27 November 2010

FSU Day

Know what day it is?

It's FSU day!

Now, I know that UF's football team is a little bit down this year. Things haven't all gone as Gators fans might have hoped.

This is still a big day, folks. One of the biggest.

"But," you say, "the Gators have plenty of rivals."

That's true. It's something that happens when you play in The Best Dang Conference In The Country. Any time UF plays against, say, Georgia, Tennessee, Auburn, Alabama, or LSU, it's a huge game.

FSU's special, though. I'm not going to say "huger," because even though huger is a word, it shouldn't be.

FSU is the game that can make a fantastic season bittersweet or a mediocre season - which this most assuredly is - mildly acceptable.

FSU is the team that beat UF in 96.

FSU is the team that, even though their winning in other games would make UF's schedule better, I always smile to see losing.

My sister goes to FSU, and I can't bring myself to cheer for them, or even not to cheer against them.

It's FSU day, ladies and gentlemen.

Go Gators.

15 November 2010

War!




Reasons this track is awesome:

- OMG Holst!
- OMG 1960s!
- WTF distortion!
- Duuuuuude.


Happy Monday morning, everyone. I'm sitting in the office reading some great essays and some less-than-great essays. Also webcomics.

Have a great day!

10 November 2010

Morning, folks

Hope y'all like the redesign. I'm off to class.

Have a great morning.


...maybe the only good part of the episode...

09 November 2010

How's the Economy?

Good? Bad?

I bet I can guess your political affiliation based on your answer.

Check out this article from Slate. Brief excerpt:

"Financially worse off today" is a surprisingly fluid category. What in 2008 was mostly a Democratic slice of the electorate is now mostly a Republican slice. And no, it's not because Obama's policies somehow selectively benefited Democrats at the expense of Republicans. It's mostly a matter of partisan perception: 2008's economic Cassandras were primarily Democrats sure that Bush's empire-building profligacy was ruining the economy, and 2010's Chicken Littles are chiefly Republicans convinced that Obama's creeping socialism is hastening America's decline.

To understand the strength of partisan distortion of objective economic facts, consider the following: Between 1980 and 1988, inflation fell from about 14 percent to about 4 percent. But when asked what had happened to inflation over Reagan's two terms, more than half of "strong" Democrats insisted that inflation had gotten somewhat or much worse over that period, whereas only 8 percent said it had gotten better, according to an analysis by Larry Bartels, a professor of politics at Princeton. For "strong" Republicans, it was pretty much the exact opposite.



Worth thinking about.

Mark Hurlbert is Corrupt

From the Daily Mail:

A financial manager for wealthy clients will not face charges for a hit-and-run because it could jeopardise his job, it has been revealed.

Martin Joel Erzinger, 52, was set to face felony charges for running over a doctor who he hit from behind in his 2010 Mercedes Benz, and then speeding off.

But now he will simply face two misdemeanour traffic charges from the July 3 incident in Eagle, Colorado.

His victim, Dr Steven Milo, 34, is meanwhile facing 'a lifetime of pain' from his injuries.

But prosecutors claim the decision is theirs to make.

'Justice in this case includes restitution and the ability to pay it,' said District Attorney Mark Hurlbert.

He said Erzinger, a private wealth manager who manages more than $1billion in assets at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney in Denver, is willing to take responsibility and pay restitution.

'Felony convictions have some pretty serious job implications for someone in Mr. Erzinger's profession, and that entered into it,' he said.

'When you're talking about restitution, you don't want to take away his ability to pay.'

Dr Milo is a physician living in New York City with his wife and two children, where he is still recovering from his injuries, court records show.

He suffered spinal cord injuries, bleeding from his brain and damage to his knee and scapula, according to court documents.

Over the past six weeks he has suffered 'disabling' spinal headaches and faces multiple surgeries for a herniated disc and plastic surgery to fix the scars he suffered in the accident.

'He will have lifetime pain,' his lawyer Harold Haddon told the court.

'His ability to deal with the physical challenges of his profession - liver transplant surgery - has been seriously jeopardised.'

Dr Milo told Hurlbert that the case 'has always been about responsibility, not money'.

'Mr Erzinger struck me, fled and left me for dead on the highway,' he wrote. 'Neither his financial prominence nor my financial situation should be factors in your prosecution of this case.'

But the prosecutor insisted that the case is, in part, about the money. 'The money has never been a priority for them. It is for us,' he said.

Dr Milo was bicycling eastbound on Highway 6 near Eagle when Erzinger allegedly hit him with the black 2010 Mercedes Benz sedan he was driving.

Erzinger fled the scene and was arrested later, police say. He drove until he reached a Pizza Hut parking lot, where he stopped and called Mercedes auto assistance to report the damage to his vehicle.



Question: Does this surprise any of you?

Justice, ladies and gentlemen, may be blind.
The so-called Justice Department is most certainly not.

07 November 2010

Beautiful and Terrible

The Night you were Born

- Tell me a story, Dad.

- What do you want to hear?

- Something pretty. Something I haven't heard before.

- Do you want to hear about David and Jonathan and King Saul and Samuel and how David became the king of Israel?

- No, Dad, I know that one already.

- Do you want to hear about how your great-grandfather came to America on a big boat and saw the Statue of Liberty like a church steeple for a whole country?

- No, Dad, I know that one already.

- Do you want to hear about the night you were born?

- Sure, Dad. Tell me about that.

- Your mother is the most beautiful woman in the world.

- I know that, Dad. I'm smart.

- You sure are, son. But did you know that she's one of the world's best storytellers, too? The night you were born, she told me the most wonderful stories.

05 November 2010

Say what you like

Say what you like about the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear (the Jon Stewart / Stephen Colbert event in Washington? Drew 250000+ people?), but there were some dang clever signs thereabouts. Some of the best I've seen pictures of so far:










Friday morning in the office



03 November 2010

Portishead - The Rip




As she walks in the room
Scented and tall
Hesitating once more
And as I take on myself
And the bitterness I felt
I realise that love flows

Wild, white horses
They will take me away
And the tenderness I feel
Will send the dark underneath
Will I follow?

Through the glory of life
I will scatter on the floor
Disappointed and sore
And in my thoughts I have bled
For the riddles I've been fed
Another lie moves over

Wild, white horses
They will take me away
And the tenderness I feel
Will send the dark underneath
Will I follow?

Wild, white horses
They will take me away
And the tenderness I feel
Will send the dark underneath
Will I follow?






RIP, AI.


The Morning After

So... yeah. Elections were yesterday. I'm gonna spend a few minutes here copying and pasting some quotes with which I tend to agree, and then get to the real work of finishing up an essay for tomorrow's class.

Note: I can't vouch for the validity of any of these quotes. I'm throwing sentiments at the page here, not history.



"Democracy is a device that ensures we shall be governed no better than we deserve."
- George Bernard Shaw

"Under democracy one party always devotes its chief energies to trying to prove that the other party is unfit to rule - and both commonly succeed, and are right."
- Henry Mencken

"When a whole nation is roaring patriotism at the top of its voice, I am fain to explore the cleanness of its hands and purity of its heart."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

"It's not the voting that's democracy, it's the counting."
- Tom Stoppard

"If voting changed anything, they'd make it illegal."
- Emma Goldman

01 November 2010

America




so, if you notice, that's not the "final draft" of the poem, right?

or, if you prefer: that's not the draft that's been usually published.

process is a fun kind of thing.

a more familiar draft, perhaps, and played a bit straighter:





...just something to think about.

All y'all have a good day.