Archive for April 18, 2009

Susan Boyle: I see bad things coming

Posted: April 18, 2009 by datechguy in opinion/news
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Wonderful story not withstanding and wise insights acknowledged why do I get the feeling that the media is just waiting for the chance to crash and burn on this lady?

She has a strong faith so that will help her cope when it happens but I have the awful feeling that the press can’t wait for her to fail. Maybe I’m cynical but I think the strong faith is one of the reason why for some he MUST fail.

All I can think of is the song Mr. Tanner. I sure hope I’m wrong.

Arrugh doubly so

Posted: April 18, 2009 by datechguy in opinion/news
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Don’t get me wrong the Nato commando’s freeing the hostages is a wonderful thing but Capturing the pirates and then LETTING THEM GO:

NATO Lieutenant Commander Alexandre Fernandes, speaking on board the Portuguese warship Corte-Real, said the 20 fishermen were rescued after a Dutch navy frigate on a NATO patrol responded to an assault on a Greek-owned tanker by pirates firing assault rifles and grenades…

…He said the hostages had been held since last week. The commandos briefly detained and questioned the seven gunmen, he told Reuters, but had no legal power to arrest them.

“NATO does not have a detainment policy. The warship must follow its national law,” he said.

“They can only arrest them if the pirates are from the Netherlands, the victims are from the Netherlands, or if they are in Netherlands waters.”

That’ll put the fear of God into them. Hot Air says it best:

Sweden was tougher on The Pirate Bay this week than NATO was on actual pirates.

I just can’t wrap my head around this.

What a difference a laugh track makes

Posted: April 18, 2009 by datechguy in fun
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At least that’s what I thought after watching Red Dwarf back to earth online.

It had some decent parts and some really good lines. I thought the interaction between the crew and the public was a bit odd, but then again perhaps the British public is very different with their stars than we are.

Only the really funny jokes rose to the top to make me laugh, the others sort of bounced off. It was a lot like the McHales Navy movie from the mid 60’s. It was funny but the lower end jokes, without the help of a laugh track just didn’t do it.

If you are a fan It is incumbent on you to see it, if not start with the actual season one and move forward or you will find it lame.

Oh and BTW someone on Youtube took two scenes and added a laugh track to them. Once you have finished watching the show, watch this and compare. You will find the laugh track really makes a difference.

Life is good but busy

Posted: April 18, 2009 by datechguy in employment, personal
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Sorry about the lack of posting today, but as Glenn would say I’ve been busy having a life, and a lot of good has been happening:

The oldest got his first car. (My 88 year old aunt flunked her eye test and gave it to him. Michael Graham will be cheering that she is off the road.)

He also got a Son’s of Italy scholarship, that will take care of books and the like.

The youngest has been doing well both in school and with his girl and I’m pleased to say some rather responsible decisions have been made and discussed by him.

A good prospect has come up that might mean employment next month.

And you know what, just sitting here at the computer and watching the wife in the next room. 21 years hasn’t made her any less cute.

What more could a guy ask from life than all that?

In the end political moves can annoy me how can they make things bad when I’ve got all that going for me?

And that doesn’t even count the friends. Some of them are very far left, but as far as I’m concerned they are all right with me. I wouldn’t trade them for a two term Palin presidency!