In 2003 I fiddled around with whatever version of it was current then. This one is much more sophisticated. I haven't had a chance to really dig into it much, but just playing around with some of the patches I was able to get the skeleton of some kind of ambient/WTF song. Given time to do some programming I could probably make something that didn't sound too awful.
I did have to increase the size of the play buffer, though, because I was getting noise whenever I did anything. It's better now, but a smaller play buffer is preferable, because the program responds faster to changes. I'm going to have to fiddle with that.
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I ended up sleeping for nine hours. Hit the sack after dinner and woke up at 6 AM. Dang.
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It's definitely a Friday.
The media continues its [Barak Hussein] Obamagasm. Today's Chicago Sun-Times has a full-color front page image of Barak Hussein Obama's speech in Berlin, and the paper contains no mention of McCain, except on the Editorial page.
Many conservative pundits are pointing out that they told us so: the media outlets which fawned over McCain in past years are now utterly ignoring him. Anyone with half a functioning brain cell could have predicted that; it's fricking obvious. Eighty percent of the mainstream media is Democrat, votes Democrat, writes Democrat. The only reason they liked McCain is that he's more liberal than Bush is.
As liberal as McCain is, though, he's still a Republican. And he's for damn sure more conservative than Barak Hussein Obama is.
Republicans ended up picking "electable"--come on, we saw what that did for the Democrats in 2004!--and for some reason we keep running away from the kinds of positions and values that made our party what it is. (Or, rather, what it was, in the 1980s and 1990s.)
It doesn't matter if the press doesn't like us. We can win elections in spite of them; what matters is whether the people vote for us. And running as "Democrat Lite" is not going to get us votes. George W. Bush is not really conservative but he is fricking Reagan next to McCain.
Remember the 2000 election? It was all about "gravitas" then--Gore had it and Bush didn't. Well, for Christ's sake, Barak Hussein Obama is still in his first term as a US Senator. If there is anything that the man lacks it is "gravitas". But because it's the Democrat that lacks it, it's not important; what's important is that he's for change.
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The public is getting tired of the global warming hype. I like to think that the American public is smart enough to know a big media push when they see it. The problem is that American Idol is so damn popular....
Still, there are so many cracks in the "man-made global warming" facade that don't get reported, yet plenty of people still know about them--which is as heartening as reality TV is disheartening.
Coldest summer in Anchorage since 1970 but it's "unequivocal" that global warming is occurring. This cold summer is just "weather", you see, because 11 of the last 13 years have been the warmest on record.
...if you accept the GISS data which have been doctored by James Hansen, that is, to adjust about 0.4° of warming into the data which formerly was not there. Remember: once Hansen's changes were brought to light and he fixed the data, suddenly the "warmest years on record" were scattered throughout the 20th century, not concentrated in the last decade.
I did not, unfortunately, save the article which discussed the ways in which the UN's International Panel on Climate Chance (IPCC) inflated its estimation that "global warming is unequivocal". But the warming prediction is based on one paper that was written by a member of the panel, and bolstered by two other papers written by a different member of the panel.
So: based on the opinions of two scientists, we should ruin the global economy to eliminate human carbon emissions. 'Cause, you know, our carbon emissions amount to three percent of the annual total carbon budget of the atmosphere, and that three percent is what will destroy the world. No no, plants won't increase their uptake of the stuff or anything. It'll just stay in the atmosphere permanently.
...I can't keep that up.
I have to say it again: human carbon dioxide emissions account for 3% of the total annual carbon budget, and carbon dioxide is 0.78% of the total atmosphere. So, in order to believe in anthropogenic global warming, you have to believe that 0.234%--one quarter percent--of the atmosphere can cause "catastrophic" global warming.
If the atmospheric temperature is that sensitive, that's not "stable". That's not even in the same zip code as "stable". In fact, that would reside smack-dab in the middle of "negative stability"-land, and nothing could keep it from changing.
Particularly when you consider that water vapor is many times more potent than carbon dioxide, and comprises up to 5% of the atmosphere. Most of our "atmospheric greenhouse" comes from water vapor.
I look forward to the day when I no longer have to point this out to anyone.
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747 suffers blowout. And not a tire, either--the fuselage.
The part that blew off was a wing root fairing, but undoubtedly it was a failure in the pressure vessel that caused it. Looking at the picture accompanying the article it looks to me as if the airplane itself was not in any danger of coming apart.
When you've got a pressurized airplane at 30,000 feet, the pressure differential amounts to about 6 psi, since aircraft are usually pressurized to the pressure equivalent of 8,000 feet; a panel the size of a typical door would experience about eight tons of pressure.
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Ford is planning to bring some European models to the US. I really hope that 64 MPG Fiesta is one of them. It won't happen before 2010; maybe by then I'll have the wherewithal to buy one.
Like I said: the performance of the Escort is fine with me, and if this car has about the same performance, I'd be all over it. Provided it doesn't cost $18,000. $14,000 max, guys. It's an econobox for crying out loud.
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...I remember an ex-friend of mine getting mad at me when I called his then-new 1987 Escort an "econobox". Dude: what the hell do you think it is?
Later he--to get revenge--referred to my 1991 Escort as an "econobox" and I wasn't unhappy at all. Again, dude: what the hell do you think it is?
Yeah--four years later, he pulled that one out. How pathetic.
I guess if you think of "econobox" as a perjorative term, then I suppose that's understandable; but to me, it's an adjective meaning "small, efficient car". There's nothing wrong with it.
I guess the thing that sets me apart from other car guys is how nonspecific I am. When I go to a car show I look at everything, because I like the machines. I don't say, "This Corvette is really cool, but that Rustang is just junk"--I say, "Hey, this Corvette is pretty neat, and look at that Mustang! Hey, it's a 1970 Road Runner with a six pack.... Whoa, look at how they did the fan and alternator belt on the Corvair! That's cool!" Etc.
...except that when it comes to the cars with stupid huge rims (Donks, bubbles, etc) and cars in current production which have been modified. Sorry: your 2004 Corvette with a fancy stereo is not cool. Your 2002 Neon SRT isn't, either. They may be nice cars in their own right but they're not show cars.
(Note: apparently in south Australia, "donk" means "stupid", and I couldn't agree more.)
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Well, after work tonight, I don't work again until next month. Err, August 1--next Friday. Whee! Which is fine, considering that Sunday is "cabinet shopping day". Kitchen is getting new cabinets and new flooring; the subfloor will get fixed, too, and we'll have new counters and a new dishwasher put in. And I've got to help Mom pick it out, and I've got to drive her to and fro too.
The old bursitis has been acting up, so I can't get anything done in the garage anyway, damn it. Here I've got a perfect summer for working outdoors. There's always something!
I could, in fact, do stuff, but I try to keep from using my shoulder--I have to go to work, so it's better to save my shoulder for work. I've figured out what's making trouble for me, though, so I'm avoiding that kind of motion as much as I can.
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The guy at work who was in a car accident--it turns out that he didn't just break his leg. He's still in the hospital, though he expects to be released Saturday. He's been in the hospital for over three freaking weeks. O Lord.
I was thinking he'd be back sometime in September, but with a three-week hospital stay under his belt I suspect it may be a bit longer than that. (Cripes, it took me two months to get over breaking my little finger; that was nothing compared to what this dude's got to deal with.)
Considering how quickly they turf people, I have to wonder how badly fucked up a 20-something guy has to be to remain there for that long.
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Today's "WTF BULLSHIT IS THIS" award goes to:
Scalar Wave Lasers.
Scalar waves are revolutionary neutral waves of energy. They do not have polarity and therefore do not travel in a linear fashion from past to present. They are unified field energy which is profoundly effective for neutralizing chronic pain, stress, dis ease and cell memory of any kind.Translation:
All polarity is in effect a contraction of the unified field and what makes scalar waves so unique is that they are able to unwind and clear these contractions. This works in much the same way that an old cassette tape works. If you want to clear the information you simply change the polarity which neutralizes the information.
Scalar waves are revolutionary marklar. They do not have marklar and therefore marklar marklar marklar. They are marklar, which is profoundly effective for neutralizing chronic pain, stress, disease and marklar of any kind.These two versions are semantically equivalent. And what the fuck is up with this testimonial?
All marklar is in effect a marklar of the marklar and what makes marklar so unique is that they are able to marklar and marklar these marklar. This works in much the same way that an old cassette tape works. If you want to clear the information you simply marklar marklar marklar which marklarsthe marklar .
My vision of healing with the sacred union of light, color and vibration is now manifest in the Stellar Laser. My amazing results: totally pain and stress free in a state of bliss and universal connection. I continue to feel and see regeneration in every cell of my body!Your "vision of healing"? Does that mean healing actually took place and you saw it, or does it mean that you merely hallucinated it? (I think that the latter is much more highly probable than the former.) This person obviously has some kind of microscope technology we've never heard of if she can "see regeneration in every cell" of her body.
She probably got it from the UFO aliens.