Late weekend round up: Daywatch , shopping, Rula Bula Tempe

Posted In Culture-internet,Family by Haltse Monday June 25, 2007

 Ok ,  well it was a trying weekend for  quite a few personal and professional reasons. First up .. Rula Bula   an Irish pub, it was next to the theater that would be showing our movie for the afternoon.  Place, like Tempe was dead at 1330 on the kind of day St Patrick would be outside  shouting about reptiles. The ones smarter than him  that had left that godforsaken isle by never going there:)  Anyway  they did have cider but  not on draught and certainly you could taste the storage mechanism..  boo. Their fish and chips though are pretty damn good, reasonably priced  but the  rest of the fare is the usual let’s attach cute names to food and find a tenuous link back to the old country ( their’s not mine).    No black pudding on a menu.. sorry  you’re not Irish anything at that stage.

Movie was  part dva of a Russian trilogy called Daywatch which  takes the perennial G vs E  ( I miss that show) storyline but set in contemporary Russian ( mainly Moscow) which is a nice change.  I should talk more about it later since there’s a nice cross between the Matrix, LOTR with much that’s missing from the US variants which  have G and have E and  apart from those turned or twisted, you know excused from responsibility, you pretty much stay in the camp you came in with.  

Prior to this we’d been to Helmet Harbor  to peruse safety gear for the bike,   wallet got into quite a collision here.  I left with nothing other than  proof that at  least two helmets fit me,  both not available in white ergo no sale made. I don’t mind  buying locally to keep people going but I’m not going to drive 20 miles to not find it  and then order it to go back.The alternative is     getting it $20 cheaper with  no tax online + $6  saved on gas mmm no brainer.

Sunday:  little work, lots of Dobh and then off to another bike shop that was   open on a Sunday,  seemingly they don’t read their website ūüôĀ

How stoned to you have to be to teach a concept while denying it? Another ominous parallel. (Advocacy for changing laws prohibited for students)

Posted In Culture-internet,reality,state gone wild,You have nothing to fear by Haltse Monday June 25, 2007

Seemingly the cognitive dissonance of being taught free speech while being prevented from exercising it is quite interesting. Slice , slice ,slice.

Of course, there are those who do not want us to speak. I suspect, even
now, orders are being shouted into telephones and men with guns are
racing to this station. But regardless of what weapons they try to use
to effect silence, words will always retain their power. Words are the
means to meaning, and for some, the annunciation of truth. And the
truth is, there is something terribly wrong with this country.

V, via Moore, Via Hollywood.

Court limits student speech in ”Bong Hits 4 Jesus” case

Schools may prohibit student expression that can be interpreted as advocating drug use, Chief Justice John Roberts wrote for the court in a 5-4 ruling.

Icky Thump lad those stripes are just the thing to elevate a foul mood.

Posted In Culture-internet by Haltse Friday June 22, 2007

And the best part of the day.   Now I can’t wait till it’s daylight to appreciate this at the  volume I believe it requires to breathe properly.

I don’t think there’s another drummer in the world I have a crush on  ( Yes I know about the bangles)

Icky Thump from the White Stripes is  n ur earz smashn yer erxpectashuns!

Greetings from the White Stripes

Oh boy has it been a long while since I had a bitter coded post to write.

Posted In Family,rants by Haltse Friday June 22, 2007

I was physically sick today on three occasions and that was the highlight of my work day. Events that I had forewarned came to pass and like all the best kinds of warning  the messenger gets it in the neck.      I am  of course responsible for raising this on several occasions, had presaged , to the DAY, when the hit pieces would take place and  then had to suffer through continual restatement of a minor case that’s akin to a person having their  Ford Focus replaced by a Mercedes but the tanks a couple of gallons shy so they are really unhappy and won’t wait till next week to get a top up.

Going to repeat that I, woke up , threw up x 3 , and while it’s probably ill advised to do that again it’s based on  a genuine desire to see us succeed  and knowing that the amount of flack headed for those covering my absence wasn’t something I’d wish on them.  Also I’m close to a toilet at work , and I has mah  bukket  handy.

The worst part , The extra hours all get lumped on my team while, due to having families ,they ( you know them!)  can’t possibly work at the weekend. Well fuck you very much.  I hate having to have the kid in daycare  longer than is necessary, or at Grandparents more than  twice month since we get One day a week together with him and people that get in the way of that are certainly not on my happy tree friends list.

Seemingly my willingness to cover the work was “dumping the kid” and that’s the point  I didn’t attempt to insert the entire MSDN catalog sideways up his arse even though I was happily entertaining that.   Well jeez,  everyone of my team has kids  and seem to be quite attached to them yet somehow that’s ok that we should be penalized.
 

Let’s blame firewater for bad behaviour.. how ab original an idea.. Aussie double plus ban.

Posted In media,political,state gone wild by Haltse Thursday June 21, 2007

BBC NEWS | Asia-Pacific | Alcohol banned in Aborigine areas

Australia is to ban alcohol and pornography in Aboriginal areas in the Northern Territory in a bid to curb child sex abuse.

News from the fatal shore where it looks like the state has decided that other as a  photo op for tourist brochures their respect they have little use for the earliest Aussie settlers as anything other an experimental playground for social control,  a fitting phrase since it’s “for the children.”

One was about to feel sorry for them when this gem came up re the states plan  to not hand out money unless it was used to clothe and educate family members and tie it to good behaviour.

some Aboriginal leaders immediately attacked the plan as “disgusting and
paternalistic”, saying they were not consulted and that they objected
to restrictions on how indigenous people spend their welfare benefits.

That indigenous people have  benefits is rather amusing , about as amusing as everyone that gets money from welfare being held to the same standard which I am sure would be slightly more ethical  but not so hot for winning  votes in   their upcoming “advanced auction of stolen goods”  Curious as to why the symptoms are being addressed rather than the philosophical underpinnings  of a culture that’s selling it’s children for  drink.  Sadly work is too hectic to speculate on their true motivation:D

WTF you mean I have to sit my licence

Posted In Dobhran,Family,General,sv650 by Haltse Wednesday June 20, 2007

WTF you mean I have to sit my licence

WTF you mean I have to sit my licence,
originally uploaded by haltse.

He was in such a good mood tonight was the wee one. He was not in a good mood when he had to depart the bike I think he knows this thing is fun already.

Cleaning up. Changed hosts, lost a year..:D

Posted In blogging,Work by Haltse Wednesday June 20, 2007

A frustrating time migrating a blog from my old host ICD soft to Godaddy.com was had by all, ok was had by me:) Since the max fileupload¬† in the php.ini¬† is 2mb and the DB max upload is 2mb from the same limitation¬† I had the split WordPress’ backup into pieces and then load them independently . In short 2005 will be back soon:)

Meantime the odd missing link/ image is being chased down but I have work to do getting another blog out the door rather than this one.. ūüôā

Happy Squeaks an Otterpup in Japan.

Posted In Culture-internet,reality by haltse Monday June 18, 2007

This is the voice of the otter   cuteness alert from Japan 

A whole otter love | Video | Reuters.com

Next to security theater the next thing I detest is Auto purchase theater. Our attempt to buy a motorcycle at Town and Country Motorsports.

Posted In Arizona,Bad CS,Erin,Family,motorcycle by haltse Saturday June 16, 2007

This isn’t car purchase theater but it involves wheels and salespeople so it’s about the same thing.  Erin’s convinced that the way to save money on her commute is to acquire a motorcycle and reap the lovely lovely  rewards of 50mpg returns for the gas dollar.  It’s also massively hot outside and for some reason she wants to be a speedy baked potato.   So that being said let’s look at the bikes that fit her and he short inside seam.

Suzuki Sv650, Katana, GS500  and Kawasaki’s 650 ninja ( just ask it) and everything else  would need  a drop kit or surgery for her to work.  So  we kinda have a limited range of choice and these are mostly good sensible choices.  The Gs500 is a little too sedate and  it’s   the kind of woman you’d sleep with if none of your friends found out.   In the end the SV has the best features/ price mix and we found one at  Town & Country Motorsports on Arizona Ave in Chandler. Last years model discounted $1700 and  all in all it was worth having a discussion on whether we buy it or not. ( I want to ride it too and my last bike was in the same class and a boat load  of fun)   We went to lunch, called the dealer and this is where it started to go downhill.  Wouldn’t give a price over the phone which to me is just odd.  “Hey I want to bring a cashiers check / cash to buy a bike  how much?” Sorry   can’t tell us..  unless we go back..

We went back.  The out the door price on the bike priced at $4499 on the floor was $6150  which included the usual doc fee poop  delivery and then setup fee.  Too high, so buying theater starts.  They want to see that I have a credit card so they can show it to their boss to show we’re into buying the bike.. HA fucking HA  Sorry I called them on mind games, referenced a book on the subject and suggested that we forgo the bullshit and  give an answer to our offer.  Well the offer we made was +$100 for home delivery  ( we’re both sitting our licenses in July , in the heat because  you can add Scots and wherever the fuck Erin’s from  to the list of things out in the midday sun.)  Offer came back as accepted as the price that had delivery included   to one, that didn’t and I think we had to clarify that that point with them. At this time   the game was over,  and the salesguy told that for the sake of $100 they’d lost the sale and that we’re leaving.  Erin rather enjoyed the look on his face because I’ve  just fucking had it with people that can’t deal honestly with me.  By all means tell us that it’s not reasonable offer and  either sell us something else or part on good terms , we may be back to buy something larger, faster more expensive:D  Idiots. 

But no , somehow the idea that  I can’t find out what the price is , nor the finance options or sample figures for  payments/time of loan is piss poor customer service and I can only surmise that bike shops are not hurting for sales. 

The religion of peace meets protection by the state.. One can only guess at the results

Posted In Demon Haunted World,JBT,reality,state gone wild,You have nothing to fear by haltse Saturday June 16, 2007

Seemingly the special units are needed because the average day to day policeman in the UK  has no interest in upholding their oath, boy do I know that feeling:)   These fucks need to either get out of the 15thC  or come up with their own version of the Springer show to resolve these matters.

Special units to crack down on honour killing | Society | SocietyGuardian.co.uk

The changes come after Banaz Mahmod, a 20-year-old Kurd, was murdered by her father and uncle because they disapproved of her boyfriend who was not a strict Muslim and was not of their tribe.

She was found dumped in a suitcase, with the shoelace used to kill her around her neck. She had repeatedly told police her family were trying to kill her. In one instance where she had escaped from her father, she was not taken seriously, and described as melodramatic and manipulative by an officer who interviewed her.

Water .. water everywhere? and not a brain to think. More TSA Bullshit for daring to fly while parent

Posted In JBT,reality,state gone wild by haltse Friday June 15, 2007

On the whole people still are incredulous that I have a problem flying with the little one,

Update As usual all is not what it seems and here’s a post from Bruce Scneier’s blog with the “rest of the story…” I’m still not on the TSA’s side since most cases of BS only occur after a situation is created by “security theater” and ultimately a defense of “oh now look what you made us do” isn’t going to fly, much like anyone that has the nerve to challenge their “public” servants. In otherwords they can both be jerks:D

The incident started when Monica, who left the Secret Service to raise a family, was stopped while going through airport security because there was water in her son’s sippy cup. The sippy cup was seized by TSA. Monica wanted the cup back because the sippy cup was the only way her son would drink — and it was a long flight between Washington, DC and Reno, Nevada where she was going for a family reunion. If you’ve ever had a toddler you understand about sippy cups.

The good news is crap like this keeps happening and may lead to something really interesting in the future.These TSA people are community members too, I mean they have power in one little area of the world but hey there’s nothing that says we need to interact with them at any other time:) You know fix their cars, repair their house make really nice food:) More people have been terrorised , and if you don’t think that a threat to being tossed in jail and having your kid removed isn’t terrorism you have problems I can’t address presently, by these “experts” that have next to no accountability and yet 200 people will stand idly by and watch this abuse just grateful it’s not them.. Shit film this turn it into black and white and you could use this as a propaganda film against the enemy.. amazing what can go wrong in sixty years.. amazing.

Hell’s Kitchen A lovely protected class free workplace . We need one of these shows for coders.

Posted In Bad CS,Culture-internet,reality by haltse Monday June 11, 2007

Ah, I found a TV show that¬† could be classified reality that I enjoy on many levels.¬† Once is¬† seeing what happens when¬† self esteem hits realization that feeling good about yourself¬† doesn’t get a meal anywhere.¬† Having seen a lot of Gordon Ramsey and trying out quite a few of his recipes,with good success,¬† I let Fox be my distraction for a couple of hours.¬†

FOX Broadcasting Company: Hell’s Kitchen

In other news.¬†¬† Motorcycle shops in Phoenix are¬† possibly the shittiest customer service experience going.¬†¬† Only one of the shops we went to took the time¬† to talk to us the others¬† didn’t answer questions,¬† or approach us and¬† while Erin has theories re our attire¬† being “not serious” enough for bike shopping¬† I can’t get over¬† the Hyosung¬† dealer on Cave Creek road in Phoenix¬† AZdesertsports.com¬† wandering off to help another person, then another and not replying to questions re the offer on the site ( which doesn’t work in Firefox) for a $4200 model¬† which they were so so keen to¬† go look up.. not!¬†¬† Shit we drove to the store , asked about a specific model / deal¬† you think.. DO YOU THINK¬†¬† that maybe we’d be interested in buying the¬† fucking thing?¬† Well not from those guys.¬†¬†¬† The more of this shit I encounter the less I think that there’s such a thing as excellent customer service in any non ultra specialized area¬† it’s just that¬† adequate cs is getting so rare that what should be the norm..¬† isn’t.

Boo hoo cry me a river Abusive lenders upset at other abusive lenders (One’s the government, the other regulated by…

Posted In Edukashun,state gone wild by haltse Monday June 11, 2007

Having seen to much BS re how the DOE handles people with student loan issues, allows them to be sold , and resold and  so on  , often adding about  $1500 in transfer fees  I  find it hard to believe that private companies are any worse than the state sanctioned  “abuse” that goes on.  Guess who the state uses to chase up the delinquencies on their safe happy loans? 

Of course it makes for better citizens if you have so much debt that escape from mainstream  cube or office decay looks impossible , you may need the state to save you from ..well you’re the state;) yourself.   You don’t need a degree and $50k in debt to work that one out.

NY official: Private college loans marked by abuses – CNN.com

Rampant abuses by lenders have followed a boom in higher-priced college loans not guaranteed by the government, and lax federal oversight has made the situation worse, New York’s attorney general said Wednesday.

Seemingly you can copyright a building. Church of England’s holier than thou- bs

Posted In Culture-internet,pat,rants,reality by haltse Saturday June 9, 2007

Fun story,  C of E has decided that suing Sony over depicting the only real thing the Churches have in an unrealistic way..  Irony?

BBC NEWS | UK | England | Manchester | Cathedral row over video war game

“Resistance: Fall of Man is a fantasy science fiction game and is not based on reality.

Please not to be shooting in the home of the little baby Jesus, K thx 

Bai

24 24 hours a day I wanna be infected MS catches a cold with Live Onecare

Posted In Culture-internet,reviews by haltse Thursday June 7, 2007

Looks like this thing couldn’t catch a cold in the artic while wearing a wet woolen bra and an icicle dildo…

Microsoft OneCare Bombs Out In Antivirus Test – WinPlanet Windows Software Reviews

Microsoft’s Windows Live OneCare antivirus software came in dead last in an evaluation of 17 antivirus programs in the AV Comparatives Web site’s bi-annual software roundup. It runs its on-demand tests every February and August to test how well antivirus software detects known threats.

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