Monthly Archives: June 2008

Hanging out a new shingle

Giving WordPress a try to see if it is more amenable to customization than Blogger.

Thank you, Bill

You and Microsoft have done much to change the world, provide a great career path for me in the software industry, and finally a great company to work for. You are indebted by many, if not all, of us.

Now that is some incentive

Russia is obviously a different beast than the US.

Well go figure

This morning’s SCOTUS ruling surprised me. I would have bet good money this ruling was going the other way.

I’ve never fired a gun in my life (surprising given my mom’s side of the family 🙂 ), but damn I want the right to have one. Especially with Obama taking away our SUVs, HVACs, and food.

Now if we can get conceal carry moving forward 🙂

More Supreme Court Lunacy

No death penalty for child rape.

The justices quotes from the article are simply mind-boggling in belittling child rape. I don’t need to disect them here, you’ll be outraged on your own.

The judge that talked about proportion… are you referring to an “eye-for-and-eye”? If so, I am all for that. Let’s let these child rapists get raped in prison. Good idea.

So, if you’re keeping score in this great country of ours:

1. We have two socialists squaring off for President that are better suited for the old Soviet Union than they are the United States (or at least the United States as envisioned by the founding fathers).
2. Congress, well, enough said about those idiots (Sen. Inhofe exempted). I have an email from Washington Senator Maria Cantwell trying to explain to me that drilling in ANWR and off the US coast won’t actually decrease the price of gas. It takes real gall to insult my intelligence directly – at least it was a form letter and not a personal insult.
3. And now we have a Supreme Court that has proven how out of touch they are with the American people.

God help us with McCain or Obama get into the White House and start appointing socialist, soft-on-crime judges across the country.

Who’d have thought I’d see the day where moving to an Eastern European country would be a good move to raise my family.

Kung Fu Panda Review

Ok, not a review, just a recommendation to go see it. Kung Fu Panda was the best movie for kids I’ve seen, well, ever. Short (90 minutes), simple plot, always moving (no boring side plots), straightforward moral, straightforward humor, engaging for kids, and didn’t leave me checking my watch every five minutes to see how soon I could get out of there.

Spencer and Garrett were on the edge of their seats the entire time, laughing, and thoroughly enjoyed it. They never lost interest, and didn’t even finish their popcorn.

Very surprising for a Dreamworks film. Not even any inappropriate language.

Go see it.

My favorite George Carlin

Good ol’ Youtube has all six parts.

This was the 1992 Live HBO Special, and I thought by far his best performance for 60 minutes. It was really his coming out from a political standpoint, a real risk for him at the time and he pulled it off masterfully.

Also the first Carlin concert I didn’t have to sneak away from my mom and dad to watch… as I was in college 🙂

If you haven’t seen it, enjoy…

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5
Part 6

What an amazing catch!

This you gotta see. Might be the best catch I have ever seen.

Women rule.

Some pictures from today

Took a short hike out by the North Fork of the Snoqualmie River. Nothing exciting out that way – some decent views, some decent hiking, but not nearly as exhilarating as the South Fork (along I-90). But we had fun, of course, including a picnic lunch on the tailgate of our car.

We caught a glimpse of a waterfall in the distance, one I’m pretty sure has no trail going to it (this is a couple miles north of Mount Si and don’t know of any falls that have been marked in that area with a trail map). This fall is about a mile away and we could hear it.

Now THAT was cool…

So I’m chillin’ on the back patio, enjoying a Black Pearl cigar, just put the kids to bed, its 9:30ish or so, a calm, breezy, cloudy evening in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains. I am relaxed, kicked back in my favorite patio chair (the one Garrett always takes when we eat outside), feet up on the table, letting the stress leave my body a bit at a time.

It’s basically twilight at this time of night, and slowly but surely the clouds start to open up. A wee bit here, a little bit there. A star peeks through overhead, another peeks through to the west. Ooh, the big dipper emerges.

Over the time span of an hour, the sky just opened up, one small bit at a time. It was amazing just to sit and watch it happen. And I got some long needed star gazing in, something I haven’t been able to do since winter.