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Confucious say too damn much.

[ music | Monty Python – I Like Chinese ]

You think that it is a secret, but it has never been one.

By the way: I’m really good at laundry, too.

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Reality Bites

[ music | Michael Buble – Money Can’t Buy Me Love ]

I’ve mentioned PostSecret before. I love the site. It’s cathartic and voyeuristic at once. Every once in a while there’s one with a real impact for me. This week, it was a giant monkey wrench thrown into the gears of my brain box. A total dead stop for several seconds. Shock, then fear, then sadness.

.. But I would do it again.

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[ music | James Taylor – You’ve got A Friend ]

Something odd is happening here. I don’t normally like blondes at all, especially fake blondes. But the past couple days Catherine Callaway has been doing the night shift during the Hurricane Katrina aftermath, and frankly, she’s been looking gorgeous. She’s always been a good anchor, but she looks great the past couple days, and I’m not sure why. She looks better than she did a few years ago. And while I’m on about CNN, Carol Costello, who has the 5am-7am shift is pretty damn hot too. I’ve always loved Kyra Phillips because she’s got that sexy red hair. Teri Hatcher looks a lot better than she did during her Lois and Clark days too. What is up with these 35-40 year old chicks? When did they all get so hot?

And while I’m on the topic of CNN, I’m going to commend Gary Tuchman too. During the hurricane a 200 pound fence-pole smashed into the vehicle he and his crew were reporting from, named “Hurricane One”. The vehicle was totalled, but they managed to remain unharmed. He just kept reporting. Today, he was still out there, interviewing one family. he helped the daughter pick through the rubble of her room to find a few bits if her life, and the producer managed to find a big plastic bin of keepsakes the mother had set aside, and was surprised the mother with it. Just to see that she was so grateful, she was crying, and Gary just gave her a hug, patted her on the back, and let her cry some of it out.

Gary, you’re one hell of a reporter. Thanks for making sure we keep seing the people, and not just the water.

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Stupidity Killed New Orleans

[ music | REM – It’s the End of the World As We Know It ]

For several days before landfall, we all knew Katrina was going to make landfall in the general Louisiana/Mississippi/Alabama coast area. one to two days before landfall, we knew it was gunning right for New Orleans. the day before there was an evacuation ordered for New Orleans and surrounding areas, and the entire region was preemptively declared a disaster area. So why are the Navy ships only now being mobilized? Why were they not set in motion Saturday? Why is the National Guard being called up now, rather than just the 200 that were called in for Superdome security? Why did a lot of these things not even get started until 3 days after the catastrophe? We knew years ago that New Orleans and the Gulf Coast was going to be a total loss if a major hurricane hit. We’ve had studies done, and found that we should have reinforced and raised the levees around the city, and improved the pumping system, but it would have cost several billion dollars. Well, now we’ve lost potentially thousands of lives, and will be paying tens of billions of dollars. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

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The Big Easy faces the Big One

[ music | Dick Dale – Tidal Wave ]

Hurricane Katrina is now a Category 5 hurricane with sustained winds above 160mph (258 kph). And she’s headed right for New Orleans, one of my favorite cities. New Orleans is primarily below sea level, which means, like Holland, it depends on dykes and pumps to keep the ocean out. A giant storm like this somewhat defeats that idea. Here’s hoping she decides to take it easy on the Big Easy.

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This is only a test.

[ music | Duran Duran – To Whom It May Concern ]

If you are reading this, then one of two things have happened: either I forgot to pull this entry (in which case you won’t see it for long) or I am currently offline for the next few to several days. Nothing catastrophic or sinister, merely very inconvenient. I’ll be back soon folks, I promise.

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“All I did was use my temper.”

[ music | Elvis Presley – A Little Less Conversation ]

Ahh, but in temper, we sometimes say that which we cannot with level heads. Indeed…

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Oh yay…

[ music | Cake – Nugget ]

I’m spending the day with relatives… The song summarizes my internal monologues for the day…

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New and Improved

[ music | No Doubt – New ]

I have always disliked exactly how the archives bit here worked. But I finally got off my ass and did something about it. Now, if you look to the left under “Fermions” you’ll see a link titled “Earlier Posts”. These work as you expect, 12 posts at a time (I display 12 here on the main page because I like to be different). And, if you’re back a page or three, another link appears under the “Earlier”, entitled “Later Posts”. Just like a real blog! Wow! Shiny! Ditto at the bottom, same links, same deal. Do I really need to explain this in the year 2005? So, now my archives don’t suck.

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The Case of the Missing Factory Radio…

Someone relieved my car of it’s radio. The FACTORY STOCK RADIO. Why the hell would a person steal the default radio? Luckily the window wasn’t broken. I seem to have not rolled up the window entirely yesterday. Not like there’s decent radio around here anyway.

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