Couple of Guys, Middle of Nowhere

Just saw this commercial for Google Chrome and Angry Birds on television:


“It’s a simple metric….”

“Are you angry, Peter? You look angry….”

I use Google Chrome (beta) almost exclusively and have since shortly after it was launched. It’s come a long way, especially in the last year. I rarely use IE or Firefox anymore, and even then just to do a browser check when I’m toying with web page changes.

I played Angry Birds once on my iPhone … for about five hours. Then I removed it.

Not that is wasn’t fun … it WAS fun … but the time I spent with it seemed to qualify as “lost time” ….

“Games of that sort are designed to grab your attention…. But apart from a few isolated images, or a little thrill of achievement when you scored points, you come away with no memories. It is as though a black hole had swallowed up this piece of your life.” – Stefan Klein, The Secret Pulse of Time

Bye, Dad…


Mr. Robert R. “Bob” Ducatte, 80, of Park Row, Cadyville, N.Y., passed away Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2009, at the CVPH Medical Center in Plattsburgh with his family by his side. He was born in Plattsburgh, N.Y., on April 27, 1929, the youngest child of Michael and Maude (Simmons) Ducatte.

Bob was a line foreman for New York State Electric and Gas retiring in 1987 after 41 years of service. He was an avid New York Yankees fan and enjoyed woodworking, carpentry, wood carvings and collecting coins. Bob was a member of the Quarter Century Club at NYSEG. He had been a member and past treasurer of the Cadyville Volunteer Fire Department and was a member of the board that founded Clinton Community College. Bob was a veteran of Korea, serving in the U.S. Army, and he was a member of St. James Church in Cadyville.

He was predeceased by his parents, Michael and Maude Ducatte; and several siblings.

Bob is survived by his wife of 58 years, Viola “Vi” (Bassett) Ducatte of Cadyville; three sons, Alan Ducatte of Plattsburgh, Dale Ducatte of Atlanta, Ga., David Ducatte and his wife, Johanne of Plattsburgh; two daughters, Donna Cringle and her husband, Kenneth of Saranac, Deborah Facteau and her husband, James E. of Saranac; one sister, Myrtle Shelters of Morrisonville; 11 grandchildren, Robert Brault and his wife, Heather of Saranac, Cari Brault and her fiancé, Ryan of Alexandria, Va., Scott Brault of Albany, N.Y., Joshua Cringle of New York, N.Y., Adam Cringle of Albany, N.Y., Nicole Facteau of Saranac, Rebekah Facteau of Brooklyn, N.Y., Sarah, Alisha, Marissa and Cynthia Ducatte, all of Plattsburgh; one great-granddaughter, Kylee Brault of Saranac; and several nieces and nephews.

Bob will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.

The hardest part is getting used to something I never even noticed before: that I had these constant conversations going on in my head that I wanted to share with you, these lists of things I tucked away in the corners of my mind for the next time I spoke to you on the phone, or for my next visit back home.

But now you’re gone and there is only silence … an infinite, empty silence….

Bye, Dad….

A Sunday Morning Look to the Heavens

“We pointed the most powerful telescope ever built by human beings at absolutely nothing, just because we were curious, and discovered that we occupy a very tiny place in the heavens.”

Just because we were curious….

You’ll often hear people say that the size and complexity of the world and the universe around us makes our individual lives seem petty and unimportant by comparison. Yet I’ve always believed that the opposite is true….

If I said that the fact that you are one of the 6.7 billion people alive today, sharing in the legacy of the many more billions who have come before you, on a single planet among hundreds of billions of galaxies full of planets — is something that makes your life more significant, not less … would you understand what I mean by that?

David Satter on Natalya Estemirova

From this interview with the International Affairs Forum:

IA-Forum: [Would] you please comment on the recent murder of Natalia Estemirova?


Mr. Satter: This is part of a whole string: Stanislav Markelov, Anna Politkovskaya… One of the signs of the cruelty or the lack of morality of the Putin regime is the fact that their protégé, Kadyrov, is really absolutely free to murder anyone he wants to, to torture, to kidnap with complete impunity; whether it’s in Chechnya, whether it’s in Russia, whether it’s in Vienna; as long as he keeps the situation under control for the leadership in Chechnya. This was a woman who was monitoring the human rights situation in Chechnya. She was a colleague of Markelov, who was a colleague of Politkovskaya. So who’s behind it? We know that Kadyrov said the people who are disappearing are being murdered. These are people who are his opponents and enemies.


And don’t expect any serious effort to investigate. When Markelov was killed along with Anastasia Barburova—in broad daylight near the Christ the Savior church on a crowded street—no one thought it worthy of comment until nine days later when Medvedev did an interview with Novaya Gazeta and said something. This shows the character of the regime. Bearing that in mind, an American president should not bend over backwards to praise Putin and to praise the Russian leaders. They are not deserving of that.

Original source: Satter on Obama at La Russophobe.