Archive for October 2004

Getting Physicsal

Am I the only one who reads this Physics Professor Goes on Rage in Class story and thinks about Rodney and Sam in Back to School?

(Via Da Pat)

Wow. A Response — and the RIGHT one

I found out today that my firm has decided to put the Websense Internet Filtering Software back onto our network. Our firm is pretty liberal (and I mean that literally, not politically) on its internet policy, but they sure don’t want our IP addresses showing up on, say, porn sites. The problem is that I went to visit the Libertarian Rant today, and found that it was blocked as a “Racism and Hate” site.

First, I got pissed off. Who the hell do these people think they are to call him a racist? That’s damned near libel. I start looking up the company, to see how they come up with this crap. I find out that they have a form to submit changes to. You bet your ass that they are going to hear from me. I give them the matter of fact version the first time (since I want to give them tbe benefit of doubt) and start loading up the verbal guns to let them have it, when I get this reply:


Thank you for writing to Websense.

The site you submitted has been reviewed and the categorization has been
changed to Political Organizations. The update should be available in
the next publication of the database.

Thank you for your assistance.

The Websense Database Services Staff

—–Original Message—–
From: [email protected] [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: Thursday, October 14, 2004 4:19 PM
To: Websense DB Update
Subject: Suggest a Change to the Websense URL Database

Name: Phelps
Email: [email protected]
Websense Version:
DB Version:

URL 1:
Action 1: Should not be blocked
Recommended Category 1: Government: Political Organizations
Current Category 1: Racism and Hate

Let me tell you, I was astounded. All the nasty things jostling around in my brain waiting to pour out onto my blog gave a united, “gwah?” I still don’t like the idea that my connection is being filtered, but I can abide it if they actually put some reason into it and sites like LR don’t stay in the pigeonholes when they are misclassified. I certainly appreciate that they will accept suggestions from someone who isn’t technically a customer, but instead is simply a third-party user of the system.

Edwards Claims Kerry Is The Messiah

Edwards — the Amazing Ass Talking Politician!

“If we do the work that we can do in this country, the work that we will do when John Kerry is president, people like Christopher Reeve will get up out of that wheelchair and walk again,” Edwards said.

That’s right folks, Edwards claims Kerry is searching for the power to raise the dead!

Revelation 20

4 Then I saw thrones, and the people sitting on them had been given the authority to judge. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their testimony about Jesus, for proclaiming the word of God. And I saw the souls of those who had not worshiped the beast or his statue, nor accepted his mark on their forehead or their hands. They came to life again, and they reigned with Christ for a thousand years. 5 This is the first resurrection. (The rest of the dead did not come back to life until the thousand years had ended.) 6 Blessed and holy are those who share in the first resurrection. For them the second death holds no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with him a thousand years.

The Thousand Year Reign of the DNC! Hallelujah!

All superscript used in this post formatted on 1971 IBM Selectric Composer

Trials and Tivos

I’m back from my big hiatus. I was working on a trial, which did indeed go to a jury verdict. We managed to put an embezzling, lying, cheating fraud into about $6MM of debt, and his sidekick got his own $1MM, so I feel pretty good about that. Our clients were two nurses and an airline pilot husband of one of the nurses. The nurses were both Air Force brats and wives, and the husband was a retired Air Force Pilot. They will be getting the company they built back from this fraud, even if they never see the money he owes them. I feel pretty damned good about that.

There was a celebration. It involved, on my part, a lot of beef, several gin and tonics (in deference to our star witness, who substitutes them quite nicely for food) and a lot of wine. It took me several days to recover from that celebration and the fatigue of 300 billable hours in three weeks right off of a Vegas vacation, so that is my excuse for not blogging anything sooner.

I am going right back into another trial on November 1st, but it shouldn’t be as demanding as the one I have been on. I am still working on catching up with my news aggregator, which still shows 1278 unread items. I want to make a big shout out to my shiftless guest bloggers, who haven’t actually posted a single line of text. Way to live up to my expectations, guys!

I want to make one thing perfectly clear:

  • Tivo changed my life.

Before I had Tivo, on the television front, I would just drop off the earth at the start of a trial. Since I have gotten Tivo, I get all my cartoons, Tivo goes out and finds Paintball related shows for me, it records war documentaries for me that I don’t even ask for, and I can keep up with my comedies like Reno 911 and my indulgences like Stargate SG-1 and Andromeda. (That Dylan Hunt is dreeeeamy. That doesn’t make me gay, does it?)

The coolest thing is that sometimes it does stuff I didn’t even know that it does. I was watching Mythbusters, and a commercial came on for the new episode in the middle of it. I saw up in the corner where it said, “Press [the thumbs up key] to Record this Show.” That is the coolest thing I have ever seen Tivo do. I’m guessing that they had to add some sort of signal to the commercial, because I have never seen it do that for anything else, but I did indeed press the thumbs up, and I was able to skip recording a South Park rerun to get the new Mythbusters. That is really, really cool and they should start doing that for every commercial.

I have about 35 Season Passes set up on a 40 hour Tivo. I really need to get a bigger Tivo.

Best. Training. Video. Ever.

I found the German Fork Lift Safety Video.