Saturday, July 30, 2005

Astronomers claim discovery of 10th planet, beyond Pluto

Apparently, a new planet has been found, No. 10! My suggestion for a name is Planet Goofy.

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

NASA grounds shuttle fleet - Yahoo! News

It looks like NASA is going to ground the space shuttle fleet, following revelations that pieces of fuel-tank insulation broke off again. This is a good-news / bad-news story. The bad news, of course, is that the insulation did not perform as expected. It had been hoped, apparently, that only small flakes of insulation would come off -- not enough to damage the shuttle. The good news is that NASA is taking this seriously this time. Let's all pray that no damage has been done to Discovery and that the 7 astronauts can get home safely.

British police arrest suspected train bomber

This is good news. Let's hope it leads to unraveling the whole cell of baddies. On a related note, I rode the commuter trains and subways in New York today. I have to admit, I thought a little bit about the London bombings while doing so. However, I am not at all deterred from continuing to ride. As a matter of fact, I am taking the whole family into NYC tomorrow on the train to celebrate my son's birthday.

U.S. aims to sharply cut Iraq force within a year - Yahoo! News

U.S. aims to sharply cut Iraq force within a year - Yahoo! News

"Insurgents plan to wait out year and attempt to seize power upon U.S. forces' departure" - al-Qaeda in Iraq News

Well -- they didn't actually say that; but do they have to? If I were the "insurgents" that's what I'd do.

Tuesday, July 26, 2005


Well, the technician still needs to visit us tomorrow, but I do seem to be back online at a pretty good connection speed. Let's hope it lasts!

Almost there...

I'd be posting up a storm, now that the family and I have relocated to the Northest. However, I am not having the favorable experience with SBC Yahoo DSL that I had with BellSouth in the Southeast. Right now, my connection speed with "Pro" DSL is about 1/4 of dialup speed. Needless to say, complex blog creation pages don't load real well (if at all). We'll be there soon!

Sunday, July 10, 2005

I'm Back (sort of)

Well, after a fairly long hiatus, we at GWhizkids are back. As my esteemed fellow correspondent, Trajan, has noted, I have moved 800 miles (well, mostly moved -- we're not done yet) and endured a 4 day hospitalization for gallstones (in the middle of my house move). Wheee!

I'm going to try to get back on the wagon with alt-ctrl-del. However, blogging is quite inertial: when you are on a roll, it's easy to keep it up. Conversely, though, when you've been away for awhile, it's hard to pick it up again. It'll probably be the fall before I really get back into the swing of it again.

There's lots of material out there to blog about, so that'll at least make it easier.

See you all soon! (and thanks for the good wishes re my health)

Friday, July 08, 2005

Tears for London

Our prayers go out to Britain in the aftermath of yesterday's terrorist attacks. Be strong!

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Hooray for London

Nothing pleases me more than the news that London has edged out Paris to hold the 2012 Summer Olympics. I have a warm feeling in my heart knowing that Chirac has once again proven to be an absolute failure... and I'm of French descent!

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Borked Again

Judge Robert Bork has an insightful review of our Supreme Court in today's Wall Street Journal. Unfortunately, the on-line piece is limited to subscribers to WSJ On-Line. I was fortunate enough to read it in the paper itself (yep, I still look at newspapers once in a while!). As usual, Judge Bork succinctly distills issues, explaining the big picture and the consequences of a "moderate" appointment to the Court. Read and enjoy!

In the meantime, I am proposing that Bush renominate Bork to the Court... better late than never!

Professional Protestors???

Who are these maniacs? I went to a very liberal college yet I have never met anyone who has worked themselve into a lather over the G-8 conferences.

Are they professional prostesters who travel the globe with revolutionary zeal. Or, are they merely concerned students who sacrifice everything to make their point? Either way, who picks up the tab for their travel costs?

In press reports, they are always portrayed as disaffected college students. Jeez, I couldn't even afford to head to Florida for spring break, let alone travel the world to violently protest an organization that seems harmless enough.

There has to be more coordination here than is being identified in the media. Yet I don't have much hope the media will do much to provide us with any more information on who is behind these nutballs.