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By gzt (Tue Jan 19, 2010 at 01:46:58 PM EST) gzt, drug tests, doping, lunch, work, nonsense (all tags)
I caught up on Dollhouse and Fringe with Teh Wife to celebrate the holiday yesterday.


Boyd? Seriously?

Prof of the class I'm taking just called me saying, "Hey, you know, you don't really have the pre-reqs, are you sure you want to do this?" And I said, yeah, I should be able to manage. Odds of my rocking the curve anyway: pretty good. Graduate level theoretical statistics: pshaw.

Uh... whatte the swyve? I was asked about providing certain information, some other person had been working on it but passed it along to me since she was going to be out, she forwarded me the e-mails and everything prior, so I'm providing it, and then one of the guys said, "Great, so how's the progress on this other thing that was never mentioned previously in these e-mails that you also probably couldn't get the necessary data for?" And now I'm all, "Uh, what you say?"

Hmm. Somebody just mentioned somewhere that my gym is hosting a PL meet the week after Easter. I'll look into it, even though I'll be pretty weak coming off Lent, most likely. Still, I resolved to compete this year and that's the best time to do it. I had worried earlier that there didn't seem to be many competitions nearby and events later in the year may make travel difficult, but this works out pretty well. 70's Big! I'll have to buy a singlet (don't make fun of me). I may want a belt by then. I may want to rock out by then. And it looks like I'll have to get my doctor to sign a note saying it's okay for me to take my drugs. Friggin' WADA.

I meant to play a chess tournament sometime last year, but never did.

When giving to charity, give unrestricted. I know you want to aid Haiti, but it's better this way. Sometimes restricted funds end up as a curse. Take, for instance, Red Cross' tsunami funds. They've really done about all they can by now for the tsunami victims (maybe they haven't, actually, but that's almost beside the point) and it would be rather nice if they could just apply those funds to current disasters, but they can't.

Somebody brought up how awesome it would be to see some of C.S. Lewis's sci-fi works done with the same technology as Avatar. No no no no no no no no please don't. Please, don't. Don't even go there. No no no.

I watched the 70-minute video review of The Phantom Menace with Teh Wife the other day. It was mind-boggling. It made me realize just how little sense the movie made. I suppose when people are presented with a narrative and have a hand waved over them, they try to give the benefit of the ol' doubt and construct a mental bridge over the gaps. I knew the plot was terrible and slightly nonsensical, but had not given much thought in quite some time to how crappy and convoluted it was.

I'm going to eat lunch and do work now.

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Give unrestricted by gpig (4.00 / 2) #1 Tue Jan 19, 2010 at 02:20:33 PM EST
I couldn't agree more. If you trust a charity with your cash you should trust them to use it where it's most needed.
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Yes. by gzt (4.00 / 1) #2 Tue Jan 19, 2010 at 02:35:54 PM EST
I mean, the ability of places like MSF and Red Cross to be in places like Haiti immediately comes from, in large part, the unrestricted donations given to them. A similar disaster could happen elsewhere tomorrow and they could end up with more money than the organizations can reasonably use in Haiti: why tie them down if they're a trustworthy organization?

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red cross by sasquatchan (2.00 / 0) #3 Tue Jan 19, 2010 at 03:23:58 PM EST
caught a lot of shit for how things went down after 9/11 -- where money went, blood donations, etc etc.. Thus, despite the "trust them to do right" folks get all pissy if their definition of "do right" differs from ICRC.

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yeah, well... by gzt (2.00 / 0) #4 Tue Jan 19, 2010 at 03:35:41 PM EST
...I pretty much agreed with the red cross on that one, IIRC, but I've forgotten most of the details.

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My memory is a little hazy... by chuckles (2.00 / 0) #5 Tue Jan 19, 2010 at 06:10:16 PM EST
but I recall the Red Cross receiving far more donations in the wake of the 9/11 attacks than they could possibly use for providing relief in New York. While many died, there just weren't that many injured or displaced people that the Red Cross could help. Red Cross leadership proposed spending much of the money on things like improving their infrastructure for storing and transporting blood, but public outrage that the money wouldn't be spent providing relief to 9/11 victims nixed that idea.

"The one absolutely certain way of bringing this nation to ruin [...] would be to permit it to become a tangle of squabbling nationalities"
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Sounds plausible by Merekat (2.00 / 0) #9 Fri Jan 22, 2010 at 07:21:40 AM EST
Libertarianism (being ornery) and trust are pretty much incompatible in that way.


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I'm not sure what to think about Boyd by lm (2.00 / 0) #6 Tue Jan 19, 2010 at 06:46:13 PM EST
I still haven't puzzled out if it even makes sense yet. I may have to go back and re-watch a few episodes.

There is no more degenerate kind of state than that in which the richest are supposed to be the best.
Cicero, The Republic
Yeah, exactly. by gzt (2.00 / 0) #7 Tue Jan 19, 2010 at 09:01:46 PM EST
But it's not worthwhile enough to go back and rewatch episodes to see if it really does make sense, frankly. It's canceled, they're playing all the trumps just for fun, might as well go along for the ride.

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But if I don't re-watch those episodes . . . by lm (4.00 / 1) #8 Tue Jan 19, 2010 at 09:08:27 PM EST
. . . I'll never figure out if Boyd was the sixth replicant.

There is no more degenerate kind of state than that in which the richest are supposed to be the best.
Cicero, The Republic
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