Saturday, February 26, 2011

Dish Networks Called *again*

I love telling telephone solicitors for TV service that I have no TV. It shortens the conversation considerably.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Disturbing look at China

The PRC web police are pulling it down as fast as they can but Youtube has a subtitled version of the most subversive cartoon you're likely to see this year. The year of the tiger is ending and the year of the rabbit is coming and Director Wang Bo went deep into the CCP's collective fears to come up with an excellent call to action. It's screechy, ugly, and definitely NSFW (violence and disturbing imagery).

From tainted milk, to spoiled party prince brats running people over in the street with impunity, it encapsulates much of what is wrong with the PRC today. It makes the case that the present system won't make it to the long-term demographic collapse that some have been forecasting but rather that there will be violence and revolution instead long before China can get either rich or old.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

My son the videographer

My son's wondering how to advertise a youtube video after he put up his first one. Why he made an instructional video on how to make a paper boat is not something I ask about. How he manages to actually sell them on the school bus is also a mystery to me.

I have a budding entrepreneur.

Everybody getting better now

It's been a wild night and all my projects are getting pushed back a day. The three kids and I all were sick as dog. Everybody's feeling better now but weak.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Illinois-Indiana Road Clearing Differences

NW Indiana was a bear getting out. I-80 had both direction entrances blocked @ exit 2 (northbound) by trucks on the ramps. By contrast, Illinois had their territory immaculate.

You'd think it was Indiana on the road to bankruptcy skimping on road clearing.

But that's not the way it is in reality. The immaculate roads were just another sign of irresponsible spending for the few cars that were venturing out on the road. Indiana's "good enough" efforts were more calibrated spending trying not to exceed available revenues.

The failure mode when the money runs out is going to be devastating.

Pray for us

Biggest blizzard in years, snowed in, our god daughter's getting a liver transplant, and we're going out into the snow to pick up one of the other three kids. Their grandmother can't handle all three for long.

Hopefully the highway's clear because our street is not.