Monthly Archives: January 2006

My thoughts on the State of the Union address.

I am a registered Democrat, but, I’m not a party loyalist. I think for myself, and I make decisions for myself. I think they should remove the “Vote all Republican” and “Vote all Democrat” options from voting ballots. But, I find that my values, more often than not, align with the left. I think that Bush is a douche, and I am ashamed that he leads our country.

With that being said, here are some of my thoughts about the State of the Union address.

  • I enjoy that the Democrats aren’t standing or applauding at the stupid things he says that gets all of the Republicans to stand and applaud.
  • ABC is broadcasting the speech in HD. Bush has REALLY hairy ears. His barber should have fixed that.
  • In a follow up to the previous bullet, he’s getting age spots on his face. (It’s amazing how much a person ages while in office. Look at Clinton in 93 and again in 2000.)
  • He started to read a letter from a soldier who died. I stopped listening, because it was a ploy. Then they cut to his family. They stood, people started clapping and than everyone stood up. Mom and Wife both pat their hearts with the left hands at the same time. I threw up a bit in my mouth.
  • The Congress must be watching England’s House of Commons because there have been a lot of vocalisations… cheering and moaning. I like it.
  • OH SNAP! </jon stewart> Bush: “Congress did not act last year on my proposal to save Social Security…” Democrats stand up and applaud and cheer. Damn. They’ve got balls.
  • He mentioned the success of No Child Left Behind. I’m sure plenty of people smarter than me will be willing to dispute that it has been successful.
  • Okay, well, it’s now 1 hour-ish in, and I’ve stopped paying full attention. Oh, I found out why. He was trying to end on an inspiring note. It didn’t work for me.

The Governor of Virginia is giving the Democratic response, but he didn’t get HD. He keeps his left eyebrow raised and is kind of like a Bond villain. Also, I don’t know if I like “There’s a better way” mantra. But, I agree with the things that he’s saying.

Site Wonkyness: php5 module update breaks dynamic site

So, I logged on today and happened to visit my own site, and realised that it had completely went wonky. At first glance, it looked like the database had crapped on itself. There were only two blog entries appearing on the homepage, all of the archives were gone, and even some other pages which were dynamically generated had gone totally wonky. Logging into the backend of Movable Type showed everything was intact still. So, I started to troubleshoot the display problems.

Today, I updated the following modules via FreeBSD’s Ports collection:
devel/p5-Class-Spiffy (p5-Class-Spiffy-0.12)
devel/p5-Spiffy (p5-Spiffy-0.29)
mail/p5-Mail-Tools (p5-Mail-Tools-1.67)
www/p5-HTML-Template (p5-HTML-Template-2.7_1)
devel/p5-Test-Base (p5-Test-Base-0.47)

Something in one (or multiple) of those broke dynamic pages. So, I converted both my site and Josh’s site back to static pages, and all should be fine now.

Tidbits for the day

Holy crap, where has the time gone? It’s suddenly the end of January. I’ve basically lost a month and a half here. So, first off… happy new year. Okay, now that that’s out of the way, let’s talk about something interesting.

Some more highlights and thoughts about things in the world that, if I was a better blogger, would have individual, detailed entries…

  • They cancelled The West Wing. It makes me sad and angry. But, I can understand it. Since Aaron Sorkin left, it’s not the same.
  • WB and UPN are shutting down, and CBS and WB are making a new network. If they don’t bring back Veronica Mars, there will be hell to pay.
  • Commander in Chief is a decent show, but it is NOT The West Wing. There are too many things that are wrong with it, such as their “situation room,” which is a conference room with a few plasma screens. The West Wing’s is in the basement, dark, with lots of screens, and military people walking about doing various tasks. Seems more realistic.
  • I had a real trackback! My post about Movable Type, dynamic pages, and the stupid cron job was read by someone and it helped them, so much so they linked to it. I feel like I’ve made it now, and I can start shopping for people to buy my domain name now. Technorati’s site still says it’s worth $0, but, damnit, someone read it! 🙂
  • I want to write a post about people with blogs and them coming back to haunt them later in life. Maybe mentioning it here will make me try… doubt it, but maybe.
  • Jack has contacted me 3 times in the past two months to come back and play with the Phil. I want to. I want to badly, but, when it comes time to getting the bass out of the closet, I lose my motivation. I want to stay at home and relax after being at work. I want to watch some TV or a movie with my wife. Spending all evening away from home a second night a week is kind of hard to do. I need to go, though. I enjoy playing. I love music. I’m just being lazy I think. I always remember about it at like 8pm the night of rehearsal, and then it’s too late.