Monosyllabic Pedantry

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

The day she snaps

Mrs Schwartz says that, if she ever snaps, she's not going to climb a clock tower with a rifle. She's going to take the jeep to Walmart and mow down all the people that deliberately walk slowly in front of her.

That cracked me up. The thought of her going back and forth, running down the idiots.

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Get Inside Exador's Head!

Ok, so we are making the yearly trek from GA to NY for Xmas. If anyone wants to send me mp3's or iTunes songs, I'll load them into the Ol' iPod for the trip.

Mrs Schwartz needs a break from all my ELO and Neil Diamond.

Send them to exador3 AT yahoo dot com. There's a 10MB limit per email.

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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Barry, Come on

Anybody else think it's silly to have a sign like this? I do. It's like he's playing dress up. That, or it reminds me of a kid making a sign that says, "King of the World".

It's just silly.

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Friday, November 21, 2008

She never liked New York

Have you ever shaken hands with someone who didn't bother to look at you as they lamely held their limp hand out? Where they were so uninterested in meeting you that they just couldn't even be bothered being polite?

That's how Hillary Clinton has treated the people of New York.

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Energy independance

The democrat freefall has begun. That idiot, Waxman (of Beverly Hills) has been elected to run the House Energy and Commerce committee. That'll be great. We can look forward to plenty of moronic global warming BS, further crippling our economy.

Meanwhile, the Fruits and Nuts Mecca, San Fransisco, has announced it's going to be the electric car capital. I'm going to look forward to the video of the EVs running out of juice halfway up those cliffs SF calls streets.

And then, this morning, NPR does a story on electric cars. They point out that the materials for the batteries come from other countries that are arguably even worse than the middle east.
Lithium-ion batteries require large amounts of cobalt, which comes primarily from the war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo, Tibet and Siberia.
Lithium comes from Bolivia.
Lead Acid is still out there, but it doesn't have the energy density, it's heavy, and lead is banned from most products anyway.

All that, and there currently aren't any batteries that will last 100K miles. Nobody says how frequently the batteries will need to be replaced, at what cost, or what environmental impact that will have.

One guy wisely pointed out that governments shouldn't put all their eggs in one technology's basket. That makes sense, except that it's going to be hard to standardize around anything when there is no standard in use. How do you get EV plug-in stations when there are so many Hydrogen cell cars, or ethanol, or whatever else. How much are lithium ion batteries going to cost when half the cars are using nickel metal hydride?

But then again, good luck getting the federal government to NOT try to paint the country with one, broad brush. Standardization is what it does.

Either way, the liberal seem to be right on track to screwing things up.

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Thursday, November 20, 2008

Puppy Update

Susan has the athleticism and drive of a marshmellow. She has never tried to escape the back yard. It's too much work and, as far as she knows, all the food is inside the fence. Because of this, we never bought a second shock collar for the invisible fence. The kit comes with one.
The girls wrestle and play/fight whenever they're in the back yard.

Susan has figured out that SHE can go up against the fence and Janet can't get to her. So now she taunts Janet. They'll bite at each other, and Susan will run for the fence and lean up against it.

Janet is so pissed about this.


Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Big Three CEOs Flew Private Jets to Plead for Public Funds

Unbelievable. You read things like this, and it really makes you want to just say, Fuck them! Let the businesses fail.

All three CEOs - Rick Wagoner of GM, Alan Mulally of Ford, and Robert Nardelli of Chrysler - exercised their perks Tuesday by flying in corporate jets to DC. Wagoner flew in GM's $36 million luxury aircraft to tell members of Congress that the company is burning through cash, asking for $10-12 billion for GM alone.

Wagoner's private jet trip to Washington cost his ailing company an estimated $20,000 roundtrip.

Ford CEO Mulally's corporate jet is a perk included for both he and his wife as part of his employment contract along with a $28 million salary last year. Mulally actually lives in Seattle, not Detroit. The company jet takes him home and back on weekends.

Ford continues to operate a fleet of eight private jets for its executives. Just Tuesday, one jet was taking Ford brass to Los Angeles, another on a trip to Nebraska, and of course Mulally needed to fly to Washington to testify.

GM and Ford say that it is a corporate decision to have their CEOs fly on private jets and that is non-negotiable.

"It appears that the senior management of the automakers simply don't get it."


Friday, November 14, 2008

Switching over to Digital

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Thursday, November 13, 2008

We're like old people

My busted-and-screwed-back-together finger is aching. Mrs Schwartz says her childhood-busted arm is aching too. We can only conclude it is because of the rain hitting Georgia. We're old-people-meteorologists.

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Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Stupid Medical System

I get a prescription for a NSAID, called indomethacin, to treat my gout. Since I don't get very many gout attacks, I don't use the anti-inflammatories very often.
I think the last time I got a bottle was last Christmas. Now I am near the end of it, so I have to call my doctor, leave a message, check back between my doctor and the pharmacy, generally re-call the doctor because the desk monkey didn't bother to do her job, etc, etc.

It's just stupid. Thank goodness I don't really need them. I'd be in trouble.

That's part of the stupidity, though. It's an anti-inflammatory. We're not talking codein here, and we're not talking about antibiotics. I can not think of a reason why NSAIDs are not sold over the counter.

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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

I hate sports coverage

I don't follow any professional sports. I just have no real interest. I really hate that all of media is inundated with sports coverage. TV, radio, the paper; it's everywhere. Sweet Jeebus, people, read a book.

It's all circuses. Devote your time to something that matters. Hell, how about actually playing some of these sports you worship?


Sunday, November 09, 2008

Janet, medium rare

I finished installing the invisible fence around the back yard. Janet has developed quite a knack for escaping the yard. Once she finds a scent, she completely ignores our attempts to get her back.
So we bought the invisible fence. She was definitely not happy about it, poor thing. She got pretty scared and confused, but she started to figure out that she needed to stop when she heard the little warning tone that precedes the shock.
In the long run it will be better for us all, since we'll be able to let her loose in the yard more often.


Don't Question Scripture

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she believes some voters might not have fully understood the initiative, which overturned a state Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage.

I'm not arguing for or against Prop 8. (I'm against) What gets me is that Nancy can't come to terms with the idea that the majority of Californians were for it. They must just be too stupid to understand what they were voting for. Funny how Queen Nancy has no trouble believing that the citizens are stupid.

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Saturday, November 01, 2008

My New Girlfriend

Mrs Schwartz and I went to see Wicked at the Fox theatre. Great Show. The company that performed it was excellent, but the searches that I did brought up the original broadway cast, hence my new girlfriend. This gal, Idina Menzel, can belt out a tune.

If Taye Diggs ever dumps her, she's mine.

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Mrs Schwartz had to get a fancy new phone; a Motorola imitation of the iphone, with the fancy touchscreen and the scrolly software.

The funny part is that she has no idea how to operate it, so she is currently talking to her family on my plain old razor.

HA haaa.

UPDATE: I just got flipped off.

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