It’s a Linky-Dinky Day June 24, 2008Posted by nukemhill in Apple/AAPL, Environment, General Interest, Investing, Politics (Ghahh!), WoT.
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Yet another (in no particular order) collection of links, read and unread:
- Drill Here, Drill Now, Drill Less. American Solutions website (and petition) to ask Congress to lift the moratorium on off-shore drilling. Sign it!
- Interesting white-paper by Intel on the new Quad-Core Xeon processor. Not overly technical. A decent read.
- Smart Energy Views, a blog on energy, how we use it, alternative sources, etc. A somewhat related site: Americans for Prosperity. Calling BS on AGW. Also, Lithium-Ion battery research. Finally, Cringely on SwiftFuel, a potential replacement for ethanol.
- Juan Williams: It’s time for a new Obama race speech. Maybe one that a little more honest and “nuanced”?
- Web Objects Community.
- Heinlein quotes. Amazing stuff. Time to start re-reading him.
- Roughly Drafted article on Snow Leopard. Sounds fascinating. If any company could say “Stop, we’re going to take a year+ off and clean up our code. Oh, and we’re going to give you some under-the-hood enhancements that will blow you away!”, it’s Apple.
- Excel Spreadsheet analysis tools for options.
- Peter Robinson’s “Uncommon Knowledge“. Just watched most of his interview (parts 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5) with Douglas Feith regarding “War and Decision“. I think Robinson was initially perhaps a little too sycophantic towards Feith (although Feith certainly deserves praise for what appears to be an extremely honest and well-documented book). However, Robinson comes down hard on Bush more than once, which was a surprise to me. I think that’s a good thing. Feith is taking questions at NRO.
- Don Surber on McCain’s recent energy announcements. If McCain gets ahead of the curve on this, he wins in November.
- Bostom’s lecture: “Jihad and Islamic Antisemitism“.
- Earmarks by state. Maryland is middle-of-the-road.
Energy Politics June 12, 2008Posted by nukemhill in Politics (Ghahh!), WoT.
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Some musings on a Thursday evening. I was listening to Cramer on the way home this evening (I know, I know. Why?!). He was going on about how he didn’t believe the Saudis wanted oil to be as high as it is ($136.50 according to the Bloomberg website this evening). He voiced the opinion (I was going to say he believes, but I can’t make that assumption) that the Saudis are actually tapping out, and that they really can’t pump any more oil. The basis for his argument is that, because oil is so expensive, we are actively exploring alternative sources for energy, and that it would break the back of OPEC if we actually followed through. The Saudis wouldn’t want that, so they’ll pump more oil if they have it. I think that’s a fair argument, but it may be a little short-sighted.
First, I have heard, rather reliably, that the Congressional committee (which one I can’t remember) that voted on ending the drilling moratorium for our shores and in Montana/Idaho/Wyoming voted on party lines. 14 Republicans for ending the moratorium, 15 Democrats against. That vote happened. It was in the news. What I heard off the record, but from several sources, is that the 15 Dems all recently received campaign contributions from?
The Saudi ruling families.
Hmm. I’m not usually big on conspiracy theories. I always left that to my dad. But this one seems a little too convenient. If they are playing for world domination (Wahabis anyone?), then restricting the oil supply and jacking the prices up makes sense. They’re pulling in 100s of billions of dollars every year on oil revenue. That’s waaaay more than enough to fund their fundamentalist sects around the world, let alone funneling cash to any particular terrorist organization (al Qaeda anyone?) that they want. I’m not about to assert that they’re funding al Qaeda, but I think the circumstantial evidence raises some questions. And they’ve certainly not been friendly with Israel. There’s plenty of evidence that they’ve funded Hamas.
Something to think about. I’m not quite sober at the moment, so maybe I’m just channeling some paranoia at the moment. And this certainly is a theme that deserves more contemplation. Perhaps Stephen Green would be better suited.
Apple Rocks (but you know that!) June 7, 2008Posted by nukemhill in Apple/AAPL.
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Wanna give a big shout-out to Apple. My iPhone went belly-up on me this morning. Suddenly, the touch-screen just stopped responding. Nothing. After trying everything to get it to respond, I finally wacked it against my leg. That partially worked, but I still couldn’t log in to the phone (I have it password protected, and there seemed to be a horizontal strip across one of the number rows that was still unresponsive).
When I got home from coaching my son’s baseball team, I plugged the phone into my Macbook Pro, and reset it. That didn’t work either. So, I went to the Apple Store in Towson. I tried to make an appointment online, but the Genius Bar was completely booked for the day. When I went in, I asked for a standby position, which they gave me. Rather quickly, I was asked up, the genius looked at the phone, excused himself, and came back with a brand new phone in about 2 minutes.
That was it. Swapped the SIM card, handed me the phone, and sent me off. No sweat, no charge, no nothin’.
Love it. Apple does know how to take care of its customers.
I’m very much looking forward to the new iPhone hardware and software announcements on Monday. Yes indeedy.