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Wed 16 Jul 2003

All For It!

Still small compared to the larger industry, but growing quickly. Woo! That means nicer places and more people and stuff. Cool.

Nudism becoming big biz (Rose DeWolf of Knight Ridder on

Annual revenue associated with nude travel, nude resorts and other places where the only thing worn is sunscreen jumped from $120 million in 1992 to $400 million last year.

(via Fark)

Abulsme - Wed, 16 Jul 2003, 16:19:31 PDT - News
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Randy Shows Up!

So, Randy confirms that it was him I saw in my logs, and leaves a comment. The first comment by other than me on here. Woo! Thanks Randy!

The Post with Randy's Comment

Sam, I did indeed notice the new blog look yesterday. And now I'm leaving a comment. Look at me! I'm so cool!

Do you want to know what's on my desk right now? I'll tell you. A 19" monitor. This keyboard, which is an old clicker I salvaged out of some lab. It's nice and loud, I like it. A pair of speakers. Don't use them much, this office is like a frickin library. My old tactile membrane crap keyboard. A recipe for shoo-fly pie on 3x5 cards. An iomega peerless disk with some old files on it. I don't even really remember what's on it.


There is more in typical Randy style if you click through.

Ok though, time to check if Randy made the top ten in the last year and thus would meet what I've kept saying it would be fun to wait for... lets see... Looks like Randy last made my email top ten in September 1999. Yeah, that's not in the last year. So still waiting.

But thanks Randy for the long comment! :-)

Abulsme - Wed, 16 Jul 2003, 15:41:07 PDT - Personal
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Not Surprising, but kinda sucks

Just like with Challenger. They lasted a little while and probably knew quite well what was happening. Not "instant" at all. :-(

Columbia crew probably lived at least a minute beyond last contact (LA Times on AJC)

The crew of Columbia lived for at least one minute after their last communication with NASA ground controllers in Houston, a potentially important finding that could affect future efforts to improve the survivability of space shuttle accidents, investigators said Tuesday.

(via Google News)

Abulsme - Wed, 16 Jul 2003, 03:23:48 PDT - News
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Well, so Lynn was the first person I know personally to look at the redesigned site since I redesigned it as far as I can tell. And she emailed me, but without any comments on the site. And looking at the logs I suspect Randy may have looked at it yesterday, but no comments.

Erikas looked at the redesigned site this morning and sent me email commenting on where my random trip selector was sending him, and saying "Oh yeah, nice blog" thus becoming the first person to actually comment on the blog. Thanks Erikas! I'll answer your email tonight or tomorrow probably. :-)

Still waiting for the first comment from anybody who has made my top ten email list within the last year. I'm trying to avoid mentioning my website to people just to see how long it takes. But I did slip and mentioned the site to Brandy yesterday in answer to a question. So if she sees this and comments, I'll still be looking to see who is the first person to say something without haveing been prompted in email by me to check the site for something.

This is a fun game! Still deciding if there should be a prize. :-)

OK. Now I really have to rush and get ready to go. Had I mentioned, YAWN?

Abulsme - Wed, 16 Jul 2003, 03:11:08 PDT - Personal
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Getting up at 10 UTC

I have a meeting in NYC at 13 UTC today. Which means I should be out of the house by 11 UTC at the latest. Which means my alarms started going off at 9 UTC. After me not actually lying down to sleep until about 6 UTC. I hate days like this. Yawn! It is now 10 UTC. I am now up I guess. Gotta rush to get ready and out the door now. Yawn! Yawn! Yawn!

Abulsme - Wed, 16 Jul 2003, 03:08:29 PDT - Personal
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Tue 15 Jul 2003

Voting in Primaries

I just got an email from my grandmother encouraging her grandchildren to register in order to be able to vote in the primaries as well as the general election. She also implying a subtle endorsement of Dean as a possibility. I first wrote something longer and bringing up more esoteric points, but I ended up thinking better of that and shortened my reply to this:

Nah, voting in a primary implies endorsement of one of the two major parties, and even worse, acceptance of the ridiculous two party system and unfortunate legal recognition of parties rather than simply individuals and all sorts of legal mechanisms that favor the two major parties over independent candidates.

If one is a partisan, and active member of one of the two major parties, I guess voting in a primary would make logical sense and in fact be a recommended activity. But myself, objecting strongly to BOTH parties, only differing on which issues I violently disagree with depending on the party, and also the specific individual running, won't be doing that.

As usual, I'll look at all the candidates on the ballot come the general election (there are usually about 6 to 10 of them) and pick the one that most closely matches my stands on various issues. If nobody is on the ballot that matches more than say 80%, then I'll write someone in who does. :-)

There was a second email from her talking about Governor Dean and mentioning again how important it was to vote in the primaries. This time I replied with this:

Having said what I said in the last one, Dean does seem kind of interesting. I've been reading his blog entries. Not that I necessarily agree with him on lots. But interesting none the less.

I'd be curious to see who comes up top for you in this "Candidate Selector"... you answer a bunch of questions on various issues, and it ranks the candidates by how well they match your views...

Here is the ranking I got when I told it to not exclude anybody, even those who have withdrawn already, have not yet announced, and of course not excluding 3rd parties. Dean came in tied for 3rd with a 70% match to my views. Of the Democrats my best match is apparently Kucinich at 82%. This compares to President Bush at a 58% match to my views. (By comparison, Al Gore only matches me at the 29% level.) But the as yet unchosen and unnamed Libertarian party candidate comes in at a 100% match. So unless they end up nominating someone I really dislike, I'll probably end up voting Libertarian again as I did in the last two Presidential elections. My candidates never win. :-) But they do most accurately represent my own views, which I believe to be important.

1. Libertarian Candidate (100%)
2. Kucinich, Cong. Dennis, OH - Democrat (82%)
3. Dean, Gov. Howard, VT - Democrat (70%)
4. Kerry, Senator John, MA - Democrat (70%)
5. Clinton, Senator Hillary Rodham, NY - Democrat (69%)
6. Feingold, Senator Russ, WI - Democrat (68%)
7. Buchanan, Patrick J. – Reform/Republican (67%)
8. Sharpton, Reverend Al - Democrat (65%)
9. Green Party Candidate (64%)
10. Leahy, Patrick Senator, Vermont - Democrat (62%)
11. Edwards, Senator John, NC - Democrat (61%)
12. Socialist Candidate (61%)
13. Lieberman Senator Joe CT - Democrat (60%)
14. Daschle, Senate Minority Leader Tom, SD - Democrat (60%)
15. Bush, George W. - US President (58%)
16. Bayh, Senator Evan, IN - Democrat (58%)
17. Gephardt, Cong. Dick, MO - Democrat (56%)
18. Biden, Senator Joe, DE - Democrat (54%)
19. Jackson, Cong. Jesse Jr., IL - Democrat (49%)
20. Graham, Senator Bob, FL - Democrat (45%)
21. Dodd, Senator Chris, CT - Democrat (44%)
22. Clark, Retired Army General Wesley K "Wes" Arkansas - Democrat (42%)
23. Moseley-Braun, Former Senator Carol IL - Democrat (41%)
24. Feinstein, Senator Dianne, CA - Democrat (39%)
25. Kaptur, Cong. Marcy, OH - Democrat (36%)
26. Phillips, Howard - Constitution (36%)
27. Bradley, Former Senator Bill NJ - Democrat (31%)
28. Gore, Former Vice-President Al - Democrat (29%)
29. Hagelin, John - Natural Law (26%)
30. McCain, Senator John, AZ- Republican (24%)
31. Vilsack, Governor. Tom IA - Democrat (11%)
32. Hart, Former Senator Gary, CO - Democrat (11%)
33. LaRouche, Lyndon H. Jr. - Democrat (0%)

For those of you who saw the SelectSmart results I got a couple weeks ago, this is more acurate, as last time I neglected to fill in the "how important is this issue to you" parts, so the various issues were not properly weighted. This is probably better. Although I think some of this may evolve over the next year and a half before the election. :-)

I wonder how my grandmother will react. Hopefully she won't be too upset with me. :-)

Abulsme - Tue, 15 Jul 2003, 21:28:43 PDT - News
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