Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Sing for Change!

Ahh, the exploitation of kids for your political views. So cute!

Creepy and weird if you ask me...

Light, hope, courage and love shine through these nonvoting children who believe that their very best contribution to the Obama campaign is to sing.
Sure... (eyes rolling)

Some say this is no different than what millions of Christian kids do every Sunday... Sing in praise of their Lord and Savior?

That just makes it creepier.

Sing comrades!


More singing!

We lead off with hope, here is your change!

h/t Ace

Just try not tapping you foot and snapping to this!


Thursday, September 25, 2008



I feel better now. BBoys always bring a smile to my face!



Rough day at work, ten hour day, finally over...

I walk out the truck...


Someone busted out my window.

Commute was long.

I need a beer.


Wednesday, September 24, 2008

You Can't Say That

When your society has gotten to the point where word using is being decided upon and policed — in the academy, for Chrissakes — by “sociologists” steeped in multiculturalism and the PC mandates of communism, you are no longer living in an “intellectual” society.
...from Protein Wisdom

So in GB the color of my truck would be RGB 0,0,0?


Tuesday, September 23, 2008

G1 song

Still excited about the G1!

I liked the song used on T-Mobiles website that I went a searching to find out what it was...

Good stuff. I like the thick sound... Reminds me a bit of the Black Keys or a sleepy Fu Manchu. I'll definitely seek out their stuff.

It got me thinking of some of the best use of a song in adverts... Recently, the most successful (on me) were the Dell ads last year using the Flaming Lips "W.A.N.D." This ad was for the Inspiron, I bought a red XPS which used another great song, "Watch us work it" by Devo.

Some other favorites... The Nissan 'Toys' commercial, VW Mr Robato

Ooops, got sidetracked on YouTube... Came across this video that made me cry.

Damn I miss my MkII. Mine was an 8v so I didn't have the round headlights, but it was red, with a rack (Yakima) and in the winter I rolled Hakkapeliittas on the 16v teardrops. There will never be a car that touches my heart like that one. EVER!

..And here it is!



BTW that is my mountain bike/snow board buddy Mike in both pictures... Lots of good times with the bikes or snowboards on the rack.





Click on the pic to learn more...

Mike's got a new gadget on the way!

Last week while in Vegas I watched a coworker fiddle with her iPhone and I was jealous. My two year old Blackberry Pearl, while a great phone, is really starting to show it's age. I have bought pieces off ebay to keep it running. Today, the trim ring around the roller fell off. The new Blackberrys look very sweet, but unfortunately my carrier would not have the ones I want until early next year. I have been looking into my options, frankenstein pearl, jumping ship, using an old blackberry 8700, buying a cheap hold-me-over... I wasn't happy.

When my trim ring fell off I sat my phone down and started up Google Reader, BAM, I was confronted with this fella!

Love at first sight!

I am a big enough of a Google honk to jump in feet first.

Honestly though, if I hadn't read "push Gmail" I wouldn't have done it. That is by far the greatest reason to have a smartphone, and the Blackberrys are great at it. the G1 doesn't have a desktop sync, but that doesn't matter to me... All my contacts, calendars and messages are online in Google. Now accessible through my phone!

I'm excited like a fourteen year old girl going to see Nick Carter and the Backstreet Boys!



Monday, September 22, 2008


Well everybody, I just got back from four days in Vegas and I am disappointed in myself.

Why am I disappointed?

I am disappointed because I did absolutely nothing in Vegas. I was there for work, and work is what I did. Mom, you'd be proud.

I didn't gamble one cent, didn't walk down the strip with a silly drink... Hell, I didn't even take a card with the sexy women on it from the dudes snapping them.

Most of my view of the strip was from my hotel room.


I got out and snapped a few pictures but didn't get much.

Even the room was disappointing...

It was a decent view from the top floor of the Flamingo, that was the best thing my room had going for it. What it didn't have going for it was the crappy beds, the hot water on the lav not working (I shaved in the shower), and the fact that there was only on eroom farther away from where I needed to be every morning in the whole complex. I didn't switch rooms because I actually had it good compared to the three others that traveled with me. One got a room without a tub, it had a handicap shower stall that you could roll a wheelchair into. Not a big deal except for the fact that the water would soak the whole bathroom floor whenever it was used.

Another got fixed up in a room that hadn't been cleaned yet. He ended up getting a mini-suitee that still wasn't sweet.

The best was the one that got a room with ants in the bathroom. Not too bad until she left up her do-not-disturb and room service didn't clean. That night she had ants on her bed. She switched rooms.

The good thing about it is that I think I have learned to spell disappointed.


'Cause I'm A Geek...

I know, this is boring to 99% of you out there, but last time I checked, this blog was called 'I Am Mike D', and this is who I am...

A few years ago I started keeping track of the airplanes I flew on and here they are. There are a few flights missing as I wasn't able to get tail numbers. Click on the photo link to see the planes in action! Yay!

DateAirlineFlight #DepartArriveBrandTypeModelCNLNTail NumberPhotos











The good and bad news is that I don't get to travel much for business so this list doesn't grow that fast. As much fun as it is to go on a trip, it is even better when I get to come home. What I need to do is load up on some more of those Hawaiian vacations!


Saturday, September 13, 2008

American Broadcasting Chopper

ABC News Edited Out Key Parts of Sarah Palin Interview - NewsBusters

Sweet. On TV we get hear this...

GIBSON: Let me ask you about some specific national security situations.

PALIN: Sure.

GIBSON: Let’s start, because we are near Russia, let’s start with Russia and Georgia.

The administration has said we’ve got to maintain the territorial integrity of Georgia. Do you believe the United States should try to restore Georgian sovereignty over South Ossetia and Abkhazia?

PALIN: First off, we’re going to continue good relations with Saakashvili there. I was able to speak with him the other day and giving him my commitment, as John McCain’s running mate, that we will be committed to Georgia. And we’ve got to keep an eye on Russia. For Russia to have exerted such pressure in terms of invading a smaller democratic country, unprovoked, is unacceptable and we have to keep…

GIBSON: You believe unprovoked.

PALIN: I do believe unprovoked and we have got to keep our eyes on Russia, under the leadership there.

GIBSON: What insight into Russian actions, particularly in the last couple of weeks, does the proximity of the state give you?

PALIN: They’re our next door neighbors and you can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska, from an island in Alaska.

But in reality this is what was said...

GIBSON: You believe unprovoked.

PALIN: I do believe unprovoked and we have got to keep our eyes on Russia, under the leadership there. I think it was unfortunate. That manifestation that we saw with that invasion of Georgia shows us some steps backwards that Russia has recently taken away from the race toward a more democratic nation with democratic ideals. That’s why we have to keep an eye on Russia.

And, Charlie, you’re in Alaska. We have that very narrow maritime border between the United States, and the 49th state, Alaska, and Russia. They are our next door neighbors.We need to have a good relationship with them. They’re very, very important to us and they are our next door neighbor.

GIBSON: What insight into Russian actions, particularly in the last couple of weeks, does the proximity of the state give you?

PALIN: They’re our next door neighbors and you can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska, from an island in Alaska.

GIBSON: What insight does that give you into what they’re doing in Georgia?

PALIN: Well, I’m giving you that perspective of how small our world is and how important it is that we work with our allies to keep good relation with all of these countries, especially Russia. We will not repeat a Cold War. We must have good relationship with our allies, pressuring, also, helping us to remind Russia that it’s in their benefit, also, a mutually beneficial relationship for us all to be getting along.

That isn't the only cut, there is more on the link.

I think it is totally acceptable to edit an interview of someone in this way if you are interviewing, say, Tom Cruise on his latest movie project. Or even Matt Damon on his views of the political landscape. Basically any interview for entertainment.

This interview isn't for entertainment though... This is a person that is running for vice president of the United States of America. I don't care if it is Sarah Palin, Barack Obama, John McCain, or Joe Biden. I want to hear every word they said. If Obama said he liked to beat up hobos for fun (who doesn't), I'd like to hear that.

Matt Damon said (7 seconds in) that he doesn't know any thing about Sarah Palin. Well Matt, maybe if ABC didn't cut big chunks of what she had to say, you might know more than just the facts that she was mayor of a "really REALLY small town" and that she was governor of Alaska for less than two years.

Thanks ABC for deciding what I need to hear.



Thursday, September 11, 2008

Interesting Read

Sarah Palin and the gaze of the Other

What the left elites in search of a new aristocracy sometimes forget is that America was created out of a desire to do away with the old aristocracy of classist England.

The left — both at home and abroad — while always prattling on about championing the little guy, seldom include the unwritten caveat to such support, specifically, provided the little guy shuts up, learns his place, and doesn’t try to crash any of our parties.

She hunts, OMG!! Send her back to hick-ville!

It's fun to watch all the attempts to marginalize Sarah Palin. I can't remember a VP choice that has sparked this much debate.

Matt Damon droppin' the knowledge.
Damon, showing off his political acumen, claims to want to know if the Palin pick was made “for political purposes.”

– Which, I think I can answer that for you, Matt: Yes. In fact, that’s the way these picks are generally decided — this being, well, politics and all.

Don't forget the marginalization Matt....
“It’s like a really bad Disney movie. The hockey mom… and she’s president and facing down [Russian president] Vladimir Putin,” Damon said. “It’s absurd. It’s totally absurd and I don’t understand why more people aren’t talking about it.”

And how is Obama (who is actually running for president, not VP) better qualified to take on the big Russian bear, Matt? Other than being the 'chosen one'?

I'm still waiting for a good answer.

Every day I am more and more impressed with the choice of Palin as McCains VP.

BTW - If you haven't figured it out, I love Protein Wisdom. Especially now that Jeff Goldstein is back as the sole blogger.


Monday, September 08, 2008

Maiden Voyage

Sailboats are for the wine and cheese crowd...

Holy crap! That looks scary and fun as hell all at the same time!

For an alternative soundtrack see below...

Things like that remind me how unskilled I am.


Sunday, September 07, 2008

Good Advice

Hello all.

It has been a lazy weekend for me. I haven't done much, mostly lounging infront of the TV. I think I aggravated my back a bit on my last sailing day and it has been a bit sore. When I was skippering (??) my crew member wasn't balancing the boat out so I had to keep leaning in to keep it upright. I should have used my skipper powers to let them know what they needed to do but I didn't.

Any how, mixed in with my viewing of the boob-tube I have been reading an interesting blog that my sister forwarded to me.

Adventures of the Sailing Vessel SohCahToa

Three guys quit their jobs and cruise around the world. It's pretty interesting so far, reminds me a bit of a book I read last yeat, Sailing Alone Around the World by Joshua Slocum. The more I read and hear stories about doing this, the more I want to do it... ...but I digress.

I was reading the entry for April 27th 2006 when I came across this...

...I stacked coconuts, stuck sticks in the sand, chased the coconut crabs(which are really fast), outran the waves, tried to weave palm tree roots together to make rope, and just generally screwed off on a beach for a while acting like a curious 9 year old. I think that everyone should act like a kid now and again. That is an order. Everyone at work, stop reading, go outside and start throwing rocks at cans and find cool bugs.

Fantastic! I couldn't agree more! As a person that will be three years from forty (??!!??) this December this is what keeps me going. I think too many people my age that forget this. They get too tied up with the pressures of 'life' and don't do this stuff. Old isn't how many years that you have been alive, it's how you live. You get me on a sandy beach and I will sprint and then cut hard, often running in a full circle. Like doing donuts in a car, except with feet. A couple weeks ago I was doing it with Clyde out on the spit at the dog park. Giggling like a schoolgirl.

Seriously people, do what he says at least once a week, hopefully more. You'll be glad you did.

I'm going out in the backyard to throw rocks at cans. Seriously.


Monday, September 01, 2008

I Had No Idea!

Welcome to September. Two months to go!

Some good reading on the sins of Vice President candidate Sarah Palin...

One of the most damning is #14... P-Diddy yo! If you can't watch it (it made me dizzy) look away and listen.

"There's not even no crackheads in Alaska" (3:36). Damn, I didn't realize that! I may have to rethink things now. (eyes rolling)

How about what someone pointed out in comment #145...

What many here don’t understand. It doesn’t matter if it’s true or not. RUMOR IS TRUTH.

The modern laws of media hype and political warfare have a useful tenet:

Repeat ANYTHING or raise false concern over ANYTHING and it is likely to be planted in the conscious/subconscious of many voters.

If people start to think that there might be something fishy with Palin’s last kid (if hers), then that’s FINE. One more doubt (whether tied to reality or not) is another hesitation at the ballot box.

GET WITH THE PROGRAM PEOPLE. The “rising above it” bullshit has served us so well in the past, hasn’t it?

If you have problems with the story, then STFU and get out of the way of Dems who are engaged in MODERN POLITICAL WARFARE. Go tend your garden or some other pedestrian task, because the “concern trolls” are not helping shape the message.

My favorites are the people that say they won't vote McCain because he is too old... Really? Age is how you determine president?
I don't really agree with how Obama wants to do things, but I'm voting for him because McCain is too old.

That is almost as silly as voting for someone because "P-Diddy says".

I don't know what scares me more, people spewing this stuff (yes, it happens on both sides) or the people that drink it up...

Actually I do know, it is the latter. By a mile.


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