Monday, December 31, 2007
Friday, December 28, 2007
Another assault on (Un)reason
Uncle Al has a sermon about the seven deadly virtues. Ol' Ben Franklin would love this guy.
Ignosticism—the view that a coherent definition of God must be put forward before the question of the existence of God can meaningfully be discussed. If the chosen definition isn't coherent, the ignostic holds the noncognitivist view that the existence of God is meaningless or empirically untestable. It should be noted that A.J. Ayer, Theodore Drange, and other philosophers see both atheism and agnosticism as incompatible with ignosticism on the grounds that atheism and agnosticism accept "God exists" as a meaningful proposition which can be argued for or against. The ignostic would say, "I don't know what you're talking about when you refer to God. Unless we first figure that out, debates over whether god exists are meaningless."
I'm not saying that's my viewpoint, only that I found the definition amusing.
I encourage anyone who has the means to contribute to Wikipedia; in my opinion it may turn out to be one of the great endeavors of the human race.
Thursday, December 27, 2007
Dave Lindorff: The voice of the world farting
The article "Global Warming Will Save America from the Right...Eventually" by Dave lindorff had me laughing so hard I just had to type it.
Every time I try to be open minded and consider all the points-of-view, someone like Lindorff comes along and spoils any chance of my listening objectively to liberals for at least a couple of days. This man is a typical slogan chanter, a sin to be found on both sides of the political aisle for sure. But you've got to wonder if this fella has ever had an independent thought. He's certainly never experienced objective skepticism.
The Will to Doubt, Mr. Lindorff, the will to doubt.
Mom and dad took down most of the holiday decorations today. Dad has been suffering from a bit of ear and sinus infection the last couple days, probably brought on by the cold and recent increase in candy consumption. His blood pressure has been running high this last week so the doc has him on some new BP medicine which seems to be taking hold now.
Gonna go have a cup of chicken soup now. Hope y'all are enjoying life.
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Doubly wireless blogging
It's snowing outside at the moment. Flurries been blowing through all day.
Hope you are all happy and well.
Tuesday, December 25, 2007
Gifts have been exchanged, much sated happiness abounds. I got a wireless keyboard and mouse. Will make computing more delightful. Also lots of clothes, some candy treats and other cool little tools and items. I gave mom one of those little indoor fountains and dad a new craftsman screw-gun, and of course other minor items.
Wishing all of you as fine a day or better.
Saturday, December 22, 2007
But seriously, listening to him one comes to realize really how easy it would be to solve a plethora of problems while also freeing America from its oil addiction.
Keep up the good work, Mr. Zubrin.
Friday, December 21, 2007
Snow covered ridge so cold, so beautiful
Lights on the freeway moving, always moving
Silhouette trees dreaming in their winter slumber
Feral cat filching a snack in my barn
Christmas gifts that (desperately) need wrapping
Shadows silently reading
Thursday, December 20, 2007
Senate kicks global warming in the butt
Well, at least they (our representatives) aren't totally full of you-know-what
Interestingly, this is parallel to one of the "ShadowRun" story lines (the books, not the games) I wonder if the authors knew about the '74 proceedings or if they just came up with this?
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
More political Cr^P from DC
If anyone had a doubt about our government belonging to OPEC and/or big oil, just check out the fact that they cut funding to the ITER project which WAS the world's most advanced fusion project and was slated to deliver loads of cheap electricity at some point in the next 50 years. No radioactive byproducts, no CO2 and no oil dependence, we gotta make sure that doesn't happen.
Any hope for MIT's proposed geothermal plants is pretty much toast.
We might not mind these cuts, if a matching amount of the pork had been cut from their budget or if the border fence had been left intact. Arrrrrgg!!
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
The MOST politically incorrect...
Wadda you expect from a place called "Sinfest" ?
Very cool new tech
Forgive my laughter....
I'm sure Youtube will yank it shortly, they just hate the first amendment.
Monday, December 17, 2007
Government Spending Transparency
The feds have finally started to comply with recent transparency legislation making it possible for us to see how they're wasting our money. Check it here.
On the Oregon page it is quite clearly visible to see when the feds stopped paying their taxes on the O&C railroad lands which they confiscated and will not return to our stewardship. From 2005 on there has been a precipitous drop in money coming to southern Oregon. They should either return those lands to us or pay what they promised.
Been digging around there a bit and can already see the pattern of obfuscation we have come to expect from our government. The database is difficult to access and search, browsing is all but impossible especially when done by category. Listings are limited to the first 500 of tens of thousands or all of them, no page-by-page display. Typical methods of keeping the public from using it. God forbid they issue an actual database interface so someone could use datamining on the set. How about allowing us to download the data as a spreadsheet, would that kill anyone?
Saturday, December 15, 2007
What the heck?!
The ground is wet and the sound of a running chainsaw fills the air. Should check and see if it is a burn day.
Soon will be leaving to weld, cut and machine.
Wishing you all a peaceful and rewarding day.
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Spent most of yesterday working at Bro's shop on a forced-air heat extractor for our wood stove. Will make it much more efficient. Probably do the same today.
The turkeys are back, gleaning the apples from our numerous trees. Some of them have taken to flying up into the trees to get the apples hanging there. Guess they like to eat in peace. The turkeys are the only spots of color out there now; everything else is covered in frost. Thank god for global warming.
Hope y'all have a fine, comfy day.
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Religion of Peace
Monday, December 10, 2007
cold and fog, frost and cloud
Pruning apples as often and for as long as I can stand it. The air is about 33 in the shade. Out in the sun, the wind is up so I'd say out there it's about 20. Brrrr...
Been suffering through a light flu the last couple days. Low level nausea, sore swollen joints, intermittent fevers. The usual winter funk, actually quite mild compared to some I've had. Still icky feeling. Grateful for the mildness of it, considering the alternative.
Gotta go be useless. Hope y'all are doing well.
Saturday, December 08, 2007
Pray for Rae
Get well Rae.
Insomnia and mortgage crisis, part 2
Cspan is reviewing some mortgage crisis hearings from Wednesday. I am still astonished by the situation that the mortgage industry is putting itself into. Facing imminent foreclosure catastrophe brought on by their own practices, that industry acts as if it is not composed entirely of human beings. Can you imagine sticking a thumb-tack into your arm and then saying "Ow!" and then sticking yourself again and again until you bleed to death? That's exactly what the mortgage industry is doing to itself.
No one is holding a gun to the head of these people saying "you better foreclose on these loans" or "you've gotta raise those interest rates or I'll blow your brains out!"
All these banks have to do is to act, well, human. Alter their loans to make it possible for people to continue to pay. Why do they need congress to hold their hands and walk them to the potty?
In the words of Brian Regan "I give up on this species...."
Friday, December 07, 2007
No news is no news
Pruning most of the afternoon, both grapes and apples. Been planning on writing up a short "pruning tips" post with a couple of pictures from the orchard but haven't had the energy to do so yet. Got the pics made already, just need to transfer them and come up with appropriate text describing the pruning process as I see it.
The last couple of days when I take a break and come into check the web for news I have been sublimely disappointed. It seems like this is the dullest time of the year for informational material. It's as if the news and science sites I usually peruse are barely even trying, just repeating a lot of stuff going back over the last 6 months with different titles or variations on the same explanations. Even the search engines are becoming balky and uncooperative. When I enter a search I have to wade through a crap-pile of commercial sites and advertising much of which is only remotely connected to what I entered in my search. Oh, for the carefree days of Gopher to return!
Hope everyone out there is feeling fine and acting kind.
Wednesday, December 05, 2007
Very large smoke plume on Fielder Mountain
Monday, December 03, 2007
Rainy goose day
Did some Christmas shopping this morning, taking advantage of a free trip into town as mom was getting a perm today. Got most the stuff I was looking for in gifts and a few more items for some of my art projects.
As we pulled up the driveway we were astonished to see about 50-60 geese parked in the field below the grapes. Probably a lot of good food out there leftover from this year's crops. Was quite a flock, here's a pic: