Friday, May 14, 2004

Sleeping in Interrogation Class

I must have missed the day they taught the slick interrogation technique in which the interrogators have sex with each other in front of the targets to break their will.

"Close your eyes and think of America."

It would certainly cause me to talk.

Tuesday, May 11, 2004

Abuse in Iraq -- Program Suggestion

Letter I just sent to CBS' 60 Minutes II:


Since you first showed the photos of prisoner abuse in Iraq, don't you
think you owe it to your audience to show the full video of the
beheading of Nick Berg?

This would establish your consistency and place the problems of our
current war in their proper context.

If you are concerned about "Program Standards and Practices" you could
at least makes it available on your website.

If neither you nor any other US media company chooses to show the full
video, we can infer that you wish to harm your country but not to harm
the enemies of your country.

Monday, May 10, 2004

Oh Boy! Yet another service that won't find my music.

Now how did I know that AT&T Wireless Services' new Music Recognition Service wouldn't help me.

I've grown accustomed to various CDDB services not identifying my CDs so here was yet another service that would not help me.

So I fired up Sparky and Rhonda Rucker's Battle Cry of Freedom from The Blue and Gray in Black and White and held the phone up to the speakers and, sure enough, immediately received a text message saying, "Sorry, we were unable to identity the song."

I then fired up New York Mining Disaster 1941 by the BeeGees. I immediately received a text message with the correct ID. Likewise Al-Di-La by Jerry Vale.

Unfortunately, I'm usually listening to less popular items.

New Justification for Men

You may recall some years ago that feminists calculated that a housewife's work was worth hundreds of thousands of dollars (if bought at market rates).

A Men's Rights activist group then retaliated by valuing men's domestic services higher (mostly based on the provision of all-night security guard services).

Well mod tech has given men a new household task they can justify their existence with -- network administrator. I spend increasing amounts of time keeping the home wireless network (and the computers attached to it) going. And the ladies of the house get very upset when outages occur.

I wonder what a 12-hours-a-day network administrator costs?