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December 17, 2004

Uphappy Kitty

As part of the 'Cat Blogging Friday' continuim, here's an impression of one of my cats when I fail to answer their demand(s) for 9-Live Chicken & Tuna nummies:

Nice kitty....

Posted by Mad Mikey at 02:55 PM | Comments (1)

Rather Wins Accolade

Dan Rather is featured in the newest issue of Mad Magazine:


Posted by Mad Mikey at 02:49 PM | Comments (1)
Posted by Mad Mikey at 02:49 PM | Comments (1)

So Many Uses for an Degree in English

Another reason why I'm pursuing a degree in engineering instead of some warm & fuzzy humanities degree:

English degree.jpg

Some possible career paths for someone with a degree in English:

  • Reasoning Lion Tamer (utilizes logic instead of traditional whip/chair tools)
  • Night-shift manager at Wendy's
  • Meter Maid
  • Greeter at CostCo
  • Rectal Thermometer Cleaning Technician at the Free Clinic
  • Elvis Impersonator at Viejas Casino
  • Crash Test Dummy
  • Police Sniper (must have specialized in Poe)
  • Chewing Gum Recycling Administrative Manager
  • Mid-level bureaucrat for the Lichtenstein Urban Planning section of the State Department
  • Public Restroom Toilet Seat Calibration Technician (again, must have specialized in Poe)
  • Guinea Pig Medical Technician (knowledgeable in the works of Grok, the first caveman writer in the Tertiary period very helpful for advancement)

Posted by Mad Mikey at 02:26 PM | Comments (3)
Posted by Mad Mikey at 02:26 PM | Comments (3)

Wrong Action Code Pablo

Navy deserter Pablo Parades thinks he won't get hammered:

"I know other people are feeling the same way I am, and I'm hoping more people will stand up," he said. "They can't throw us all in jail."
Yeah they can and will Pablo.

As we used to say when I was in the Navy: Wrong Action Code numbnuts.

And you'll be real 'popular' with the other prisoners in the brig. Hope you enjoy the blanket party they throw for you.....

Posted by Mad Mikey at 02:04 PM | Comments (3)
Posted by Mad Mikey at 02:04 PM | Comments (3)

Saturn Loosing It


Saturn as seen from the Hubble Space TelescopeUSC -- A massive eruption of atomic oxygen from Saturn's outer rings, seen by Cassini's ultraviolet camera as the spacecraft neared its destination, may be an indication that the planet's wispy E ring is eroding so fast that it could disappear within 100 million years if not replenished.

And it's all Bush's fault for not signing the Kyoto Accords.

Damn those Republicans - damn them all to Hell!! [/Charlton Heston]

Posted by Mad Mikey at 12:29 PM | Comments (1)
Posted by Mad Mikey at 12:29 PM | Comments (1)

December 15, 2004


Can't really think of anything major to blog about, so this will be an 'Odds-N-Ends' type post:

  • Final Exams were last week and they went 'fairly well'

    Two finals - Physics 9 The Solar System (aka Dumb-Dumb Physics) and ECE 101 - Signals & Systems - went well. Well....at least I didn't have an aneurysm in the middle of the exam.

    The one final exam that shreded my mind was ECE 102 - Active Circuit Design. It would seem that the professor for this class thinks that his is the only class that his students are taking and that we must use his website as our home page.

    I preparted for this exam and then botched it anyway. I wasn't feeling too swift about it until my study buddies took their 102 final a few days later (different section) and they too walked out feeling like they'd been molested.

  • Can't seem to get 'perky' about Christmas this year. It could be that I'm just too drained from this past quarter, but I'll probably get better when we put up the tree this week and I start doing Christmas shopping.

  • Once again, my theory that the stupid drivers of San Diego are alerted to my leaving the house is confirmed by how many times I sat on the horn while driving to an appointment yesterday.

  • Is it me or does it seem as though the 'wind was taken out of our sails' right after the November 2nd election? Ever since the election results were announced, I seem to be semi-blase about some things that only a month ago perked my attention.....

  • Cats with grey/dark coats don't stand out very well in the middle of the night when they sprawled in the hallway just outside the bathroom and it's dark.

    Consequently, cats also don't seem to understand sincerity when you explain that you didn't mean to step on their tails; they just give you an evil look.

  • Looking forward to the 'season premeires' of both Stargate: SG-1 and Stargate: Atlantis closely followed by the premeire of the new Battlestar Galactica series - all on the Sci Fi Channel.

  • Why couldn't being 'geeky' have been cool back when I was in high school instead of causing it to be an excuse for jocks to screw with you?

  • Just realized that by using Mozilla Firefox, I've been missing a lot of cool crap on the Sci Fi Channel website. Have to learn to allow pop-ups there....

Posted by Mad Mikey at 12:53 PM | Comments (4)
Posted by Mad Mikey at 12:53 PM | Comments (4)

December 13, 2004

Clue Needed in Aisle Four

This guy needs to get seriously bent:

Bush photo at farmers' market causes row

LANCASTER - A Democratic city councilman has demanded that a baker remove photos of President Bush from his stand in Lancaster's venerable farmers' market, saying the city needs a "healing period" following the bitterly contested presidential election.

City Council member Nelson Polite approached David Stoltzfus last month and asked him to remove the pictures. When Stoltzfus refused, Polite vowed to pursue a city ordinance that would ban all political items from public places in the city.

Polite said the photo offended city Democrats.

"I just feel that since it was a close election and the city's so divided, that we should have a healing period," Polite told the New Era of Lancaster.

After the New Era published a story about the flap earlier this month, conservative pundits from around the nation skewered Polite as being clueless about free speech.

Republican Mayor Charlie Smithgall said would-be tourists have told him they will skip Lancaster -- an old city in the heart of Amish country -- because of Polite's statements.

There is an ancient Chinese saying that goes: BOO-HOO.

Posted by Mad Mikey at 05:15 PM | Comments (8)
Posted by Mad Mikey at 05:15 PM | Comments (8)

Spamming the Spammer

You know it's Christmas when your Inbox is crammed with spam.

I like to respond to spam by actually filling out BS information and making the spammer think they've got a customer.

For example, I got an offer to re-finance my house. So....I filled out the convenient form and told them I'd like to have a re-fi loan for about $100k on my (non-existant) condo in La Jolla.

I get a response this morning that there would be not one, but FOUR lenders contacting me soon. I responded (this time to a real e-mail address) that I didn't fill out any contact information [/innocent].

I get a response from the (I assume) owner of the lending company saying:

I have advertisers drive people to my web site, I will look up the person that delivered me your information and see what this is all about.

Here is what I received from my servers this morning. I am sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused. Sometimes people just key in information from a phone book to play games with us.

I answered back:
Yeah, I know. I'm one of those people that send you bogus information.

How does it feel to be suckered? Hmmm??

If I was honestly looking for re-finance my condo - do you think I'd go with a company that resorts to SPAMMING??

So long sucker!!

I'm sure I'll get a response that says something like 'Oh, I'm very sorry for this happening....'

Yeah, right.

Posted by Mad Mikey at 03:00 PM | Comments (4)
Posted by Mad Mikey at 03:00 PM | Comments (4)

'Economy in the Toilet'?

I'm no expert on economics, but wouldn't this be a sign of a expanding economy?

Fed Expected to Deliver Fifth Quarter-Point Rate Hike

WASHINGTON (AP) - With a fall in oil prices easing inflation concerns, the Federal Reserve is expected to continue its easy-does-it approach to raising interest rates, boosting a key rate by a moderate quarter-point at its final meeting of the year Tuesday.

Many analysts believe this pattern of gradual quarter-point rate increases will continue well into the new year. Solid economic growth and an absence of inflation pressures mean Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan and his colleagues can take their time in moving away from exceptionally low interest rates.

Now, I'm certain that there will be people who will split hairs (?) over the exact definition of 'economy' and of what specific numbers comprise the analysis that the Federal Reserve uses to determine when the economy is in need of economic retardation.

But what I have wondered about for the last year or so - especially during the election - was if the economy was in the 'crapper' (as was claimed by most Kerry supporters), then why would the Fed keep raising the interest rates?

Wouldn't raising the prime lending rate in a 'crappy economy' just make it worse?

It just doesn't make sense if one is to believe the *cough* claims made by John Kerry as to why he would have been better for America over President Bush.

Maybe some anti-Bush/pro-Kerry supporter could enlighten me as to this dichotomy.....

Posted by Mad Mikey at 01:51 PM | Comments (2)
Posted by Mad Mikey at 01:51 PM | Comments (2)

He's Back!

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Chris Muir's on-line comic Day by Day is back!!

Good to see you again Chris!

Posted by Mad Mikey at 11:47 AM | Comments (2)
Posted by Mad Mikey at 11:47 AM | Comments (2)

Free Gift with a Price

Rob at Left & Right discovers that a 'free gift' comes with a price:

Oh, boy, do we have a bone to pick with CDBaby...

The Big Hair ordered 2 CDs of Renaissance music, one of them with Celtic Wedding music on it. Listening to it now, is nice, we likes it.

Have no problem with that.

It is the pile of shit that they sent as a "free gift," that I have a problem with.

A CD titled "Soapbox" with a dedication to Wesley Cook and Leonard Peltier. Actually, it is dedicated to Cook's nom de mierde, Mumia al Jamal, justly convicted and rightly sentenced to death in 1982 for the murder of a Philadelphia policeman, 25-year old Daniel Faulkner.

Leonard Peltier was convicted of murdering FBI Special Agents Jack R. Coler and Ronald A. Williams at Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, South Dakota in 1975.

The dedication is also to "all of those who resist U$ imperialism" and features an upside-down American flag.

Whaddya think? Should we turn it into a Shrinky Dink and return it, postage due?

Whether we do or not, be forewarned of the propaganda CDBaby is attempting to push down your throat.

We'll never order from them again.

In order for Rob to not succumb to Satan's 'free gift', he should indeed turn it into a Shrinky Dink and return it.....postage due.

Save yourself Rob!!

Posted by Mad Mikey at 11:36 AM | Comments (2)

December 12, 2004

Blase Sunday

Since school is out and I (apparently) did not have a massive MI over final exams, it's time to tackle those pain-in-the-ass chores that have been waiting for the right time.

One of those tasks/chores is re-arranging the living room to accomedate the soon-to-be-bought Christmas tree. My wife grew up with live trees every year and cannot stand the thought of an artificial tree, so that's another task that will be tackeled on Tuesday: buying a tree.

The living room needs to be re-arranged cause the tree always takes up a lot of room and not to mention the present explosion that results from all the presents that end up under the tree.

Hopefully it'll get done with few problems and then it's time to sit down with the kid and teach her about electronics and how to make a Flux Capacitor.

Posted by Mad Mikey at 11:58 AM | Comments (2)
Posted by Mad Mikey at 11:58 AM | Comments (2)

Idea Source

Found at Steve's Blithered Blog:

Glenn Reynolds Says:

"I get all my ideas from Hillary Duff."



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