Monday, September 29, 2008

Yesssss.. We are not all fat geeks.. and hot chicks play too!!!

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I don't feel so bad now..

Weirdest song lyrics ever

The Mars Volta - Televators from the Deloused In The Comatorium album.

The Mars Volta - Televators
Found at bee mp3 search engine

Just as he hit
The ground
They lowered a tow that
Stuck in his neck to the gills
Fragments of sobriquets
riddle me this
three half eaten corneas
who hit the aureole
Stalk the ground
Stalk the ground
You should have seen
The curse that flew right by you
Page of concrete
Stained walks crutch in hobbled sway
A capillary hint of red
Only this manupod
Crescent in shape has escaped
The house half the way
Fell empty with teeth
That split both his lips
Mark these words
One day this chalk outline will circle this city
Was he robbed of the asphalt that cushioned his face
A room colored charlatan
Hid in a safe
Stalk the ground
Stalk the ground
You should have seen
The curse that flew right by you
Page of concrete
Stain walks crutch in hobbled sway
A capillary hint of red
Only this manupod
Crescent in shape has escaped

Pull the pins
Save your grace
Mark these words
On his grave

You should have seen
The curse that flew right by you
Page of concrete
Stain walks crutch in hobbled sway
A capillary hint of red
Everyone knows the last toes are
Always the coldest to go

Sunday, September 28, 2008

My Ham Radio Logging Setup

OK, so most of my blog readers are people that come here that I make contact with on the radio. They look up my call sign on and see the link to come here. This is a breakdown of my logging setup here. Computer is a old Pentium 2 - 400MHZ with 384MB RAM and a 20GB HD. Not much of a computer by today's standards but enough to log my contacts and soon serve as the digital nerve center for all my digital mode transmission including but not limited to RTTY (Radio teletype). The digital stuff is coming in a few months... check out Signal Link USB... OH YEAH! OK, back on track here. The logging software I use is Amateur Contact Log 3.0 from Scott - N3FJP. I highly recommend it. Check out all his software (I own it all) at Great program, the best for the the money. This log program does it all and is simple to use. Every other log program I have tried has way to small print to read and way to complicated to mess with. Scott has it right with this one. A lot of people use his software worldwide and I can see why. Anyway, so that's the program I prefer. I also subscribe to's XML data service which links with the log program to look up all the details instantaneously (such as state, county, grid square, blah blah blah) for $29 a year. The cost of the $29 for a year subscription far outweighs going through and manually putting in all the details. You can download the data from the FCC and convert it yourself, but it will not contain grid squares and counties, or data from different countries. The nice thing about the log is that it has a feature to automatically interface with LOTW (Logbook of the World) Logbook of the world is great because every contact confirmed there is equal to using a paper QSL card. Old school operators don't usually like LOTW because it is difficult to install and they think it is the same as EQSL which in my opinion is garbage and means nothing. I have about a 10 percent QSL rate with LOTW and I am currently working on my basic WAS (Worked All States) through LOTW only. So there you have it. That's my logging setup here. Either you are asleep by now, or you found this informative.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Financial Crisis!

I just received this email from Ron Paul...

Dear Friends:

The financial meltdown the economists of the Austrian School predicted has arrived.

We are in this crisis because of an excess of artificially created credit at the hands of the Federal Reserve System. The solution being proposed? More artificial credit by the Federal Reserve. No liquidation of bad debt and malinvestment is to be allowed. By doing more of the same, we will only continue and intensify the distortions in our economy - all the capital misallocation, all the malinvestment - and prevent the market's attempt to re-establish rational pricing of houses and other assets.

Last night the president addressed the nation about the financial crisis. There is no point in going through his remarks line by line, since I'd only be repeating what I've been saying over and over - not just for the past several days, but for years and even decades.

Still, at least a few observations are necessary.

The president assures us that his administration "is working with Congress to address the root cause behind much of the instability in our markets." Care to take a guess at whether the Federal Reserve and its money creation spree were even mentioned?

We are told that "low interest rates" led to excessive borrowing, but we are not told how these low interest rates came about. They were a deliberate policy of the Federal Reserve. As always, artificially low interest rates distort the market. Entrepreneurs engage in malinvestments - investments that do not make sense in light of current resource availability, that occur in more temporally remote stages of the capital structure than the pattern of consumer demand can support, and that would not have been made at all if the interest rate had been permitted to tell the truth instead of being toyed with by the Fed.

Not a word about any of that, of course, because Americans might then discover how the great wise men in Washington caused this great debacle. Better to keep scapegoating the mortgage industry or "wildcat capitalism" (as if we actually have a pure free market!).

Speaking about Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the president said: "Because these companies were chartered by Congress, many believed they were guaranteed by the federal government. This allowed them to borrow enormous sums of money, fuel the market for questionable investments, and put our financial system at risk."

Doesn't that prove the foolishness of chartering Fannie and Freddie in the first place? Doesn't that suggest that maybe, just maybe, government may have contributed to this mess? And of course, by bailing out Fannie and Freddie, hasn't the federal government shown that the "many" who "believed they were guaranteed by the federal government" were in fact correct?

Then come the scare tactics. If we don't give dictatorial powers to the Treasury Secretary "the stock market would drop even more, which would reduce the value of your retirement account. The value of your home could plummet." Left unsaid, naturally, is that with the bailout and all the money and credit that must be produced out of thin air to fund it, the value of your retirement account will drop anyway, because the value of the dollar will suffer a precipitous decline. As for home prices, they are obviously much too high, and supply and demand cannot equilibrate if government insists on propping them up.

It's the same destructive strategy that government tried during the Great Depression: prop up prices at all costs. The Depression went on for over a decade. On the other hand, when liquidation was allowed to occur in the equally devastating downturn of 1921, the economy recovered within less than a year.

The president also tells us that Senators McCain and Obama will join him at the White House today in order to figure out how to get the bipartisan bailout passed. The two senators would do their country much more good if they stayed on the campaign trail debating who the bigger celebrity is, or whatever it is that occupies their attention these days.

F.A. Hayek won the Nobel Prize for showing how central banks' manipulation of interest rates creates the boom-bust cycle with which we are sadly familiar. In 1932, in the depths of the Great Depression, he described the foolish policies being pursued in his day - and which are being proposed, just as destructively, in our own:

Instead of furthering the inevitable liquidation of the maladjustments brought about by the boom during the last three years, all conceivable means have been used to prevent that readjustment from taking place; and one of these means, which has been repeatedly tried though without success, from the earliest to the most recent stages of depression, has been this deliberate policy of credit expansion.

To combat the depression by a forced credit expansion is to attempt to cure the evil by the very means which brought it about; because we are suffering from a misdirection of production, we want to create further misdirection - a procedure that can only lead to a much more severe crisis as soon as the credit expansion comes to an end... It is probably to this experiment, together with the attempts to prevent liquidation once the crisis had come, that we owe the exceptional severity and duration of the depression.

The only thing we learn from history, I am afraid, is that we do not learn from history.

The very people who have spent the past several years assuring us that the economy is fundamentally sound, and who themselves foolishly cheered the extension of all these novel kinds of mortgages, are the ones who now claim to be the experts who will restore prosperity! Just how spectacularly wrong, how utterly without a clue, does someone have to be before his expert status is called into question?

Oh, and did you notice that the bailout is now being called a "rescue plan"? I guess "bailout" wasn't sitting too well with the American people.

The very people who with somber faces tell us of their deep concern for the spread of democracy around the world are the ones most insistent on forcing a bill through Congress that the American people overwhelmingly oppose. The very fact that some of you seem to think you're supposed to have a voice in all this actually seems to annoy them.

I continue to urge you to contact your representatives and give them a piece of your mind. I myself am doing everything I can to promote the correct point of view on the crisis. Be sure also to educate yourselves on these subjects - the Campaign for Liberty blog is an excellent place to start. Read the posts, ask questions in the comment section, and learn.

H.G. Wells once said that civilization was in a race between education and catastrophe. Let us learn the truth and spread it as far and wide as our circumstances allow. For the truth is the greatest weapon we have.

In liberty,

Ron Paul

3000 contacts and rising

Well, I just made my 3000th radio contact. That is just since I started logging. I have 3044 to be exact in my log. 43 States and 37 countries confirmed electronically through LOTW (Logbook of the World) Yes Alaska counts as a separate country and state. Here are the countries, states and callsigns worked below.

Alabama KF4GRA
Alaska AL2V
Arizona K7L
Arkansas W5VAN
California K6DEX
Colorado W0RIC
Connecticut W1AW
Delaware N8NA
Florida K4PPK
Georgia WA4TII
Hawaii KH6LC
Idaho NX7TT
Illinois K9CT
Indiana N9YK
Iowa W0EWD
Kansas W0BH
Kentucky KB4AMA
Louisiana W5WMU
Maine KV1J
Maryland W2CDO
Massachusetts W1PLM
Michigan K8BB
Minnesota K0TG
Mississippi KD5JHE
Missouri W0MA
New Hampshire N1IW
New Jersey K2SQS
New Mexico N2IC
New York N2SQW
North Carolina K0HWY
Ohio W8OSP
Oklahoma W5IF
Oregon N6TW
Pennsylvania KB3JGU
South Carolina NN4F
Tennessee KA4WTB
Texas KD5LNO
Utah KG7C
Vermont N1LDT
Virginia N3AO
Washington W7DX
West Virginia AJ1M
Wisconsin KC9ECI


Thursday, September 18, 2008