Be your own boss! Set your own hours!

Ha! What a load of horseshit.

Just for the record: Owning your own business does not mean you set your own hours. It means your clients set your hours.

As evidenced by the fact that I’ve routinely been coming home at 8 or 9 PM this week, and yesterday was at the office working on a large, complex project under a crusing deadline until well after midnight.

I’ve been neglecting the people who’re important in my life as a result, and I’m sorry.

Apple = Godless Darwinism and Communism?

From the lovely folks over at Objective Christian Ministries:

Hypnotically encased iMacs trick unsuspecting computer users into accepting Darwinism

Take for example Apple Computers, makers of the popular Macintosh line of computers. The real operating system hiding under the newest version of the Macintosh operating system (MacOS X) is called… Darwin! That’s right, new Macs are based on Darwinism! While they currently don’t advertise this fact to consumers, it is well known among the computer elite, who are mostly Atheists and Pagans. Furthermore, the Darwin OS is released under an “Open Source” license, which is just another name for Communism. They try to hide all of this under a facade of shiny, “lickable” buttons, but the truth has finally come out: Apple Computers promote Godless Darwinism and Communism.

But is this really such a shock? Lets look for a moment at Apple Computers. Founded by long haired hippies, this company has consistently supported 60’s counter-cultural “values”. But there are even darker undertones to this company than most are aware of. Consider the name of the company and its logo: an apple with a bite taken out of it. This is clearly a reference to the Fall, when Adam and Eve were tempted with an apple by the serpent. It is now Apple Computers offering us temptation, thereby aligning themselves with the forces of darkness.

This company is well known for its cult-like following. It isn’t much of a stretch to say that it is a cult. Consider co-founder and leader Steve Jobs’ constant exhortation through advertising (i.e. mind control) that its followers should “think different”. We have to ask ourselves: “think different than whom or what?” The disturbing answer is that they want us to think different than our Christian upbringing, to reject all the values that we have been taught and to heed not the message of the Lord Jesus Christ!

*Sigh* I just love fundamentalist Christians… you can’t get enough of them for my entertainment dollar!

Random things that amuse me

I should be in bed right now. I have a very long day ahead of me. instead, I’m writing about some of life’s little amusements that have crossed my path these last few days.

Like my horoscope this week at The Onion:
Aries: (March 21—April 19)
Give yourself a well-deserved treat by mixing incompatible drugs and having an ill-advised sexual encounter. You owe it to yourself for the week you’re about to have.

Or the bumper sticker M. and i saw last night:
Who Wants Jelly Donuts?

Or the bumper sticker I saw on my way to work Friday:
“Dog is my co-pilot.”


After a great deal of experimentation and a lot of trial and error, I’ve finally figured out how to do aerial photography from a kite!

Yesterday, M. and I went to Fort DeSoto Park, and tried a test-flight of a radio-operated kite-mounted camera. The camera is a cheap $19 Vivitar 35mm automatic point-n-shoot; it was mounted to a double-delta kite with tape, and a small servo from my radio-controlled plane was used to trigger the shutter.


Ft. DeSoto is an old Civil-War era fortress used to defend the western coast of Florida from navel attack. In these pics, you can see the canon that would fire on incoming navies:

The southern side of the fort:

Florida beaches:

I’ve been trying to figure out a way to do this for a VERY long time…

Trains, planes, and automobiles

Looks like it’s going to be a long three weeks of McDonald’s food and an empty house.

kellyv has gone to visit her parents for three weeks–a trip that began under shadow of a curse. She was supposed to leave by Amtrak Autotrain yesterday, but did not, because Thursday, the train she was supposed to be taking derailed and crashed north of Tampa. Several people killed, hundreds injured, no service for the forseeable future.

It was a scramble to find plane tickets. Note to self: Never try to buy plane tickets 24 hours in advance of the flight. Note to self #2: Put lacaba down for a Medal of Honor for service above and beyond the call of duty; she was of great help in finding tickets that cost less than three years’ pay and our firstborn.

So. She leaves Saturday morning. Note to self #3: Never, ever, ever fly Delta.

Delta’s marketing slogan should be: “Delta Air Lines: Where service is something we have heard of.”

An hour and fourty-five minutes to check in. Self-service ecommerce kiosks out of order, because Delta knows less about maintaining their equipment than they do about service. A lack of organization that would make Aeroflot blush.

But she’s away, and safely in Virginia.

Note to self #4: Learn to cook.

Aggrevation & Such

Yesterday afternoon, someone used my email address to sign me up for dozens and dozens and dozens of right-wing Christian email lists. Sadly, the person responsible does not understand how the Internet works. That person didn’t know that their computer’s IP address was recorded in all the subscription requests.

I’ve spoken to the list moderators of many of the lists, who were quite unhappy that their lists were being abused, and who helpfully provided me with the responsible person’s IP address.

Using the IP address, I was able to trace the responsible person’s ISP, and have filed a formal complaint and a request for that person’s real name and address with the ISP. More on this as it develops.

Got a cheap automatic camera today, which I’m rigging to one of the radio servos for my RC airplane. I want to put the camera and servo on a kite, and do some aerial photography. Sounds like fun…

Date this evening with lacaba. I can hardly wait! 🙂

Some Thoughts on Life

I’m back from visiting lacaba, and reasonably settled in, if a bit tired…a week off work makes it hard to get back into the rythm of things at the office.

And that’s a Good Thing.

Hilights of the week:

Meeting lacaba after talking to her for so long. She’s smart, creative, sexy, kinky, warm, and a whole lot of fun.

The naked crazy lady in the hotel lobby, screaming epithets and demanding coffee. Fourty minutes, five police squad cars, an ambulance, and a barricaded hotel door later, though, and it took on a different atmosphere…

The damn duck who mooned us and complained at us after I woke him up. In my own defense, I was making sure he was alive…

The humpy kite that we found at a dollar store. Once airborne, it wouldn’t stop bouncing up and down, rather like a dog on a leg.

Air hockey and skeeball — even if I did get robbed of a 50,000-point shot at the latter. Grr! But there was an arcade game of some variety whose splash screen showed a scantily-clad woman tied up in the cellar, and you can’t get enough of THAT for my entertainment dollar!

Voices in my head:
“Like, oh my God, it scared the shit out of me!”
“I didn’t know what to do with so much SPACE!”

It was SO cool of kellyv to let me go out there…do I have the coolest wife or what?