair,
And he too is humming, but other words:
“Think not that at your window I wait.
New love is better, the old is turned to hate.
Fate! Fate! All things pass away;
Life is forever, youth is but for a day.
Love again if you may
Before the golden moons are blown out of the sky
And the crickets die.
Babylon and Samarkand
Are mud walls in a waste of sand.”

Elvis is Everywhere...
In case you hadn't seen it splattered all over the media in the last few days this week is the 25th anniversary of Elvis' death.


I really don't care, yes I liked his music and won't turn it off if it's on the radio, but I never really got all that excited about it. Wrong generation perhaps.

I heard at the convience store downstairs the owner talking with customers that Elvis evidently had a twin, but that he died at birth supposedly. But then it dawned on me, the Truth hit me, he did not die as a child. He was taken away and he has been alive all these years and when people think they are seeing Elvis at a truck stop in Memphis or the 7-11 in Charlettesville, no, they aren't. They are seeing his twin brother.

So in honor of this week of the King I give you my favorite Elvis song "Elvis is Everywhere" by Mojo Nixon.

Elvis Is Everywhere
When I look out into your eyes out there,
When I look out into your faces,
You know what I see?
I see a little bit of Elvis
In each and every one of you out there.

Lemme tell ya...

Elvis is everywhere
Elvis is everything
Elvis is everybody
Elvis is still the king

Man o man
What I want you to see
Is that the big E's
Inside of you and me

Elvis is everywhere, man!
He's in everything.
He's in everybody...

Elvis is in your jeans.
He's in your cheesburgers
Elvis is in Nutty Buddies!
Elvis is in your mom!

He's in everybody.
He's in the young, the old,
the fat, the skinny,
the white, the black
the brown and the blue
people got Elvis in 'em too

Elvis is in everybody out there.
Everybody's got Elvis in them!
Everybody except one person that is...
Yeah, one person!
The evil opposite of Elvis.
The Anti-Elvis

Anti-Elvis got no Elvis in 'em,
lemme tell ya.

Michael J. Fox has no Elvis in him.

And Elvis is in Joan Rivers
but he's trying to get out, man!
He's trying to get out!
Listen up Joanie Baby!

Elvis is everywhere
Elvis is everything
Elvis is everybody
Elvis is still the king

Man o man
What I want you to see
Is that the big E's
Inside of you and me

Man, there's a lot of unexplained phenomenon
out there in the world.
Lot of things people say
What the heck's going on?

Let me tell ya!

Who built the pyramids?
Who built Stonehenge?

Yeah, man you see guys
walking down the street
pushing shopping carts
and you think they're talking to allah,
they're talking to themself.
Man, no they're talking to ELVIS!

You know whats going on in that Bermuda Triangle?
Down in the Bermuda Traingle
Elvis needs boats.
Elvis needs boats.
Elvis Elvis Elvis
Elvis Elvis Elvis
Elvis needs boats.

Aahh! The Sailing Elvis!
Captain Elvis!
Commodore Elvis it is.

Yeah man, you know people from outer space,
people from outer space they come up to me.
They don't look like like Doctor Spock.
They don't look like Klingons,
all that Star Trek jive.

They look like Elvis.
Everybody in outer space looks like Elvis.
Cause Elvis is a perfect being.
We are all moving in perfect peace and harmony towards Elvisness

Soon all will become Elvis.
Everything everywhere will be Elvis.
Why do you think they call it evolution anyway?
It's really Elvislution!

Elvis is everywhere
Elvis is everything
Elvis is everybody
Elvis is still the king

Man o man
What I want you to see
Is that the big E's
Inside of you and me

That's right ladies and gentlemen,
The time has come!
Time has come to talk
To that little bit of Elvis inside of you.

Talk to it!
Call it up!
Say "Elvis, heal me!"
"Save me, Elvis!"
"Make me be born again
in the perfect Elvis light"

That's right!
You've got that Elvis inside of ya
and he's talkin to ya
He says he wants you to sing!
Everybody's got to sing like the king!

Like the king
Get that leg going now
Get your lip too.
Not no fool Billy Idol lip either
Yeah, we're rockin now!

Elvis is with us.
He's with us and he's speaking to us.
He says "Peoples!"
"Everybody got to sing!"

Elvis is everywhere
Elvis is everything
Elvis is everybody
Elvis is still the king

Man o man
What I want you to see
Is that the big E's
Inside of you and me

Elvis is everywhere
Elvis is everything
Elvis is everybody
Elvis is still the king

Man o man
What I want you to see
Is that the big E's
Inside of you and me

Thank you, thank you very much. (And thanks to Daves fun stuff for the lyrics)

Good Morning People, it's a magical morning here at Bear Droppings. Why?

Time for Thomas' medication? Yes, but how did you know about that?

Poetry Wednesday? Well yes but that will be later.

No, the real reason it is such a magical day is 5 more working days until I go on vacation! The excitement is building obviously. One week from today at around this time I will be standing in line at the airport being checked in, having my bags check, and a body cavity search (well I hope not). I will be sure to leave those pesky toenail clippers at home.

It will be good to get out of town for a week, see family and friends and well do not a whole lot.

Excited, me? Just a bit.
Tuesday, August 13, 2002
Damn, the Snake is making Sense
My friends who play fantasy football know I have few kind words for Jake "The Snake" Plummer. Every year the guy is listed as a possible breakout player and every year he never really takes off. Last year for the first time in his 6 years playing in the NFL he had back to back games without an interception. In fact to give him due credit last year he had the most touchdowns and the least interceptions of his professional career, 18 and 14 respectively.

All that being said I doubt I would draft him this season. I do however have a new found respect for the guy after this article. Defensive Tackle Wendell Bryant, the team's unsigned first-round pick still hasn't made it to camp due to contract negotiations. Plummer's advice?
"Go tell the agent to get your (expletive) in here," Plummer said.
It shows team leadership and sensible position especially if this kid wants to play this season and considering the Cardinal's injuries that is a real chance. Jack Plummer my hat is off to you, maybe you aren't a bad guy after all.

(Sort of vaguely inspired by Jake's comments and someone else's rant "Get to camp, bitch!")
Okay Reemul, they ain't Ravens but they are of similar blood, an intriquing little write up for you to check out.
Body Parts Campaign (Thanks to Burningbird)

Dear Mr. RageBoy,

I'm emailing you today to protest your discrimination against body parts
other than those associated with the mouth. Though I appreciate the
interesting teeth and the ruby red lips, I think it's past time for you to
provide equal representation of other body parts.

For instance, my personal preference is tonsils. And the reason
why I think you should feature tonsils is when folks really get a rant
raging you get to see them!

And while you're at it, I wouldn't mind a word or two to go with the
image. Just so we know you're still breathing and that you have a synapse
or two left to spare.

Thank you. I will name my first human sacrifice after you as a
gesture of gratitude.


J. Thomas Vincent

Nothing like a little human sacrifice in the morning, eh?

PS - A new edition of EGR would be pleasant too.

Monday, August 12, 2002
PromoGuy's Monday Mission 2.32
1. If I could guarantee that the Fashion Police would not lay the smackdown on you, which favorite out-of-style article of clothing do you wish you could wear right now? (and if you have photos of you wearing it, post 'em)
I do enjoy wearing Hawiian shirts of late, but I don't know if they are in fashion or not and don't really care.

2. In your opinion, who is famous but shouldn't be? Seen anyone made famous by someone else's misfortune, there you go.

3. Are there any new movies or TV shows that you are forward to this fall? New episodes of Dawson's Creek, but once I move I won't have a tv at my new place so I suppose it will not make much of a difference.

4. If you had a time machine that you could use only one time (there and back), where would you go and what would you do? Late 1800's Russia and spend a little time living in the Revolutionary movements of the time seeing if another more productive path could have been chosen

5. What cologne of perfume do you like to wear? Which brand do you prefer that your partner wear? Tsar for me and I am pretty flexible for her, it has to fit her personality.

6. Do you recall your first "French kiss?" Tell me about how that felt, and how it came about. Do you like them? Yes, I recall, I quite enjoyed it and I discovered that the French call it by the same name, but that's all you will get out of me as it would be unbecoming a gentleman to say more.

7. Excluding your partner...If you had the opportunity, who would you most like to French kiss? ...good question, so many possiblities...have to ponder that

BONUS: Can't you see that it's late at night? And the stars shine from far above, but here we sit perchance at this moment filled with nothing but love...

You are 42% geek
You are a geek liaison, which means you go both ways. You can hang out with normal people or you can hang out with geeks which means you often have geeks as friends and/or have a job where you have to mediate between geeks and normal people. This is an important role and one of which you should be proud. In fact, you can make a good deal of money as a translator.

Normal: Tell our geek we need him to work this weekend.

You [to Geek]: We need more than that, Scotty. You'll have to stay until you can squeeze more outta them engines!

Geek [to You]: I'm givin' her all she's got, Captain, but we need more dilithium crystals!

You [to Normal]: He wants to know if he gets overtime.

Take the Polygeek Quiz at

Actually fairly true. (Via Jen, Dave, and a host of thousands)
Faces on the Metro
I remember in my first few months in DC riding in the metro looking at people's faces looking at them and seeing sadness and no really joy for where they were and what they were doing. At the same time I had just started working in DC so it was something new, interesting, and exciting for me at the time, but I also recognized that when my face got like theirs', the enthusiasm was gone it was time to leave the party. Find a new and more interesting path.

Truth is I noticed it a while ago on my own face and looking to trips, especially Northern Arizona, to get out of town.

But I had not been quite ready to leave...

I gotten to the place where I am ready to go back West. I actually made the decision last week, but I spent alot of time over the weekend thinking about it. I have alot of things to resolve to make it happen, but they will come into order in the due time.

I do know this isn't a permanent goodbye, my interest in politics is a bit too strong for me to think I will not be back in town eventually.

Postscript: I won't be leaving immediately, but it will probably happen in the next few months.
It's nice to know after being friend's with people for more than 10 years you can still surprise them occasionally.
Thursday, August 08, 2002
Hey Sean, call your brother when get the chance. (It's bad when you leave phone messages on your blog)
A Post About Nothing...
You know which posts I really get bored of quick? A post about nothing, where the blogger endless complains about the fact that they have nothing to blog and blog about that. I mean there are plenty of good topics out there and it's a beautiful, sunny but someday's you just don't have to blog. But people feel guilty I guess, well you HAVE a blog don't you, why aren't you posting content, I mean you do have at least 5 people reading right, I mean with blogger you even get the occasional reader while you post and maybe a few google hits.

But then again maybe I am wrong and this a post about nothing?
Wednesday, August 07, 2002
The Professor has an indepth article on the Recording Industry and the real issue that is driving their policy shops these days, fear of competition.
Poetry Wednesday
Nothing like a pleasant summer day, no?

Shall I compare thee to a Summer's day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate:
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And Summer's lease hath all too short a date:
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And often is his gold complexion dimm'd;
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance or nature's changing course untrimm'd:
But thy eternal Summer shall not fade
Nor lose possession of that fair thou owest;
Nor shall Death brag thou wanderest in his shade,
When in eternal lines to time thou growest:
So long as men can breathe, or eyes can see,
So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.
- William Shakespeare

I have been using as a source for a number of recent poems, it's pretty handy, so if you happen to be looking for a poem online I'd recommend it as a site to check out.

Tuesday, August 06, 2002
Bored, Work Stressful, or Just In a Bad Mood? Try This...
I was sick of the office this afternoon so if you have a similar problem give it a try.

Step 1 - Walked out of office into beautiful afternoon
Step 2 - Walked up the hill to Courthouse
Step 3 - Bought a small Frosty from Wendy's (Dosage may vary)
Step 4 - Enjoyed Frosty as I slowly returned to office

It will brighten your spirits for sure and while the steps may vary upon individual dosage, the end result is clear. A sweet treat and nice summer afternoon stroll make for better morale. Apply as directed, repeat as necessary. Your health tip from Dr. Tom
I listened to All Things Considered yesterday and they had one of their audio diary programs. It was about a girl with Cystic Fibrosis and what her life was like. A buddy of mine has it as well and just went through a lung transplant for it. I have always understood intellectually the problems he faced as I have seen him get worse over the years, but at the same time I knew I couldn't really understand what he was going through. I worried about him, I realized a while back I needed to take advantage of every chance to see him because I didn't know how long he had. A scary thing. Now with the lung transplant he has a second chance, though now he has a whole new host of problems to deal with, but as he says he can breath and from the pictures I have seen he is looking alot better. But it was good to listen to the broadcast, it gave me a bitter insight to what my friend had been going through.
Monday, August 05, 2002
Monday Mission 2.31
1. Ever considered just deleting your Blog and not doing it anymore? What prompted that and what stopped you?
Nope, though I do ponder taking away my by line and going as a pseudonyme.

2. How about a quick review of the last movie you saw? Sure, the newest Austin Powers movie Goldmember, read the review here.

3. What's your favorite gadget? Are you lusting for any new ones? Will you ever be satisified??? My Handspring PDA, 8 Megs is plenty of memory for me, I would like to have some of the springboard plugin tools, but otherwise I am very happy with it.

4. Saturday night I played "UNO" for the first time in years, I mean it has been over 10 years since I played it. It was great fun, but it really made me want to learn how to play Backgammon again. What "table game" do you enjoy playing most with other people? Have you played it lately? Probably Trival Pursuit, but I don't really play all that often. I do enjoy a good game of Poker as well.

5. About a year ago I was obsessed with loosing weight, and I dropped pretty low before I got a handle on things (I've actually gained about 8 pounds of it back, and it is still a struggle sometimes to not try to loose it). Thankfully, I like fattening sweets and buttery popcorn too much to live like that for too long. Have you ever been obsessed with something so much that it was close to causing you physical or mental harm? If not, have you known anyone else who has? I think about my weight, but I am in the right range for me, in fact I am pretty close to my weight goal, but I don't obsess over it.

6. Did you grow up in a family or community that displayed racist or prejudice attitudes? Did it influence you in any way, either toward or away from those views? How did you manage to avoid it, or did you? I was pretty lucky to grow up out West where racist and prejudice views are not as common as they seem to be here on the East Coast. But I think it's clear to point out that they do exist in the West too, mostly it's racism against Indians and occasionally Hispanics. It really bothers me and it's a day to day reality living in the East. (And while it bums me out to think about it, I do think we have come a very long way in the last 30-35 years)

7. Good grief, I am starving! You got anything to eat around here? In my desk, I have some chocolate covered coffee beans, apple cider mix, peanut butter, and oatmeal package, will that tide you over?

BONUS: What did you tell them? Nothing, Nothing, I see Nothing, Nothing. Please Col. Hogan, I tell you I see Nothing.

Come on guys give me just one more day on the weekend, alittle more sleep, a slow and easy morning with a nice brunch. Good Columbian roast coffee with a touch of raw sugar. That's all I want, but instead here I am, in the office, working. Blah.

Happy Monday.
Friday, August 02, 2002
Friday Five has been annoying of late, I can't tell you the last time I was actually able to see the site, I suspect sometime in May, but since Dave answered it, I have the questions and they are interesting ones so here goes...

1. What is your lineage? Where are your ancestors from? French-English and that Slavic thing.
The French and English side is easy to trace back and depending on which branch of the family tree you can find a British soldier that fought against the colonials in the Revolutionary War, supposedly relation to President Monroe, one of Napoleon's bodyguards, and a horse thief.

The Slavic branch is alot tougher to trace because the unusual nature of my family name and a World War or two, not to mention the Soviet purges. My Great Aunt Stella has gone looking for the family with no luck, we know they are traditionally Russian Orthodox, in fact I have a distant Uncle who is a priest in their church. We say they are Russian, but truth be told they are more likely White Russian or Polish from the rough geography I have heard.

2. Of those countries, which would you most like to visit? I have been to France, it was far more beautiful than I had first expected, but I would really like to go to Russia.

3. Which would you least like to visit? Why? I am not against travel so this doesn't apply to me.

4. Do you do anything during the year to celebrate or recognize your heritage? At first I would say not really, but after a moment of thinking that isn't really true. Every Christmas my mother makes the old family strudle, it's incredible and a bit of the family history. She also makes me stuffed cabbage rolls when ever I am out for a visit.

5. Who were the first ancestors to move to your present country (parents, grandparents, etc)? On the Slavic side it was my Great Grandparents generation, because while my Grandfather grew up speaking Russian he never lived there to the best of my knowledge and did not pass the language along, but then with a Russian name and the height of the Cold War I suppose it would not be all that surprising. The other side, I am not sure, but my family has been over since sometime in the 1800's, a few maybe earlier.
Missy reminds me of something I have been meaning to point out as well. I joined the DC Metro Blog Map based on the idea of the NYC Bloggers map, pretty cool little idea.
Say Orwell's vision could never happen in America? Think again, starting where else in California naturally. But of course they are just doing it for the 'public good'.
Thursday, August 01, 2002
Thanks to Zel. Who is Zel? What you weren't reading during the Blogathon? Why she runs Bitter Sweet, go give it a read, well after you get done reading this post.

A mental exercise: using only two words, describe the following:
Your home Not Yet

Your car Non Existant

Your job Occupies Daytime

Your S.O. Who's That?

Your Family Too Far

Your Friends Second Family

The Internet Humanities Potential

Television Boob Tube

Books Life Blood

Today A Possiblity
Traficant Loses His Top
One of the characteristics of Jim Traficant has always been the mop atop his head. Was it a really bad haircut or a toupee? Well thanks to being convicted of 10 federal counts we now learn the truth. It was a toupee, after his initial search his toupee was returned for booking pictures but he will not be able to keep it for long, as they are not allowed in federal prisons. But the issue makes me think, if it's ratty looking now, what will it look like in 8 years when he is released?

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