I don’t like unions.

That said, I see no reason government should be allowed to tell people how they can organize. I find it hilarious a bunch of people who claim to be for small government, want government to be able to dictate how people can negotiate. Further, there shouldn’t have to be laws allowing people to collectively bargain. In a free society that’s like having laws allowing people to breath.



quotes of the day.

I contend that we are both atheists. I just believe in one fewer god than you do. When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours.

– stephen f roberts


If they say “Just God. I only believe in the one God,” I’ll point out that they are nearly as atheistic as me. I don’t believe in 2,870 gods, and they don’t believe in 2,869.
– Ricky Gervais

poor, poor soul


someone with netware 4.1 still around..

party, cake, billys balloon


my wife threw me a surprise birthday party for me, with 30 of my closest friends.  she asked my mother to make a cake for it.

on it was billy’s balloon. many didn’t get the reference so here’s a link to where it can be found online.  support the artist, don hertzfeldt

youtube link – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fpc5vgi9zbM

xvid+ac3 avi – http://tinyurl.com/acop2r
(if you wanna add this to your video collection)

many thanks to everyone who showed up to help me celebrate my birthday.  it really means a lot to me.  🙂

foreclosure idea?


thanks to tmbo (ITO) for pointing me to the idea

The best strategy I have seen banks do is to foreclose on the house, then rent it back to the borrowers with an option for them to buy it back at market value once they get back on their feet. The borrowers tend to take better care of it than just any renter, as the bank sits on the house for a couple of years to see if the market will come back. WIN/WIN.

supposedly sourced from a NPR story, i can’t find it now.

textbook fair use?


“professor a” wants to use their own book for class.  “professor a’s” book is out of print.  professor a provides a PDF copy of said textbook to students, encouraging them to print copies for themselves.

getting “copyshop usa” to print a bound and covered double-sided version proved to be a copyright challenge, citing copyright limitations.

violate copyrights?  doesn’t appear to.  since it’s used in the classroom realm, it gets fair-use status, which allows someone to copy part for the classroom.  since it’s out of print, that seems to open up the ability to print the whole book for class use.  also, it’s not being distributed for profit.

suppose i should get the copyright owner’s permission. 😛

ref 1, 2, 3, 4.

very? really?


Substitute “damn” every time you’re inclined to write “very”; your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be.
– Mark Twain


amanda got me the herp albert’s tijuana brass – whipped cream & other delights album for christmas, among some other things.

main reason?  the album cover. 🙂

i’ve listened to it a few times now.  it’s my second album from him.  only place i’ve heard it in rotation is over at soma.fm‘s illinois street lounge radio stream.

my wife is awesome for this and many other reasons.


marketplace.org is awesome.  breaks things down enough for everyone to understand. in the detroit area, it can be heard around 6pm weeknights on WDET or michigan radio

13 minutes into monday’s broadcast, interesting commentary on economic stimulus vs the bailout


three terms i’ve been hearing quite a bit of recently, new buzz words?

/me ponders