Don That Left Shoe First, It's the Law!

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Thu, 16 Dec 2004 13:00:00 GMT
# From The Federalist:
"[W]hen no risk is taken there is no freedom. It is thus that, in an industrial society, the plethora of laws made for our personal safety convert the land into a nursery, and policemen hired to protect us become self-serving busybodies." -- Alan Watts
"[T]here is something that smacks of tyranny about being forced to carry a national ID card. Persons who love freedom and are fearful of losing it will oppose any effort to impose one on them." -- Lyn Nofziger
"Republicans will continue to win as long as Democrats remain the first party of big government. That wouldn't be so bad, if only Republicans would stop being the second party of big government." -- Paul Jacob
"If [the War on Terror] is about terrorism, and terrorism is the killing of innocent civilians, then the United States is also a terrorist." -- Brandeis Peace Studies Professor, Gordie Fellman
"Scientists now say if you want your Christmas tree to last longer and look better, put vodka in the base. Isn't that a waste? Giving your tree vodka to make it look better? I say drink the vodka yourself and then everything will look better." -- Jay Leno

# Alex Ross - Sucking Democracy Dry - Village Voice cover of Bushnev doing the vampire act on Lady Liberty. Well done. Don't know if the Voice ever ran this, but it would be great if they did.

# Scrapper at Train for Strength - Workouts - some free body-weight routines. Recommended in email from Rob Pugh, who says about Matt Furey's Combat Conditioning book, "It's good stuff, if slightly overpriced. You can definitely make some good progress with the stuff in it. And the Royal Court is a great foundation for getting back in shape and making gains." I haven't tried Scrapper's workouts and don't intend to until I've done Furey's Royal Court for a while. [pugh]

Strength is an attribute that transcends gender, age, race, and social status

# putrimalu asked for my analysis of Tim Larkin's Nuclear Weapons DVDs, that I bought back in April. I read the pamphlet that came with the videos, and watched a couple of the videos. My conclusion is that though the videos present some good ideas, you really have to do this stuff to learn it. The videos strike me as primarily marketing materials for the live courses. I'm not ready to dish out that kind of cash right now. I wish Mr. Larkin sold just the pamphlet. The information there is by itself likely useful, though I'd be most happy to die of old age without ever finding out exactly how useful.

# Garry Reed, The Loose Cannon Libertarian - Future Regulators of America - an entertaining prediction of the coming rules for the donning and tying of foot coverings. Hehe.

The left foot must first be placed into the footwear and the approved fastening device (shoestring, shoelace, bootlace, cord, tie, etc.) must be tightened and securely affixed in the standard, federally approved double bow arrangement (See Section 143.2(e), Paragraph 3.7.1, "Illustrated Instructions for Manipulation of Bindings for Human Podiatal Coverings." The Right shoe may then be applied and fastened to the right foot only after the left shoe has been applied to the left foot in the previously mandated manner. Failure to follow the prescribed order of events will result in fine and/or imprisonment.

# Brad Blog Too - Clint Curtis 'stuns' Judiciary Comm Hearings in Ohio with 'jaw Dropping' Sworn Testimony! - Mr. Curtis testified, under oath, that he developed software in Florida, at the request of U.S. Congressman Tom Feeney, to rig voting machines. Wanna bet on the life expectency of Clint Curtis? [stanleyscoop]

Then, he asked curtis something like whether voting machines could be hacked. He said yes. Arnebeck asked him on what he based that opinion. He said because I wrote a program that could do it. Arnebeck asked when that happened. Curtis said feeney had asked him to design such a program at yang enterprises.

# Claire Wolfe at Backwoods Home Magazine - Y2K + 5 - Y2K passed without a hitch, but that doesn't mean you don't need to be prepared for an emergency. [claire]

# Joel Spolsky - Camels and Rubber Duckies - some analysis of how to price products, software or widgets. Enough to thorougly confuse.

When you're setting a price, you're sending a signal. If your competitor's software ranges in price from about $100 to about $500, and you decide, heck, my product is about in the middle of the road, so I'll sell it for $300, well, what message do you think you're sending to your customers? You're telling them that you think your software is "eh." I have a better idea: charge $1350. Now your customers will think, "oh, man, that stuff has to be the cat's whiskers since they're charging mad coin for it!"

And then they won't buy it because the limit on the corporate AMEX is $500.


The more you learn about pricing, the less you seem to know.

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