Sharon appears to have made some surprising comprimises, under pressurefrom Washington. Abbas is interested in talks, but Hamas, feeling thathe has comprimised too much, appears to be opposing him. Sharon's gettingpretty fierce opposition within Likud. I imagine this is all about thesettlers, the 'right of return', and the distribution of authority.I read that the settlers have been pretty vocal in opposing Sharon'srecent moves. I find their existence infuriating. Burn down theirsettlements, and toss them in prison, that's what I'd do. Alas, I'm notin charge of Israel/Palestine (and I doubt I'd be a popular leader -- I'drip that star right out of the flag, among other things)
On the way to work today, I was listening to Islamic propoganda handedout by the MSA at Ohio State, years ago, on CD. It seems to be pretty highquality stuff -- apart from using a lot of phrases in Arabic, the guy on theCD seems to do a lot better of a job of pushing the faith than mostChristians I've seen. Propoganda is an interesting tool. People shouldstudy it more...
I think I've found the best way to get to/from home -- it avoids walking onroads and avoids the golf course, and takes me on some pretty trails.I can't run it like I ran to my old place, and I'll consider it a greattestament to my health when I can. I pass CMU's analogue to mirror lakeon the way .. I'll stop and sit sometime.
When I get the money to get a GPS, I'm going to start GeoCachingIt looks like a nice mix of geekiness and outdoorsiness, and .. well, it justlooks so cool. Like a mix of hiking, hide'n'seek, gift exchange, and gadgetry.It's worldwide, so you, my dear reader, wherever you are, can join in the fun.
Oh, also on the way to work today, I spotted some papers that must've fallenout of somebody's backpack. It included poetry. I was going to keep it, nothaving spotted a name, but then I saw one last paper that did have a nameon it. So, I guess I'll hunt the person down (there's schoolwork included, soit's probably important to them).
Yesterday, I met with someone from an online matchmaking service for lunch.It looks like we're going to be just friends, but that's ok with me -- it'sgood to have friends. There's also a Mike from Zets that I met in the lastmeeting, and he reminds me a bit of Dubin.. perhaps I'll pursue a friendshipwith him as well. One odd thing I've noticed about my conversations withdifferent people -- there are some people I just tend to get nervousaround, and others who have a calming effect on me. I wonder if there's acommon thread in who they are, what I'm looking for from them, or theirpersonality that tends to evoke such things in me.
One person I've been chatting with on AIM asked me if I'm really overDebb. That's a good question -- I have no idea how I could tell. I couldjust say 'yes' or 'no', but that would be more of a 'promise' kind of thingthan an accurate statement of fact, given that I'm still searching for amethod to know. It even makes me wonder if I was over Martha when I starteddating Debb. I don't know -- it still hurt at that time, but my love forDebb pretty quickly ended my love for Martha. Will it be that way when I startto date someone new? Maybe. I'm certainly looking.
My quote of the day is "All the power in the world is useless when it's pointedin the wrong direction". I like it. It has a certain buddhist flavour to it --determination and strength may be useful at times, but their presence is notto be admired when they're used in the service of something stupid. Of course,Buddhism is kind of two-sided on intelligence -- there are both big intellectualand anti-intellectual movements in the philosophy. Oh well, off the point :)
I really hope verizon gives me DSL back soon, and that the CPU fans for hollyarrive soon -- there's probably a lot of email that I haven't responded toyet but was in my inbox at home. I'm presently working out of a seperateinbox that I created almost a year ago..
My new place is shaping up so well. However, I've discovered two problemsthat will probably always be irritants while I live here. Firstly, theparking situation sucks -- I need to park on the street, and typicallyall the good spots near where I live are taken. I'm thinking of asking oneof the few neighbors with driveways and stuff if I can rent place to parkmy car behind their homes. Secondly, there's a faint septic smell in thebasement. I don't need to go down there very often, but it's still a badsmell. Oh well, at least it doesn't waft up :)
Back to work...