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    Wednesday, January 30, 2008

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    RADM Fluckey Laid to Rest

    In the kind of burial at sea I want (scattered from a submarine, the USS Pasadena), RADM Eugene Fluckey was laid to rest on January 24th on the site of one of his many WW2 triumphs. RADM Fluckey was one of those legendary submariners of the war as CO of the USS Barb. Read more about it. No more.

    Tuesday, January 22, 2008

    iPod keeps blogger from blogging

    Well, I haven't posted in a while. I have been learning the vagaries of iTunes, since my family surprised me with an iPod Touch for Christmas this year. Those who know me, know I am a Windows bigot(warts and all). I appreciate the Mac commercials and their gentle poking of fun at Windows. But, I secretly pray that Windows-guy will punch that smarmy Mac guy in the face just once (like in this parody). People in the technology world like to lambast Microsoft's unwillingness to make all their intellectual property open source, but, hey, Apple is the most proprietary and closed company in the industry. I guess no one's slamming them because they only have what, 8% of the market, and outside of publishing, very little in businesses.

    That said, my daughter is on her second iPod (the first Mini needed to be replaced by the newer Nano, just because) and my son received an iPod Touch when they were first released. I stuck by my trusty and easy to use Sansa M260, mainly because I didn't need the virus iTunes to get my music on it. I admit after the princess gave up her original Mini, I took it and started to enjoy it, and, after seeing the interface on the iPhone, and my son's Touch, decided that was the killer GUI, especially for an MP3 player. Anyway, I have a rather large CD collection, and have been spending the last month getting album art into itunes and onto my iPod. Anyway, if you listen to music, you should look at the iPhone and iPod touch.

    Friday, January 11, 2008

    CNN attempts to smear Marine Officers

    Being out and about today getting a flu shot with a couple of shipmates, we had the opportunity to watch some CNN and the reports about the 8 months pregnant Marine who is missing and presumed killed. CNN, in their usual anti-military fashion, was featuring a scroll, during the Sheriff's press conference, saying she had "accused a superior officer of raping her." Unfamiliar with the case, I caught a little audio saying she was a Lance Corporal, and jokingly mentioned to my co-workers, I bet he's a Corporal and CNN wants everyone in America to think this was a a superior officer. Well, now that I am back in my room and able to watch Fox News, I am vindicated, the accused was....a Corporal. CNN has this right over at cnn.com, but, shame on CNN for their either ignorant, or scurrilous attempts to make it seem that this was an act between an Officer and a junior enlisted person, vice what were essentially two co-workers.