Rants, Recipes and Ramblings


TR Club Trip to Arcosanti

Nice fall weather, dirt roads and sportscars and a day out with your spouse!  Can it get any better?

New Mail Server

You are propably aware that our Internet servers were moved to new systems on a faster conection this weekend.

Additionally, the new mail server contains the new version of our mail software which includes quite a new set of features as well as a “new & improved” interface for accessing your mail through it’s web interface.

To see and use the new web interface just point your browser at:

http://www.yourdomain.com:8383 obviously replacing the “yourdomain.com” with your real domain name. Then login and check it out. You will notice that reading mail on the server is more “Outlook” like with the ability to drag emails from one mailbox to another (like from In to Deleted).

Truer words…

I picked up PJ O’Rourke’s new book _Peace Kills_ the other day (adding to my extensive collection of his fine writing) and this morning picked it up and read the dust jacket.  If the little bit I read on the front flyleaf is  indicative of the rest of his book he appears to be in fine form and ready to discuss US Foreign Policy.
While this example is too easy in that it is like “shooting fish…” I had to share.
“…French ideas, French beliefs, and French actions form a sort of lodestone for humanity. A moral compass needle needs a butt end. Whatever direction France is pointing – toward collaboration with Nazis, accommodation with communists, existentialism, Jerry Lewis, or a UN resolution veto – we can go the other way with a quiet conscience…”
That humor aside I urge you all to stop by your local bookstore and read the last chapter in this book. It is entitled:
Postscript: Iwo Jima and the End of Modern Warfare

July 2003
A very moving and heartfelt piece of literature about his thoughts walking the island while filming a documentary.
Now I will read the rest of the book this week and while I know that PJ can twist a rhetorical knife far better than most I look forward to seeing if he has learned to cause a lump in the throat in the rest of his book as well as he did in that last chapter.

Political Quiz

Pretty “interesting” little test. http://franz.org/quiz.htm

I took the test twice and got scores of 27 and 30.  To the right of GHW Bush both times, but to the left of Jack Kemp the first time and the same score as him once. Which I thought was cool because I supported him back when he made a run for the Presidency (before he was Dole’s running mate).

Lori, took the test and she got a 26.  While we were on opposite sides of some of the more “incendiary” topics on this “test” we don’t have real strong political disagreements.

The following quiz by Victor Kamber and Bradley S.O’Leary appeared in the October 28-30, 1994 issue of USA Weekend.

Before you vote in the next election, take this quick, surprising quiz to see where – and with whom – you really stand.

As I said months ago…

With Bush’s win last night I won one steak dinner bet that Bush would beat Kerry and I will have to wait until the end of the month for the absolute final numbers from the States to see if Bush can move his popular total (meaningless) of the vote above 52% (I favor the EV system for the same reason I would not call for a change in the Senate rules on the 60 vote filibuster rule) to see if another steak dinner bet will pay off.
Last numbers I saw this morning were
58,787,327  51.56%

55,225,764  48.43%

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Date: Mon, 21 Jun 2004 12:21:41 -0700
But as always we will have underestimated him and he will beat our french-looking candidate with a much bigger than expected margin. You read it here first.