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February 2, 2024

goddamnit - I can't watch this

Biden at the dignified transfer

Something Nixon didn't do for my brother!

As I get older, I think more about the lives stolen in that useless war.

All I remember is the grey sedan showing up in the afternoon one day with the 2 officers in dress uniforms... I didn't even notice that one was a Navy Chaplain. My parents weren't home so I told them to come back at 6pm... It was August. I thought they were there to tell my parents that I was accepted at Annapolis. I was accepted but they weren't there for that.

My dad was an enlisted pilot in the Navy for WW2, and my brother was an officer in the Navy.

Don't know why I think so much now about something that happened 50 years ago.

January 23, 2024

Why is Chuck Fraud on my TeeVee

and yesterday? Morning Screaming Joe had Matthews on too.

Is MSNBC bringing them back, trying to rehab their reputations?

October 18, 2023

Alert on my phone

Earthquake detected... take cover.

I'm in Santa Clara CA... no earthquake yet.

edit to add

M 4.1 - 4 km SSW of Isleton, CA
2023-10-18 16:29:14 (UTC)38.126°N 121.632°W10.8 km depth

from USGS....

Someone was a bit trigger happy with the alert system.

already downgraded to 4.1 from 4.5 earlier.

October 11, 2023

so my company has a large division located in Israel

some 3000 people work there.

my CEO just sent an email with the sad news. The senior VP (and founder of the Israeli company my company purchased 5 years ago) lost his daughter and her long term boyfriend ( a former employee of ours ) at the music festival.

Another employee was killed after he was called up to serve in the IDF.

And another employee and his wife were kidnapped by Hamas, No word on if they are alive.

all in all, some 400 of our employees have been recalled to active duty by the IDF.

I expected the last bit of news... I am shocked by the former. before I was an employee at my current company, I worked for the company founded in Israel. I contracted to them back when they were a small startup in 2002. Wrote some of their first software. I met the founder of the company ( now our senior VP ) a couple of times back then.


I can't imagine how the people in Israel feel.

September 29, 2023

"When you elect a bowl of Jello, you get a bowl of Jello"

James Carville just now on Ari's show... about Kevin McCarthy

April 4, 2023

small earthquake in Milpitas CA just now

felt like about a 4.0 or so from this vantage point... decent movement but nothing fell down.

March 28, 2023

Analysis of school shootings by day of the week

I got data from CNN on school shootings from here


and of the 199 shootings I was curious if one day of the week was more dangerous than others...

Given the amount of data, I believe this is statistically meaningful...

So I wrote some software to count shootings by weekdays... and this is what I got:

Sunday - 4
Monday - 23
Tuesday - 38
Wednesday - 31
Thursday - 36
Friday - 61
Saturday - 6

Friday stands out as the most dangerous day at a school. One might think that this could be related to after school activities on Friday nights... but the charts that CNN include do not show that.

Saturday and Sunday are obvious... The other days seem to center around 30 shootings or so for the weekday. Friday is the one that really is statistically different.

The sad thing is that we have this data at all.

The song "I don't like Mondays" maybe should be changed a bit although that was the reason given by a school shooter for a shooting on 29 January 1979.

February 8, 2023

Pretty sure Biden just announced his re-elect.

and while I wish he was 15 years younger... I'm all the way onboard.

Let's Go Joe... finish the job!

January 26, 2023

quit saying "not a joke"

it is one of Biden's only speaking flaws...

I love the guy, I have for a long time... but this really gets on my nerves.

If he is running again, I want him to work with a communication coach to eliminate this sort of "throw away" side comment in his speaking engagements.

Unless he is really telling a joke and follows it with a fact.

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