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    Tuesday, June 29, 2010

    Yes-man wanted

    Kiken, Kitsui, Kitanai

    In Japan, there used to be a lot of immigrant workers doing the jobs
    that were Dangerous, Difficult, and Dirty.

    Not so much any more. Hard times call for stepping up to the
    unpleasant aspects of life. Reality-based, you might say.

    I'm filling out paperwork for a job possibility in Afghanistan. Two
    out of three, pretty much.

    The difference between theory and practice, is much greater in
    practice than in theory...

    Wednesday, June 23, 2010


    Thursday, June 17, 2010

    Ride'em cowboy...

    Personal notes and updates

    I've largely been quiet lately on the blog, both because I've had l; little of actual content to say, and because I've frittered away time and energy on Facebook posts, where far more people actually read what I say for some reason.

    I've also been involved in a lot of personal shit of little real note to anyone not in my close personal circle: tonsil surgery, in combination with uvulo-palatopharyngoplasty, and if that's not enough to look up on wikipedia, also an out-fracture of the turbinates. That took a bit to recover from, and then 5 days after the surgery, I had an artery rupture in my throat and had emergency cautery and extra stitches put in to control the bleeding. Not such a great day, that.

    In more positive developments, I've been working on my public safety credentials. Two First Aid/CPR classes: Emergency First Responder and Diver's Alert Network first aid and CPR for professional SCUBA divers. Then we had Psychological First Aid for Disaster victims, Some FEMA courses ( in Disaster planning, continuity of business, and emergency response, My Emergency Rescue Divers International Level I course, and now I'm working on my ERDI Contaminated Water Operations course, and on getting my Ham Radio Technician's license.

    Even a venture into entrepreneurship, with a little side biz I'm trying to start.

    Meanwhile, real life continues apace; with work, family, and relationship.

    A two-fer

    Wednesday, June 16, 2010

    Let's clone this guy out west here...

    Saturday, June 05, 2010

    I'm Irish...

    ... so it's ok to cry. I won't cry for pain, or myself.

    But tell me a story of self-sacrifice and love, and I'll leak saltwater.

    Today, another warrior has stepped into the clearing at the end of the path. Words are inadequate to praise the man, a boon companion, a brother. Tonight I've been celebrating you, Josh. See you in Valhalla, brother.

    Josh Hernandez: "Deport Pedro!". We loved you, brother. Former Marine, man among men. Phenomenal musician and lover of women. Father. You deserve accolades of a hero, but you won't be noticed among the fallen, save for those of us who knew ye. Your mission was to protect those who didn't deserve you.

    Time compresses in the sandbox. My two-and-a-half years there were lightened by the two years we knew each other. The fleeting entertainment we all seized in the moment left deep marks far more than any casual stateside relationship could make. We laughed when the mortars came, and we drank illegal beer in bunkers while rockets whirred overhead. We ran around exposed to ridicule and sniper fire for the fuck of it because we were bored. We cross-dressed in lacy red dresses and ran through Baghdad (On`On!) to annoy people because we just don't give a FUCK what a bunch of ragheads think.

    I respected you, and measured myself with you as the yardstick.

    We love and honor you, and we'll drink with you some day in Valhalla, brother.

    I miss you already.

    Thursday, June 03, 2010

    Head for the hills...

    Somebody in government is reading James Wesley Rawles and Mathew Bracken:

    And in other news:

    But lest you be encouraged by that resistance to the liberal machinery:

    (By way of:

    The difference between theory and practice, is much greater in
    practice than in theory...

    Wednesday, June 02, 2010

    Mostly missing the point

    Everything in the article is relatively even-handed and I was even somewhat sympathetic, until we get to the real crux of the problem:

    "She recently received a raise and now makes $22 an hour working for a photographer. It's the highest salary she's earned since graduating with an inter-disciplinary degree in religious and women's studies.

    Does anybody think this would seem such an insurmountable problem if she had a degree in a technical or engineering discipline? Perhaps she might even have learned the logic to question her financial choices in a course of study which included actual knowledge.

    The difference between theory and practice, is much greater in
    practice than in theory...

    Ponderous thoughts to ponder

    Do I buy some jackboots and join the fascists in their race to wreck
    the economy, or do I go John Galt and opt out of the cash economy as
    much as possible? It's a strategy question, really:

    Tuesday, June 01, 2010

    Join me today...

    ... in making today's top search term: "Google execs are a bunch of communist twats."