Tuesday, March 31, 2009

What the Internet is For

I was not aware that puppets could make me uncomfortable. Now I know.

Friday, March 27, 2009

The Oligarchs

And I'm not talking about Russia. Simon Johnson, in an Atlantic article, argues that the U.S. government is beholden to its financial overlords. I can't say that I disagree with him, especially with the latest Geithner plan robbing taxpayers blind.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Looting and Fraud

Fraud and Looting. James Galbraith doesn't think normal is going to return.

Who exactly likes the Geithner plan? As my good friend Mo told me the other day, the man is acting like a deer in headlights.

As for Galbraith, that's a whole lotta debt.

Moral Hazard

No Rick Santelli this time. Umair Haque, in an article at the Harvard Business Review, is a little irritated at Tim Geithner and his pro-hedge fund, let's fix the financial system, plan.

Friday, March 20, 2009


Sorry to do a 180 on you, but these are the only two articles that I had starred in my reader this week.

BCC asks a series of very good questions regarding conversion to Christ and to the LDS Church. The comments are worth reading.


While we're out hunting for witches, Mark Thoma tries to pin down who the real villain(s) is/are.

Note to self: Experiment titled, "Working from Home - Does it result in less blogging?", completed. Results = positive.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Appealing to Emotion

By Common Consent suggests we shouldn't ignore emotion in debates.

I understand the argument intellectually, but intellectually fail to see how emotion can be used as evidence for an argument.

Trickle Up

Robert Reich discusses whether Obamanomics is conservative or revolutionary.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

"Turd Mining"

Tuesday, March 10, 2009


Stratfor reviews the President's foreign policy actions of the past seven weeks.

I don't even want to think about his project plan.


From our friends at XKCD.com:

Pakistan - Not Good

Juan Cole provides an executive summary regarding the current situation in Pakistan. When an ex-prime minister (Sharif) is calling for revolution in a nuclear armed state at a time when relations with its arch-enemy (India) are just about as bad as they can be, it's time to pay attention.

The New Yorker reports on the back channel Pakistan-India peace deal that almost was and the potential results of a conflict betweeen these two countries.

Monday, March 09, 2009


This was my second time running the Ragnar Del Sol Relay (12 runners - 202 miles). 7 of the 12 runners were members of my family. It would have been 8, but one of my brothers is going to China and couldn't make it (or so he says).

I had no idea how I was going to do. You see, I haven't been formally training. I've been running (a lot) and biking (a little), but I haven't had a training plan other than "Run Forrest, Run". I was also a little nervous because of the Saturday forecast (upper 80s). I don't function well in the heat. My engine is air, not liquid, cooled. If the air temperature isn't below 60, I'm usually screwed.

This year I was runner #9. My first leg was 6 miles, of which four miles was uphill. I hammered out 6:50s pretty easy. My second leg was 5 miles, four of which were downhill. 6:20s. My last leg was 8 miles and was at 5pm Saturday. No sleep. Very tired. Not a lot of runners around to keep me motivated. On the Beeline Highway. 6:30s. Fortunately my air cooled engine was helped by my outstanding teammates running back and forth across the highway dumping water on me.

I feel strong people. I'm going to CRUSH 3 hours this year. I predict 2:56 at St. George. I have a plan. Now I just need to get in to the race.

The Spring Garden

Everything but the brussel sprouts (may they be sweet and crunchy) has been harvested. The spinach took an unusally long time to grow and the rabbits in the neighborhood have gotten to my plants a few times, but once harvested, it was delicious, especially in Liz's spinach/sausage lasagna (oh, my!).

Time to get ready for my spring planting. I purchased the following at Burpee's:

- Spanish peppers (hot)

- Anaheim peppers

- Sweet bell peppers

- Golden zucchini

- Beefsteak tomatoes

- Early season tomatoes

I'm looking forward to six months of tomatoes. There's more than one way to skin a mini(for now)-Depression.

Thursday, March 05, 2009

"I Hunger"

If you played Sinistar as a youngster at Circle K, 7-Eleven, or Alpha Beta and heard the Sinistar yell, "I LIVE. I HUNGER. ROOOAAAAWWWRRR!", before you had collected enough crystals, then you will be familiar with the dull panic that I just experienced when the woman at the juice bar told me she was out of peanut butter.