Gamerscore Addict

I think I'm original in this, but maybe not. I came up with a new word today while browsing my Xbox Live gamerscore in comparison with friends.

I submit to you: gamerwhore.

I think to be a gamerwhore you should compare your gamerscore to others frequently (I do), but you should have also played NBA Live 06 and King Kong (I haven't).

UPDATE 03/01/2006: what timing! Major Nelson also says something similar on his blog yesterday. Great minds think alike…

Wrapping Up in Taiwan

10:30pm Saturday in Taiwan, and 6:30am Saturday in Seattle.

Our work here in Taiwan is wrapped up, and we spent today wandering around the city doing some photography. I should have around 200 pictures to upload when we return.

We visited the electronics district of Kaohsiung today. I was a bit disappointed with it – for sure there were tons of counterfeit items and knock-off items (I saw this guy, this one, and a ton of others), but, overall, not much in the way of good stuff. Quite a bit of Xbox360 advertising for the pending Taiwan launch on March 2.

We hit up a night-market last night – also tons of knock-offs there as well: “Kingdom Jeans” with a kJ logo a la Calvin Klein's cK, etc.

All in all, though, Kaohsiung is a cool city. I don't know that you could spend more than 2-3 days of sightseeing, but if you ever find yourself in Taiwan with a few free days, swing down to the south end.

Ahoy… from Taiwan!

Ahh, the first blog entry written from outside of the United States. This week finds me travelling for work in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. I'm currently sitting on the 36th floor of the Grand Hi-Lai Hotel (a 5-star hotel for $90/night, are you kidding me?) overlooking the harbor of Kaohsiung. It's a beautiful town.

We left Seattle at 12:40am on Saturday via China Airlines, and flew direct to Taipei. Fourteen hours later, we were on the ground. By fourteen hours later, I really mean at 7:45am on Sunday. Basically I burned my whole weekend in a plane. A short one hour flight took us to our destination of Kaohsiung. Going from GMT-8 to GMT+8 makes you warped.

We just got done wandering around a bit, seeing as we have the rest of the day free. Took a bunch of pictures, but the Internet connectivity in the hotel is too spotty to get them uploaded. That'll have to wait till I return.

Saddam and WMD

So, I'm reading this article, and it's talking about how obsessed Saddam Hussein apparently was about WMD, based on some tapes found in Iraq.

Transcripts of Saddam's tapes reviewed by NBC News show him ruminating about future terror attacks in the United States using weapons of mass destruction.

“We shouldn't be surprised to see a car bomb with nuclear [material] explode [in] Washington, either germ or chemical,” Saddam tells aides. “So this is coming,” Saddam says on the tapes, “but not from Iraq,” he adds, seeming to indicate that Iraq would not be the source of any such attack.

An unidentified Saddam aide replies that biological weapons are easy to construct: “… any biologist can make it in water tank and kill 100,000 person … so you can't accuse a country, one person can do it. One American person can do it in a house, next to the White House.”

On another tape, Saddam says future terrorism will be with WMD. “It is possible in the future to see a booby trap and the explosion turns out to be nuclear, germ or chemical.”

“What the tapes show is that between the first gulf war and the second gulf war, Saddam Hussein had not lost his appetite for, or interest in, weapons of mass destruction,” says Gary Milhollin of the Wisconsin Project, an advocacy group working to slow the spread of weapons of mass destruction. “To the contrary, he was almost obsessed by them.'”

Uhh, now wait a second. Isn't he saying stuff that the current administration is saying? I don't know that the article leads me to believe any more that he had them, anymoreso than it leads me to believe that we don't.

State of the Union, Follow-Up Actions

So, after hearing the State Of The Union last night, I was looking forward to the next steps as far as getting the education system back in growth mode as it relates to math and sciences. Maybe, restoring some of the National Science Foundation budget that the Republican congress yanked out. Maybe boosting student loan subsidies.

But, I guess that's largely wishful thinking. Today, the Congress, in a largely bipartisan vote, cuts student loan subsidies. According to the article, President Bush is “eager to sign the bill.”

Hypocrisy.