Apple confirms NVidia video flaw effects Macbook Pro

In a support page posted on Apple’s website, Apple confirmed yesterday that the NVidia graphics chipset defect impacted the Macbook Pro’s. More from AppleInsider.

After repeated trips to the Apple Store to convince them of the problem, I got mine replaced a couple of months ago and so far the new one is working like a charm. Glad they finally confirmed what many of us already knew from ugly experience…

McCain Throws Yet Another Hail Mary

WTF? Seriously, what the fuck are they thinking? Is the McCain campaign that cynical? That desperate? Or that stupid? All three? Cancel the debate and run to Washington to try and get in on the bailout negotiations and look like he was in command of the issue? Even the Wall Street Journal is dismissive of this latest grand dramatic Hail Mary move:

“So count us as mystified by Senator John McCain’s decision yesterday to suspend his campaign and call for a postponement in Friday’s first Presidential debate so that he and Barack Obama can work out a consensus bill to stabilize the financial system. This is supposed to be evidence of leadership?”

In all fairness the WSJ criticizes Obama in the same editorial, but this is no surprise, their editorial board has been spewing vitriol about him for months. Does their criticism have merit? Sometimes. In this case, uh no. It’s pretty clear that there is one candidate grandstanding this and it’s pretty clear that this is McCain’s modus operandi for any situation where he is clearly at a disadvantage.

Again, WTF?

Like a lot of others, I had a lot of respect for John McCain. Back six months ago I even proclaimed my willingness to vote for him over Clinton should she succeed in winning the primary. But “had a lot of respect” is the operative phrase. Past tense. Now, I have none. I’d even hold my nose and vote for Hillary over him.

What happened to the man? Does he realize that what people liked about him was that he seemed to be smart and independent. Now he just looks like a figurehead for the bunch of cynical fools he calls his “advisors”. First, they led him down the Palin path and now this. Conservative commentator Andrew Sullivan has basically called the Palin pick the ultimate Hail Mary. His reaction to Katie Couric’s interview yesterday with Palin:

“America is in a profound crisis economically and in two grueling wars. And John McCain thinks that if anything were to happen to him, this person is qualified to run the world. One word: terrifying…”

First Palin, then this “suspending” of the campaign and trying to run from the debate. This so obviously a desperate and cynical move. And it’s not a suspension of the campaign, it’s a calculated campaign ploy. David Letterman hit the nail on the head last night:

“Are we suspending it because there’s an economic crisis or because the poll numbers are sliding?”

The McCain camp was clearly having a bad day. The latest polls look grim, and the NY Times revealed yesterday morning that his campaign manager was getting paid as a lobbyist for one of the recent failed mortgage companies up until last month. Rather than stay on message, the McCain campaign panicked and tossed it up.

So how many times in a football game is a Hail Mary in the last 20 seconds of the game anything but a desperate and failed play? Sure, if you’re John Elway the play works. But if you’re Elway, it’s not a Hail Mary, it’s a good play. He can pull it off. McCain can’t. He thinks he’s making a good move but he’s just throwing it up and praying.

If this is what McCain does just because his poll numbers are sliding or to distract from the corruption of his advisors, what kind of plays could we expect if the American people actually bought his drama queen antics and voted him President?

You don’t throw plays like this as President – it ends up real bad. And everyone loseWeight Exercises that game…

Jeffrey Morgenthaler’s The Richmond Gimlet

Ok, I know it’s pretty much past time for summer drinks, but damn this is good: The Richmond Gimlet (recipe) from Jeffrey Morgenthaler.

“…the Richmond Gimlet, one of the best summer drinks ever.. Its soft flavors imbued with fresh mint mingling with the herbaceousness of gin and the tartness of lime have made this drink a Eugene classic for many years now.”

Shake vigorously with the mint leaves in the shaker along with the other ingredients (I used Junipero gin, not No. 10 out of personal and admittedly questionable taste). What goes in the glass in the end has small ice-pulverized particles of mint… very, very tasty.

Petition from U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders on Paulson’s plan

From U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders online petition to Secretary Paulson:

“Any plan to clean up the mess on Wall Street must:

  1. Ensure that middle income and working families are not the ones who are paying for this bailout by
    • Imposing a five-year, 10 percent surtax on income over $1 million a year for couples and over $500,000 for single taxpayers. That would raise more than $300 billion in revenue over five years;
    • Ensuring that assets purchased from banks are realistically discounted so companies are not rewarded for their risky behavior and taxpayers can recover the amount they paid for them; and
    • Requiring that taxpayers receive equity stakes in the bailed-out companies so that the taxpayers’ assumption of risk is rewarded when companies’ stock goes up.
    • Taken together these three provisions will substantially reduce the likelihood that this bailout will end up on the backs of average American taxpayers.

  2. Include a major economic recovery package which puts Americans to work at decent wages. Among many other areas, we can create millions of jobs rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure and moving our country from fossil fuels to energy efficiency and sustainable energy. Further, we must protect our must vulnerable families from the very difficult times they are experiencing.
  3. Repeal the disastrous de-regulatory legislation that facilitated this crisis.
  4. End the danger posed by companies that are ‘too big too fail,’ that is, companies whose failure would cause systemic harm to the U.S. economy. If a company is too big to fail, it is too big to exist. We need to determine which companies fall in this category and then break them up.”

Go forth and sign the petition.

Sam Harris on Sarah Palin

Sam Harris on Sarah Palin at

“You can learn something about a person by the company she keeps. In the churches where Palin has worshiped for decades, parishioners enjoy ‘baptism in the Holy Spirit,’ ‘miraculous healings’ and ‘the gift of tongues.’ Invariably, they offer astonishingly irrational accounts of this behavior and of its significance for the entire cosmos. Palin’s spiritual colleagues describe themselves as part of ‘the final generation,’ engaged in ‘spiritual warfare’ to purge the earth of ‘demonic strongholds.’ Palin has spent her entire adult life immersed in this apocalyptic hysteria. Ask yourself: Is it a good idea to place the most powerful military on earth at her disposal? Do we actually want our leaders thinking about the fulfillment of Biblical prophecy when it comes time to say to the Iranians, or to the North Koreans, or to the Pakistanis, or to the Russians or to the Chinese: ‘All options remain on the table’?”

(Via Andrew Sullivan at The Atlantic and NewsJunk.)

I seriously have to wonder about a country where people can seriously think this woman is a good candidate for small town mayor let alone Vice President of the US. Any remaining goodwill and respect I had for John McCain went out the window with this decision. What a complete joke…

Obama’s Two minute Ad on the Economy

(via Jon Taplin, one of the best political and economics bloggers out there)

Thomas Frank’s “The GOP Loves the Heartland To Death”

Thomas Frank’s The GOP Loves the Heartland To Death at the Wall Street Journal lays bare Sarah Palin and her fake populism:

“If you drive west from Kansas City, Mo., you will find towns where Main Street is largely boarded up. You will see closed schools and hospitals. You will hear about depleted groundwater and massive depopulation.

And eventually you will ask yourself, how did this happen? Did Hollywood do this? Was it those ‘reporters and commentators’ with their fancy college degrees who wrecked Main Street, U.S.A.?

No. For decades now we have been electing people like Sarah Palin who claimed to love and respect the folksy conservatism of small towns, and yet who have unfailingly enacted laws to aid the small town’s mortal enemies.”

(Via The Wall Street Journal.)

Mushroom at Jordan Lake

Mushroom at Jordan Lake

Mushroom at Jordan Lake

Took this while apparently also picking up dozens of small nymph stage deer ticks near the ruins of old Ebeneezer church at Jordan Lake.

Dean Allen’s “A DSLR Catechism”

From Dean Allen’s Textism: “A DSLR Catechism”:

“Which camera is best?
The model a step up from the one you just bought.

When will the right camera for you be available?
Probably next year.

When will it be affordable?
When it is obsolete.

What camera do ‘fools’ buy?

Read the rest here.

Small Fish in a Small Pond

Three Small Fish in a Small Pond

Three Small Fish in a Small Pond

Again, happy to have a functioning computer. Moving from the old Powerbook to the new (and newly functioning) Macbook Pro has given me an opportunity to revisit all the pictures I’ve taken this year and make an attempt to organize them in Lightroom. Also playing a bit with the some of the new tools in Lightroom 2.0 (like the graduated filter and brush tools here)… I really can’t explain it, but I like this picture.