November 30, 2004

There's a post here that sums up my feelings on faith. Over the weekend at my sisters a discussion started up about God and other religious stuff. I just bit my tongue, tuned it out and started working out an algorithm to a problem in a program I'm working on in my head.

It irritates me to no end that discussions of matters of faith are useless precisely because the parties who have 'faith' are not open to any other alternatives.

Posted by ed at 04:08 PM
November 24, 2004

Why, yes, that is snow you see in my home webcam.


The camera here at work is too crappy to work right in low light.

Posted by ed at 01:11 PM
November 23, 2004
The Workcam

Just in case anyone wonders, the camera I use for the workcam is a crappy USB QuickCam. It doesn't handle natural light well, so getting images from outside my office window isn't something it does well. When the sun is in the right position you would think the earth was being engulfed. Alas, no. It's just a bad camera.

Posted by ed at 01:38 PM
Bad Joke

Vicki just forwarded this one to me. I had to share:

A woman was shopping at her local supermarket where she selected: a
half-gallon of 2% milk, a carton of eggs, a quart of orange juice, a
head of romaine lettuce, a 2 lb. can of coffee, and a 1 lb. package of

As she was unloading her items on the conveyor belt to check out, a
drunk standing behind her watched as she placed the items in front of
the cashier.

While the cashier was ringing up her purchases, the drunk stated, "You
must be single."

The woman was a bit startled by this proclamation. She was, however, a
bit intrigued by the derelict's intuition, since she was indeed single.
She looked at her six items on the belt and saw nothing particularly
unusual about her selections that could have tipped off the drunk to her
marital status.

Curiosity getting the better of her, she said, "Well, you know what,
you're absolutely correct. But how on earth did you know that?"

The drunk replied, "Cause you're ugly."

Here's a related joke Andy sent me:

Woman's standing in line at the store, the drunk guy behind her says "Can I smell your pussy?"
Drunk says "Must be your feet then."

Posted by ed at 01:29 PM
November 12, 2004

There was a lot of frost on the ground this morning. I am not looking forward to winter.

Posted by ed at 03:05 PM
November 07, 2004
Northern Lights

I went outside for a minute to see just how cold it was, when I saw something in the sky. I can't even begin to describe it fully. It was a green glow, that scintillated and moved. It was beautiful. It was amazing. My first view of the Aurora Borealis.

Posted by ed at 06:06 PM
Da Bomb

I am up way later than I intended to be tonight. I started coding and lost track of time. When I finished I was still a bit restless and somehow ended up at this website: It's a historic archive of nuclear testing information, including video footage. It's frightening to watch those old films. They had no idea of the horrors they were unleashing.

Watching old nuke tests is to me what watching a train wreck is to some people. I can't help but be fascinated by the horror of it.

Posted by ed at 02:32 AM

JEFFERSON: ""A little patience, and we shall see the reign of witches pass over,
their spells dissolve, and the people, recovering their true sight,
restore their government to its true principles.

"It is true that in the meantime we are suffering deeply in spirit, and
incurring the horrors of a war and long oppressions of enormous public

"If the game runs sometimes against us at home we must have patience till
luck turns, and then we shall have an opportunity of winning back the
principles we have lost, for this is a game where principles are at

-- Thomas Jefferson, in a letter of 1798, after the passage of the Sedition


(Via Gibson Blog.)

Posted by ed at 01:09 AM
November 03, 2004

I can't help but laugh at this...


Posted by ed at 04:34 PM
Conversation with Oscar

Ed Silva: it's a kinder, gentler fascism!
Oscar Gerardo: not your father's fascism
Ed Silva: heh
Ed Silva: it'd be more funny if it wasn't so true
Oscar Gerardo: true

Posted by ed at 03:36 PM
The rise of American Facism

While I was in California a couple of weeks ago I was staying at my Mom's house. Before going to bed I usually read a book, and I found my Mom's copy of 'The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich'. The parallels between Hitler's rise to power and George W. Bush's were frightening.

Welcome to fascist America.

Posted by ed at 10:51 AM
Choice quote

"In a democracy, people usually get the kind of government they deserve, and they deserve what they get."
- Hunter S. Thompson

Posted by ed at 09:59 AM
November 02, 2004
Election madness

I hate to admit it, but I'm dying for election news. It's really hard to concentrate on work today.

Posted by ed at 03:25 PM
I Voted

For the first time in my life. It was surprisingly easy.

Posted by ed at 09:43 AM
November 01, 2004
Day light saving

It's not even 5:00PM and it's pitch black out. Granted, it is raining, and has been all day, but this is just silly.

Posted by ed at 04:48 PM
Home, circa 2002

This is where Vicki and I live. The image is from 2002. A lot has changed.

Posted by ed at 12:43 PM