May 292003

Neo-conservatives Lame site disign, but legit information. Go here if you want to see the PNAC’s page. Lot of people with their names on it: Paul Wolfowitz, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, etc.

New tax law omits child credit for low income families.

US moving base to Iraq from Saudi Arabia

Bush’s resume

FCC going to allow clear channel type ownership of TV

Bush’s No Child Left Behind Act a farce

Coalition ‘tortured Iraqi POWs’ And they took pictures I guess.

May 202003

This is seriously disturbing. Wired has the scoop.

What national security experts and civil libertarians want to know is, why would the Defense Department want to do such a thing?

The embryonic LifeLog program would dump everything an individual does into a giant database: every e-mail sent or received, every picture taken, every Web page surfed, every phone call made, every TV show watched, every magazine read.

All of this — and more — would combine with information gleaned from a variety of sources: a GPS transmitter to keep tabs on where that person went, audio-visual sensors to capture what he or she sees or says, and biomedical monitors to keep track of the individual’s health.

This gigantic amalgamation of personal information could then be used to “trace the ‘threads’ of an individual’s life,” to see exactly how a relationship or events developed, according to a briefing from the Defense Advanced Projects Research Agency, LifeLog’s sponsor.

May 192003

We went up to San Louis and were in Pasa Robles Saturday for the wine fest. Wine was good, weather was amazing, and the local produce was amazing. I really need to start doing more farmers market shopping.

I will stay clear of local/nonbank ATMs

Interesting: Iraq May Break With OPEC. This would lead to a flood of cheap oil on the market, something the US would love. Personally, I wish gas prices were higher to encourage alternatives. It does not make sense to design our lives around cars.

May 072003

Physicists have concluded that space is infinite and that, therefore, there are an infinite number of other universes out there identical to ours – “In infinite space, even the most unlikely events must take place somewhere. There are infinitely many other inhabited planets, including not just one but infinitely many that have people with the same appearance, name and memories as you, who play out every possible permutation of your life choices.”

This conversation just screams geeks:
[10:31] danno_sm: nelly, you finish that coffee table yet?
[10:31] Chiefwagonburner: didn’t finish my table yet, need to find some decent paint or stain for it
[10:31] danno_sm: that and my birch bark canoe
[10:32] Chiefwagonburner: haha
[10:32] danno_sm: listen, I’ve been more then generous on the canoe schedule but I still haven’t seen any movement
[10:33] danno_sm: I think we need to have a new planning meeting to go over goals and deliverables
[10:33] Chiefwagonburner: I’m upgrading to the newest birch bark toolset, that’s why its late. You want the latest tools, the whole canoe industry is moving to them. Your canoe will be obsolete in a year otherwise.
[10:34] danno_sm: oh,.. the birch SDK was rev’d to 1.4.1?
[10:34] Chiefwagonburner: the old version didn’t work with SapGlue5.2
[10:36] danno_sm: how about scalp_the_lazy_bastard0.1.1 if he doesn’t get moving on it?
[10:37] Chiefwagonburner: Microsoft bought them out, its now “Clippy’s on a Warpath XP”. It crashes all the time.
[10:38] danno_sm: time to call canoe_builder.action(&boot_in_d_ass)
[10:40] Chiefwagonburner: Error 101: Process uses an Automation type not supported.
[10:40] danno_sm: I’m subclassing the boot in the ass