Here’s a couple of videos of me flying hang-gliders that I’ve posted before. Now I’ve uploaded them to YouTube. I’ll give you the links to watch them over at the Tube, in case you want to watch other HG videos it’s going to list for you. And because I really think embedding is cool, see below. See here for an ATOS flight at Ed Levin county park and then here for bits from two flights last year at Hat Creek Rim. We’ll be heading to Hat Creek next week for our umpteenth annual camp & fly, so this has all been on my mind lately. Ed Levin Hat Creek Rim
Entries from August 2006
August 4th, 2006 · Comments Off · Motivation & Lifestyle
August 6th, 2006 · 3 Comments · Motivation & Lifestyle
If you’re running a nice 18, 19, or even 20-inch display, you’re probably at 1280×1024 resolution, or 1,310,720 pixels. Or, maybe you run three of them to get to nearly 4 million pixels. Or, you can go to your local Apple store and spend a day futzing to get this 30-incher to work with your PC, finally, at 2 a.m., which is when this was taken (click on it for the large version). This is running at a screen resolution of 2560×1600 pixels, just over 4 mil. What you can’t see is the absolute carnage all around, which I’ll get to the reason for a bit later. See, I’d been toying with the idea of getting another display or two at home, where I now do a lot of my work (especially trading, in the morning hours). I’ve become accustomed to the three-display setup at the office. So, first thing Saturday morning, I announced to Bea that I was headed out to shop. The problem is that our loft is kinda artsy-fartsy, you see, and just any ‘ol thing simply isn’t gonna do it. Style — for style’s sake — is called for. And there just isn’t any locally off-shelf,…
August 7th, 2006 · 1 Comment · Motivation & Lifestyle
So, first thing this morning, I get an email from my buddy Greg Swann (here too) with regard to my last entry. Can you believe it? A $500 price drop (20%) less than two days after I buy it? To add insult, Apple apparently gives discounts to teachers, so I could have received an additional $200. I’m not sure yet about the teacher discount, and I emphasize they have absolutely no obligation to reimburse me for the price reduction, but I called to very politely inquire and they indicated that when it’s within two weeks they will honor any reduced price. Very reasonable and good business.
August 18th, 2006 · 1 Comment · Politics & Culture
Beck has up a treatment of an irrelevant and unimportant article heralding “the end of libertarian politics.” It’s a dumb idea, of course, for all the reasons Billy mentions; as does Tucker, whom he quotes. Go ahead and take a look at that, then drop back by. I’ve been spending a lot if time lately watching, studying, and trading in the markets. Do you know what I really like about them? Their fundamental nature is so pure, with a balance so fine that in spite of the general notion that entities like the SEC “regulates” the market is sheer nonsense in any really meaningful way. Sure, they have books of regs and throw someone in jail every now and then (I’m not making light of that), but the very plain fact is that they are virtually powerless to regulate the daily buy and sell grind that goes on to the tune of billions and billions of dollars over millions and millions of trades. To attempt any sort of direct regulation would be to tank the market in an instant. Even when they (or the exchanges) exercise their power to halt trading, what generally happens the moment trading resumes (check the…
August 24th, 2006 · 1 Comment · Motivation & Lifestyle
With little opportunity to blog, lately, and even less enthusiasm for it, this is something I just must pass along. Enjoy. (via Davis)
August 24th, 2006 · 2 Comments · Politics & Culture
You know what? I’m tired. Whereas, I was willing, grudgingly, to give Republicans the benefit of the doubt in recent times (though I don’t vote: I’d never do that to you), I just smell a rotting rat, recently. Look, if they were reducing the size and scope of government all the while killing as many radicalized Muslims as quickly as possible (in the hundreds of thousands — with glee, and with righteous and celebratory blood-lust), I’d just be quiet. But that’s not what’s going on. Increasingly, the threat is being overblown for the clear and shameless sake of political power (not to say there aren’t equally Bullshit “arguments” from the commies). I mean: what do we have, anymore?…high fat, high carbohydrates, cigarette smoke, violent video games, SUVs, terrorists, big corporations. All of those and more: hobgoblins. The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed and hence, clamorous to be led to safety — by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary. – H. L. Mencken Have you ever considered, on an individual level, just taking your chances with those of pure faith — by which I mean: those with the misplaced…
August 24th, 2006 · Comments Off · Politics & Culture
I see Plan B is in the news, again. Just a short note. I observe that deaths related to use of this pill is generously tallied at 5 people. Unacceptable, right? Well, that derives a rate of under 1 in 100,000 pregnancies. The mortality rate for induced abortions is .7 per 100,000 (also under 1 in 100,000 for you math challenged). Awful, you say? Perhaps, but then what does that make God, who kills 11.5 women per 100,000 who carry pregnancies to term? Look it up, if you care to.