Musings from Brian J. Noggle
Friday, January 14, 2005
Best Headline of the Day
TechDirt's Bezos Innnnnn Spaaaaaaaaace!
I laughed because I got the allusion. And I'm not explaining it to you damn kids.
Does That Mean What I Think It Means?
From an article entitled "Police: Coroner Confesses To Stealing From Dead - El Paso County Deputy Coroner Says He Sold Stolen Drugs":
Coroners use the medicine to make sure the victim was taking the prescribed dosage and didn't die because of an overdose.
Good Column by Steinberg
I spend a lot of time and blog inches disagreeing with him, but Neil Steinberg's column today contains nothing with which I disagree and several things with which I agree.
Just thought I would mention it.
The Problem with Preventing Crime
Does anyone see the paradox in this? Pilot arrested in cockpit after screener smells alcohol:
Keep that in mind the next time you've had a couple of beers and go to get something out of the cabin of your car.
Surprisingly, a commentary columnist for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch doesn't like Fox News or conservatives in the media:
Also, why do I care? But that's enough questions for now.
Thursday, January 13, 2005
Elite Gamer Report
Amid an evening spent installing the latest in strategy and first person shooter games, well, if you extend "latest" to include Unreal Tournament 2003, I would like to announce that I have won my first game of Minesweeper in almost a decade.
Not because I suck, mind you, but more because for the first time in ten years I have bought a computer instead of a sack of parts, which means also for the first time in ten years I have had Minesweeper installed.
But I take some small pride in winning nevertheless.
Some of the Best Bloggers Are, and Then There's Sullivan
Contrary to what Google might imply and some Google user might suspect, I have never had sex with Chris Pronger.
Thank you, that is all.
But I Don't Have a MUPP
Since I don't have a Masters in Urban Planning and Policy, of course it strikes me as senseless and tragically humorous that portions of St. Louis County are using eminent domain to turn residential area into retail area, and that portions of the City of St. Louis are turning retail area into residential area.
I will think it equally amusing in twenty or thirty years when the roles reverse, because St. Louis County municipalities' sales tax diminishes because there are no citizens left to shop in the retail areas and the city determines it can get more in sales tax revenue than in income tax and other revenues from actual citizens.
Had I that precious degree, I would think it very serious indeed.
Thinking Inside the Box
St. Louis Union Station, the city's old train station, remodeled as a mall, isn't doing so well:
At the rental rate of $1,600 a month, it may not be long before his brother-in-law, who owns the kiosk, becomes another failed businessman at the converted train station.
Business is slow at Union Station and seems to be getting slower, shopkeepers say. It doesn't help that the St. Louis Blues aren't playing this winter at the nearby Savvis Center. Krieger's Sports Grill, which opened just a year ago, shut its operation after New Year's Eve.
Union Station, beautifully restored 20 years ago with a soaring, glass-enclosed shopping area adjoining the former train depot, recently was taken over by a new management company, Jones Lang LaSalle, one of the nation's largest managers of shopping centers. General Manager Byron Marshall and Marketing Manager Frances Percich have been on the job for less than two months.
"We're going to come up with a plan," Marshall said. "We're very optimistic we can come up with change, some positive change."
So when faced with no shopper traffic in a "revitalized" former train station chock full of shops and kiosks that sell t-shirts and St. Louis souvenirs but very few necessities of life (unless you subsist on coffee and fudge), undoubtedly the obvious answer demands that you turn some of the empty shop space into condominiums.
Ten Year Plan
Oh, boy, here comes trouble: Homeless no more: Plan seeks to end chronic homelessness in 10 years:
Hollywood Sense Tingling
Does anyone else wonder what this implies?
Halmi was quick to point out that the miniseries will not be a remake of Cecil B. DeMille's 1956 movie starring Charlton Heston, but will rely on extensive biblical and historical research for a realistic, truthful presentation of Moses and the Jewish people's exodus from Egypt and their travel to Mt. Sinai, where, according to the Old Testament, God descended to deliver the Ten Commandments.
"I felt that (the Ten Commandments) is the first written document of law, morality and order for the human race, and we completely ignore it," said Halmi, whose myriad credits include "Legend of Earthsea," "Dinotopia" and "The 10th Kingdom."
That sounds swell. Recasting a biblical "tale" by the fellow who produced The 10th Kingdom (A father and daughter are caught in a parallel universe where the great queens Snow White, Cinderella, and Little Red Riding Hood have had their kingdoms fragmented by warring trolls, giants and goblins.) and The Legend of Earthsea (A reckless youth is destined to become the greatest sorcerer that the mystical land of Earthsea has ever known.).
Does anyone see the potential for offense-giving in this? Let the prelash begin.
Book Report: From a Buick 8 by Stephen King (2002)
I paid several dollars for a remaindered copy of this book, so you can guess I like Stephen King enough to part with green instead of silver for his books. That's my disclaimer for bias you'll find in this book report.
The book chronicles, in a series of flashbacks told as part of a narrative, how a troop of Pennsylvania State Police deal with a portal to some strange world and its occasional tendency to disappear state troopers or disgorge aliens. After the SC (sergeant commander) of the troop recounts the story to the son of a recently-killed trooper, the situation comes to a head in the now as the young man decides --probably under the influence of the alien force -- to destroy --or empower--the Buick 8.
The narrative shifts among different speakers both in the present and in the flashbacks, so the narration is somewhat disjointed and not particularly effective. A couple of times in the book, I wanted the action to move a little more quickly, but I made it through. It helped that the book runs only 350 pages, a mere short story for King. Also, he resorts to trickery in the epilogue, poor form, Stephen.
Still, it's always interesting and inspirational to read a Stephen King book to examine his style and his voices and how he can turn a simple plot into a readable and enjoyable novel.
In this generic Terminally-Ill-Child-Meets-Sports-Hero story, entitled Terminally ill child has a new friend in Favre, the writer focuses on Favre, but the real hero of the story is the private citizen who made it happen:
He knew that Favre occasionally looked at the message board and answered questions. But the game was less than a week away, and he figured the chances of Favre seeing the letter were “slim to none, with slim walking out the door.”
The Packers frequently allow visits from terminally ill children through the Make-A-Wish Foundation, said Cathy Dworak, the team’s manager of community relations. But Christopher’s case was a direct appeal to Favre, so this was his call, not the Packers’.
“Brett decided he wanted to do it,” Dworak said.
Hardin, 45, a financial adviser in Kenosha, is a season ticket holder, and he gave his playoff tickets to the Foppianos. After a busy two days of phone calls to Christine, the Packers’ front office, and his father - who donated his frequent flier miles - Hardin had pulled it off.
Wednesday, January 12, 2005
Paying My Hockey Dues
As bound by the terms of my participation in the Hockey Whoopass Jamboree, I must post the
logo because the Houston Aeros defeated the Milwaukee Admirals for the second time this season last night.
Worse, the Admirals have fallen to second in their division to a team from Chicago. Come on, a team from Chicago. Chicago sports teams should only be in first when they're alone in a division, for crying out loud. The Chicago division, specially created so the rest of the country can escape their giant Charybdis, mythical-class sucking.
Application for Medical Insurance
6. Health Information
D) Do you, or any family member listed in Section 5, take any medicine(s), drugs, pills or herbs, or require shots? X Yes _ No
If you checked any itesm in Question C or answered "yes" to Question D, please complete the following (use additional application form, if necessary):
Well, they asked what herbs I was on.
Soundtrack to the Work Day
Interesting. KMJM is playing the song that runs through the strip club scene in Beverly Hills Cop. I think this makes my home office a hostile workplace. I might just sue myself.
On the other hand, I wonder what the title is, not that anyone would know it. It's the Beverly Hills Cop Strip Club Song.
Tuesday, January 11, 2005
Noggle Predicted, Congressman Delivers
In my last post yesterday, I made fun of baby boomers who didn't care about Social Security because they'll die while it's solvent. I mocked, but a Congressman says:
Monday, January 10, 2005
The Noggle Edit
Another ad in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch from yesterday, with my markup in red for your approval:
If we feel like gambling,
|And get me a jelly sandwich 'cause I'm hungry, and it's your duty to ensure continuous homeostasis for all beings, whether human or otherwise (except for some flora).|
And you, productive members of society, business owners, and corporations: put on the fezzes and dance for me! Dance while I chew the lotus blossoms provided by Mother Socialism until I giggle myself to contented sleep and stupidity. Because I wanna, and there's a lot of coalitions who want me to!