October 15, 2006
Okay, so I'm not at all coherent right now. It's about 1am - I just got home about 45 minutes ago and I can't really think... okay I can't normally think - but I'm in a nearly total comatose state right now.
Two posts coming up... one will be on why you should never EVER travel with me in your group. The other will be about an incredibly awesome group of people. Many more links will be going up on my sidebar under Bloggers I've Met - YAY!!! Maybe even pictures (if they turned out).
But now I'm off to bed, where it's unlikely I'll sleep because I had 5 shots of espresso at O'Hare while I was waiting for my delayed flight to leave. Heh.
October 12, 2006
Kudos to Gabriel Resources and anyone else who put up money so that the poor who are most effected by this, have a voice.
Anyone who says that poor people are happy people should immediately forfeit everything they own and live in abject poverty.
Hat Tip: Tim Blair
October 10, 2006
Just think of the trauma caused by witnessing Madeline Albright's skirt ripping... the humanity!
October 05, 2006
When darling daughter went to buy a wedding dress, we were shocked to learn that the dress would be a size 10. Since she generally hovers between a size 2 and 4... this was quite the unexpected jump. Not that either of us cared about it, it was just something to giggle over because it sounded so absurd. All we could think of was... how tiny do you have to be to get into THEIR size 2?
As I commented at Bou's, the only thing I worry about is the look of what I'm buying. It would be pretty stupid of me to try to squeeze myself into something and end up looking like a stuffed sausage, just because the number on the tag is something I like... After all, unless you leave tags hanging on your clothes, no one knows what size you wear. My real concern is that no rolls of fat show...and it doesn't look like something my mother (who is 84) would wear or even something my daughter would wear for that matter. As far as I'm concerned, the size number is only something to help me find the approximate area in the store where I might find clothes that fit. Other than that I have no use for it.
My sister is an entirely different story.
She had a friend who was getting married at around the same point in time when I was doing wedding dress stuff for my daughter. She was going to be a bridesmaid and had to go to a local wedding shop to order her dress. She was absolutely freaked out when they told her the size dress she needed. She got totally pissed off and told them they were just trying to make money by getting something too big that would need lots of alteration. She threw a fit and told me "I made them order my size"... the size she named was smaller than the size I currently wear (a size I've been in for YEARS). I was gaping because she's more than a bit bigger around than I am... but I didn't say anything because... well, what do you say to that? Silence is golden in these cases.
Later when I was at the wedding dress store with my daughter doing a fitting, I asked the woman what they do about people like my sister. She told me - wedding dress makers (who also do bridesmaids dresses and the like) use very very old sizing charts - from at least 50 years ago if not older. So, when someone throws a fit, insisting that this can't possibly be right, some of the good stores will order the dress in the necessary size to fit the measurements, then remove the tag when the dress comes in. The person tries on the dress, it fits (or needs minimal alteration) and the person goes out happy, thinking they've gotten "their size"...
It's quite obvious to me, that's what the shop did for my sister, or she wouldn't have had a dress to wear - if she could have managed to get it over her hips (very doubtful) it would never have zipped. For that matter - the size she wanted wouldn't even have fit me - no matter how much I might squeeze to get into it.
I do use my clothes as a guide to whether or not I'm gaining too much weight. After all, if I outgrow something, I have to make an effort to go buy something else - not my idea of fun. I also have way too many other things on my mind to be worried about a number on a tag especially when it comes to specialty wear. But it does provide blog fodder... this is a good thing.
While you're there, stop and read... it's more than worth your time.
October 02, 2006
But it's the 3rd book that brought about this post.
A few weeks ago when we had our blogmeet in Cambridge, Richard Landes was talking about the beginnings of the internet. He couldn't believe it was something that was encouraged by the military because it's so very decentralized. (the military being an organization who likes to keep tabs on everything as much as possible and have full control).
This brought to mind a book I read years ago called Casting the Net: From ARPANET to INTERNET and Beyond by Peter H. Salus. I read it about the time it first came out in 1995 and enjoyed it very much. Even for non-techie people, you can skim the tech bits and not lose too much in the skimming. He starts back in the 1940's and works his way forward to show how many threads came together (along with a number of brilliant people) to develop the Internet.
It's easy to forget the Cold War and all the technology it drove. Now days the Cold War seems rather quaint. We've forgotten how immediate the USSR (and to a lesser extent China) threat was back then. Add to this the very real fear of bomber attacks against the US. Not to mention a significant act of real sabotage involving communication towers out in Utah. You can see how this would jolt the DoD into finding ways to be absolutely certain that communications could not be cut off in the event of an attack. When survivability is at stake, it's amazing the things that can be accomplished.
One of the funny stories I ran across near the beginning of the book involves a Massachusetts company (BBN) that was awarded the first big contract to set up a network. The idea was to set up what were called IMP's or Interface Message Processors. These IMP's would talk to each other across the network and then translate those messages into something the big computers behind them could understand and vice versa. This was "the big event" it took the theory and put it to the test.
As Salus put it "When he heard that an ARPA contract had been awarded to a corporation in his constituency, the junior senator from Massachusetts, Edward Kennedy, sent a telegram to BBN congratulating them, in the spirit of "ecumenism" on winning the contract for the "Interfaith Message Processor"."
(okay, so I'm a geek, I thought it was hysterical)
In any event, it's an all around good story, not to mention being true. There is poetry, technology, and business...
Sadly for Al Gore, his name never arises.
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