Friday, February 27, 2009

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Hot Mail

http://www.itpro.co.uk/609995/should-jack-straw-use-hotmail-for-gov-business

Carl Madoff: Internet Libretarian?

http://www.salon.com/env/mind_reader/2009/02/26/bernie_madoff/

Cutting Off Newspapers?

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2009/02/cutting_off_your_news_to_spite.html

And:

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2009/02/can_newspapers_survive.html

Had Enough?

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2009/02/has_the_gop_lost_enough_to_cha.html

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Ash Wenesday 25 FEB 2009 Observations

Today is truly Ash Wednesday.

My boss is starting training for his deployment Friday, commencing his 14 months of Active Duty until May 2010. Next stop after training: The Middle East.

My Higher Power handed me two pieces of comedy, from his point of view:

1) Because we are closing out a position (due to my CIO's insatiable desire to consolidate power), I'm being tasked to work that position, without additional pay.

2) Because my CIO's decision to eliminate the position, services normally counted on by our CEO were not provided (this was before I got tasked, BTW). For the first time in 8+ years, they admitted, in writing, that I was working two jobs. So sorry, no back pay, etc.

So, they created a job description, and two slots with that title (one for me), and I am to be a "co-equal" of the person that is to be selected as the second. Ironically, I'm reviewing resumes for that slot. The first thing is how desperate things are out there. Submissions included people taking 50% pay cuts.

The other thing is that I have worked essentially unsupervised for almost nine years. The person coming in will almost certainly start competing with me.

The mythical merger of equals usually plays out badly.

Did I mention that there will now be no buffer between myself, and my 1947 cohort director, once my boss leaves? Of said director, the only thing I can say is that I am at least six inches taller (more like eight) than he is. The rest will be left as an exercise for the student.

It's a good thing I've begun disposing of my personal belongings. Perhaps Larry Rice's mission for the homeless needs another EE/broadcast engineer/IT guy.

Time to go get more medicine for Max.

ADDITIONAL:

It is interesting to note that while I could (and perhaps, should) have gone hunting for more lucrative employment, when times were good, those who did are now applying for that co-worker's position. It is a humbling experience, to read the resumes. It's like reading your own obit.

Oh. I already said that. Sorry.

Note that it is when the best of the "middle" classes start feeling threatened, that actual change occurs. When educated professionals live in fear, when high-skill workers are laid off (to afford more management at higher pay), then the elites are running a great risk.

Example: Our funding/revenue has dropped. Solution: Hire a VP who was an official of the losing political party to drum up business, and fire staff to afford him. The economy drops again, the new VP is *still* on the outs, and there is no more new revenue. Brilliant.

Such is the case in early 4T's.

Kindle Snobbery

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/29354846/

Former CIA #3 Busted, Convicted

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/29391260/

We Need To Cut Headcount

http://www.statesman.com/blogs/content/shared-gen/blogs/austin/theticker/entries/2009/02/24/spansion_restores_executive_pa.html

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Brooks On The Philosopher-Kings

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/24/opinion/24brooks.html?_r=2

25 Financial Defendants

http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,1877351_1877350,00.html

Facebook Is For Old Fogies

http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1879169,00.html

Dumb Uber Alles

http://www.slate.com/id/2211922/

The AP Is Nuts..

http://techdirt.com/articles/20090220/1802393852.shtml

Here's a scary military weakness

http://www.salon.com/opinion/feature/2009/02/23/kbr/

Col. Peters Tells It Straight

http://blogs.usatoday.com/oped/2009/02/the-mendacity-o.html

Quit Trying To Suck Me Into Facebook!

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1153583/Social-websites-harm-childrens-brains-Chilling-warning-parents-neuroscientist.html

Monday, February 16, 2009

Observations 16 FEB 2009

Well, Congress botched the DTV Transition, and geeks everywhere are steaming. Only KDNL (ABC), owned by the evil Sinclair, will be shutting off analog tonight. RF-30 analog, and it's 2 MW ERP of front-end overload will be gone.

WSIU is learning that VHF-High might not work so well. Watch for a petition to increase ERP.

KTVI has moved into it's new West County studio, in "HD" (upconverted SD), as has KPLR after it's "assimilation". KPLR's staff were herded into disintegration chambers when Order 66 was carried out, and KTVI staffers were told to work two jobs for one paycheck.

http://www.fox2now.com/sports/ktvi-tko-berthold,0,5031259.story

http://www.stltoday.com/blogzone/tube-talk/tube-talk/2008/10/who-survived-black-friday-at-kplr/

http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/entertainment/stories.nsf/tvradio/story/1938D8CA52B186D7862574DE001A0121?OpenDocument

I bought a second 48 gallon trash can. This shredding business is getting serious.

Speaking of shredding, my links may become much less frequent. How much of my real life do I wish to spend on being a news aggregator? Another thing to let go of, perhaps....

Well, I Passed *Mine* On The First Try...

http://www.newsoftheworld.co.uk/news/177624/Prince-Harry-fails-his-flying-exam.html

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Cleaning Out The Links!

Some of my bookmarks have been clamoring to have their close-up moment.

In other words, I file my unsorted bookmarks, and post them. It's a cleanup. Some of my sorted folders will come out to play as well. Dead links will go into the Dead Links folder, inevitably.

It's kind of like reading the titles of the books in someone's house...

http://www.270towin.com/index.php?m=1

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/12/weekinreview/12leonhardt.html?ref=weekinreview

http://www.amazon.com/GURPS-Traveller-Nobles-Loren-Wiseman/dp/1556344325

http://www.antennaweb.org/aw/welcome.aspx

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aspect_ratio_(image)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BBC

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BBC_News

http://www.hardlyfamous.com/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Transmitter_sites_in_the_United_Kingdom

http://www.travellerrpg.com/CotI/Discuss/index.php

http://www.screenarchives.com/media/8161-4619.mp3

http://www.rdaines.com/dwc_lightning.htm

http://www.databasenation.com/home.htm

http://www.ntia.doc.gov/osmhome/allochrt.pdf

http://www.vanityfair.com/politics/features/2009/02/bush-oral-history200902

THE prototypycal US post-apocalypse novel:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alas,_Babylon

http://www.booktv.org/watch.aspx?ProgramId=FV-9887

http://svartifoss2.fcc.gov/cdbs/cdbs_docs/dtv_search.cfm

http://www.ham-radio.com/k6sti/rabbit.htm

http://www.giangrandi.ch/electronics/anttool/decibel.html

http://tech.yahoo.com/blogs/null/97827

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DMB-T

http://www.directv.com/DTVAPP/global/contentPage.jsp?assetId=P1400108

Here was a mad, short-lived, USENET group:

http://groups.google.com/group/misc.metric-system/topics?lnk=srg&pli=1

http://www.fcc.gov/mb/audio/bickel/distance.html

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/09/06/AR2008090602691.html?hpid=topnews

http://www.shipschematics.net/bsg/dradis1.swf

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DVB-S

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DVB-T

http://www.dxinfocentre.com/

The evil E/I:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E/I

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Early_television_stations

The Austrians are loose!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Economic_calculation_problem

http://ercboxoffice.com/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eric_Idle

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Executive_order_(United_States)

http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-08-72A2.pdf

http://www.fivethirtyeight.com/

http://flightaware.com/

http://www.fmfool.com/

http://www.fourthturning.com/forum/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freesat

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freeview_(United_Kingdom)

http://earth.google.com/

http://google-latlong.blogspot.com/

http://google-latlong.blogspot.com/2008/08/tracking-hurricane-gustav-in-google.html

http://maps.google.com/maps

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Grid_Wireless

http://www.shellypalmermedia.com/2008/12/15/nbc-must-flee-tv-redux/

http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,23928383-7583,00.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NTSC

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/2652839/One-in-three-turn-to-drink-to-ease-stress.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PageRank

http://www.amsat.org/cgi-bin/gridconv

http://gatorradio.org/Operating_Training_Aides/Ham_US_Grids%202005.pdf

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_BBC_television_idents

http://www.capitolhillblue.com/cont/node/11290

http://photos1.blogger.com/photoInclude/x/blogger/8111/534/1600/656744/repubs-out07.jpg

http://members.boardhost.com/hurricanecity/

http://www.dipity.com/user/tatercakes/timeline/Internet_Memes?yarly

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Republic_of_Gilead

http://rebooting.personaldemocracy.com/

The Real Madame Airlock:

http://www.janeespenson.com/

http://tropicwx.com/

http://jan.ucc.nau.edu/~cvm/latlongdist.html

http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/gccalc.shtml

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lists_of_television_channels

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lukla_Airport

http://www.gutenberg.org/wiki/Main_Page

http://finance.yahoo.com/intlindices?e=asia

http://www.fcc.gov/dtv/markets/report2.html

http://creativeclass.com/whos_your_city/maps/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Palin

http://www.missourirepeater.org/

http://www.mongoosepublishing.com/

http://www.montecook.com/review.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monty_Python

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moving_image_formats

http://www.palinstravels.co.uk/

http://www.pen-paper.net/

http://www.rabbitears.info/

http://online.barrons.com/article/SB123396545910358867.html?mod=rss_barrons_interview

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Rumsfelds-Wars-Arrogance-Studies-Hardcover/dp/0700615873

http://www.dishpointer.com/

http://dilbert.com/blog/

http://www.fixya.com/

http://www.shadowstats.com/

http://www.sharkscope.com/index.html?208

http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/books/article4641287.ece

http://www.sos.mo.gov/elections/maps/house/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spiral_Dynamics

http://forums.sjgames.com/index.php?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Telegraph_Agency_of_the_Soviet_Union

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Television_channel_frequencies

http://www.tvtower.com/Commercial%20Television%20Frequencies.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_television

http://www.microsoft.com/whdc/archive/TempRate.mspx

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terry_Jones

http://consumerist.com/

http://www.newyorker.com/archive/2003/10/06/031006crbo_books1?currentPage=all

http://www.fourthturning.com/

http://www.ilra.net/

http://poldark.activeboard.com/forum.spark?forumID=35561

http://io9.com/378928/the-scifi-sound-effects-that-take-over-your-brain

http://ee.stlcc.info/UHFSpectrum.png

http://www.amt.org/Reference/GridMaps.htm

http://www.walkscore.com/

http://tech.yahoo.com/blogs/null/99560

http://www.dxfm.com/

http://www.prosperityuk.com/prosperity/articles/wizzoz.html

http://www.jaunted.com/tag/World%27s%20Most%20Dangerous%20Airports

http://www.wunderground.com/global/stations/24959.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Year_Without_a_Summer

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KJJW7EF5aVk

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mF_anaVcCXg

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RmEP93NVTaw

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=asqpwr_StF8&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ToLrAz2TV9A&feature=related

http://www.zogby.com/

YOWIE!!

and that is only a fraction of my baggage....

Links 14 FEB 2009

http://www.cnn.com/2009/HEALTH/02/13/kissing.science/index.html

http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/02/13/schneider.bipartisanship/index.html

http://www.cnn.com/2009/US/02/13/peanuts.bankrupt/index.html

Blackwater red-faced, changes name:

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123454232273983709.html?mod=testMod

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2008740833_webatm13m.html

Til Death Do Us Part- Religion Of Peace Style:

http://www.buffalonews.com/437/story/578644.html

Anarchists, Speed Dating:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/magazine/7888016.stm

Naaah, they're not subject to human desires and flaws...

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/S/SENIOR_COMBAT_DOC?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2009-02-13-03-51-43

Mexico Meets Phoenix:

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/nationworld/sfl-flakidnap021309sbfeb13,0,5615613.story

Love Potion:

http://www.tuftsdaily.com/1.1375307-1.1375307

http://www3.signonsandiego.com/stories/2009/feb/12/latin-american-leaders-say-us-drug-war-failure/?zIndex=52098

Lower the Six Flags:

http://www.mysanantonio.com/business/Six_Flags_may_not_survive_2009_columnist_says.html

Fewer accidents on 44.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1143702/Losing-job-bad-says-bishop.html

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/29192298/

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/29191082/

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/29192664/

Promises NOT made:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/29144801/

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/29140917/

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/29182220/

FRAK! Google Enters Cell Phone Market:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/29185276/

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/29164464/

Multivitamins a scam:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/29106052/

http://www.salon.com/mwt/feature/2009/02/14/curtis_sittenfeld/

http://www.salon.com/opinion/greenwald/2009/02/14/brooks/

http://www.salon.com/news/special/coming_home/2009/02/14/coming_home_five/

Tomorrow night on PBS:

http://www.salon.com/ent/tv/review/2009/02/14/oliver/

http://www.salon.com/news/primary_sources/2009/02/13/coming_home_four_marko/

http://www.salon.com/opinion/feature/2009/02/13/economic_crisis/

Better to know the truth than take revenge:

http://www.salon.com/opinion/conason/2009/02/13/leahy_commission/

A pilot designs a better airport terminal:

http://www.salon.com/tech/col/smith/2009/02/13/askthepilot309/

http://www.salon.com/mwt/feature/2009/02/13/pet_trends/

http://tech.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=09/02/14/205246

http://news.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=09/02/14/1937205

http://news.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=09/02/14/1319259

More proof MS screwed up with Vista:

http://yro.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=09/02/13/2345232

http://tech.slashdot.org/tech/09/02/13/2039222.shtml

http://developers.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=09/02/13/2026227

MS opening retail stores?!? Isn't this what doomed Gateway?:

http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=09/02/13/043207

More dead game companies:

http://games.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=09/02/13/0640216

Us EE's could have told you this:

http://entertainment.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=09/02/14/2025245

So, I'll tell you again. It's simple rabbit ears, or an outside antenna. Spend the $300 on the outside antenna.

Regrettably, Channel Master has changed hands, and designs, so I cannot recommend them anymore. Antennas Direct and Winegard are the remaining choices. For STL a UHF only antenna works great.

Closed airbase brings moral and political CF to the front burner:

http://www.slate.com/id/2211166/

Logistics. No base, no support.

Bad news for STL:

http://www.theatlantic.com/doc/200903/meltdown-geography

Chicago is going to suck us dry even worse. And Texas. Good news- we are not Detroit..

http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/news/stories.nsf/stlouiscitycounty/story/16DC52512EAFFB818625755D000DE2EB?OpenDocument

http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/news/stories.nsf/missouristatenews/story/F8EB5C85FF7277908625755D000C5A22?OpenDocument

http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/business/stories.nsf/developmenteconomy/story/D3FC717FE318F1008625755C00803AE1?OpenDocument

If you have nothing to lose:

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/15/business/15global.html?_r=1&hp

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/14/opinion/14ryan.html

More Blago fun:

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/15/us/15burris.html?hp

Fleeing Dubai (hee hee):

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/12/world/middleeast/12dubai.html?em

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/13/us/13judge.html?em

More reasons I won't get a date;

http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/2009-02-10-attraction_N.htm

http://www.usatoday.com/money/economy/housing/2009-02-12-vacancy12_N.htm

http://www.cookpolitical.com/node/4144

http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,1876737_1876735,00.html

http://www.time.com/time/specials/2008/top10/article/0,30583,1855948_1864555,00.html

Eat the losses:

http://www.time.com/time/business/article/0,8599,1879270,00.html

It's the only way to be sure.

http://www.time.com/time/politics/article/0,8599,1878968,00.html

Worse than Twitter:

http://www.time.com/time/arts/article/0,8599,1877187,00.html

We already knew this...

http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1878358,00.html

http://www.cnn.com/2009/LIVING/personal/02/13/clark.howard.credit.cards/index.html?iref=mpstoryview

http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1879241,00.html?xid=rss-topstories-cnnpartner

http://www.time.com/time/politics/article/0,8599,1879344,00.html?xid=rss-topstories-cnnpartner

Saturday The Fourteenth! Observations

Well, today I went and bought myself something incredible:

A shredder.

For a compulsive collector like myself, this was a momentous decision.

Into the Rubbermaid tubs that held three decades worth of bank statements, etc. will go the (seldom used) games and books that are taking up needed horizontal space on tables, chars, and such.

I may even see my computer desk again.

M. De Poisson got rid of his immense comics collection years ago, followed by VHS tapes, books, and more. Being married had something to do with it.... I'm forced to now by the fact that every week for the next fourteen months will be like this one: My boss is leaving for Afghanistan, on deployment. He's been run ragged by our higher echelons, and unavailable much of the time for me. By Friday The Thirteenth, my body just said no.

I need to simplify to survive.

You might have noted that there have been no links posted in the last week. That's how busy it's been. I've got five open browser windows waiting to be dumped into a giant links post. I might spare us all the agony.

Going also are the domain names I've never used, e-mail accounts, forums I no longer participate in, games and electronics to be put up on EBay, and more. Time to slim down.

One pesky problem is the sheer volume of drawings and gaming notes from three decades of GM'ing. Not to mention the boxed, typewritten manuscripts (no personal computers in those days). No way am I going to be able to key those by hand. Kinko's might have a scan-to-PDF service. Somebody must have.

In the end, hopefully, I'll have several dozen empty Rubbermaid tubs, and some easy-to-port files.

It will make moving, during the Second Great Slowdown, much easier. Anything that can't be carried in the car will be abandoned. I'm an optimist. :)

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Not A Single Vote For the Forum Bullies.

Four votes for rationality, one vote for Real Life, and one vote for ignoring my blog.

I like that person. :)

As I noted to Robert, a lot of internet posters (on any subject) could take themselves off to a little corner of the internet, and be properly ignored, as I have done. It's quite liberating.

I would note that after all the abuse thrown my way, and my voluntary departure, the forum has improved little in civility. So much for my corrupting influence, as I suspected.

Observations 10 FEB 2009

This is classic tornado weather. Today was the anniversary of the infamous tornado of my birth year.

Last night, we played "Cash, Guns, And Money", with the Yakuza expansion module. A good time was had by all. A horror game followed, which had two unexpected turnings- M. De Poisson was delighted by turning into the traitorous member early in the game, and met an early demise as the rest of the group actually co-operated!

Of our group, The Man Who Must Die First is moving. A collective moving party helped him this weekend. I'll miss the old house; it was nearly the perfect structure for our semi-annual gaming cons.

An unpleasant reminder of the war- my boss' formal announcement of his deployment dates. His tour will last until at least May 2010.

The doggie got a trim this weekend. Snarl. He was a tornado for some time. Now, he is adjusted to his slick look, and is ready for his close-up.

At work, the fear and gloom continue. No one knows when more hammers and axes will fall.

On the plus side, my mom's basement is still open. :) And with an increasing need for home health care, a Fourth Turning need to take care of my family may prevail over my ego.

Especially should a certain 194X cohort supervisor *really* go mad.

WSIU-8, PBS Carbondale has completed it's transition to VHF-High operation. It had spent the pre-transition dates on UHF-40 for it's DTV operations. The new RF 8 operation has been disappointing. At 112 km/ 70 statute miles, UHF performance had been good, even in poor propogation conditions. Now, on RF-8, reception time is about 10% of what the UHF signal was. This bodes ill for VHF-High OTA viewing, much less DX'ing. The current ERP for WSIU is 30 KW, increasing to 53 KW 18 FEB. Twice nothing is still nothing. It's less than a 3DB gain. Most of us lose that through the structure, or, in my case, cable runs.

KETC may have been lucky to lose their fight with WSIU, when they lost VHF-9.

I suspect after even the 12 JUN 09 dithering, many who depend on a VHF-High DTV signal will find it to be problematic. STL is a UHF only market for DTV. Several markets have mixed VHF-High and UHF populations. Station owners who had looked to massive power savings from using VHF may find themselves in a bind, as noise factors and weak signals make OTA-only viewers quite upset indeed. Co-channel, and adjacent channel interference may also be major factors, as there are only 7 VHF-High slots. Columbia MO, Quincy IL, Cape Girardeau, Springfield IL, and Carbondale IL are all hashing away at each other over STL. Our cheesiest UHF's suffer little from atmospheric noise, even at ERP's below 150 K (obviating the need for expensive transmitter maintenance, and high total power-in's).

Prediction: VHF HIGH (7-13), and LOW (2-6) are going to turn into Low Power Hell, in the fullness of time, except for extreme rural markets. Watch translators/repeaters, and sub channels on other stations start replacing VHF in outer/rugged areas.

Barrington may opt for an LD UHF ABC in Quincy...humiliating when a 15 KW ERP UHF is more useful than a less than 50 KW ERP VHF. KTVO's miserable signal will compel this.

Many small markets are defying the FCC, and going to DTV 17 FEB. That power bill is their margin of survival. I can see many small markets going to 60 meter/200 foot tall unlighted towers, and shared facilities, with several 15 KW LD's on UHF. They will be robots. Rolla, MO, might be an example, as well as Quincy/Hannibal, with translators in Macomb IL, etc. Money will dictate the loss of air talent, and the power bill will be the next blow to local TV. Hello, internet, for everything but The Big Events.

Well, Obama Finally Managed To Personally Annoy Me!

His news conference pre-empted House MD. Snarl.

Well, maybe I have a historical artifact for the hour burned on DVD.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Links 7 FEB 09

The Izzies hate all their choices:

http://www.slate.com/id/2210633/

Thrift shops not immune:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/29057649/

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/29057678/

Last launch of weather sat type:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/29056643/

Greenland is melting:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/29040497/

http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/02/07/weekend-opinionator-dead-right/

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/07/opinion/07collins.html?_r=1&em

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/07/business/07properties.html?em

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/07/business/07plane.html

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0209/18476.html

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2009/02/why_are_we_in_afghanistan.html

http://news.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=09/02/07/1657259

http://it.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=09/02/07/1628234

http://news.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=09/02/07/134248

http://news.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=09/02/07/0356250

The Google Tracker Paranoia continues:

http://tech.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=09/02/07/0014204

http://hardware.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=09/02/06/2314233

This takes the cake today for corporate evil:

http://news.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=09/02/06/2010241

Friday, February 6, 2009

Links 6 FEB 2009

http://www.politico.com/blogs/michaelcalderone/0209/Zucker_MSNBC_hasnt_hurt_NBCs_brand.html#comments

http://www.politico.com/blogs/michaelcalderone/0209/More_cuts_at_Dow_Jones.html#comments

http://money.cnn.com/2009/02/06/news/economy/jobs_january/index.htm

http://www.cnn.com/2009/LIVING/02/06/downsized.parties/index.html

I already do this:

http://www.cnn.com/2009/TECH/02/06/internet.tv/index.html

http://www.cnn.com/2009/HEALTH/02/05/peanut.recall/index.html

http://www.cnn.com/2009/US/02/06/found.money.family/index.html

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1136092/Chocolate-bars-smaller-Government-anti-obesity-drive.html

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1135777/How-tell-persons-class-The-wealthy-fidget-yawn-generally-appear-rude-say-researchers.html

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1136482/Brains-hardwired-believe-God-imaginary-friends.html

Hello Chris and James:

http://www.cnn.com/2009/US/02/05/army.suicides/index.html

And:

http://www.usatoday.com/news/military/2009-02-05-army-suicide_N.htm

Facebook- Just Say No:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/29046514/

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0209/18484.html

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0209/18473.html

http://www.politico.com/blogs/michaelcalderone/0209/Sen_Stabenow_wants_hearings_on_radio_accountability_talks_fairness_doctrine.html

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/06/opinion/06krugman.html?_r=2&ref=opinion

Death Is An Option says Niall Ferguson:

http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la-oe-ferg6-2009feb06,0,6972232.column

He apparently forgot October 1917.

http://www.slate.com/id/2210620/pagenum/all/#p2

STL is on a major migratory route, so this is old news:

http://www.salon.com/env/feature/2009/02/06/birdstrikes/

http://www.salon.com/tech/col/smith/2009/02/06/askthepilot308/

Google Stealth Updating:

http://tech.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=09/02/06/1510228

http://news.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=09/02/06/1444258

Utah. State of Paranoia:

http://yro.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=09/02/06/1337208

http://it.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=09/02/06/1257258

http://news.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=09/02/06/024246

http://yro.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=09/02/06/009214

http://hardware.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=09/02/05/217211

RIAA takes control of Justice Department:

http://news.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=09/02/05/1539251

http://tech.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=09/02/05/1333251

http://apple.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=09/02/04/2331203

http://www.slate.com/id/2210624/

http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/sports/columnists.nsf/dancaesar/story/35C9534347221988862575550009F23D?OpenDocument

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/B/BAILOUT_OVERSIGHT?SITE=MOSTP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2009-02-06-05-45-34

GASP! You're going to have to get an outside TV antenna! *shocked*:

http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/news/stories.nsf/sciencemedicine/story/128CFD582F59BDFC8625755500085592?OpenDocument

I never predicted this.

http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/business/columnists.nsf/reppshudson/story/D7FAD945AA5BC2748625755400810362?OpenDocument

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/07/business/worldbusiness/07ufjbank.html

Japans Epic Stimulus Fail:

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/06/world/asia/06japan.html

ID Paranoia:

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2009-02-05-immigration_N.htm

Arnold could fire every state employee, and not break even. which part of "we're all just going to bust out" did you not understand:

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2009-02-06-california_N.htm

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Links 5 FEB 2009

Prepare to be blasted by a week's worth of delayed links.

You may scream, now.

http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/business/stories.nsf/story/A41771055AB158BA8625755300116952?OpenDocument

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0209/18248.html

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1133799/Cleric-said-Hurricane-Katrina-Gods-punishment-homosexuality-bishop-Vatican.html

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/28799253/print/1/displaymode/1098/

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/01/opinion/01rich.html?_r=3&ref=opinion

The cops originally turned the finder away, so he went to the TV station:

http://www.9news.com/news/article.aspx?storyid=108889&catid=339

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/W/WAR_ON_TERROR?SITE=AP

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/28940067/

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/28973945/

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/28959574/

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/28933674/

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/28963784/

Just say no to Facebook:

http://redtape.msnbc.com/2009/01/post-1.html#posts

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0209/18262.html

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0209/18268.html

http://www.kxan.com/dpp/news/Road_signs_warn_of_zombies

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2009/02/how_much_will_obama_sacrifice.html

http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/02/01/carville.rush.limbaugh/index.html

http://www.salon.com/news/feature/2009/02/02/republicans/

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/01/opinion/01rich.html?_r=1&ref=opinion

http://www.slate.com/id/2210095/

http://www.economist.com/finance/displayStory.cfm?story_id=13047516&source=features_box2

http://www.salon.com/books/excerpt/2009/02/02/ronald_reagan/

http://tech.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=09/02/02/0621201

http://games.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=09/02/02/053202

H-1B abuse, this time from bailed-out banks:

http://news.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=09/02/01/2133219

http://mobile.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=09/02/01/216242

http://tech.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=09/01/31/2337235

IBM offshoring:

http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=09/01/31/2316221

Geek culture woes:

http://entertainment.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=09/01/31/1954233

http://tech.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=09/02/02/1318205

http://www.slate.com/id/2210099/

http://www.slate.com/id/2210164/

http://www.slate.com/id/2210100/

http://www.slate.com/id/2210162/

http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/news/stories.nsf/stlouiscitycounty/story/999D4DF183F7C5D886257551000C3B8F?OpenDocument

http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/news/stories.nsf/missouristatenews/story/65BB4BBE535B8B3C8625755100515D7D?OpenDocument

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/E/ECONOMY?SITE=MOSTP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2009-02-02-09-11-13

Wash U, the Borg:

http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/news/stories.nsf/stlouiscitycounty/story/93837C0688FA89B98625754F001A6195?OpenDocument

Goodbye to my JR High.

http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/business/stories.nsf/workplace/story/E6985C4F9700C725862575500004DF1D?OpenDocument

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/02/business/economy/02value.html?hp

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/01/opinion/01dowd.html?em

Friedman figures out We're Just Screwed:

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/01/opinion/01friedman.html?em

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/02/opinion/02krugman.html?em

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/01/business/01mall.html?em

http://www.usatoday.com/money/economy/income/2009-02-01-rich-cut-back_N.htm

Weather geeks, unite!:

http://www.usatoday.com/weather/research/2009-02-01-weather-volunteers_N.htm

http://www.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/europe/02/05/iran.uk/index.html?iref=24hours

http://www.cnn.com/2009/HEALTH/02/05/ep.health.insurance.loss/index.html?iref=24hours

http://www.cnn.com/2009/TECH/02/05/digital.tv.people/index.html?iref=24hours

http://www.ireport.com/docs/DOC-208136

http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/us/2009/02/05/day.laborers.gutierrez.cnn?iref=24hours

http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/business/2009/02/05/roesgen.bankrupt.business.cnn?iref=24hours

http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/us/2009/02/04/dory.md.frozen.puppy.found.wmar?iref=24hours

The Evil Empire Is Back:

http://www.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/europe/02/04/russia.collective.military/index.html?iref=24hours

Idiot Congress:

http://www.cnn.com/2009/TECH/02/04/digital.tv.delay.vote/index.html?iref=24hours

http://www.cnn.com/2009/LIVING/02/04/trillion.dollars/index.html?iref=24hours

http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/02/04/minow.executive.pay/index.html?iref=24hours

http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2009/02/missouri-dem-robin-carnahan-launches-2010-senate-campaign.php

http://www.pressconnects.com/article/20090201/OPINION01/902010344/1005/OPINION

http://www.politico.com/blogs/glennthrush/0209/Domenici_probed_in_US_Attorneys_case_TPM_reports_.html#comments

http://www.politico.com/blogs/glennthrush/0209/Pete_Sessions_House_GOP_learning_from_Taliban.html#comments

http://www.politico.com/blogs/michaelcalderone/0209/WaPo_drops_freelance_payments_.html?showall

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/horseraceblog/2009/02/the_limits_of_bipartisanship.html

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/columnists/anatole_kaletsky/article5663091.ece

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/B/BOEING_DELIVERIES_ILOL-?SITE=MOSTP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/E/EARNS_MEDIA?SITE=MOSTP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT

DUI Guy must have been a libertarian from my old political board:

http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/news/stories.nsf/commutingtraffic/story/7383E16B979F9B50862575540042CFCD?OpenDocument

Laws don't apply to him...

http://www.slate.com/id/2210507/

http://hardware.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=09/02/03/0125226

Bad news for the furries:

http://science.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=09/02/03/1621231

http://news.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=09/02/04/0121211

http://science.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=09/02/04/0246232

Drive-by US Passport hacking (not like I predicted this, or anything):

http://it.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=09/02/04/1320223

http://entertainment.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=09/02/04/1456240

discovery launch delayed:

http://science.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=09/02/04/1631211

http://apple.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=09/02/04/1635246

Nowhere to hide:

http://tech.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=09/02/04/1824243

http://idle.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=09/02/04/1624256

Problem with this, is that you either have local admin rights, or you are a slave:

http://tech.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=09/02/05/0221211

http://it.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=09/02/05/0223220

http://it.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=09/02/05/1410230

http://tech.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=09/02/05/1913206

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20090202.wcoafghan03/BNStory/specialComment/home

http://www.tnr.com/politics/story.html?id=9dfd540a-3d44-4684-a333-415ef34efa5b

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=100242855

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/09035/946657-374.stm

If only journalism was worth paying money for:

http://www.time.com/time/printout/0,8816,1877191,00.html

http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/0209/Snubbing_Zinni.html

http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/connelly/398039_Joel30.html?source=mypi

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/28912346/

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/world/stories/DN-renditions_01int.ART.State.Edition2.4c55e62.html

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/01/30/AR2009013003116.html

States getting REALLY out of control on sales taxes- by charging on purchases made in other states:

http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2009/02/03/state_chases_sales_taxes_in_nh/

Warm and fuzzy Dick Cheney:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/politico/20090204/pl_politico/18390

Must be the wheelchair.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20090203/od_nm/us_tv_judge

More failed Nuclear ORI's:

http://www.stripes.com/article.asp?section=104&article=60491

Damn that liberal Stars And Stripes!

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/7871932.stm

Japan entering 2nd Great Slowdown:

http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601087&sid=aKlOFEHJzz5k&refer=home

Worst GDP in 26 years:

http://www.cnbc.com/id/28914640

There is no depression.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/davos/7860708.stm

Cry for the movie studios:

http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601109&sid=aDMXKb0oqb34&refer=home

The AMISH are hurting:

http://www.goerie.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20090130/NEWS02/301309946

100K job losses this week:

http://money.cnn.com/2009/01/30/news/economy/job_loss_roundup/index.htm?postversion=2009013014

http://www.iht.com/articles/2009/02/01/business/econ02.1-419877.php

Joe I quits the US:

http://www.latimes.com/classified/automotive/highway1/la-hy-isuzu31jan31,0,168226.story

http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2009/2/2/201126/2183/354/692217

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20090203.RBANKS03/TPStory/Business

The other 60% are selling dollars:

http://meganmcardle.theatlantic.com/archives/2009/02/40_of_japanese_investors_think.php

http://uk.reuters.com/article/topNews/idUKTRE5125U820090203?rpc=401&

Cutting the cheese:

http://www.reuters.com/article/ousiv/idUSTRE5135MX20090204

http://www.reuters.com/article/newsOne/idUSTRE5135UX20090204

http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601087&sid=aaLzJZKNcc6Y&refer=home

http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=D965FF980&show_article=1&catnum=0

Coming soon to your employer, too:

http://i.gizmodo.com/5146694/their-final-words-as-the-grunts-of-circuit-city

States turn into the Rock Hill and Shrewsbury cops, when budgets go bad:

http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/national/1110ap_seat_belt_laws.html?source=rss

http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2009/feb/03/universities-admissions-social-mobility

Fire 7000, get bonus:

http://news.cincinnati.com/article/20090203/BIZ01/302030063/1055/NEWS

Red Light Camera ATM's:

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/localnews/stories/020309dnmeduncameras.38f22d7.html

And you thought MY flying was bad:

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/europe/article5651516.ece?u

US being cut off from key air base:

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/E/EU_RUSSIA_KYRGYZSTAN_US_BASE?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2009-02-03-12-49-12

Not like I predicted this, or anything.

Depression making us Grammar/Spelling Nazi's:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/28900351/

Italian cops do the revenue thing, too:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/7862893.stm