Sunday, February 25, 2007

The Oscars

I love the Oscars and this year all my favorite people won but I forgot they were on and only saw the last hour or so of it, damn, I usually watch the entire thing and Darcy puts up with it. Also, this was a year where I didn't see ANY of the movies, very disappointing. Unfortunately Darcy has just been too sick most of the year.

I love that Al Gore's movie won, now if only he'd run for president.
I was also really pleased to see Jennifer Hudson win for best supporting actress in “Dreamgirls”, talk about a dream come true. I don't watch American Idol but I do like the idea of an ordinary person getting a shot at stardom and Jennifer is the perfect example of that, and man, is she sexy!! Forget those skinny, bony models, I'll take a full figured woman any day.

Forest Whitaker is an actor I've liked for many years who has never gotten much recognition it seems, so it was great to see him win. And he seemed like it was quite an emotional moment for him, I hope he enjoys every minute of it. Helen Mirren is worthy of an Oscar as well, but the high point of the evening was Martin Scorsese, I was so happy to see him win. I thought he'd been robbed several times, especially losing with "Gangs of New York" to "Chicago." Chicago was fun but what the hell was the Academy high on THAT year? Most will say Scorsese's older movies were better, but I still think Gangs of New York was his best.

Of course, I can only talk about the people since I haven't seen the movies themselves, sigh. I'll probably see them all on DVD.

The Oscars

The Academy

Friday, February 23, 2007



That's the headline from a conservative Christian organization that sees Hillary as pure evil.

After reading 2 Alternet articles on Hillary the Hawk (Hillary’s Calculations Add Up to War & Clinton To Anti-War Voters: Bring It On) I'm rooting for them, I just don't like her. The ideal situation would be these guys spend all their money attacking Hillary so she loses the primary, Obama stumbles along the way due to inexperience and John Edwards takes the Democratic nomination!! And the opposition is broke
and tired after trashing Hillary.

Remember, you heard it here first. Edwards was the man I wanted in
2004, running neck and neck with Wesley Clarke (Clarke would get my
vote today but he's too smart to run again, proving himself the best
man for the job). I like Edwards even more today than I did then, now
that I know more about him.

He's the only guy in the race really telling it like it is and not
feeding people what they want to hear, or what he thinks (or what his
handlers think) they want to hear. He was born into a very poor
family and worked his way up to being a multimillionaire lawyer,
mostly from class action suits, representing the little guy against
the corps, meaning he's a GOOD lawyer who hasn't gone to the dark
side. He lost a son and his wife just fought off breast cancer. This
means he's a guy who understands how most of America lives and knows
what very tough times are, and he's actually accomplished something,
having done everything on his own. He's the anti-Bush!! His polar

And best of all he's a white guy from the south, which I think gives
him the biggest appeal of all of them. I think Hillary and Barak are
only in the lead right now because the press only seems to cover them,
but as northern liberals (not to mention being female and black) I don't
think we would carry any southern state with either of them, but we
might get several with Edwards on the ticket. And Barak as VP!!

I really hate it that even today, here in the 21st century, a black man or a woman cannot get elected president. I almost hope I am wrong and one of them does get elected, but I really like Edwards best.

Thursday, February 22, 2007


One of the things I wanted to do on this blog was talk about the OSX applications I like but I've fallen down on the job. CandyBar is a favorite, it allows me to change all the system icons to anything I want, I've also downloaded a ton of premade icons from the web and made a few myself with some other nifty applications and I just found the perfect folder icon which is why I'm thinking of it.

This is a screenshot of my external hard drive. The brown, round Japanese boxes are my default folder icons, much better than those ugly light blue things. Then I've put individual icons on certain folders so they stand out. One very cool trick is I have specific icons for each of my client's folders so I can find them instantly. My comic book guy gets superhero heads, Flash, Superman, Martian Manhunter, Batman and Wonder Woman. I did use a full figure of Green Lantern just for variety, other clients just get a single icon for all their folders. All my zip and dmg files are a cool black and unknown documents are cool blue orb instead of a blank sheet of paper. Other images are my defaults for Illustrator, InDesign and Preview apps.

Now, applications that mess with your system can be dangerous but the beauty of CandyBar is it merely replaces the icons at the system level then it's turned off, so it isn't running all the time to cause problems. It doesn't have to maintain the icons just put them in once and it's done. There are times I don't even open the app for months at a time, so I've had zero problems with it. It can be downloaded for free and used up to 25 times, after which you can no longer make changes but all changes will remain if you want them. So if you get all your icons set up just right within 25 uses you never have to pay for it, but I did because I'm always changing things around.

Friday, February 16, 2007

Bush and Iran

This is an article from Alternet:
No One's Drinking Bush's Kool-Aid on Iran

From the Article:

If that makes no sense to you, well, that's because the whole thing makes no sense. It's a farcical replay of Iraq 2002, when the White House demonized Saddam Hussein with fake intelligence, turning him into a menacing al-Qaida backer armed with weapons of mass destruction. This time, however, the lie factory has been dismantled. All by himself, the president is trying to turn Iran into a scary, al-Qaida-allied, nuke-wielding menace. But he's not fooling anyone. The potent "war president" of 2002-2003 is now an incoherent, mewling Wizard of Oz-like figure, and people are paying attention to the man behind the curtain.

Bush is beginning to look insane to many people, and it is definitely inane for him to think anyone is going to believe him this time. Clearly he wants to attack Iran and is trying, badly, to build a case for it, but he's lied too many times now for anyone to buy it.

On Keith Olbermann last night an intelligence expert said that yes, Iran is sending in arms to the Shias, but Saudi Arabia is sending arms to the Sunnis. 90% of our troop's casualties come from the Sunnis yet there is no mention from Bush about invading Saudi Arabia.

I still haven't figured out what Bush's (or is it really Cheney's) agenda actual is. Why did he start this war and why does he want to expand it? Many have said oil but they really aren't getting much oil out of Iraq, just too volatile there, and he's got to know he doesn't have enough troops to occupy Iran, or to even fight with them.

Back when Bush was first in office (I won't say elected since he wasn't) I said he was an ideologue, not a Christian one, a Neocon one. And he is the type of ideologue who totally believes and can't accept any part of the ideology not being correct. I said he could be inside the White House with it collapsing around him, both himself and America brought low by his policies, and he would still be yelling "Wait, just wait, it's all going to start working any second!!"

Monday, February 12, 2007

Global Warming

The Iraq war seems to take every one's attention but the fact is that the one single thing we should all be working on at top speed and total effort is global warming.

I'm not too worried about it because I figure it's already too late and humanity is screwed, and I'll be dead before the worst happens, anyway. Now I don't mean the end of humanity but a natural disaster that will look like the last 20 years of all natural disasters combined. Climate will change and people will starve, the coasts will flood and there will be refugees even in the first world. Millions will die and the entire globe will take a tremendous economic hit.

We have George Bush to thank for much of this, a guy on the oil companies payroll who has even had wording of scientific documents changed and made sure most of America didn't take the whole thing too seriously. And all this has been due to Exxon, the worst culprit. I always wonder about guys like that, do they simply fail to consider that their children and grandchildren are going to have to live (and maybe die) in the world they are creating? Or does that just not mean anything to them next to their one true god - Profit?

But for those who still want to try and do something here's an article that talks about that:

The Most Important Thing You Can Do To Stop Global Warming

For those who just want to get angry at Exxon:

ExxonMobil's War on Science

By Robert Kennedy Jr.

With an elaborate network of phony think tanks and slick public relations firms, ExxonMobil has become today's Big Tobacco, defrauding the public and waging a war on science.

What we need is a REAL president, someone like Jack Kennedy. Jack turned the whole country to the task of landing a man on the moon by the end of the 60's and we did it. A real leader, which could be Obama, can do the same with energy, make sure we have viable alternatives to oil and gas within ten years, that is probably the only thing that will save us. And by "save" I mean 2 million dying instead of 40 million. I just hope Obama doesn't get assassinated.

Happy Darwin Day!!

Here is an excerpt from Wikipedia:

"Darwin Day is the anniversary of the birthday of Charles Darwin on February 12, 1809.
Darwin provided the first coherent theory of evolution by means of natural selection. His theory has had far-reaching implications in almost all disciplines and has rocked the very foundation of our knowledge base. Human civilization has been deeply affected by Darwin's work, with over 200 years of evidence supporting his initial findings with modification and refinement continuing to this day. For his contributions to humanity and his commitment to scientific methodology, Charles Robert Darwin is celebrated globally. The date that is recognized by most is that of February 12th, the date of his birth."

Darwin's contribution to human knowledge is simply tremendous, perhaps only Einstein has had greater influence, but it's debatable. All biology & medical science today rests on the foundation Darwin laid down 150 years ago in "Origin of Species."

Evolution is the best scientific theory we have today, fully proven thousands of times of the past 150 years. It's so good a competing theory doesn't even exist.

Thursday, February 8, 2007

Ammunition for Atheists

Just discovered a new book for atheists, the Quotable Atheist:

Link to Article

From the site:
"In his new book, The Quotable Atheist, author Jack Huberman has collected powerful quotations against organized religion and belief in God from figures such as Richard Dawkins, Phyllis Diller, Frederick Douglass, Michael Moore, Katha Pollitt, and yes, Jerry Falwell."

"I would of course have preferred a declaration by the president of the United States -- purportedly God's messenger on earth -- stating that neither God nor WMDs ever existed and that most religious beliefs are untrue and harmful, and urging citizens to bring their minds back up at least to an eighteenth-century stage of development. (I have proposed this plan in a letter to George W. Bush, but haven't heard back yet. They must be hashing out the details.) Failing that, it is up to atheist/secularist groups and individuals to do what we can to stop global worming (people groveling like worms before nonexistent deities). That's where this book comes in."

And, of course, we must have a quote from the book:

Thomas Jefferson: (1743-1826), third U.S. president.

"I have recently been examining all the known superstitions of the world, and do not find in our particular superstition (Christianity) one redeeming feature. They are all alike, founded upon fables and mythologies."

I love Jefferson quotes against religion, and there are a lot of them. I'll have to do a blog entry of just Jefferson quotes some day.

Monday, February 5, 2007

The Superbowl is Over

I love the Superbowl - but I hate it too, because it means that football season is over, can't watch it again until September. But it was a good game and I was glad to see Payton Manning win it, and Rex Grossman better not return to Chicago for a while, he lost the game all by himself. Was very disappointed last year when the Seahawks lost.

Everyone talks about the commercials but they have been getting worse every year. Now that they are such a big deal everyone is trying too hard and going for outrageous, because most people just aren't creative enough. There was one good one called The Happiness Factory, clever, entertaining and well done:

Friday, February 2, 2007

What Can Congress Do?

“The constitution supposes, what the History of all Governments demonstrates, that the Executive is the branch of power most interested in war, and most prone to it....It has accordingly with studied care, vested the question of war in the Legislature.”

James Madison

Bush has no authority to attack Iran but I don't think that's going to stop him. Back before the Iraq war I suddenly got the feeling that Bush was going to do it, that it didn't matter what the facts were. I get that same feeling now, Bush is going to invade Iran, maybe not a full invasion, perhaps just bombing, but he's already made up his mind and we all know that NEVER gets changed. He will lead us all off a cliff without ever a shadow of doubt or hesitation.