Monthly Archive for April, 2008


Excerpt taken from with permission. Read the whole article here. Thud said my thoughts better than I could. So dig it and get where I am coming from.

Obama recently said something about autism and vaccinations:

We’ve seen just a skyrocketing autism rate. Some people are suspicious that it’s connected to the vaccines. This person included. The science right now is inconclusive, but we have to research it. [ Washington Post ]

According to the Obama campaign, “this person” refers to someone in the crowd who asked a question about autism, not Obama himself. But regardless, we’ve had to endure another round of “people who doubt vaccines are irresponsible superstitious nutjobs” posts from people who ought to know better.

I say they ought to know better because they are liberal bloggers who have often written about the gross failures of this administration, particularly in health care and regulatory roles. Let’s go over the narrative again:


  1. The FDA is underfunded, understaffed, mismanaged, and rushed.
  2. The CDC is underfunded and rushed
  3. The Bush administration often pressures government researchers to give the answers it wants
  4. The Bush administration often suppresses research it deems damaging to its own interests and those of corporate friends.
  5. Health care is primarily run for profit in this country.
  6. Medical pregnancy care is rife with dangerous advice, contradictory advice, and procedures done for legal cover and physician convenience, not the best interests of the patient.
  7. We’ve found lead and date-rape drugs in children’s toys, thanks to failing regulatory infrastructure.
  8. There’s recently been a number of high profile, safe drugs pulled from the market which were approved, again, thanks to failing regulatory infrastructure and government pressure.


I am a thief. Thanks Erin.


Q. What is your wallpaper on your computer? some flowers or weeds. came with osx.
Q. How many televisions you have in your house? 1. 19″ CRT. On a cart so it can be wheeled in to the closet.


Q. Are you right-handed or left-handed? left
Q. Have you ever had anything removed from your body? no, other than hair
Q. What is the last heavy item you lifted? the hammond organ or the console furniture
Q. Have you ever been knocked out? no


Q. If it were possible, would you want to know the day you were going to die? no, but sorta yes
Q. If you could change your name, what would you change it to? I can and did change my name
Q. What colour do you think looks best on you? plaid? is that a color?
Q. Have you ever swallowed a non-food item? i used to eat fast food a lot


Q. Would you kiss a member of the same sex for $100? i dont need money
Q. Would you allow one of your little fingers to be cut off for $200,000? no
Q. Would you never blog again for $50,000? i’d consder it, any offers?
Q. Would you pose naked in a magazine for $250,000? probably
Q. Would you drink an entire bottle of hot sauce for $1,000? probably not
Q. Would you, without fear of punishment, take a human life for $1,000,000? nope


Q: What is in your left pocket? buck knife, cell phone
Q: Is Napoleon Dynamite actually a good film? i thought it was funny
Q: Do you have hardwood or carpet in your house? hardwood
Q: Do you sit or stand in the shower? stand. people sit in showers?
Q: How many pairs of flip flops do you own? 1


Q: Last person who texted you? i don’t text
Q: Last person who called you? Diane
Q: Person you hugged? Lily


Q: Number? 6, I am fond of evil
Q: Season? fall
Q: Colour? orange


Q: Missing someone? yeah, sure
Q: Mood? morning. eh.
Q: Listening to? this new Prince show
Q: Watching? my MacBook
Q: Worrying about? routing my goddam mixer
Q: Wearing? jeans, t-shirt


Q: First place you went this morning? to take Frankie for a walk/move the car
Q: What can you not wait to do? get back to the Studio
Q: Do you smile often? probably more than i should
Q: Are you a friendly person? sometimes.

My Life In Wires

Basically for the past few weeks I’ve been building my patchbay. It’s the heart of any studio. It consists of hundreds of wires criss-crossing behind the console. Patchbays exist so one doesn’t have to rewire the console in the back every time you want to change something. This way, it’s all in the front and accessible. Anyways, this picture has been my life for the past few weeks. Now to manage these cables and clean it all up. Thank the lord for bike hooks.