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    Wednesday, September 29, 2010

    Scheduled departure date...

    ... is October 10th. These things tend to slip a bit, and I'm still
    not sure which site I'll actually be deploying to.

    But I'm starting to get my shtuff together for leaving.

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

    Thursday, September 23, 2010

    Deploying again...

    Got my offer letter for a gig in Afghanistan this morning. I'll be
    deploying again as an IT Mercenary in a couple-three weeks.

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

    Friday, September 17, 2010

    Well done, lads...

    Thursday, September 16, 2010

    When is it not creepy...

    ...for a bunch of old guys to stand around openly admiring a 14-year
    old girl's form?

    When she can outshoot them:

    Monday, September 13, 2010

    Trust, and the wealth of nations...

    It's a pretty good book. You can get it from the Amazon lin at Tam's:

    But on to my point, here's a vivid illustration. While I was in
    Baghdad, we had limited options on where we could take exams to
    certifiy our geek-fu. There was one test center in the IZ, which was
    admininstered by one of the technical contractor companies, mainly so
    their own people could keep up to date. When Prometric lost the Cisco
    exam contract, we had nowhere to take these exams.

    Sure, there was a test center in downton Baghdad, but who wants to
    take their infidel ass downtown and sit in one spot for 2 hours?

    Funny thing though, the Iraqis wouldn't use that test center either.
    It seems they were cynical enough about Iraqi corruption, to believe
    that eventually the test center was bound, inveitably, to be
    de-certified and then everyone who had tested via that place would
    also lose their certification and thus the money they would have to
    pay (not an inconsiderable amount, by Iraqi income standards, but
    nothing to sneeze at for Americans either. Who wants to through away a
    couple hundred bucks?)

    So without these certifications, they had a harder time getting jobs,
    and less incentive to study to the level needed for the certification
    (which however cynical one may be about the certification process,
    does at least provide a minimum standard.)

    Trust really is a wealth builder. I hope, but have little confidence,
    that we won't lose that much trust in our own society in the next few

    Saturday, September 11, 2010

    Never Forget

    Individual liberty and human worth is incompatible with Islam.

    Thursday, September 09, 2010

    Worthy Cause

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