More Evidence I’m a Twit

  • Yup, I'm going to do this: http://tr.im/LujJ #
  • @mantic59 Do you use the Trumper's Skin Food as a pre-shave or aftershave? in reply to mantic59 #
  • Confession: I am a Minnesotan, and I don't care that the Vikings lost. #
  • I have Thursday and Friday off, but the kids don't. What ought I do? #
  • @doctorstine Ideally, it'd be a beer run to Texas and see my sister for the first time in about 3 years. in reply to doctorstine #
  • @doctorstine I think I'd actually rather drive down. It's only about 18 hours or so. in reply to doctorstine #
  • Why am I so gun shy about attempting to set up lessons again? I need the income and I like the work… #
  • Am I really under-qualified to nearly anything in a higher pay bracket? #
  • Playing with Wine at work. #
  • I unearthed my old 40gig iPod Photo (first color screen ever!) It's like a brick compared to new stuff, but it got me through college. #
  • Tomorrow couldn't come soon enough so I can stop seeing speculation about an Apple Tablet. I just want a 32 gig iPod Nano. #
  • @jzeller I know. iPods change when school starts. Bummer, but I can wait. I'll wear out my old one first, I think. in reply to jzeller #
  • Sweet, finally ordered new boots. It's only my 4th Winter out here and my old ones were total junk. #
  • @jzeller Yikes, is that cross-platform? And what about Google Docs storage? in reply to jzeller #
  • @jzeller I should read all tweets in my feed before replying. in reply to jzeller #
  • It's been a while since I last cooked pasta. I don't know why. It smells great. #
  • Dear God, why default to Adobe Reader on a Mac? WHY!? #
  • @jzeller I knew it! in reply to jzeller #
  • @jzeller Tablet needs to nail college students, note-takers, and digital textbooks. If it's $800, it's cheaper than a year's books. in reply to jzeller #
  • @thepioneerwoman Homes, I believe. in reply to thepioneerwoman #
  • Too much to keep track of today: Macworld Keynote, End of Semester, Promoting Lessons, Obama's SOTU, and a ton of backlogged blogging. #
  • $500 iPad? Really?

    Apple wins. We can all go home now. #

  • I just say: wait for textbooks to come out on this thing. Just wait. Also: e-music reader anybody? #
  • @doctorstine Yup, that's not too bad. Better pricing than upping from an iPod to an iPhone… in reply to doctorstine #
  • @doctorstine Would you go back to a regular phone and just keep an iPad in your bag then? in reply to doctorstine #
  • (sigh) Guess I don't get to take the train tomorrow. Northstar = FAIL. #
  • I figured out the solution to future outbreaks of classic, undead zombies: cremation. You can thank me with $5 donations. #zombies #
  • I'm going to watch the SOTU, but won't try to live-blog. I'm eating. Will recap afterward. Not before. Recapping before is idiotic. #
  • Tonight's drinking game: every time Obama says a number. #
  • "I thought I'd get some applause on that one"? Way to pull a Kennedy, Obama! #
  • Can we quit with the flag lapel pins yet? #
  • Oh, and I guess I'm randomly live-tweeting the SOTU address. Go figure. #
  • People disagree with the evidence on climate change? Do we elect intentional ignorants? #
  • Why not create mathematically auto-adjusting taxes for inefficient technologies? I know it could be done. #
  • A world-class education is the greatest weapon against poverty. Amen. Now, let's give every kid the same dollar, damnit! #
  • I think Obama just gave Bush's old supporters the finger. #
  • I can dig cutting out parts of the government. Still wish we could stop a couple of wars, though. Can we get Rupert Murdoch to pay for them? #
  • Thank you for telling the Democrats to stop acting as though they are the minority, stopped by the big, bad Republicans. #
  • Did he really just end the Iraq war, or has that date always been set? #
  • YES! Repeal Don't Ask Don't Tell! #
  • It really sounds more like he's talking to just Congress. I like that he's explaining to them why we can't stand our representatives. #
  • The Republican Response: Nothing. No rebuttal or counter-ideas. I guess that's what happens when the person to counter says the plain truth. #
  • Remember when Homer had the kids leave, he takes a huge breath, and it cuts to Ned saying, "That's the loudest profanity I've ever heard"? #
  • I cleaned my desk, fixed its lock, and fixed the phones. Guess I should be productive now. #
  • @ade3 I think funnier would be Geordi LaForge holding one in place of a PADD, but that's just me I think. in reply to ade3 #
  • And now I remember why I don't like using craigslist all that much… #
  • Every meal I make descends into snack food from the pantry. #
  • @valecp Is that a sex thing? in reply to valecp #
  • @valecp Oh yeah, that thing. It's definitely cool in reply to valecp #
  • I'm catching up on Curb Your Enthusiasm, and seeing how much I'm like Larry, I've never been assaulted by a lesbian. #

The State Of The Union

My take on the State of the Union speech last night was that it sounded more like a lecture to Congress, rather than a speech for the people. I am all for that, because more than ever, it seems that the Senate and House have far more problems getting work done than Obama. And Obama is a constitutional scholar; he respects that Congress is the primary body politic of the US and that it needs the most power compared to the President and to the Supreme Court.
I am naturally a libertarian (except when it comes to children), and would lean Republican, but have yet to vote for one. I can’t see myself supporting a party overrun by Jesus with an M-16. I’ve never been able to fully support Democrats because I think they want government to do too much for us, plus I don’t much care for Unions or hippies.

So to me, the speech went well. I like to hear the ideas of rolling back the government a bit in order to, you know, pay for things we promise. And I really liked that Obama vocally disagreed with the Supreme Court (Roberts as CJ = we’ll be paying for Bush for a long, long time), and that he admonished both parties in Congress for failing to do work.

Democrats, you have a majority, do something with it. Republicans, just saying ‘no’ to everything isn’t leadership. Seriously, this is why I can’t support any of you right now. (Note: I do support Democrat Tarryl Clark for Congress in my district for so many good reasons I named above.)

It’s been interesting reading the immediate responses to the speech out in the blogosphere. The truly liberal are ragingly pissed about Obama’s concessions to cut spending and still wanting to work with Republicans. The political commentators seem wary that the speech did anything. And, well, I don’t have many conservative writers in my RSS feed because they sound as though they’re foaming at the mouth more than anything else.

Frankly, I thought Obama passing the responsibility on to Congress to get things done, particularly telling Republicans that if they have a better idea, he’d like to hear it. I think that’s a great way to call them out on their empty critiques.

I spent the speech just sitting there watching and reading a couple of other live-blogging events. There were only a couple of points that made me react. Here’s from my Twitter feed:

Did he really just end the Iraq war, or has that date always been set?

YES! Repeal Don’t Ask Don’t Tell! [I actually clapped and shouted ‘Yes!’ when I heard that.]

These are big deal things to me, and he had better follow through. Now, I know Obama said that combat troops would be out of Iraq, so that means we’d still have support personnel on the ground. Frankly, I see a permanent base there, similar to the leftovers of World War Two.

As for DADT, I’m excited, but the history I’ve read from other blogs is to be wary. Many things have been promised in the past to the gay community and so many went unfulfilled. But I can see DADT ending with Iraq engagement and taking care of two big shifts in the military at once.

To wrap up, I want to note the Republican response to the State of the Union. Interesting to note, Governor McDonnell gave the response before an actual assembly rather than in front of a camera in a room. It’s just different than what has been done before.

However, Governor McDonnell said nothing. The entire time, he sounded like an empty shell. I kept waiting and waiting for a single idea that could be presented as an alternative to any of Obama’s plans. I heard mention of off-shore drilling, but that was all, and Obama even hit on that himself.

So it was a non-speech. Even my wife kept repeating to me, he’s not saying anything. But according to pundits, the bar was so low, all he had to do was not cut an audible fart in front of the camera. Good job, McDonnell. At least your speech was only ten minutes so you didn’t have to worry about saying anything relevant.

More Evidence I’m a Twit

  • @babyrabies It's been a while since I messed with mine, but Vigilance by Strojny wasn't too big of a pain to work with. in reply to babyrabies #
  • I can't help but laugh when my kids give me evil looks. Today, I have been busting a gut. #
  • @JollyAndy Amen to that! in reply to JollyAndy #
  • @JollyAndy Sorry, I vote for Empire Strikes Back. in reply to JollyAndy #
  • "Hey! Quit trying to eat my cable modem." #
  • Is Google Docs my best alternative to Office 2008? I'm looking to run only natively on my Snow Leopard computer. #
  • I can't remember if I upgraded to 1password 3. #
  • Oh good, my computer keeps re-indexing itself. I think it's time to shut down. #
  • Know how I know it's after 3pm? I'm ready to pass out cold. #
  • RT @mental_floss: Will Shortz said his all-time favorite crossword clue is "It might turn into a different story." (Answer: SPIRALSTAIRCASE) #
  • Just got back from a really happy fun type of place. I'm not happier, but somehow I'm stickier. Schools are special places sometimes… #
  • @jzeller Ew. in reply to jzeller #
  • @jzeller Oh I did. Twice. in reply to jzeller #
  • Vapid people are never amusing. #
  • I am really eager to try an Office 2010 beta for Mac, just to see if it's any faster running on Cocoa. #
  • Firefox 3.6 has landed. Click, click, a-booyah! #
  • When your tech support guy says, 'Bring in your computer soon so it can be updated,' it means your computer will run like shit until you do. #
  • I have Sleigh Ride stuck in my head. Kill. Me. Now! #
  • Why is my processor fan running? Oh yeah, I have Microsoft Word open. #
  • @doctorstine Also check out Flash 10.1 beta. It's definitely lighter on the processor too. in reply to doctorstine #
  • @doctorstine You realize there is a beta in YouTube that uses HTML 5, right? in reply to doctorstine #
  • Read this! Ta-Nehisi Coates asking Ezra Klein good questions http://tr.im/Lf2z #
  • @judalicious Give yourself a pat on the back and pour one from the tap in the closet. in reply to judalicious #
  • Know what really helps a headache and nausea? A toddler screaming. #

Reading Health Care Reform

Ta-Nehisi Coates Talking Shop With Ezra Klein (Coates is the interviewer). The whole post is worth the few minutes to read. It definitely reminds me of some of my issues with the Democratic Party.

Can you paint the stakes in detail? What will be the cost of not passing this bill?

I’m going to put the choice very simply– If you pass the bill things get quite a bit better. If you don’t pass the bill things just continue to get worse. We all spend our time saying that this is not a perfect bill. That this is not our first choice. That If I were king I’d create a single-payer utopia. That’s because we’re intellectually honest. But that’s been a mistake. It’s obscured the fact that this bill is a tremendous improvement in the situation.

The basics of it remain the same. The people who really get helped are the people who end up without a large employer giving them insurance. For those people, this bill is a hedge against extremely bad luck. It’s a hedge against the worse part of the system–You lose your job because you have breast cancer and now no one will insure you. You have out of pocket medical bills that go up to 90 thousand. On an average day, none of that happens to us. But there comes a day that is not the average day, and that’s when everything goes wrong. This bill says we won’t allow it to go too wrong.

Beneath that there is the basic subsidy scheme. In 2019 you’re spending 200 billion a year in subsidies on poor people. When was the last time you’ve heard about government helping low income folks like that? It just doesn’t happen anymore.

Moving On Down

As many of you are aware, I’m a rather tech-savvy guy. It’s, in fact, a part of my job. I need to know about what’s new out there in the digital world and need to know it well enough to explain things to people who have questions about it.
So it’s practically a given that I wanted an iPhone. I got an iPhone, I have an iPhone. All else in this world pales in comparison to the iPhone. Jesus, Mohammed, and Buddha all would have had iPhones (and by miracles would never be out of service, of course.)

I figured out how to unlock and jailbreak my phones (yes, we’ve run through the gamut of them in my house) so we can make use of our better-cost T-Mobile plans. I also was quite clever to avoid data charges since it was never long I was away from a wifi connection. All the power and none of the extra crazy costs? Totally win.

However, it turned out I barely used my phone. I would text, and twitter, and occasionally play a game. I didn’t have data, nor a 3G, so there was no GPS for me. (Which, by the way, I use a map, the sun, and my feet in dense areas, so I’ve never been at a loss there.)

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