Archive for January, 2010

An early end to an ill-advised experiment

Posted in Odds on January 31, 2010 by The Prince of Pithy

Over the years I’ve heard several stories of people taking a picture of themselves each day for a year. I thought of this in December and figured, I ought to try it. Well, I made it through January, but I’m going to stop because it’s not working.

I foolishly decided that I would take a picture of myself each morning before I left for work. Unfortunately, in just about all the photos I have a dazed, eyes half-closed, “I don’t want to do this” look. Which is understandable since in most of the photos I’ve only been up for about ten minutes. Of the 31 photos, this is the best one:

and that’s because it was taken on the 10th, a Sunday, probably sometime in the afternoon after I’d been awake for a few hours. If I try to do this again, I’ll probably wait to take the photos until I get home from work.


Political Flip-Flop

Posted in Politics, Rant on January 27, 2010 by The Prince of Pithy

I’m not excited about the State of the Union because I know how the system works. The President will propose something, and Congress will fuck it up. I was just going to post a link to a State of the Union story I wrote three years ago (Politically Cynical) but I ended up thinking about another of my stories, (Vote With Your Fists. The story is about a guy who celebrates “Punch-Your-Politician Day” by punching his Senator although he “had wanted to punch the President, but [he] couldn’t afford to stand in line all day.” I was just wondering how many people thought this was deeply offensive and that I was un-American when I wrote this in the Bush-years who now find it amusing and want to line up in the Obama-years.

Noah was an ass

Posted in Religion on January 17, 2010 by The Prince of Pithy

Genesis 9:18-27

18And the sons of Noah, that went forth of the ark, were Shem, and Ham, and Japheth: and Ham is the father of Canaan.

19These are the three sons of Noah: and of them was the whole earth overspread.

20And Noah began to be an husbandman, and he planted a vineyard:

21And he drank of the wine, and was drunken; and he was uncovered within his tent.

22And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brethren without.

23And Shem and Japheth took a garment, and laid it upon both their shoulders, and went backward, and covered the nakedness of their father; and their faces were backward, and they saw not their father’s nakedness.

24And Noah awoke from his wine, and knew what his younger son had done unto him.

25And he said, Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren.

26And he said, Blessed be the LORD God of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant.

27God shall enlarge Japheth, and he shall dwell in the tents of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant.

Wait? What? Ham accidentally sees his father Noah naked, so Noah curses Ham’s son Canaan. Does anyone see any sense to that?

Google’s opinion of Rush Limbaugh

Posted in Rant on January 16, 2010 by The Prince of Pithy

Fairly accurate I’d say.

Free pass for the nutjobs?

Posted in Rant on January 15, 2010 by The Prince of Pithy

So you know what I’m talking about.

Okay. I had a few tweets about this, but then I stopped. Because the time wasted talking about how big of assholes these guys are, is that much less time spent talking about the people who really need help. (There are tons of places that are helping, but for basic help, there’s always the American Red Cross.)

But today I couldn’t stop thinking about how these two schmucks will probably get a free pass. Yes, they’ve been blasted for what they’ve said, but they’ll be back tomorrow, and the day after that, and the day after that. Nothing will change. Decent people will think them idiots, but unfortunately too many will continue thinking them as dispensers of truth. Now, I’m not saying they should be kicked off the air, they have the right to announce to the world how big of idiots they are, but there should be some consequence.

The reason I fear they will get a free pass, is there is a bigger story. Their statements will get lost among everything else that is going on. And in a few weeks or months, if anyone brings up these statements, there are people who will shout them down as being “liberal, socialist, fascist, secularist, elitist who hate Christianity and conservatives.”

A bad sign?

Posted in Humor, Work on January 8, 2010 by The Prince of Pithy

I’m currently in a personnel shuffle at work. I won’t try to explain it, I’m not sure if the people “in the know” know what the hell is going on, but it is a process that will take one to three months (best estimate.) So, in the first step of the process, on Thursday I took my box of stuff to a different lab. That’s not my final destination, so I’m pretty much leaving everything in the box. Which is good, because my new desk is basically a filing cabinet for the department I’m in now.

Today I had a few minutes to kill, so I was looking through the drawers seeing if there was anything interesting. There were folders labeled with things like, “International Shipping,” “Training Logs,” and “Equipment Checklists.” Then there was a folder marked “Goals and Achievements.” Curious, I opened it to find it empty.