Sunday, September 21, 2008

Vote, But Don't Think About It Until Then!

I'm trying not to think about the election. It will happen, I will vote, someone will win. This two year long campaign is too depressing and much too long. Plus, I've realized that I shouldn't get worked up over "those" Republicans. I say "those" because there are a lot of good people who are Republicans and they don't realize that "those" Republicans, the ones behind the party machine, don't care about any given policy. Real people who call themselves republicans care about things, have values, are just as good or bad as anyone else. But the people they vote for, and more importantly, the people behind the elected Republicans, all "those" Republicans care about is winning. At the heart of it, policy doesn't matter. Winning and having power matters. Saying anything, doing anything, lying, whatever it takes to win is all that matters. They know that lying on national TV during something like, let's say, a speech by a Vice Presidential candidate is fine because the corrections won't happen leading the news or be on the front page of Drudge. The lies have an impact and that can't be taken away regardless of what the talking heads say the next day. The bottom line is you can't debate with people like this because anything you say doesn't matter. Nothing matters to people who just want to win, except winning. Whether a policy is effective or not, damaging or not, illegal or not doesn't matter one little bit. If stating that policy in a speech gets votes then it is a good policy. Arguing about it is a waste of energy, thinking about it is a waste of energy because the other side just doesn't care. To win at any cost is all that matters to "those" Republicans. I just wish real Republicans would wake up and realize this. That is why I am trying not to think about the election. Thinking about it just drives me insane.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Hubble Discovers Something New

Something new for scientists to think about via gizmodo, and gizmodo found the story at the Astrophysical Journal.

I'd send you to the journal itself, but most of the articles have titles like, "A Strong Correlation between Circumnuclear Dust and Black Hole Accretion in Early-Type Galaxies".

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Day 2 4:12AM

Almost done at Universal Sports for the day. Off to the hotel soon and then to Reelz Channel at 10AM. 2 shows on the schedule at Reelz and then back to the hotel at 7PM for more sleep and then back to Universal Sports at midnight for more Paralympics coverage. It will continue like this until Saturday at 8AM. Fun!

Day 2 3:40AM I love Hilton Hotels

I didn't get a chance to post yesterday morning. I just want to say that I love Hilton Hotels. After leaving work a little after 6AM I went to the hotel and my check-in karma was working. The lovely people at the Hilton Checkers let me check in early and I was able to get at least 90 minutes of sleep before going to the day job. It made a huge difference in my day. Thank you Hilton.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008


Men's 5000M awards ceremony. Even though at least one runner used more than 1 guide during the race, only 1 guide is used on the victory podium.


More on the Men's 5000M race ... runners can have more than one guide. Makes sense, one guide gets tired and another takes over. Brilliant!


The Mens 5000M race just started at the Paralympics on Universal Sports. The runners are visually impaired and use guides to make their way around the track. What happens if your guide has a bad day and can't keep up with you?


Doing the Paralympics on Universal Sports, live to the internet for the next few nights/early mornings. It should be fun. Tonight is track & field.

Once we are done this morning I will go to the hotel and see if my good check-in karma is working. Better than 50% of the time when I arrive early at a hotel I am able to check-in.


4 Hours Into The Work Week .... What a Start!

I was hoping to do my first post of the week before leaving home or when I arrived here at work. But walking through the door at work I was sat on by "emergencies" (there is a better word, but it isn't coming to me) and am only now able to write something.

I don't want to say this is an odyssey because in no way does it involve literature. More like a mental marathon.

Between Tuesday at 1AM and Saturday at 8AM I will be working 75 hours between 2 jobs in 2 locations. That is out of 103 possible hours. I've gotten myself a hotel room near one of the jobs. We will see how much sleep I am able to get. I hope the hotel gets me at least 3 more hours of rest a day. Hard to say how much sleep I had coming into this. I arrived home at 2AM on Monday, didn't get 8 hours of sleep at that time, but did lay down at least 2 times after that. I can't remember the last day I got 8 hours sleep. I do have a case of Brain Toniq in the car.

Monday, September 1, 2008