Month: February 2007

TMI Tuesday Again

So this is TMI Tuesday #72. I know I’ve been remiss since transitioning here but this one was too interesting to pass up.

1. Commando: Sexy or disgusting? Do you have a “best” commando story?

It can be sexy – but sometimes you like to unwrap a package the proper way. Anyhow best commando story was late one night I’m in the computer room with my network guy and helpdesk girl. I don’t know how the subject came up but it turned out we were all going commando.

2. Foreplay: Is there such a thing as too much?

Yes – too much foreplay that leads to orgasm is definitely excessive.

3. Oral sex: Good if you are getting? Good is you are giving? Equally ewwwww?

Both, though I am partial to getting.

4. Orgasm: Is one per night enough or does the first one just get your motor running?

I’m so exquisitely sensitive that one is more than enough. We’re talking pass out type orgasms here. So one per would do though there have been occasions were six or seven have happened.

5. Morning sex: “Oh hell yes!”, “Well if I have, too.” or “Just get in the shower and go to work.”

It does happen. I just text message in that I’ll be late and then let the fun begin.

Bonus (as in optional): Have you ever had anonymous sex? Have you ever had an orgasm without at least knowing your partner’s last name?

Yes and yes.

The Apollo hoax believers

During my travels on the web, I frequently encounter those who don’t believe we actually that we went to the moon in the 60’s and 70’s.

But I know we went. Why? Because a couple members of my family worked on the Apollo project. And it was a big enough project that there were THOUSANDS of people working on it. Try maintaining a decent conspiracy with that many people and see what happens. I’ll give you a hint, it doesn’t happen and we actually went to the moon. Not just once, but several times.

I love the so called experts blathering on about the fact that they didn’t jump as high as they should have given that it’s 1/6 the gravity of earth. But then they completely forget that those space suits and life support systems weren’t exactly lightweight. It was heavy stuff on earth and on the moon.

Bush admin wants to sell national forests.

First I must tell you that I’m a little greener than most people where I can make changes to do so. By that I mean, if there’s fiscal incentive for me, I’ll do it. Thus far I don’t own a vehicle although its looking like thats going to have to change sooner than later.

Of course the enviro-nut (aka cheapskate) in me wants to take said vehicle, rip out the engine and plunk in some batteries, power regulators and electric motors. After all, most of my commutes are everything is up for bid. And of course they’re using the ruse that this is for the schools, particularly after that odious bit of legislation called the No Child Left Behind Act. If anything the act leaves more kids behind than ever before.

It’s too bad that it took the voters of this country this long to put a Democratic majority in the congress, because if we’d done this say in 2002 or so they’d have impeached the sons of bitches by now. While I’m on the subject, could Hillary Clinton please drop out of the race now? She’s damaged goods and would hurt the party more than help it.

Yet More Star Wars influence

I do love light sabers. I want one of my own, the real kind of course. They strike me as the perfect energy weapon. Now give me one that can emit an electromagnetic pulse of a strength and duration to knock out pretty much all the electronics in a 50 foot radius and I’d be happy with just that. But that you can actually cut something with a beam of light, oh the joy. Yes, I know, lasers. I know because I was responsible for maintaining a 150W CO2 laser. Amazing device. But a light saber, well it’s a truncated laser beam. Groovy!

Anyhow there are a number of vids on the web featuring light sabers, some good, some bad but always entertaining. This one gets the nod for most original. I think the Imperial Troopers were a bad move though, it would have been more fun to see a couple cops the light saber treatment. I mean, if you’re going to do a crossover movie between reality and fantasy don’t you think you should take it all the way?

George Takei on Tim Hardaway

Now this is some funny stuff. Takei is much more interesting now that we all know he’s gay. And he plays it up like nobody else could. At first this video starts out as a fairly nice offense, but then it gets really interesting.

I note Takei focuses on all the frontal stuff. I’ve seen the locker room videos of Hardaway, all I can say is I’d tap that.

Douglas Adams explains being an Atheist

Douglas Adams was brilliant. I’m so sad that he’s dead because he would have been a staunch defender of the rights of atheists.

And watch at 6:50 – it all became clear to him when he read, wait for it, Richard Dawkins’ “The Selfish Gene”. I only caught up to Dawkins recently, and when I read The God Delusion I was hooked.

It’s good to see atheism brought to the forefront. I find it interesting that being an atheist in England isn’t as big a deal as it is here in the United States. But I’m an out and proud atheist. And I work with other out and proud atheists, and even my doctor is an out and proud atheist.

So it is getting better for us in this country. But we all have to be open about who/what we are.

An interesting look inside Iran

I’m watching Rageh Inside Iran. I’m only forty minutes into the video so far but I have to say I’m surprised by the modernity of the city.

All we ever see of Iran/Teheran is the protests. But this shows a whole different side of the Iranian people. First of which is something most people in the United States don’t know, that Iranians are Persian, not Arab and they speak Farsi, not Arabic.

Then of course the real surprise. In the video I spotted a few Ford vehicles traveling the roads. This is explained in the video that most Iranians adore U.S. culture, it’s just the politics they can’t stand. I myself hate politics in the United States and I was born here and reside here. Of course the western influences are obvious. The cell phones, the plastic surgery, etc.

So the whole Axis of Evil thing sounds more and more like bovine effluent. What more should we have expected from the Bush administration.

Some observations RI v MA

Over the years I’ve heard the normal condemnations about Massachusetts residents. It usually took the form of calling our neighbor to the north and the east Taxachussets, and calling it’s resident Massholes.

But over the years I’ve made some observations. Massachusetts has a lower overall tax rate than we in Rhode Island. For example, they pay a 5% sales tax, we pay 7% and get this, on prepared food we pay 8%. This doesn’t just apply to restaurants but when you buy prepped food in a supermarket, you pay the higher tax rate. Not that our state tax isn’t exactly fair, and add to it the excise and property taxes in the state. For example, in the city of Providence a $200,000 house would cost approximately $6,400 a year or $533.33 a month! People in Massachusetts have capped their property taxes.

While I’m on a roll here, the dear Gov of RI wants to furlough state employees for 7 days in the coming fiscal year. But here’s the thing, why not give state employees a four day work week and leave pay the same. The savings on infrastructure alone would be significant. But then even though our Gov comes from the business world, he does NOT understand bureaucracy. His Fiscal Fitness exercise did nothing but cost the state money when there were real solutions waiting to be discovered, like maybe getting a return on technology investment. Right now old computers simply get warehoused and sit and rot. Collecting just a residual value ($50) would net the state quite a chunk. Same goes for pretty much everything the state does.

The Masshole label is mostly for their drivers. But here’s something I’ve noticed. Rhode Islanders don’t know what the two parallel that cross streets happen to be. In fact RI drivers will speed up when you’re in the middle of a crosswalk. Massachusetts drivers will actually stop!

Then of course there is highway driving. In Rhode Island if you signal a lane change the thought going through the minds of your fellow Rhode Islanders is “Oooo.. look at the pretty flashing light.” You take your life in your own hands making a lane change in congested highway conditions here. In Massachusetts when you signal a change a hole opens up in the lane in which you want to go.

Maybe we Rhode Islanders should be a bit more introspective. We have our own problems.

The Insanity Continues

Now there’s the chairman of the Texas House Appropriations Committee, Warren Chisum who doesn’t quite believe that the earth goes around the sun.

But it gets so much better – the Kos article has a link to the Fixed Earth people. I found their little diatribe against Hubble’s explanation and ruminations on red-shift to be downright amusing.

What I’ve noticed is that the fundamentalists love to take things out of context. Take evolution for example. There are those who are incredulous that we’re related to the apes. This is because they see evolution in a linear context, vs. the fact that evolution is all about branching. Yes, humans, chimps and bonobos have a common ancestor. We’re just branches off that ancestor so technically speaking, humans are third branch of the chimp family. Instead of changing the taxonomic description of chimps, perhaps we should be moving humans from homo to pan.

Next thing you know, the fixed earthers will be flat earthers. The world most definitely is NOT flat. And it most definitely is not magnetically suspended in space while the sun revolves around us. Matter of fact there’s plenty of evidence now amassed that the earth most definitely is spinning around on its axis, which also has precess (Which means right now that the northern hemisphere is in winter, while the southern is in summer). We also know the approximate orbit we make around our home star, the sun.

We know this because people have been observing the sky for quite some time now. Not content to just observe from the earth, we’ve put orbiting satellites up that get past atmospheric distortion, light pollution, etc. to give us a clearer view of the cosmos. And those views are phenomenal.

For instance, slip the slider to 2:45 on the video below. Galaxies – 3,000 of them. In one small part of the 78 billion light year sized universe. And at night we can only see a few thousand stars. Might also want to look at an updated version of the deep field image at 5:25

Do you still believe that the fixed earthers are correct? That Christian and Islamic fundamentalists are correct? If you do, I feel sorry for you because there is so much evidence out there that contradicts religious teachings. You might want to check out the Rational Response Squad.

Our so called holy books regularly feature things in which it is clear that the authors had not one clue. The whole ‘spilling of seed’ thing is just a chauvinistic view that the sperm was the key component, that the egg brought nothing to the party, hence nary a mention of lesbianism in those books.

Then of course there are the prohibitions against pork and shellfish contained in Leviticus. Of course if you don’t cook your food, you’re going to suffer the consequences. They just didn’t know about the pathogens and parasites living in the tissue of pigs, and in the case of shellfish they didn’t like the way they looked so assumed they were bad for you. Ha!

Then of course we have the agenda of folks like St. Thomas Aquinas, or Saul of Tarsus, et al. These were men who were shall we say, interested in keeping the power to themselves. Share the power with the downtrodden or women? Never! These were the original male chauvinist pigs. And don’t even get me started about Mohamed and his sidekick Allah. I still boggle when women freely join such a misogynistic religion.

My rant ends here. But it could flare up again at any time in any place. Beware!