<![CDATA[In an episode of the Simpsons, one day Homer awoke to find a bear in his yard. He scared it away, but then marched on City Hall demanding "We're Here, We're Queer, We don't want any more bears!" This led to the formation of the "Bear Patrol" which was a quasi-military organization that patrolled Springfield 24/7 (with a B2 bomber as well) on the lookout for bears. It worked, there were no more bear sightings. Of course Ned Flanders pointed out "I've lived here 20 years and that was the first bear I've ever seen.
With that said, I post the following picture with the comment “Does this make us safer?” A helicopter with a fully automatic machine gun flying at 2,000 feet over New York, like they’re going to open up on some terrorists down below as if it was Vietnam.
I think it’s time for an Undersecretary for Common Sense to review a number of DHS’s security efforts.
<![CDATA[The closing ceremony tonight started with a documentary on a Greek runner who tried his best to stay alive and proud during the invasion of the Nazis. In the film, there is a scene where Greek schoolchildren applaud British tanks.
My friend Michael’s mother is Greek and just called him claiming that the footage was of her and her sister, who took off early from class that day to welcome the Allied liberators. Pretty small world, no?]]>
<![CDATA[I took a few hours yesterday to catch Harry Potter and Prisoner of Azkiban. I know it's been out for awhile, but my life doesn't quite let me go see a movie anytime I want (such is marriage). I did have to go by myself, which is a bit creepy in that a movie like this is usually filled with kids and guys my age get looked at kind of funny.
The movie was great. I was pretty impressed. I liked the first two films (and have read all the books) but this was a much different film than the first two. I guess the series is growing as does Harry, and this reflected a bit of a dark side (as was the story). I’d strongly recommend it.
<![CDATA[Halfway through the forces of evil (USC) taking on Virginia Tech, I switched from ESPN to ESPN2 and caught a show called "Behind the Scenes" of the game. This was absolutely amazing.
ESPN took a second crew to the stadium and did a “reality TV” show LIVE of the regular ESPN crew trying to deliver the game coverage. The producers and cameramen, replay editors, stats guys, all that stuff, LIVE on ESPN2 all the while on ESPN a very polished and professional show was being shown.
Kudos to ESPN. They broke new ground here and made for some absolutely riveting television. I was enthralled hearing not only the announcers (who were down in a little box on the side) but also the behind the scenes preparation for “stories” of the games and disagreements (sometime heated) between the production staff. That Tom Shales of the Washington Post didn’t write about this yet is a crime to television.]]>
<![CDATA[When I was a kid playing basketball and got a foul called on me, I would raise my hand while the referee reported the foul to the bench. I actually had no idea why I was raising my hand, it's just that's what the college and pro players would do. I later found out it was a way of acknowledging "yea, it was me" and a bit of good sportsmanship.
So as I watch some of the NBA player bitch and moan everytime a call goes against them, I wonder what little kids are doing today when they get called for a foul.]]>
<![CDATA[I was watching the video for Paradise by the Dashboard Light. I've pretty much decided that my kids will, more than likely, learn the basic mechanics of the facts of life from the Discovery Channel by the time their five (thanks Cable), but not understand some of the more nuanced aspects of it until they watch Lord Meatloaf deliver his sermon on the mount. I think before any teenage boy or girl goes on a date, they should be forced to kareoke that song and then talk about the meaning with their parents. Of course, most of the parents I know aren't cool enough to consider Meatloaf as a bridge to their kids, but I bet it would work.
“I’d never break my promise,
or forget my vow,
but God only know,
what I could do right now…”
Words for teens to think about.]]>
<![CDATA[I've spent much of the week trying to find a way "out" for PenguinRadio. We're on the verge of deploying our prototype device, but it's going to take a bit of funding to get there. The problem is this: do I get enough funding to build the prototype (which I can do) or do I get a little more to actually pay some corporate development stuff. Funding for the prototype, I've been told, is out there if I ask for it. But going for the full-on funding (actually) might be a little cheaper than the funding of the prototype (cheaper as in equity). I don't know. It's kind of confusing.
Anyone have a spare $250k?]]>
<![CDATA[The BBC is reporting that two Russian airliners went down within minutes of each other. Interfax is reporting that one broadcasted a hijacking alarm just before it went down. Both left from Domedevyo, which is the nicer of the airports in Moscow (and where I’ve flown out of before). Needless to say, Chechnya is considered a possible cause (note the FSB has been assigned to investigate, which some are taking as a sign).
One of the planes was a TU-134 which is NATO codenamed “Crusty”. Here is a picture of one I saw at Domedevyo a year or two ago. It has a glass underside for the pilots to look down, kind of like a B-17. ]]>
<![CDATA[My 20th high school reunion is coming up. I'm not going. I'll probably not even be in the USA for that week, which is no great loss. I keep in touch with some of my classmates, but many more have just sort of scattered (a few have even died, which is a bit spooky).
10 years ago this week I started law school at Notre Dame. That kind of feels like only yesterday. I have memories of my first day on campus walking around in a sweatshirt when it was something like 84 degrees outside. Oops. If I knew then what I knew now, I would have gotten much better grades. But if I got better grades I probably would have taken a job in a law firm, which means I’d probably be very miserable right now. I guess everything is a trade off.
Maybe I should celebrate being old by eating some pizza today. I kind of have a hankering for Armands since it has been awhile, but I do have alot of work to do on PenguinRadio also. One of the down sides of living in the country–40 mile commute to get good food.
Time to get out of bed.]]>