Monthly Archives: May 2006

crony capitalism

on the day that porter goss resigned as CIA chief, bush signed a memo allowing the incoming chief, michael hayden, to exempt companies from SEC regulation where matters of national security are involved: A trip to the statute books showed … Continue reading

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connected anywhere on the planet

i spent the last couple of days out in lafayette getting certified as an operator / technician on sea tel’s marine stabilized VSAT antenna. the tech for these dishes is super cool, and i am going to look at the … Continue reading

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bon echo

i have been using the new alpha release of firefox for a couple days now and it is ultra cool. it draws pages really snappily, but the tastiest feature is that it has google suggest built into the search window.

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sad orson welles outtakes

i watched citizen kane again not too long ago. there is quite a contrast between that memory and these outtakes of orson welles attempting to make it through a paul masson commercial.

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moving

we hauled the 48 channel board and the 24 track tape decks out of the basement at minna and loaded them on a uhaul so bret and paul can take them to LA. (pics by paul).

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monumental shift in medicine

as far as i know, merck’s new drug gardasil, just approved by the FDA as a vaccine for the prevention of cervical cancer, is the first vaccine for cancer ever. a prevention for the number 2 cancer killer of women. … Continue reading

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warnings of the world

smoking prevention warnings in some countries are stronger than others. i am an occasional smoker, although in LA last week i was smoking more, being around a bunch of smokers. looking at those warnings, i am considering becoming a less … Continue reading

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change of pace

on the brighter side of things, i am spending a few days hanging out with my mom in ojai, and it is haas avocado season. one of her neighbors brought by two ginormous bags of avocados and oranges (none of … Continue reading

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ultimate spy porn

wired has published a statement from the eff’s key whistle-blowing witness in the class-action lawsuit against at&t. the equipment list seems to indicate that either at&t is really, really concerned about quality of service for the internet as a whole, … Continue reading

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warantless domestic tracking

if you were a gambler, how much would you be willing to wager that the detailed “phone records” database being compiled by the bush administration does not include geotracking of cell phones? Telecom companies and government are not eager to … Continue reading

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