Loaded Terminology

On of my facebook friends changed her status message to "[redacted] is sick. I have a cold, and I have just come to a cold realization, that our new president is in [sic] baby killer." She then lists a bunch of youtube videos as sources suggesting that Obama is directly responsible for infanticide. (If you want DVD versions of the videos, they're available for $9.99 to your church group though. That's handy.) I was going to shoot her an email but people with calmer minds pulled me away from the keyboard.

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dactyl Status

Two weeks ago, I thought I was going to have to pack dactyl up and call the experiment done. However, the recent software rebuilds and hard drive reformatting have ended up being very successful to the point where I'm not even getting interesting errors in the logs anymore.

Actually, it's a little bit boring with nothing to fix.

So, don't worry about the stability of dactyl, just post to the blog as much as you can. Remember, quantity over quality!


EVENT UPDATE: Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Ladysmith Black Mambazo at Lebanon Opera House, Thursday, January 29, 2009 7:30 PM.

For those not familiar, most will recall the song "Diamonds on the souls of her shoes," by Paul Simon and his Graceland album/tour. Ladysmith Black Mambazo is a Grammy winning Zulu male choral group, that does a bit of traditional Zulu and several other things.

Cool stuff. Check it out.


EVENT UPDATE: Banff Mountain Film Festival

The Banff Mountain Film Festival is back, Feb. 11, 2009 at 07:30PM at the Lebanon Opera House. Advance tix $18, students $15.

Always a good time. Plus, there are lots of freebies (this year everyone gets a free lift ticket to Ascutney)!

Blurb from Lebanon Opera House listing:

If you have a passion for adventure, come and experience the exhilarating beauty of mountain landscapes, sports, and culture! Some of the best films from the 33rd annual Banff Mountain Film Festival will thrill and inspire you with their amazing big-screen stories and adventures when the World Tour visiting 305 cities in 20 countries returns to the Lebanon Opera House to another sell out audience.

Stunning cinematography on mountain themes ranging from climbing, kayaking, skiing, mountain biking and extreme sports to mountain cultural and environmental issues. From adrenaline fuelled action to fascinating mountain culture this is always guaranteed to be a night of thrilling entertainment … it’s the benchmark of all outdoor film festivals.

Don’t be disappointed, the Banff show sells out.

All who attend the Banff Mountain Film Festival on Feb 11 will receive a free One Day Lift voucher from Ascutney Mountain Resort valid though the 2009 season.


Inauguration News Humor

I watched the inauguration on NBC, largely because they have one of the better high-def signals in the Baltimore market. Brian Williams and Tom Brokaw were talking as people were being taken to their seats and they remarked that VP Cheney had hurt his back and would be attending in a wheelchair.

I'm not sure which one of them said it, but the next quote was classic. "That's a shame, it's sure to bring up references to Dr. Strangelove." "Yes it will."

Wow. When your legacy as VP is that people consider you evil and twisted enough that Dr. Strangelove can be referenced with a straight face, it's a sign that you've fallen a long way.


Goalie Fight!!

It starts off with a rather nasty hit on the goaltender.  Ok, so the actual goalie part of the fight is pretty tame, but this is a nice partial bench-clearing minor league hockey brawl.  Been awhile since I've seen a goalie fight, but my attention hasn't been at its peak these days.  If anyone has a better one, I'd love to see it.

Been going to the Maryland basketball games here, but it's not quite the same as the Dartmouth hockey.  I miss live hockey from the 3rd row.