19 April 2011

Atlas Shrugged

Atlas Shrugged, originally uploaded by tioguerra.

banana fanna

06 January 2008

The Straw Imam


Here's what we're going to do.

Starting Monday 7 Jan. 2008, we're going to buy up all the grocery store tabloid companies. Then we're going to have the staffs of those books pore over the internet and take all the copy of stuff said about Sen. Obama and edit each item into its own news story and just print that from now on.

I guarantee you there is enough misinformation out there about Barack Obama to keep all those tabloids in print for the next five years. Over the last few weeks I have read and/or heard of misdirection, ad hominem attacks, outright lies, red herrings, appeals to popularity, appeals to God, fear mongering, end of the world mongering, "threats" to not vote for the man, insinuations that it is bad luck to vote for someone who has the middle name of Hussein while we're fighting Muslims, calling the man evil, calling the man the Devil, calling the man a son of Noah's son Ham. Oh and uh, then there's the racism.

You've created a straw man...an Obama evil twin...an Obama voodoo doll of words and you want to make everyone think this paranoid construct of yours is the real Barack Obama. This demonization that you're doing comes out of your own inadequacy. You're afraid. Your terrified. You can't deal with the man so you threw together something that you can deal with. Well your game is transparent. People can see through it. But not only that. They can see through to what's behind it. And it's not pretty.

01 January 2008

Personal Business is Important

I had a friend in high school who had a problem with my choice of music. My music choices were never "black enough" for him. He called me a traitor for attending a John Denver or Hall & Oates concert. So we reached a point where I just didn't tell him what I was doing. So I guess it was some time during our senior year I was in a record store and a girl we both knew saw whatever record it was that I bought. That was a Saturday. By Monday or Tuesday here he comes telling me that he heard I bought a Country & Western record. I don't remember what record it was. It might have been Juice Newton's Angel of the Morning. It might have been Queen with Another One Bites The Dust. Whatever it was, it wasn't "country." I got a little bit irritated at him telling me what he heard in a tone of presumed authority like I answered to him. So I confronted the girl after our next class and told her that the record I bought was out of the "Pop" section, not "Country." She said "...it doesn't matter. It's the same difference..." So I'm thinking, I'm dealing with music bigots. I didn't let that change my music selections and I still like some of a lot of different stuff. I'm not going to force my tastes to conform.

So fast forward a year. I was at a concert at UT and ran into a friend from HS and her boyfriend. She was still in HS and a senior and I was a freshman at UT. So I asked her out to lunch. I went by that Monday and picked her up and we rode over to Dairy Queen. So we're sitting there eating and talking about school and stuff and in walks the girl I just mentioned and her mom. We said hi, I think, and that was about it. Then a few weeks later I called up the friend I mentioned earlier and his first comment was "I heard you got a white girlfriend." I explained who it was and all and that we WENT TO LUNCH. He then said that the girl who came in DQ with her mom told him. Okay so now I'm pissed. This is the second time she's gotten into my personal business when nobody was bothering her. I guess I eventually forgave her. Things have a habit of lessening in intensity with time. But I don't think I have exactly gotten over my distaste for nosey people.

My new earbud headphones

Panasonic RP-HV21K

For a while now I had been using a pair of Sony clip style headphones...the kind with the little colored face plates. Well interchangeable face plates are out of style these days. So I was in the headphone section and I saw these Panasonic RP-HV21Portable EarDrops Earbud Headphones (Black) and noticed from the packaging that they had a better range for frequency response (10hz - 25,000hz) than other more expensive headphones of the same class, including the iPod earbuds. Check the numbers yourself if you don't believe me. I don't like the earbuds that have the little interchangeable rubber tips. They aren't comfortable and they work their way out of my ears eventually. Some brands have a tendency to fall out of my ears when I turn my head. These don't do that. And at $9.99, I think they offer superior quality at a good price.

30 December 2007

Pink and Healthier

Pink and Healthier, originally uploaded by ShutterCat7.

My attempt at making pink lemonade with the new Emergen-C Pink Lemonade flavored supplement. I used about a tablespoon, maybe a little more, of agave nectar because it's lower on the glycemic index than sugar and better for you than what's in those colored packets at the restaurant. I'm pleased with this first result. You might try squeezing an actual lemon slice into it and varying the sweetener.