Random thoughts on most things from A. M. Craig.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010


We're all eyeball deep in financial trouble.

It's not like we weren't all given fair warning.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Eat well, Live long.

I'm not crazy about his speaking skills, but this is just good advice.

Same goes for this.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Fwd: News Alert: Rand Paul Wins Republican Senate Nomination in Kentucky

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Tue, May 18, 2010 -- 8:04 PM ET

Rand Paul Wins Republican Senate Nomination in Kentucky

Rand Paul, one of the early leaders of the Tea Party
movement, won the Republican nomination for Senate in
Kentucky on Tuesday night, delivering a powerful blow to the
party's establishment and offering the clearest evidence yet
of the strength of the anti-government sentiment simmering at
the grass-roots level.

Mr. Paul, the son of Representative Ron Paul of Texas, easily
defeated Trey Grayson, the secretary of state from Kentucky.
Voters turned against Mr. Grayson even though he had the
support of the state's best-known political leader - Mitch
McConnell, the Senate Republican leader.

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Cure Cancer? Sure thing. Turns out it's a lifestyle choice, even more than you thought.

It isn't easy to manage what your diet consists of. Anybody who'se tried to lose (or gain) weight can tell you that. But it's a primary factor in the length and quality of your whole life. Think about that, your entire life. Worth making an effort. It can directly save you from eventual heart disease, and, it turns out, cancer. Those two account for over half the disease deaths in the United States. Think about that, you will live much longer if you eat right. Why aren't all of us intensely studying this subject? I need to learn more.

Here is a good place to start. Take a look at how changing your diet can prevent cancer in an almost sure-fire way. Fascinating.

Monday, May 17, 2010


LOST is almost over. It's been a fun ride. If you want to catch up, it's not too late. You could watch some 90 hours of DVD or streaming video, which is what I did last summer. Or you could watch this 108 second clip. Either way.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

The Grand Illusion

This is a great film. I watched it several times for my "French and Itialian Cinema" class, a course that frankly changed my college career. I wrote a paper about The Grand Illusion that I wish I could now find.

It's a Critic's Pick in the New York Times right now. Well worth watching their take. Watch all the way through to the end, I promise, you'll be glad you did. I laughed audibly.

The Critic's Pick: 'The Grand Illusion'

Friday, May 14, 2010

I Want

Someday, sooner than later, I'll need to curb my materialism. I want too many things. There has always been a latent part of me that wants a motorcycle. I don't think I'm anywhere closer to fulfilling that desire now than I ever have been, but it is a thing I think about. "If I were to get a motorcycle", I ask myself, "what kind would I get, and why?"

And, more often than not, I answer thusly.

I'd get something classic, timeless, even anachronistic. Anything but new. Modern, maybe, but in the vein of modern art. That's really what I'd want. Form as prominent as function; a ride that's equal parts expression as it is transportation. The above bike meets those requirements, and, not-withstanding their differences, virtually any motorcycle from this blog.

From pipe-dream to commercial reality, I'm well overdue to replace my phone. I'd like to say the G1 was a faithful companion, but it wasn't half the sidekick that my dear old Sidekick was.

My breaking point was a year ago. I'd defended the G1 when it was made fun of. Sure, it didn't always work like it was supposed to, and wasn't as fast or have as many apps as an iPhone. "But come on, people!", I would say, "Does everything have to be an iPhone?" There are plenty of reasons to avoid getting wholly in bed with Apple, but that's neither here nor there. My decicion was deliberate, principled, and I was standing by it.

Then, last summer, probably eight months after I first got the G1, I was getting a girl's number. We didn't have anything in common, and I never even called her, but it just seemed like the proper thing to do at the time. She began reciting the ten digits she'd probably given out more times than she'd ever wanted to. "Hang on", I said. "My phone is... slow sometimes." I was ready to take the number. The G1 was not.

"What kind of phone is that?"

"It's the G1, it's the phone Google came out with. It can do a lot, but it's a new system, and is still slow and buggy."

"Oh... why didn't you just get an iPhone."

At any moment during the previous 8 months, if she or anybody had asked that, I would have spouted off a fruitless tirade about openness in development and the virtues of competition and individual customization. It wouldn't have gotten me her number, but that's neither here nor there. The point is, I didn't do that. There was no tirade. There was a quiet moment of reflection.

Why... didn't I get an iPhone? An iPhone would have worked. This whole time.

If I had gotten an iPhone, I wouldn't be defending my hardware from ridicule. It wouldn't have broken down repeatedly. It wouldn't have force closed half the programs. I wouldn't have had to wait for firmware updates so I could simply use the hardware for what it was designed for. I wouldn't have had to deal with single touch interface, even though the hardware is perfectly capable of multi-touch. I wouldn't have had to buy an adapter on eBay so I could plug headphones into the thing, and then have that adapter malfunction (but not entirely break) just enough so that I'd keep trying to use it, even though it would cause songs to restart and jumble around my playlist for no apparent provocation at all. I wouldn't have had to buy an extended battery pack that turned my new shiny tech into a brick sized Zach Morris style walkie-talkie, just so I could actually use the thing throughout the day and not have it completely die before 3:00 p.m., and then have the backing on that battery break off. I wouldn't have had to buy a MicroSD card with 16GB on it so I could actually use it for some mobile storage, and then have the card get corrupted.

I wouldn't be waiting to get this pretty girl's number.

Why didn't I get an iPhone?

As it has completely broken a couple times, I'm on my 3rd G1. That's not to say it's stopped breaking, it's just that the malfunctions now are more of annoyances; little things that are usually solved with a reboot. But should I have to reboot my phone regularly, daily, mid-day, mid-use? Sometimes it just reboots itself. I think it must be a self-defense mechanism, like a boot camp trainee who curls into a fetal ball when he can't handle his drill sergeant anymore. I wouldn't have thought I was asking too much of the thing. After all, I'm only using it for what it's purportedly designed for, should be up for the job. Man up, soldier. Your momma ain't here to wipe your nose anymore.

I coddled it so when it was new. Made sure it stayed nice, clean, shiny. That was then. The other day, I dropped it from 5 feet up. The screen cracked, and I didn't even care.

Also, since my review of T-Mobile isn't exactly glowing, I think it's time to move on. I've payed an obscene amount of money to them over the past 5 years, for virtually no customer recognition. I thought maybe this would be like a country club; you pay a fortune, but they treat you like royalty. Nope. Every time I've had to deal with T-Mobile, they've politely treated me like an annoyance. That is, they've hardly fixed anything for me ever, but they smiled the whole time. Yup, time to move on.

Enter the Sprint EVO 4G. Nice, isn't it?
It does everything. It even has that fun kickstand and red accents. For further proof, see the spec sheet here.

We'll see. I've hopefully learned my lesson some, and won't order till I hear the announcement on the new iPhone. That'll probably happen in June. We'll see.

Is anybody reading this? I wouldn't. If you've gotten this far, really reading, I don't know whether to be impressed or startled. If you've read this far, and are still reading, I want you to go to the comments, Now, and leave the two word comment, "octopus foots". Go ahead, do it.

Thursday, May 13, 2010


"Imagine if your government was JUST as focused on SAVING money as it is on SPENDING money."

I wish I had the money to donate to Peter Schiff. I believe him.

I don't have the money. Maybe you do.

Schiff for Senate
Hello Everybody,

America faces a ticking time bomb that is going to explode in the next few years, and that's why I need to be in the U.S. Senate.

Washington's profligate ways have run up an unsustainable $13 trillion debt, and there will be an economic collapse far more spectacular that what we've already seen if we do not act immediately.

That's why I'm turning to you. Our campaign must get our fiscal conservative message on the air immediately, but ad space is expensive in Connecticut. We need to raise $100,000 by May 21st - the first day of the Republican State Convention - to fund this media buy. Will you help me?

Follow this link to make an urgent contribution of $25, $50, $100, $250 or more to our campaign.Please do not delay; time is not on our side!

Don't let Washington insiders fool you. The economic growth we've seen this year is phony - it's based on consumption and debt financing. If we do not put an end to Congress' spending spree, there will be an economic catastrophe that dwarfs the 2009 recession.

Mark my words... The bond market will collapse. The value of the dollar will plunge. Interest rateswill rise. There will be runaway inflation and unemployment. And the only way to prevent this is to get government spending under control.

But I'm prepared to go to Washington and help fix these massive problems before an even bigger crisis occurs, that's why I'm running for the Senate. I understand how government regulation and policy affect the free market better than most people, thanks to my experience in the financial sector. And I can promise you that the federal government is responsible for the financial crisis that continues to plague our country.

Polls show that my message and background win the Republican Primary, but I urgently need your help. Not enough voters know about our campaign, and the only way to fix that is to flood the airwaves with our message. That's why raising $100,000 before the Convention begins on May 21st is critical.

So can I count on you? Consider it an investment in the economic security of America, and make the most generous contribution you can by following this link.

America is counting on you, and so am I.

Peter Schiff

P.S. Unless we act now, America will face an economic catastrophe greater than anything we've experienced. Help our campaign launch a new media buy by following this link and making a contribution of $25, $50, $100, $250 or more right away. We must raise $100,000 before the Republican State Convention begins in May 21st.

Monday, May 03, 2010

Testimony of the Book of Mormon

There was an invitation on Facebook for Latter-day Saints to blitz this YouTube video.
The idea is that if members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
all congregate upon this video in a single day, there may be enough momentum
for YouTube to recognize its rise in popularity, driving recommendations for
more people to watch via the automated systems that identify viral videos.

I'm not sure if that will happen. We're a global church of broad activity, but still
small by global standards, and not all of our members are active on social media.

But it's still a good one to watch, for all of us, regardless of faith or background.
After all, we're all God's children. Take a look.