Monthly Archives: April 2005


So I’m in the awkward position for writing a lab practical (read as final exam) for the course I TA’d this past semester.

I’m not sure if writing a final is going to be easier or harder than taking one?

Cats and Dogs getting along?

Chalk this one up under strange and unexpected occurances:

[A] Robert Reich-New Gingrich alliance?

Political rivals unite over math-science grad ‘crisis’–San Diego Union Tribune

A quick thought on the content of the article–neither Reich nor Gingrich is a scientist–nor am I sure how familiar they are with the difficulty of courses and materials in the sciences. In short–it’s a lot, lot easier to be a politics or economics major in most cases than it is to be a Math/Chem/Bio/Physics/Comp. Sci/Engr. major.

Beware of the Burrito!

School Mistakes Huge Burrito for a Weapon

CLOVIS, N.M. – A call about a possible weapon at a middle school prompted police to put armed officers on rooftops, close nearby streets and lock down the school. All over a giant burrito.
Someone called authorities Thursday after seeing a boy carrying something long and wrapped into Marshall Junior High.

The drama ended two hours later when the suspicious item was identified as a 30-inch burrito filled with steak, guacamole, lettuce, salsa and jalapenos and wrapped inside tin foil and a white T-shirt.

The burrito was part of Morrissey’s [the student’s] extra-credit assignment to create commercial advertising for a product.

“We had to make up a product and it could have been anything. I made up a restaurant that specialized in oddly large burritos,” Morrissey said.

Oddly large burritos…..hmmm….makes one thing come directly to mind: Chipotle!

Return of the USSR

Pop quiz:

What nation’s intellegence service used to funnel funds, training and other support to Palestinian terrorist groups…

Did you say the USSR (and the KGB)?
If so–good for you! That’s the right answer!

After reading this article headlined: Putin promises Russian training and equipment to Palestinian security forces and the related stories , it sounds like Putin wants to take Russia back to the old ways of the USSR.

Combine that with recent Russian arms sales to Syria and Russian-Iranian ties…

Sounds like Putin is slowly letting Russia slip back into being the USSR. Need more proof? Aldaynet has a whole series titled “Return to the USSR

How many grains of salt?

How many grains of salt should be taken when reading these headlines? This is Debka after all.

DEBKAfile’s Exclusive Islamic and Intelligence sources report:

An announcement of Osama bin Laden’s death appears Friday in one of his close aides’ most credible Web sites. It has sparked a storm of controversy in al Qaeda circles, some of whom claim notice is false.

Signed by the Pen of Jihad Warriors, the site provides no information on circumstances of death, only asks:

Where are those who break out of borders? Where are the lamenters? Where are those who throw themselves from the tops of towers and skyscrapers? Where are the heart-rending cries?

Egyptian bin Laden adherent, Yasser Sari, calls notice a lie and promises new videotape soon in which leader announces end of al Qaeda truce in Europe. Other followers credit the announcement as “authentic and Islamic.”

On the press conference

I was teaching a review session for my biology lab this evening (after spending most of the day in the lab then in class) so I didn’t catch most of the President’s press conference this evening. I heard a few minutes of it on the radio but that was about all.

Did anything exciting and/or interesting take place during the press conference? Anything new or newsworthy get mentioned?

Sex on the job–it’s okay?

From Cleveland Scene:

That, essentially, was an arbitrator’s ruling last week in the case of Painesville cop Stuart Underwood, who was fired last year for rocking the world of his mistress while on duty. Underwood’s flame claimed they had sex on numerous occasions while he was supposed to be patrolling the mean streets.

While admitting to an occasional dalliance, Underwood said that his ex-lover inflated and fabricated most of the stories as revenge for getting dumped. But that’s all good, ruled arbitrator Dennis Minni. He ordered the cop reinstated.

The sex, Minni wrote, was no more distracting than “a nap, playing a video game, working a crossword puzzle, or standing in line at a bank or store . . .,” apparently normal behavior in the law-enforcement field. “Even Clint Eastwood as Dirty Harry took the time to take a last bite from his hot dog before leaving the restaurant to confront the bank robber he saw while eating,” Minni added.

Painesville’s human-resources director, was baffled by the ruling. “All I can figure is that we have different value systems,” he says. “I think police are held to a higher standard than your average employee.”

Back on the Island

Got back to the Island this evening…nothing too exciting to really report about the trip back home this time around. The pilot didn’t get lost on the tarmac this time (which is a good sign).

Been spending the night catching up on things, unpacking, replying to student emails…the usual routine.

Regular blogging returns tomorrow!


Survived two seders again….
Saw way too much food served for my own good…
Why was so much of it so yummy?

Pictures coming later this week