Saturday, February 28, 2004

 
Buy.com is total garbage - well, I saw Amazon had the same return policy, but I had a router I bought from Buy.com blow up. Well, it is not working after only 2 days. Buy.com won't take it back because I've already sent off the rebate form which included the UPC I removed from the box.

Friday, February 27, 2004

 
Well, they didn't finish my background check in time, so that means I didn't start the new job today. If they ever get around to doing this check, I'll start the following Friday. In the mean time, C.C. (previous boss) was nice enough to take me back temporarily to get some work done for them.

Tuesday, February 24, 2004

 

George W. Bush Joke:



While visiting England, George W. Bush is invited to tea with the Queen. He asks her what her leadership philosophy is. She says that it is to surround herself with intelligent people. He asks how she knows if they're intelligent.

"I do so by asking them the right questions," says the Queen. "Allow me to demonstrate."

She phones Tony Blair and says, "Mr. Prime Minister. Please answer this question: Your mother has a child, and your father has a child, and this child is not your brother or sister. Who is it?"

Tony Blair responds, "It's me, ma'am."

"Correct. Thank you and good-bye, sir," says the Queen. She hangs up and says, "Did you get that, Mr. Bush?"

"Yes ma'am. Thanks a lot. I'll definitely be using that!"

Upon returning to Washington, he decides he'd better put the Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to the test. He summons Jesse Helms to the White House and says, "Senator Helms, I wonder if you can answer a question for me."

"Why, of course, sir. What's on your mind?"

"Uh, your mother has a child, and your father has a child, and this child is not your brother or your sister. Who is it?"

Helms hems and haws and finally asks, "Can I think about it and get back to you?" Bush agrees, and Helms leaves. He immediately calls a meeting of other senior senators, and they puzzle over the question for several hours, but nobody can come up with an answer. Finally, in desperation, Helms calls Colin Powell at the State Department and explains his problem.

"Now look here Colin Powell, your mother has a child, and your father has a child, and this child is not your brother, or your sister. Who is it?" Powell answers immediately, "It's me, of course, you dumb ass."

Much relieved, Helms rushes back to the White House and exclaims, "I know the answer, sir! I know who it is! It's Colin Powell!" And Bush replies in disgust, "Wrong, you dumb ass, it's Tony Blair!"

--Huge thanks to L.Z. for this one!

 

Case Study of Morality



We’re in a jungle area.

Two groups of huts are separated by a dangerous river, which is totally impassable except by canoe. In the huts on one side live three people: Dave, Jane, and Joe. Joe owns the only canoe on this side of the river.

On the other side of the river live Tarzan and Sam. Tarzan and Jane have been going together for some time and plan to be married someday.

One day, Jane receives a message by carrier pigeon. Tarzan has fallen from a vine and injured himself. He needs her badly, and he asks her to come to him as quickly as possible. Jane rushes down to Joe’s house, explains the situation, and asks him to take her across the river. Joe refuses, saying the river is too dangerous today. She pleads with him, but he continues to refuse. Jane is very upset and she runs to Dave’s house. She tells Dave the story and asks him to help her force Joe to take her across the river. Dave tells her that he doesn't want to get involved and that she will have to work it out for herself.

Jane is quite upset and doesn't know which way to turn. Finally, she goes back to Joe’s house to plead some more. She offers him food, animal hides, even money, but he continues to say that it is too dangerous. Finally, she tells him that she will sleep with him if he promises to take her across the river. Joe thinks about it for a minute and then agrees to the bargain.

The next morning, Joe takes Jane across the river. She rushes to Tarzan’s tree house only to discover that he is fixing breakfast for himself. It turned out that Tarzan had not been hurt as badly as he had thought at first. Jane and Tarzan have always been honest with each other, so she tells him everything that happened.
He becomes very upset with her, tells her that he doesn't want to see her again, and stomps off into the jungle.

Jane is crushed. Eventually, she goes to Sam and explains everything that has happened. Sam gets so angry that he goes off into the jungle and beats up Tarzan.

So, based only on their actions and NO assumptions, rank them from most to least moral. Also there are no right answers or answer keys. This is simply an open ended point of discussion.

DON'T LOOK AT MY RANKING - MAKE UP YOUR OWN RANKING FIRST THEN SCROLL :)






My Justification:
SAM (Least Moral)
Starting with Sam - Sam brought physical harm to another individual, which is the worst possible thing someone can do.

JANE
Jane chose to exchange sex for the benefit of someone she "loved". That is sick and twisted to me. To love someone, you have to first respect yourself. In other words, live your own life always - your lover should respect that.

TARZAN
Next up is Tarzan - he's middle of the road - he did no right or wrong.

DAVE
Dave was right to stay out of it - there was nothing he could do. He couldn’t force Joe to employ Joe’s canoe because it is Joe’s canoe. If Dave had chosen otherwise and forced Dave with Jane, that would be as bad as Sam.

JOE (Most Moral)
And finally there is Joe, the most moral and who I see as the hero of this story. Assuming only what was in the text, Joe did not know anything about Jane or Tarzan's engagement. Joe allowed Jane to use the canoe in the face of danger... but Joe knew the risks - he did it for the goodwill of Jane and Tarzan, not to make Dave and the rest of the people like him more. Joe judged that the river was too dangerous the first day, so he needed something really worth it to risk the trip (sex).

I based all of these around the principles of individual rights, not around how the people felt.

 
Have you heard of Garrison Cade A.K.A. Lance Cade? He went to high school with me!

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I know a WWE (formerly WWF) wrestler.

Tuesday, February 17, 2004

 
I'm a little peeved that I can't buy any Pepsi bottles with the iTunes promotion in them here in Orange County, California. Why is that? I'm going to investigate.

 
Movie Review

Miracle

I've read the negative reviews of this movie, and their reviews are baseless. They must not like how the movie is patriotic, and they must not like how the movie shows the individual struggle of each character to output their best culminating in victory. Almost every personal belief I have is displayed in this movie while the movie does not include any beliefs I oppose. Thematically, the movie is perfect.

Styleistically, the movie just feels 80's. You're drenched in the costuming and fledging mustaches still hanging on from the 70's. The hockey games in the movie were all very suspenceful even when the audience knows exactly how the movie will end. The question is - how and why did it end like it did? All in attendance leave with these questions answered.

The movie does manipulate your emotins with every trick in the book - but knowing that before the movie started did not detract from my experience. While the movie does focus only on the head coad Herb Brooks, each scene showing his decisions and coaching style merited his spotlight role. There would not be time to do his character justice if more time had been devoted to any lesser characters in the movie.

In summary, Miracle is not ground breaking, but it was solid. A feel-good and inspiring movie.

10 out of 10. See this.

Wednesday, February 11, 2004

 
Just 1 hour ago I put in my 2 week notice. I was hired last Friday to a job with Boeing Corp - this is a very exciting time in my life. I am essentially changing industries completely after only 3 months. I regret having to leave the company I'm at now, but everything at Boeing sounds too good to pass up. I always want to step out of my comfort zone (as A.H. and I discussed the other day) and continously push the envelope - and this is my way of doing just that. It is risky, but I am convinced it will come with huge rewards and improve my career.

I was surprised when I put in my notice that my boss didn't show me to the door - instead he told me that he understands and that if I don't like it at Boeing that he would bring me back here. That was unbelievable to me, but it really pays testimate to the kind of guy my boss is. He and I talked at length about the move and keeping friendships outside of business. I am quite glad he didn't take this personally.

I will start at Boeing on Feb. 27th.

Saturday, February 07, 2004

 
#1 reason I'm liking my Mac more than the old PC lately: Macs don't have registries. All programs are packages, so when you want to "uninstall" you don't have to send your computer through a possibly disabling romp through the registry; instead, you drag the program icon to the trash.

Friday, February 06, 2004

 
Wierd item: Usually people complain about not having hot water. Well, my apartment has no cold water!

Mystic River
Did not impress me at all - plot was so poor it was ridiculous. The twist ending was total garbage - twist endings are supposed to make you rethink the whole movie and realize that what you thought you believed through the whole movie was false and it should have been so obvious yet it wasn't until RIGHT AT THAT MOMENT. Well, in this case, the twist ending leaves the audience looking back and not believing the twist at all. I have to blame Clint Eastwood on this one - he could have fixed the scenes to make the twist work. He failed. The Sean Penn performance was laughable. Tim Robbins was great though and so was Lawrence Fishburn.

6 out of 10. At the most.

Tuesday, February 03, 2004

 
Cool throught of the day: 4-Wheeling/ATVing on Mars! That would be mega fun.

Lots happened since the last post. I found my place, and it ends up it's a great deal. I am living comfortably after getting great deals also on my furniture and refridgerator. Otherwise, I'm pretty much established and now that initial moving-in expenses are out of the way, I can really start saving my money.

Went to a model train convention last week - very cool! Learned some neat things about DCC, and saw some great railroad simulators (Trainz Railroad Sim, and Microsoft Train Simulator are two biggies).

I have DSL now.

I guy I know, RJP, moved to NY, NY! That makes two people I know out there. Gotta look them up sometime.

Another friend MH will move to North LA in February, apparently. That's cool, adn well timed actually. Jobs seem to be in good shape in SoCal.

Car is running ok lately; I've changed the oil twice myself. That's kinda fun, though it doesn't save much cash really.

Bought a bike - went 15 miles two weeks ago Saturday, and then 20 miles this last Sunday. That was brutal - I barely made it the last 3 miles. I had to walk some because my muscles were just shot. I did make it from my place all the way to Arrowhead Pond - endorphins baby!

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