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April 28, 2007

'Jerico' on CBS

What is it about disaster stories/films that makes them popular? Ever since I read Stephen King's The Stand back in high school, I seem to be drawn to apocalyptic in nature. Maybe I should use the word 'apocalyptic' since that would indicate a religious undertone.

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April 27, 2007


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Nothing much happening today...finished dialysis and relaxing before my Physics class.

Just wanted to say 'Howdy!!' and thank God that it's Friday!!

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April 24, 2007

Earth-like Planet Discovered

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Cool stuff: check it out

UPDATE: Okay, the original link got trashed somehow; I plugged in a NEW link which should work.

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Full Dose

I heard about this a few days ago on the radio and thought it was a joke:

Saving the Earth: The Biodiesel Bus Blog

I propose a limitation be put on how many squares of toilet paper can be used in any one sitting. Now, I don't want to rob any law-abiding American of his or her God-given rights, but I think we are an industrious enough people that we can make it work with only one square per restroom visit, except, of course, on those pesky occasions where 2 to 3 could be required.

Sheryl.....you have to keep taking all of the medication sweetie.

Yeah....I could see this suggestion working for women when they conduct number one sitting on the pot. But what about those days when those bean & cheese burritos aren't working well with your intestinal tract?

OMG....this woman needs a serious dose of reality injected into her life.

UPDATE: Never thought I say this, but I have to agree with Rosie on her comment about this.....

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April 22, 2007

Fallen Angel

I hate hearing about incidents like this:

Pilot Killed in S.C. Blue Angel Crash

BEAUFORT, S.C. (AP) - A Navy Blue Angel jet crashed during an air show Saturday, plunging into a neighborhood of small homes and trailers and killing the pilot, the county coroner said.

Witnesses said the planes were flying in formation during the show at the Marine Corps Air Station and one dropped below the trees and crashed, sending up clouds of smoke. At least one home was on fire.

Raymond Voegeli, a plumber, was backing out of a driveway when the plane ripped through a grove of pine trees, dousing his truck in flames and debris. He said wreckage hit "plenty of houses and mobile homes."

"It was just a big fireball coming at me," said Voegeli, 37. "It was just taking pine trees and just clipping them."

County Coroner Curt Copeland said the pilot was killed, but did not release an identification. Copeland said there was a lot of debris at the crash site and described the scene as horrific.

John Sauls, who lives near the crash site, said the planes were banking back and forth before one disappeared, and a plume of smoke shot up.

"It's one of those surreal moments when you go, 'No, I didn't just see what I saw,'" Sauls said.

At the Blue Angels command headquarters at Pensacola Naval Air Station the petty officer on duty said he "had no comment at this time."

While the article doesn't specifically identify the pilot that crashed, one of the photos of the Blue Angels performing their last maneuver just prior to the crash identified the plane that crashed: it was Blue Angel #6, the Opposing Solo pilot Lieutenant Commander Kevin Davis. LCDR Davis' biography can be found on the Navy's Blue Angels website here.

It is always sad to hear of a member of the Blue Angels being killed, especially while performing during an airshow. While it'll take a while to determine the cause of the accident - be it a mechanical or system failure on the aircraft or possibly even pilot error, I do know one thing for sure: while the family of LCDR Davis will undoubtedly be greiving over his death, this Naval Aviator died doing what he loved the most.

Rest in Peace Commander.

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April 19, 2007


While I normally aren't the type to brag about something - believe it or not, I'd like to think of myself as somewhat shy - I'd like to thank Dave over at Sugar Ray Dodge for nominating me 'Best Political Blog'.

Mr. Dave - I am quite humbled by your vote of confidence!

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April 17, 2007

Shooter was a Non-non Asian

For a second there.....I thought I'd been transported to 'La-La Land':

Media Advisory: Coverage on Virginia Tech Shooting Incident

SAN FRANCISCO (April 16, 2007) -- Like the rest of the nation, we at the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) are stunned at the news of today's shooting at Virginia Tech. Our thoughts are with the victims and their families and friends as they cope with this horrific incident.

As coverage of the Virginia Tech shooting continues to unfold, AAJA urges all media to avoid using racial identifiers unless there is a compelling or germane reason. There is no evidence at this early point that the race or ethnicity of the suspected gunman has anything to do with the incident, and to include such mention serves only to unfairly portray an entire people.

The effect of mentioning race can be powerfully harmful. It can subject people to unfair treatment based simply on skin color and heritage.

Oh my fracking God.

Are you screwballs serious?!?

I could see a statement like this being warranted if the people murdered at Virginia Tech just happened to be murdered by a group of Asians. But one murderer merits a blanket statement of lah-lah-lah-we-are-not-listening while burying your head in the sand and pretending that it's simply ONE fact in many about what happened?

You know....when I first heard of this yesterday, I swore to myself that I wouldn't 'make hay' out of anything involved with this but after reading this garbage, one thought occured to me:

if the lone gunman had been a deranged evangelical Christian, how many times would that phrase appear in any news report?

Any guesses?

I rest my case. And this rates a 'Launching a Butt Monkey' label.....

(By way of Michelle Malkin)

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April 10, 2007

Code of Conduct?

I haven't really read much - or paid much attention to - the Kathy Sierra blog stuff that popped up on the radar last week. I honestly don't have the time to dig for all the background information to make an informed decision on it one way or the other.

However - the one thing that I heard about was this proposed 'Code of Conduct' for bloggers.

Ex-squeeze me?!?

While I understand the (possible) urgency for some sort of unspoken rules and/or guidelines for blogging, it seems just a bit.....over the top IMHO.

Besides, most of these proposed tenets are ones that I more-or-less follow. But just in case you've missed it, here are the simple rules for leaving comments here:

  1. My Blog, My Rules.

  2. Dissent is tolerated.
    This means that you can disagree with me on what I post about.

  3. Ass-hats are not.
    This means that if you come across like a bezerk pre-schooler in your comments, it'll be deletion city for you.

  4. Keep foul language to a minimum, if at all.
    Use common sense on this one - if anything, use lots of asteriks: * * *

  5. I reserve the right to be an ass-hat.
    And when I am, I'll admit it if I want to.

  6. I reserve the right to ban ass-hats and spammers.
    Here in the House of Mikey, I am the Evil Overlord and can act accordingly.

  7. When in doubt, refer to Rule #1.
There - so simple that even a barking moonbat can understand it.

And of course, I reserve the right to amend these rules whenever the mood strikes me. Seem silly? See Rule #1.

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April 06, 2007

Spring Quarter

Spring quarter began on Monday and I'm back into the fray already.

This quarter I'm taking three classes again. They are:

  • ECE 174 Intro to Linear & Nonlinear Optimization
  • Physics 162 Cosmology
  • History 188 Special Topics in Culture and Politics: Race, Religion, and Nation
It's basically the same mix as last quarter.

The ECE class is basically going to be like my Linear Algebra class - reviewed at high-speed and the intensity cranked up a little. The prof says that it'll also include some 'applications' in the course and I'm hoping that he's going to do that. It would be nice to see what all high-level math I learned has some meaning...

The History course turns out to actually be a seminar course - about 18 students sitting around a conference table really getting into the subject matter. Although there's a butt load of reading involved, I'm looking forward to it.

And then there's the Cosmology course in Physics. This is the last class in a three-class sequence that (supposedly) will be the bulk of a minor in 'Space Sciences' offered by the Physics department here at UCSD. I'd get into the details.....if I only knew about them.

The added 'plus' is that while I'm slowly getting my engineering stuff done, I'm also completing classes in two minors - 'Space Sciences' and 'U.S. History'. It'll make a BSEE a bit more attractive.

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April 03, 2007

Too Stupid to Live

Have you ever heard someone say something and found out that:

  1. It wasn't who you thought it was that was actually talking, and
  2. You'd never heard such an arrangement of words coming from that person?
Well, I had this happen to me last night.

Since we don't have cable anymore, we're pretty much compelled to watch one of two broadcast channels here in San Diego - Channel 8 which is the CBS station and Channel 10 which is the ABC affiliate; luckily, we don't get any Mexican/hispanic stations.

Anyway....I was in the kitchen doing something when I heard a female voice call out from the living room You SUCK lady!!; I naturally assumed that it was my wife horsing around with my daughter as they have taken to doing lately - tickle fights, general torture stuff.

I walked out to see what was happening and discovered that what I had heard and who said it were completely off - the statement You SUCK lady!! came from my 12-year old daughter while she was watching 'Who Wants to be a Millionaire' (on one of the two channels we get). Apparently, there was some lady contestant that blew a simple question and my daughter reacted.....differently than I had ever seen before.

I asked my kid why she had said what she had said - her reply was Dad, she's too stupid to live on this planet!!

Leave it to a GATE student to verbally condemn/berate someone on a game show for being (in her opinion) a little too stupid for the good of the human race.....

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Mikey is a forty-something U.S. Navy veteran that is currently taking a break from being a full-time student at UC San Diego studying electrical engineering.

He's also a husband, a father, a former Independent/Democrat and is currently dealing with dialysis and getting on the national kidney transplant list.

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