Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Friday, December 12, 2008
Monday, December 8, 2008
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Sunday, November 16, 2008
I know I get a little uncomfortable when someone uses my machine and is logged in to my account. It's not a physical problem with the computer itself, if they're logged into a guest account on my machine it's fine.
But hey, at least I'm not as bad as this guy.
"When it was all over, police had to get Saucedo stitched up before
charging him with armed robbery and kidnapping, while Botsios only
suffered some scrapes and a bruised knuckle."
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Sunday, November 2, 2008
So you can imagine my surprise when my wife suggested we spend a Saturday morning canvassing for Obama. I have never canvassed for any candidate. But I did, of course, what most middle-aged married men do: what I was told.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Now, lo and behold, with $250 billion in bailout funds committed to dozens of large and regional banks, it turns out that many of the recipients of this investment from taxpayers are not all that interested in making loans. And it appears that Mr. Paulson is not so bothered by their reluctance.*sigh*
The purpose of the bailout was to jumpstart the economy by enabling banks to make loans again. Both to each-other and the American public. Instead, they appear poised to buy up the assets of failing banks....to....wait for it.....increase their profit margins. Aren't you glad your tax dollars are going to such a noble cause?
Plan to make billions:
1 - Start a bank
2 - Suck at it
3 - Convince a bunch of dumbass congress-persons that they're in trouble if I go out of business
4 - .....
5 - profit!
Monday, October 27, 2008
The Syrian press is claiming U.S. forces launched a helicopter raid inside Syrian territory today. Ruh roh! SANA, the country's state-run news agency, said four US military helicopters 'violated Syrian airspace' at 4:45 p.m. local time. The report further claims that eight Syrian citizens were 'martyred' in the attack, allegedly launched from across the border in Iraq.Story Here
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Monday, October 20, 2008
Friday, October 17, 2008
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
The police [...] entered the activists' names into the federal Washington-Baltimore High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area database, which tracks suspected terrorists. One well-known antiwar activist from Baltimore, Max Obuszewski, was singled out in the intelligence logs released by the ACLU, which described a "primary crime" of "terrorism-anti-government" and a "secondary crime" of "terrorism-anti-war protesters."Link
So much for the right of free assembly...
Monday, October 6, 2008
This is interesting stuff. I'm not sure how accurate it all is and how much is scare tactics....but watch it, pass it on.
Here's the Army Times article she's talking about.
Here's an article about the protesters arrested for "Terrorism"
Upon further reflection I think this woman is a little a-Obnoxious and b-Hyperventilating. These signs are cause for serious concern. It's not time to panic....yet
Friday, September 26, 2008
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Seeing headlines like this: "Renegade iPhone 'Podcaster' Developer Neutered by Apple" cracks me up.
People, it seems, who have never worked in the mobile world are SHOCKED, Shocked I tell you, that a company might deny an application access to their catalogue because it competes with one of their own.
File this one under "Duh"
Anyone who's spent more than 2 months writing mobile software knows that at any point, for any reason, any carrier *cough*Verizon*cough* can pull your application from the catalog. They don't owe you an explanation, justification, or appeal. It's a commercial dictatorship...not a democracy. AT&T or Verizon don't like how much wireless data your customers are consuming? Maybe they don't like how much you charge? Or they don't even like your UI? Maybe they plan on making a competing application _some_ day? *poof* your application is gone like a fart in a hurricane.
This is one of the major flaws in mobile software today. Like it or not, it's not going away until the tower-owners open up their networks. Maybe, in a few years, articles like the above one really will be shocking.
Until then, they'll just have to provide amusement for those of us who've been doing it for a while.
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
My friend Tom Seago has just (and by just, I mean I'm like 2 weeks behind) launched his start-up over at Reality Box Labs
If you're a web developer, it lets you stop pestering your PC running friends with "Does this look ok in IE?" questions.
His service is actually pretty badass. It lets you check out a machine, use it on a virtual desktop through the web page, and the dismiss it to be wiped of whatever you've done. Check it out. http://www.realityboxlabs.com
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Monday, September 15, 2008
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Are they really trying to get us to believe that Obama was attacking Palin by using the colloquialism: "lipstick on a pig" ? When John McCain used the same words to describe Clinton?
They're trying to have their cake and eat it too. On one hand, they're trying to promote Palin as a tough-as-nails reformer....while at the same time they work themselves up into a "lather" anytime says something their spin-meisters can contrive that a comment is "sexist" as if she's some pore helpless damsel in distress. Mark my words, they're sharpening their "sexist" lines for whatever falls out from the VP debate against Biden.
Either she's strong or she isn't. Pick one, stop flip flopping, you can't have it both ways.
Thursday, September 4, 2008
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
"If I'm not doing anything wrong, then you have no cause to watch me." "Because the government gets to define what's wrong, and they keep changing the definition." "Because you might do something wrong with my information." My problem with quips like these -- as right as they are -- is that they accept the premise that privacy is about hiding a wrong. It's not. Privacy is an inherent human right, and a requirement for maintaining the human condition with dignity and respect.Article Here
Monday, August 11, 2008
Saturday, August 9, 2008
Album cover photo for the group "The Early Risers" for their single "I'll rise, but if you ask me to shine I'm going to stuff my fist up your nose."
This was one of those random pictures I snapped without looking through the viewfinder.
Sunday, August 3, 2008
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Thursday, July 24, 2008
I'm writing, as an apple user of over 20 years, to express my outrage at having been advertised at while minding my own business using your operating system.
I was working on some software for my company when, from nowhere, I was alerted, by an annoying and blatant advertisement, that could update and purchase your product "Mobile Me"
This "alert" appeared without any input from me...I was working in another application entirely. I then had to track down how to make the mobile me menu item go away...because there was no setting in the menu kill the icon in the top top right corner of the screen.
This is a violation of my trust in your company. It is a violation in my trust that I will not be advertised at while using your operating system.
This is something I would expect from Microsoft. Frankly, if this is the direction in which your company is headed I will take my money somewhere else that will not harass me while I'm trying to work.
Thanks for your time,
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Monday, July 14, 2008
Getting back to the gym today was painful both physically and mentally (when stepping onto the scale and seeing how much damage vacation had done)
All's well here, it's back to the grind for me.
Saturday, July 12, 2008
I hope both of you have enjoyed the pictures, rants, and scenery posted here. I return to SF tomorrow and will return to my regularly scheduled hardly-ever blogging.
Since I took a picture from this spot on arrival, it made sense to post one taken from the same spot upon departing.
Aw Christ, there's even a rainbow on the left side I hadn't seen until just now.
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Sparks, Meghan, and I woke up this morning at 5 am to catch the sunrise and witness the "Maui Blow-Hole"
The for those of you who don't hate yourselves enough to wake up at 5 am, let me explain what this entails.
The Goddamnit-what-the-hell-is-that-noise machine goes off at 4:50...and upon spreading bits of the aforementioned alarm clock evenly over the space of about 3 square feet like so much chunky penut butter one is immediately struck by two things.
First, It's EARLY, like, uh....early wow.
Second, the Sun hasn't come up yet.
At this point, a dialogue begins between two very important parts of my brain:
Meghan - Jesus christ, do we have to get up?
Me - No.
Meghan - good.
Me - Wait, that didn't go as planned....
This conversation would rinse and repeat until such time as there is light outside. Unfortunately, I during iteration "I have no idea" I remembered that Sparks was probably having a similar battle upstairs except by himself. So the next time round the conversation went something like:
Meghan - Jesus H. Christ in a Chicken Basket, do we really have to get up?
Me - No we don't.
Meghan - are you sure?
Me - ...maybe...
At which point Sparks knocked on the door.
40 minutes later we were somewhere on the coast of Maui taking photographs. Which is where, I might add, the title of this little post comes into play. See, as I said before, we were looking to see the blowhole and the sunrise.
Due to some unforseen water vapor hovering in the east-ish direction of our fair island the sunrise was almost completely obscured. You might call this hovering water vapor clouds, I would call it the first of two epic failures. Ok, no sunset...what was the other thing..ah yes, the "blow hole"
Here's the thing about the blow hole, it's caused by holes in the rocks being flooded by the ocean. Thus sending large founts of water into the air. But, there's a catch, oceans have these things called tides wherein the level of the sea isn't always constant. This "Blow hole" apparently requires a tidal status of "Not-so-goddamn-early-in-the-morning" and so we were faced with the second half of our elusive double fail. Low Tide = not enough water to make the blow-hole work.
At least, it seems, I got a few good photographs from the walk. Some of which might make delightful desktop backgrounds after I've gotten over the anger. Since you, oh sorta-faithful-reader, did not have to wake up at the crack-of-what-the-hell-time-is-it-again to get them, I suggest you check them out at the link I provided near the top. Or, because we can't be bothered to work the scroll wheel anymore, I'll link it again here.
Monday, July 7, 2008
Saturday, July 5, 2008
Friday, July 4, 2008
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
Sunday, June 1, 2008
I've heard it before, so I'm extremely skeptical. But if this turns out to be true, we should be shouting it from the rooftops. Considering all the negative press the war has gotten in the past.
Friday, May 30, 2008
Sometimes it feels great to be done writing it....somtimes I feel like I'm pushing a baby bird out of a nest and watching it sail towards the ground...
I give you:
Android Essentials by Chris Haseman
It should ship inside the next month.
Thursday, May 29, 2008
Saturday, May 24, 2008
President Bush declared a US citizen an "Enemy Combatant" and has detained him without any due process.
He was arrested on US soil, is currently detained on US soil, and has been stripped of his citizenship and all rights at the say-so of one man.
Our democracy has been broken. By the Congress, by the President, and by Us.
Friday, May 23, 2008
I have about 2 or 3 weeks worth of copy-editing left to do, but for the most part I'm finished writing new content for the foreseeable future.
This is so exciting.
For those of you who're hearing this for the first time and have been blessed to miss out on my constant whining...I've been writing a book about Google's mobile phone platform Andoird. It's been a trip. I'll keep you all posted as things develop on this one.
Monday, May 19, 2008
Saturday, May 10, 2008
For those of you who see this as a hope for America...that a brilliant black man could be the Democratic nominee...should hold on to your pom-poms a little longer. Wait until you see what the Republican smear machine will trott out against him this fall.
Expect them to appeal to Rascism (Wright) challenge his Patiotism (his refusal to wear a flag pin) smear him as a radical Muslim (there were large numbers of emails circulating to this effect months ago) and any other filth, slime, and vile they can dredge out of their soulless, overpaid, thinktanks.
I'm not kidding. You think the swiftboating of Kerry was bad? You just wait until they come for Obama. Because this time, they're desperate. Having lost the house and the senate...facing even greater losses in both houses this go-round, they have nothing to loose.
Get your bullshit hats on ladies and gentlemen. It's about to start raining nut-job Theocon Pseudo-Republican talking points.
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
I don't say that lightly, because I've met her... and she seemed really smart at the time. But this "Gas Tax Holiday" is dumber than toast. She wants to windfall-tax the big oil companies (Something that is currently impossible...Bush has pledged to Veto) and then take away the gas tax on consumers for a few months.
This is pure, ridiculous pandering. If you remove the tax, oil retailers will simply jack up the price. Even, assuming that the laws of supply and demand some-how took a vacation, the most an average American would save at the pump would be 30$ over 3 months.
Every Economist, or human being, with two brain cells to rub together knows the gas-tax-holiday is bullshit. Yet Hillary is beating the drum for it anyway. Claiming that Economists are "Elitists" who are out of touch with what real working American's need. Are you kidding me? Can we go back to the over 100 million dollars on your last tax return? You really think you're in a position to be a champion of poor and working-class people? Go away Hillary, your desperation is turning from sad to downright insulting.
Ironically enough, at a recent campaign gimmic, Hillary mentioned, while standing next to a gas pump, that she hadn't used one herself in years.
I would like to propose an alternative tax. The Bullshit tax. Every time a politician knowingly lies through their teeth they have to put a dime in the IRS tax jar.
We should have the budget balanced in no time.
Sunday, May 4, 2008
Friday, May 2, 2008
This is about as clear a violation of the Hippocratic oath as I can see. Isn't there something fundamentally wrong with this? Is there some medical issue I'm missing here?
Monday, April 28, 2008
Friday, April 25, 2008
Monday, April 21, 2008
"... I'll say one thing about Malkin: she is independent, and I admire that about her. She is extremely polarizing, ridiculously partisan and quasi-fascist in her politics, but I can't help but admire her pluck. She has made a name for herself almost entirely by her own efforts, she's extremely hard-working, innovative and ballsy, and takes her own side to task from time to time. She's also managed to rise above the disgusting misogyny and racism that has been thrown in her direction. Don't get me wrong: her McCarthyite bomb-throwing is repellent a lot of the time. But the blogosphere forces you to take the good with the bad and none of us is perfect. Any individual who has wrested control of the discourse from the media establishment and forged their own path is part of the solution." Link
Frankly, I couldn't disagree more. Her posts, at least when I read her blog a year or two ago, were pure monarchical zealotry: the executive does what he pleases during war-time and shouldn't be questioned. Perhaps she does take the republicans to task from time to time, but it seems to come from a place of astonishment... how dare those republicans act more like.... traditional republicans.
Her posts strike me as without logic, reason, or merit, and she represents, at least to me, a serious problem facing our political discourse. How can we possibly come together as a nation when we can't speak about the same issues in similar terms? How can we argue about the validity of invading a foreign country when our pundits cannot even agree, when faced with strong supporting evidence, that the whole thing is a colossal mess. Indeed, even if we cannot agree that it's a mess, we need to at least be able to speak calmly about what _is_ happening over there.
Just to clear the brush, I'm a registered independent, I support the armed forces with a zeal that perhaps matches Malkin's love for her own brand of politics.
But frankly, I find her writing to be poisonous. She represents a kind of buffet style media where you can get exactly the kind of news, opinion, and fact that supports whatever position you wish to have. It promotes talking points, argument and disagreement without substance, and the "shouting past" tactics that somehow passes for debate in this country.
Her "pluck" and "balls" are admirable. But then so were McCarthy's, so are the President's. The ability to fly in the face of convention is only an admirable skill if it produces positive results. In this case, if you look at the current state of our discourse, I would put fourth that her "pluck" is not only disingenuous, it is also very damaging.
Saturday, April 19, 2008
It appears that people took out prime rate loans structured similarly to those crazy sub-prime ones we've heard so much about. That is, the borrower doesn't pay much for a few years up front, and then, after a specified time, their monthly payments will _double_
Combine that with a 26% drop in home prices over only the last 12 months...and you're looking at a bunch of people who's houses are worth 3/4 of the size of their loan...and who's paymants are now twice as expensive.
I can't imagine them not defaulting...on purpose...and buying someone's foreclosed house down the street at 3/4's the cost. Sure, their credit might be wrecked...but everyone else's will be too.
If this article is right...we're in for some seriously hard times...
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Monday, April 14, 2008
I'm referring, of course, to the greatest scandal to rock our political world since Hillary mildly inflated her combat resume. Bitter-gate. I shit you not, people are calling it "Bitter-gate"
In our fair liberal wasteland of San Francisco, Obama apparently responded to a question about how to campaign in Philadelphia with:
What about the above paragraphs could possibly be insulting? Hillary Clinton was "taken aback"! Dear lord, by these extremely offensive comments.
"You go into these small towns in Pennsylvania and, like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing's replaced them.And they fell through the Clinton Administration, and the Bush Administration, and each successive administration has said that somehow these communities are gonna regenerate and they have not."
"And it's not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations."
"Now, like some of you may have been, I was taken aback by the demeaning remarks Senator Obama made about people in small town America. Senator Obama's remarks are elitist and they are out of touch. They are not reflective of the values and beliefs of Americans. Certainly not the Americans that I know - not the Americans I grew up with, not the Americans I lived with in Arkansas or represent in New York."Seriously Hillary, what about your time spent on the board of trustees at WalMart prepares you to say jack or shit about the working man/woman?
What's worse, anyone with a cable jack and a TV that'll turn on was treated to painful hours of self-absorbed, wealthy, gassbags endlessly repeating to us that the middle and lower class will not stand for this kind of insult. Who the fuck is being condescending now?
This, dear reader, is douchebaggery in its highest form. McCain, who has something like 7 houses, is going to tell a Black man who grew up with a single mother and no money that he's an elitist who's out of touch with the poor. Sorry McCain, I'm sure you can speak volumes about experience and foreign policy, however, someone should probably remind you that a closed mouth gathers no foot.
This is why I hate politics, this is exactly what makes me bitter about Washington. A bunch of self-serving assholes are going to tell you and me what the working class poor will and will not stand for. Seriously guys, is this the best criticism you can level at Obama? An Elitist? Really? Can't your multimillion dollar thinktanks come up with anything more than that?
I gotta go with CNN on this one:
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
"Why do we need guns?" is a perfectly fair question. The answer really is: "We don't 'need' guns. We just need free access to them."
First, lets clear the brush a little. Guns do not work, in most cases, for self defense. All studies, that I've read, show having a firearm in your house makes you more at risk for being shot, not less. In fact you're more likely to be shot with your own weapon. We could argue this point forever, but it's more of a side issue and one I'm not very concerned with.
We, in this country of ours, have a right to own firearms. Why?
First, when we fought the revolutionary war, we took on the British almost entirely with citizen soldiers. Regular people who, because they owned guns for hunting and protection, were able to form an army to drive off the army of King George. The founders figured this sort of thing might happen again some day, so they added, as the second amendment: "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free
State, the right of the People to keep and bear Arms, shall not be
Second, and probably more importantly, we the people are endowed by our creators with inalienable rights. We entrust our government to protect those rights. If, at some later point, our government no longer respects our right to life, liberty, and the persuit of happiness we must revolt. Again, the founders foresaw a time when our own government might turn into one resembling King George's. Were such a thing to happen, we have a responsibility to rise up. According to Jefferson:
And what country can preserve its liberties, if its rulers are not
warned from time to time, that this people preserve the spirit of
resistance? Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as to
the facts, pardon and pacify them. What signify a few lives lost in a
century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to
time, with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure.
We must, as responsible citizens, be ready and capable to defend our rights from those who would take them from us. Again, as Jefferson said
"The price of freedom is eternal vigilance."
This is why we must, in order to live in a free society, have access to firearms. How could we possibly mount a resistance without them? Knives and sticks do very little against an M16.
Anyone who thinks our government could never possibly become tyrannical need only look to the erosion of our rights in the last 8 years. Do we need to revolt right now? Absolutely not. But that doesn't mean we won't need to later. If nothing else, George W (the irony of his first name is not lost on me) has reminded us that it only takes one event for us to close our eyes to protecting our Constitution from the government who's forsaken their oath to uphold it.
This is why we don't need to own guns. But we need to be able to whenever the mood strikes us.
Monday, March 31, 2008
Saturday, March 29, 2008
“I want to vote for Hillary Clinton, don’t get me wrong,” said Andrew,
a former chairman of the national Democratic Party. “My commitment to
her is profound, but I would be troubled if either she or Barack Obama
actually became the nominee because superdelegates decided, opposed to
actual voters going to the polls and pulling the lever.” Link
I have to say, it's a bit insulting that some fatcat out there has the power to decide weather or not voters should decide who gets the nomination. Isn't there something fundimentally undemocratic about 700 or so people who's preference counts for tens of thousands of regular voters each?
I'm talking, of course, about the "Super-Delegates": People who have been elected to national office or party leadership and who apparently have more authority to pick the Democratic canditate than you or I. Should some guy I never voted for who was elected in Idaho have 5000% more power than I do in picking who might be my next president?
Should I keep on asking silly leading questions?
This "dilemma" wracking the Democratic party is a problem of their own making. But I suppose if your party believes people can't be trusted to spend their own money, it follows that they probably can't be trusted to choose their representatives either.
Thursday, March 27, 2008
I've been trying to install them...currently I have two widgets open...but I can't get access to the "Yahoo! Widgets" application to open our time tracking tool. I try to open the yahoo application...but it's already open...apparently...but I can't seem to bring up their menu. They don't exist in the finder app list...so I can't force quit it. So I'm left with this vauge ghost of an application that I can't quit, interact with, or fix.
Yahoo, get your shit together with this stuff. It can't be that hard.
UPDATE: it appears a faulty installation was to blame. I re-installed the software from scratch and it appears to be behaving itself. I'm not sure how I got the half-install in the first place, but I suppose this sort of thing is prone to happen when one relies on "Web Installs"
Monday, March 24, 2008
Sunday, March 23, 2008
We have lost perspective on what a reporter actually is — a middleman.
On one side are news events. On the other are audiences who want to
know about them. A reporter’s job is to move “the truth” from Point A
to Point B as accurately as possible.
Brace for Impact!
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Sunday, March 16, 2008
How the hell is this an issue? What kind of fucked up politics do we practice when a brilliant politition's campaign can be sunk because of what his long time pastor spouts from the parapit in a burst of anger? We have to listen to some asshole say that 9/11 was God's punishment for our tolerance of gays...but Obama is in trouble because of some shit his pastor is saying?
This is world class douchebaggery.
Obama must have some powerful people really freaked out. They're digging really deep to bury this guy.
Monday, March 10, 2008
Saturday, March 8, 2008
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
corruption: The most effective and efficient way to produce results in government.
electoral college: A process by which the number of states in the Union is narrowed down to the most important seven or eight.
Political philosophy, liberal
An ideology steeped in a proud tradition of ineffectual whining.
Friday, February 15, 2008
You have also suggested that Congress must grant retroactiveLink
immunity to telecommunications companies. As someone who has been
briefed on our most sensitive intelligence programs, I can see no
argument why the future security of our country depends on whether past
actions of telecommunications companies are immunized.
I, for one, do not intend to back down – not to the terrorists and not to anyone, including a President, who wants Americans to cower in fear.
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Thursday, February 7, 2008
Mukasey will not investigate if war crimes were committed when prisoners were Waterboarded in 2002 and 2003 because "...opening an investigation would send a message that Justice Department opinions are subject to change."
Because consistency is more important that Justice?
Give me a break. They're the JUSTICE department....
Saturday, February 2, 2008
After reading a lot and asking around I finally got the money and resources together to put together my own 72 hour Disaster kit. It has enough gear to get me through 3 days of being out of home. If things are still in the suck beyond that I should have a decent head start.
I had a spare North Face "Recon" bag and so I built out the kit to fit. Here it is full of all the gear:
Here's a breakdown of what's inside it:
1 - Shemagh. Head cover, dust mask, water strainer, sun blocker, camouflage.
2 - Carabiners. For general purpose use.
3 - Lights: Fenix P3D + Petzl head lamp. The p3d puts out 200+ lumins at max output and has a low light mode that makes a pair of Lithium 123c's last forever.
4 - Work Gloves: I went with a pair of Carpentry gloves from Home Depot. Good to have for moving debris, building shelters and other such things.
5 - Small plastic bottles for odds and ends.
6 - Surefire Spares carrier: Water tight, probably bomb proof. 6 extra 123C batteries should be enough for a few weeks let alone a few days.
7 - Wire Saw: Taking down trees, metal, or just about anything else.
8 - 550 Cord: 50 feet. For building shelters and tieing things down to the outside of my pack.
9 - Lock Pick set. You never know what you'll have to get into or out of while essential services are down.
10 - MSR MIOX Water filter. I got a little pricey with this item. It's small, compact, and will purify a a metric fu**-ton of water on a pair of 123c's
11 - Compass. I'm a boyscout...never ever get caught out without one. Nuff said.
12 - Zippo and FireSteel. If you need to make fire, make it in style. The Zippo is a bit of a luxury item as I'm also carrying the FireSteel.
13 - Knives: Gerber EZ-Out-- cheap, rugged, simple. Fixed knife: Benchmade Nimravus combo blade. Badass, SHARP, bomb-proof and well balanced. Good utility knife and as well as a combat tool. This is the closest thing to a gun I'll carry.
14 - Safety Cross 3 day food and water pack. In a rush, this will keep me alive until I can find better food and water. It's also light and compact.
15 - North Face "Recon" bag. I wish it didn't have the reflectors, but those can be removed. I've had this bag for about 6 years now. It's been to Burning man twice....one rugged piece of equipment.
16 - REI hikers first-aid kit. Everyone has an opinion on what kit to carry. This is a simple one built for people who will be walking a lot. Down the road I should invest in a better one. But this will due for now.
17 - Black nylon rip-stop Poncho. Great for staying dry and can be lashed to a structure and used as a rain shelter.
18 - Space blanket. Stay warm, stay dry. Light weight and essential.
19 - Camelback 100 oz watter bladder.
20 - Army Field manual: Survival Evasion Recovery FM-21-76. Online version: here , maps, and water purefier. All in a plastic bag.
21 ?? Leatherman Wave. It's not in the picture because it's on my hip. Never ever get caught out without a multi-tool.
All said and done, it was a few hundred dollars due to my splurging on a flashlight, knife, and water purifier. Most of the other gear I already had around the house. Here are a few more things I'd like to add:
Another better folding knife
Another backup flashlight. Maybe a Surefire or Night-ops. Something a little more rugged than the P3d. Or a good head-lamp that runs on Lithium batteries.
I have a bigger Offsprey bag which I'd pack with a change of clothes, sleeping bag, and a few other things if I have more time to get out. But if I have to grab and go, this kit sits in my closet ready to move.
Special thanks to this website for the inspiration. My bag isn't nearly as hardcore as his, mostly because I'm not packing a Bushmaster AR-15 (stupid California gun laws) nor am I packing any heat. San Francisco strikes me as a less than dangerous place where a knife should be enough to dissuade someone from messing with me. Even if I were bringing a firearm, I wouldn't be talking about it here.
More pictures here
I'd love to see your comments, thoughts, suggestions. Have I forgotten anything?
That's it. Be safe, be well, be prepared.
UPDATE: After reading some comments from Reddit and Digg I'm going to add a survival radio and a knife sharpener.
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
I know he wants his wife to beat Obama. And it seems that unleashing the Big Dog seems to be working for the Clinton campaign.Full story here
Perhaps some voters are even touched by his passion.
But let's be clear -- Bill Clinton is spreading demonstrably false information.
Monday, January 21, 2008
I've also heard a lot of people tell me that I work with computers, so I must be able to do my job anywhere...the article would suggest otherwise...
Technology makes it more fun and more profitable to live and work closeFull story here.
to the people who matter most to your life and work. Harvard economist
Ed Glaeser, an expert on city economies, argues that communications
technology and face-to-face interactions are complements like salt and
pepper, rather than substitutes like butter and margarine.
Paradoxically, your cell phone, email, and Facebook networks are making
it more attractive to meet people in the flesh.
Thursday, January 17, 2008
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
With all this shit going on.....Guess what Congress is spending its day doing? Go ahead, guess.
What the fuck?
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
It doesn't help that the Iranians are playing chicken with our war-ships in international waters.
Tuesday, January 8, 2008
Monday, January 7, 2008
1) Polling vrs. Interrupt
Set up ALL your information flows so that you decide when to check for updates. You poll for new data rather than being interrupted by it arriving. Here are two easy ways to do it:
- Turn off new email audio notifications. If it beeps, and you're like me, you'll check it. This will disrupt what you're working on and then the internet's distractions become that much harder to resist. If your job requires you to respond to emails promptly, set up filters to beep ONLY when important clients are emailing you. Set your email to check for new messages every hour...or better, turn the auto checker off and grab your new email manually. (This might not work for the more manic among us)
- Turn off your phone's ringer. Yea, that's right, turn that crap off. Check your voice mail as often as you want but don't let a ringing phone drive you off track. Again, if you simply have to respond to phone calls...use your caller ID. Only pick up calls of direct importance. Respond to your voice mail when your work schedule allows. I find that making my ring-tone for incoming calls as boring as possible can help too.
Make your "work" environment as isolated as you can. A few examples:
- Remove toys, pictures, shining things, and fidget fodder from your desk. Keep your desk as clean as you can. Don't let it get so dirty that the need to clean it becomes a distraction.
- Don't Snack: Keep food in a different room or at least in a place where you can't see it. If you're hungry enough that it's interfering with your concentration, it's probably a good time to grab a short walk and stretch.
- Sound: Close your office door. If you work in a cube or an open office, wear headphones. You want to keep other's conversations from running into your head.
- Music: I find that listening to bland/mellow music does wonders for my concentration. Anything from Kruder and Dorfmeister to DJ Dan works for me. The key is to pick tunes that will drown out background noise without making you stop and pay attention to it. I use Pandora.com a lot.(fair disclosure: I work on their mobile software) It's a free service which will keep dumping new music into your headphones. Just don't get distracted by interacting with it. IF you listen to music all day, make SURE you keep the volume low. It's very easy to do permanent damage to your ears while trying to keep that car alarm drowned out.
People have always been a huge source of interruptions in my line of work. You can learn to keep your mental train on track without sounding aloof or downright rude. Here are a few tricks I use regularly:
- "Hey, give me just a second." If someone has a question or needs your attention... acknowledge their presence and ask for a small amount of time. Jot down what's in your head (In the computer world we might call this a Core/Stack Dump) or finish up what you're doing. At that point turn and address the interrupter's question.
- "I'm in the middle of something, can I get back to you?" Unless it's an emergency, in which case you should divert your attention, this one usually works. Set a reminder (if you tend to forget like me) and then go back to what you were doing. Get to a good stopping point and then go find out what's up. The key to delaying people is remembering to get back to them. If people feel like you're being honest when you tell them it's not a good time, they're much more likely to leave you alone. If they think they're being blown off, they'll pester you more.
- "What does the spec/document/competing product say about it?" If someone asks me a question about a piece of software's behavior I tend to answer with a question. It's a simple tactic that gets (assuming there is a spec or document to be read) people thinking for themselves. I started doing it because I honestly didn't know the answer to the questions...but I've been told it was really helpful by one of my favorite QA engineers.
- "Can you email this question/information to me so I can remember it?" Move the question from an interrupt event to a polled event as discussed above. Plus, now you have a written trail of the information if the problem comes up again later.
- Wear your headphone and look busy. If you look like you're hacking away at something, considerate folks will send you an email or check back with you later.
These are just a few tricks I use. If you have a lot of experience in GTD or time management all this will seem pretty obvious to you. It's all stuff I do without thinking much about it. I'll get into more details the next time I need a distraction....oh wait...