I was reading the news this evening, and beyond President Roh of South Korea resigning from the Millenium Democratic Party, there was an alleged sex orgy in a hotel in Zhuhai on September 17 by Japanese tourists gathering at a congratulatory meeting for their company. While still under investigation, what I found most interesting was the general subtext of the article, given this appears in a Japanese newspaper. The most overt line was found toward the end of the article, where they quote the following line from a Chinese newspaper: The People’s Daily newspaper noted that the mass orgy happened on the eve of the 72nd anniversary of the Manchurian incident marking the start of Japan’s invasion of northeastern China. While in Europe World War II may be a memory, albeit a powerful one, in Asia it is still very much alive. From Hong Kong to Singapore, the topic still very much exists and is poignant in ways that it isn’t in the West. China, Korea and Japan still have unresolved issues, flaring up periodically in their diplomatic relations, such as when the Japanese PM visited a certain war shrine in Japan. While still morally outrageous, the fact that it was Japanese tourists accused of having this event occur with Chinese prostitutes only increases the tension level.
Last night was another MND, with an even more successful turnout than in weeks past. The arrival of Mike and Pete made it an even better event, given that I have only seen them once or twice in the past two years. These were the two characters of McCormick who would perform random acts of amusement all around Busch campus during my junior and senior years. A full contingent of the regulars were also there, and this week’s location had some good pizza as well.
All in all, this is rapidly becoming one of the highlight events of the week.
It’s hard to believe sometimes, after growing up in Hunterdon County, that it’s such a rich place. In fact, it’s probably one of the richer places in the States, and it’s easy to forget that this makes it one of the richest places in the world. Funny, though. If money did buy happiness, it certainly seems that there should be a lot more happy people around.
From Slate’s Today’s PapersThe WP continues it dominance in WMD coverage—in fact, it’s been the only consistent source of probing among the big papers—and has been driving reporting of the Wilson investigation. But today’s (two-column) headline doesn’t exactly sum up the one juicy bit in today’s dispatch: “BUSH AIDES SAY THEY’LL COOPERATE WITH PROBE INTO INTELLIGENCE LEAK.” As it happens, the Bush aides also said they won’t look for the potentially felonious leaker unless investigators push them to. Citing WH aides, the Post says Bush has “no plans to ask his staff members whether they played a role in revealing the name.”
SI has posted its list of 100 Things You Gotta Do Before You Graduate.
At 54, have an artery-clogging sandwich at the Grease Trucks, a group of independently operated trailers on College Avenue in New Brunswick, N.J., home of Rutgers. Many of the delicacies have Fat in the name.
Truthfully, my life this week has been about as quiet as the blog has. Most of my thoughts this week have been consumed by two areas, life in the office and the ongoing frustration of the accident.
I continued playing with the Struts framework in the office as a way of enforcing the Model-View-Controller (MVC) design pattern on our future software development. We also experienced so-so staff meeting where we discussed budgets and the IT organization’s strategy. Concerns around these two topics have led to a noticeable drop in staff morale, and despite attempts from management to communicate on these issues, I would say they’re failing. Their problem, more than anything else, is that by speaking in “buzzword jargon”, the message is lost to interpretation, which only results in further confusion. And so far as I can tell there’s plenty of confusion out there.
I stoppped by the body shop this morning to take a look at the car and get a status update. The good news is that the shop expects to be working on the car by the end of the next week. The bad news is simply how awful it looks. I’ll admit it, I’m spoiled by the many features my car has. I can’t wait to get it back.
A recent commentary in BusinessWeek (Registration Required) provided the most straightfoward summation of why not to vote for Bush in 2004.
The domino effect of removing Saddam has not occurred. Getting rid of him was supposed to clear the way for a new road map for peace between Israelis and Palestinians. It hasn’t. It was supposed to scare North Korea into freezing its program of building nuclear weapons. It hasn’t. It was supposed to curb terrorism in the region. It clearly has had the opposite effect: Before the war, Iraq was not a hotbed of terrorism. Postwar, it is. We created what we said we wanted to prevent.
The bad thing about Monday Night Drinking is Tuesday morning. As usual, I really didn’t feel like getting up. Then again, how many mornings DO I feel like heading off to work? Last night was a good break, as I was able to relax, finish off a magazine (I have a pile of them still to get through), and then head out for a beer and a night of losing at pool.
Yesterday’s less-than-positive news came on the accident report from the police. Specifically, the driver who was responsible for my involvement in the accident last week is, according to the report, uninsured. So now I’m out the $500 deductible and tomorrow I’m renting a car, so I’ll be out an additional $11/day until my car’s fixed. On the flip side, it will be repaired with quality parts since NJM is footing most of the bill and they’ll (hopefully) end up taking the bum to court.
A brief update: I did visit the doctor last Wednesday and was given Vioxx and a muscle relaxant. The damage estimate for the car is in, and it’s $5300. I’ll be picking up the police report either today or tomorrow, so I’ll see what the official version of the story is. And on Wednesday I’m planning to rent a car, and return the “G-Pa-Car-” to my parents.
In avaiation news, I’m dropping Continental’s NonePass FF program to switch to either United (most likely) or US Airways (less likely). Also, if you’ve flown JetBlue prior to September of 2002, your privacy was violated as private passenger data was turned over to a military contractor to validate a passenger screening system (but NOT CAPPS II, we’re assured, just something like it).