Monthly Archives: August 2005

Amphibious Sportscars

I was asked by a couple people about the amphibious cars I mentioned in the entry below. As much as they're kind of neat, I'm not that interested in an old Amphicar, Schwimmwage, or even particularly in a new Dutton amphibious cars… The problem with most amphibious cars is that they're really slow. Anyway, here's the two that caught my interest, the British Gibbs Aquada, and the American March WaterCar (based on a severely modified Camaro funnycar):

Check out the WaterCar videos to see how these things perform.

That said, they're both pretty expensive… whereas you can pick up one of Dutton's Amphijeeps for under $30,000. Anyway, I don't have much more to write at this moment, now that I'm splitting my blogtime efforts between here at where I've already posted today.

Don't let the parting upset you, I'll not forget you, sweetheart.

“Naturally, they would breed prodigiously, eh? There would be much time, and little to do. But ah, with the proper breeding techniques and a ratio of say, ten females to each male, I would guess that they could then work their way back to the present gross national product within say, twenty years… It is, you know, a sacrifice required for the future of the human race. I hasten to add that since each man will be required to do prodigious… service along these lines, the women will have to be selected for their sexual characteristics which will have to be of a highly stimulating nature.”

Now that Iran has got their admittedly military nuclear program back in full swing, it's I worry it's to be interesting unsettling to see the response from the Bush administration. Remember that Iran now has long range delivery systems like the Shahab-6 with a 6,000+ kilometer range (thanks North Korea), supersonic cruise missiles, nuclear weapons technology care of “US ally” Pakistan, as well as additional military and nuclear gear from China and Russia…

Seriously, I'm moving to the moon. Humans are stupid.

Dead cats and broken bottles

So, one of the cats that lives next to Jordan's house got hit by a car. This is Mexico, so they don't have people who come and clean up roadkill — and the Pekin restaurant already got in trouble for cooking cats, so they've cut back on that dish (I kid you not — but it could be worse). Anyway, so this dead cat lay by the side of the road, occasionally getting run over again, and after a few days was pretty stinky… Now every time someone walks past they kick a little more dirt on top of it, so now there's a kind of “anti-pothole” in the road with a cat's paw sticking out of it.

I smashed my toe last night; stubbed it into a chair and flipped off my toenail. It didn't hurt as much as it probably looks like in the closeup here. I guess I must have been in a smashing mood or something because every Pacifico I opened just broke off below the rim… But I suppose I was being a little aggressive in my bottle opening style.

Other than that, I did make borscht yesterday and had it for breakfast (like revenge, it's a dish best served cold). It's really good, but a bit too spicy… I only used two habaneros in the pot, but I guess the beets somehow amplified their flavor or something.

This story about a four star general being sacked after being accused of having an affair is pretty crazy when you consider that the generals involved with the torture scandal have been promoted… now those are some nutty priorities. Well, I suppose if nuclear war is on the horizon, the more amoral psychos you can get in power the better, right?

Clearing out my links folder

The precursors to war on Iran (cough… what about Saudi Arabiacough) are coming along nicely… Bomb caches in Iraq are being linked to Iran and “informants” (remember the people who told us all about Saddam's WMD program and how his soldiers were baby killers) are telling stories of thousands of nuclear centrifuges in Iran ready to weaponize uranium (and willing to do so). The US is considering blocking the Iranian President from even speaking at the UN (a pretty disturbing political move), and Iran continues escalating its nuclear missile program in preparation for invasion by either US or Israeli forces (and the insanity in coup-Iraq continues to ramp up — and don't forget Afghanistan).

Oh, and fearmongerrumor has it that Americans are going to start blowing up soon in shopping malls and subways, but don't worry — police are shooting to kill, and asking questions later. Actually, don't worry too much, because under new police recommendations, excessive sweating is grounds for public execution without trial — but in the eyes of the rogue prison-industrial complex government we're all potential criminals (well, if we're black anyway), all deserving of death.

What, humans are violent you say?

Bomb Mecca!

“We are a warlike species, you claim, and you show me films of Earth battles to prove it. But I have seen all the films about twenty times. Get some new films, or, so help me, if I ever get out of here I will empty my laser pistol into everyone I see, even pets.”

So getting back to the scandal treason in the White House, Scooter Libby has been confirmed as a CIA leak, and with indictments being leveled at not just Libby and Rove, but Bush and Cheney as well, Bush (no stranger to fascism) is madly appointing allies that he hopes can protect him (without seeking Congressional approval), and looking to fire those investigating him.

TomFlocco initially reported, and then (temporarily) withdrew, that these indictments included investigation into White House involvement in the September 11th attacks (the US Attorney's Office isn't denying the story — simply saying “no comment” for now). The 9/11 case is still far from closed — there is still investigation into whether the Pentagon and CIA actively knew about the attacks in advance in specific terms… but the story that I think everyone should be hearing is that of the janitors.

Multiple janitors who were working in the lower levels of the WTC on the day of the demolition have been giving eye-witness reports that munitions went off in the lower levels, synchronized with the plane attacks. Certainly the conspiracy claim that the towers were taken down by precision controlled demolition is nothing new, but adding over a dozen eye-witness reports makes it at least credible enough to warrant investigation? Unfortunately the 9/11 commission has refused. No rocking the boat!

Not entirely related but worth reading: Being There

Yesterday's lunch

I know, I know, it looks like vomit on a plate, but looks aren't everything. It's tomato, peppers, zucchini, and onion on cellophane noodles with a garlic sauce of roasted sesame oil and tahini. I really like sesame oils, tahini, and other sesame-based products…

Yesterday I hooked up my video machine to the internet for the first time. I wasn't sure what would happen because it was running a pre-SP1 version of Windows XP, and you hear all these horror stories about how unpatched machines get pwned within fifteen minutes — longer than it takes to download the patches. It took probably about two hours to get all the updates installed, but I did a complete sweep of the machine, and it's clean.

So today I'll continue uploading and rendering BMEvideo content… As soon as we can get a membership system in place that site is finally ready to go live.