Archive for April 2004

Fumento Dealing with DU

Michael Fumento has a good, well linked and documented article up about the hysteria over Depleted Uranium in weapons. I’ve linked to this sort of thing before but not as much as I should.

I’ve tangled with Fumento before (Hi Mikey!) over his dealings with the blogosphere, but he’s spot on with this one. I’ve heard it before, and it is the bottom line — the only DU that is any danger to you is the piece coming at you at 1790 fps from the barrel of an M1A1.

(Via dean)

I usually score as a liason

You are 57% geek
You are a geek. Good for you! Considering the endless complexity of the universe, as well as whatever discipline you happen to be most interested in, you’ll never be bored as long as you have a good book store, a net connection, and thousands of dollars worth of expensive equipment. Assuming you’re a technical geek, you’ll be able to afford it, too. If you’re not a technical geek, you’re geek enough to mate with a technical geek and thereby get the needed dough. Dating tip: Don’t date a geek of the same persuasion as you. You’ll constantly try to out-geek the other.

Take the Polygeek Quiz at Thudfactor.com

Auditing the System

Wired is reporting that the Nielsen ‘People Meters’ Draw Fire from minority groups because the meters show people watching “minority” shows much less than was reported using the diaries. From an auditing mindset, this is simple to explain — people weren’t accurately reporting what they were watching before, as Ryan Gabbard already surmised.

This is fairly silly though: the People Meter (unlike the diaries) is infallible concerning what is actually being shown on the TV. The only way I can imagine its figures being inaccurate is if for some reason minorities are less likely to push the buttons correctly than non-minorities, which seems to me very unlikely. The interesting question is not why the People Meter readings are deflated for some shows with predominantly minority casts, but why the diary readings were inflated for these shows.

This isn’t new, in any aspect. People have a tendency to inflate things when dealing with minority groups, and people who point this out get attacked, like Rush Limbaugh talking about McNabb. Television networks tend to attack Nielson when Nielson makes them look like idiots and claim something is wrong with the system, rather than admitting that their programming is crap.

Are shows like The Parkers crap? I think so, but I think that most broadcast sitcoms nowadays are crap, so my opinion isn’t especially useful. I can’t even tolerate Raymond, and that show is supposed to be great, according to the ratings. It isn’t that I don’t like shows with black casts — Bernie Mac and Chappelle’s Show are hilarious. Of course, I didn’t see Bernie Mac mentioned in the story as having a big drop, either.

I don’t think the people filling out the diaries are bad people. I don’t even think that they were lying; I think they just put down their intentions, and didn’t really think about what they were really watching. What I do have a problem with is people who assume that the machine is broken because the machine measured the world, and the world didn’t turn out to be the way they thought it should be.

The Death of the Republic

The Senate Joint Economic Committee confirms what Neal Boortz has been saying for years — a communist long-term goal has been achieved. (Second Plank of the Communist Manifesto.) Half of the population effectively pays no income tax, making this a tax progressive enough that a majority has absolutely no personal financial impact in reducing this tax. (They have a giant indirect impact, but that is hard to explain to people with government educations.)

Read it and weep, suckers. No, really. Read it and you’ll weep. Sucker.

(Via Maestro Bainbridge)

Subservient Chicken

The Subservient Chicken is cool. My favorite thing to tell it? “You’re on fire.”

It also apparently likes hockey (Me like Hockey! Me like Hockey!”) and digs Metallica.

In Time, You Will Call Me… Master


:: how jedi are you? ::

(Via Accidental Verbosity)

The Coffee Song

First, the coffee report. I got in early today, so I made the first pot, and was able to enjoy two full cups from this pot. This afternoon, my luck ran out. Half a cup. Also, I am interested in tracking the coffee situation now that Lent is over, to see what effect the abstinence of a large percentage of Catholics has on the Pot.

Now, for the content that you all came for. These are the lyrics to the Coffee Song that I wrote.

The Coffee Song
By Phelps
Sung to the tune of the William Tell Overture

Coffee coffee coffee coffee
coffee coffee coffee coffee
coffee coffee coffee coffee
coffee coffee coffee
Coffee coffee coffee coffee coffee coffee coffee coffee
coffee coffee coffee coffee
coffee coffee coffee coffee coffee
coffee coffee coffee coffee
coffee coffee coffee coffee
coffee coffee coffee coffee
COFFEE COFFEE COFFEE!!!

Thank you. The song is traditionally sung while waiting for the coffee to brew.