On the road…

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I’m writing tonight from a hotel room in Norfolk, VA… I’m here to attend the 2005 FAA Software DER conference. I’m not actually a DER yet, but have applied to be one and my company figured it would be good if I came and got some training.

So far the trip has been uneventful; flew from Cedar Rapids to Detroit and then on to Norfolk. I’d never been through Detroit before; it’s a pretty nice airport. The tunnel between Concourse B (where I landed) and Concourse A (where I needed to go to catch my next flight) was pretty wild; the tunnel walls/roof had funky psychedelic colors that semi-randomly changed… would’ve taken a picture if I hadn’t put the camera in my checked luggage… ๐Ÿ™

Got to Norfolk and was pleasantly suprised at my rental car; it’s a silver 2005 Ford Mustang. Pretty cool. Managed to find the hotel, the Marriott Waterfront hotel, very nice. It has a view that overlooks the Elizabeth River and just around the corner is an old battleship that’s part of a museum. I’ll have to take some pictures tomorrow.

It’s a little bit lonely and quiet right now. I haven’t met up with any of the others from Cedar Rapids yet; I’ll have to find them in the morning. So, I’m sitting in my hotel room, just finished ironing all the clothes I brought along, thinking it’s probably time to head to bed. Unfortunately, I’m still on central time, which means it only feels like 10:30 PM but the clock says 11:30. Oh well.

On the bright side, the web tells me that the Cubs came back to win in the 9th inning, 3-2. Go Cubbies!

Victor Davis Hanson on War on National Review Online

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Hanson hits it on the head again. Another insightful piece.

Victor Davis Hanson on War on National Review Online

First the terrorists of the Middle East went after the Israelis. From 1967 we witnessed 40 years of bombers, child murdering, airline hijacking, suicide murdering, and gratuitous shooting. We in the West usually cried crocodile tears, and then came up with all sorts of reasons to allow such Middle Eastern killers a pass….

Read the whole article on NRO.

wait, don’t work on it yet…

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It never fails. I start working on a not-approved-yet-but-probably-OK change request today, and after about an hour of code modification the requirements guy sticks his head into my cubicle.

“Hey Chris, don’t know if you’re working on those changes yet, but they should all be OK except for Oil Pressure – there’s some big changes coming for that one.”

What have I been working on for the last hour? Oil Pressure. ๐Ÿ™‚

wait, don’t work on it yet…

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It never fails. I start working on a not-approved-yet-but-probably-OK change request today, and after about an hour of code modification the requirements guy sticks his head into my cubicle.

“Hey Chris, don’t know if you’re working on those changes yet, but they should all be OK except for Oil Pressure – there’s some big changes coming for that one.”

What have I been working on for the last hour? Oil Pressure. ๐Ÿ™‚

wait, don’t work on it yet…

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It never fails. I start working on a not-approved-yet-but-probably-OK change request today, and after about an hour of code modification the requirements guy sticks his head into my cubicle.

“Hey Chris, don’t know if you’re working on those changes yet, but they should all be OK except for Oil Pressure – there’s some big changes coming for that one.”

What have I been working on for the last hour? Oil Pressure. ๐Ÿ™‚

Randall Goodgame, where have you been all my life?

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Tuesday I found a bootleg concert recording of Randall Goodgame opening for Caedmon’s Call in Minot, ND. I’d never heard his music before; I knew that he’s written some good stuff for Caedmon’s, and that Andy Osenga speaks highly of him, but that was about it. So, I downloaded the songs and decided to give him a listen. Wow, what I have been missing!

War And Peace cover image

The song that has totally captured my head at the moment is from his Peanuts trilogy on his latest album, War and Peace. I’m not sure whether it’s #1 or #3; the bootleg says it’s #3, but when I listen to the clips of his songs from his website, it sounds like it’s #1. I guess I’ll find out for sure once I get the CD; I ordered it back on Tuesday. Hoping it might come before I head out to Norfolk next week, but I’m not holding my breath. Anyhow, he has Danielle Young (of Caedmon’s) singing with him on this one, and it’s just the perfect folksy mix of terrific lyrics and fun music; I’ve had it on repeat for the last hour or so in iTunes and I’m not ready to turn it off yet.

He [Schroeder] played like Harry Truman,
without those cokebottles that only Marcie wore,
Like Harry Truman, without the atom bomb,
Without the burden of a third world war.

Brilliant.

a busy week…

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This upcoming week is gonna be a hum-dinger. Tonight is softball, first umping, then playing. Tuesday night is a church leadership meeting. Wednesday night is worship team. (Note to self: gotta get WT reorganization plans going.) Thursday night Mark Smiley is coming over for dinner. Friday night my folks, brothers, sister, and friend come to visit for the weekend and celebrate Laura’s birthday. They stay until Sunday night, and then Monday I take off to Norfolk, VA, for the DER conference. Maybe I can get some rest there… ๐Ÿ™‚

the tenets of the liberal anti-war crowd

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Victor Davis Hanson has a great piece in today’s NRO, in which he identifies the three principles that drive the liberal anti-war crowd. As usual, he states it as clearly and succinctly as anybody. He identifies them as:

1) moral equivalence. For the hard Left there is no absolute right and wrong since amorality is defined arbitrarily and only by those in power.

2) utopian pacifism โ€” โ€˜war never solved anythingโ€™ and โ€˜violence only begets violence.โ€™ Thus it makes no sense to resort to violence, since reason and conflict resolution can convince even a bin Laden to come to the table. That most evil has ended tragically and most good has resumed through armed struggle โ€” whether in Germany, Japan, and Italy or Panama, Belgrade, and Kabul โ€” is irrelevant. Apparently on some past day, sophisticated Westerners, in their infinite wisdom and morality, transcended age-old human nature, and as a reward were given a pass from the smelly, dirty old world of the past six millennia.

3) multiculturalism, or the idea that all social practices are of equal merit. Who are we to generalize that the regimes and fundamentalist sects of the Middle East result in economic backwardness, intolerance of religious and ethnic minorities, gender apartheid, racism, homophobia, and patriarchy? Being different from the West is never being worse.

Good stuff.

occasional down time

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Don’t be suprised if you see occasional downtime on my blog here over the next several days; the server on which it runs has been under attack by spammers for the last week and Geof (the trusty and generous hosting provider) is having the server wiped and then doing a full re-load this weekend.

Best wishes to Geof as he spends his weekend at a no-fun task.