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Amateur Hour [Jan. 7th, 2007|10:46 am]
The linked article beautifully illustrates yet another example of amateur hour politics as currently practiced. I realize that I'm in a minority when it comes to supporting career politicians. Perhaps the U.S. needs a few more public schools of the British persuasion. I cannot help but think that there is something to the idea of educating future politicians in the concepts of diplomacy, real politik, and history.

"How to Make a Martyr out of a Monster"
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Merry Christmas [Dec. 25th, 2006|02:02 am]
Journey of the Magi

'A cold coming we had of it,
Just the worst time of the year
For a journey, and such a long journey:
The ways deep and the weather sharp,
The very dead of winter.'
And the camels galled, sore-footed, refractory,
Lying down in the melting snow.
There were times we regretted
The summer palaces on slopes, the terraces,
And the silken girls bringing sherbet.
Then the camel men cursing and grumbling
And running away, and wanting their liquor and women,
And the night-fires going out, and the lack of shelters,
And the cities hostile and the towns unfriendly
And the villages dirty and charging high prices:
A hard time we had of it.
At the end we preferred to travel all night,
Sleeping in snatches,
With the voices singing in our ears, saying
That this was all folly.

Then at dawn we came down to a temperate valley,
Wet, below the snow line, smelling of vegetation,
With a running stream and a water-mill beating the darkness
And three trees on the low sky.
And an old white horse galloped away in the meadow.
Then we came to a tavern with vine-leaves over the lintel,
Six hands at an open door dicing for pieces of silver,
And feet kicking the empty wine-skins.
But there was no information, and so we continued
And arrived at evening, not a moment too soon
Finding the place; it was (you may say) satisfactory.

All this was a long time ago, I remember,
And I would do it again, but set down
This set down
This: were we led all that way for
Birth or Death? There was a Birth, certainly,
We had evidence and no doubt. I had seen birth and death,
But had thought they were different; this Birth was
Hard and bitter agony for us, like Death, our death.
We returned to our places, these Kingdoms,
But no longer at ease here, in the old dispensation,
With an alien people clutching thier gods.
I should be glad of another death.

- T.S. Eliot 1927
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Staying in town for a bit [Nov. 30th, 2006|12:06 am]
Some travel coming up, but I'll be staying around here for the next couple of months. Ended up accepting a job offer tonight over dinner that should prove interesting :-)

More detail later.

Sleepy now.
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fabulousness! [Oct. 29th, 2006|09:29 am]
Bubble Gum; Putin; Ukraine

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Looks like we're moving... [Sep. 29th, 2006|08:32 pm]
[Current Mood |grumpygrumpy]

Well kids...

Continuing the theme of Ramadan being a time for major change in my family/household's situations, it looks as though spouse and I may be moving to Seattle within the next six months.

I'm ambivalent.

On one hand, moving to the pretty place with low rent etc.. has been a stated goal.

On the other hand, we were planning on a timeline closer to a year.

Rent increases suck. I refuse to pay this much for a one bedroom, even though it is pretty fab for the area. For the amount of money in rent that we will have to be paying come December 1, we could afford to completely finance a 200,000 loan. 30 year fixed and all of that. And you know where you can still buy a fab house for between 200k-300k? Washington.

In other news, work is great. Commuting sucks.

I'm an earth sign. Not too fond of the moving thing. Blegh.
Perhaps it will be for the better though. Screw that. It WILL be for the better, as the climate is nicer, the coffee is better, the expenses are less, and there is actual public transportation.

Woo. Emerald City here we come.
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Cell phone advice [Aug. 27th, 2006|04:45 pm]
[Current Mood |annoyedannoyed]
[Current Music |TSOM - Sandstorm]

Spouse and I have decided (after another 3+ hour long call to customer service) to eat the early termination fee and switch our carrier.   Sprint used to be good, but they have gone to the dogs.  

Does anyone have any suggestions on cell phone carriers that are great, or which ones to avoid?

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It's all gone a bit blunt... [Aug. 20th, 2006|11:42 am]
[Current Mood |boredbored]
[Current Music |PWEI - Babylon]

I've been in a rather crappy mood over the last couple of months (years?), consisting of a vague sense of paranoia compounded by an overriding feeling of being late to somewhere. You know that feeling when you leave the house and you know you've forgotten to take something with you and it turns out to be the keys to your car? Like that, but magnified.  I thought it might've been a rather long-reaching and subtle case of depression or PTSD rearing up its head, but bast_veiled was kind enough to point out that it was boredom, plain and simple.


A few weeks ago a good friend blew into town for a couple of delightful hours.   He's a brilliant writer etc.. whom you should definately read/check out when you get the chance.   (On a side note, there are quite a few  brilliant bastards bouncing around  the interweb.   bast_veiled and ocvictor come to mind.  I used to do the poetry reading thing, and those two are some of the few who I'd actually listen to instead of wandering outside for a smoke.) 

He and I and spouse met up at  a local coffee house.   It was a weird reunion-esque feeling to be back on the same patio that I used to sit at eight years ago.   I was groggy due to the heat and a headache, and I'm still rather pissed about my lack of energy that evening.    Josh is one of the few people on the planet who can match my niccotine and caffeine consumption.    Our conversations are normally at a pace better left to speed freaks.    In spite of our divergent backgrounds, our cultural interests etc.. tend to run parallel.    He's the guy who introduced me to R.U. Sirius one night too many years ago.   

I sat and listened to what he was saying, as the conversation was rather one sided due to the pain in my skull, and came to the conclusion that bast_veiled was dead on.    I later had a conversation with julien that confirmed it.    

The boredom is the boredom which results when everything goes blunt.   My interests which used to stimulate me have been co-opted and marketed into beige.   My secret world has gone mainstream, and in the process has lost its original flavor in favor of Splenda and various other poisons. 

Smart drugs, computers, the occult, philosophy, music etc... Its all on sale, and the quality has gone down a bit.  

The edge has gone a bit blunt.   Time to regroup.  
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Holy burning sand Batman! [Aug. 14th, 2006|10:32 pm]


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A good short item... [Aug. 14th, 2006|06:40 am]
A well thought out, short op-ed , which goes into some of the basic problems of pop-counter-terrorism.

"Instead, the arrests are a victory for old-fashioned intelligence and investigation. "


"We can't keep weapons out of prisons; we can't possibly keep them off airplanes."

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But girlfriend, you've changed. [Aug. 12th, 2006|09:06 pm]
[Current Mood |happyhappy]

Henry Rollins is pretty. :-)

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