Archive for August, 2004

quite a diff

Friday, August 6th, 2004

On the MSN Money Market Report today, the following:

July employment report huge disappointment; nonfarm payrolls add 32K jobs (consensus of 243K)

Quite a difference there, eh? But Big George says that the economy is improving, so that’s OK. He also says that we’re “turning a corner and we’re not going back”. Unfortunately he hasn’t specified whether or not this is a good thing.

I have a feeling that there will be several people thinking that this is of course very bad if you’re a job seeker, but boy it gives a boost to Kerry. I’m not sure how I feel about that attitude. I’m sure it’s easy to say if you don’t happen to be struggling because you’re out of a job.

almost famous

Thursday, August 5th, 2004

I am proud to have been quoted for the first time on Pharyngula, due to my recent post here about the Luis Palau festival. Fortunately Prof Myers has done some muck-raking on this Palau character, and he (Palau) is as medievally backward and fundamentalist as I feared. With Pat Boone in support too – erk.

Anyway I was moved to write the following to our local newspaper, the Star Tribune, which is a high-profile sponsor:


I applaud you on the decision to run Doug Grow’s piece on the unease some of your staff are feeling at being associated with the Palau rally at the State Capitol this weekend. I too am unhappy about the fact that a supposedly balanced news organization would choose to be associated with a group who state on their website that homosexuality and abortion are sins for which people will be sent to hell. Or that you would be associated with a group who would deny evolution, both its teaching in schools and the scientific theory itself.

I understand that you are not specifically endorsing the organization or its views but by being associated as a high profile sponsor you have unfortunately ended up being viewed in the same conservative, bigoted, repressive camp as our Governor and right-wing fundamentalists everywhere.

a pox

Thursday, August 5th, 2004

Toby’s had a bit of a rash for the last few days – it started innocuously in his diaper area so we thought it was just diaper rash, but it has stuck around and is now on his legs and a little on his torso. I don’t think it’s bothering him too much but he was saying “owie dappy” when I changed his diaper after his bath last night, but he may have just been objecting to having to lie down when he apparently had more important things to do. So Em took him to the doctor this morning to find out if we should be concerned. One of my coworkers is off this week with chicken pox, and the nurse Toby saw said that he might have it too, although it’d be mild seeing as he’s been vaccinated against it. I guess it’s good to get chicken pox when you’re young.

toby update

Wednesday, August 4th, 2004

It’s really interesting watching Toby change pretty much every day. While we were at IKEA on Monday evening I noticed that he has two lower molars which just popped through, one on each side. We suffered from lack of sleep while they were scything their way through his gums, so I’m glad they’re here now, I feel we earned them.

His language is developing really rapidly too, he’s getting more and more vocabulary daily and learning to string words together. Two notable words he has now are “mine” and “owie”. He uses the latter correctly if he trips and hurts himself, but we’ve noticed that he’ll also use it if we do something to him he doesn’t approve of, such as take him away from something interesting which he’s not supposed to be messing with. I guess both of these words indicate that he’s developing a sense of what’s his and what’s right and wrong, at least as far as he sees the world.


Wednesday, August 4th, 2004

I can think of a few Brit geeks who would appreciate a POKIA retro phone of the future. I particularly like the names – The Stevenage, the Peckham Cottage etc.

a pooma

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2004

He does indeed restore dignity. Watch this.

a different world

Monday, August 2nd, 2004

My friend Richard is on a business trip in Dhaka, Bangladesh at the moment and has some pretty awesome photos which I recommend. Last time I was on a business trip it was a little village outside of Birmingham, England, which was considerably less exotic.