Saturday, September 29, 2007

Aphorism I

I recently came across this page and realized I've been creating a number of aphorisms in the past years. Granted I don't remember many of them, but as they come back to me, expect them to be posted here with a blurb explaining it. Let me begin this hopeful blogging idea with an aphorism I came up with about a year ago.


"You can aim to please, but there's always a chance for you to miss."


There are people in this world who do whatever they can to make a first impression or continue to keep the impression upon other people strong. Sometimes that can go completely wrong. One such example that I can think of it is the custom of bowing as a greeting in Japan. Let's say a foreigner comes to Japan with the intent to close a big business deal. Of course, this person's mindset is to impress, persuade and leave Japan with a higher reputation than before he went in. Now this person is ignorant is the bowing custom. They know about the custom, but are unaware of the specifics of it. This is unfortunate for our businessperson, for the overly eager bow offended the Japanese deal maker. The businessperson only has a pink slip to look forward to because you can aim to please, but there's always a chance for you to miss.

Friday, September 28, 2007

Would you like a side of laziness with that corruption?



...and they're from Texas too!

I like my corruption well-jailed, not free.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Apathetic for Ahmadinejad

Click it for a larger version.

Friday, September 21, 2007

My message to my great... great... (and so on) grandchildren.

Fifty-thousand years from now? Well, if I do some quick math, coupled with obviously rounded estimates of when each future generation on my possible family beings, this message is for my great (x~1666) grandchildren.

It's impossible to predict and comprehend what kind of world the earth will be so long from this day, but I'll throw out a few events, and you can check them off if they've happened between the year 2007 and ~52005-52010.


- A major meteor strike on the earth.

- A tsunami hits the east coast of what was once the United States of America (assuming it no longer exists; at the rate it's going, I doubt it'll really live past the year 10000).

- At least 2 more world wars.

- Discovery of an extraterrestrial (E.T.) race.

- Contact with an E.T. race (for example: they visit us or we visit them).

- Humankind lands on every planet of our solar system (at least once).

- Humankind colonizes a planet of our solar system or a planet outside of our solar system.

- The revelation of a higher-being (example: God).

- The discovery of speeds faster than light (299,792,458 meters per second (1,079,252,848.8 km/h)).

There are many more events that can happen between now and then, and I must not waste my time guessing what can happen or, in your case, what has happened.

I can be sure of one thing that will never come to pass and that is world peace. No matter how hard humankind can try, there will always be hate. It's best to avoid hate. Though I can't promise it'll be easy.

Stay safe. Stay prosperous. Don't lose hope, love and, most importantly in this case, family.

Good luck and enjoy the rest of your lives.

Your ancestor, Jonathan Ace Wienclaw

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KEO
http://www.keo.org/uk/pages/message.php

Thursday, September 20, 2007

20/20 Vision (with glasses of course)

My major eye exam was today and for the most part I passed. Eye pressure was normal and I had no signs of glaucoma. Luckily he didn't have to dilate my eyes, but he did have to numb them, and that wore off very quickly.

Moving on to the vision part of my eye exam, it was a repeat of last time, and yes, I'll be getting glasses. According to my ophthalmologist, I have bad vision. I would disagree up to the part about seeing distances. Regardless, I'll have my glasses between Saturday and Tuesday.

Total cost: $300 for frames and lenses combined (this is after my insurance discount).

Coming soon: Pictures! (of the upstairs apartment's new floors and of me with my glasses)

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Habeas Corpse

An attempt to restore Habeas Corpus failed today by 4 votes.

The following senators hate the constitution and America:

Alexander (R-TN)
Allard (R-CO)
Barrasso (R-WY)
Bennett (R-UT)
Bond (R-MO)
Brownback (R-KS)
Bunning (R-KY)
Burr (R-NC)
Coburn (R-OK)
Cochran (R-MS)
Coleman (R-MN)
Collins (R-ME)
Corker (R-TN)
Cornyn (R-TX)
Craig (R-ID)
Crapo (R-ID)
DeMint (R-SC)
Dole (R-NC)
Domenici (R-NM)
Ensign (R-NV)
Enzi (R-WY)
Graham (R-SC)
Grassley (R-IA)
Gregg (R-NH)
Hatch (R-UT)
Hutchison (R-TX)
Inhofe (R-OK)
Isakson (R-GA)
Kyl (R-AZ)
Lieberman (ID-CT)
Lott (R-MS)
Martinez (R-FL)
McCain (R-AZ)
McConnell (R-KY)
Murkowski (R-AK)
Roberts (R-KS)
Sessions (R-AL)
Shelby (R-AL)
Stevens (R-AK)
Thune (R-SD)
Vitter (R-LA)
Voinovich (R-OH)
W

Source of information

Lieberman can go get fucked too (neo-con is liberal clothing)!

Notice all the Republicans?

Do me, you, and the rest of the American people a favor: Vote against these idiots the next time their job is up for election.

Thank you.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Diagnosis: Astigmatism

On September 10th, I was at the local clinic for a follow-up on my protein test that I took in August. Long-irrelevant-story short, she noticed a spec on my right eye's iris during the usual accompanying check-up. She suggested an appointment to the clinic's ophthalmologist.

Two days later I went to said ophthalmologist, Dr. Mason. Apparently, I have a slight astigmatism in both eyes - and I can attest to it. The lens test in itself proved that I need glasses. Letters that I struggled to read during the "cover-your-right/left-eye" test, were read without hesitation and then some. I was able to read the letters that I said I couldn't even see earlier.

I will be returning to his office in Woodside on Thursday where I'll have my eyes dilated and further testing will be done. I expect to be wearing glasses by Sunday (so far, it doesn't seem to be a 24/7 thing).

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Open Letter

The following is an open letter to President Bush regarding his recent address to the American people (not written by yours truly, but it's perfect).



President Bush,

As a New Yorker who lived through the horrors of September 11th firsthand; who lost a family member in the chaos that ensued; and who had colleagues, friends, and fellow students whose lives were forever changed by the actions of a small group of terrorists, I find your comments to the nation tonight, September 13, 2007, to be galling, tactless, and above all else, incredibly insulting.

Your repeated allusions to Al-Qaeda in Iraq and the completely misguided insinuation that our troops are somehow stationed there because of this new terror group is bewildering and enraging. The brave men and women who find themselves in the midst of ethno-sectarian violence and a full-blown civil war are not there because of any Al-Qaeda threat. Instead, they risk their lives daily because of your stubbornness and unwillingness to admit the validity of any position divergent from your own. Your continued poor judgment has wounded over 27,000 servicepeople and stripped over 3,700 families of mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers.

In the face of all who have lost loved ones so near and dear, both on 9/11 and in this misguided arm of your "war on terror," it is reprehensible to suggest that the motivation behind leaving 130,000 troops on duty in Iraq has anything to do with Al-Qaeda or terrorism. Prior to our invasion, Al-Qaeda in Iraq simply did not exist. The quagmire you have inspired has lead to the creation of this offshoot organization--distinct from the Al-Qaeda that has struck us in our country and elsewhere--and to what is quite arguably the most effective, free recruitment campaign that terrorists could have ever dreamed up.

If your decision is to lie unabatedly to the American public, please retain at least a shred of dignity by not invoking Al-Qaeda so incessantly in your rhetoric. We are not an ignorant people, we know when we are not being told the truth, and we are outraged that you continue to denigrate the memory of the innocent men and women who died in what was a legitimate terrorist act. Mr. President, we are not in Iraq because of Al-Qaeda, nor shall we remain there because of a nonexistent threat, and for you to suggest these falsehoods should be an impeachable offense.

Sincerely,

A Loyal American


Source: http://ourstereo.com/letter/

Was president Bush's 8th Iraq war statement compelling enough to change your opinion on Iraq strategy?
http://www.youpolls.com/details.asp?pid=485

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Yay politics!

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

9/11

NEVER FORGET



THAT



HULKAMANIA IS RUNNIN' WILD!

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The busy city below a clear blue sky,
set the stage for a day where people would die.

Two buildings; two planes, that's all it took,
Millions put on a horrified look.

Fast forward [six] years...

Yes, people died, others cried,
but I sit here and sigh.

I ask, "Why, why would someone want to remember a day of death and destruction?"

I consider myself lucky. I lost no one.

The ones who lost their lives were lucky too.

They didn't have to continue to live in a world with newfound war and hate,
A spawned evil from their very own fate.

I want to forget.

Do you?

Monday, September 10, 2007

Anti-Affirmative Action (AAA)

Affirmative action is a load of bullshit.

There's nothing more discriminating that affirmative action. Ironically, this system is in place to curb discrimination among certain occupations but instead does the opposite.

Though, if you must insist on using some sort of filtering, make it race-blind and gender-blind (racial identity and gender are not provided to employers and colleges beforehand).

To keep this short and sweet, in the overall jist of it, if everyone is created equal, then why do minorities get an advantage? Better yet, why does past discrimination from DECADES ago still have influence today?

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Equal my ass!

Saturday, September 8, 2007

College: The Ultimate Relationship Tester

This entry goes out to all the couples out there that are heading into college that are in what they believe is a stable relationship.

RebJas of GameFAQs.com answered the following question of mine and I'm going to share it here:

Q: What if you're already in a (stable) relationship when first getting in college?

A: Hey, I thought I was [in a stable relationship] too. But then she started grad. school, met some other guy, and a couple of weeks into the semester I was getting the "I can only be friends right now" speech. College is the high-school relationship killer. But it's also the test to see if the relationship is as strong and secure as you think it is.

Just don't be surprised if a situation like mine happens.


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As for Nicole and I, we'll take it as it comes.

Friday, September 7, 2007

Al-Qaeda's New Album Release

Ladies and gentlemen, Americans and insurgents, the news you've all been waiting for. After the debut album, "Death To America" and the literal blockbuster release of "WTC", Al-Qaeda has once again come out of the cave recording studio to bring you their newest creation:


Frontman Osama (Also known as "Da Big O") will be officially kicking off the release date (September 11th, 2007) with a speech and will attempt to quell rumors of a possible solo album by lead guitarist, al-Zawahiri ("Ayman").

Reincarnation will be sold by a mass media outlet near you.

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Images made by me are under Common Creative licenses, just fyi.

Saturday, September 1, 2007

What's in a label? (No, this is not a sociopolitical rant)

Ah, blog filler just in time for the Labor Day weekend. This entry will clear up what the labels are at the bottom of each entry and what the blog entry will usually be about.

Firstly, labels (in the world of blogging) are words attached to a blog entry that, in a sense, organize them for the writer, and for you, the reader, to go straight to the entires that pertain to your interests.

That being said, let me begin.


blog - Any entry that contains information about my blog, or someone else's blog, or about blogs in general. This entry will be labeled as such.

girlfriend - Any entry that has anything to do with my lovely lady, Nicole. (*big smile*)

love - A blog entry that bases its theme around love. It shouldn't be a surprise if you see "girlfriend" and "love" in the same label entry.

opinion piece - A thought out entry that deals with an issue. Be it political or something else, if I have something to say, this label is for it.

personal - An entry that dives into my personal life, and by personal life, I mean things I usually wouldn't tell a stranger, but information that wouldn't get me sent up Shit Creek.

rant - An opinionated entry, but with some anger thrown in for good(?) measure.

religion - Not a label I will use often, but it's here just in case.

satire - An entry filled to the brim with sarcasm. Think "rant", but I'm not angry, I'm just making fun of something.

school - College related entries.

social - Entries dealing with social related events in my life... or if I'm writing about a controversial issue that is sociopolitical.

weather - Ah, a classic hobby of mine. If I'm bitching about why we didn't get snow, you'll see this label.

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Enjoy the weekend.