Month: February 2009

Music and Video

Someone on datalounge.com had posted a link to a song that I remembered from when I was a kid.

It’s from Rotary Connection and called “I Am the Black Gold of the Sun”. Minnie Ripperton was a member of Rotary Connection. Released in 1971 and I was what, 6 years old. That’s the thing with me, music sticks in my head.

You should know my musical tastes run to funk, soul, r&b, and psychedelic as well as jazz, new jazz, urban jazz, all the different classes. So this song definitely got me, as I recognize riffs from it being in a couple of Jazzanova songs.

But for now I’m letting my iTunes library run the show. I mostly draw from most listened tracks to newly added tracks. This week is newly added.

Now we trip from 1971 to 1981 and Shalamar’s “Full of Fire”. Even then Howard Hewett’s voice is right up front.

Now we go to a song originally recorded in 1976, Diana Ross singing “Love Hangover”

Back to 1981 here’s Ms. Ross with “I’m Coming Out”. Still something of a gay anthem if you ask me.

The Trammps with “Disco Inferno”

Rick James “Give It To Me Baby”. RIP Super Freak.

And now for something completely different:

Levni Yilmaz’s “Tales of Mere Existence” with “What Would Penis Do?” I know, not gay but just sub in guy for girl and you get the gist of it. And check out his other videos, he’s a very funny guy.

TMI Tuesday #174

This one doesn’t even deserve the title being translated into Italian.

1. What is your favorite charity? Do you you give your time or just money to that charity?

For the most part anything that has to do with literacy projects. If you can read, you can learn.

2. Describe your bed. What side do you sleep on?

A King size full motion water bed. Yes I know, it’s so 70’s but I can’t sleep on anything else. I generally sleep on the right side. And heated – so winter nights aren’t that cold.

3. How important is a partners kissing ability?

Fairly high up the scale. Kiss me the right way and you’ll find out.

4. Have you ever “taken advantage” of a person under the influence of alcohol? Have you ever been “taken advantage” of while under the influence of alcohol?

Negative on both accounts. I prefer being fully under my faculties when it comes to that kind of thing.

5. Ever tried to replay the famous scene from From Here to Eternity? How was it?

Nope, don’t do movie scene re-enactments.

Bonus (as in optional): What kind of birth control do you use?

Birth control? Condoms. But then I don’t have to worry about knocking some woman up since I’m gay.

BTW, I can tell these questions were written by a woman. They fall completely flat with me.

And is it my imagination or have TMI’s been getting very lame these past couple of months? Almost too tame.

NY Times analysis of the Stimulus Battle

This is priceless. I’ve pretty much been saying that Obama is offering the olive branch to Republicans because he knows they’re going to burn the branch instead of compromise to maybe appear a bit more enlightened to the country.

One quote from the Op-Ed is this:

This quote from the 8th paragraph pretty much jibes with what I’ve been talking about lately.

Having checked the box on attempted bipartisanship, Obama can now move in for the kill.

I’m lead to recall this image, of the Eagle clutching in one set of talons an olive branch, and in the other a cluster of arrows.

U.S. Eagle
U.S. Eagle

Now that the Republicans have sent back the olive branch as a burning bush, they’re about to suffer the flaming arrows of defeat.

Here’s the last paragraph of the article. It gives me great hope.

Republicans will also be judged by the voters. If they want to obstruct and filibuster while the economy is in free fall, the president should call their bluff and let them go at it. In the first four years after F.D.R. took over from Hoover, the already decimated ranks of Republicans in Congress fell from 36 to 16 in the Senate and from 117 to 88 in the House. The G.O.P. is so insistent that the New Deal was a mirage it may well have convinced itself that its own sorry record back then didn’t happen either.

Do I see a pattern repeating? I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. The Republicans think that by blocking Obama’s initiatives they’ll make themselves out to be the party of sanity and reason.

The reality of it is that by using such obstructionist tactics they’ll demonstrate to the people of this country that the Republican party really is out of touch with reality.

Even at the state levels the Republicans are really pissing people off. I know that here in RI Governor Don Caricieri (R) isn’t the most popular guy. I can pretty much guarantee his successor won’t be a Republican though I have to be honest I’m not much impressed by the candidates I know of on the Democratic side.

And I estimate that it will take anywhere from ten to thirty years for the Republican party to get back on track. That’s about how long it took for the party to be hijacked by the lunatic fringe. It’ll take about that long for it to emerge. I realize my range is a bit broad so I’ll say 15 years. That’s a mighty long time in the political wilderness. Enough time to replace almost the entire Supreme Court.

And in other news, that Republican darling Ken Starr is now promising Obama that he’ll have opposition to Supreme Court nominations because of Obama opposing Bush nominees.

Honestly it’s like watching kids on a playground when it comes to the Republican party.

Here we can watch Senator Lindsey Graham go into minor hysterics against Barbara Boxers opinion of his method as theatrical.

Yep, the wingnut brigage is still in control of the Republican party. Good luck with all that.

Choose your toxin wisely

Apparently Obama is thinking of appointing Seattle Police Chief Gil Kerlikowske as the nations new Drug Czar.

This is the same Chief that put law enforcement on public safety duty during the Hempfest in Seattle. I wonder how his attitude will translate into ONDCP policy.

The more research I do the more I say legalize Marijuana. I say this as someone whose toxin of choice is alcohol.

But here’s something to chew on. Take a look at this graph. It shows the fatal dose as a multiple of effective dose. Marijuana requires more than a thousand times the effective dose to be fatal. But it’s virtually impossible to do that via the normal method of intake for marijuana.

Fatal Dose vs. Effective Dose
Fatal Dose vs. Effective Dose

So lets take my poison of choice and figure things out.

I’m mainly a beer/wine guy with beer being more prevalent than wine. Most beer is in the 3% alcohol range and I note I start feeling the effects of alcohol at about 2.5 beers.

If each beer is 12 ounce, 2.5 times that gives me 30 ounces of beer. Of that 30 ounces, 3% is alcohol which gives us .9 ounces as the effective dose. So by definition of that graph, ten times the .9 ounces gives us 9 ounces as the fatal dose. That would require I drink a case which I’ve seen people do on numerous occasions. But for me I can down a six pack with ease and that’s about it.

Now suppose I drank vodka. Vodka is 50% alcohol. Suppose I took in the same volume, 30 ounces. That would be a whopping 15 ounces of alcohol. I’d pretty much be severely alcohol poisoned or dead.

That’s the other thing, I’ve noticed that the FUD spread by ONDCP an their ilk says smoking pot affects memory, etc.

My own empirical observations tell me otherwise. I know plenty of sane, lucid people who smoke pot and don’t suffer any memory deficits. And new research is coming forward that posits that components of cannabis actually offer anti-cancer protections in certain organs of the human body.

So legalize it already. As I’ve demonstrated here alcohol is far more dangerous than pot could ever be.

Yet alcohol is legal. Makes you wonder where the real opposition to marijuana is coming from. Could it be the legal alcohol industry?

All in a name

Got this from Polt who got it from another blogger.

1.YOUR REAL NAME:
Antonino Stefano P. I go by Tony though or the anglicized Anthony.

2.WITNESS PROTECTION NAME:(mother and fathers middle names)
Albert Marie

3.NASCAR NAME:(first name of your mother’s dad, father’s dad)
Elon Anthony

4.STAR WARS NAME:(the first 3 letters of your last name, first 2 letters of your first name)
PELAN

5.DETECTIVE NAME:(favorite color, favorite animal)
Blue Cat

6.SOAP OPERA NAME:(middle name, town where you were born)
Stefano Providence

7.SUPERHERO NAME: (2nd fav color, fav drink, add “THE” to the beginning)
The Green Beer

8.FLY NAME:(first 2 letters of 1st name, last 2 letters of your last name)
ANIA

9.STREET NAME:(fav ice cream flavor, fav cookie)
Chocolate Oreo

10. ROCK STAR NAME (pet’s name and street where you live)
Randy Knight

11. PORN NAME: (1st pet, street you grew up on)
Randy Cheshire

12.YOUR GANGSTA NAME:(first 3 letters of real name plus izzle)
Pelizzle

13.YOUR GOTH NAME:(black, and the name of one of your pets)
Black Randy

14. STRIPPER NAME: (name of your fav perfume/cologne, fav candy)
Nothing M&M

I.T. War Stories Part 6

Ok I lied, there is a part 6.

Did a little three month stint working for a company that shall now and forever more be nameless, if only because when the contract ended I had to remove them from my linkedin list.

I was doing database development work, scripts to convert pipe separated files into other pipe separated files. The process went like this:

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The biggest pain in the ass was MIT.

First it started with UPC lengths. I know UPC lengths having setup Point of Sale for nearly five years. All the scanners pass ten digits back to the POS program, they disregard the type digit and don’t report the check digit as that’s only used to verify the number was correctly read by the scanner.

When I got there it was decided UPC lengths would be 13 to conform with GTIN standard. That’s when the shit started happening with the nitwit at MIT.

They’re proprietary application couldn’t accept anything more than 12 digits. Ok, we drop to 11. But 11 digits includes a check and she doesn’t need that.

In essence we never got any data interchange information from MIT.

As a result I had to write conversion programs to add or remove check, type, etc. I’d imagine UPC lengths are still biting them in the ass to this day.

While I was there if they wanted to add a new merchant account on their SCP server they had to put a ticket into Rackspace and wait a couple days for it to be created. I got shell access and just created them on the fly because it was quicker and easier.

That was until one day the CFO decided he should be the only one who knew the root password to the box. Except I was now added to Rackspaces admin site so I just put a ticket in asking for the password and they gave it to me.

In essence they kept me around until I managed to port things to MySQL and they could get their Java app to work with it.

Now I do consulting on my own. I’m about to setup my new web site for Orion Information Professionals. I’ve already done a few thousand dollars worth of work and I think I can learn to enjoy doing my own thing.

iTunes/iPod ching – Dignity

RULES:
1. Put your iTunes, Windows Media Player, etc. on shuffle.
2. For each question, press the next button to get your answer.
3. YOU MUST WRITE THAT SONG NAME DOWN NO MATTER HOW SILLY IT SOUNDS.
4. Tag 10 friends (Or not!).

IF SOMEONE SAYS ‘ARE YOU OKAY’ YOU SAY?
“Getting Late” (by Floetry)

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOURSELF?
“Bartender” (by T-Pain)

WHAT DO YOU LIKE IN A GUY/GIRL?
“Shot of Love” (by Lakeside)

HOW DO YOU FEEL TODAY?
“Hey Ya!” (by Outkast)

WHAT IS YOUR LIFE’S PURPOSE?
“Outta My Head” (by Nate James)

WHAT’S YOUR MOTTO?
“Just A Touch of Love ” (by Slave)
Sort of appropriate when I think about it.

WHAT DO YOUR FRIENDS THINK OF YOU?
“Lets Go Round Again” (by Average White Band)

WHAT DO YOUR PARENTS THINK OF YOU?
“If You’re Out There” (by John Legend)

WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT VERY OFTEN?
“I Just Wanna Be” (by Cameo)

WHAT IS 2 + 2?
“Escape” (by Journey)

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF YOUR BEST FRIEND?
“Fly Like an Egal” (by The Game)

WHAT IS YOUR LIFE STORY?
“Maxine” (by John Legend)

WHAT DO YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU GROW UP?
“Is You or Is You Ain’t My Baby” (by Dina Washington)

WHAT DO YOU THINK WHEN YOU SEE THE PERSON YOU LIKE?
“Lets Love” (by Ohio Players)
Ok now this is freaky!

WHAT WILL/DID YOU DANCE TO AT YOUR WEDDING?
“Quiet Storm” (by Smokey Robinson)
Now it’s getting eerie!

WHAT WILL THEY PLAY AT YOUR FUNERAL?
“Crying Shame” (by Jack Johnson)

WHAT IS YOUR HOBBY/INTEREST?
“Angel” (by Chaka Khan)

WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST FEAR?
“Rumpofsteelskin” (by Parliament)

WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST SECRET?
“The Ghetto” (by Donny Hathaway)

WHAT DO YOU WANT RIGHT NOW?
“Strawberry Letter 23′” (by The Brothers Johnson)

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF YOUR FRIENDS?
“Call Me Up” (by Chromeo)

WHAT WILL YOU POST THIS AS?
“Dignity” (by Joe Cocker)