Leaving on a Jet Plane

I fly out tomorrow morning for Vermtown (via Omaha). So, how about not reading this and just meeting for a beer at the Pub instead? Okay? Okay. See you there.


Wake me up when it’s over

I must say that I found the Presidential debates insanely boring. I blame this on the fact that the debate focused mainly on the subjects of the war in Iraq and homeland security. I do not find these topics interesting. I loathe these topics. I understand that they’re important, and I have very definite opinions on both subjects. However, I hate listening to the same posturing, analysis, and criticism (from both sides) OVER AND OVER. The subjects are discussed all around me all the time. The debates coming from the President and presidential hopeful do not make them anymore informational or interesting.


Initiative 147 !== Jobs

This entry I must file under the “why do people stick to old ideas that no longer hold water” category. In November, along with electing a new United States President, Montana voters will vote for or against Initiative 147, also known as I-147. (This is not a vote for or against a new interstate highway).

Initiative 147 lifts Montana’s 1998 ban on CYANIDE LEACH MINING. But, I must be fair and note that the initiative would put strict environmental procedures in place for such mining. However, the only real argument for it, that I’ve seen, is that it would create jobs.

(This is the part where I sigh deeply and bang my head against the wall.)

That would be great if they were sustainable jobs and the sustained jobs didn’t hurt the environment. The problem with resource extraction related job growth is that IT IS NOT SUSTAINABLE. Gold is not a renewable resource unless you consider the thousands of year lapse needed for it to form as making it “renewable.” The same goes for silver. (And oil, of course, but that’s another story for another day).

A lot of people in Montana (and other non-urban states) believe that Montana job growth is in extracting resources. The Sonoran Institute, an economic group with a branch in Bozeman, MT, did a 30-year study that found that the exact opposite is true. Its research, Prosperity in the 21st Century West,

dispels the notion that public lands hurt local economies by preventing the development of natural resources. In fact, the contrary is true: public lands draw people who want to live and work in rural areas which leads to vibrant economies and better quality of life.

Also, I think it should be noted that a mining company, one based in Colorado at that, is backing the initiative. The often repeating television commercial for the initiative features the executive director of the mining union. I’m going to go out on a limb and guess that their activism is not motivated by non-bias and a love of Montana life.

Montana has an educated, talented work pool. Let’s work with that and create a vibrant economy that can grow into the future. Montana can do more than deplete its natural beauty.

Life Politics

It’s not that easy

Why do people insist on oversimplifying life?

The article’s subtitle states, “How blue staters and red staters can learn to communicate and do business.” Um, wow. I just don’t see political affiliation as the proper categorization to decide how one should conduct business. One must always, when doing business, consider belief system, cultural, and background differences. But, does this break along political affiliation, and two affiliations at that?

I understand that stereotyping makes information easier to manage, but the United States is way too diverse to consider things in two colors. I also found the examples used insulting — implying that Red state members wouldn’t be “hip” enough to have heard of Curb Your Enthusiasm or that Blue Staters should read up on their religious texts to appeal to Red Staters — and ludicrous.

This isn’t a Passport to America. It’s not that easy.

[ article via Anil ]

Life Music

Music and Mechanics

I’m weird, and I’m the first to admit it.

Today, upon getting back my car after having it in the shop for some routine maintenance, I noticed my radio had been shut off. Apparently, my mechanic doesn’t like bluegrass. However, I distinctly remember the mixed alt/rock CD my sister gave to me still being on play after my last oil change. But, before that my mixed pop crap CD was off.

Of course, the radio being turned off after a car has been in to the shop is very common. I’m just curious if it’s the music that causes it to be shut off, or radios are usually shut off. Any mechanics out there who can confirm?

Now, I wonder what I should leave for the technicians next time…of course, let’s hope that’s a fair distance in the future.


Hello, Internet. It’s me Nicole.

So, dear Internet, if you are going to be in the Vermtown area on D-Days weekend, I expect to see you sometime during said weekend.

Consider yourself warned!


Imagine a frustrated face

I changed my wifi channel. And I have now found another “Untitled” network to contend with.

Seriously, where are these people? I’ve never had interference until the last couple weeks.


Why FSU? Why?

I think FSU wants me to die young.

If they blow another game against Miami with a field goal hooked to the right, or a field goal hooked to the left, or an untimely personal foul, or a horrible fumble by Rix, I may just snap.

It’s tough to be a Seminoles fan.

Geek Life

Step off

If “chep” doesn’t stop interfering with my wifi signal, we’re gonna come to blows.

Seriously, man, I will take you down.