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April 04, 2005

Things I like on a Monday...

Last night's comment party! (Those who know, know)

Significant day today for the family of SFC Smith.

Kewl.

03/23/05 - The Marine MV-22 Osprey is attached to VMX-22 from Marine Corp. Air Station (MCAS) New River, N.C. takes off from the flight deck aboard USS Nassau (LHA 4), on March 23, 2005. Nassau worked with the Osprey for the first time during a weeklong underway. Nassau's Air Department spent a month preparing for the evolution by sending personnel to Chambers Field, Norfolk, Va. to view the Osprey during flight operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Andrew King)

Hi-res here.

The difference between boys and girls and task focus (i.e., it's very easy to get boys off-task).

Mike D has some recommended reading.

More as it moves me.

Hey! I'm moved!

Talking with Terrorists.

And for those who think we should never field anything until it's perfect - grow up. Like it or not - we learned more about the system from it's initial deployment than we would have with years more analysis at peacetime OPTEMPO and constraints. The key piece is: We've Institutionalized the real-time analysis in the Center for Army Lessons Learned - however imperfectly some of you may think we've done it. And remember the spate of breathless reporting out of the MSM last week - it was based on the CALL stuff... i.e., they MSM didn't discover anything new here - they just read our reports... but the value of the MSM reporting it (even in the sometimes breathless fashion) is that it will force senior policy makers, uniformed and not, officially take notice.

Visitors to the Castle on Friday may have been a bit bemused by BoVine, Zaphod Beeblebrox, Marvin, and the longtime denizen, Tregonsee, who is Just This Guy, you know? This would help - go read the Flash Traffic/Extended Entry.

Unintended Consequences... it was bound to come up at some point. We need our guys back - send someone else's!

The news from Iraq shows signs of progress among the signs that it's not over. Patience and diligence.

They also serve who literally watch and wait - Ladies and Gentlemen, I say to you, Sarah Latona.

Even though I am not in this group (I can still work) I support this effort at further eliminating the requirement that these guys fund their disability payments (I still fund 75% of mine, currently - over the next 8 years, that reduces 10% or so a year until I'm no longer funding any of it out of my retirement pay. Congress and the Administration are frankly hoping we'll do our duty and die off.

Linked without comment.

Terri Schiavo: John Leo does a pretty good summation, I think. As I've pondered my navel on the subject, after I got the lint out, I think the greatest divide among those who commented here was really split along people who have had to pull the plug on family members when there was no clear guidance from the ailing person, and those who are deathly afraid of people pulling the plug for bad reasons, or poor medical actors. I know the latter is as much where I stood. And the ones in the first group, having made that difficult choice, rather vigorously wanting to not set up a system where everybody then gets to weigh in on the decision. Both sides have valid points. And it isn't settled. But the precedent set in the Schiavo case favor the former over the latter, I think.

Anyone seeking to send the Armorer presents could do worse...

The Anthology at the End of the Universe: Leading Science Fiction Authors on Douglas Adams' Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Before You See the New Movie, Re-live the Hitchhiker's Guide Experience

An in-depth look at the zaniest and quirkiest space odyssey around, The Anthology at the End of the Universe covers all aspects of the Hitchhiker's empire, including the original Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series, the subsequent British film and the immensely popular BBC hit of the same name. The Anthology at the End of the Universe is not a guide, but rather includes some of the best and brightest in science fiction today examining every theme, character and quirk of Hitchhiker's with enough wit and innovation to satisfy even the most ardent Hitchhiker's fan or critic.

The Anthology at the End of the Universe finally answers all of your Hitchhiker's questions, and quite a few you probably never even thought of.

What is the real meaning of the towel? Why is being sane such a galactic disadvantage? What does Douglas Adams have in common with Margaret Thatcher? Why can't you program your VCR and how did Adams predict this? What do Ford and Arthur have in common with Laurel & Hardy?

Some Contributors Include:

· Lawrence Watt-Evans, who finally gives a satisfactory explanation of Vogon poetry, and along the way provides a history of the truly inept in art

· Cory Doctorow on how the Guide really exists, how it works and where to find it

· Don DeBrandt, who manages to not only prove that God exists in Adams' universe, but to identify who He is, explain what His plans are and reveal once and for all why He seems to be obsessed with fish

· Jacqueline Carey on Hitchhiker's, British humor and "getting it"

· Stephen Baxter on how Adams borrowed the classic tropes of science fiction and returned them twisted, inverted and mangled … so we can never quite view them the same way again

· Mike Byrne, who demonstrates Adams' almost uncanny foresight into the future of computer design (and mis-design)

· Adam Roberts, who tells the funniest joke ever told, provides the key to analyzing humor and explains how 42 really is the right answer to the meaning of life, the universe and everything

Publication Details

The Anthology at the End of the Universe: Leading Science Fiction Authors on Douglas Adams' Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

§ Editor: Glenn Yeffeth

§ ISBN: 1-932100-56-3

§ Pub. Month: April 2005

§ Retail: $14.95 (US)/$20.95 (CAN)

§ Publisher: BenBella Books

§ Cover: Trade Paperback

EDITORIAL CALENDAR NOTE: The film, Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, will be released in the US, April 29, 2005. The film stars Mos Def, Zooey Deschanel, Sam Rockwell and John Malkovich.

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