Pro Wrestling Ate my weekend [10/27/08]

Well, they did. I try not to make this an online diary but I culdn’t come up with a better title.

It is estimated that 40,000 people still live in some form of slavery in Niger.

Isn’t BBC World Service uplifting?

ABC News, among others, is reporting that Camp McCain is starting to split into factions (most natably the McCain faction and the Palin faction) and circulate resumes.

My count has 13 states “in play” on November 4th. The four biggest ones are going to report relatively early: Pennsylvania, Virginia, Florida and Ohio. McCain must win 3 out of 4 of these to have any shot at 270. If Obama wins two (and he’s up big in PA), you can go to bed.

The tires on airplanes are filled with nitrogen.

Now you know.

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Random adapters 9/23/08

I’ve learned that trying to turn random facts into thoughtful essays is time consuming, and comes off pretensious when you read it a day later.

Never try to cut palm frans with a machette. That’s not from my experience, but the guy who told me seemed sincere and knowlegeable on the subject.

Hurricane Ike liberated thousads of cows across SE Texas, who are now in danger of being eaten by alligators.

Sarah Palin still isn’t talking to the press. CNN almost protests. [via Cynical C-Blog]

Finally, for the stagehands, an account of a practical use for that edison-XLR adapter you once madde as a joke. If you only connect the shield in the female XLR to the ground in the male edison (or the male stagepin) you have a last resort for closing an open ground loop in an uppity sound system.

The look on everybody’s face is worth it alone. And if it makes the humm go away – all the better.

Controlling the Press

If a politician running for office won’t talk to reporters, the reporters – especially the good ones – will eventualy find someone to talk to. To wit: the NY Times profile of Palin.

[From Cynical C-blog – one of my most regular surf stops)

Walking with Dinosaurs used over 300 moving lights.

Coyotes have a language of at least 33 dsistinct yips and other sounds.

September 8, 2008

The National Enquirer has discovered that political scandals can move as many copies as show biz scandals, and that they can easily scoop the legitimate dailies on these sort of stories. They can scoop the dailies, of course, because they pay sources (sometimes a LOT) while legitimate papers stoically refuse to stoop to such measures. So they can read about Sarah Palin’s sex life in the Enquirer along with all the other women she was supposedly going to steal away from Hillary Clinton.

Memo to Governor Palin: don’t bother calling your lawyers. The Enquirer has a keen sense of where the boundaries are regarding libel.

Memo to Senator Biden: No one votes for the bottom of the ticket, so you can stop laughing now.

(I know this because a member of my writing group used to write for the Enquirer.)

There are two basic type of cellular Phone service: GSI and CDMA. My Cingular service was GSI, which is a world-wide standard, but with spotty coverage in the southwestern United States. CDMA, conversely, while not broadly used outside the US, had pretty thorough coverage in the lower 48. CDMA also goes through obstructions like building and trees better than GSI.

CDMA stands for Code Division Multiple Access.

I know these things because the salesguy for Alltell loved the soud of his own voice spouting off these sort of facts. He also predicted that Alltell and Verizon would soon merge – though that’s not an established fact. If they did, though, they would be the only remaining CDMA service left in the US.

Conan the Grammarian does not care for semicolons, or the writing of Ayn Rand. (But you have to subscribe…)