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Speaking truth to power

Posted by lex, on May 20, 2006

 

Seems very fashionable these days. It’s “brave,” you know. So long as, when you say the word “brave,” your definition is expansive enough to include conventional definitions as well as the emergently popular standard of self-referential acts of guerrilla performance art taken without the least whiff of attendant consequence.

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Endorsed

Posted by lex, on January 13, 2006

 

Via John at the Castle, and I’m entirely on board:

We are bloggers with boatloads of opinions, and none of us come close to agreeing with any other one of us all of the time. But we do agree on this: The new leadership in the House of Representatives needs to be thoroughly and transparently free of the taint of the Jack Abramoff scandals, and beyond that, of undue influence of K Street.

We are not naive about lobbying, and we know it can and has in fact advanced crucial issues and has often served to inform rather than simply influence Members.

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So you say you want to be a SEAL?

Posted by lex, on May 15, 2006

 

Qualifications

General: A U.S. Navy SEAL candidate must:

– Be male.

– Be age 28 or younger (servicemen can be 30).

– Have good or correctable eyesight.

– Score well on the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery tests.

Physical: A screening test requires that candidates:

– Swim 500 yards using breast or sidestroke (or military underwater recovery stroke) in 12.5 minutes or less, then rest 10 minutes.

– Perform at least 42 push-ups in two minutes, rest two minutes.

– Perform at least 50 sit-ups in two minutes, rest two minutes.

– Perform at least six pull-ups (hands face forward), rest 10 minutes.

– Run 1.5 miles in boots and BDU trousers in less than 11.5 minutes.

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Brief conversation with myself when I was magically transported back to 1983

Posted by lex, on December 21, 2005

 

2005: Microsoft. Put every dollar you have into Microsoft. Borrow money to own this stock. Trust me.

1983:

2005: Sell everything you own and short the market in September 1987. And for God’s sake, get off the margin!

1983:

2005: Jump back in with both feet in November of that same year, after the crash. Microsoft again until the mid-90’s, then sell down to 10%. Buy Cisco, buy Qualcomm.

1983:

2005: Dump everything no later than January 2001. Trust me on this – people are going to say “it’s different this time.” It’s not. In 2002, ease back into cyclicals on the Dow, and avoid tech. Any questions?

1983: Dude – what happened to you?

2005: (Looks down) Oh, yeah. About that – how about laying off the desserts and second helpings?

1983:

2005: You greedy BASTARD!

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Questions for the blogging set:

Posted by lex, on April 20, 2006

 

What the hell is “phentermine”?

Is it only advertised through comment spam?

Does anyone really believe that this is a successful branding strategy?

And finally, why, over the course of the last few days, has my phentermine spam-count (thankfully trapped in comment moderation) gone up so dramatically?

It’s like a hockey stick, I tell you!

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Friday Musings 12-09-05

Posted by Lex, on December 9, 2005

 

Well, it’s Friday and I don’t know that I have a thing to talk about except for the fact that today was our final presentation in MN 3105, better known to those of you at home as the Project Involving the Little Lego Robot. I’m rather surprised to report that of the five teams out there running the maze, overcoming the obstacles and marking the “survivor” targets, ours was the only design to successfully accomplish all goals.

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Dude, that’s whacked

Posted by lex, on December 2, 2005

 

It ain’t all beer and skittles, running a blog. Sometimes you get notes like these (tied to my Crispian’s day post. Which, after you’ve read the appended, you’ll have to agree is so apropos):

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Really Bad Weekend

November 21, 2005

Don’t want to go into any details, suffice it to say that a thing which had been sufficiently worrying took a dramatic turn for the worse this weekend. I’ve been stretched a little too thin for quite some time now, and it’s time for me to shed some workload and re-prioritize my efforts. This has been fun, but faced with what I’m up against it’s far too time-consuming and a far too guilty pleasure.

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Passionate beliefs

Posted by lex, on February 3, 2006

 

Apropos of recent discussions here and elsewhere on passionate beliefs, we have the continuing uproar between those who get excited about caricatures of religious figures, and those who get excited about the freedom of conscience. This is such an interesting discussion precisely because it goes to the very heart of the West’s struggle with Islamic extremism: It really is a war between Freedom and Submission (which is, after all, what “islam” means – submission to the will of God:

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The Plot Thickens…

Posted by lex, on October 22, 2005

 

From the London Times:

THE United Nations withheld some of the most damaging allegations against Syria in its report on the murder of Rafik Hariri, the former Lebanese Prime Minister, it emerged yesterday.

The names of the brother of Bashar al-Assad, President of Syria, and other members of his inner circle, were dropped from the report that was sent to the Security Council.

The confidential changes were revealed by an extraordinary computer gaffe because an electronic version distributed by UN officials on Thursday night allowed recipients to track editing changes

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