Posts Tagged ‘arrogance’

Stress Felines.

Several of us at work have been lobbying for a company feline.

A cat who wanders around and provides fuzz therapy to stressed out engineers. How could that go wrong? Relaxed laser engineers are engineers who do not read Braille.

I had thought a name that played on our company name would be good, as a mascot. After reconsideration, I believe I have a better name.


What better choice? It works on many levels. A hidden joke, a statement about the work environment, and a dig at cats, who generally are not known for being work beasts. Generally.

When the boss asks about the origin of the name I would just say “it is a Super Mario Kart character name.”


I hink I stole this from AG over at H&B.


Spent the last week earning my arrogance – it requires yearly upkeep to keep your certs current. In a few more days… Vacation. A much needed vacation. Badly so.

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Implementing some of curtalfriar’s menu suggestions (over at Fountain Abbey).  Mmmm-mmmm!


Speakin’ of world of hurt, I do believe nerves on the right side of my neck have regenerated.  I’ve stuck it out for a while now and am finding it verrrrry hard to cope with what the little mother****ers are doing to me.

Going to set up another procedure.  Looks like c4-c7 on the right side as everything from the mid shoulderblade to base of skull is conspiring to make life difficult.  So we go in, turn on the RF and smoke ’em.  I SO DON’T WANT TO DO THIS.  But after a while your back is to a wall and you gotta do something.  I’ve just spent the last few days curled up with my forehead on my desk, which is a sign that something probably can be improved.


\partial geek put this up:

Is that not *beautiful*???


A river of tears…

“Hundreds of thousands of [illegal immigrants] now live in Arizona but … many no longer feel welcome.” –CBS anchor Katie Couric

Wow, that load there weighed in at 3.7 Courics (about 9.25 lbs).

And you can’t get a lot stupider than this:

“I get frustrated and there was part of me that was hoping this was not going to be anybody with ties to any kind of Islamic country” –MSNBC host Contessa Brewer on the Times Square attempted bomber

Yeah, I know, Contessa – it would have been so much better for people to have been blown up by a Western nut-job.  They would have appreciated the distinction, too.


When the Chief Exec of BP starts mouthing off to the American people he’s shown that it is time for them to step aside in this country and let others take their place.

Mr Hayward reiterated a promise that BP “will honour all legitimate claims for business interruption”. Asked for examples of illegitimate claims, he said: “I could give you lots of examples. This is America — come on. We’re going to have lots of illegitimate claims. We all know that.”

Europeans generally are all too willing to act superior and sneer down their noses – that is, until they need help.

He urged the US Government to pursue a policy of “absolute co-operation” with BP. “We will only succeed if we work together,” he said — a day after President Obama’s press secretary promised that the White House would “keep a boot to the throat of BP” to ensure that it fulfilled its responsibilities.


Why do we have a news media (and authorities) that continually strive to help the enemy?

Doyle declined to indicate what material Shahzad should have used to detonate the device he allegedly  packed in an SUV in the middle of Times Square.

“As a member of this community,” I don’t want to teach them how to correct it,” Doyle said.

Well, the article certainly points them in the right direction.  And the fact that you’re telling them that there’s something they’re doing wrong is… well… wrong.

If I was a general in WWII and I went on the air and said “I think the Germans made a big mistake in using tanks in such-and-such pass against our armored dweeblefitzers” then wouldn’t I have just given information to the enemy?  Why is that so different here?

Yes, I know all this information is easily gotten from other sources but apparently it’s not getting to a number of folks if they’re using the wrong shit.  Why even give them a morsel?

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Update – artsy stuff…

Click on it to embiggenify the image. If you dare.


[Warning:  Self-absorbed rambling ahead because I have nothing important to say.]

It’s no secret I love the show House M.D.

Last week was one of the best.

In my view the best was the episode that explains how House lost his leg, called Three Stories.

Second best is the Cuckoo’s Nest episode at the beginning of this season.

Third best was an episode titled Four Rooms where a rape victim crawls inside House’s head.

But this week’s episode, one of the best lines ever now has a special spot in my workplaceWilson (aka The Dude) is guaranteed to bust out laughing when I say:

Look for that quote to appear on t-shirts, soon.  Along with…

  • “She discovered he was part stag…but ALL MAN!”
  • “The nymphs taught me secrets no man was meant to know!”
  • “His touch released the pagan ecstasy in a lover’s soul.”
  • “He was a wild love-god in a world grown too tame.”

And I’ll own all five.

In terms of being a jerk, I’m probably the closest thing to House at my workplace.  Sheer brilliance, dashing rugged good looks, unshaven, arrogance, and sarcasm/causticity are my trademarks.  It also kind of means I’m an asshole.

One of my favoritest quotes ever is:

Arrogance has to be earned.  Tell me what you did to earn yours.

Since Wilson and I share the same first names, calling us by character names from our favorite show isn’t totally inappropriate.

Son of Hot Mom*, a young co-worker at my workplace, came into an office where I was talking with another engineer this week.  He hands me the requisition for stuff I asked him to order.  I look at it and said “Gee, that is a lot more expensive than the price listed in my catalogue.”

He looks at me and says “I only get prices online.  I don’t use catalogues because they are old and outdated like you.

I looked at him with my patented “Oh You’re In Trouble Now” smile and said “Congratulations, you have just graduated into the major leagues where you will be exposed to the full brunt of my caustic sarcasm.”

This is going to be fun.

*  The original name I chose for him was deemed by Wilson to be a tad too offensive for our young mama’s boy so I changed it from ___ to Hot Mom.   God knows he might read this and I need to not go overboard with him just yet.  So… SHHHH!  Don’t tell him!  Quick, everyone look natural.

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One more example of the arrogance that Obama brought into the administration.

Energy Secretary Chu had this to say:

Speaking on the sidelines of a smart grid conference in Washington, Dr. Chu said he didn’t think average folks had the know-how or will to to change their behavior enough to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions.

“The American public…just like your teenage kids, aren’t acting in a way that they should act,” Dr. Chu said. “The American public has to really understand in their core how important this issue is.” (In that case, the Energy Department has a few renegade teens of its own.)   [More here…]

The WSJ did a disservice by posting an update from Chu’s public relations lackey, when they should let the man’s speech speak for itself.

Whatever people may say, most of the time what you say in an opinionated way IS how you feel and what you think.  Here is what they said:

An update: Energy Department spokesman Dan Leistikow added: “Secretary Chu was not comparing the public to teenagers. He was saying that we need to educate teenagers about ways to save energy. He also recognized the need to educate the broader public about how important clean energy industries are to our competitive position in the global economy. He believes public officials do have an obligation to make their case to the American people on major legislation, and that’s what he’s doing.”

I see very little leeway to go from one to the next.


Profiling is just wrong.  Wrong, I tell you.

Active Terror Cell Planned NY Attack

Feds Unsure if Arrests have Foiled Terror Plot

I suspect the Swedes are behind it but it could be any one of those countries – the Scandanavians are just some of the most screwed up societally.

Case in point:  Lutefisk.

I mean, the prep reads like a demon’s checklist:

The first treatment is to soak the stockfish in cold water for five to six days (with the water changed daily). The saturated stockfish is then soaked in an unchanged solution of cold water and lye for an additional two days. The fish swells during this soaking and its protein content decreases by more than 50 percent, producing its famous jelly-like consistency. When this treatment is finished, the fish (saturated with lye) has a pH value of 11–12, and is therefore caustic. To make the fish edible, a final treatment of yet another four to six days of soaking in cold water (also changed daily) is needed. Eventually, the lutefisk is ready to be cooked.

Gulp.  The lutefisk song, verse #1 goes something like this:

O Lutefisk, O Lutefisk, how fragrant your aroma,
O Lutefisk, O Lutefisk, you put me in a coma.
You smell so strong, you look like glue,
You taste just like an overshoe,
But lutefisk, come Saturday,
I tink I eat you anyway

Hey, why am I talking about Lutefisk?

Oh yes, because not only is profiling wrong at it’s core, but it is just not effective.

NYC Terror

I attached this pic (Schneider, Denver Post/AP) to make a point…  profiling just doesn’t work.  I mean, how can we engage in profiling all those little old ladies, children, invalids, and Swedes when they just don’t net us terrorists like we’d hoped?  You would think they had used some kind of profile to catch this guy but you’d be wrong.  In between searching the Swedes and grannies, someone reported an overdue movie and because one thing led to another, they caught this guy jaywalking on their way to arrest the overdue movie guy.  He was a Dane.


Heard on the radio that a bunch of Hollyw’d stars are getting together to raise awareness of Global Warming.

I suggest that those most concerned about it limit themselves to only hybrid-electric vehicles, hybrid-electric aircraft, no explosions or flames, and only work on-site.  They must show me that they are carbon-neutral before I care what they say.   I may not even then.

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No, not spin doctors.  These guys have gone a step further.

White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel told The New York Times Obama intends to use the news conference as a “six-month report card,” to talk about “how we rescued the economy from the worst recession” and the legislative agenda moving forward, including health care and energy legislation.

I’m sure the nearly 15% of the folks unemployed in Lane County, Oregon feel pretty darned safe now that Obamessiah and Rahm-it-through have rescued the economy.

The arrogance is shocking.

The ability of the left to ignore reality is heartbreaking.

From the PatriotPost:

“You know, for a Democrat, [Sonia Sotomayor] has a pretty conservative record. Very much in the mainstream. In fact, on a lot of criminal law issues, you could say that she’s more conservative than some members of the Supreme Court, including Justice Scalia, perhaps.” –NPR’s Nina Totenberg

Whatever she’s smoking, it must be good.

Look in the mirror: “Well, six months after President Obama took office, a lot of sociologists and analysts believe that harsh political discourse against him really amped up and people started to push the boundaries of what might be considered decency. From talk radio to those tea parties that we saw with some pretty offensive signs folks were holding, even in the presence of children. The anger has certainly intensified.” –MSNBC’s Tamron Hall, who apparently missed the Left’s frothing hatred for the Bush administration

Amazing when you listen to all the “teabagging” comments from the Left.

“[T]he media in the States is much more to the right. I mean there is almost no liberal outlet for news commentary or editorializing.” –former Air America talk-show host Janeane Garofalo

This is gobsmackingly clueless and has no basis in reality.

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Money has been handed out and no oversight panel and no report.

Now… congress is normally all over something like this, especially when it was birthed by the Bush administration and administered by the Fed.

Why are they (congress) not speaking?

Because people who live in glass houses don’t throw stones.

There is a huge amount of money that is being spent in Stealth Mode – to the tune of trillions of money that is not well publicized.

Who would remain quiet?  People who are culpable – the Banking and Finance Committees – people who have everything to gain.  To be sure, that Fed lending was not approved by congress, but neither has it been fought tooth and nail.

Take it with a grain or two of salt… Nat’l Expositor.

This whole bailout thing is the equivalent of realizing that you and your party of survivors will all have to eat portions of yourselves to survive – and pigging out.

Tired, lack of sleep (again), and crankier than a snake with shingles.   Take my gripes less than wholly seriously.

UPDATE: Obviously THIS is much more important than mere oversight.  Bush must be brought down.


UK Sperm Bank May Need Bailout.

What?  With a massive infusion of gallons and gallons of gov’t sperm?  EW!


Kids today are arrogant.

The study’s co-author told HealthDay news that the findings point to a “self-esteem” movement that may have gone too far.

“These kids didn’t raise themselves, they got these ideas from somewhere,” said Jean Twenge, an associate professor of psychology at San Diego State University.

Because modern day parents hand out endless praise, kids readily believe they are somehow superior, she said.

Yep!  Because little Johnny and Suzie now know that there are no losers, that everyone is equally important, that endless do-overs are the answer, and that self-esteem is far more important than competence.

Far better to just *know* you are a superior specimen, like I do.   Erm.

Arrogance has to be earned.  Tell me what you did to earn yours.  – House




And nobody stopped this lady and said “You’re making yourself look hideous”???


Really… how stupid do you think I am?

Jon Campbell, regional banking president for Wells Fargo & Co., told the committee his company doesn’t need the government’s investment to pay for bonuses or compensation and will not use it for that.

Ok, so they were going to pay bonuses from somewhere, right?  And if they had a cash shortage where they could not scrape it up they’d have to decide to pay bonuses or not, right?  The money all comes from the same pot.

A) Owe X amount of money (or need it)

B) I have Y amount of money which is insufficient

C) I either pay my execs an obscene amount of pay or use that money for the needs in (A)

D) Now, if I both don’t pay my execs an obscene amount of money AND I don’t take gov’t money, THEN I can claim what Campbell is claiming.  Otherwise, the money I have in my hands to pay the execs should have gone to (A).

It doesn’t matter whether you use Fed money or your own money, the execs should not be paid – you should meet your financial obligations on your own and only take such money as is required to fulfill those if you are short.  (Assuming we want to live in a Marxist state)  Exec pay should be the very least of your concerns.

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Started feeling a bit peevish about a comment/rant on on of my posts.   At first I was ok and feeling quite gracious.

Decided over the course of a day or three that I was peevish and actually more than peevish – I was pretty much pissed off at being talked down to.

Original post and comment. (Scroll down on that page, you’ll find it. )

I don’t like people telling me what I do and do not know when they have missed the point of my original post entirely.  So, a long reply on a new page.

New Page and rebuttal.

Coming soon – an update to the Puncture Chronicles.  Interesting information that you wouldn’t expect.

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