Thursday, April 29, 2010


Still assessing this whole thing. . .not sure if it's more of a compendium, hodge-podge, waste of a lot of time. . .but the purple ones are films that i've seen and remember fairly well.  Some i haven't seen in over 20 years, some i have seen in the last 20 but don't really recall; and the Bond films i really couldn't say which i have or haven't seen, with the exception of a couple i KNOW i haven't seen (i.e. On Her Majesty's...with Lazenby).

Oh, it'll make a bit more sense if you read the Intro first.  Honest.
Also, you may recall the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die" list (i think a few have been added), i've got a copy of that as well if you want it.  That one has foreign films, whereas this one doesn't.  That one is also in chronological order, this one is. . .uh, hardly in any order.

Haven't gone through the whole thing, but i went through a LOT.

"Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance.
The only thing it cannot be is moderately important."
C. S. Lewis

Thursday, April 15, 2010


Yes, the video i've scoured the Internet for -- at least once every 5 years -- because it was the funniest thing i ever saw in High School!
Suddenly, thanks to the 'splosion of YouTube and its ilk, there are many videos of narcoleptic dogs!
I'm fairly confident that this golden oldie is still the cream of the crop!
Here's hoping this clip becomes mandatory viewing @ every HS in the country.
Heck, they could probably do a Clockwork Orange thing with every terrorist we capture, and after an hour of watching this (and other, similar videos perhaps) they'll all be so giddy and joyful that they will never want to kill again!

Having accomplished this, my remaining decades-long quest is to find an irregularly-sized (maybe spiral-bound?) book, published in the late '70s or early '80s, in which the author expounds upon his experience with the Atari 2600 game Breakout.  I remember something about his becoming able to play the game with the bottom of the TV screen covered, so that he couldn't see his paddle at all.  Seriously, i think this book was my true introduction to existentialism!  Also, it's MUCH easier to take in than anything those recognized existentialists ever wrote!

"Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance.
The only thing it cannot be is moderately important."
C. S. Lewis

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Not Performing Programs

This is a neat page.  Well, in theory at least.  Not quite so neat when you stop and think about it.  But it's good to see that somebody, somewhere in DC is following through on government transparency and accountability to its employers (us).  It definitely needs updating, though.

Programs categorized as NOT PERFORMING have ratings of Ineffective or Results Not Demonstrated.

Ineffective. Programs receiving this rating are not using your tax dollars effectively. Ineffective programs have been unable to achieve results due to a lack of clarity regarding the program's purpose or goals, poor management, or some other significant weakness.

Results Not Demonstrated. A rating of Results Not Demonstrated (RND) indicates that a program has not been able to develop acceptable performance goals or collect data to determine whether it is performing.

Based on our most recent assessments, 20% of Federal programs are Not Performing."

Kind of ironic that typing into your address bar "" redirects you to a site which is part of ""

The Dept of Health & Human Service (HHS) has over THIRTY (30) programs on this list! (see pp 2-3)

Over TWENTY-FIVE (25) of them received fed'l funding for FY08.  (I have no idea how/why the others did NOT receive it!)

Logic dictates that HHS will be playing a large role in any new gov't programs established as a result of the recently passed health care bill.

Either that, or Obama/Congress will pull a Bush-like "DHS" and establish an entirely new federal bureaucratic entity.

In either event, this website does not give a rosy outlook. . .

"Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance.
The only thing it cannot be is moderately important."
C. S. Lewis