Sunday, December 21, 2008

The Role of the Government in the Current Economic Crisis

I've got to stop looking at this stuff. It's bad for my blood pressure.

2008: Year of the Nanny State

I, for one, welcome our new giant blue inflatable ape overlords.

But this is just depressing:

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Some People Shouldn't Be Allowed To Reproduce

Honestly, what the f@ck is wrong with these people?

Here's the really creepy part:
"They need to accept a name. A name's a name. The kid isn't going to grow up and do what (Hitler) did," he said.
Yeah dude, sure thing. You're still an idiot.

Another gem of wisdom from this neuron-challenged dipstick:
Heath Campbell, who is 35, said in an interview Tuesday that people should look forward, not back, and accept change.
Really, what's a little genocide and mass murder? It's no big deal. I just don't see what all the fuss is about. I mean is attempting to wipe out entire ethnic populations, starting the most destructive conflict in the history of mankind, and directly and indirectly causing the deaths of tens of millions of people really something to get worked up over? Naaahhhh...

To paraphrase the Elwood Brothers, "I hate New Jersey Nazis."

"Those who cannot remember the past are doomed to repeat it." - George Santayana, poet.

Association of Colonoscopy and Death From Colorectal Cancer: A New Study

Oh great, you mean I DIDN'T need to have that gigantic tube rammed up my butt? Now you tell me!

Wait, I'm only 35... oh right, that was me ramming the giant tube up someone else's butt.

Either way, can we get a definitive answer on this issue please? Giant tube or no giant tube? These are key questions for men that require non-crappy answers.

Fed Funds Rate Set to Zero

Zero is the new 4%.

It's hard to tell if this is a good thing, or a sign of the coming Apocalypse. Or maybe a bit of both.

One thing's for sure: Money will never be cheaper to borrow than it is now. Ever. Of course, it would be nice if banks actually HAD any money to loan... but hey, you can't have it all, right?

Margarine Is Now Legal In Missouri (Finally!)

Good to know the hard-working government of Missouri is taking rapid action to fix this travesty of law. Way to go guys, you've jumped right on that issue without delay.

How to Protect Your Dog from Snakebites

New article! Enjoy:

Curiosity gets the cat, but it gets the dog too. Every year, all-too-curious dogs are bitten by venomous snakes. My miniature dachshund decided to investigate a rattlesnake several years ago on Mother's Day in a small mountain town an hour from the closest veterinarian. After an extremely costly antivenin injection and an overnight stay in an animal hospital, she was back to her normal mischievous self, but the experience is not one I wish to repeat. With a few simple steps, you can protect your dog from snakebites.
Read the entire article HERE.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

A Modest Economic Proposal

In the original Jonathan Swift version of "A Modest Proposal", Swift puts forth the idea of eating children. Not something the average person is likely to get on board with.

But here's a "Modest Proposal" that isn't such a radical notion. Merit pay for politicians. I've been saying (to anyone who'll listen - it's often a short list) for years that government should be run more like a business.

Interesting ideas here. Some of them could even have a positive impact - which means they have no chance of becoming reality.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

How to Make Your Own Headboard

Elizabeth and I recently had the idea to make our own headboard. We were watching a show on HGTV and got an idea for a design. A trip to Home Depot and about 30 minutes worth of work later, we had a professional looking headboard for a fraction of the cost of buying one already made.

More pictures and an article on how to make this yourself are upcoming.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

How to Become a Cardiologist

Okay, so I have little desire to become a cardiologist at this point in my career. At one time it was on my list of things to be. Too many impossible-to-read EKGs later, I was done with that idea. (I'm old school with the ECG/EKG issue. Must be my Germanic roots. Kardiogram! Kardiogram!)

Anyhow, here's a recent rant/article on becoming a cardiologist. Help bump it up with some Google-juice and give it a link in you like it. Thanks.
The path to becoming a cardiologist is a long road. It takes many years of training and plenty of focus to become a cardiologist. Cardiologists are highly specialized doctors who focus on the medical treatment of the heart. Although it is difficult and takes a long time to become a cardiologist, it can ultimately be a very rewarding career. This article will outline some of the basic steps you will need to take in becoming a cardiologist.
Read the entire article HERE.

The same article is published on Associated Content HERE.

The Next Hot Location For Buying Real Estate

Okay, so the real estate bubble has burst and prices are falling all over the place. That makes it a good time to buy up some property on the cheap. If you know where to look.

I'm not sure, but something tells me THIS may be a good investment. It's a bit out of the way, and the school system isn't that great - but there aren't a lot of noisy neighbors, and you have some amazing views.

Monday, December 8, 2008

F-18 Crashes in to San Diego Neighborhood

THIS just happened a short while ago. Tragic. It's about 10 miles from where I am now. According to Google Maps, that street is in a straight line west of the MCAS Miramar runway.

The pilot got out okay... let's just hope everyone on the ground made it.

See a map HERE.

UPDATE: Bad News. There were at least two fatalities.

The Chocolate is Dead! Long Live the Chocolate!

A couple of weeks ago, I somehow managed to drop my LG Chocolate in the toilet - and in the process, provide conclusive evidence that it is not waterproof.

I liked the Chocolate. It was small and simple to use. I never really used it as a music phone though, so many of the features were never well explored. My one big criticism of it was the annoying habit of hitting one of the touch sensitive buttons on the front with your cheek as you talked. Otherwise, it was a solid phone.

It's replacement is the new Motorola Adventure V750. After calling Verizon (with my girlfriend's phone) and giving them my sob story about a urine soaked Chocolate, they offered to upgrade me for free. Actually, it was a bit more complicated than that - I had to upgrade my grandma's phone on the family share plan, and then switch the phone lines. If I had gotten the Moto for my line directly, it would have been $50. Not bad considering my old phone was only a year old.

I like the new Motorola so far. It's a touch bigger than the old Chocolate. It's a flip phone, and looks like a buff Razr. In fact, it's a "ruggedized" phone - meaning it's technically waterproof (although I don't plan on testing this). The screen is HUGE and very bright. It doesn't do music as well as the Chocolate, although it does have a player, there is no SD card slot. Since I don't use my phone for music, this shouldn't be an issue.

Anyhow, I'll likely do a more detailed review of the new phone in a month or two, once I've had a chance to use it a bit more.

Proposition 8 Backlash

I'm a straight, white man in my mid-30's and I'm a supporter of gay marriage. Or rather, it's always been my stance that the government shouldn't have anything to do with marriage. I don't care who you marry, and nor should the bureaucrats and politicians in an office at a shiny white capitol building.

Having said that, the response by a certain element of the gay community to the passing of Prop 8, has been - shall we say - disappointing. Look, I get that you're angry. I get that it's discrimination. I supported and voted for your cause. But fighting a war against religion IS NOT GOING TO HELP YOU!

The gay community needs to continue this struggle, but they need to do it in a way that makes main-stream Americans sympathetic to their cause. Like it or not, most Americans have some religious convictions of some type. Attacking religion is a loosing strategy. You're providing political ammunition to the pro-Prop 8 people who claim your ideas are dangerous to society. It's a foolish claim, but why HELP their arguments by behaving badly?

And why the focus on Mormons? Why not Mosques and inner city black churches? The religious black community contributed FAR more votes in favor of Prop 8 than the Mormons.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Kobi Cam

Elizabeth and I have occasionally wondered what Kobi (her dachshund) does when we aren't home. Does she just sleep? Does she stare at the door, waiting anxiously for our return? Does she make long distance phone calls to Taiwan on Skype?

For a while we thought about rigging a webcam in the condo so we can track her movements when she's alone. Now, some genius has come up with an even better idea. Mount the camera to the dog's collar. It's a first person dog point-of-view.

It would be pretty cool to see a day in the life of Kobi from six inches off the ground.

Friday, December 5, 2008

How is Hepatitis A Spread?

OK, so blogging has been a little light this last week. Sort of a blogcation if you will. Not much time today either, so I'll post a link to an article I've recently written for Helium. This one is on Hepatitis A and how it is spread. Enjoy.

Hepatitis A is a viral infection which targets the liver. When the virus infects a person, it causes damage to the liver. Hepatitis A infections can cause significant illness, but generally only in the short term. Typical hepatitis A infections last between one and two months. Unlike many of the other hepatitis viruses, hepatitis A is spread via contaminated water and food.

Read the whole thing HERE.