Thursday, May 28, 2009
It struck me after reading this quote:
"We're going to root for him to succeed because his success is another example of how African-Americans can overcome," said James Powell, who was born and raised in Atlanta and has been a Falcons season-ticket holder since 1999. "It will prove we're not all dogfighters, thugs or drug dealers. It's another image of the black man in the media that will be more positive than negative. We don't want the lasting image of the black quarterback in Atlanta to be, 'He fell from grace because he was a part of a dogfighting ring.'"
Speaking as a white guy, I don't believe that all African-Americans people are "dogfighters, thugs or drug dealers". I don't believe most African-Americans people are any of those things. I have experience living in the deep south, where I was born and raised, growing up with large black populations in the schools I attended and the little league teams I played on. I have spent most of my adult life in the midwest, where, well, let's just say things are a lot more monochrome. I don't know anyone in either place that thinks all (or even most) African-American people are "dogfighters, thugs or drug dealers". Yes, there are small minded people in this world who do think that. Of course there are. But I think they're a minority (no pun intended).
But look again at the quote above. Supporting a dogfighter, thug and, well drug-user is the method many are choosing to employ to show that Vick is not a good representative for African Americans. It seems to me that the best way to take a stand against a stereotype is to condemn those who embody that stereotype. Unwavering support doesn't help the cause.
Hope that Vick makes good on his second chance. Absolutely. But acknowledge that to this point, he isn't living up to the image the community wants to project. Admit that he isn't being mistreated; not by the NFL, the Falcons or the legal system. Admit he's in need of redemption. Then hope that he earns it.
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
- This is one of the most disturbing things I've ever read. Any enemy capable of such things is capable of anything.
- Cool story about the 1982 Atlanta Braves playing an exhibition during the season against some minor league all-stars and how mother nature conspired against the small town host. This sort of game doesn't happen any more, but probably should.
- I'm used to stories about various crisis being presented as though they have little impact on men (tornadoes strike Alabama -- women and minorities hit hardest!), but this is kind of ridiculous. It seems that while a man might actually have prostate cancer, it's the woman who is most affected, what with the worrying and the stress of being partnered with a guy who has, uh, cancer. Poor woman.
- On the one hand, I think the Democrats hiring a speed reader -- in response to a Republican attempt to delay voting by requesting the entire text be read out loud -- is funny and clever. Then I realize that Congress didn't read the stimulus bills at any speed before voting on them.
with college educations live here!
And so on...
Okay. That's enough.
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Anyway, there's a long way to go but we've got one big project out of the way: replanting a flowerbed that had been taken over by the thistles of indifference and the dandelions of neglect (also actual thistles and dandelions).
I've got to put down a little more mulch this afternoon, then it's all finished. I have the before photos and they'll go up tomorrow (along with the afters). It looks pretty good.
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Friday, May 22, 2009
Thursday, May 21, 2009
- Two thoughts I had while reading this article: (1) I think this guy might have gotten into the wrong business (economics writer) and (2) I am so glad I am dating someone who knows "where money comes from and where it goes".
- I don't care that various media sport a bias. I expect it. Newspapers, magazines, news programs and blogs are made up ultimately of people, and all people have their biases. I just wish most were more upfront about it and didn't hide behind claims of "fair and balanced" or "objective reporting" while infusing everything they produce with said bias.
- Oops. A campaign promise seems to be circling the drain. Wasn't Guantanamo a hellhole that had to be shut down to begin restoring American prestiege? A place full of political prisoners who were being unjustly denied basic human rights while being tortured? Now it is a apparently a place full of terrorists that no state wants to house. Weird.
- Who wants to go camping this summer? Seriously. I've got a tent that can sleep a small army I want to break in. Anybody up for it?
That said, I was struck by how many parallels there were with Lost. I was kidding yesterday, but it turns out I shouldn't have been. There were a lot of common elements:
|Lack of respect for the current timeline||Romulan miners go back in time to wipe out the planets of the Federation, rewriting the original series canon and invoking howls of outrage from nerds everywhere.|
Turning a donkey wheel causes the island to start skipping around in time randomly -- Undoubtedly because no donkey was involved in turning the wheel, a clear violation of OSHA guidelines.
|Guy stuck in a box waiting for his relief||Scotty hanging out at Ice Station Zebra with some sort of Chernobyl monkey.|
Desmond in the hatch, pushing the button, ready to shoot first and ask questions later. Questions like, "are you here to relieve me?"
|An overt symbol of the protagonist's plight|
James T. Kirk (the "T" stands for Tigerbeat!) playing with the miniature starship in the bar after getting his ass totally kicked.
|Kate's toy airplane, a memento of happier times. Like when her best friend got killed and she blew up her father in his trailer.|
A man out of time destined to set things right
|Spock, looking every bit the 240 years old that Leonard Nimoy must be by now.|
Daniel Faraday, with his plan to detonate an H-bomb on a small island populated by his friends, thus saving them all. Wait, what?
|Man of science / man of faith dichotomy|
Spock, boldly embracing the logic that Uhura is hot and he should totally mack on her, and Kirk, whose faith in his ability is matched only by his determination to get his face pounded by everyone else in the movie.
Jack, the stoic doctor who doesn't go in for any of the religious mumbo jumbo but is totally down with time travel, and Locke, who believed the island had a destiny for him. Said destiny turned out to be getting strangled by an extension cord and wearing someone else's loafers, but still.
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
We are going to a new Korean joint, which is exciting because my only previous experience with Korean food consists of:
- a Korean restaurant in Columbus, GA that served us almost the entire menu family-style for $20 a head. I mean, the table was covered with about thirty dishes. It was incredible.
- the traditional Korean meal once served to me by my high school buddy Joe's mother back around 1988 or so: KFC and kimchee. It was pretty good as well. Who knew the Colonel was Korean?
As for the movie, it is from J.J. Abrams, the genius behind Lost, only the greatest show in the history of television (unless they screw up the series finale next season) and Alias (never saw it). I understand the plot revolves around time travel (just like Lost!), so I can only assume Mr. Abrams is going to borrow some other plot points from that show. The ones I'm hoping to see:
- A "neutrino cloud" that attacks the ship, judging those with dark pasts.
- A Scottish crewmember that can see into the future.
- A character named Nurse Kate who repeatedly gets abandoned and/or phasered in the face.
- An antagonist so creepy and perfect you find yourself fascinated by him even though you know he's evil. I'd name this character, I don't know, say, Len Binus.
- Two words: Commodore Eko.
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Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Monday, May 18, 2009
For now, check out some pictures of Macy kicking butt on offense and in goal:
Sunday, May 17, 2009
My good friend Tim from the cities visited this weekend. He headed back this morning, but not before a nice breakfast and some good conversation. It was a fine cap to the previous evening, which included a great meal at Grazie's, a bottle of wine and some cards.
I even kind of enjoyed mowing the lawn! I'll be damned if that lawn mower didn't start on the first pull while seeing its first action since last fall.
Obviously, I had to pull the grill out on a day like this (may as well push my luck). Burgers and dogs on the grill followed by a long bike ride with Macy and Donna. Donna got a sweet new bike that she got to ride for the first time.
If every day was like today, life would be paradise.
Saturday, May 16, 2009
So grab your favorite libation and turn up the volume.
Friday, May 15, 2009
Anyway, I'm going to clean it out and then get into the window well and see what's what. But first I want to get a closer look at this thing.
Seems pretty harmle-- arrghh! Ahhhhhh! What are those things? Ahhhh! Spores of some kind -- attacking me! Ahhh! Get 'em off! Get 'em off! Ahhhh! Ahhh! Ahhhhhhhh.....
Update: THERE IS NO CAUSE FOR ALARM. THE JAY IS FINE. I MEAN I -- I AM FINE. THE ENTITY IS NOT DANGEROUS. IT HAS MUCH TO TEACH AND WE HAVE MUCH TO LEARN. ALL IS WELL. END HUMANOID TRANSMISSION.
Thursday, May 14, 2009
No, his idea was that the flu escaped from a lab. He wrote up this nice paper and sent it out. According to GMA, this report is gaining widespread attention around the globe and raises "a very intriguing question". What if the swine flu was accidentally unleashed on the population by a lab?
GMA talked to the WHO and the CDC, neither of which seemed overly impressed. How could these organizations so casually overlook such a provocative theory that could blow the lid off a huge scandal? Well, according to both organizations the reason is simple: the "report" is long on conjecture and short on evidence to back up the claims.
You'd think that would either be mentioned earlier in the story or, you know, cause the producer to say, "gee, there's no story here at all".
Well, after having checked "buy a hooker a razor scooter", "direct a feminie hygeine product commercial" and "eat a live raccoon" off my bucket list, there's only a few things left. One of them is "get reported about on GMA for a completely unsubstantiated 'theory'". Listen up Diane Sawyer:
1. This "Cheerios is a drug" thing is really a plot by oat farmers to increase cereal consumption (and thus raise the price of their cash crop) by equating this important part of a balanced breakfast with hip designer drugs like ecstasy and spray paint.
2. Those people that turn into cartoons in the Esurance commercials are actual living cartoons being converted into people. They shoot the commericals in reverse to fool you.
3. "5-Loxin", "Bifida Regularis" and "L-casei immunitas" aren't made up names for chemical ingredients contained in yogurt and laxatives -- these are newly discovered miracle compounds that can cure cancer, make your immune system impervious to attack, and make you poop like clockwork -- guaranteed!
4. The eyes are not really the windows into the soul. They're actually the peep hole into the ego. You can see the id by looking into one's navel and the superego by looking down one's throat. The only way to gaze into a person's soul is to remove it through trepanning and put it in a jar of formeldehyde.
5. Vampires are real. They are just uniformly unattractive despite how they are portrayed in movies, so you don't notice them.
I'm waiting for your call, Diane.
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
I let her try to ride it, and after a couple days of tipping it every time she stopped (it's very heavy), Macy mastered it. She was very persistent, Jeebus bless her. The only problem was that the bike lacked that certain something, that undeniable Macy-ness that would shout out to the world: hey everybody -- look at me! I am the rainbow unicorn Barbie doll puppy dog baby seal of bikes! Look upon my cuteness and despair!
Well, that problem has been fixed. Macy sketched out what she wanted her bike to look like, including the color scheme and the decorative accoutrements. Tonight it made its maiden voyage. Behold:
Saturday, May 9, 2009
Party at my place! I've got some beer. If somebody can score some Boone's Farm and a grainy VCR copy of Debbie Does Dallas from their dad's porn collection, we're set.
Friday, May 8, 2009
Anyway, I've heard this song about eight times this week. (Video not embedded because Sony BMG somehow thinks they will lose revenue.)
What it may mean: My mp3 player has been projecting my own fears in an uncertain economy, ennui about my job and my current residence in a down-cycled mood.
What else it may mean: It's hooked on sweet lady H and nothing short of an intervention by Michael Landon, Mrs. Garret, and Punky Brewster can save it.
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
I ran my suite of virus-killers and got rid of the problem (no more warnings utilizing the ebonics language pack) but suddenly couldn't connect to the internet. I ran through my internet connection knowledge store fairly quickly: the modem was reporting a good connection, I had a valid IP address that contained my ISP's prefix. I could release and renew the address. Turning off the firewall didn't fix it. After a brief bout of laziness coupled with having other things to do, I contacted the ISP to figure it out.
Basically, I had a couple of viruses. One was the laughably obvious one with the 2nd grade education. The other was of the trojan horse variety. It hijacks the computer and uses it as a bot. The problem was that it changed my browser settings to use a proxy server to report back to its evil masters. Removing the virus didn't reset the browser settings. You'd think I would have thought of this, being a computer guy and all. To that I say, shut up.
How did my pristine blogging machine become a veritable Mos Eisley of computer scum and villainy? According to my research, the most likely culprit was a "social networking site". Damn you, Facebook! Either that or the nazi midget lesbian vampire cuckold fetish sites I frequent.
In the meantime, some randomness:
* It's probably just me, but I think there is a building backlash against President Obama's administration. I say this after the latest bailout-related WTF moment, the decision to basically throw out contract law in order to bump the UAW union to the front of the creditor line in the government-"guided" Chrysler bankruptcy.
My admittedly unscientific proof is the comment boards on many of the non-political sites I frequent. Most of these boards are generally left-of-center in their readership as evidenced by the discussions when those sites do veer into political territory. The Consumerist. The Onion. Heck, even Slate. Comments on the Chrysler thing have been going steadily in a "WTF" direction on this one, even from those commenters who wear their conservatism hate on their sleeves. There are still those who say it's all legal, it's the Republicans fault, etc. But those numbers are dwindling.
* In a related note, I'm not in the market for a car right now. If I was, there is no way I would buy a Chrysler. After all, if the government can take over a company and ignore contract law to decide who gets control of the assets, what's to say they can't ignore contract law to tell me they aren't going to honor my warranty? I find it telling that the President felt the need to tell us, "...if you decide to buy a Chrysler, your warranty will be safe." Thanks, but when your words and actions contradict each other, I'll believe the actions.
* There's a lot of complaining about how the Chrysler investors rejected a plan that would have kept the company out of bankruptcy, instead choosing to use default swaps instead of taking pennies on the dollar, thus trying to recoup their losses. The major hangup is that by exercising these default swaps, the investors may get paid out of stimulus funds (i.e., taxpayer money). Here's why I laugh at those complaints:
1. You can't blame investors for wanting to recoup their investments. Just because investment is risk doesn't mean you shouldn't use all the tools available to recoup losses. Default swaps are a legal tool that was available.
2. If you don't want those evil capitalists getting their hands on taxpayer money, then maybe the whole idea of stimulus funds should be rethought. Just an idea.
3. I'd rather no taxpayer money had been used to bailout Chrysler (or anyone else). If the government is going to throw my money around though, I'd much rather it end up in the hands of people who will use it to reinvest back into the economy rather than unions (who will use it to pay themselves, much like politicians) or airports to nowhere.
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Friday, May 1, 2009
Macy's first spring game was rained out last week, which worked out well since we had the MS Walk anyway. So tomorrow is our first game (Macy as player, me as coach). Expect pictures and the like in the near future, though I will have to rely on Donna for the pictures. This is because I'll be too busy waving my arms and saying things like, "way to midfield" and "goalie up" to take pictures.