Stacy Sez

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Saturday, November 05, 2005

Islamic Law and Palm Trees

Just a quick post to point out something about Islamic Law. Did you know that throughout the middle east it is illegal and a mortal sin to perform sexual acts with the fruit of palm trees? I kid you not. It's called Date Rape.

Friday, November 04, 2005

Sad Football News

I must admit that I do not follow pro football that closely. But I just heard part of a news broadcast about the New York Giants. Apparently one of the Giants has cancer. As I say, I didn't hear the full report so I just got the part where the news guy was saying that someone named Amani has a tumor. Let's all wish him the best! And a quick recovery!

Greatest Theorems

Okay, I confess. I am a groupie. An unabashed, maniacal groupie. But, I am not the type of groupie who dresses trampy and hangs out with rock bands. I am a science and math groupie... but, okay I still dress trampy. I never made it to calculus in college, nor physics for that matter. But I love reading books on astronomy, quantum physics and mathematics. I can't remember where I found this, but here is a fantastic site called The Hundred Greatest Theorems. It includes the great rock stars of math and what they came up with. For those other math groupies out there it is definitely worth checking out...You'll be rockin' to Godel and Euclid all night!

Thursday, November 03, 2005

Welfare Reform

There has been an ongoing debate in this country about the pros and cons of welfare. The conservative thoughts range from complete abolishment of the welfare state to more middle of the road welfare/training/work programs. The left moves from the complete support of the downtrodden to the same middle of the road welfare/training/work programs. I believe I have come up with a system that should please all.

Here's my plan in a nutshell:
  • All cities need power to operate
  • The unemployed and homeless need money to buy alcohol, drugs, food, etc.
So the plan for a city such as New York would play out something like this. The city could build large warehouses and fill them with thousands of exercise bikes. These bikes in turn would be hooked up to massive electrical generators. For the welfare listee to get a monthly check, they must put in hours on the bike to power the city. The more hours on the bike, the bigger the welfare check. So it becomes a win win situation. The city gets power, and the poor get money and better health to boot!

Hotels in Iraq

Okay, a quick question: When reporters in Iraq have to cover the fighting in Ar Ramadi, do they stay at the Ramadi Inn?

Jingoism For Fun And Safety

I've decided that I am a big fan of jingoism. People always use the term to degrade fanatically patriotic people, but that could be a good thing. Let me illustrate this point using an analogy...

Pretend that you're an Oakland Raiders fan in Oakland Stadium watching them play oh let's say the Atlanta Falcons. Now I'm not a huge football fan, but I do know that a large group of raider fans are crazy. They're face painters. They wear evil looking black and silver outfits. They scream and yell a bunch. If you want to see what I am talking about, check out this example. Suppose that Atlanta fans in the crowd get out of hand and cause a riot. Ask yourself this...When the riot breaks out, wouldn't you want to be sitting next to the Raider fanatics willing to fight and protect you?

Jingoism can work the same way. As our war with the crazy Muslims expands, don't you wanna be sitting next to the fanatical patriots? I know I do...

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Just the other day I added a link (see sidebar) to one of my favorite sites, Minding the Planet. It is a great blog about the web, web 2.0, science and all sorts of fun stuff. I have the Minding the Planet rss feed subscribed in my Bloglines account, so when there is new content I get it right away. Well today, Nova Spivak's Minding the Planet has a post up to see who links to the site. Well, I for one love your site and I am always waiting for some, new exciting post! Three Cheers!
I've been reading a lot lately about setting up blogs and web sites. Since my last foray into the world wide web, things have changed a bunch. Too see how much, just look at an old archived site of mine: Hamsterland! Gross! The web is a lot prettier these days. Well, today via The Carnival of Computing, I have found the perfect tutorial for wannabe webbies. Soldiers' Angel has an outstanding tutorial underway for beginners. Programming Your Blog or Webpage is a great way to begin. Holly, keep up the great work!

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Last night I finished reading The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman. It is the first book in Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy. What a fantastic read! I won't give away much of the plot, but this adventure story has suspense, intrigue, probability waves collapsing and the many worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics. The story follows the adventures of young Lyra as she escapes from evil and tries to rescue her friends from the evil Goblers. Pullman's writing is amazing and I could hardly put this book down. It's allegedly written for young teens, but I think it can be more appreciated by adults. It came out pre-HP (Harry Potter) and I believe it was overshadowed by the Potter books. I'm a huge fan of HP, but I cannot wait to read the second book in this trilogy!
Today I'd like to talk about umbrage. What a great word that is! I think today it is just about my favorite word. For those of you with a limited vocabulary, umbrage means to take offense. For example, I could say "I take umbrage at your suggestion that my guitar is made of wood!" Well maybe that really isn't a 'real world' example. Let's try again, shall we? "I take umbrage that you would think that the world is flat when we all know it's round!" That's more like it....Much better. Try to find a reason to use the word umbrage today. It'll make you feel fancy.

Monday, October 31, 2005

Well since this is a new blog, I better explain something. Sometimes I write about politics. Sometimes they will be fanatical posts raging against the PC crowd and liberals in general. There may be pro-war posts on occasion. But here's the tricky part. When those posts do come about, just know it's not me. It's Lily. You see, Lily is one of my best friends. I love her to death. And although she is socially liberal, she's a raving lunatic right winger the rest of time. So just so you remember that it is NOT ME posting, here's a pic of my best friend Lily. I hope she doesn't offend anyone by being a crazy warhawk chihuahua. She's just an avenging angel, maybe....but an angel nonetheless.
Wow, I've been teaching myself all of the ins and outs of building web pages and blogs today. When I had my website Hamsterland years ago, I had it all down pat. Now I'm having to re-learn riding the bike, so to speak. The most important thing I learned today is that customer service reps suck! Besides this blog, I have some web space on my Comcast account that I'd like to take advantage of. Earlier no matter what I tried, I could not ftp an updated index.html file. I tried deleting, renaming, changing directories and eating popcorn; nothing would work. So, after finishing my popcorn I got online with the fine folks at Comcast to find out what was up. I don't know why I bothered, I was having to teach the rep. She kept referring to her stupid script of cut and dried answers..."Did you delete the old file?", "Did you upload the new file?", "Did you eat popcorn?"....YES! YES! YES! I finally gave up and figured it out myself. For some reason Comcast's ftp software doesn't work with Firefox. As soon as I used IE, it worked fine...Go fig.
Oh my gosh! Did you hear the latest insult to Rosa Parks? Apparently the cemetery she will be laid to rest in is overcrowded. The latest news is that she will not be able to occupy the grave intended for her. They already gave it to some white guy and she is being moved to the back of the cemetery....

Sunday, October 30, 2005

Wow, time flies when you don't write for a couple of years! Let's see if I can get back into the swing of things. Okay, I'll start out by saying I have a new boyfriend! I don't mean 'new' as in he was just created in the lab, I mean 'new' as in he's new to me.

Last weekend he took me on a fabulous trip to sunny San Diego. Except for the fact that it wasn't sunny, San Diego really lives up to its name-sake. Many people don't know that San Diego got its name from the famous zoologist and world traveller Sam Diego. He travelled the world in search of interesting animals to bring to his house in sunny southern California. Well anyway, to make a long story short, here's some photos from his home:

Okay, anyway....back to my new boyfriend (who's not "new" as in he was just created in a lab) I would hate to give away his secret identity here so I will just call him 'Bob'. Did I mention I'm dyslexic? Pardon my spelling of Bob. Anyhoo, he's the greatest guy! We started dating through the most romantic of all possible ways, an online dating service. Online dating has to be the greatest invention for computer geeks and nerds ever invented! It allows us to maintain a sense of anonymity (unless you actually start dating someone) and use computer technology ta boot! So Bob and I met online and actually did start to go out. I don't think I've ever dated someone I have more in common with. He's like the male version of me or something. He's a programmer, he plays guitar, he likes road trips and movies...can I be any more mushy?

Let's see....back to our Sam Diego vacation (not a misspelling...remember San Diego was named after Sam Diego). We left Tucson on Saturday morning so I would have the opportunity to play with my old band on Friday night. The problem was, I didn't end up playing with my old band. Due to last minute travel stuff (polishing my nails, packing, etc.) and a recurrent ear problem, I couldn't play. And it's a good thing too! I just found out that the band has disbanded so to speak. Ahhhhh musicians, always flaky...heh.

So back to the story...we left for San Diego on Saturday. We stayed in this awesome hotel called the Discovery Magazine...oh wait, maybe it was the Omni. We ate yummy food at a place called Ra and got ready for our adventure at the zoo. The zoo and Balboa Park are beautiful. We started our morning by going to the Science Museum. How fun! We laughed like the big kids we are. I think that 'Bob' (not his real name, remember?) and I concur that all of the exhibits would be great for our living room if we ever get married....not that I'm pushing for that or anything. Tornadoes, hurricanes, digital signal transmission and more all make an appearance at this wonderful exhibit. Definitely a must see.

I'm going to have to continue this in Part ears are dying and I can't sit up any!