August 7th, 2006


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I was flipping through the paper yesterday and they made reference to this entry in Scott Adams's blog. Permit me to quote the first part of it:

My favorite conspiracy theory is the one that says the world is being run by a handful of ultra-rich capitalists, and that our elected governments are mere puppets. I sure hope it’s true. Otherwise my survival depends on hordes of clueless goobers electing competent leaders. That’s about as likely as a dog pissing the Mona Lisa into a snow bank.

The only way I can get to sleep at night is by imagining a secret cabal of highly competent puppetmasters who are handling the important decisions while our elected politicians debate flag burning and the definition of marriage.

It’s the only explanation for how the governments of the world could be staffed with morons and yet everything still runs okay, sort of. Granted, things aren’t perfect, but when you hear our leaders talk, you have to wonder why our energy policy doesn’t involve burning asbestos on playgrounds. There must be some competent people pulling the strings behind the curtain, adjusting the money supply, twiddling with interest rates, choosing the winners for American Idol, and that sort of thing.

Pretty much the way I feel about things. Particularly with runoff election day coming up tomorrow in Georgia. I'm going to skip it, just as I skipped the primary a month ago, and just as I'm tempted to skip the general election in November. Hell, if you could actually accomplish something by voting, it'd be made illegal.

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So, I'm still working. I got a call at 2:30 this afternoon from a desperate coworker who needs something installed pronto (she has a class starting Wednesday). The database she's presented me with was 6GB (and this is a TEST database), and it needed to have some data deleted, which brought it down to 5.5GB, which I am now transferring to an FTP site so that I can install it on another server. Thank heaven for zip programs.

Mary and I saw Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby yesterday. It was one laugh after another, starting with the very first scene, which was a quote that the movie attributed'll have to see the movie to find out. OK, it was D-U-M dumb, but dumb is good, as far as I'm concerned. I recommend it highly.

I'm slowly coming to the conclusion that I need a new desktop computer. The one I've had for close to six years now is proving to be inadequate for even the typical applications (Word, Excel, iTunes, etc.) and there's nothing I can do about it. It would be great if I could upgrade the memory, but I've maxed that out already (it will only accept 512MB), and at this point desktops are cheap enough. The only thing that I'm not looking forward to is getting a new computer and having to pull out all of the crap they put on the hard drive, because nine times out of ten you end up uninstalling something crucial, or leaving a bunch of crap on there anyway. I'm thinking that the way to solve that would be to put the Windows installation disk in, have the computer boot to it, format the hard drive and install the operating system over again. Then I can use software to move everything off of the old computer. Does that sound like a reasonable idea? I would actually prefer to have only the operating system installed, or leave the hard drive empty and let me put everything in, but no self-respecting computer company (I'm thinking Dell) would do that, would they? The other option would be to buy a computer with a chassis, motherboard and processor in it and install all of the peripherals myself, but you know, that's just too much work. Anyone have any suggestions?

Looks like my FTP is just about done. Now I get to move it elsewhere. Whee!