Sunday, January 07, 2007

A new beginning

Well, its a new year. Time to put the last year's date on all those cheques.

I'm putting the last touches on cleaning out the old lab, and have been lucky enough to find myself invited to teach a couple of biology classes for non majors at my old college. It doesn't pay well, but it will make for some good experience, and I hope that it will be fun. I also am going back to school to get an MPH (Masters of Public Health). I have to say, that after a good five years out of the classroom, I'm looking forward to returning. One of the textbooks is a bit bigger than I would have liked, but such is life.

That said, I'm also looking at moving the blog over to another system, adding some more blogs on the science side, some 9/11 myth debunking sites, etc. Hopefully, I should be back to writing up some entries in the next few days, maybe posting some pics from our vacation, at least after I have my syllabus written up. Until then, best wishes.

by Robster @ 1/07/2007 07:24:00 PM PERMALink

Thursday, December 07, 2006

If I had a little brother

This has to be one of the funniest things I have seen in a while. So glad the kid had a helmet.

by Robster @ 12/07/2006 05:02:00 PM PERMALink

Monday, December 04, 2006

New 9/11 Pentagon footage

New footage of the impact of Flight 77 with the Pentagon on 9/11/01 has been released.

Of course, it was met with great fanfare from the conspiracry theory groups, claiming that there was no plane. One of the biggest problems is that eyewitnesses, ignored or misquoted by conspiracy theorists (including a friend of mine) saw a plane hit the pentagon that morning. It was a commercial airliner. The conspiracy could either be a massive, international, intercontinental, tangled web or a confederacy of dunces in DC fucked up and a bunch of terrorists pulled off an attack because of lax airport security and dumb luck.

Why keep the films out of the public realm for so long? Why let out the least visually useful ones first?

They witheld them so they wouldn't end up on Qaeda recruiting films. The thought that a handful of goons from Nowhere, Saudi Arabia could strike the heart of the most powerful nation's military is bad enough. Video would have been a major propaganda coup. Letting it out years after the fact, insignificant piece by piece, reduces the impact. A simple explanation, needing no massive hidden plot.

They could actually be investigating CACI, Titan, Blackwater, etc., but they chase a plane that crashed five years ago, and people saw it happen. Go looking for the real scandals and conspiracies. Like why our emergency forces don't have radios that can talk to each other. Why sky marshals have to wear suits and sit in certain seats. Why a bottle of mouthwash is an international threat. Who hasn't protected out ports for the last decade.

If you think you are a threat the the government by pushing conspiracy theories, you are deluded. The real threat is if you look into the real corruption and failures.

by Robster @ 12/04/2006 10:29:00 PM PERMALink

Friday, November 10, 2006

Friday Primus

Tommy the Cat

Say it BABY!

by Robster @ 11/10/2006 03:14:00 PM PERMALink

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Happy days!

Updated! Now with 50% more snark!

A gouple gems from My Confined Space.
First, Pelosi is feelin teh power!

And Rummy is already letting himself go...

And Santorum's family, well, what can I say. It can't be easy finding out that 59% of people in the state that you don't really live in think your dad is full of, ummm, santorum. Seriously, I feel for her. Being the child of a far right has been won't be easy. Maybe she and her doll need matching hoodies.

OK, I know, I'm goin to hell for that one.

I have to say that taking the House wasn't that big of a surprise. That we have a good chance to take the Senate isn't that surprising either.

But this little bit of news is freaking me out. In a very good way.
Donald Rumsfeld resigning, according to the AP.

Update: Bush just announced that Robert Gates, the CIA Director under Bush 41, will replace Rumsfeld.

Holy Shiznits!

And in honor of him, One of Rumsfeld's favorite bands singing his favorite song.

OK, so I don't know if Rummy is big on German metal, but this song was on my rotation for level soundtracks in Quake and Unreal when I was big on FPS games. My wife always joked that when she heard this piece, she replaced the word Rammstein with Rumsfeld in her mind. It really makes for a post apocalyptic nightmare (Iraq?) when you read the lyrics that way...

Just for clarification, I think that Rummy is more incompetant and heartless idealist than sadist warmonger.

by Robster @ 11/08/2006 01:24:00 PM PERMALink

Monday, October 23, 2006


Back next week. Very busy.

by Robster @ 10/23/2006 09:19:00 AM PERMALink

Friday, October 13, 2006

Friday Primus

Phantom Patriot

Les Claypool, Of Whales and Woe, Prawn Song Records

I searched long and hard to the right bit of Claypool for today. Would it be Primus, Frog Brigade, C2B3, or his solo project, Of Whales and Woe?

I thought about Tommy the Cat, almost went with it, but this new piece just kicks ass, and not all that is bass slapping is Primus.

by Robster @ 10/13/2006 04:08:00 PM PERMALink