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Archive for August, 2003


Once again, I am failing to live up to my promise to deliver more talk about tractors and less about politics, since I don’t seem to agree with anyone about politics, anyway… but damn, folks… The other day, I was listening to the news on the radio and thinking thoughts about quagmires, national hubris, bad […]

best weekend ever

Just got back from the firing range, where many clay pigeons were turned to dust by guys with nice shotguns. Joy is mine. Now we are going to eat Indian Food. I am having such a nice weekend, and thanks the the Labor Movement in this country, we get an extra day of it. Salud, […]

The Wi-Fi tour

W00T! Decided to come up to my old stomping grounds to do some work, make a little money and see some old friends. (and my brother, David Strain) I have been wearing the wireless card out- I have been on four different wireless networks in two days. My favorite was the one on campus at […]

Interesting new web site

New to me anyway- Soldiers for the Truth. It’s retired and active duty military guys sounding off. From their site: “Inspired by the outspoken idealism of retired Colonel David Hackworth, SFTT aims to give our service people, veterans, and retirees a clear voice with the media, Congress, the public and their services.” Col. Hackworth, if […]

Gates to Windows Users: “It’s your fault.”

Look, it’s not our fault that you got hosed. Don’t you have a sys admin living in your closet to keep all of your computers up to date? Why are people still using Windows? (That’s a rhetorical questions- Why are people still using heroin? They don’t know how to stop….) Email me, Windows users- we’ll […]

Justin Who? is reporting that some bald kid beat Johnny Cash for one of the MTV Music awards. That boy needs to put his little mouse ears back on and go back to Orlando… Well, it kinda figures… It is MTV, after all, and when was the last time that you watched it?

Clark looks like he’s in.

If you have signed up to read the NY Times online, you can go check out this article. (If you haven’t, hey, it’s free, what are you waiting for?) I realize that I made a promise to some of you to tone down the political rhetoric on the blog. (I think that my exact words […]

Live from the Lab

This is coming to you live from my C++ class lab. Right now we are being lectured on why variables that are assigned floating point values are rounded up (or down) after they have repeated for five decimal places. My brain is spinning. This stuff is difficult… Gotta go pay attention.

Renaming the Blog

I am still thinking seriously of renaming the blog. I was thinking of “Where is Buddha?” (A play on the title of Salaam Pax’s blog “Where is Raed?” and a little levity about last week’s crisis.) Other titles seriously considered: “Hackerish”, “[mylife:~] # rm -r knuckleheads” (that’s probably a way-too-inside joke), “Scattered Showers”, or “Tractor […]

How do you say “Unsafe at Any Speed” in machine language?

Ralph Nader didn’t just spring from the forehead of George Bush as a Democratic Spoiler in the 2000 Florida election results. A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, he was the author of a book called “Unsafe at Any Speed.” It was an indictment of the insanely top-heavy Chevy Corvair (it rolled […]

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