Sunday, October 22, 2006



I'm going to be doing some major repairs and re-loading of the blog template. There is a glitch somewhere in my template HTML that neither Blogger nor I can locate or repair. This is not my semi-annual tear-it-all-up-and-start-again blog murder. I just want to fix all the problems that are occuring with the graphics and even some comments and posts.


Anonymous UT said...

I got so many problems on the day I switched to blogspot Beta. For example I can't log in anymore to some blogs that require to log in with my older account, it is a major bug from blogspot, they are trying to fix it, but the new code they created for the cross table is still buggy. Sometimes I also found out that I can't upload pictures, especially pictures whose size is bigger than 2 megz.
If you want to switch to another template, for some reasons it makes disappear all your old pictures you posted, at least that's what happened to me in the past, therefore I just decided not to change the templates anymore, until things get resolved. I even lost some posts in the past, or sometimes my posts overlapse on the right border, or it does not display all the pictures under Firefox but only under IE. It would be cool if they could allow us to back up our datas temporarily whenever people do modifications on their blogs. There are other blog offering this choice but I don't recall the name anymore.

Anyway even backing up datas through their servers or different hosting companies is not safe anymore. On Friday at work, we lost the whole staging module: terrabytes were gone from staging. By chance when we develop, we push applications in 4 phases, from development to staging, then to production and then finally to backup. But imagine the worse, like something goes wrong with their servers and they lose everything: my company would have to shut down. We still have the whole backup on hard-drives at work, but we are running out of space, we have hundreds of terrabytes just for the video production :S

Sun Oct 22, 01:35:00 PM  
Anonymous UT said...

By the way Robert, I have a neighbor from TN. He is a gothic kid, always dressed in black, and he seems okay and nice. This kid decided to get another job because his g/f has to go to the hospital for surgery; he wants to work 70 hours a week, 2 jobs, only to pay his bills. In Las Vegas, there has been so much inflation these last years, and I calculated that if you rent an appartment with a car payment, car insurance, cable, and wants to buy food to survive, then you need to make at least 40K a year to be on the safe side. At my work, I asked for a raise lately, and they gave me 25% raise. It also means I am going to spend more time at work. But I am lucky, I live just next to my job, I don't have to commute everyday on the highway anywmore (it was taking me 2 hours a day) and I love my job although it is stressful sometimes.

Hopefully this week I will put some pictures from Vegas on my blog.

Sun Oct 22, 01:45:00 PM  
Anonymous UT said...

Completely off-topics:

Did anyone tested the latest core Duo from Intel? I've seen some tests on and I was impressed. I am going to put one together this week for a coworker with a nice Nvidia 7950 GT and DDR-2 RAM 8500. I think I will wait for the QUAD core before changing my configuration ;)

Sun Oct 22, 05:08:00 PM  
Anonymous UT (at work) said...

Check this out, it is funny:

PARIS - Around a dozen Japanese tourists a year need psychological treatment after visiting Paris as the reality of unfriendly locals and scruffy streets clashes with their expectations, a newspaper reported on Sunday.

"A third of patients get better immediately, a third suffer relapses and the rest have psychoses," Yousef Mahmoudia, a psychologist at the Hotel-Dieu hospital, next to Notre Dame cathedral, told the newspaper Journal du Dimanche.

Already this year, Japan's embassy in Paris has had to repatriate at least four visitors -- including two women who believed their hotel room was being bugged and there was a plot against them.

Previous cases include a man convinced he was the French "Sun King", Louis XIV, and a woman who believed she was being attacked with microwaves, the paper cited Japanese embassy official Yoshikatsu Aoyagi as saying.

"Fragile travelers can lose their bearings. When the idea they have of the country meets the reality of what they discover it can provoke a crisis," psychologist Herve Benhamou told the paper.

The phenomenon, which the newspaper dubbed "Paris Syndrome", was first detailed in the psychiatric journal Nervure in 2004.

Bernard Delage of Jeunes Japon, an association that helps Japanese families settle in France, said:

"In Japanese shops, the customer is king, whereas here assistants hardly look at them ... People using public transport all look stern, and handbag snatchers increase the ill feeling."

A Japanese woman, Aimi, told the paper:

"For us, Paris is a dream city. All the French are beautiful and elegant ... And then, when they arrive, the Japanese find the French character is the complete opposite of their own."

Tue Oct 24, 08:23:00 AM  
Blogger politiques USA said...

Here is another interesting post about american society:

IN 1985, THE FORBES 400 were worth $221 billion combined. Today, they’re worth $1.13 trillion—more than the GDP of Canada.

THERE’VE BEEN FEW new additions to the Forbes 400. The median household income has also stagnated—at around $44,000.

AMONG THE FORBES 400 who gave to a 2004 presidential campaign, 72% gave to Bush.

IN 2005, there were 9 million American millionaires, a 62% increase since 2002.

IN 2005, 25.7 million Americans received food stamps, a 49% increase since 2000.

ONLY ESTATES worth more than $1.5 million are taxed. That’s less than 1% of all estates. Still, repealing the estate tax will cost the government at least $55 billion a year.

ONLY 3% OF STUDENTS at the top 146 colleges come from families in the bottom income quartile; only 10% come from the bottom half.

BUSH’S TAX CUTS GIVE a 2-child family earning $1 million an extra $86,722—or Harvard tuition, room, board, and an iMac G5 for both kids.

A 2-CHILD family earning $50,000 gets $2,050—or 1/5 the cost of public college for one kid.

THIS YEAR, Donald Trump will earn $1.5 million an hour to speak at Learning Annex seminars.

ADJUSTED FOR INFLATION, the federal minimum wage has fallen 42% since its peak in 1968.

IF THE $5.15 HOURLY minimum wage had risen at the same rate as CEO compensation since 1990, it would now stand at $23.03.

A MINIMUM WAGE employee who works 40 hours a week for 51 weeks a year goes home with $10,506 before taxes.

SUCH A WORKER would take 7,000 years to earn Oracle CEO Larry Ellison’s yearly compensation.

ELLISON RECENTLY posed in Vanity Fair with his $300 million, 454-foot yacht, which he noted is “really only the size of a very large house.”

whole text here

Tue Oct 24, 05:48:00 PM  
Blogger Again said...

thanks for the link, ut

what do i do with my anger about the omnipresent injustice?

Tue Oct 24, 11:43:00 PM  
Anonymous Nemo said...

[OT?]: The only flaw I can identify in this excellent synopsis of Sinclair Lewis's visionary "It Can't Happen Here" [1935] is the seemingly naive assertion that "more paranoid readers might be tempted to draw parallels between this scenario and sundry predicaments we may or may not be in right now." "More PARANOID"?? I believe the appropriate characterization would actually be "more ASTUTE"!! (But then, judging from the reviewer's preceding litany of astounding correlattions with present-day Amerika, I have to suspect that the comment was thoroughly "tongue-in-cheek".): Book Review: "It Can't Happen Here" -- an America in thrall to a homespun facist dictator, by Joe Keohane, Boston Globe, December 18, 2005.

Wed Oct 25, 04:45:00 AM  
Blogger Again said...

great link, nemo

stored it immediately, just for the sake of good quotes ;-)

because here you see perfectly, why i am against fuehrers and followers - and why i say, that the followers are the true criminals: "Windrip's most formidable task, convincing Americans to renounce bedrock democratic principles, was already accomplished well before he took power. It was just waiting for its moment."

most people hate freedom - that's the sad truth

but the whole story tells a situation so similar to the current that it is scary - the only thing i've found that it was truly just an "americanization" of Hitler is "'Zero Hour,'' his widely read pre-campaign book" - you see "Mein Kampf", but you can't imagine George "never read a book" Bush being willing or able to write

found another interesting link about the Doomsday of America: Bush might be the same as the exploding deficit, he pushes by credits, just a "symptom" of a serious disease:

America and the Dollar Illusion

"The US foreign debt grows by about $1.5 billion every weekday and has now reached about $3 trillion. Private household debt, both at home and abroad, has reached $9 trillion -- and 40 percent of these debts has been incurred since 2001. The Americans are enjoying the present at the cost of selling off ever larger chunks of their future...
Biologists have observed similar phenomena in plants contaminated by toxins. Before they wither, they produce one last batch of healthy shoots -- to the point that they can hardly be distinguished from healthy plants. Some speak of a panic bloom."

so Bush, like Hitler, tells the same story - the story of glorious times gone by but desperately clinged to by willingly closing the eyes, by ignoring the facts to protect the dream

(from the Dollar-link) "Incidentally, the commission that former US President Bill Clinton created to investigate the negative balance of trade concluded in clear terms that the government has to do whatever it can to put an end to the growing disparity between imports and exports. It demanded that the public give up its optimism and return to realism, that people start saving again and that the state reduce its imports in order to prevent too hard a crash landing.
None of that has been done."

Reality, it's all about reality and the ability to accept it - because if you accept it you can at least settle the price, if you prefer to sleepwalk into disaster, the price is settled by everyone else than you - and look at the world of the "winners"! Not very generous to the loser you will be at that time. The price may be higher than you can afford

Thu Oct 26, 03:42:00 AM  
Blogger Again said...

remember the comments to "Ron Kovic-Patriot"

where we talked about "giving my life for my country"? Where i replied: "if you only would DIE" and mentioned Johnny Got His Gun, fearing that now many young Americans could be called "Johnny" and remembered the hospitals for the forgotten of WW II?

4 - F O U R

until now Bush had maimed so many young americans, that he (despite the fact that his heart must be bleeding for the dollars wasted for HaveNots) had to build 4 hospitals for the forgotten last year!

"They've also been mutilated so badly or have have suffered so many severe burns that the term "polytrauma" has become a common one for military doctors.
he number of soldiers with these types of mulitple injuries is so high that US government had to create four so-called "polytrauma rehabilitation centers" last year -- in Palo Alto, California; Tampa, Florida; Richmond, Virgina; and Minneapolis, Minnesota. There, the "latest generation of America's heroes" -- as the injured soldiers are called in a statement issued to their relatives -- is shielded from the public." Severity of Injuries Requires New Forms of Rehabilitation

mutilated so badly that they have to be shielded from the public...

ask them what life is worth - without dignity and the body to live it...

there are no winners in war - except for the war profiteers at home

Thu Oct 26, 07:48:00 AM  
Anonymous Nemo said...

Again: An "illusion" it is! And what makes the situation with the dollar even more precarious is the current government *manipulation*, Enron-style, of the "ledger sheets". For instance, we've long been told that inflation is firmly held in check in the US, but any such "Pollyanna-ish" belief is based merely on remarkably dubious accounting methods which have been instituted primarily to produce a "best case" scenario, rather than strictly analyze what is. Thus, whether for American or world "consumption", we're being led via utterly "cooked" books while basic commodities cost ever more. I really suspect that a great many Americans are not truly "enjoying" the present at the cost of their future, but merely *subsisting *on credit.The worst lies, it seems, are always the ones we tell ourselves. And this is surely a prime example. ==== Many thanks to you for the fine reference, and to PolU for his contribution above -- the lop-sided distribution of wealth in this country has become utterly appalling.

Thu Oct 26, 07:52:00 AM  
Anonymous UT said...

thanks for the link, ut

what do i do with my anger about the omnipresent injustice?

Your question is a dead give-away; I think you are asshamed of your past, and I don't blame you, and you are afraid that other nations do the same thing in your country, and that is understandable. But your country (Deutschland) was divided because of an ideology (communism, okay but against what then?). In Western Germany, the wall (Die Mauer) was called the wall of shame, but in Eastern Germany after 1967, it was called the wall of freedom. I was living in Sachsen Anhalt during communist times when I was a kid before 1989, and I was fine with it. Let me tell you one thing: my cousin Jurgen Kuenzel during 1967 from "Friedenweg in Plauen" was building the wall; he was 17 years old, back then he had no idea about freedom; he was building this wall because he was told to do so. During the 70s Eastern and Western Germany were doing fine financially, but some assholes in the worldbank or IMF decided in western Europe that since communist ideology from a Marxist point of view was not taking care of inflation, then communist currencies were not compatible with the communist currency. Today our currency is compatible, in the West we call that globalization, while the West enslave people in the East.

There is no solution for your question, it belongs to you first. I think it is not about injustice and past, it is about transformation of culture. It is one of the subjects that make me really phreak out when human beings want to know where they are standing from with their own origins in anthropology that defines therefore culture. Culture (conservators) is not homogeneous through times (radicals), it is only homogeneous through actions, and I've never been able to pacify this issue, because actions do not bring peace but wars. At one point in History american conservators have a chance to bring war on them, because what was considered as "conservator" in american past may be perceived as radical in the rest of the world.

Basically there is no answer to that; no matter how strong we feel about it, even after weighing everything, we are just a piece of the huge puzzle. But we can't be go down to radicalism without expecting the change in other cultures, it is only how we want to be associated with our culture because it is in our heart first. So like I said before, it is not about life against us, it is how "we" feel about life; and I do know how hard it is to feel about that, trust me on that one, between tolerance and intolerance.

I wish I could have answered your question, but I really can't, because it is very very complicated what you are imposing onto yourself. There are though some differences between Europeans and Americans. From a philosophical point of view if it can make you feel better, Europeans are far way ahead compared to Americans because the USA is a young nation and is going to learn the hard way, maybe not like they did in Europe; but they will fall down on their asses too. It is sad but it is the best way to learn in a culture.

Sat Oct 28, 02:50:00 AM  
Anonymous UT said...

One more point though and let me tell you a secret about *truth*. I have been shocked by one physical thing on myself when I broke my back a few weeks ago: I have the force to change myself in this world (typical US mentality) but I cannot change things around myself (typical european mentality). These are the force between individualism and collective society. As you can see, both of these *beliefs* are intertwened but they cannot be changed from one day to the next, only if circumstancial evidences happen (like 911 for example). We got a winner here but we should go into depths to acknowledge the weakness and the strength of a culture, in order to find out why culture is not homogeneous as a darwinist point of view: it took million of years to get a monkey dressed on his 2 feet to know what we are right now. I am wondering though if we are going to evolve or regress a few million years after us?

Sat Oct 28, 03:10:00 AM  
Anonymous UT said...

"it took million of years to get a monkey dressed" not dressed, but stood up. I don't know why I wrote "dressed" :)

Sat Oct 28, 12:43:00 PM  
Anonymous UT said...

The french word for "standing up" is "dresser". I think I was still thinking in french when I was writing in English. who knows ;)

I have to go see the Democratic party today in Las Vegas within a few hours, I will try to take some pictures.

Sat Oct 28, 12:46:00 PM  
Anonymous UT said...

Hi JMF, how are you doing? :)

Sat Oct 28, 02:04:00 PM  
Anonymous UT said...

I just got back from the Democratic Headquarters in Vegas. I did not see that much of people today. I found out that the son of Jimmy Carter is running, and Al Gore will be in Vegas on Weds.

Sat Oct 28, 07:32:00 PM  
Anonymous UT said...

Gee I am again all alone in this thread :(

Sun Oct 29, 10:12:00 AM  
Blogger politiques USA said...

Hey Robert, check this link:

Something about Tennesse

In the video, the guy on the left side is 65 years old. His son (David Hallyday) was this guy who sang in the US "she's my girl". The other guy on the right side with a red star on his jacket is a neighbor of mine, who lived a few miles from my house in France (His name is Renaud) and became a bum during the 2 last decades.

Sun Oct 29, 05:09:00 PM  
Anonymous nemo said...

Hello, UT: NHo, you're not alone. Sorry for the delay. I've been weary of late, but otherwise hanging in. (Was visiting family the recently, so I missed a day.) I just spotted some Vegas news you might find interesting ["politics as usual" for the GOP? ;-) ]: Videotapes Exist in Gibbons Alleged Assault Case [KESQ News Channel 3] ====
Videotapes from cameras in the parking garage where Congressman Jim Gibbons is alleged to have tried to sexually assault a cocktail waitress are now in the hands of Las Vegas police. ...

Tue Oct 31, 06:04:00 AM  
Anonymous Nemo said...

Hello, UT: No, you're not alone. Sorry for the delay. I've been weary of late, but otherwise hanging in. (Was visiting family recently, so I missed a day.) I just spotted some Vegas news you might find interesting ["Politics as usual" for the GOP? ;-) ]: Videotapes Exist in Gibbons Alleged Assault Case [KESQ News] ==== Videotapes from cameras in the parking garage where Congressman Jim Gibbons is alleged to have tried to sexually assault a cocktail waitress are now in the hands of Las Vegas police. ... ==== [Note to self: Never write until your eyes are focused enough to clearly see the Preview button.]

Tue Oct 31, 06:11:00 AM  
Blogger politiques USA said...

What up my friend? :)
Videotapes from cameras in the parking garage where Congressman Jim Gibbons is alleged to have tried to sexually assault a cocktail waitress are now in the hands of Las Vegas police. ..

I honestly think it was a setup, she had been paid hard money to splash the political career of a guy. In the local news my wife told me they found the tape (finally?) and the guy never sexually attacked this woman. But I don't watch local news anyway, most of the time, because it is all about money, rapes and violence here in Vegas.

Wed Nov 01, 08:26:00 PM  

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