“swing your arms really high in the air” march

I’ve got a headache, and I’m watching Las Vegas on TV, sort of in the background now that only 15 minutes are left and I pretty much know where all of the plot lines are going. I’m also editing crap for the glossary, slowly trying to lock down the last of the changes. I noticed that all of my old comments had vanished, so I dug around the HaloScan web site and found out you need a premium account to get to your old stuff. So $10 later, all of my stuff is restored, and I think there are some new features I’ll be able to use at some point in the future. I also took all of the entries from the letter A and brought them into FrameMaker to see what it will look like in print format. The template needs a hell of a lot of work, but at least I know how much effort it will take when CafePress finally offers perfect bound books.

I was watching Army TV (whatever the hell it is, Armed Forces TV, maybe – it’s on public access at like three in the morning) and they were showing footage of troops training the new Iraqi police. In general, I am all for this sort of thing, and it’s the kind of stuff we should be doing over there. Instead of a bunch of mafia-type thug men taking protection payments and lording over the local businesses, they can get some policemen trained to help keep down the local crime, and then pay them a decent salary so that bribery and corruption isn’t a major problem. So that’s great, and they show the Army officers training these guys on due process and careful searches and first aid and all of that stuff. Then they show the police guys, and they are marching around a football field or something, but doing that goofy, “swing your arms really high in the air” sort of march that you normally see armies do in countries that have their current leader on every piece of money printed and in four places on every intersection. It’s the same weird-ass march that the North Koreans do when you see their annual Communist “we’re the elite troops that still have bread and water and uniforms that match, unlike the other 99% of the army” parade. Is this some kind of cultural thing? Wouldn’t it be better to teach them to march the regular way? I don’t know, it’s not like anyone has actually marched in perfect lines straight into battle in like the last 200 years, so marching doesn’t do a damn bit of good when your most formidable enemy is a Toyota Corolla full of RDX and packing nails. At least they didn’t get the NYPD there to train the cops, or they’d all be unloading their service pistols into the first black guy they saw in Baghdad.

Not much else is up. I got a new DSL modem via UPS today, and when they get my line hooked up on that end, my home speed will go to 1.5Mbps download and 256Kbps upload via lineshare, at the same price as my current 768/128 dedicated line. It means I have to dig behind some dressers and the entertainment center to install line filters on the phones, so I will probably inhale a metric assload of dust bunnies in the process. But that’s a small price to pay for faster speed.

And with that, it’s time to play SOCOM.


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