Brave New World

While buying supplies for tomorrow, I picked up something new (for me, at least)- a box of wine.

Before you groan, my friend, who is a chef, claims that some of these have really become quite good. I bought Hardy’s Shiraz.

So far, it is looking like turkey, gravy, oyster stuffing, sauerkraut, mashed potatoes, and brussel sprouts.

No dessert, since I never have enough room left anyway.

Bypassing Robo Voicemail

You’re not supposed to know about this, so don’t tell anyone I told you.


XBOX 360 Open Thread

For those of you who have purchased one and for those of you who will- initial impressions here, please.


Tim has a long post up on Scanlon pleading guilty, and it gives you much of the background and lots of links to follow, but what I can’t find is the answer to a simple question- why?

I simply don’t understand these folks that do stuff like this. Would I like to be rich? Sure, but I am not willing to screw over a boatload of people, and I am DEFINITELY not willing to take the chance that I would humiliate my family or spend years in jail to get rich.

And what REALLY is inexplicable to me are the folks like Adelphia’s Rigas, or the fellow from Tyco, or the others who were bilking sums in the hundreds of millions and billions range. Why? How does your lifestyle change from being worth 100 million to being worth 200 million? Is it that much that you are willing to risk everything?

I just don’t get it.

Interesting Poll Results

The Pew Research Center and the Council on Foreign Relations released a new poll stating that the citizens of the United States are becoming more isolationist, as well as a number of other findings. You can read the whole story here, and the actual link to Pew is here.

The results are interesting, and I recommend checking them out, but what caught my eye was this:

Two-thirds of Americans say that there is less international respect for the United States than in the past. When asked why, strong majorities – 71 percent of the public, 88 percent of opinion leaders –cite the war in Iraq.

Who are these opinion leaders, and how does Pew define them? As it turns out, Pew provides an answer:

The results of the opinion leaders survey are based on Americans who are influential in their chosen field. The sample was designed to represent these influentials in eight professional areas of expertise: media; foreign affairs; national security; state and local government; university administration and think tanks; religious organizations; science and engineering; and military. Every effort was made to make the sample as representative of the leadership of each particular field as possible. However, because the goal of the survey was to identify people of particular power or influence, the sampling was purposive in overall design, but systematic with regard to respondent selection wherever possible.

Just something I thought was interesting.