Thought for the day

I’m wearing a t-shirt today that I had made at Zazzle with a Lawrence quote on it. So I’ve been reading a bit of Lawrence’s writing and stumbled across this extract from Apocalypse and the Writings on Revelation. It captures a sense of euphoria I’ve had all week long:

For man, as for flower and beast and bird, the supreme triumph is to be most vividly, most perfectly alive. Whatever the unborn and the dead may know, they cannot know the beauty, the marvel of being alive in the flesh. The dead may look after the afterwards. But the magnificent here and now of life in the flesh is ours, and ours alone, and ours only for a time. We ought to dance with rapture that we should be alive and in the flesh, and part of the living, incarnate cosmos. I am part of the sun as my eye is part of me. That I am part of the earth my feet know perfectly, and my blood is part of the sea. My soul knows that I am part of the human race, my soul is an organic part of the great human soul, as my spirit is part of my nation. In my own very self, I am part of my family. There is nothing of me that is alone and absolute except my mind, and we shall find that the mind has no existence by itself, it is only the glitter of the sun on the surface of the waters.


I was reminded again today of how incredibly important it is to team up with the right angels and how incredible the angels are that we teamed up with. One day when I’m not flying stealth I’ll write a book about this stuff. Until then you get the adventures of Ziggy my cat and other exciting stories.


My cat likes the taste of rabbit

I’ve written about my orange tabby’s adventures before and here’s another….

It’s 11pm on the east shore of lake Sammamish. I’m coding upstairs and my wife is sewing downstairs. We hear the cat door flick open and then silence. Then Kerry shouts up – hey is Joey chewing a bone up there? Um, no? Oh, because there are crunching sounds coming from somewhere down here.

So I find my cat in the downstairs bathroom about halfway through eating a rabbit he just caught. Not a mouse that looks like a rabbit or some sort of rabbitygroundhog thing but an actual fully grown bunny rabbit that weighed in at about 2 pounds.

Now, Kerry’s been vegetarian for 16 years, so she didn’t quite appreciate the heroic effort that must have gone into taking that sucker down. But me? I’m a meat eater. And my cat and I understand that what he achieved tonight is unbelievable. In case you’re wondering, it wasn’t road kill – I’ll spare you the gory details of how I know, suffice it to say it was still warm.

So I have a newfound respect for the Ziggers. The way I see it, if the shit really hits the fan with the US economy, he can hunt and I’ll cook.

Putting food in our Fords…

Update: I noticed on my Feedjit that I got a bunch of visitors from today. I think the blogs section below the story linked to this page at some point today.

Maybe using corn to produce gas for our cars isn’t such a great idea. Check out CNN’s headline today. Personally I’m pro-nuclear power – and ultimately using electricity from nuclear to power our cars. I grew up a few miles from a nuclear power station in South Africa and it was by far the cleanest industrial site around – compared to things like an oil refinery a few miles away that gave many kids down-wind from it asthma attacks. Sure radioactive waste is scary, but only because it doesn’t leave the power plant via a smokestack and go somewhere else so we can pretend it doesn’t exist. France has 59 nuclear reactors and they have so much power that they export it. We’re stuck back in the stone age digging up coal and pumping it into the air to make electricity – that is when our corporations aren’t gaming the power grid and providing rolling blackouts.

CNN) — Riots from Haiti to Bangladesh to Egypt over the soaring costs of basic foods have brought the issue to a boiling point and catapulted it to the forefront of the world’s attention, the head of an agency focused on global development said Monday.


Bangladeshi demonstrators chant slogans against high food prices during weekend protests.

“This is the world’s big story,” said Jeffrey Sachs, director of Columbia University’s Earth Institute.

“The finance ministers were in shock, almost in panic this weekend,” he said on CNN’s “American Morning,” in a reference to top economic officials who gathered in Washington. “There are riots all over the world in the poor countries … and, of course, our own poor are feeling it in the United States.”

World Bank President Robert Zoellick has said the surging costs could mean “seven lost years” in the fight against worldwide poverty.

“While many are worrying about filling their gas tanks, many others around the world are struggling to fill their stomachs, and it is getting more and more difficult every day,” Zoellick said late last week in a speech opening meetings with finance ministers.


Got this via email today.

Can you solve this puzzle?

You are riding on a beautiful white horse.
On your left side is a drop off.
On your right side are several ostriches being chased by a lion.
In front of you are four large gazelles that won’t get out of your way
and you can’t seem to overtake them.
Behind you is a stampede of horses.
What must you do to get out of this highly dangerous situation?
For the answer click and drag your mouse from star to star.
* Get your drunk ass off the merry-go-round. *

Baidu hearts Obama

Chinese search engine has Obama on their home page today. Kerry (my wife, in case you’re new here) attended the second democratic caucuses as one of Obama’s delegates a few days ago in Issaquah. There were 36 Obama delegates to Clinton’s 12 – going on to the state caucuses. So WA is definitely Obamaland.

The NYTimes had an article this morning on how kids are being influential among their parents, some of whom are superdelegates.

A former Seattle CEO and friend thinks Obama would win among delegates but Clinton would win the popular vote. The last time I was in Houston and I spent time with around 70 members of my extended Texan family at a reunion, we had a few chats about Politics. What I found was that we had a lot of common ground. And I found that it’s not the democrats that Texas republicans hate, it’s the Clintons. There’s just something about Bill, and by association, Hillary, that gets republicans very riled up.

Can Hilary win the popular vote? No way. The fact that Obama recruits new voters to the caucuses speaks volumes.

But moving away from the negative…

The reason I’m an Obama supporter is because he brings people together behind a common cause.

Hillary’s message is: “I’m an experienced Washington insider who knows how to work the system to your advantage”

Obama’s message is: “Lets all come together around the common cause of making this country great again.”

As my wife says, when I walk away from an Obama speech I’m energized and I want to get out and do something to make things better.


It’s funny how when you’re troubleshooting a performance issue on your servers that suddenly made the load average spike to 14 (350% with four CPU cores) at 6:30am on a Sunday morning (yay!) all the stats look like garbage until you figure out what it is and then it’s so glaringly obvious that you spend the rest of the day kicking yourself for not seeing it immediately.

Note to self: Next time make coffee, drink coffee, and only then log on to munin to troubleshoot.

The problem with myspace…

I know this isn’t new but… I joined myspace about a year ago and added one friend because I wanted to check it out. I literally logged in once and never logged in again. It’s housecleaning day today on my gmail account and here’s what I came up with searching for “would like to be added as one of”. A total of 156 requests averaging about 1 every two days. …and they’re all girls.  It’s amazing myspace still has so much traffic compared to facebook.