Thursday, December 31, 2009

this year's holiday banners

From November something or other thru Nov 29.
November 29 thru Dec 7.
December 7 thru Dec 10.
December 10 thru Dec 14. You recognize this wall, of course.
December 14 thru Dec 22.
December 22 thru Dec 23. when I created...
"Scrooged 2 - the Davening", used December 23 thru Dec 24
December 24 thru Dec 27
December 27 thru Dec 31. This one is my favorite of the season, I think.
December 31, 2009 thru January 1,2010.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

today's quote

By the most narrow of margins, Costa Rica had elected a conservative president, and though Moe was worried that the enlightened little nation would now be led down the the path of relentless, sordid moneygrubbing (which seems to be the principle activity of conservative societies everywhere), he was too wise to let politics spoil his ongoing honeymoon with Karla and with life.

Tom Robbins, in "B" is For Beer

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Friday, December 25, 2009

Thursday, December 24, 2009

from The Boy

It's Ten (Dark) Lords A'Leaping, of course

sigh




Well, let's see if Reconciliation makes this turd smell any swee..., less fou.., less like the putrefaction of a hundred million dreams.




The more things stay the same, the more things stay the same.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

I love Al Franken, too

Al Franken has found his place, I think. I never cared much for him on Saturday Night Live. His books were full of good information, but unfortunately levened with smug mockery, and his radio show mostly struck me as be more about Al Franken than anything else. Everything I've seen or heard from him on the Senate floor, though, has been golden*.



Props to Dusty



*Admittedly, I dont watch him in a groupie-like manner, so maybe he's no better there, but I'll stick with my story for now.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

by request:

My opinion of the health care bill is as follows.

It is a total screw job. As far as I'm concerned, we are officially nothing more than glorified serfs working in sweatshop America. Unless, of course, you happen to be a member of that exclusive country club, Management. If, God help you, you happen to actually produce something tangible for a living, your job, your wages, your very life is irrelevent to Management, except as a number on a balance sheet.
Work, actual production, is valued so little in America that those who do it are both pitied and scorned. Those people also happen to be the same ones who need a national public health plan, and they are the same ones who will get nothing but a bill from our corporate welfare state.
We have ceased to have a government that cares for its people. We now have a government that cares only for its corporate "citizens", and those lucky enough to benefit* (healthily) from them. How else to explain the idea that we can somehow cut medical costs by maintaining (growing, actually) a useless layer of for-profit bureaucracy? At every level of our medical system, profit will be the primary motivator, only then followed by patient care. We'll be lucky if we can manage to maintain our number 37 place in the world's scale of health care, and we'll be paying through the nose (even more than we do now) to do so.



* This does not refer to people "lucky" enough to have a job.

sigh


Sorry there hasnt been much Daveaway activity lately. Not only have I been working the day shift rather than at night and so I cannot do as much (read: any) blogging there. And to be honest, I did a pretty substantial amount of my blogging while at work.
Then, too, I find that I'm rather bored with the whole thing right now, though the banners are still a lot of fun.

The boredom wont last though. Or the day shift wont. One of the two.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

wednsday cartoon


see more at Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal

(addendum: I hope Zach Wiener will forgive me, but I changed the format from four tall to two by two square.)

Sunday, December 13, 2009

christmas gift suggestion

Sacre bleu! It is the automobile of a Liberal!

If anyone out there is wondering what to get ol' Daveaway for Christmas, well, here's a little suggestion. The top goes down, it's a classic, and it gets around 35-40 mpg in town.

And, did I mention, the top goes down.

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

pondering




Is there a statistical correllation between the rise of contact lens use and the lowering of test scores in schools?





Addendum:
Here's my thinking: With the rise of contact lenses, you have fewer girls (and men for that matter) "forced" into the Smart Girl role by way of their eyewear. For those of you who dont think that people can be forced into a role by a pair of glasses, consider that social behavior is a back-and-forth construct, where where the only truly independent action* is the first one upon meeting someone... maybe.


*Unless you tend to act in a manner which is independent of those around you. You know, like a street crazy.

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Pretend to be a Time Traveller Day

they aint from around here
I'm not sure if it's still on, but today, at least as of two years ago, is when Aaron Diaz, creator of the comic Dresden Codak, proclaimed it to be Pretend to Be A Time Traveller Day. There is a Facebook page about it, unupdated since then, unless I missed something. Even so, it's such a fun idea, I just couldnt resist announcing it. I mean, why not?

Friday, December 04, 2009

a thought

"As to examples of the common masses showing ingenuity and common sense, I suggest talking to farmers. Not Agri-business hacks, working massive enterprises barely distinguishable from Soviet-era plantations and quite happy to spoil the topsoil and squeeze thousands of pigs into tiny feedlots just to squeeze out another dollar today and to heck with tomorrow, but real dirt farmers who have immensely complicated problems to solve in a dozen different fields, starting with plant and animal biology ... and who plan to pass on a working farm to the next generation's next generation. I think you'll find the bulk of them not necessarily good at calculus but very good at making rational decisions that are good for the community."
From a discussion at Contrary Brin about the "wisdom" of the masses. Reading this, it occurred to me to wonder if the dumbing down of America is a result not of television or consumer culture so much as our increasing urbanization and industrialization. When you work a job doing basically the same thing week in and week out, you have far less need to do any long-term planning. Once upon a time most of the people in the nation were farmers, and your life and your family's lives depended on how well you planned out the year. Now few have that problem.
I mean, how smart can you hope that a nation will be when half of them are pretty much working as meat robots.

Thursday, December 03, 2009

big,
really big



Every once in a while, I'll look up and see the moon, and it will strike me: That's a freaking planet! I mean, it's huge, and there it is, hanging in the sky! It's something like 235,000 miles away, and yet I can still see it.

Damn.




And yes, I said planet. Technically, the moon does not orbit the Earth, but rather the Moon and the Earth orbit a common point, which just happens to be located inside our planet. Argue if you want, but I can get away with calling it such.

iPod love... or not

I have this folder in my iPod called "new stuff for testing". I use it to make sure that I listen to everything I put into iTunes at least one time. Everything gets dumped in there, and after it's been listened to it gets removed from the list next time I have the Pod hooked up to the computer.
In theory.
Unfortunately, this process breaks down in a few of spots:

1. Anytime the iPod locks up, which is way too often for my taste, it generally loses the information about what songs were played recently. It also does this when it runs out of power, sometimes.
2. Whatever my daughter has on her Shuffle*. She plugs it in daily, I plug mine in only every few days (or weeks, depending). If she's listened to one of her songs more recently than I have, it moves it up the list, ahead of the time when I know I was listening to my iPod. This is especially true of Green Day, which both she and my I-pod love.
3. Queen's "Radio Gaga". I'd swear I get rid of it, and the damned thing plays again. Why my iPod loves it, I have no idea, but it does, it really does.


* Not a problem anymore, since yesterday she dropped it while crossing the street and it got run over by a car. She's got a new one on her Christmas list, of course.

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

huh?

So, wait, we're fighting in Afghanistan to protect the nukes in Pakistan? Isnt that a bit like protecting Texas by sending the FBI to Oklahoma?

snow!!!

look at it come down!
photographic proof of actual accumulation (photographer not responsible for subsequent melting)
Holy cow! It snowed today! How weird is that for Dallas? Nothing stuck for long, but still...

My wife thinks it's gonna be a hard winter.

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

quote for the day

One of the problems with capitalism is that only the things that pay get done.

James P. Hogan in "Giants' Star"