Friday, July 28, 2006

My city, in the news

In a bad way. Again. In a people-have-been-killed way. Again. This time, some nutcase decided to shoot a bunch of office workers at the Jewish Federation in Seattle. Obviously the Amish are causing trouble again, neh? And those office ladies (yes, all women), the way they would kvetch would drive a saint to homicide. Obviously.

Observe, as the media studiously ignore the shooter's religion and stated motive (I mean, can you really believe a mere eyewitness?), because it cannot possibly be relevant that he's Muslim, shooting up unarmed civilians in a downtown office of a Jewish organization, and tried to get a hostage situation going because he was angry at Israel and wanted us to not send them weapons. Coincidence. Has nothing at all to do with the case.

And if you hide under the covers, the monsters can't get you.

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Surrender to the Meme

All right, all right! I give up! Maggie memed me first. When I didn't immediately respond, I got Pointed Email. And comments. Then BillT has to join the chorus (fragile ego, bub? me?) , and Barb ... Barb! I thought you were my buddy! I suppose if three different people meme me I'll cooperate. But I will complain the whole way!

Ahem. Where was I? Oh yeah. The meme.

Three things that scare me:
-tornado sky (those who know, know)
-drivers on the DC Beltway
-Helen Thomas. I'm not sure she's human.

Three people who make me laugh:
-Our Lex
-Terry Pratchett

Three things I hate the most:
-Lima beans. And most root vegetables.
-People who treat their children as lifestyle accessories
-Research fraud

Three things I don't understand:
-Anyone who thinks the UN has any moral authority whatsoever
-Statistical Mechanics
-People who throw themselves out of working airplanes for fun

Three things I'm doing right now:
-working from home
-pounding a stake in the heart of this meme
-plotting deviously

Three things I want to do before I die:
-go on an interstellar cruise
-fire a 50-cal machine gun. Hint hint.
-visit Japan

Three things I can do:
-make wiseass remarks
-complex contour integration (a big hit at parties!)
-have a warped imagination -- without using drugs!

Three ways to describe my personality:
(from a friend, no less ...) "Independent, antisocial, and pompous as hell"

Three things I can't do:
-suffer fools patiently
-stop making wiseass remarks

Three things I think you should listen to:
-small children explaining natural phenomena

Three things you should never listen to:
-whiny bores
-Nigerian 419 emails

Three absolute favorite foods:
-chocolate (surprise!)
-fresh-baked bread
-chunks of Roast Beast

Three things I'd like to learn:
-how to ride a motorcycle
-cabinet carpentry

Three beverages I drink regularly:
-Diet Dr. Pepper

Three shows I watched as a kid:
-Star Trek
-J.P. Patches (VERY local Seattle show)
-Twilight Zone. Yes, this explains much.

Three people I'm tagging:
- The Puppy Blender. Because it's not like he'll read this and the meme will die a well-deserved (yet natural!) death. Heh.
-Sgt. B. Let's keep this incestuous multi-tagging in the family, hmm?
-Carborundum. If ANGCOM will let him.

Sunday, July 23, 2006

I survived the MilBlogShoot

Just barely. Snarkatrons tend to be solitary beasts, so a certain amount of recovery was needed after dining out at a fancy (and very good) restaurant, being Native Guide for the Master and Mistress of Argghhh!, hosting a delightfully decadent party, and then wreaking vengence on innocent pieces of paper in a disproportionately violent way. And we weren't sorry, either. Especially about the Barney targets. We must, we shall do this again. Especially the part where we visit the Gaya bakery and attempt to ingest, boa-constrictor-like, ginourmous slices of cake.

I got to play with my new toy, a Kimber Custom II.

It shoots niiiiiice ....