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I haven't been paying much attention to what the Republicans have been saying in their race for the nomination, so I don't know what their normal talking points have been. Therefore, I'm not sure if it was in character or out, but I was stopped cold reading about Mitt Romney's withdrawal when he was quoted saying:

"Now, if I fight on, in my campaign, all the way to the convention ... I'd forestall the launch of a national campaign and, frankly, I'd make it easier for Senator Clinton or Obama to win. Frankly, in this time of war, I simply cannot let my campaign be a part of aiding a surrender to terror."


Jon Stewart brought up the same quote in Thursday's episode of The A Daily Show. My next thought was pretty much the same as his response. "Fuck You"

Romney had some other choice quotes:

"I'm convinced that unless America changes course, we could become the France of the 21st century."
"Barack and Hillary ... would retreat, declare defeat. And the consequence of that would be devastating. It would mean attacks on America, launched from safe havens that would make Afghanistan under the Taliban look like child's play. About this, I have no doubt."

Jon Stewart also showed some examples of the double standards right-wing Republicans have with religion. If you're a Muslim extremist:

"... there's a conviction that all governments should be destroyed and replaced by a religious caliphate. These jihadists will battle any form of democracy because to them democracy is blasphemous, because it says that citizens, not God, shape the law."

But of course, conservative right-wingers in the U.S. would be perfectly happy to instill Christianity within everything that happens here with conservative judges, etc.

Suffice to say that I'm glad Romney's out. Still, this makes me even more concerned about the fact he won the Minnesota Republican primary (though that was a non-binding vote—a straw poll—so there was less incentive for anyone other than the über-Republicans to participate..).

Here's the factoid about the new Corporate Average Fuel Economy standard that amuses/frustrates me the most: The CAFE target has been 27.5 mpg for ages. Unfortunately, the test used for finding fuel economy numbers has always been optimistic. For a 2008 vehicle, that 27.5 mpg rating translates to 21 mpg. The 22.5 average for trucks translates to 17. The new 35 mpg target for 2020? Oh, that works out to about 27 (and there are still huge loopholes for trucks).

So, what's happening is, we're finally going to meet the standard set in the mid-1970s—but 40 years later than we thought.

Check my work by looking over the spreadsheets at http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/download.shtml

Aug. 10th, 2006

Ugh, I can't get a friggin' date. Ladies, do me a favor and sign up on OkCupid, answer a dozen questions or so (hopefully more) and then compare with me. I'm sick of being all by myself.


Hmm. I suppose I should put something here to mention that I'm still mostly using my main website for journal entries. If you want to see updates, friend the feed mike_mt

Komm, Gib Mir Deine Hand

So was that cigarette girl in The Aviator supposed to be Jean Harlow (played by Gwen Stefani)? I guess I'm assuming so, but the next moment she was on-screen, the hair color was different and everything. I guess I just prefer the darker hair. Anyway, big fan of Cigarette Girl. And Kate Beckinsale aka Ava Gardner... Well, where to begin? I don't get the Cate Blanchett fascination that some people have, though.

I'm still not sure what Scorsese was thinking when he made the green stuff turn blue. Supposedly that was an homage to the early two-tone Technicolor films, but they used a red-green colorspace rather than a red-blue one, so blue things should have theoretically been green instead of the other way around. If he really wanted to do it, he should have just done two-tone color. Too bad it would look like crap (unless you're colorblind, I guess). I suppose he might have been emulating a different two-tone system.

The Mysterious Production of Eggs

Well, I came across my envelope of not-yet-matured savings bonds the other day. Ran them through the calculator and got $2000. So, I am not in quite the financial straits I thought I was. I suppose I should actually do my taxes and figure out if I can get more money back from the government that way.

Maybe a better way to protest the government is to cash savings bonds. Bush seems to respond to money flows.

Block Printing

Well, Movable Type on my website seems to have finally gone poof. I can't save any new entries for some reason (other than maybe one-liners). Well, it was always the craptacular built-in database version, which is sssslllloooowwww. And, by the time I wanted to upgrade, they'd changed the license.

Crap. I wanted to have a job and a girlfriend to lean on before jumping into the replacement project for that (well, that's what I always want and think I need). Nobody has yet made a weblog system that fully supports MediaWiki (Wikipedia) syntax, at least as far as I can find. Since I spend most of my (currently jobless) days rumbling through Wikipedia, it would be extremely nice to have a weblog system that operates in the same manner. There are countless wiki syntax variations out there. Arguably, the MediaWiki syntax isn't that great, but it is a very very significant form and I can't understand why nobody supports it.

At some point, I'm going to in the very least download the MediaWiki code and see if I can rip out the syntax-interpreting bits. That is one of the more troublesome bits for me. I (hope I) still have a short Perl program that was working for interpreting some syntax elements. It was based on simple regular expressions and code that was quickly heading into spaghetti territory, so I think it would be better to steal from people who know what they're doing ;-) Maybe they have that stuff library-ized already somehow, which would be spectacular.

Then, the only issue is figuring out how to store the crap. I want to use SQLite somehow. I did fiddle with the MySQL server program enough to get something working, if I remember right, but MySQL really doesn't like to run in a user's home directory, and I'd have to add special logic to start up and stop the server in order to be a gracious user.

I suppose I should take this time to move my website onto my cable gateway box or tunneled to my desktop, but I really don't want to have to worry about security (especially if it has to be self-written) or bandwidth or breaking TOS agreements. Well, a personal website usually isn't a big deal, though I have to remember that my gateway system is a P133 (at least it has 128 MB of RAM).

Oh, and I have about $1000 left to my name.
I suppose my UMN friends might be having the same trouble I am. A good chunk of the on-campus e-mail service is down. 40% of the standard accounts are offline according to the site, and all of the premium accounts (that would be me). All of the web pages on www.tc are down too.

Oh, and this happened just around the time a guy at the U was supposed to be e-mailing some details about an interview. Great. Well, at least I have his phone number. I'll give him a ring if I don't get a message after my server comes back up.

I've been using the buses a lot lately. I'm not sure if that's a very good use of my money, but it gets me around people (even if they sometimes tend to be stinky people).

Anyhoodle, I hope I'll be able to get a decent job quicker this time around. It'll be tricky with the holiday season, though (at least this upcoming interview won't happen until the 30th).

Edit: Oh yeah, I forgot about this. At least I'm not having the bad day of this guy.

Hi Diddly Ho!

I think the last time I tried one of these in my regular journal, everyone ended up hating me because it screwed up their friends page once it hit my RSS/RDF stream. Moderately interesting, though three of these four people I've never met, and one I've only met briefly.

Popular interests among mulad's friends
1. minneapolis (7) 11. star trek (4)
2. reading (6) 12. cats (4)
3. movies (5) 13. thunderstorms (4)
4. music (5) 14. sleeping (4)
5. minnesota (5) 15. cooking (4)
6. computers (4) 16. art (4)
7. coffee (4) 17. kids in the hall (3)
8. photography (4) 18. neil gaiman (3)
9. sci-fi (4) 19. love (3)
10. bruce campbell (4) 20. high fidelity (3)
Interests gestalt
My most interesting friend is antid0te who has 13 of these interests,
followed by corryn (11), madolan (8) and liquefy (8).
Normality Index
My friends are 65.79% normal.
Analyze me !
Popular interests created by _imran_

I figure I need to use the LiveJournal side of things once every few months anyway...