March 2006

Distance has no way…

I got a new job last week. All told, I wasn’t really ever unemployed. I got laid off on Friday, and got an offer on Monday. While I’m excited, I’m also somewhat freaked out. Why? New job means finding a new apartment, packing up this apartment, and moving. Now, I’m not sad to be leaving Massachusetts, everything is moving very quickly, and I feel out of control. With all of this change at once, I have trouble keeping track of everything, and I get frustrated making plans. Once I get everything figured out, it’ll all be a whole lot better.

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Wacky Weather

Yesterday: 60, sunny, and windy

Today: 40, flurries, and extremely windy.

I wouldn’t be surprised if I get sick because of it.

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Excuses, excuses

I haven’t posted here in a while (like a week), mainly because there’s been a certain amount of upheaval in my life. As of last Friday, I’m unemployed. Now, this is not what I consider a very bad thing. I enjoyed my time where I worked, and I enjoyed the people there as well, but I’m excited for new opportunities. For those of you who really know me, you might think I’m just covering up my disappointment or sadness or fear. That’s not the case. I’m really really excited. It’s also nice to have some time off (I consider today to count as vacation time as I had 9 days of vacation when I left).
On a somewhat related note, I woke up at 9 today, for no particular reason.

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I think I first heard about this on The West Wing.

An interesting story from Aviation Week & Space Technology:

U.S. intelligence agencies may have quietly mothballed a highly classified two-stage-to-orbit spaceplane system designed in the 1980s for reconnaissance, satellite-insertion and, possibly, weapons delivery. It could be a victim of shrinking federal budgets strained by war costs, or it may not have met performance or operational goals.

Now, it combines a few of my favorite things.

  1. Perhaps the coolest plane ever (Images of the accident available).
  2. Space.
  3. Things going really really fast.

There’s another thing to note here. The fallacy of the space program as it stands now is that everything must be launched at the same time. Perhaps it would be really difficult to get crew and cargo to meet up in space, but there are a lot of smart people who I’m sure could figure this out (if it is indeed hard, but I’m skeptical). I’ve always thought that if we could put little fuel, food and O2 containers into space, we could make the trip to mars a lot easier (just launch the crew and their module, and keep resupplying it on the way). Of course, it’s probably a logistical nightmare.
Anyhow, we might eventually find out about all of this. Maybe there was a space plane, maybe there still is a space plane, and maybe it’ll get used and improved to the point where it can be used for civilian purposes.

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I’m sure the Mossad have some treacherous intentions.

Because, you know, the physical threat of container ships is really tiny:

WASHINGTON – The same Bush administration review panel that approved a ports deal involving the United Arab Emirates has notified a leading Israeli software company that it faces a rare, full-blown investigation over its plans to buy a smaller rival.

Now, granted, we sold Israel F-16s, and somehow plans for those made their way to China. But even so, Israel has some great technical minds.

But there’s the another factor. This technology could have been developed in Israel in the first place. Or Germany. Or Russia. Or China. Or any other number of places. Now, the fact that it was developed in the US (yay us) is great, but it doesn’t really change all that much. It’s not as though we can relocate our ports to Dubai, and have all the shipping still come to Philadelphia, New York, etc. We don’t want to use security software developed somewhere else? Well, fine, but the really important software they care about? The one that’s really raising all the stink? Oh, it’s open source.


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You can’t make this up

The Onion would be hardpressed to come up with something this funny.

A family from Charlotte, North Carolina, is currently engaged in a stand-off with the local utilities company over who is responsible for cleaning up the aftermath of a toilet explosion which has forced them from their home.

Mum Marilyn Colon told local news outfit WCNC.com: “We heard a thump…”

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