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Monday, 30 March 2009

Who Really Created Racism?

Filed under: Politics, Principles — Tags: , , , — mikewb1971 @ 5:35 PM (17:35)

Current mood: , , annoyed, cynical

Recently, I found out about an upcoming event here in Albuquerque.

“White people created racism”

White Racism: Can We End It?

Host: white history week: ending racism, specifically in New Mexico.
Type: Education – Workshop
Network: Global
Date: Monday, April 20, 2009
Time: 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Location: 1kind Studios
Street: 1016 Coal SW
City/Town: Albuquerque, NM
View Map
505-246-8910
Email: whitehistoryweeks@gmail.com

White people created racism, and it is our job to end it. Through deep listening and action we can confront this major wound in ourselves and in the oppressive society that causes it, in order to move towards a world that is free of oppression.

Did we, really? Is there any actual proof of this statement? I’m asking for specifics here — names, dates, places, that sort of thing.

And I’m sure that the Albuquerque field office of the ADL will have brochures on hand to pass out. This is the same outfit that tries to link Constitutionalists, Sovereign Citizens, militia organizers, tax-honesty protestors, libertarians, among others with the Aryan Airheads.


NOTES

  1. Reposted –
    1. KCUF Media – Xanga
    2. The Weekly SeditionWordPress

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So Where’s the SNOW?!

Filed under: Frustrations, Life — Tags: , , , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 5:17 PM (17:17)

Current mood: annoyed

Since Friday, I’ve been hearing from various people that, not only is the snow coming, but that a blizzard is imminent, and “We’re gonna get it!”

So far, I haven’t seen a single snowflake in Albuquerque. True, some areas in the East Mountains have gotten some, but those areas are also at higher altitudes than Albuquerque.

All I’ve seen in town is the usual New Mexico winter weather — wind, clouds, and “cold” temperatures (it rarely gets below 20°F here).

This just reinforces what I’ve been thinking for years — forget the hairspray heads on TV with their Doppler radar and airport weather stations. The best weather report you’ll get is the one you see when you look outside through your front porch window in the morning.


Pizza Preferences

Filed under: Food and Drink — Tags: — mikewb1971 @ 4:50 PM (16:50)

Current mood: bouncey

Recently, some questions were posed about pizza preferences, such as Thin-crust or deep-dish? and What toppings do you prefer?

I don’t recall ever having a deep-dish pizza, but I’m definitely game for a try. I don’t see how I’d have a problem with it, unless someone put in something I didn’t like. But that goes more to toppings than style.

Let’s see —

  • pepperoni
  • sausage
  • ground beef
  • extra cheese
  • green chile
  • jalapenos

Things that should NOT go on a pizza, in my opinion —

  • black olives
  • pineapple
  • mushrooms
  • broccoli
  • spinach
  • chicken
  • ranch dressing

For the record, I’ll state that the best pizza I can remember comes from Papa Murphy’s, where they put together the ingredients as you specify,  then wrap it in cellophane. After you pay for it, you take it home, put it in the oven at 425°F for about 15 minutes, and serve.


Sunday, 29 March 2009

Answering the Star Trek Quiz

Filed under: Quizzes / Surveys — Tags: , — mikewb1971 @ 11:27 PM (23:27)

Current mood: bored
Answer the Star Trek Trivia Questions!
Remember: Answer the questions correctly and get a Star Trek ringtone of your choice

1.) What year did Star Trek first air?

A) 1966 — 8 September 1966 was the first time that the original series aired on TV.
B) 1967
C) 1968

2.) Who played the original Chief Medical Officer?

A) William Shatner
B) Leonard Nimoy
C) DeForest Kelly

3.) How many Star Trek movies are there?

A) 7
B) 10
C) 12

4.) What allows the Enterprise to go faster than the speed of light?

A) The Flux Capacitor
B) The Warp Drive
C) It cannot go faster than the speed of light

Nitpicking here — the answer SHOULD be [C], in that starships in the Star Trek universe don’t actually go faster than light.

What they do instead is create a bubble of stressed spacetime around them, the bubble travels at FTL speeds, and the ship goes along for the ride. This is the idea behind the Alcubierre drive.

5.) What TV network did Star Trek first air on?

A) NBC
B) ABC
C) CBS

That was in the good ol’ days when NBC could come up with programming on its own, instead of copying from the BBC.

OK, so I got the 100% score. Still, I’ll pass on the ringtone.


Does “Synthetic” Really Equal “Evil”?

Filed under: Science, Technology — Tags: , , , — mikewb1971 @ 2:39 PM (14:39)

Neil —

Caught your letter to TLE

If this clown really hated plastics as much as he claims to, he’d go out of his way to eliminate plastics from his life. I’m thinking that would include the plastic keyboard that he used to type the article in question, the plastics in his car, SCUBA gear, camera, and anywhere else.

This ties into the whole “synthetic = evil” meme (idiocy, really) that’s been worming its way through the Euro-American culture in recent years. When will its proponents cut the synthetic rubber tires from their cars, and drive around on bare rims? When will they strip the synthetic insulation from the wires in their homes?

Mike Blessing
mikewb1971 -+at+- gmail.com
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NOTES

  1. Published in The Libertarian EnterpriseNumber 512 – 29 March 2009

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Sunday, 22 March 2009

Sol vs. The CNMone? [CNM Dissent]

Filed under: Education — Tags: , , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 2:26 AM (02:26)

Current mood: amused, annoyed

Recently, CNM selected the name for the school’s proposed mascot — “Sol the SunCat.”[1]

Here’s three proposed pictures of “Sol” —

Does the mascot come with a UNM-style athletics program and a bunch of coaches with the I’m-outta-here-if-I-don’t-get-the-raise-I-want attitude?

This entry (rather sarcastic, and rightfully so, in my opinion) is hands-down the best of the bunch —


What the CNM Mascot would look like if scientists ruled the school. 🙂
The CNMone (C-N-M-o-n-ee)

Why do I say it’s the best? It’s not for the quality of the artwork, as “The CNMone” is a hand-drawn sketch, as the others have the look of being put together by someone with some skills in the graphic arts. No, “The CNMone” is the best as it showcases the absurdity of the whole mascot gimmick.

Apparently, I’m not alone in thinking that this whole scheme to “market” the school is idiotic. Here’s the comments that were printed in the Chronicle

I think they’re pretty tight, I mean some of them look kind of corny, but that little one does look pretty tight [center Suncat]. But I wouldn’t wear that sh*t on a shirt.
Tom Cordova

It looks like an elementary school mascot, not one for a college
Kelly Simpson

It’s pathetic, I don’t even really know what it is. Are those flames, or what are they supposed to be? It looks like a pokemon.
Ashley Gabaldon

It [expletive] sucks. I don’t even know what the [expletive] that is. No, this is not high school, this is college, get it together.
Shavon Davis

I don’t like it, I just don’t think it will catch on.
Megan Galles

Kirsten Crocker knocks this BS ball out of the park with her op-ed piece titled “CNM to be laughing stock of collegiate community” —

One of the perks of being a pessimist is that reality rarely presents you with scenarios that are worse than you had originally anticipated. So, naturally, I was utterly flabbergasted when I first caught sight of CNM’s official mascot prototypes. My default response of genuine amusement kicked in immediately; my laughter came to a tapered squelch, however, as I realized this was no joke.

A mascot is, by definition, supposed to be a representative symbol of an institution, ergo a group of people. How do these prototypes represent CNM? Well, they certainly imply that we have a serious case of dignity deficiency, and make it painstakingly obvious that we don’t even take ourselves seriously. These god-awful designs also relay a warning not to take CNM’s computer animation courses.

If I recall correctly the student voting on the mascot several months back — you know, the great hoax which had its preconcieved notions and didn’t for a moment consider the actual wishes of the student body — I believe the consensus had voted for the implementation of a roadrunner as the mascot. On what grounds was that idea poo-pooed? Given our location, a roadrunner seems a perfectly acceptable critter of choice. If you’ve ever seen one combination prowling-scurrying through your yard, you can’t deny that the roadrunner is a creature of majesty which commands respect; “I used to be a dinosaur, b****.”

We have until March 20 to protest these abominations, ladies and gentlemen. I would encourage you, if you would prefer not to be the laughing stock of the collegiate community, to pencil in your suggestions, perhaps a word or two of protest, on the ballots as opposed to degrading yourselves and voting on one of the strkingly similar prototypes. These things should be trapped inside the virtual realm of a Giga Pet, not ironed onto college T-shirts.


NOTES

  1. Original posting at CNM Dissent – Announcing . . . “Sol” the “Suncat”
  2. Original article

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FREE Thunderbirds Tickets! [CNM Dissent]

Filed under: Education — Tags: , — mikewb1971 @ 1:50 AM (01:50)

Current mood: amused

Date: March 13, 2009
Subject: Students Get in Free for Thunderbirds Games

Take advantage of free admission to the remaining Albuquerque Thunderbirds games and check out some high flying NBA Development League basketball talent. Admission is free when you show your CNM student ID. There are seven home games left. To check out the remaining home schedule, go to nba.com/dleague/albuquerque/

And here I was under the impression that since the Thunderbirds were having trouble bringing in crowds of over 1,000 people, and with that being the case, they wouldn’t bother asking for your ID, student or otherwise, so long as you’re willing to walk in and buy from the concession stands.


NOTES

  1. Original article

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A Spring Break for CNM? [CNM Dissent]

Filed under: Education — Tags: , — mikewb1971 @ 1:38 AM (01:38)

Current mood: annoyed

Apparently, the Administration is considering some sort of spring break —

Date:    March 17, 2009
Subject: Should CNM Have a Spring Break?

CNM is considering whether to provide a one-week spring break for students and faculty beginning in spring 2010. If CNM adds a spring break to the academic calendar in future years, it would extend the spring term by one week. Please take a moment to give us your feedback on the possibility of creating a one-week spring break in future years by completing a quick survey.

Survey — What do you think about a spring break?

I am a

  • Student
  • Faculty member
  • Staff member

Do you want the college to have a one week spring break?

NO

If no, why?

  • The shorter break between the end of the summer term and beginning of the fall term would negatively affect my ability to prepare for the fall term.
  • A spring break would disrupt the effectiveness of my teaching.
  • A spring break would be disruptive to my student learning experience.

NOTES

  1. Original article

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Wednesday, 18 March 2009

Filed under: pulse, Social Life — Tags: — mikewb1971 @ 11:34 PM (23:34)

Just got dumped a few minutes ago — not too happy right now. At least she was decent enough to be up-front about it.

Monday, 16 March 2009

Using Linux more and more now

Filed under: Technology — Tags: , — mikewb1971 @ 7:45 PM (19:45)

Current mood:

On 6 March 2009, I got Linux installed on a desktop at home and working. Finally — don’t know how many times I’ve tried.

So when I can’t get Windows XP to work any more, I’ll be OK. That, and I have absolutely no need to pick up a copy of their latest (Vista), about which I’ve heard almost nothing but bad reviews. Fuck ’em and the (Trojan) horse they rode in on.

I first considered using Linux back in 2001, when I was having all sorts of problems with Microsoft’s Windows 98. I purchased a copy of Red Hat, but it didn’t work, so I tried Mandrake 9. Again, no cigar.

Between then and now, I’ve tried various boot “live” CD versions of Knoppix, Slax, Ubuntu, DSL, etc. but since for whatever reasons I wasn’t able to get onto the Internet with them, I wrote them off as failures. Meanwhile, in August 2005, I signed on at Burlington Coat Factory, which uses a version of Red Hat as the operating system for its corporate computer network.

Then last semester (and last year), I signed up for the Linux Essentials course at CNM. The course focuses on looking at Linux from the command line, which was how I learned MS-DOS. There, we installed Ubuntu 8.10 and SuSE Enterprise 10 onto detachable hard drives.

In February, I tried the boot CD option again, and was able to access the Internet using Gentoo 2.4. Finally, on 6 March, I downloaded the ISO image for OpenSuse 11.1, burned it to a CD and installed it to a desktop.

I’m still playing with various boot CD versions — Knoppix, Slax, Backtrack, and Puppy Linux — with other desktops and my laptop with the burned-out (?) Internet connection.

I won’t stop using Windows entirely — I’ll have three XP keys (2 Pro, 1 Home) and one for 2000 Pro. But I won’t be locked into it as I was before.


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