Saturday, March 13, 2010

I've been getting survey calls lately. Generally they're right wing political surveys among the questions:

Do you consider yourself a Republican? No
Do you consider yourself a Democrat? Not particularly, no.

I'm sure they have no idea what to make of me back at survey headquarters. The thing is that I don't see the world in such a black and white Republican/Democrat kind of way.

For one thing I'm generally fiscally conservative and pro small government. On the other hand I recognize the need for social programs...
I'm pro choice but I'm also pro gun.
I'm for fast cars but I think we should raise fuel economy standards.
I'm against drilling in ANWAR but I think nukes are probably a good idea.

I'm all for wind power even if it means wind turbines obscure some rich bastard's view a little bit. but I realize it isn't going to solve our energy needs.

I find it interesting that both sides will assume you're with them and they are RIGHT. That your reading their propaganda (and make no mistake it is propaganda) means that you automatically agree. Which I think means something about the real usefulness of propaganda but I'll let you think about that one on your own.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

The manifesto of done

Bre Pettis used to do the weekend projects for Make magazine. While the stuff he did was light and breezy he's got some pretty cool ideas including the Cult of Done and it's manifesto.
I'm a maker.
I tend to do and then think.
I don't sit still well.
I'm constantly thinking about whats next.
I screw up a lot.
I have loads of projects.

Very few of my projects will ever be finished but after reading the manifesto of done I feel better about it.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010


Just having no luck lately, been trying to pick up a lantern cheap and it isn't happening.
First was the AGM on Craigslist, he wanted $75 but came down to $40 and then disappeared.

Then a Bialaddin on eBay, research showed it might go cheap but it sure didn't. Neither have 2 different Coleman 237s.

Finally a Coleman Quicklite in what looked like very nice condition (with a very nice price) came up on Craigslist and though I responded quickly it was gone...

Oh well. I found that theres a pawnshop in Keene, may have to take a ride and see what its all about.