April 20, 2008

Best Recent Quote

From Jerry Pournelle talking about Vista, "Poor Microsoft. They can't even do operating systems any more..."

HT: Instapundit

Posted by TMLutas at 08:09 AM

May 23, 2007

Suburban Visitor

Forgot to close the garage door today and I just got a close encounter with a raccoon for the first time since we moved here. He was huge, in my garage, and just exploring (not interested in the garbage cans at all). I figured something was up when he knocked a crow bar down off a railing and the clatter startled me. A larger, more insolent beast I have not had guest in our house. But after a few hisses and a feint, he languorously picked his way out of the garage and went on to his next stop.

I need much more secure garbage cans.

Posted by TMLutas at 11:30 PM

April 09, 2007

Which Pope

Something lighter, there's a "which pope are you" quiz (20th century popes only), my results below:

Which Twentieth Century Pope Are You?

You are Pope John Paul II. You are a force to be reckoned with.
Take this quiz!

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Posted by TMLutas at 02:59 PM

March 18, 2007

Fine Name

In the recent Parker decision, vindicating gun rights in DC, one of the plaintiff's attorneys is named Alan Gura. Gura, in Romanian (and possibly other latin languages) means mouth. So any Romanian legal commentary would read plaintiffs statements coming from "Alan the Mouth". Worth a chuckle.

Posted by TMLutas at 09:21 AM

March 17, 2007

Modern republicanism

Nothing partisan in a US political sense, just a little ditty done up in a webcomic:

"King" is just another word for "dude's got a really nice hat"

relevant part of the storyline starts here.

Posted by TMLutas at 08:55 PM

November 01, 2006

For the UN Lovers Out There


Posted by TMLutas at 10:23 AM

March 27, 2006

Clintons caused bird flu

An interesting article on the history of H5N1, otherwise known as avian flu, dated its earliest breakout in Hong Kong In 1997. This is interesting and nice in a public health specialist sort of way but wait, there's more.

The Moscow News carries a story that the head of the Russian Communists accuses the US of launching H5N1 as biowar. All the stories that I can see carry it straight and nobody does the math. He's not accusing the warmongering neo-con bushitler McChimpy crew. No, it's the Clintons who would be responsible. Davos jet setter superstar Bill is the guy who's to blame.

Maybe he put it in some rejected cocaine that flew out of Mena airport...


Posted by TMLutas at 02:37 PM

March 03, 2006

Get Better Sound Proofing

Not entirely work safe but nothing outrageous.

Posted by TMLutas at 11:10 AM

January 16, 2006

Best Blond Joke

Donald Sensing joins the Conga line with the best blond joke ever.

Posted by TMLutas at 08:36 PM

October 07, 2005

A Muppet Twosome

Thanks to the Anarchangel I found the What Muppet are you quiz.

I always liked Rowlf and now I know why:

rowlf jpeg
You are Rowlf.
You are a loner, and love classical music, You can
play the piano without opposable thumbs. Then
again, you are just a Muppet.

Ol' Brown Ears
Piano playing, punning, fetching.

"My bark is worse than my bite, and my piano
playing beats 'em both."

"The Dogfather"


"I've Never Harmed An Onion, So Why Should
They Make Me Cry?"

What Muppet are you?
brought to you by Quizilla

What was really fun was my wife took it too. Here are her results:

You are Kermit the Frog.
You are reliable, responsible and caring. And you
have a habit of waving your arms about

"Hi ho!" "Yaaay!" and
"How Green Was My Mother"

"Surfin' the Webfoot: A Frog's Guide to the

Sitting in the swamp playing banjo.

"Hmm, my banjo is wet."

What Muppet are you?
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Posted by TMLutas at 11:38 PM

July 26, 2005

Quiz time

My computer geek score is greater than 98% of all people in the world! How do you compare? Click here to find out!

HT: Llama Butchers

Posted by TMLutas at 10:03 PM

May 22, 2005

Silly Clerks

John Cole gets embarrassed by a clerk who cracks a comment about his purchase of Imodium AD. My first thought is whether the clerk ate something that through off his GI tract or he had something that was contagious and was busy all shift "spreading the love". No doubt a return comment on that theme would have resulted in a good chance of getting this guy fired. My heart bleeds.

Posted by TMLutas at 02:25 PM

April 01, 2005

Best 404 message ever

just go there

Posted by TMLutas at 01:17 PM

March 25, 2005


Ugh, my daily morning fix of keenspace comics has been taken out by something. It makes me grumpy. I'm guessing that it's some sort of dns issue because keenspace itself is up. It's just that keenspace subdomains seem to all be down. If I were in a more profound mood, I'd share thoughts on what are the obligations of a powerful traffic director like slashdot to smaller sites like keenspace and what are the obligations of a free service like keenspace are to its users on both sides of the equation.

I'm not in a profound mood though so I'll leave it for another hour.

Posted by TMLutas at 09:33 AM

February 19, 2005

My Morning

Maria: Daddy, George took a hammer and tried to beat me!
George: Noooo!
Me: Did you deserve it?
Maria: Yes I did!
Me: Good.

Posted by TMLutas at 12:58 PM

January 31, 2005

Sorry Everybody

Wizbang's photoshopping one of those Sorry Everybody, Democrats. "Iraq. Sorry we didn't support your elections".


Posted by TMLutas at 01:12 PM

January 14, 2005

Numa Numa Dance

Just because I like a laugh as well as the next guy:
Numa Numa Dance

Click on watch this movie (top right) and a new window opens, giving you O-Zone's Dragostea din Tei as you've never seen it before. The subtitles are useful for those who do not speak romanian.

Posted by TMLutas at 10:04 PM

January 01, 2005

Happy New Year!


Posted by TMLutas at 07:36 AM

November 24, 2004

And In the News...

And in the news today...

President Franco is still dead

Arafat is in stable condition after dying at a Paris hospital.

James Taranto is no Chevy Chase but he's trying.

Posted by TMLutas at 05:47 PM

October 20, 2004

Best Actor Putdown of the Day (Outside Team America)

mASS BACKWARDS contributes to the anti-pretentious actor comedic genre.

Posted by TMLutas at 11:08 PM

October 09, 2004


Andrew Sullivan nit picked the idea that anybody uses the term, internets, saying he's never heard anybody use it before.

Since AS doesn't seem to be taking any factual corrections from me (he left up an obvious misquote because he didn't follow the link to the underlying story to fact check) I'll just correct it for the record and maybe Google will ameliorate things. The underlying word internet, is a network of networks. The plural is used whenever there are multiple networks of networks that do not, themselves, interconnect. The word with capital letter, Internet, is used for the most famous and extensive of internet. There are internets and anybody with access to classified intelligence uses more than one of them. A president of the US is more than likely than most to actually run across the word and it's damn impressive that Bush actually used it right. Most people don't.

Posted by TMLutas at 09:08 AM

September 29, 2004

The Bizarre World of Food I

My life is sometimes filled with oddities. My son has been asking for broccoli all day and my wife thinks we shouldn't give in to his strange food demands but that he should eat what's in the house. And to top it all off she is puzzled why I find the entire situation hilarious.

Sometimes God hands us very tough challenges. Not this time, though.

Posted by TMLutas at 07:10 PM

May 23, 2004

Silly I

For something on the lighter side, Nununce!

Posted by TMLutas at 12:09 PM

May 14, 2004

Dictator T Shirts

The Dissident Frogman is a delightfully subversive French/English bilingual blog. He sells merchandise as well and sells two delightful shirts, Che Guevera and Karl Marx both sprouting Mickey Mouse ears. He's a daily read for me.

Looking at his front page today, I started to think about the shirts and what made them funny. What was the joke? Was it that these self-important revolutionaries were being made fun of? Or was it the fact that the left has long sold shirts without the mockery and worn Che and Karl on their chests with pride?

So who is being made fun of?

As a thought experiment, why not have Ceausescu "get the Mickey" or even more risque, why not give the treatment to Mikhail Gorbachev. He's still around to comment on the use of his image in that fashion.

So which is it gentle readers, that is getting made fun of? Dictators, or the useful idiots on the left who wear their portraits on their chest?

Posted by TMLutas at 01:43 AM

May 12, 2004

How to Ensure Large Crowds for John Kerry

Start rumors that Jim Carrey is coming. They'll be disappointed in the end but will show up.

Posted by TMLutas at 07:16 PM

April 30, 2004

Compiling Life

I started compiling Open Office using the current work but without X11. This, theoretically should provide a native widget set and a semi-working version of Open Office but nobody's officially checked this for quite some time. The compile seems to be running fine with minor modifications to the install script I'm currently at the following step:

Begin consuming those cases of beer. You'll be waiting about a day. If you have a slower machine, you may want to invest in a few cases of PBR.

I think I'll pass on the Pabst Blue Ribbon but I'm wondering if it'll seriously take a day.

Posted by TMLutas at 05:43 PM

April 24, 2004

Europe's Future?

I had this forwarded to me in email. I thought it was hilarious. I was born in the SW quadrant of the new Bulibasaland, myself:

Posted by TMLutas at 07:04 PM

March 30, 2004

I'm Revolutionary

What revolution are You?
Made by altern_active

Posted by TMLutas at 04:16 PM

March 27, 2004

It's Spring!

Ah, spring has arrived in Chicago. I aired out a room and forgot to close it overnight without ill effect. This morning I woke to birds chirping, and yesterday I said, for the first time in 2004, it's too warm for my winter coat.

Forget the calendar, that's the sort of thing that makes spring.

Posted by TMLutas at 08:43 AM

March 23, 2004

Best Press Conference Photo of the Day

You know that in small countries sometimes that have to have people wearing multiple hats and really stretch to get all the personnel slots filled but you would think they could find a first rate press secretary

On the other hand, in terms of truthfulness, this may be an improvement on some of his colleagues.

Posted by TMLutas at 04:38 PM

March 18, 2004

I Am So Much a Geek

James Lilek's current bleat revolves largely around an odd looking pen with separate buttons to extend and retract the pen in its case. He goes into a long riff on how awful an idea this pen was and the little saga that inevitably must have surrounded the production, rise, and fall of this pen in the '60s.

I remember this pen. I remember stumbling across one and it's even geekier multicolor pen cousins (press this button for black, that for blue).

I liked that pen.

It must have had some legs too since the packaging on the bleat screams '60s and we didn't arrive in the 'States until 1971 and I didn't start rummaging around in my dad's engineering stuff until at the earliest the late-70s. In my geeky nostalgia, I wondered, whatever happened to Scripto? It seems, from their current lineup that they've mostly gotten out of the retractable pen business.

What's really funny is how seem to have been taken over by the japanese in 1984 (subsuming the Scripto name into the Tokai corporation) and four years later, they become Scripto-Tokai and currently have their headquarters in California with manufacturing done in Mexico. All in all, an interesting corporate tale for the company founded by the inventor of the mechanical pencil.

Posted by TMLutas at 02:23 PM

March 16, 2004

A Very Worthy Site

If you enjoy good letter writing, if you especially enjoy correspondence cons, you must read The Lost Art of Correspondance. Her most recent prank? Kim Jong Il's getting a letter of support, but not really.

Go, read it now.

Posted by TMLutas at 05:04 PM

March 12, 2004


Can we quit it with new sexual lifestyles? Apparently not. The technosexual is apparently a metrosexual with a gadget fetish (get your mind out of the gutter, not those gadgets). PDA, WAP, he's not only fully accessorized, he's techno-jargonized. Just what the tech world needs, more posers.

I'm just waiting for the four horsemen.

HT: Good Morning Silicon Valley

Posted by TMLutas at 09:41 PM

March 09, 2004

Friendly Canadians

The Funny Farm crew is paying homage to the Canadian military and their... friendliness.

And yes, it's work safe.

Posted by TMLutas at 11:22 PM

February 14, 2004

Baby Blogging IV

The hospital where Alma was born offers a baby website. It's now up. And no, she doesn't look like this anymore.

Posted by TMLutas at 12:12 PM

Eugene Volokh's Stupid Math

Eugene Volokh goes into all sorts of mathematical gyrations to try to prove that there is some sort of basis for Prof. Brandon's prejudiced remarks. Now I don't understand why he's doing this as he's no fan of the idea but he does it anyway.

Since we're in the realm of pulling numbers out our ears, perhaps a little reality might be in order. There is an interesting fact regarding Democrat and Republican voters. Republicans form a normal curve and Democrats don't. Democrats predominate both on the very high end of educational level and the very bottom as well.

If such a distribution can exist in reality between Democrats and Republicans, there is no reason it could not exist between conservatives and liberals? Furthermore, if such a curve can exist ideologically based on education, is there any mathematical reason such a curve cannot exist based on intelligence in an ideological bent? Of course the answer is no, no reason at all.

The assumption tripping up Prof. Volokh is that ideological allegiance is a simple phenomenon. In reality, I've noticed that smart people tend to be conservative or liberal for different reasons than stupid people. The motivations tend to work independently of each other as well so there is no reason why conservativism couldn't have a compelling case that makes sense to the less intelligent while also having a (different) compelling case that makes sense to the super-intelligent.

Posted by TMLutas at 02:22 AM

January 21, 2004

A Case of Nerves

It's a fine day in the Lutas household. My parents are here for a visit and my father is, for the first time seriously plowing through my blog output. I feel like I just submitted a final project for a class and am waiting for a grade.

Update: He likes it!

Even when you're an adult, it's always fun to get parental approval.

Posted by TMLutas at 07:11 PM

Presidential Family Teasing

On a lighter note:

John Derbyshire has this up on NRO's Corner

SAVE THIS CHILD [John Derbyshire] Don't say I didn't warn you.

A great deal of commentary about presidential families current and past is cruel, mean spirited, and just wrong. This is just cute and a nice example of how to do it right.

Cross party comity. Spread the meme.

Posted by TMLutas at 11:30 AM

January 20, 2004

I Should Have Known Better

I do like to keep my reading varied so some time past, I put The Llama Butchers on my daily read list. After reading an oddball item on the Vatican Secret Archives, labelling their web page the most bizarre web page on the net, of all time.

I thought that it was just because of the incomplete nature of the page and emailed them to lighten up. It turns out, in their item today on my email, that they were just gobsmacked at the idea that secret archives would have a web site.

Silly people.

They're secret because the Catholic Church has a tremendous collection of documents stretching back over a millenia, some of them diplomatic, some of them prurient, some of them heretical with lots of oddball items like the world's first copyrights, and they want to limit access to them to scholars. No, Jack Chick doesn't get in, nor do giggly teenagers, though I'm pretty sure that eventually they'll sell a CD copy of the highlights.

Normally, I wouldn't bother responding but I haven't been this amused at being called satanic since... well never. The link they use doesn't seem to work directly but clicking on Carvey satan 1 on the link page is what they wanted.

Posted by TMLutas at 03:29 PM

December 12, 2003

Weekend Silly Season is Open

Hat tip to The Scrolldown for pointing me to Richard Cheese and Lounge Against the Machine. Lounge act covers of rock tunes, what a concept. listen here.

The scary thing is that I have a friend for whom this would be an appropriate Christmas gift. If he wasn't married I might actually give it to him.

Posted by TMLutas at 09:16 PM

December 08, 2003

Just Spell My Name Right

They say that any publicity is good publicity as long as they spell your name right. L-U-T-A-S

I have an aunt with the name Lucas because some guy in immigration in the early 1900's couldn't (or wouldn't) spell the name as it should have been. She never bothered to get it changed. Romanian has a cedilla for both t and s which turns them into ts and sh sounds respectively. Phonetically it's pronounced Lutsash in the old country. Other countries used a c with a cedilla for almost the same sound and immigration was trying to be 'helpful' back then.

Posted by TMLutas at 01:11 PM

October 23, 2003

Everybody has their holdouts

Steven Den Beste slightly dings Canada for being the lone holdout from the anglosphere. Currently in Iraq or in at time of combat are 4 of 5 members. Let me say a few words for Europe's Latins. 5 of 6 are also in Iraq (Portugal, Spain, Italy, Romania, and Moldova), the lone holdout being France. Well every linguistic grouping has their black sheep.

Now put that down Bruce!


Porphyrogenitus comments that this reflects on the Democrat presidential candidates. Could this sort of line be held in reserve come next summer and fall? We'll see.

In any case, the French are in a similar position to the Democrats. The visible media are trumpeting their position so loudly that they're making some errors in assessing support. They're guilty of believing their own press briefings. I wonder which of the two will wake up first.

Posted by TMLutas at 02:11 PM

October 09, 2003

So is it safe to say...

Philip Agee is off the liberal party A list...?

Posted by TMLutas at 10:50 AM

September 17, 2003

Most Creative Recent Use of Bulletproof Vest

PeopleSoft's CEO Craig Conway showed up at his user conference sporting coordinated bulletproof vests one for him, one for his dog, a black labrador. Apparently the Oracle takeover saga has descended into twisted flights of fancy about shootings, though with Larry Ellison's reputation you never can tell.

The world of hip hop may have to make way for the new thugs on the block, tech CEO's.

Posted by TMLutas at 01:32 PM

July 31, 2003

I find myself in an odd mood

This often happens and, stuck for other blog commentary, I thought I'd share.

Try combining the ideal of critical thinking with The Principia Discordia. Now why I'm trying to mix the two together is entirely my affair but the result seems to be entirely a win for Eris so far.


Posted by TMLutas at 01:13 PM

July 14, 2003

An homage to dullness

Ari Fleischer's leaving today and National Review has a nice article on his 3 year tenure. Ari also let on that he's a good sport by being able to evade, yet giving in, to an end of tenure soaking.

Posted by TMLutas at 03:52 PM

July 11, 2003

And now for some Blam!

Schlock Mercenary has been a favorite of mine for quite a while. It's a classic tale of a rag tag bunch of mercenaries who fly around the galaxy fighting for pay. Of course Sgt. Schlock isn't your everyday standard heroic military character... generally those have a constant number of limbs. Anyway, go read it from the beginning and make up your own mind about it. Just remember to navigate by clicking on the plasma cannon.

Posted by TMLutas at 03:27 AM