Another thumbs up for Yemen…

I swear, every time I read something about someone who has actually gone to Yemen, they read exactly like this article does. Rick gave me some more government warnings about “imminent terrorist activity” in Yemen. They give the same warnings for just about every country in the middle east. I still put more weight on first hand accounts than speculative, vague reports…

Isaac

Watching TV tonight

Saw a couple episodes of Mythbusters. Discovery channel was having some sort of marathon or something. They were fun (as always) but I gotta commend Discovery on their spots for “The Most Dangerous Catch” or whatever its called. They had a boy’s choir singing “Sloop John B.” while showing what looks like one of the worst jobs I can think of. Good stuff.

Saw another lame episode of Ghost in the Shell 2nd gig. There was one thing that caught my attention though… The main character is a fully prosthetic woman that is, shall we say, built for speed. She rescues a youngish boy, maybe 13 or 14 by the looks of him. She towers over him and he certainly acts like a kid. He is enamored with the idea of going fully prosthetic in the future, so he asks her lots of questions about it. They end up sharing a bed in a hotel and just before they go to bed he says, “So when you’re fully prosthetic, can you still have sex?” To which the Major (wearing only a skimpy pair of panties) replies, “Care to find out?” Whoa! The kid declines the offer, but it wasn’t what I was expecting… That’s pretty risque, even for a late night show. Too bad the rest of the show wasn’t as edgy or even interesting. Wonder why they’d put that in there, I’m pretty sure the Major is a lesbian, its very confusing… Who knows, maybe they’ll give her character a little more three dimensionality in the coming programs…

Isaac

It’s started…

I’ve been wondering when it would happen. I figured that once I had my plans figured out, a woman would come into my life and screw it all up. Well, to get to that point, women have to be interested in me first… I was at the bank the other morning as part of my job when this SYT says, “So, what’s your name?” This wasn’t any old greeting, she was actually flirting with me! And I flirted right back… I figure that I’ll become more and more irresistible as my trip comes closer until women are flinging themselves at me… C’mon ladies, I’m playing to lose!:-) LOL, yeah right, I wish…

Isaac

I love this song…

“Rock Lobster” by the B-52’s is one of my favorites. For those of you that haven’t heard it before, it can best be described as the theme song to a “B” surf/horror film. It is nutty, and the gals make some amazing sounds. My favorite memory of this goes back to my college days. It was finals week, and everyone in the darkroom was stressed beyond belief. Rock Lobster came on the radio (thank you WICB) and we went nuts. The monitor on duty (can’t remember who… Judy? Tracy?) turned up the volume and we all started dancing as if we were in go go cages, doing the swim, imagining we were on shindig or something. It was hilarious… It was also just what we needed. Ahh, memories…

Isaac

The French are nuts

OK, let me get this straight. Young people all around France are marching and rioting to protest a new law that will go into effect in April. The law allows employers to fire young workers at any time within their first two years of their employment. The French Government believes, rightly I might add, that this law will encourage firms to hire more young people. Why? It is almost impossible to fire someone right now, so firms are hesitant to hire new people, they do not want to be saddled with excess employees in case of a downturn in the economy. Wow, imagine risking being fired within the first two years of employment, that would suck wouldn’t it? I cannot relate to the anger over this proposal…

Here’s the thing I don’t get about the protesters. The current arrangement has resulted in an unemployment rate of 23% for people under the age of 25. 23%!!! If you look at “impovrished” (AP’s term) people under 25, the unemployment rate is 50%! You can think what you want about American labor markets and how fair they are, but I can tell you that at least people can get jobs! The French system is supposed to be “fair” and it’s supposed to “protect” workers from those greedy capitalists. but in reality, it hurts the people they are trying to help. Workers in France don’t need protections, they need jobs! I am amazed at both the state of denial of the protesters and the gumption of the government to pass such unpopular legislation. That’s the hard part about entitlements, people don’t want to give them up once they have been given to them, so there is a lot of political collateral damage when they get around to fixing problems.

Isaac

More on Pandora Radio

This is the customizable internet radio station I mentioned earlier… OK it turns out that they have both indie and mainstream artists. I finally figured out that since my first three group recommendations were indy artists, I got a lot of other indy groups, duh! I have since gotten some other, more mainstream groups, including Kelly Osbourne which I… Um, I kind of liked it. I am a little horrified at this prospect, but it points to the greatness of this format. Any radio station that plays Fugazi, Bratmobile, Bikini Kill, AND Kelly Osbourne is OK in my book… Go check them out here. I’m going to try a more early rock format tonight. You know, Buddy Holly, Bill Haley, Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, etc. Should be fun!

Isaac

Enough!

OK, I’ve got enough tubes… Even if I were to make 3 amps from every type of out put tube own, I have enough tubes for the rest of my life. There is still a temptation to buy them as i see them since you can’t get these, or at least this type of quality any more, but sanity must prevail! It’s time I made these tools instead of a collectable. I think that I will be able to start my power supply project once my multimeters come in. After that, it’ll be several weeks before I buy some output transformers and begin my amp experimenting in ernest…

Isaac