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June 28, 2005

Oh Duh-d- Dear, Dear

John Fiedler and Paul Winchell both passed away over the weekend. John was the voice of Piglet and Paul the voice of Tigger (did you know that he wona Grammy in 1974 for Tigger's theme song??).

Thank you both for years of entertainment. It's a sad day in the hundred acre wood.

Posted by Chuck Charbeneau at 08:27 AM | Comments (0)

June 27, 2005

ONE love


I hope you'll join me encouraging our president to be proactive about taking bold steps to overcome the extreme poverty and disease that our fellow human beings face.

Please sign the ONE Declaration this Independence Day.

“WE BELIEVE that in the best American tradition of helping others help themselves, now is the time to join with other countries in a historic pact for compassion and justice to help the poorest people of the world overcome AIDS and extreme poverty. WE RECOGNIZE that a pact including such measures as fair trade, debt relief, fighting corruption and directing additional resources for basic needs – education, health, clean water, food, and care for orphans – would transform the futures and hopes of an entire generation in the poorest countries, at a cost equal to just one percent more of the US budget. WE COMMIT ourselves - one person, one voice, one vote at a time - to make a better, safer world for all.”
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June 24, 2005

My Baby's comin' to visit

Since MSFT and NCC have us staying here all weekend, Sara is coming down to stay with me at the Hilton tonight until Sunday. I'll have to work a few hours each day, but the joy, really, of the Hilton is the most comfortable bed I've ever slept we've got that going for us...which is nice.

Cincinnati as a whole is like a cross between Detroit, La Crosse and Rochester Hills (if you go a little further out of town). Downtown is a little dicey, there are some beautifully green hills in the area because of the river and the is a pretentious upper-middle class just to the north of town.

Posted by Chuck Charbeneau at 07:24 AM | Comments (0)

June 18, 2005

Jeb...Enough is enough

Jeb Bush seeks probe on Schiavo's collapse

Calling the request an "outrage," Michael Schiavo accused the governor of attempting to deflect attention from the autopsy findings, which concluded that his wife was not strangled or beaten at the time of her collapse, as her parents had alleged.

I wonder why the governor would do that?

There's a discrepency in the time line. The guy heard is wife collapse at Oh-Dark Thirty in the morning, and instead of jotting the time down in his journal, he instead rushes off to find out what the hell was the matter. After some period of time, being unable to get his wife to respond, he calls 911. The phone call was at 5:40 am.

Now on Larry King (and to the medical examiner), he said he heard a thud around 4:30 am. In a trial (regarding his wive's end-of-life wishes) interview he said 5:00 am. So there are forty unaccounted for minutes at best. Why did he wait so long? Is he negligent? Was he, even then, planning on letting the poor woman waste away into nothingness, starving and without water?!?

Jeb thinks so.


Here, let's take you through an extremely emotional and chaotic series of events and then epxpect you, under penalty of law, to repeat back verbatim the times, what you were doing, etc.

It doesn't happen that way. Any psychologist will tell you that anxiety and stress, which cause the body to up it's levels of Cortisol and other adrenal secretions, have serious negative effects on your cognitive and linear thought abilities.

I'm sorry, but if he wanted his wife dead, he could have just gone the hell back to bed for an hour, said he woke up and found her that way, and that would have been that. Instead, because he was more worried that his wife had collapsed versus keeping track of a strict time line, he has to endure the poltically-incoherent and the politically-inept for yet another round of "I'm trying to deflect attention from reality and garner the vote of the religiously brainwashed, so I'm going to kick your corpse a bit longer" brow beating.

I had my negative things to say about Michael Schiavo, but not regarding his rights, just that he decided not to show up when the pulled his wife off of life-support. That's small potatoes compared to this bullshit.

Posted by Chuck Charbeneau at 09:25 AM | Comments (0)

June 15, 2005

Ani Difranco Songs

These are my favorite songs from each album. Of course these are subject to change at any time. *grin*

1. Rush Hour - Ani Difranco
2. She Said - Not So Soft
3. Make Them Apologize - Imperfectly
4. Pick Yer Nose - Puddle Dive
5. Hell Yeah - Out of Range
6. Not a Pretty Girl - Not a Pretty Girl
7. Outta me, Onto You - Dialate
8. Pulse - Little Plastic Casle
9. Angry Anymore - Up Up Up Up Up Up
10. Going Once - To the Teeth
11. Marrow - Revelling and So What - Reckoning
12. Icarus - Evolve
13. Animal - Educated Guess
14. Studying Stones - Knuckle Down

Posted by sla5150 at 05:20 PM | Comments (0)

Ani Difranco albums

1. Dialate
2. Out of Range
3. Knuckle Down
4. To The Teeth
5. Little Plastic Castles

I couldn't narrow it down to top-five songs.

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June 14, 2005

Currently Reading

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June 13, 2005

"Today" or, "Why I love travel."

There are two things that I can't stand.

  1. Ignorance
  2. Inefficiency

I got up at four am to get to the airport in my alotted "two hours before you flight time." I got there, I checked in, I walked to the gate...hrm...The wrong flight info is on the board. I look for the Departure board...scan down, scan flight...scroll across..CANCELED


Yes, in the ten minutes between my checking in and getting to the gate they canceled my flight. This wouldn't have been a huge thing, except there was NOONE around. Nobody. All of the desks were empty. So I walked back to te other side of the airport and tried to find out what was going on.

A very helpful woman at a random desk helped me out by getting my on the noon flight stand-by. I wasn't real hip on that, but at least I had a fall back position.

I went back over to my gate area and took a closer look at the board. "Well, well," I thought. "It looks like thre is a flight on Delta at 7:10, and a couple more after...let's go talk to them."

And off I went.

Now I should point out that Northworst and Delta are supposed to be "Sky Team Partners." Yeah, that's right, they use 'team' and 'partner' in the same title, so one would think it would be easy to navigate between them, especially (as I found out later) when the plane was grounded because of mechanical difficulty, something that was, technically, within their control (ie. Not weather or act of God).

Not true. No, no not true at all. I bounced between three services desks for close to an hour before I just called NWA customer service and had them transfer my ticket to the 9:10 am Delta Flight.

Which was then delayed until 10:10.

And then Canceled.

Due to mechanical difficulty.

I should also add that before it was canceled, dear reader, I fanned my own flames of strangling frustration. You see, I asked a different NWA agent for help getting my luggage pulled off of the flight that NWA originally transfered me to (without letting me know - I had to ask), and onto the Delta flight, which was consequently cancelled.

I got my luggage at about 8:30 pm, fifteen hours after I dropped it at the counter in Detroit, but only seven hours after my arrival in Cincinnati.

Good times.

Oh, and you know what happens when you show up 3.5 hours late to pick up your rental? They have already rented it to someone else.

Good times.

Oh, and my credit card was flagged for fraud because when I did the phone registration / activation "It must not have gone through properly" so everytime I tried to use it, the vendor had to call it in for verification. I finally called Diners Club and got it squared away when it happened again at the hotel.

Posted by Chuck Charbeneau at 04:51 PM | Comments (2)

June 09, 2005

Currently on Shuffle

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June 08, 2005

Long Day today

I pulled a ten hour day today. I'm working with my boss and a couple others to put together the deliverables for this project and the devil truly is in the details. It's all the little reporting things that need to be done and itemized and double checked and protected because certain things are proprietary IP and others are what we should be delivering.

Next up, it looks like I'll be in Cincinnati for four weeks. Of course, I say that and nothing is final, so who knows for sure.

Posted by Chuck Charbeneau at 09:10 PM | Comments (0)

June 07, 2005

It was like, 90 Today.

92, actually, tying the old record.

Is it just me, or are the seasons becoming more sever? Winter was record colds and snowfalls, We've already hit two record highs here, and might hit one or two more in the next couple days here in Chicago.

Man it's hot. It's like Africa hot. Tarzan couldn't take this kind of hot.

Posted by Chuck Charbeneau at 10:32 PM | Comments (0)

June 03, 2005

How stuff works...

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June 02, 2005

Currently Listening to

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June 01, 2005

Deep Throat

"W. Mark Felt's disclosure that he was Deep Throat has sparked a debate about whether he should be praised as a hero for leaking information to The Washington Post or condemned as a traitor for going outside the legal system."
---NY Times

A true partriot understands the difference between betraying a man and betraying his country. Felt understood, Nixon didn't.

Nixon not only betrayed his country by taking advantage of his position, he took advantage of others in the name of patriotism by having them do his bidding under the guise of presidential decree.

Felt understood that the only true way to be a patriot was to remove the criminal in charge of the country, even if it meant disobeying orders. He was protecting the rights of the many, as was his position.

Let's just read the Core Values of the FBI:

The FBI will strive for excellence in all aspects of its missions. In pursuing these missions and vision, the FBI and its employees will be true to, and exemplify, the following core values:

  • Adherence to the rule of law and the rights conferred to all under the United States Constitution

  • Integrity through everyday ethical behavior

  • Accountability by accepting responsibility for our actions and decisions and the consequences of our actions and decisions

  • Fairness in dealing with people

  • Leadership through example, both at work and in our communities.

You know, aside from the fact that he used the newspaper to acomplish his mission vs. the courts (but that is using his first amendment...), I'd say he did what he was supposed to.

If we could only find a deep throat for our time...of course the goverment pretty much owns the media today, either through money or fear, so we'll have to find something else, eh?

Posted by Chuck Charbeneau at 10:14 PM | Comments (0)


I was lucky enough to be given from my boss Pistons tickets for game 4 of the playoffs. I asked Chuck's mom go with me and we had such a good time. We were in $650 a piece seats in the Flagstar suite. Sweet.

Of course I was the good-luck charm. *grin*

Detroit 106 vs. Miami 96

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