Why I want a Playstation 3

Posted December 20, 2006 by twotanks
Categories: Uncategorized, Work

I don’t game any more… Too predicable and boring. But I still want a PlayStation 3, Why? It is a subsidized high end computing machine. The combination of Cell processor with Linux. I would love to have one to run some of my simulations on. Oh well I can dream, Can’t I?

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Very good rant on what is wrong with government funding

Posted November 19, 2006 by twotanks
Categories: Uncategorized

Check out this rant on government funding. Forget the nuclear physics he is talking about (although very interesting) what he says about the government as a whole and the politics involved in getting a sliver of funding from the government on potentially game changing, out of the box projects. Toward the end it gets better, and for a moment reminded me of the scene in “Contact” when at the end of her rope, Eleanor Arroway pleads with big money to have a sense of adventure and push past the political barriers for a relatively tiny pile of money (Google says in the side bar that the max money that he needs, 200 million, is less than their electric bill for a year!!)

Make me cry

Posted November 8, 2006 by twotanks
Categories: Uncategorized

I found this video on Digg today. It made me cry.

Linux and open source rocks.

The Oil Drum

Posted November 5, 2006 by twotanks
Categories: Biodiesel

Today I ran across an interesting site devoted to the peak oil theory. Cool stuff!

Swing state

Posted November 3, 2006 by twotanks
Categories: Uncategorized

So I have voted at every election since I turned 18, and I have never been bugged as much as the last couple of days… Calls to our phone, stuff under the door at our apartment, mailings, and heck even Dave Winer is campaigning so I can’t even read tech blogs. Maybe some of it is the moving to a swing state. Minnesota is a little move divided than Nebraska, but, boy, I will be glad when Wednesday is here. I’m just glad the campaign people got my VOIP phone and not my cell phone number.

Idle Time

Posted November 2, 2006 by twotanks
Categories: Work

So, work is a little slow right now. With nothing to work on engineers charge their time to overhead. What does one do for 8 hours a day while he is on overhead? So far I have split my time on various activities. Learning verilog, statistical DSP, Macro economics, Java, how to hack the company’s intranet, and caching up on the latest stories on slashdot and digg. A very productive day for myself learning all this cool stuff, but at the end of the day I wish I could contribute to something in the company instead of getting paid to train myself some cool new thing. Oh well I’m going to take the opportunity and run with it.

Troubling Signs

Posted September 24, 2006 by twotanks
Categories: Work

Ok so I have been working for over a year now. Yeah… ONLY 39+ to go… So after 14 months what is bothering me the most tonight? Rich Baby Boomer entitlement.

So I’m sitting at my desk and “Joe” is talking with his fiend about retirement in 3 months in the next cube. And what is Joe pissed about? Mandatory distributions from his half million dollar 401k. Seems as though the tax break and matching funds that our employer has given him is not enough. He thinks that we all owe him another one. He thinks that he should be able to keep his hord in the plan and take it out as slow as he wants to avoid taxes agian.

Man, I wanted to scream. I think it is partially the sum of money, and the fact that he was COMPLAINING about how this loophole is not BIG enough for him. For people who don’t get 401k’s, saving after taxes is all they have and JOE thinks that he should be able to skirt taxes again.

I hope I don’t become as ungrateful as Joe.

Number two on my list is “Big Baby” Boomers with 6 figure incomes complaining that their drugs are not free and that the US government should pay for it… I mean WE should pay for his drugs. Did I mention 6 figure salary?

The company recently had a politician come in and speak to us about… well… him. What is the first question? Iraq? Debt? Education? Health Care? Jobs? NOPE

Why did the recently passed medicare bill not cover his drugs completely?

The politician, with some skill, noted that the Medicaid bill was ment to completely cover drugs for seniors that were POOR. Not working 60 somethings with 6 figure incomes! The gall of this guy. I sure hope that his opinion was not shared by all boomers.  I am not saying drugs are priced correctly, just that of all people he should be about to pay for them.
I have read numerous places that my generation is often labled as “entitled” and that we expect too much too early. Well, after these fine examples the last couple of months that is exactly how I would label boomers.

Now I can sleep.