December 30th, 2005


With a whimper and a splat

Met up with phoenixalpha yesterday and gave her a lift out to the CompUSA so she could get her POS Compaq laptop fixed again. She's definitely gotten her money's worth out of the extended warranty on that thing, and is giving serious thought to renewing it. If CompUSA or Compaq had any brains they'd just give her a new one, since this thing is obviously defective and/or cursed, but instead they keep plowing more time and materials into it. They must have spent more than the $100 warranty payment on the hard drive alone. We did dinner at Wendy's in Edina and commiserated about her mother's complete lack of discretion when it comes to her new husband's shortcomings. I'd feel bad for the poor bastard, but under the circumstances I'm just trying not to enjoy the schadenfreude too much.

Today's snowfall is wet and slushy and looks to be a lot more than the 2-4" I was seeing in the Yahoo! weather this morning. Makes me almost glad that I couldn't get an appointment with my masseuse for after work; the shoulders still ache a little bit after the last few days of pounding the keyboard with product revisions. Guess I'll take a couple of ibuprofen after work and drive on.

This weekend, I plan to do some bread baking, some CD mixing and burning, and a lot of anime watching. Tomorrow I have the carry class, some range time, and then the AD New Year's Eve party, where we'll try out the new 75-pound speakers stuckintraffik picked up. Rock the Thunderbird, baby. ^^ No real plans for New Year's itself, though I might head downn for at least part of the LotR marathon at the Riverside. We'll see.
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Is there a tiger on the loose?

Among the other important news that the MSM never seems to pay attention to comes word of the Nine Commentaries on the (Chinese) Communist Party, originally published in Chinese in the Epoch Times and later distributed on the Internet. The commentaries, a critical review of the CCP's history, have triggered massive numbers of resignations from the Party - according to a speech by Canadian MP Stockwell Day, over 1.3 million as of May 10th this year. Many of those resigning are people with quite a bit at stake: public officials, teachers, and professionals.

The conventional wisdom is that the CCP has allowed increased economic freedom while managing to keep a tight rein on political freedom. Conservative and libertarian political theory says that can't last, and that sooner or later free markets are going to make people want to be completely, politically free. If even half of what Day is claiming is true, the Communists in China may be staring into their future and getting a real good look at the ash heap of history. It could make Tienanmen Square look like small potatoes...or like the opening shots in the Fourth Revolution that finally brings freedom to China after nearly a century of chaos and tyranny. We can hope.

Via Small Dead Animals.