Tuesday, September 27, 2005


I found a hobby that looks interesting. I am going to brew my own beer. I, sadly, can't *legally* make any money off of it. But it'll keep me busy and will get me out of the house from time to time.

Commander and Chief, the show on ABC about the first woman president, is really bad. No Galactica until January. Thus the beer making hobby was born....otherwise I'd have to brave Harrisburg's kind of scary night life scene.

Sunday, September 25, 2005

very tempted

In my email today. . . .

2308 - FEMA ContractorsNew Orleans LA, Biloxi MS, Galveston TXWe are preparing to respond to the need for geospatial contractors in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas. If you are interested in working as a contractor for any FEMA projects please send your resume to (REDACTED): rich@geosearch.com. Also, indicate your base hourly rate for contract work. Most contract positions will be 90-days in duration. Some may become permanent / full-time. We expect technical and management positions to be available soon. Questions: 719-575-9100 ext 1.


Saturday, September 24, 2005


Remember those eerily prescient articles about New Orleans? Here's one for the #3 Vulnerable Spot: New York City, home to nearly 20 million people in its metropolitan area.

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

finances for idiots

Bonddad at Daily Kos directs us to a little thing I'm going to call finances for idiots. Go read it. It's hysterical. ( I won't link directly to it though. Yack. Too many locksteps over there and I don't want them here.)

According to it, I can just roll my debt over and over again and the institution won't care that I didn't pay, because it's not an individual and debt can be rolled over until the Sun burns out.

Friday, September 16, 2005

relocating Part III

Plan revised. Now more of a graduate school thing. We'll see how this turns out.

I've realized it's a combination of Harrisburg not being as interesting a place to want to spend the rest of my life (though it's an okay pitstop) and generally being down about how life is going. So a change in scenery is really needed at this stage, sometime in the next year to year and a half.

Friday, September 9, 2005

relocating part II

plan kind of fell apart. Harrisburg is Home Base.

Wednesday, September 7, 2005

give give give

Red Cross

or any charitable organization that you feel comfortable with.

Monday, September 5, 2005


Terry in the Big City might be relocating to a new big city sometime in the next year. Harrisburg has been a bit of a disappointment and I'm pretty unhappy here.

At any rate, I expect a ton of urban planning jobs to open up in the South in the coming months so I'm starting my search up again--and learning to drive as there's no mass transit in the South that even compares to what there is up here in Yankee country---and Harrisburg's mass transit is awful (but it's better than the systems down South.)

I'm not yet sure yet---things might improve in Harrisburg but I am looking to move in about a year.
rambling Katrina Aftermath RANT

Too much bouncing around my head.

Shakespeare's Sister is writing some powerful stuff.

I saw this this afternoon and cried.

Now I'm angrier than a pissed off Indian Cobra snake whos been messed with by that idiot Austrailian Dare Devil. Expletives follow.

Tomorrow will be T + 7 since 8/29, the single worse day in American history. Some observations:

1. This storm has exposed the rot that infests every sector of government from top to bottom.
2. That rot is due to evil fuckwads like Grover Norquist who has stated on many an occasion "I'd like to drown government in a bathtub." Policies like that, practiced ---the gov't on every level has been gutted because of these "free market, libertarian" practices. The budget that just passed cut funding to do feasiblity studies on the levees....to raise them to better protect the city. The funding to rebuild the wetlands south and east of the city were cut. Gutting of the government (that thing that is supposed to provide for the welfare of its citizens, not the oil interests) has caused the deaths of thousands--tens of thousands perhaps.
3. I want to punch the FEMA director in the eye and then kick him until his ribs are cracked. What a fucking idiot. Is he a political appointee? Of course he is. Bush only appoints idiots.
4. I may also punch the next person who says "why do the media keep race baiting?" Of course, being the same color as all those thousands of bodies floating in the Lower 9th Ward and elsewhere in New Orleans so I guess I'm just a little sensitive.
5. The Homeland Security director is an idiot as well. I wish he'd shut the fuck up. "Yes, it's your own fault you were too poor to leave," is the basic gist of him and the FEMA director, Michael Brown. Fuck you. And he didn't know about the levee break until 36 hours AFTER IT HAPPENED. I knew it broke AT WORK, READING THE GODDAMNED NEWS REPORTS----WITHIN TWO HOURS OF IT HAPPENING!
6. I think that if a disaster hits Dennis Hastert's district, we shouldn't bother to rebuild. What a stupid fat fuck.
7. I want to punch whoever gutted FEMA when it was rolled into the obviously non-fucntional Homeland Security, as they obviously suck.
8. What the fuck are we spending Homeland Security money on if they can't respond to disasters well IN THE FUCKING HOMELAND?
9. This storm has been the utter refutation that government is the enemy until something bad happens. As stated above, the gutting of governments nationwide caused this and will cause more catastrophes in the future. Los Angeles? Seattle? Oakland? Salt Lake City? I read you're about due for catastrophic seismic events. Memphis? You're up in the next half-century. San Francisco? You're up after Oakland. New Orleans basically proves you're pretty much shit out of luck from FEMA which has been gutted by those idiots in Congress.
10. one good thing, I'm glad we have finally decided to swallow our pride and accept foreign aid. I noted some bitches on FOX was whining that noone was helping us. I hope they are shutting the fuck up now.
11. If Pat and Jerry (of the psycho fundamentalist cylon freakjob variety) mention that this is just God's Retribution, I might have a stroke.
12. Armando reports at Daily Kos. More news to piss me off.
13. Condi shopping for shoes was apparently true---and sources at other sites (will post links when I find them again) report that she was booed at Spamalot! and when she was shoe shopping. All respect for Condi (as she is----WAS--rather elegant) is now gone.
14. Apparently all those school buses that the Mayor could have used to save the poor of New Orleans were all privately owned by Laidlaw Education Services. I read that on a site somewhere--and will have to resurf to find the exact link. I imagine Laidlaw will just write these buses off as a tax write off and will get more corporate pork.

You know, when the '06 midterms come around, I hope to God we start to elect these freaks out. And I hope '08 gets some fresh blood in from top to bottom. Otherwise we're all doomed.

Thousands of people should not have drowned---not in America----thousands should not be dying of starvation and dehydration-----not in America.

I've had enough too.

Sunday, September 4, 2005

Corrente documents some of the most disgusting pieces of shit this Country has ever spawned.

I want to meet people like this----to test my left hook.

Thursday, September 1, 2005


I hope to God in Heaven that this is a rumor.

Breaking: Condi Rice Spends Salary on Shoes
READ MORE: breaking, condoleezza rice, fashion, ferragamo, metro, weather
According to Drudge, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has recently enjoyed a little Broadway entertainment. And Page Six reports that she’s also working on her backhand with Monica Seles. So the Gulf Coast has gone all Mad Max, women are being raped in the Superdome, and Rice is enjoying a brief vacation in New York. We wish we were surprised.
What does surprise us: Just moments ago at the Ferragamo on 5th Avenue, Condoleeza Rice was seen spending several thousands of dollars on some nice, new shoes (we’ve confirmed this, so her new heels will surely get coverage from the WaPo’s Robin Givhan). A fellow shopper, unable to fathom the absurdity of Rice’s timing, went up to the Secretary and reportedly shouted, “How dare you shop for shoes while thousands are dying and homeless!” Never one to have her fashion choices questioned, Rice had security PHYSICALLY REMOVE the woman.
Angry Lady, whoever you are, we love you. You are a true American, and we’ll go shoe shopping with you anytime.

Oh my god . . .thousands drowned in their attics and she's buying shoes?!

if true, the nice version of what I have to say is I no longer have any respect for Secretary Rice. The version that conveys what I really feel I simply can't bring myself to write publically---and there probably aren't enough expletives.
Red Cross
I read earlier today that nearly a dozen countries, including The Netherlands (a country that is completly below sea level and knows a thing or two---and has known for CENTURIES), has offered help and the US continues to politely refuse.

I've been away for several days.

Just go to the Red Cross Site and give, give give. That's all I really have to say.

Other than that, there really are no words.