Saturday, August 28, 2010

Wit and wisdom

(Found on Timebomb 2000)

The wit and wisdom of perhaps the greatest leader of the 20th Century, Sir Winston Churchill, may be found here.

Damn shame the British don't make them like that any more.

Friday, August 27, 2010

VJ Day

(From an Internet mailing list that must remain anonymous)

Yeah, a little late for the anniversary of it, but still, this is far too good not to share. Some amazing stuff.

VJ Day, Honolulu Hawaii, August 14, 1945 from Richard Sullivan on Vimeo.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Getting it

Back in the 70s and 80s, I was one of those people that Jeff Foxworthy jokes about--"We may be starvin' but we got tunes!" I may have driven a crappy car and only had a buck or two in my pocket, but I always had a great stereo setup and a stack of LPs (and later, CDs) this high. I read Rolling Stone and Stereo Review and hung around record stores the way kids now hang around malls.

But by the mid-90s, I had just sort of stopped. The music...well, it pretty much sucked if you ask me. There were still some folks that I plunked down the dinero for, but they got to be few and far between. I wasn't the only one in my circle of friends who took the stereo apart and stored it away in a closet for a while.

However, the rise of digital music that is legally available via the Internet has gotten me interested again, if not at the former level. With tiny little MP3 players that really will fit in a pocket, you can have music anywhere you want (and, seeing some of the fools out running and riding bicycles with the ubiquitous white ear buds in, a lot of places you shouldn't). No, it doesn't sound as good to me as it did in the days of vinyl, but the portability, the fact that there are still a few interesting artists out there, and that old stuff is now becoming more available as distribution costs plunge has gotten me involved again.

Some folks, however, seem to think that this is a bad thing.

>John Mellencamp, known for such '80s hits as "Jack and Diane" and "Hurts So Good," last week said the Web is the most dangerous creation since the atomic bomb. Stevie Nicks, the Fleetwood Mac songstress, concluded in an interview this week that the "Internet has destroyed rock."

(Nah, couldn't have had anything to do with most of your later work being self-indulgent twaddle.)

Thankfully, Jac Holzman, the founder of Elektra Records, has come out of retirement to see if it's possible to get things moving forward again. Man, I hope he can do it.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

"Enlightened policy decisions may be necessary to partner with the technologies to have big impacts."

It seems that scientists are concerned that we proles may take advantage of LED technology to have more lights on longer.

This is because, according to the scientists' research, people are likely to use much more lighting as soon as this becomes practical. The greater scope for cheap illumination offered by LEDs will simply mean that people have more lights and leave them on for longer

"Presented with the availability of cheaper light, humans may use more of it, as has happened over recent centuries with remarkable consistency following other lighting innovations," says Jeff Tsao of the Sandia National Laboratory. "That is, rather than functioning as an instrument of decreased energy use, LEDs may be instead the next step in increasing human productivity and quality of life."

Yeah, that increased productivity and quality of life--we have to guard against that at all costs. Get ready for The Lumen Laws, coming soon to a nascent police state near you.

Your bias is showing

One of the smaller local legacy media concerns has the screaming headline

Thomasville Man Accused of Pistol Assualt

Anyone care to wager whether or not, if the weapon had been, oh, let's say a baseball bat, if the headline would have read "Thomasville Man Accused of Baseball Bat Assualt"?

Yeah, I didn't think so.

Monday, August 23, 2010

And anyone is surprised?

Under Obama, employer audits are up 50 percent, fines have tripled to almost $3 million and the number of executives arrested is slightly up over the Bush administration.

But under President Obama, the numbers of arrests and deportations of illegals taken into custody at work sites plummeted by more than 80 percent from the last year of the Bush administration. In the current fiscal year 2010, which ends Sept. 30, ICE has arrested 900 workers.

Now, I will admit to it being late, so maybe I'm slowing down mentally in preparation for tonight's simulation of sleep. But why would anyone have the "Shocked--SHOCKED I tell you!" attitude that I sense here? They're extracting money from evil businesses via fines, arresting those evil capitalists and keeping all those potential Democratic voters safely inside the border.

Sounds like an Obama-style trifecta to me.

One from the 80s

I've been watching YouTube again...

Not the best video quality, but you'll get the drift, I'm sure.

In other big city silly news

The law enforcement geniuses in Minneapolis are going to cough up 165,000 taxpayer dollars to a group of protesters, who dressed up as zombies and had bags of sound equipment that "simulated weapons of mass destruction".

Damn shame the Minneapolis PD can't simulate a group with more brain function than zombies.

If the power to tax is the power to destroy

(Via the Drudge Report)

Then what does that make the power to license?

Philly requiring bloggers to pay $300 for a business license

Another interesting question is how did the money grubbers in the Philadelphia city government find out about this lady? And how much money have they spent to collect this $300? Given typical government "efficiency", I figure it has to be $900. :-)

Another young champion form the local area

2010 Eastern Randolph High School graduate Courtney Elliot has won the 62nd annual National High School Rodeo Association event in Gillette, WY.

I am just loving it. Every time one of these young ladies wins, Diane Feinstein, Schmuck Schumer et al ruin another pair of underwear.