So, I’ve decided to try “tumblogging” at jsp, briefly. We’ll see how long that lasts.
Now here's a scary thought: "Nearly all internal briefings in the Pentagon these days are presented as PowerPoint slides. Officials told me three years ago that if an officer wanted to make a case for a war plan or a weapons program or just about anything, he or she had better make the case in PowerPoint—or forget about getting it approved." -- "PowerPoint to the People" (0)
Uh, wow. Just saw an ad for Hyundai Assurance, a program that lets you return a newly financed/leased vehicle within a year if you "lose your income." It's a white-label for a program called WalkAway, a name which has an oddly threatening tone to my ear. Anyway, between this and Chrysler's new "Employee Pricing Plus Plus," I wonder how long it will be before they throw in 1,000 shares of the automaker's stock with each new car purchase. (0)
Imagine a president-elect doing this today: "John Quincy Adams, according to his own letters, placed his hand on a constitutional law volume rather than a Bible to indicate where his fealty lay." --Slate (0)
Letter from Iceland: "Holidaymakers and business travellers venturing 'til Útlanda', as it is called, found their credit cards refused." That was just 2 weeks after we returned from Iceland. Good thing it didn't implode while we were there... (A point of comparison: my credit card statement shows a 23 Sep purchase for ISK28,500 as US$301.93. Under two months later, and the conversion is now US$203.04.) (4)
United's Door-to-Door baggage service: save the hassle of bringing your luggage to and from the airport...by spending $149+ per bag to have it FedEx'd the day before? Uh, what? Who thought that would take off? (0)
Unbelievable. From Portfolio's "The End of Wall Street" article: "In Bakersfield, California, a Mexican strawberry picker with an income of $14,000 and no English was lent every penny he needed to buy a house for $720,000." (1)
Please get out there and vote! I’d love to see record turnout numbers.
Things I’d also like to see, in order of importance:
- A Barack Obama win (of course)
- A Prop 8 (CA) loss
- An Al Franken (MN-Sen) win
- A Michelle “anti-American” Bachmann (MN-6) loss
Tonight, I’ll either be on the fringes of Barack’s Grant Park party — or staring at DirecTV channel 352.