The Big Think

November 30, 2012

Stage Left

Filed under: Politics — jasony @ 9:56 am

November 29, 2012

Follow Up

Filed under: Music,Science,Space — jasony @ 9:49 pm

Cool things to find (h/t Scott).

Like it better than the original!

I Hope His Grass Dies

Filed under: Disclosure — jasony @ 4:59 pm

When we remodeled our bathroom a few months ago I took the 4×6 foot mirrored glass off the wall. It’s been sitting in a spare room since then driving me nuts. I was going to list it on Freecycle or Craigslist, but before I did that (or paid to dump it) I thought I’d put it on the curb with a FREE sign on it.

I did that and lo and behold, a few minutes ago a big yellow Ryder moving truck pulled up. The guy gets out with his girlfriend, loads it into the truck and then goes back into my yard, unscrews my sprinkler from the end of the hose, and takes that, too.

Thanks for the free $40 mirror, mister. I think I’ll steal your sprinkler to boot.

Mean people suck.

November 28, 2012

Those Magnificent Men

Filed under: Technology — jasony @ 1:31 pm

Want a Flying Drone? These Students 3D-Printed Their Own

Permadeath

Filed under: Games — jasony @ 12:47 pm

In These Games, Death Is Forever, and That’s Awesome | Game|Life | Wired.com

Bridge Out

Filed under: Politics — jasony @ 10:16 am

“It’s an important first step to ensuring that as a nation we live within our means, yet it also allows us to keep making key investments in things like education and research that lead to new jobs and assures that we’re not cutting too abruptly while the economy’s still fragile,” President Obama said in a statement from the White House Rose Garden before signing the bill.

Harry Reid Said the following:

“There’s one winner throughout all of this and that’s the American people,”

And Tim Geithner had this to say:

“You’re going to see this basic underlying growth we’ve see in the United States improve over time because people will be more confident we can live within our means,” he said. “With more confidence we can get our arms around this long term. We will have more room to do the things we need to strengthen investment jobs now.”

So my question to the media is this: Harry Reid celebrated this agreement, Tim Geithner likes it, Nancy Pelosi voted for it and The President signed it. Yet now this deal is responsible for a fiscal cliff that is apparently a disaster for all America.

And moreover, the MSM is laying the blame for said potential “disaster” squarely at the feet of the same GOP who the very same media urged to make the in 2011.

Even more amazing this very same media is telling the very same GOP to make another deal, or ELSE face the consequences.

So to summarize:

Last year The Budget Control Act of 2011 was a bi-partisan success that Nancy Pelosi found voteworthy and Harry Reid, Tim Geithner and President Obama could rightly take credit for to media cheers

This Year that same deal is the cause of a fiscal cliff and if the GOP doesn’t do something to stop it they will be responsible for unless they give President Obama what he wants.

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Good to be reminded that the agreement that is leading to the so-called fiscal cliff was celebrated as a bipartisan victory just 16 months ago. If there is any blame to be laid, it is shared equally by all in Washington. However, I think cutting back the budget (and raising taxes) is exactly what everybody has been saying needs to happen. It’ll hurt, sure, but — and here’s the important part– this scaaaarry cliff is still not enough to keep us out of fiscal ruin.

“The current deal to raise the debt ceiling doesn’t stop us from going over the fiscal cliff,” Senator Rand Paul, Republican of Kentucky, wrote Monday in an open letter explaining his opposition. “At best, it slows us from going over it at 80 m.p.h. to going over it at 60 m.p.h..”

All things considered, I’m not going to freak out over the hyperbole of the “fiscal cliff”. It’s largely a media hyped event that is designed to fool those with short attention spans into believing what they want us to. Just watch facebook a month from now if nothing is done. Everybody will be flinging blame and tossing around pithy statements, all while forgetting that people welcomed this agreement 16 months ago. Sheesh, people. Time to pay the piper already.

November 26, 2012

What if You Don’t Volunteer As Tribute?

Filed under: Current Reading,Politics — jasony @ 2:15 pm

“it doesn’t seem like a sign of national health that America’s political capital is suddenly richer than our capitals of manufacturing and technology and finance, or that our leaders are more insulated than ever from the trends buffeting the people they’re supposed to serve.”

No, it’s not a sign of health. And it’s no coincidence that our lawmakers have weathered the recession better than America has.

It’s a sign of illness. And it’s exactly the illness that federalism and limited national government — something I wrote about in the context of secession-talk last week — was designed to prevent. The reason this approach isn’t working any more is that we’re not following it.

Under the original Constitutional plan, the federal government’s powers were to be few, and mostly concerned with external relations. Under those circumstances, the risk of corruption was comparatively low. Nearly all regulation would come from state governments. They might be corrupted — since they’d be the only ones worth corrupting — but problems would be compartmentalized (corruption in Rhode Island wouldn’t have much effect on Connecticut, much less Utah) and disciplined by competition with other states.”

Are We Living in the Hunger Games?

Democratizing Access to Tools

Filed under: Maker,Woodworking — jasony @ 12:57 pm

TechShop: Democratizing Access To The Tools of Innovation from Maker Faire

November 23, 2012

The Moral Argument

Filed under: Politics — jasony @ 11:09 am

Governmental health care from the perspective of the doctors on the front lines.

November 21, 2012

Quoth

Filed under: Quoth — jasony @ 11:48 pm

“It is hard to imagine a more stupid or more dangerous way of making decisions than by putting those decisions in the hands of people who pay no price for being wrong.” – Thomas Sowell

Craftsman

Filed under: Maker,Woodworking — jasony @ 12:42 pm

I give up.

Maybe Platinum This Time

Filed under: Movies — jasony @ 11:25 am

Looks like Sauron is trying his hand at ring making again.

November 20, 2012

Intruder Alert

Filed under: Disclosure — jasony @ 8:51 am

Insomnia struck again this morning. 2nd day in a row. Those are always harder than the first days. I can usually muscle through a day with very little sleep, but stack a second day onto that and the mental state gets… weird.

Anyway, I woke up at 4am and stayed in bed until 6, then decided to go ahead and get up to get some work done. I quietly left the bedroom and closed the door so that I wouldn’t wake Erin. Just as I was about to walk down the stairs to make my morning tea I heard a noise from the kitchen. A crunching sound. Wait.. what?. I stood there for a few seconds and didn’t hear anything but the birds waking up outside. Maybe it’s just the them. Nope, crunching again. And a few rustling sounds. Definitely in the kitchen area.

Well, the adrenaline kicked in big time. I started making a plan. Grab cell phone, wake Erin, etc… But before I did anything rash I snuck down the stairs as quietly as I could, wincing at every early-morning joint pop in my knees while straining my ears to hear any more sounds. Yes, there’s definitely something down there. Too big to be a mouse. Oh crap. As quietly as I could, I stuck my head around the corner and saw…

Erin at her computer munching on sweet potato chips. Seems I’m not the only insomniac this morning.

Adrenaline… it’s what’s for breakfast.

November 16, 2012

Public Service Announcement

Filed under: Humor and Fun — jasony @ 10:24 pm

Good to know.

November 15, 2012

Market Solutions

Filed under: Politics — jasony @ 4:59 pm

Market solutions do work. Here’s proof.

Soak the Rich!

Filed under: Politics — jasony @ 12:30 pm

To all my friends who buy the party line that taxes, and not spending, are at the root of our fiscal rot- that all we have to do to balance the budget is get the rich to pay “a little more” or “their fair share”, I give you soaktherich!

Here you can click which industry you would like taxes doubled on. As a bonus, the calculation also assumes that you take 100% of each CEO’s salary (serves ’em right!). It also identifies how many jobs are at risk as well as how much the stock price would plummet (which affects normal people’s 401k, retirement accounts, and ability to feed themselves after they quit working… well, feed themselves off of food stamps). Hint: skip straight to the point and click the “Soak All Industries” button to see how much a massive tax hike would actually solve. Then stick your fingers in your ears and tell yourself “It’s not about spending, la la la!.”

But don’t worry, simply raising taxes on the 1% balances the budget. After all, as the President said:

“We’re just asking the wealthy to pay a little more so we can pay down our debt in a balanced way.”

It’s “part of the solution” like laying off that third helping of fried butter is “part of the solution” to solving your pending coronary. Wrong focus.

Unfortunately, the math doesn’t lie. Check out the site. As the man says, what cannot go on forever- wont.

TechShop

Filed under: Maker — jasony @ 12:33 am

Classes taken so far:

Laser cutter
Shop Bot
Vinyl Cutter
Autodesk Inventor
MIG Welding
Corel Draw for CNC

Upcoming scheduled classes:

Silkscreen Printing (today)
Sandblasting and Powder Coating (today)
Vacuum Forming (next week)
Basic Wood Shop (so I can use the panel saw!)
CNC Embroiderer
Basic Metal Shop

Future (unscheduled) classes:
TIG Welding
Iron worker
Fixturing (for welding)
Metal Lathe
Metal Mill
Angular Sheet Metal
Plastic Bending and Welding Basics
Rotary Laser Cutting
Advanced Laser Cutting

I love Techshop. 🙂

November 13, 2012

TED Talk

Filed under: Politics — jasony @ 12:17 pm

One of the very best TED talks I’ve ever seen, and certainly timely, regardless of your side of the aisle.

Kinda hard to argue in favor of more ignorance and less education. Give it 14 minutes of your time:

November 12, 2012

Quoth

Filed under: Quoth,Travel — jasony @ 10:40 pm

“There’s always a little letdown when walking through the airport, even after a perfect trip. All those gates, with their names displayed, leading to adventures all over the globe waiting to be had, taunting me.”

Josh Ward

Hear the Rhyme

Filed under: Politics — jasony @ 11:47 am

“a determined state can change the character of a people in the space of a generation or two.” Tuesday’s results demonstrate that, as a whole, the American electorate is trending very Euro-Canadian. True, you still have butch T-shirts — “Don’t Tread On Me,” “These Colors Don’t Run” . . . In my own state, where the Democrats ran the board on election night, the “Live Free or Die” license plates look very nice when you see them all lined up in the parking lot of the Social Security office. But, in their view of the state and its largesse, there’s nothing very exceptional about Americans, except that they’re the last to get with the program. Barack Obama ran well to the left of Bill Clinton and John Kerry, and has been rewarded for it by his party’s victory”

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In unrelated news, according to Gallup, 61% of liberals have a positive image of socialism.

Apropos of nothing: happy Veterans Day. Thank you to all of our wonderful military families who have sacrificed life, safety, and family for generations so that our system of freedom, liberty, and economic opportunity can be upheld safely for our children.

It’s in good hands.

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