Author Archives: David Gaw

Quote of the Day


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America is where the world goes for more freedom and a better life. Texas is where Americans go for more freedom and a better life.Sun Aug 29 00:27:24 via Echofon

Passengers Upset in Plane Non-Crash Incident

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British Airways apologized on Friday after a crew member mistakenly played an emergency message warning Hong Kong-bound passengers that the plane they were on was about to plunge into the sea.

About 275 passengers on a Tuesday flight out of London’s Heathrow Airport heard the message: "This is an emergency. We may shortly need to make an emergency landing on water," NBC News reported. "People were terrified, we all thought we were going to die," passenger Michelle Lord, 32, told Britain’s The Sun newspaper, which first reported the incident. "They said the pilot hit the wrong button because they were so close together." "I can’t think of anything worse than being told your plane’s about to crash," the Sun quoted another passenger as saying.

I can.  It actually crashing.  Count your blessings and stop yer whining!

Gadgets for the Road Warrior Lifestyle

Now up over at Change Ordered, my list of hardware and software tools for making the consulting lifestyle a little bit easier.

links for 2010-07-23

  • In recent years, scientists have shown that they can reprogram human skin cells to an immature state that allows the cells to become any type of cell. …However, the techniques now used to transform cells pose some serious safety hazards. …Now, for the first time, MIT researchers have shown that they can deliver those same reprogramming genes using RNA, the genetic material that normally ferries instructions from DNA to the cell's protein-making machinery.

How Not to Tell Your Parents

Via the WaPo, Bristol Palin, Levi Johnston say they're engaged to be married:

Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston say they're engaged and hope to get married within six weeks in Alaska. Palin, the daughter of 2008 vice-presidential candidate and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, is featured on the cover of Us Weekly with Johnston, holding their 18-month-old son, Tripp.

Bristol Palin tells the magazine that she finds the idea of telling her mother about her engagement "intimidating and scary."

Intimidating or not, I’m hoping she had the discussion with her parents some time between the interview and the appearance of the story in the newspaper.  I don’t think hearing about your engagement from the Washington Post or Us Weekly is likely to make Mom a lot happier about the whole thing. (via The Corner).

Happy Birthday, America

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“Updates temporarily delayed”

Ah, iPhone delivery day has arrived as, coincidentally enough, the following message appears on the FedEx order status page:

IMPORTANT!
Package deliveries are proceeding as normal; however tracking updates are temporarily being delayed. Please try back later.

I wonder if the delay has something to do with 600,000 eager Apple customers hitting refresh every five minutes as they wait for their pre-ordered iPhone 4 to show up?

Kyl v. Obama

Senator Kyl of Arizona said on Friday that President Obama told him that securing the border is a “problem” because “if we secure the border, then you all won’t have any reason to support comprehensive immigration reforms.”  The White House denies the conversation took place according to Politico.

Stories like this annoy me.  It seems very likely that the White House would deny Kyl’s story whether it’s true or not, and is there any chance at all that either side is going to get the other side to concede that it’s their own guy who’s lying?  Any chance?  No.  And unless Senator Kyl has a secret recording of the conversation, which seems rather unlikely, it would usually be a safe bet we’d never know for sure one way or the other.  (For the record, senator, if you do have a recording, that would be awesome.)

Of course, the logic Kyl claims Obama put forth would make logical sense coming from the president, given his stated agenda, and would be compatible with the political strategy the president and his supporters have repeatedly endorsed: “You never want a serious crisis go to waste,” as Rahm Emmanuel puts it.  And I had to laugh when I saw that in the very sentence where he denies the White House is so eager to promote “comprehensive immigration reform” that it would undermine border security, Obama’s Communications Director… manages to cram in a plug for comprehensive immigration reform:

“There are more resources dedicated toward border security today than ever before, but, as the President has made clear, truly securing the border will require a comprehensive solution to our broken immigration system,” [Dan] Pfeiffer said.

He couldn’t even wait and slip a period in there? 

In any case, notice Pfeiffer’s focus is on activity, not outcome.  He talks about resources spent, not about the results of that expenditure—because, of course, the border remain insecure.  Perhaps that’s a safe tack for the administration to take, since clearly a good number of the president’s supporters—legal and otherwise—don’t much want the borders secured, and I suspect a great many wouldn’t much care if he had to lie to keep them open.

Attempting to Order an iPhone 4…

…unsuccessfully.

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Popular item, I’m guessing?

Pepsi Throwback

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It’s no surprise that nostalgia plus novelty is a powerful marketing combination, and being fascinated by the strategies consumer product companies dream up to move product, I had to smile when I encountered this one a few weeks back. 

The idea behind Pepsi Throwback, if you haven’t encountered it, is that Pepsi splashes their cans with the branding used from 1973 to 1987, and makes the cola inside using cane sugar, once a key ingredient in the Pepsi formula, but phased out in favor of high fructose corn syrup back in the 80s.  Yes, I picked up a case, and no, I can’t tell the difference.