Archive for November, 2007

It would be worth it…

November 26, 2007

…just to watch their tin foil covered pointy little heads spin.

I was listening to the latest TWiT podcast and they tossed out a delicious rumor.
Probably not true, but it would be fun.
The rumor, that Rupert Murdoch is going to buy digg.

Given that the top political stories on Digg are typically expressions of advanced BDS, I can just imagine the reaction of those posters learning that their playpen may be taken over by Darth Murdoch.

UN Conference to promote Global Warming.

November 26, 2007

They claim it is about Global Warming, but if they believe their own press releases, they would be holding a teleconference. Scott Kirwin at the Razor did the math showing just how much CO2 they dumping into the atmosphere by holding a conference on “Global Warming” in the tropical location of Bali.

I will update this post with better numbers as I find them. However my estimate is that the UN conference in Bali will spew over 40,000 metric tons of CO2 into the atmosphere in air travel alone. This CO2 has the warming effect of just over 122,000 metric tons of CO2.

According to this Wikipedia article, trees planted in the tropics remove 22kg of CO2 from the atmosphere per year. That’s roughly 45 trees needed to remove one metric ton of CO2.

So in order to cover the 40,000 metric tons we would have to plant roughly 2,000,000 trees in the tropics.

Glenn Reynolds has stated, “I’ll believe it’s a crisis when the people who say it’s a crisis start acting like it’s a crisis.” It’s difficult to argue with that sentiment. Imagine a conference to fight illegal drugs being attended by participants who were stoned, or holding a meeting to combat obesity at an all-you-can-eat buffet. Are global warming skeptics the only ones who appreciate the irony here?

Mr. Kirwin’s numbers are probably low, since he calculated them based on the UN officials flying business class. Commercial airlines are not good enough for the self-appointed World Elite. As I noted before, the airport at Bali doesn’t have enough tarmac to handle the number of private jets chartered to bring the conference attendees.

Tech Punditry

November 25, 2007

Here is my geek punditry for the day. The Amazon Kindle etext reader is going to sell well. It will succeed for the same reason the iPod did. The iPod did not dominate the mp3 player market by creating a better mp3 player, they did it by greatly expanding the market through its iTunes service. People who had no idea of what an mp3 was or how to create/find them now had a way to purchase digital music easily and for less money than they paid for to get the music on CD.

The Kindle has Amazon shopping built in and thus a way to purchase etext at a reasonable cost. Amazon is attempting to follow the highly successful model Apple used, and it will probably work.

I’ve been doing the etext thing for years on my Palm based PDAs. There is an amazing amount of material available, including Edgar Rice Burroughs and H. Beam Piper, and a good chunk of the Baen Books catalog. I am, however, a lot more geeky than the general public. I was not part of the Apple model because I knew about mp3s and the problems with overly restrictive copy protection.

Apple’s “Kindle format” is an encrypted version of the Mobipocket format common on PDAs such a Palm OS based devices. It does support non-encrypted Mobipocket, as well as text files and a few other open formats.

The Kindle’s biggest competitor will be the iPhone, once decent reader format is available (and either iTunes supports loading it or there is some third party software you could use without having Apple brick your phone), but I think the Kindle will hold its own, for the reasons stated.

As the man who wrote the movie screenplay said..

November 23, 2007

Follow the money!

I’m from all over…

November 23, 2007
What American accent do you have?

Your Result: The Midland
 

“You have a Midland accent” is just another way of saying “you don’t have an accent.” You probably are from the Midland (Pennsylvania, southern Ohio, southern Indiana, southern Illinois, and Missouri) but then for all we know you could be from Florida or Charleston or one of those big southern cities like Atlanta or Dallas. You have a good voice for TV and radio.

Philadelphia
 
The Inland North
 
The South
 
The Northeast
 
The West
 
Boston
 
North Central
 
What American accent do you have?
Quiz Created on GoToQuiz

Being an Army Brat (and for you liberals with no experience with anything military, that is a technical term), I’m from all over. I was born in Europe (during one of my father’s tours in the military), learned to talk in Virginia, and spent other parts of my childhood in Central America and upstate New York. I’ve lived in the Boston area for the past two decades, but have successfully avoided the accent.

HRC’s avoidance techniques

November 23, 2007

The Washington Times reports:

When Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton wants to get a message out, her presidential campaign handpicks news outlets. Or, in some cases, bypasses the media entirely.

The strategy allows Mrs. Clinton — who rarely holds press availabilities — to avoid taking questions from reporters who cover her campaign and who might have detailed follow-up queries to her carefully planned policy announcements.

Mrs. Clinton’s rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination have been painting her as someone who dodges tough questions or parses answers to difficult issues.

The campaign has been tightly controlled from the start, with Mrs. Clinton announcing her candidacy in a Web video and negotiating strict terms for her appearances on network morning shows, according to published reports.

Staffers often give vague answers to reporters’ questions via e-mail, leaving no room for follow-up.

Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. of Delaware, Sen. Christopher J. Dodd of Connecticut and New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson — the Democratic candidates without the money and poll standing — are easy to approach on the campaign trail with specific questions. They also take more questions from voters.

Just a preview of the “Imperial Presidency” that will be the signature of a HRC administration.

Private Jets to overwhelm "Global Warming" conference

November 23, 2007

Haven’t these people heard of teleconferencing?

Tempo Interaktif reports that Angkasa Pura – the management of Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport are concerned that the large number of additional private charter flights expected in Bali during the UN Conference on Climate Change (UNFCCC) December 3-15, 2007, will exceed the carrying capacity of apron areas. To meet the added demand for aircraft storage officials are allocating “parking space” at other airports in Indonesia.

I’m not surprised by this

November 23, 2007

Banning fireplaces in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Based the “science” of “Global Warming” or flat out class warfare?

Is this decision truly about air quality or global warming?

Interestingly, one loses on the issues of global warming because the odd paradox is, the more there is cloud cover or “smoke” in the air, the cooler the Earth will be. It is well documented how the Earth’s temperature cooled after the explosion of the volcano Krakatoa. From that standpoint, one ought to encourage fires which produce the maximum amount of smoke.

Of course, that position is politically absurd.

We stoke our hearths for two reasons.

First, many rural people burn wood because they can’t afford to heat their old houses with electricity. Many more feel that burning wood does less damage to the planet than increasing their carbon footprint by using so much electricity.

Banning fires would hurt the elderly who live on fixed incomes and the poor in general. It would be an added tax on the rest of us and increase dependence on petroleum.

We worry that the real issue here isn’t about health, global warming or energy savings, but about control.

Were it not about control, the dialogue would be about baffles and filters to eliminate soot, not about outright bans.

Oh, it’s pretty damn clear that it is either about control or flat out stupidity driven by partisan politics. Take your pick.

Gas Prices Soar under democrat Congress

November 21, 2007

Nancy Pelosi (far left extremist democrat from San Francisco) said back on April 19, 2006, “Democrats have a plan to lower gas prices…join Democrats who are working to lower gas prices now.”

The reality
is quite the opposite. The average gas price has soared to over $3.20 a gallon since the democrats took control of Congress.

Another example of how the left really treats the Troops

November 21, 2007

By way of Flopping Aces is this story in the Chicago Sun Times of how democrats treated one Vietnam Vet who wouldn’t toe the line.

“[Steve Gardner] received a phone call from John Hurley, the veterans organizer for Kerry’s campaign. Hurley, Gardner says, asked him to come out for Kerry. He told Hurley to leave him alone and that he’d never be for Kerry. It was then Gardner says, he was threatened with, “You better watch your step. We can look into your finances.”

Next, Gardner said he received a call from Douglas Brinkley, the author of Tour of Duty: John Kerry and the Vietnam War. Brinkley told Gardner he was calling only to “fact check” the book — which was already in print. “I told him that the guy in the book is not the same guy I served with. I told him Kerry was a coward. He would patrol the middle of the river. The canals were dangerous. He wouldn’t go there unless he had another boat pushing him.”

“Twenty-four hours later, Gardner got an e-mail from his company, Millennium Information Services, informing him that his services would no longer be necessary. He was laid off in an e-mail — by the same man who only days before had congratulated him for his exemplary work in a territory which covered North and South Carolina. The e-mail stated that his position was being eliminated. Since then, he’s seen the company advertising for his old position. Gardner doesn’t have the money to sue to get the job back.”

This is how democrats “support the troops.”
Read the whole thing.