Caillean's Ramblings

30 August 2008

Verdict is: Shooting is fun! ;)

Filed under: gunnie goodness — Elizabeth @ 19:30
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I just got home from shooting with JayG & Bill and it was loads of fun! More later, after I upload all the peektures. :)

Edited to add: Photographic evidence is now up here. I still need to formulate words to describe the fun I had, but I’m to giggly right now to pull it off. Go look at the pretty pictures for now.

PS: JayG, I just can’t help it, I just had to steal your category of gunnie goodness. It’s simply too perfect.

28 August 2008

wow.

Filed under: politics — Elizabeth @ 23:56
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I just watched Barak Obama’s acceptance speech. I’m impressed. Up til this point, he hasn’t impressed me, but after tonight, I’m beginning to think that maybe, just maybe, he can pull off the change he speaks of. Perhaps, just perhaps, if (no, when) Mr. Obama becomes president, there will be an administration in place who’s ideals are not completely foreign to my own, and who actually has the good of the common man and the country in mind. Perhaps, just perhaps, we aren’t completely fucked.

Up until tonight, my cynicism had thoroughly gotten the better of me; having spent the vast majority of my adult life in Massachusetts — one of the most corrupt states in the country — it’s hardly surprising. Until tonight, I was convinced Mr. Obama was just another pie-in-the-sky dreamer, spouting pretty words, hopes and dreams, with no realistic idea of how to make them reality nor any grasp of the work and struggle needed to do so. After tonight’s speech, I’m far more confident he understands how enormous a task it will be to accomplish even a fraction of the change he desires to bring to our country. Tonight, as he annihilated McCain with his own words, he finally seemed to have grown into the office he’ll be elected to in November. I finally felt like I was watching a great leader, the likes of which I’ve never seen (alive) in American politics.

I’m hopeful. I’m actually hopeful about the future of this country and our leadership. I haven’t been hopeful about either in a very very long time. I had given up. I was convinced there was no good fight left to fight. After tonight, I’m not quite so sure that’s true, and it feels good.

Whee!

Filed under: geek — Elizabeth @ 22:00
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Heather dragged me contra dancing tonight, and it was fun!  Exhausting, and hot, but fun.  There’s a contra dance every Thrusday night in Concord. I think I’m going back!

I’m glad the partners I had put up with my complete and utter clumsiness and inability to tell left from right.  I had a lot of fun.  It was also very dizzying.

26 August 2008

Via AccordionGuy: Lies spread by Pissed off Clinton Supporters.

Filed under: politics — Elizabeth @ 14:27
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Via AccordionGuy on twitter: Lies spread by Pissed off Clinton Supporters.

Oh, will the RAMPANT dishonesty never end?  Stupid bitch, just say you’d never vote for a black man and get it overwith.  Scumsucking, toad-licking lowlife.

No, Obama’s NOT Muslim.  He didn’t got to a madrassa, just take a quick peek at snopes, forget actually reading a credible news source!

[R]eporting by CNN in Jakarta, Indonesia and Washington, D.C., shows the allegations that Obama attended a madrassa to be false. CNN dispatched Senior International Correspondent John Vause to Jakarta to investigate.

He visited the Basuki school, which Obama attended from 1969 to 1971.

“This is a public school. We don’t focus on religion,” Hardi Priyono, deputy headmaster of the Basuki school, told Vause. “In our daily lives, we try to respect religion, but we don’t give preferential treatment.”

Amazing robotics.

Filed under: geek,science — Elizabeth @ 11:22
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I didn’t post this when I ran across it months ago, though I was definitely enthralled.  JayG’s post yesterday about the exoskeleton being developed in Haifa that’s enabling paraplegics to walk with crutches spurred my memory.

BoingBoing had a post about the Neruobotics talk given at The New Yorker Conference this past May.    Yoky Matsouka, who is the director of the neurorobotics lab @ UWashington, gives an amazing presentation about the fledgling field of neurobotics.  Neurobotics is the intersection of robotics, neuroscience, and prosthetics.  I’m completely facinated.  It’s things like this that make me wish I’d been a bit more adventurous in college, cause I’d LOVE to get my fingers in it now.

23 August 2008

Annnd… Biden for Dem. VP candidate!

Filed under: politics — Elizabeth @ 7:50
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I’m thrilled Obama picked Biden.  Biden’s going to add long experiance in national politics, strength in foreign relations and national security.  He was my inital pick back at the beginning of the primaries.  Also his son, who is a Captain in the National Guard is being delpoyed to Iraq in October.

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I think Biden brings stability and experiance to a ticket I feared would be flighty and know to be inexperianced.  I was thinking he’d get the Sec. State position, but VP I’m quite happy about.

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Telegraph.co.uk article.

New York Times article announcing the choice.

New York Times Op-Ed pro-Biden from before the announcement.

BBC article. CNN article. MSNBC article.

22 August 2008

Grow plastic in a plant? You can now!

Filed under: geek,science — Elizabeth @ 15:59
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Scientists at the MA biotech company, Metabolix, have figured out how to grow their bioplastic in the leaves of modified switch grass! This competely bypasses the need for polymerization, which is a very expensive and poluting step in the production of plastics, whether they originate from fosil fuels or from renewable resources.  This is revolutionary!   To make plastic all you need to do is grind up the switchgrass and removed the plant mater.  Voila! you’ve got plastic, just heat and shape!

19 August 2008

Pandora radio may fold due to lack of money.

Filed under: geek,music — Elizabeth @ 9:25
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http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20080818-pandora-cant-make-money-may-pull-the-plug.html

This is sad to hear.  Pandora is an amazing music service.  Bill * I were just talking the other day trying to figure out how they manage to keep afloat w/ free service.  Well, that answers that.  They can’t.  Too bad.  Hopefully something can be done to yank Pandora out of the red and out of impending doom.

18 August 2008

New Blog!

Filed under: Family — Elizabeth @ 21:55

Bill just made a new blog yesterday!  Check it out!

The Eclectic One

6 August 2008

new story

Filed under: geek — Elizabeth @ 23:43
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One of my favorite authors had a new short story published on tor.com today.    I’ve loved everything I’ve read of Cory DoctorowLoved the latest novel, Little Brother.  I’ll go into that another time.

Today, The Things That Make Me Weak and Strange Get Engineered Away was published on Tor.  Yet another interesting and geeky vignette.  Hardcore geeks as monks, sequestered from the world.  Interesting read, go give it a try.

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