Archive for June, 2009

Dealing with Swine Flu and the Art of Irony

Monday, June 29th, 2009

[3:32:13 PM] beggs says: i feel like shit…
[3:32:32 PM] D— says: ?
[3:34:01 PM] D— says: whats wrong?
[3:34:10 PM] beggs says: just don’t feel good.
[3:34:19 PM] beggs says: headache… stomach not so good.
[3:34:32 PM] beggs says: think I’ll go home as soon as our call is over.
[3:35:01 PM] D— says: k, yeah should go home and take a 10 day quarantine :-P
[3:35:12 PM] D— says: we don’t want any swine flu patients here
[3:35:24 PM] beggs says: haha…
[3:35:58 PM] beggs says: pig flu has a 5 to 7 day incubation… by the time you have symptoms you’ve infected everyone…
[3:36:01 PM] beggs says: :-)
[3:36:31 PM] D— says: great then we all get 10 days off…..
[3:37:21 PM] D— says: they should quarantine all swine flu patients in Hawaii
[3:42:43 PM] beggs says: Palestine…
[3:43:01 PM] beggs says: the whole pig flu/halal angle is ironic and funny.
[3:43:16 PM] beggs says: we can put the Muslims with pig flu in Israel.
[3:43:24 PM] beggs says: the infidels in Palestine.
[3:43:39 PM] beggs says: and then I’ll run for secretary general of the UN…
[3:44:47 PM] D— says: (rofl)
[3:45:12 PM] D— says: religion is really funny
[3:48:55 PM] beggs says: If I had any of that funny, it’d be going to hell for this conversation…
[3:49:29 PM] beggs says: but I’m a teapot agnostic, ’cause it’s more fun than being a militant atheist

Thoughtless optimism

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

What kind of organizational dysfunction does it take to completely ignore the changed circumstances and keep at a money-losing business?

What’s even funnier is that [they] could probably have been profitable if they had just skipped the one unnecessarily stupid part of their business model…

Nobody at Clear did any thinking. They had a business model, the business model wasn’t actually possible, everybody knew it, and they still plugged away at it. Thoughtless optimism. I don’t know whether to salute ‘em or laugh.

Joel Spolsky, in The eternal optimism of the Clear mind []

In the eternal words of the Mountain Dew ‘dudes’: “Been there. Done that. Doin’ it tomorrow.”

We choose to go to the moon …, not because [it is] easy, but because…

Monday, June 22nd, 2009

Man must be in space – that is what we are destined for. There is nothing else that we can do.

Majel Barrett

The Face in the Tree

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009


Chastity and Impotence

Monday, June 8th, 2009

“It’s always important to distinguish between chastity and impotence.”

Mae Jemison [], quoting Sydney Brenner [] in her TED Talk on teaching arts and sciences together [].

Resetting the Rhetoric

Friday, June 5th, 2009

A lot has been said about the hostile rhetoric of the Bush years—something that is thankfully behind us. President Obama’s speech in Cairo [] yesterday was a good example of a new rhetoric. Continuing a recent string of improved rhetoric including verbal pressure on Israel to stop the settlement building and calling on China to acknowledge the dead from the Tienanmen Square massacre. Improving the rhetoric of the United States is a good first step, and while Noam Chompsky [] might not be happy [] (then again he wouldn’t be very Chompsky if he was would he?) I welcome the change in rhetoric. No one can change the vast workings of the US government over not—nor in deed in 100 days. It will take a long sustained effort. Changing the rhetoric is the first and possibly the easiest step. Now the Obama administration needs to continue the back up rhetoric with reality. If Obama and his team can do that, then they will go down in history as one of the best administrations.


Thursday, June 4th, 2009

Where were you 20 years ago? []? We watched it live in school… not that we really understood the significance of the events (the same can be said for the the other big international development that year []).