Category Archives: whatever

now, with More Updates!

I’ve ditched BlogLines for Google Reader.

  1. You can ‘star’ items as you scan through the posts, and then visit the Starred folder to read everything that actually looked like it might be worth reading.  I suppose you could do the same thing with ‘pinning’ in BlogLines, but this seems more straightforward.
  2. With a flick of the wrist (Shift+S), I can Share any post I’m reading, adding a brief comment if I like.  This may replace 90% of the blogging I intend to do but never get around to.  It posts the Shared items to a blog, which can be aggregated with RSS-goodness, and I have included it’s feed on the right under the heading ‘shared via Google Reader. Rest assured, friends, this is not some automated list of pseudo-related posts, it’s things I’ve actually read and have deemed interesting, funny, or pathetic enough to share with you (sometimes it will be obvious which, and sometimes you’ll have to guess).  If you want to read everything, or add it to your aggregator, it’s here:

This way, when I don’t post for a day or two (or a week or two), there will still be new content for you to ponder — a view into what I’m reading and thinking.  You can thank me later.



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blowhard, Nobel laureate; whatever

Yeah, virtually the day after I called him names on my blog, Paul Krugman wins the Nobel.  Makes me look a little silly, doesn’t it?  In my defense, he’s being recognized for seriously influential economics work that he did, like, 20 years ago — not for the humorless op-ed stuff he does now in the NYT.

Of course, I was completely unaware that he was a serious, influential economist until this award, and for that I am clearly exposed as an ignoramous.  Or at least for going off half-cocked, picking a fight against someone clearly out of my league.  Oh well.

Friedman, Gladwell — if you want me to pick on you next fall, maybe you too can be America’s Next Hot Economist.

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my ‘whatever’ of the day

“Ten years ago, that steel was used for making low-efficiency automobiles, so those jobs were part of the dirty economy,” he said. “But now that steel is being used to build wind turbines. So now you can call them green jobs.”

so if you imagine your job having a positive environmental output, you can have a feel-good green-collar job.  and if someone wants to imagine your job having negative environmental output, it’s an evil old dirty job.


I wonder what the kind of job the coal-miners had; I mean the coal miners whose coal fired a power plant that provided energy to an incubator that saved the life of a preemie in the NICU at a hospital.  were they in the dirty-coal business, or were they in the baby-saving business?

Green jobs are especially good “because they cannot be easily outsourced, say, to Asia,”

Right, because steel jobs can’t be outsourced to Asia.  They’re green-collar jobs now, right?  Oh what, steel has been largely outsourced overseas?  But, but, how can that be?


[quotes from Millions of Jobs of a Different Collar, NYT March 26, 2008]


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8 degrees warmer, and we’re all cannibals…

That’s our fate according to esteem scientist and sociologist, Mr. Ted Turner:

If steps aren’t taken to stem global warming, “We’ll be eight degrees hotter in 30 or 40 years and basically none of the crops will grow,” Turner said during a wide-ranging, hour-long interview with PBS’s Charlie Rose that aired Tuesday.

“Most of the people will have died and the rest of us will be cannibals,” said Turner, 69. “Civilization will have broken down. The few people left will be living in a failed state — like Somalia or Sudan — and living conditions will be intolerable.”

mmmm-kay.  And he says it like it’s a bad thing… do you know it’s only 52 degree today?  Why, 60 and sunny would feel just great — where do I sign up!?

Admitting that he’s “always suffered from foot-in-the-mouth disease,” Turner added, “I’ve gotten a lot better, though. It’s been a long time since anybody caught me saying something stupid.”

Whoa, Ted.  You might want to read the transcript of what you just said two paragraphs ago.


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the kids parents may-or-may-not be alright

I forgot to explain — the biggest thing the Wife was offended at was this:

the parents of the kids that were trying to profit off our Hollowe’en largess? it turns out they don’t buy candy themselves. they haven’t for years — they have bragged (?) about not buying candy for others while they troll the neighborhood for booty.

by itself, I think that’s enterprising. add in the following:

when I asked if any houses (this year) were passing out beer to parents, she told me that last year her husband pulled a cooler behind them and replaced the beers they consumed by the generosity of our neighbors.

I mean, come on — how am I supposed to criticize these people?

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what do you think? Ambulance at Wendy’s

so, I’m walking into Wendy’s the other day, and these guys are getting out of their ambulace [sic], leaving it running.  I figured they were going to grab a burger (maybe a salad?) and run, but they sat and ate their meal as I left.  Walking past the ambulace [sic], I took some pics on my mobile phone thinking their dispatch might agree with me that this was a waste…  I emailed the station, asking if it was standard procedure to waste gas (fuel) like that, and got this response:

Thank you for bringing this to light.As trained hazmat responders we do care about the enviroment. A few things to talk about. First: the fuel consumption is diesel not gas. Diesel as you know has  a low sulphur emission and better rate of consumption for the size engine involved. This means that any carbon will stay low to the ground.Just like “18 wheelers do at a rest areas” ,keeping there motors running to keep possibly the food you receive cold,before and durring its trip to your favorite grocery store.

Second: again these type of vehicles (diesel) are cheaper by amount of consumption to keep the vehicle running at propper temp. This, infact, will burn less fuel and also, less carbon that you receive and see and choke on upon start up and shut down vs at a constant rate..

Third:  an ambulace is the type of vehicle that has a lot of emergency equipment that receives a charge. This, infact, will put a large strain on the vehicles battery system. In order to keep this equipment charged for use, the engine needs to be running at the propper speed to keep the charge up on this emergncy equipment. Sometimes we can plug these vehicles in to a land line and shut the vehicle off. However, there is no land line available at your local fast food place.Are policies incourage the vehicle to be shut down with the propper facilities present.This is the prefered method. Again the mind set of patient care and safety comes first.

With this being said I’m sure you can agree that a person’s life is more important then any of the above mentioned the time limit to stop and eat at a fast food restaurant.,this all being derived from an operational risk management assessment. Hopefully, when and if you ever need an emergency service, I hope you never do, that all the equipment is in working order,to include the vehicle being able to start, thanks to a crew making sure that their equipment is charged up by keeping the vehicle at the propper engine speed tus keeping the batteries in good working order.

If there are any other questions or training they can be forwarded to myself at the above email.Thank you for your attention to detail.

Again thanks for your attention to detail,

Anybody want to guess how I interpreted this responce [sic]?  For the record, I had considered the power generation requirements of onboard equipment while I was at pondering all this at Wendy’s, but if that’s the case I’d assert that standard procedure should be to only stop at locations with appropriate power facilities (even if that’s only the station house).  I didn’t even tell you what these EMT’s ordered (the next heart attack may be their own…)


Filed under cathartic, global warming, rant, stupid government, whatever

regarding the Peace prize

nuff said.

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