Should anyone ask, my cats domesticated themselves

Interesting Smithsonian Article:A Brief History of House Cats

When humans were predominantly hunters, dogs were of great use, and thus were domesticated long before cats. Cats, on the other hand, only became useful to people when we began to settle down, till the earth and—crucially—store surplus crops. With grain stores came mice, and when the first wild cats wandered into town, the stage was set for what the Science study authors call “one of the more successful ‘biological experiments’ ever undertaken.” The cats were delighted by the abundance of prey in the storehouses; people were delighted by the pest control.

“We think what happened is that the cats sort of domesticated themselves,” Carlos Driscoll, one of the study authors, told the Washington Post. The cats invited themselves in, and over time, as people favored cats with more docile traits, certain cats adapted to this new environment, producing the dozens of breeds of house cats known today. In the United States, cats are the most popular house pet, with 90 million domesticated cats slinking around 34 percent of U.S. homes.

Should anyone ask, I have no vacancies for slaves

Klaus who helped with some of the Buddycloud business plan has a new venture. Not For Slaves is his blog about how the work environment is changing - moulded by well organised professionals and consultants.  His upcoming product helps these professionals work more efficiently.Stay tuned.

Should anyone ask, I have had 3 good things happen


  1. Apple replaced my DVD drive, even though I was 5 days out of warranty.


  2. Apple Center Schulz offered to do the replacement without me needing to leave my mac there for 5 days like all other mac dealers


  3. Ligo Electroinics offered to upgrade my sister’s VOIP phone to a newer model that supports multiple VOIP providers.


My faith in society has increased.

Should anyone ask, my carbon footprint just increased...

…I left the toaster on for too long.

Should anyone ask, I should really reboot

Debian stabe is really stable.
$ uptime
09:31:20 up 143 days, 7 min, 17 users,  load average: 20.28, 19.65, 19.34

Yes, Cyrus’ squatter was still running and hammering the disks, hence the 20.28 load average.

Should anyone ask, I had an article published


FoundRead.com published a small piece that I penned on the train up to Berlin. In the interests of disclosure, it was heavily edited.

Should anyone ask, I had an article published

FoundRead.com published a small piece that I penned on the train up to Berlin. In the interests of disclosure, it was heavily edited.

Should anyone ask, London has better weather than Munich

It’s monsoon season here in Munich. Even yesterday’s American German Business Club social in the Waldwirtshaft biergarten was rained upon.

Compare and contrast:


Should anyone ask, London has better weather than Munich

It’s monsoon season here in Munich. Even yesterday’s American German Business Club social in the Waldwirtshaft biergarten was rained upon.

Compare and contrast:

Should anyone ask, I'm on facebook...

… and no you can’t be my stalker.


Should anyone ask, I'll help drain the wine lakes

BBC NEWS | Business | EU wine lakes set to be drained


Under the five-year plan, initiated by EU Agriculture Commissioner Mariann Fischer Boel, winemakers in EU countries will get cash rewards for producing less wine by abandoning some or all of their poorer quality vineyards.


Compensation of 420m euros is being offered in the first year of the scheme, hoped to begin in August next year for farmers willing to help tear up a combined 200,000 hectares of grape vines - about 6% of the 3.4 million total planted.


Jean Louis Piton, chairman of the farmers’ union Copa Cogeca, argued that the core of the EU’s reform agenda was to impose the New World model on Europe’s ancient industry. “This is a model that does not put agricultural exploitation, wine exploitation and man at the heart of its concerns, but chooses to promote the industry’s interests instead,” he said.



I wish I got paid for doing less work. How about not giving out subsidies in the first place and letting the market take care of this.

Should anyone ask, I’ll help drain the wine lakes

BBC NEWS | Business | EU wine lakes set to be drained


Under the five-year plan, initiated by EU Agriculture Commissioner Mariann Fischer Boel, winemakers in EU countries will get cash rewards for producing less wine by abandoning some or all of their poorer quality vineyards.

Compensation of 420m euros is being offered in the first year of the scheme, hoped to begin in August next year for farmers willing to help tear up a combined 200,000 hectares of grape vines - about 6% of the 3.4 million total planted.


Jean Louis Piton, chairman of the farmers’ union Copa Cogeca, argued that the core of the EU’s reform agenda was to impose the New World model on Europe’s ancient industry. “This is a model that does not put agricultural exploitation, wine exploitation and man at the heart of its concerns, but chooses to promote the industry’s interests instead,” he said.



I wish I got paid for doing less work. How about not giving out subsidies in the first place and letting the market take care of this.

Should anyone ask, Lord Ashdown should have gone into radio

Paddy ashdown produces a great series “Winning the Peace” with relevance to what’s happening now in Iraq. In it he looks at how the allies made mistakes in the post WW2 occupation and rebuilding of Germany.  It was only when Allied Forces saw the march of the Russia that they realised that rebuilding rather than plundering Germany would better suit their interests.  Lord Ashdown goes on to the list his recipe for rebuilding nations.  And he has some experience after his work in Bosnia.Downloadable MP3


Should anyone ask, Lord Ashdown should have gone into radio

Paddy ashdown produces a great series “Winning the Peace” with relevance to what’s happening now in Iraq. In it he looks at how the allies made mistakes in the post WW2 occupation and rebuilding of Germany.  It was only when Allied Forces saw the march of the Russia that they realised that rebuilding rather than plundering Germany would better suit their interests.  Lord Ashdown goes on to the list his recipe for rebuilding nations.  And he has some experience after his work in Bosnia.Downloadable MP3

Should anyone ask, I don't have DCI Top Secret clearence.


I received a rather interesting job offer on one of my digital surveillance mailing lists: TSCM.





I am seeking to employ several short term contractors for a 21 day
project (21 days on the ground) in the middle east.

Need be able to speak, read, and write English, and be able to use a
Windows VISTA laptop, Powerpoint, Word, Excell, and related common
business software. Must also speak, and be able to read French
and read, write, and be fluent in conversational Arabic, and be well
trained in proper customs, courtesies, and procedures.


Must have a current DOD or DCI Top Secret, or have had one within the
part ten years. Must a a U.S. Citizen, zero criminal convictions, and
no pending cases. Must have current passport with at least six months
left on it, a currently set of worldwide immunizations, be in
healthily condition, and have prior experience in operating low low
key activities over a several week period.


We will provide a 7 days skills crash course brush up on language and
customs in the U.S., fly you to the destinations, then spend 21 days
in county, followed by 3 days back stateside before breaking the team
up. Payment will be 1/3 upon signing contract, 1/3 paid to your bank
account once you are half way though the project, and the balance
paid after the three day out brief back in the U.S. We cover all
expenses, air travel, private lodging, air evacuation (if needed),
and the use of a satellite phone for 90 minutes per day.


Please E-Mail privately if interested.


-jma


Should anyone ask, I don’t have DCI Top Secret clearence.

I received a rather interesting job offer on one of my digital surveillance mailing lists: TSCM.


I am seeking to employ several short term contractors for a 21 day
project (21 days on the ground) in the middle east.

Need be able to speak, read, and write English, and be able to use a
Windows VISTA laptop, Powerpoint, Word, Excell, and related common
business software. Must also speak, and be able to read French
and read, write, and be fluent in conversational Arabic, and be well
trained in proper customs, courtesies, and procedures.


Must have a current DOD or DCI Top Secret, or have had one within the
part ten years. Must a a U.S. Citizen, zero criminal convictions, and
no pending cases. Must have current passport with at least six months
left on it, a currently set of worldwide immunizations, be in
healthily condition, and have prior experience in operating low low
key activities over a several week period.


We will provide a 7 days skills crash course brush up on language and
customs in the U.S., fly you to the destinations, then spend 21 days
in county, followed by 3 days back stateside before breaking the team
up. Payment will be 1/3 upon signing contract, 1/3 paid to your bank
account once you are half way though the project, and the balance
paid after the three day out brief back in the U.S. We cover all
expenses, air travel, private lodging, air evacuation (if needed),
and the use of a satellite phone for 90 minutes per day.


Please E-Mail privately if interested.


-jma


Should anyone ask, I designed and bought a new wardrobe today

It looks like this:



It will be delivered in a week from Regatix. I’ve yet to design the cover to go over it.

Should anyone ask, I designed and bought a new wardrobe today

It looks like this:


It will be delivered in a week from Regatix. I’ve yet to design the cover to go over it.

Should anyone ask, I've got my SAs confused.

That’s Security Associations for those lucky enough to not deal with IPSEC.


Should anyone ask, I’ve got my SAs confused.

That’s Security Associations for those lucky enough to not deal with IPSEC.

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