Archive for October, 2005


Thursday, October 27th, 2005

So, the President pulled the Miers nomination to “protect Executive Privelege” and not because his nominee wasn’t up to the task. I don’t buy it, but I give him extra credit bonus points for spin. Well Played Mr. President.

Now we wait and see who has the Ninjitsu ability on their Magic Card. Janice Rogers Brown maybe? We’ll see.

Laura Ingraham could not contain herself. She has worked very hard to subvert this nomination, but on principle, and not from some snobbish beltway attitude as she has been accused of. Good for her.


Since someone asked me…

Monday, October 24th, 2005

My tagline says “Take your pick: Didactic Cudgel, ClueBat, or CluebyFour.” CluebyFour and ClueBat are fairly well-known, but didactic cudgel is my own neologism. It means:


didactic: conveying instruction; teaching some moral lesson.

cudgel: a short heavy stick.

So a Didactic Cudgel is another knowledge transfer implement. Enjoy.

Another Quiz?

Monday, October 24th, 2005
George Washington
You scored 62 Wisdom, 81 Tactics, 58 Guts, and 40 Ruthlessness!
Washington first served as a British officer during the French and Indian War, a war which he inadvertently helped to start. Afterwards, he resigned his post to marry Martha Dandridge Custis, a wealthy widow with two children. He was elected to the House of Burgesses and became a revolutionary leader at the outset of the American Revolution, attending both the first and second Continental Congresses. Washington was appointed Commander in Chief of the Continental Army in the American Revolutionary War (1775–83), leading the Americans to victory over the British, although sometimes in not the most scrupulous of ways. After the war, he served as president of the 1787 Constitutional Convention. Because of his central role in the founding of the United States and enduring legacy, Washington is sometimes called the “Father of his Country.”

My test tracked 4 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:

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You scored higher than 48% on Unorthodox
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You scored higher than 84% on Tactics
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You scored higher than 64% on Guts
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You scored higher than 24% on Ruthlessness

Link: The Which Historic General Are You Test written by dasnyds on Ok Cupid, home of the 32-Type Dating Test

Somehow, in two posts, I’ve managed to get two consecutive pictures of George Washington on my blog. How often does that happen?

Drastically Undervalued!

Sunday, October 23rd, 2005

My blog is worth $7,903.56.
How much is your blog worth?

Investors wanted

Truth or Dare

Wednesday, October 19th, 2005

In a forum I frequent, I was tagged as part of a Truth or Dare game. I volunteered for a Truth and when the question was presented, I struggled a long time for the answer. This is about 4 months overdue. Names have been changed to protect the indecent innocent.
My Truth:
This is another question I’ve used before, and I’d like to hear your take on it. There are moments in time that, without thinking, we are the people we always want to be. When we act and it’s the right thing to do. When you look back in hindsight and you’re proud of yourself for your reaction. Tell us about one of those times.
The simple answer is that the times I am most proud of myself upon reflection are those moment that I share with my daughters playing, rough-housing and being a responsible father by appropriately disciplining them so that they understand that actions and choices have consequences, both good and bad. When my daughters spontaneously and appropriately use please and thank you, display their feelings for each other and use their brains and ample intelligence to solve problems, I know I have done something right. However, as I tell everyone else when they compliment me on my beautiful, intelligent and well-behaved children, I blame Mrs. Bixby (Not Her Real Name) for that. She is the biggest influence on their lives, psyche and development because we are blessed enough that Mrs. Bixby (Not Her Real Name) can be a stay-at-home mother.
The other simple answer is that I am proud of those moments that I am a good husband, when I do the things that a good husband ought to do. When I help around the house instead of sitting on my keister blogging. When I do the dishes before Mrs. Bixby (Not Her Real Name) comes home from work. Every day that I choose to come home from work instead of going out for drinks, or fooling around, or doing anything that would jeopardize my marriage. Those are moments I’m proud of.
One illustration of one of my more recent better moments: Mrs. Bixby (Not Her Real Name)’s grandmother has begun to drastically deteriorate into dementia after breaking her hip in August. She has gone from a very independent woman to a near-child who can’t remember if she has gone to the bathroom, can’t tell if she has to go soon and doesn’t know when she’s finished. Just prior to her breaking her hip, she was all set to move into a Senior Citizen apartment complex. Mrs. Bixby (Not Her Real Name), her parents and I moved all of her stuff into this apartment while she recuperated. Because of the problems with and slowness of her recovery, Mrs. Bixby (Not Her Real Name)’s dad decided to move her to Illinois from Michigan and that she will live with him after she leaves the rehab center. They needed to move all of her things again and on short notice. Mrs. Bixby (Not Her Real Name) had to work that day and they asked me to help. Without hesitation, I agreed to wake up at 4:30 a.m. (no small feat for me), drive 45 minutes to pick them up, then drive two hours to Michigan to pick up a moving van, load it and two hours back, unload it and then drive home. They paid me for gas (and a little more), but I would have done it for free, and offered to many times. This is not heroic, but it is significant. They are family and that’s what you do for family. They insisted on paying me and I feel bad about it.
But those don’t count. Not at all. They are true answers, but simple. Being a good father, a good husband, a good son, and a good son-in-law is very important to me. It’s just part of who I am. I can’t feel proud of doing what I expect myself to do. The fact that I feel proud of doing the dishes or picking up the house is a source of shame for me because it should be so commonplace (it’s not) that there should be no sense of accomplishment. Being a good father is a standard I hold myself to, any deviation from which is another source of shame for its occurrence. Helping out my in-laws when they are in need is no great feat. If I didn’t, I would be ashamed and would be hard-pressed to show my face around them.
Since receiving this question, I have been trying to figure out how to respond to this. I have racked my brain looking for a single moment to highlight here. I still haven’t come up with one. I can think of countless moments that I am not proud of. Many times I have been still when I should have acted, acted when I should have been still, spoken when I should have held my tongue, or hid my tongue behind my teeth when I should have issued forth. I believe most people feel this way.
Since receiving this question, I have been trying to live my life in such a way that I could give an answer. That defeats the spirit of the question since it inherently seeks unthinking virtue, but it has given me an outlook I can be comfortable using to lead my life. Since receiving this question, I began to realize that a lot of my inactivity, exhaustion and irritability is partially due to my job. It is demanding and exacting and I constantly feel as if I am swimming upstream. I pride myself on being able to leave work at work and be home when I am home. In the last year, work has followed me home more often than staying at work. I have job-related moments I am proud of.
One more digression with that thought: I work in the Voice Operations of a major personal insurance corporation. After Katrina hit and devastated the Gulf Coast, much of the area’s voice infrastructure was negatively impacted. This greatly affected our ability to help our insureds in the area. Within 48 hours, we had nearly 100% service from any phone in the area to our call centers to allow our customers to begin the claim process and get their payments to allow them to begin rebuilding their lives, sometimes even before they knew the extent of what they had lost. I had a hand in that and I am tremendously proud of the effort I and my teammates put in, 1000 miles away, to get people back on their feet, faster, I might add than our largest competitor. By a week.
However, I am constantly tired, less amenable than I used to be to being drawn out of my rut and that impacts my family life. 15 hour work days doesn’t leave much time for family or sleep. That’s not who I want to be. I don’t want to be that emotionally-absent father. I began looking outside my company for a new job (same field) that would allow me to work consistent hours and not need to bring work home with me. The first two didn’t pan out, but just when I was about to give up, a position opened up in a support capacity in my company and I jumped at it. Almost immediately. Delay would have cost me, and I made a decision and acted on it. Nothing is guaranteed until I start, but a tentative transition date is December 1. It may fall through, but I evaluated a situation that was impacting myself and my family and took decisive action to correct it as soon as I possibly could. That’s something I’m proud of. I asked myself, “How would I react or act if I wanted to use this to answer [name-deleted]‘s question?” This was the answer I came up with.
I wish I could satisfactorily answer [name-deleted]‘s question. Instead I want to thank her for giving me a valuable life tool, a unique perspective and a new life-path.


Tuesday, October 18th, 2005

I’m sick of writing about the Taters losing (3 and 3 now), so I’ll politco-geek out a bit instead.

On Thursday, Laura Ingraham had some listeners call in with the theory that the Harriet Miers nomination would be pulled or she would self-withdraw the nomination so that the President could nominate someone with more conservative-base-pleasing qualifications.

I have really avoided commenting on the nomination because IANAL (I Am Not A Lawyer, for the n00bz) and therefore unqualified to really examine her qualifications. I’m pretty sure she shouldn’t have been nominated if only for her admittedly close relationship with the President. There is a separation of powers between the Executive and Judicial branches for a reason. Certainly President Bush can be fairly certain of how she may rule during his term, but what kind of influence could he have once he is out of office, and how absurd is it that we are even discussing President Bush’s personal influence of a judge in the first place?!

At any rate, the bait-and-switch conspiracy they were discussing made the geeky part of my brain stand up and shout Ninjitsu!

Some of you may be familiar with the Magic: The Gathering Collectible Card Game ™. One of the more recent releases introduced a gaming mechanic called Ninjitsu. They way it works is simple.

Player A declares an attack against Player B with a creature card. Player B has the option of blocking said creature or taking the damage himself. If Player B chooses not to block the attacking creature, Player A (if he has one) can substitute a different (usually more powerful) creature for the unblocked attacker by paying a cost and returning the original creature to his hand. Player B takes the damage from the new creature instead. A pretty wicked trick to pull. So, I found Dante’s Magic Card Maker and created some fun cards exploring that fun little concept. May I present Harriet Miers

And the Ninjitsu Coup de Grace, Janice Rogers Brown

The ever-patient Mrs. Bixby (Not Her Real Name) thinks I have expended way too much energy on such a dorky pursuit as political magic cards. She’s probably right. She says, “No, she IS right.” I’ll leave it with that, but I found it quite funny. In my head. Where all the stuff I say is funny. As opposed to out in the air where none of the stuff I say is funny. … sigh …

Bad blogger. No donut.

Stinkin’ Bums!

Tuesday, October 11th, 2005

The Taters gave up a 15 point lead to lose the game 92 to 88. Keenan McCardell caught 1(!) pass for 5(!) yards!!!! Was he asleep? A defensive back and a kicker combined efforts to score 19 points and hold Keenan to 0 points for the night. Unbelievable! I’m now in a six-way tie for second and my opponent is sitting pretty in 1st place all alone. Should have been me (*tears*). I’m not even top of the heap in sixth place. I’m in third place amongst the second-placers by points. They better turn themselves around, but losing Deuce McCallister for the season won’t help. Get it together boys!!!

Starting lineup

Sunday, October 9th, 2005

Matt Hasselbeck QB SEA
Thomas Jones RB CHI
Stephen Davis RB CAR
Deuce McAllister RB NO
Keyshawn Johnson WR DAL
Donald Driver WR GB
Keenan McCardell WR SD
David Martin TE GB
Todd Peterson K ATL
Brian Urlacher LB CHI
John Abraham DL NYJ
Ronde Barber DB TB

At this point in the game, I have 9 players going and 3 remaining (McCardell, Johnson and Davis – two WR and one RB). My opponent has 5 left to play (QB, 2 RB, 1K, 1 LB). The score is currently 76 to 40 in my favor. I’m hoping to break 100 this afternoon (certainly possible with my three best scorers yet to play) and I’m hoping his QB (Jake Delhomme) doesn’t have the monster game they are predicting. My opponent this week was the only other undefeated team going into last week when we both lost so I am hoping to put some distance between us. Of the other two 3 and 1 teams, one is up by 5 points and the other is down by 31 points. I may still be in sweet position for the season

**Crossing fingers…

Late Friday Funnies con’t

Saturday, October 8th, 2005

Pg-13 content: Roleplaying Realms Rule! (WoW Humor). An unsuspecting dwarf stumbles upon two Night Elves in flagrante delicto. A quick quote:

Intrigued by this fantastic “roleplaying” experience, I felt it was my duty to perpetuate the general merriment of all. So I gathered my composure and began to engage in my own “roleplaying” theatrics.

Oh crap. Somehow they caught me. I was roleplaying hidden in the shadows… how the hell did they find me? So I did what any self respecting pervert would do. HIDE!

It only gets better… Beware the dwarven hand cannon though.

From the Holy Shit! Bill’s Psychic Department: Bill predicts $3/gallon gas in October 2005 over a year and a half ago!!! To quote Frank Barone: “Holy Crap!” Got any predictions on the White Sox, Bill?

I can’t link to V the K enough. His Caption This! blog is uproariously funny every g-d damned day. The bastard can even make fluffy puppies dirty and funny.

See ya.

Late Friday Funnies

Saturday, October 8th, 2005

Oh Frodo, you silly little gay hobbit.

In the same vein as Your Daily Media originally linked here, comes That Video Site. This place is a total time-sink.

From the “…but I know what I like” Department:I don’t usually link to any adult material, but this is technically R-rated at least for full frontal female nudity. It is, however, a work of art. As 59 women scroll by, float the mouse over any one of them and see what their clothes are hiding. This is actually quite interesting. Judging by the fashions, these photos must have been taken in the early to mid 90s when big dresses were all the rage amongst the grunge-anistas. I was amazed over and over to see the beautiful bodies these women were hiding under all of that amorphous and flowing fabric. These appear to be average every day women with the same blend of the gorgeous and plain, overweight, underweight and just rightweight. Simply amazing. (guys, watch for the blond in the black blazer: YOWZA!) Hey, it’s Art!!!

Ever wonder where you can still find a sit-down console Centipede game? Looks like the closest one to me is a cabinet, not a console. Find all your favorites near you.

Posting truncated in order to feed my children.

The Tater’s starting line-up will be announced tomorrow morning! Stay tuned Steve ;)