January 2006


…Wherever you are…

Today (edit: well, OK, yesterday when this post was written–heh) marks the 250th anniversary of the birthday of Mozart. Below is a short piece written by the pre-teen (nine years old) Mozart during a visit to London in 1765. It’s the only known piece of his that was originally written in English. From Psalm 46:1, God Is Our Refuge and Strength:

God_Is_Our_Refuge

The graphic is linked to a Sibelius Music site. You can listen to it by installing the free Scorch plugin, available there.

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Want to know how to win the war on Islamic jihadist butchers? Jerry Pournelle points out some strategic steps we NEED to take in order to win this thing the smart way… Not the whole answer, but absent what he advocates, the task will be much higher in blood and treasure, as well as a lot less sure.

The Iraqi War continues, but we don’t do anything about the underlying causes of the war, which is our dependence on the Middle East for vital resources. If we were independent of Middle Eastern Oil, the Arab world would have to develop a real economy, learn to make things and sell them, and in general live with the rest of the world, instead of supporting people with too much time and too much money. They might actually learn to extract the oil themselves, which would require that they develop some actual capabilities other than bomb making and persuading young people to blow themselves up and kill policemen, or sit on the floor learning the Koran, or turning out Wahhabi preachers.

Read the whole thing, would you?

Setting up the chess board at Outside the beltway


(Do visit the original third world county for more stuff than is posted here.)

(Crossposted from the Original third world county cos I can’t seem to get WordPress blogs to accept a trackback… *grumble, grumble gripe, complain…*)


eWeek carries the warning today about “Blackworm”—

The worm, which uses the lure of sexually explicit Kama Sutra photographs to trick e-mail users into executing an attachment, is programmed to deliver the destructive payload on the third day of every month…

…At 5:00 p.m. on Jan 24, more than 700,000 computers had already been infected by the worm, according to a stats counter used by the worm author.

Keep your anti-virus software updated.
Do NOT open unexpected email attachments.
Do NOT open attachments that you have not MANUALLY scanned with an up-to-date antivirus software.
Nuh-uh. Don’tcha do it.

Let me try that again:

Keep your anti-virus software updated.
Do NOT open unexpected email attachments.
Do NOT open attachments that you have not MANUALLY scanned with an up-to-date antivirus software.
Nuh-uh. Don’tcha do it.

Please believe me: “What I say three times is true.”

Keep your anti-virus software updated.
Do NOT open unexpected email attachments.
Do NOT open attachments that you have not MANUALLY scanned with an up-to-date antivirus software.
Nuh-uh. Don’tcha do it.

And last, but not least,

“…the [“blackworm’s”] payload is capable of completely destroying important documents on an infected machine…” so don’t come crying to me if you infect yourself.

Nanny-nanny-boo-booed at Customerservant.com

Please visit the real third world county for up-to-date bloggage, as this blog may not contain all the goodies the real third world county does… especially since I frequently include embedded media files there that, so far, WordPress sliminates every time I trry it here.

I never even imagined imagining an embouchure like this guy demonstrates!

(But I’d not want to be the one to clean his trumpets… )

h.t. to DNW for the link to this amazing display (again, via email).

Actually, the “System Administrator Song” is… priceless.

(No, really: priceless. View/listen for free! *heh*)

h.t. to DNW for the link (via email)

I have so far been completely unable to insert code invoking ANY media player. Strange. I insert the code and WordPress excises it upon saving. Every other blog I have—Blogger, Tripod, Opera, etc. allows insertion of code invoking a media player applet to play a media file.

Not this.

Now, I know other WordPress users who are able to embed media files, so it must be possible. Hmmm… just not on this freebie version? Not a happy thing.

Any answers? (Any readers? *heh*)

This guy almost had me. First paragraph I saw on his blog:

If you have i.e you will have noticed the formatting problems, i`ve been trying to sort this but no success so far (if you can figure out the problem all advice welcome Calvin dot Jones at gmail dot com). Alternatively to get away from this problem, get yourself a decent browser like Firefox or Opera!

OK, so he has a healthy view of Internet Exploder (and an interesting disregard for capitalization :-). *heh* But then I read his other posts and saw he was hawking the same old envirocultist dogma about impending doom from a new ice age (’70s enviro-cultist)/global warming (90s enviro-cultist) in the new cant of “climate change.”

How hard is it for these folks to actually look at just the historical record and see that, even through the course of recorded history, the rule for climate has been change—in more extreme amounts than we currently know. Seems this guy, among others, wants to play the part of King Canute instead of actually seeking to understand the underlying causes of climate change (the only constant about climate).

“Nope. Having none of that, thank you,” says the enviro-cultist. “Just give me my pet theories, ‘backed up’ by computer models that cannot ‘post-dict’ previous known data. Using these fake data, we can beat up developed countries in our real goal: the total annihilation of Western Civilization.”

Or so it seems to this observer who simply looks for the unstated consequences of enviro-cultists’ desired outcomes.

Does man contribute to climate change (remember: as recently as last year the buzzword phrase was “global warming” from these enviro-cultist bet-hedgers)? Maybe, even probably. To what degree and in what ways?

No one knows. Seriously. Enviro-cultist arguments are all smoke, mirrors and computer models that cannot take 1900 data and “predict” 1950 climate.

Until we know how and how much mankind affects climate, taking actions prescribed by enviro-cultists is stupid.

Originally posted at the “other” third world county, since Blogger seemed to be down (for me, at least) for its “30-minute” maintenance event for over 13+ hours… And yeh, I’m still griping about it. *heh*)

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