Archive for May 2007

Sick.

I’ve had strep for a few days now, and I’ve taken the DVR from 75% down to under 40%. The doctor gave me this weird lidocaine gel that I can gargle and numb my throat. It’s awesome. I’m tired now, and I think I have one more episode of Dexter saved. Bye.

Joost

I just got a Joost invite and watched a bunch of music videos and then most of 3 episodes of Punk’d. Also availalble: Reuters, National Geographic, documentaries, film shorts, etc, etc, etc… but I went with Punk’d. I’m not proud, but, so far, I’m moderately entertained. I don’t know if there’s enough content there to keep me engaged in the long term, but they’re just getting started, so I’ll wait and see. If you’re interested in trying out the (possible) future of internet television (maybe), and if I know you, leave a comment with a valid email address in the email field and I’ll send you an invite.

[edit] Update: Almost everyone I know has a Mac. If you have a Mac, it has to be an Intel Mac. if it’s not… sorry. [/edit]

$456 Billion

A look at what $456 Billion will buy, besides our current war. I was struck most by #9, which states,

According to World Bank estimates, $54 billion a year would eliminate starvation and malnutrition globally by 2015, while $30 billion would provide a year of primary education for every child on earth.

Imagine if, after 9/11, we decided to spend $500 Billion dollars on a campaign to end hunger and educate every kid on earth. Now take that initiative and multiply it by the amount of goodwill we had around the world at that time. Think we could have come up with another $500 Billion dollars from the rest of the First World? Of course. Since we’ve got a little extra now, let’s throw in eliminating a few diseases. There would still be people who wanted to blow us up, but I bet there’d be less of ’em if the First World was spending a trillion dollars on health and education, instead of spending that money to shoot people. If nothing else I could have been proud of my country for taking the moral high ground and trying.

Welcome Back.

Julie hasn’t posted anything in almost a year, and tonight I just happen to take a look, expecting to see the same old post that I always see right before I hit the back button, and… it’s not there. There’s other stuff there. New stuff posted today. For a moment, I was sure that I had clicked on the wrong link. Her last post was announcing her engagement, and she says she felt pressure to make the next one as momentous and blah, blah, blah. I don’t believe any of it. I have it on pretty good authority that she has been isolated in a secret NASA training program as part of her long-term plan to become the first female astronaut President.

Anyway, in order to get back into things she decided to write a frivolous post and link to a map of every state she’s ever been in. So I will, too.


She’s been in more states than me, but that’s ok. She’s very competitive.

Sound Test

This is a test of an embeddable flash mp3 player plugin. If it works, what follows should be the Mosquito Sound

[mp3]/sound/mosquito_sound.mp3[/mp3]

Hmm, that produced less than stellar results. Let’s try one more…

[mp3]/sound/MillersTheme.mp3[/mp3]

That worked much better. Excellent.

Comatose.

I couldn’t even manage a single post. Not a stupid YouTube link, not a boring personal update, nothing. Go watch Bill Moyers interview Jon Stewart – that’ll be a much better use of your time. I’ve got to go lie down, this post wore me out.