Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Medieval Halloween

The haunted barn is shaping up, but the forecast for Saturday is rain. Happens every year.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Jumping on the bandwagon

Just got this one in an email and a Google search shows 994 hits on the first sentence:

Today on my way to lunch I passed a homeless guy with a sign that read "Vote Obama, I need the money." I laughed. 

Once in the restaurant my server had on a "Obama 08" tie, again I laughed as he had given away his political preference--just imagine the coincidence. 

When the bill came I decided not to tip the server and explained to him that I was exploring the Obama redistribution of wealth concept. He stood there in disbelief while I told him that I was going to redistribute his tip to someone who I deemed more in need--the homeless guy outside. The server angrily stormed from my sight. 

I went outside, gave the homeless guy $10 and told him to thank the server inside as I've decided he could use the money more. The homeless guy was grateful. 

At the end of my rather unscientific redistribution experiment I realized the homeless guy was grateful for the money he did not earn, but the waiter was pretty angry that I gave away the money he did earn even though the actual recipient needed money more. 

I guess redistribution of wealth is an easier thing to swallow in concept than in practical application.

Nice analogy.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

I fear for my children's future...

Paraphrased from an IM conversation with a good friend:

I fear for the future of our country. We are "welfaring" ourselves out of existence. Once a person realizes that the fruits of one's labors will largely go to others who aren't laboring, there remains only two choices. Join the non-laborers, or leave the country.

"A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy, which is always followed by a dictatorship." - Unknown

"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it," - George Santayana

The crowds are large and they aren't reading.

Friday, October 03, 2008

I just noticed something...

I'm walking through the Boston Public Garden and maybe 5% of the trees
are showing any signs of starting to change color. Yet at home
yesterday, I had just noticed that practically all of the trees have
changed color. Yet the two locations are only 40 miles apart.

Funny that.

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Thursday, October 02, 2008



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Senator O'biden!

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A little experiment: The results

Well, both posts had hard returns. Time to look into blogging apps for iPhone.

Time to watch the VP debate.

A little experiment: Part II

While this is just a follow-up post, I do have to come up with
sufficient text to fill up several lines. I'm currently sitting in my
usual spot on the train, exchanging bon-mots with all the regulars.

I put in for two weeks of vacation for either the last two weeks of
October or the last week of October and the first week of November
depending on whether I can get everything running on autopilot at work
in the next two weeks.

Okay, that's enough; back to Solebon.

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A little experiment: Part I

Yesterday I made the sunset post using the "Send Photo" feature in the
iPhone Photo Gallery. That post showed up with no hard returns in it
that match up with the screen width of the mail client of the iPod
touch. So I'm sending this from the gallery but am deleting the pic.
Next I'll post Part II from the mail client.

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Wednesday, October 01, 2008

On the way home...

...there was a gorgeous sunset tonight. I didn't have my camera with
me but it reminded me of this shot I took about a year ago. Sunsets

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