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motleypolitico
motleypolitico
DNA
Thu, Aug. 18th, 2011 01:00 am

Moved in, view of lake is nice. Still have some boxes to unpack, but most of the worst of that has been done for a while.

Will be much looking forward to a vacation sometime, since unpacking doesn't count as one, and work has been... stressful.

More another time, when I don't have a migraine.

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motleypolitico
motleypolitico
DNA
Wed, Jun. 22nd, 2011 01:36 pm

And where are my movers? Oh, right. Late.

And where is my lawnmower? Stolen out of the unlocked shed already. Where are the spare keys? Lifted by one of the contractors who was doing work for us over the last week, apparently.

But the view remains fantastic, the movers will eventually get here, the locks have been re-keyed.

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motleypolitico
motleypolitico
DNA
Fri, Jun. 3rd, 2011 06:52 pm

My wrist hurts from having signed my name so many times today. Escrow documents. We get the house next week.

It's been so long since I didn't know where anything was, that I've mostly forgotten the art of discovering new things. Getting back into the groove of it, but it's taking time. Also, even nice temp housing is still pretty meh. The cats seem fond of the place. Stairs are good cat toys apparently. Who knew?

Looking forward to getting into the house and starting to really settle in. Certainly, new job position settling in, isn't going terribly smoothly.

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motleypolitico
motleypolitico
DNA
Wed, May. 4th, 2011 08:16 pm

Specifically, those of you who had the Wings pegged to win it in 6?

Sharks are up 3-0 now.

Suck it.

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motleypolitico
motleypolitico
DNA
Mon, May. 2nd, 2011 10:57 am

And I replied to them, and thought I'd also post it here:

I think it was a matter of finding him took an awful long time, rather than lacking the specialized team to get the job done. I suspect once his location was sufficiently 'known' that this was pretty much going to be a done deal.

I'm not overly excited either. His continued freedom to plot further terrorist acts was a poke in the eye to everyone who lost loved ones on 9/11. They deserve a measure of closure and now they appear to have it, or as much as anyone can reasonably give them.

But this isn't a cause for celebration, unless what you choose to celebrate, is a measure of overdue justice being served. It's not a victory over terrorism - that is a fight which will likely never end, as extremism will always be there. This is a victory for justice against a man who deliberately courted the taking of several thousand innocent lives.

This isn't an American victory, as much as this is a small victory for the way of life that America largely supports. It says to me that killing innocents is wrong, and it will be punished in one of the only ways we have. It says to me that a society that largely functions on tolerance (imperfect tolerance, but it's mostly so) and has room for the ideals and thoughts of many, and the ability to live with neighbors who disagree, has a chance against what amounts to 'right-think' where only one opinion matters or can be tolerated. It says to me that a society which strives to be basically decent, can stand against extremism and intolerance. I fear we may lose and have lost too many of our own values in that fight.

There's a price for living in a basically free country. Individuals who base their lives on hatred and violence, can destroy innocent lives. Yielding our freedoms in the name of improved security (or more often, the illusion of improved security), serves us poorly.

I'm worried that with this news, people will forget that the tighter we secure our society, the more we change our behaviors, the more like the extremists we become. And they win, whether anyone realizes it or not.

It may be odd to think of it as a war of ideals, but in some measure that's what the 'fight' against extremism is. We fight for the right to live and let live, to let conflicting ideas and beliefs exist side by side, to agree to disagree. The extremist view lacks tolerance of anything that disagrees with itself, where there is only a single source of wisdom, of righteousness.

I don't think anyone has a monopoly on wisdom.

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motleypolitico
motleypolitico
DNA
Fri, Apr. 22nd, 2011 05:09 pm

Lake house, here we come.

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motleypolitico
motleypolitico
DNA
Wed, Apr. 20th, 2011 03:24 pm

No, I don't know why, just cope with it.

It's Charlie Sheen, and it's silly:

Charlie Sheen Auto-Tune.

Enjoy.

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motleypolitico
motleypolitico
DNA
Tue, Apr. 12th, 2011 08:18 am

Assuming it works in human trials (which isn't a great assumption just yet).

This potential cure for baldness, is a moneymaker waiting to happen.

Logically, the biology makes a lot more sense than Rogaine ever did. Only question is whether the mouse model is valid compared to the human model. I'm guessing it's got a decent probability of being valid, and that there will be some modification required to avoid undesired side effects. Give it 10 years for development and someone's likely to make a mint, because something similar to this approach, almost has to yield useful results.

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motleypolitico
motleypolitico
DNA
Mon, Apr. 4th, 2011 02:11 pm

Assuming it works in human trials (which isn't a great assumption just yet).

This potential cure for baldness, is a moneymaker waiting to happen.

Logically, the biology makes a lot more sense than Rogaine ever did. Only question is whether the mouse model is valid compared to the human model. I'm guessing it's got a decent probability of being valid, and that there will be some modification required to avoid undesired side effects. Give it 10 years for development and someone's likely to make a mint, because something similar to this approach, almost has to yield useful results.

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motleypolitico
motleypolitico
DNA
Mon, Dec. 6th, 2010 06:43 pm

Here's the article, which finally put my ideas out there in a way I agree with. It's a disproportional response to terrorism that doesn't make any sense. It offers the illusion of additional security without the reality of it.

They also pull out privacy vs right to travel and point out that there's significant case law on both issues, and that the TSA policies seem to abridge one or the other. Maintenance of privacy leads to travel restriction, asserting right to travel brings on privacy loss.

All in all, it pretty much nails why I'm completely disenchanted with the TSA, and why I think the idiot politicians who designed the system need to take a hike, or at the very least, start waiting in line like the rest of us and get subjected to the same levels of scrutiny - think these policies would last long if they were treated like the rest of us?

I kinda doubt it.

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