Sunday, May 27, 2012

Now in Media, PA

Now staying with Lisa in Media, PA.  It's been 6 days since I left San Francisco after enjoying the best time ever with my son. This photo stream is from his Flickr site.

Getting ready to head back to Tampa next week.

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

"I spent a lot of my money on wine, women and gambling - the rest I squandered."

George Best - deceased football great

Muhammad Cartoons (For Infidels Only)

I was wondering why so many Muslims were getting upset about some cartoons and set about to see what they looked like. I found a few images on my own and then a few others with the help of comments here. I know that it is offensive for muslims to view an image of the Prophet but this is for others to see what all the furor is about. These embrace the overall Muslim theme, not just Muhammad. Here are some of them:

If you are muslim, especially don't
click here.

The Retracted Page From Danish News

The Original 12 Cartoons

From Cox and Forkum Editorial Cartoons

I don't know where I got the following two cartoons:

Detail of the original 12:

Others will be added if you send them or give me a link.

I wonder if Muslims laugh?

Friday, December 02, 2005

What do we do here? (May, 1981)

OK, I've been here for a couple of weeks and I am still not able to tell my wife, Monina, what I do here. I do know that this office is involved with evaluating quality issues of certain medical items that DOD buys. We answer complaints that come in from users around the world on surgical items and laboratory supplies but I am just observing so far. It looks like one of the fellows close by (not in our office) is spending a lot of time answering complaints about condoms. There seems to be a problem in the Central American areas with them breaking. What great material for cocktail parties! It will be my luck to answer complaints on tampons. I gotta get out of here!

There are hundreds of people on this big open floor and I sure would like to know what they do but the guy next to me has been here for 30 years and does not know himself. The computer systems here are so old that engineers fill out long sheets of coded forms in order to have some other person enter input.

There are no normal looking people here. Must be where I belong! Sigh!

Sunday, November 27, 2005

Dark Matter

The subject of Dark Matter has always puzzled me, but the following link has helped me out: Dark Matter

Sunday, October 23, 2005

My take on Intelligent Design

With "Intelligent Design" becoming more and more the zeitgeist, I am particularly upset on how much it relies on clouded thinking. Promotors of ID love to pick on evolution as being just a theory. OK, I'll accept it is just a theory just as I accept that neutrons and protons are theoretical. The evidence is there for both evolution and atomic theories. There is not an iota of evidence for some spiritual being designing the nature of things which the ID people are trying to push. Spirituality is a matter of belief. You either believe it or you don't. Evidence is not required for intellectual laziness.

If you believe in "Intelligent Design" go ahead and teach it as part of a philosophy or religion course, but don't try to palm it off as science.

I challenge John H. Calvert, Esq. to respond.

Damn you ID guys to hell!

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Believe It or Not!

According to a 2005 Gallup poll, 55% of Americans believe in psychic or spiritual healing. Overall, three in four Americans believe in the paranormal such as extra sensory perception (ESP), haunted houses, ghosts, mental telepathy, clairvoyance, astrology, communicating with the dead, witches, reincarnation, and channeling. See it at the Gallup Web Site

Monday, October 03, 2005

What do we do here? (April, 1981)

Yes, this is the beginning of the end. It's Monday morning, April 20, 1981, as I walk up to the gate. A 10 foot high gate made of those long verticle iron spikes about 4 inches apart looks typical for this DOD place. The guard lets me go through the turnstyle when I asked for "Personnel Department".

The only reason I am here is because I called the previous Friday and wanted to know if there was any action on my application for a job. They said "Oh yes, come on in on Monday". Now they say that I was "picked up" to be a General Engineer in "Medical". I wonder what the hell a General Engineer is, but I don't care very much as long as I get some kind of paycheck. I need money. After filling out an application all over again (The one I filled out months earlier was of a different design) and getting a physical, I am escorted through a maze of hallways for about 1/4 mile until reaching a huge room with large color coded ductwork reminding me of the movie, Brazil. I will find out later how much this place is really like Brazil.

Now comes the good part. After being introduced to the Chief of the Technical Division, I am assigned a desk in theTechnical Assurance Office. What the hell is technical assurance?! After being introduced to some fellows in the area, I sit a little dazed at the desk (1940 vintage) and given a catalog dated in the early 70s to study. I still have no idea what this place is except that it is called the Medical Directorate. Trying to get my arms around the idea of what this place is, I ask if there is an organization chart available. I just get blank stares on that one, so I ask: ........... "What do we do here?".