…schmolitics.

Did a political cartoon over the weekend, something new for me. Not as nice as some of my 3D pictures, but I think the message should be fairly clear. It somehow didn’t seem appropriate to use a 3D rendered image, although that’s how it began. Maybe if I do another one at some point I’ll go 3D the whole way.

Who reads this stuff, anyway?

EB ponderingTurns out the UFO picture is a hot item, at least compared to everything else here. I got another request last week for the image sans UFOs. So…for everyone’s convenience, I’ve now made that image available at TurboSquid. Ten bucks and it’s yours to do whatever you want with.

In other news…meet my new site mascot. I know, he’s got nothing visually in common with the rest of the site design, but I don’t really care. The dude needs a name, though. Any suggestions?

Is this a ‘blog’?

I don’t think so…although you would be forgiven for thinking that it is given the new design. At the moment I’m just trying to simplify things and get rid of the graphics-heavy look. While the large section of whitespace in the middle here does lend itself to brain dumps, the odds of that happening on anything resembling a regular basis are slim.

So for now, just think of the new design this way: professional stuff on the right, personal stuff on the left, and a big blank canvas in the middle…

One more thing…my apologies if you’ve come here looking for something and gotten a “not found” error.

Our morning conversation

               INT. DAY, DINING ROOM

                                   CHANDRA
                         I talked with Jon & Lisa last night
                         and was a non-family witness that
                         they don't want to be kept alive
                         with a feeding tube.

                                   JASON
                         Did you sign something?

                                   CHANDRA
                         No.

                                   JASON
                         Ok-- that probably won't count
                         then. You need to get something on
                         paper.

                                   CHANDRA
                         Oh.
                             (pauses)
                         Just for the record, I don't want
                         to be kept alive, either.

                                   JASON
                         Ok.
                             (pauses)
                         I want to be kept alive, though.

                                   CHANDRA
                         Really?

                                   JASON
                         Yes. Only under certain conditions,
                         though. I want to be kept alive and
                         propped up in Congress as a public
                         testament to the value of life. I
                         also want to wear seasonally
                         appropriate hats.

                                   CHANDRA
                         Like for Dr. Seuss' birthday?

                                   JASON
                         Sure, and a yarmulke for Hannukkah
                         and Yom Kippur, a Santa hat for
                         Christmas, a green hat for St.
                         Patrick's Day. And a sombrero for
                         Cinco de Maya. 

                                   CHANDRA
                         How about beads for Mardi Gras?

                                   JASON
                         Sure-- and if the women in Congress
                         flash me, they can take a set of
                         beads.

                                   CHANDRA
                         You really want Hillary Clinton to
                         flash you?

                                   JASON
                         Hey, if she really valued life, she
                         would.




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A Civil Discussion

Test post – turning comments on

This is just a quick test of the rel=”nofollow” plugin to verify that it’s working. If this works, then I may start allowing comments again…

Weirdness

Not sure what’s going on with the weird entries. Movable Type & NetNewsWire seem to be having some sort of spat. I’ll see if I can’t straighten that out here…

Personalization

Over at Daily Kos there’s a bit about Dubya’s tendency to personalize things:

What’s depressing is this infuriating penchant for Bush to villify individuals, as though our battles can be won by exterminating a few well-placed leaders. We have seen this with al Qaida and OBL, we have seen it with Saddam Hussein, and now with our two latest boogeymen — Sadr and Abu Musab Zarqawi.

The enemies we face are bigger than one person. Killing Sadr would be as effective in ending Shiite opposition as capturing Saddam was in ending Sunni opposition (or killing his sons, for that matter). Killing or capturing Osama bin Laden would make us all feel good (especially killing him), but it wouldn’t have any real effect on Al Qaida operations.

Yet the administration insists on creating the fiction that killing or capturing any one man can help us win our various wars. It’s understandable, in a way — a relatively easy way to prove progress to a domestic audience.

This is one case where I don’t think Bush is really to blame. The tendency to focus on individuals is actually fairly common in American diplomacy. I don’t remember the details, but this is something Kissinger covered in his book, Diplomacy. The point Kos makes is perfectly valid in terms of how focusing on individual personalities can be the wrong approach, but it’s not necessarily a flaw of Bush’s particularly (although I’ll grant that his lack of attention probably exacerbates the problem).

Bullets over Baghdad

You know, I get tired of posting this graphic, but there’s “supporting the troops”, and there’s supporting the troops:

“Countering the insurgency, [Cpl. Richard] Stayskal [, a 22-year-old Marine from San Jose, Calif.] said, has been difficult for Marines on the ground. In his case, his unit was chronically short of ammunition, and his support unit got pinned down at the same time across town. The two units couldn’t help each other.

“They weren’t giving us nearly enough ammunition for the situations out there. Everyone was running out. Everyone was grabbing each other’s ammunition.”

This is a test

Sometimes you just have to test things, that’s all.