New Cake CD

I finally received the new Cake CD in the mail today. It is festooned with the new FBI anti-piracy logo. I haven’t listened to it yet, but I couldn’t help laughing.

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Tengo sueño

I’m freakin’ tired.

This week I have been leaving for campus between nine and ten, and arriving at home between nine and ten. That’s a long time, especially considering that I haven’t been packing lunch in advance or anything - I’m basically there for three meal’s worth of time, or at least one. Okay, two, but I’ve just been have a quick slice of pizza from downstairs in the Coffman Union. Surprisingly good, but one slice and a bottle of juice for $5 seems like a little much to me. That’s the price of convenience.

Also, my backpack is like 500 pounds when fully laden, which is always. It’s my anti-freshman fifteen policy. So far, so good.

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A new NEW job

Though the weather outside is frightful… Oh! Wait, I mean, the weather outside is beautiful, and I was up at the crack of nine to go into my new place of employment.

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New Server!

Hey, I finally got around to moving this site onto a newer, faster server. Awesome!

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Mojibake

What happens when you try to display text encoded in one character set in another character set? Garbage characters. I'm working on a migration module for gallery - to upgrade from one type of data storage to a completely different one. Along the way I keep learning about character sets and character set conversion. Here's a lovely set of words for something that I would rather not see - garbled, junky international text.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: (paraphrased)

Mojibake

文字化け: [mojibake] moji: character + bake: change/ghost.

亂碼 or 乱码: [luan4 ma3] “chaotic code(s)”, in Chinese.

крокозябра [krokozyabry]: The Russian term for mangled characters.

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Om Mani Padme Hum?

Do you have the Tibetan language pack installed?

ༀམཎིཔདྨེཧཱུྃ༔

It looks like I don't.

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F911 Transcript

Part I:
http://www.redlinerants.com/index.php?subaction=showfull&id=1088491633

Part II: http://www.redlinerants.com/index.php?subaction=showfull&id=1088581422

Part III: http://www.redlinerants.com/index.php?subaction=showfull&id=1089705299

Just for the heck of it, remember that we did do some good in Iraq:
http://www.strategypage.com/respect/articles/military_2004628.asp

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I told you it was shady

This blog entry in which I link to this government publication is prescient of this post which links to this other government document which says the same thing.

If you have any trouble with the links, I will reprint some of it here:

BUSH ON IRAQ & 9/11

From a State Department website:

In a March 18 letter to Congressional leaders, Bush said that his use of the Congressional authorization to wage war against Iraq is consistent with the international effort against terrorism, “including those nations, organizations, or persons who planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001.”

Read the whole letter. It's short. People keep saying that the Bush administration never linked Iraq to 9/11. It's not true.

Ben Wikler

will reprint the letter from the President of the United States (George W. Bush) also:

March 18, 2003

Dear Mr. Speaker: (Dear Mr. President:)

Consistent with section 3(b) of the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 (Public Law 107-243), and based on information available to me, including that in the enclosed document, I determine that:

(1) reliance by the United States on further diplomatic and other peaceful means alone will neither (A) adequately protect the national security of the United States against the continuing threat posed by Iraq nor (B) likely lead to enforcement of all relevant United Nations Security Council resolutions regarding Iraq; and

(2) acting pursuant to the Constitution and Public Law 107-243 is consistent with the United States and other countries continuing to take the necessary actions against international terrorists and terrorist organizations, including those nations, organizations, or persons who planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001.

Sincerely,

GEORGE W. BUSH

(emphasis mine)

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Fahrenheit 9/11

Melissa and I saw Fahrenheit 9/11 Saturday afternoon. The theater was packed for our showing, the showing before it, and the showing after it - probably every showing that they ran every half hour all day. I really liked the movie, even though there was very little new stuff in it compared to “Stupid White Men” and “Dude, Where's My Country”.

However, since Melissa hadn't read those books she picked up a lot, which I think is really the point of the movie - it's a fast, easy to digest mass of political information and opinion. Okay, some parts were hard to swallow, much less digest, like the crying grandmother in Iraq cursing the US and begging Allah for relief, or the American mother who had lost her son in the war breaking down into tears within sight of the White House.

Oh yeah, thank you Michael Moore for Britney Spears. She was the very definition of comic relief, and timely too - I was crumbling under the weight of all that horror. Bloody children and babies. Open wounds. Amputee veterans. Shock and awe? Mostly grief.

Anyway, I'm glad that I saw it. It won't be for everyone - but the ideas in it are worth sharing with anyone who has a stake in this country's future.

Fun links:

http://www.drivingvotes.org/bushfacts.shtml

http://www.thismodernworld.com/

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A new NEW car!

It's new to me:


The car in its original packaging
Green Lion and Red Lion

Green Lion and Red Lion - now form Voltron!

No, not really. I got a new USED car. $800 and a trip to Saint Cloud to meet a nice couple of teachers. Lisa and Noah came with - we put the car seat, DVD player, and a portable screen in my red car - and Noah was really good the whole way! The car is a 1995 Subaru Impreza LX with an automatic transmission.

As you may know, I already have a red (crimson pearl) 1996 Impreza LX (which I still have a painful love for [story of my life]), but that car is missing a headlight and needs a ton of work that I have ignored over the last couple of years while doing things like paying off my credit cards (and that car itself).

Anyway, Lisa can drive the red car to the grocery store until I figure out what to do with it. My gut says to start throwing money at it again, but we will see. I know how much the bodywork will likely cost. I have a vague idea of the cost of doing the brakes (the rotors are warped) and fixing that lingering tapping sound in the engine that is probably a leaky oil pump seal. In the meantime I have a more reliable car that is only missing A/C and cruise control. Also, the outside is beat to heck - apparently the former owner did not know how to park.
Okay, so now I have a red one and a green one - all I need are the yellow, blue, and black ones and I can form Voltron.

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