Archive | September, 2008
September 30, 2008

Dude, is eight years old today!

Crazy, huh? I registered this domain name back in September 2000 (when I was a freshman at GDub) and have been spouting nonsense ever since! I’m sure there will be many more years of that to come. Like, when I’m 80 years old I’ll be complaining about something, ya know?

Someone should bake me a cake.

September 29, 2008

Ryan and I are “turistas extremos”


This is from the August 2, 2008 edition of Frontera, a Tijuana/San Diego based Spanish-language newspaper. Recognize that photo at the bottom? Yeah, that is Ryan and I in front of Chernobyl’s infamous reactor four when we (along with Laura) toured the exclusion zone on July 4, 2007.


The entire article is behind a paywall now, but it did list my blog address and this blurb:

Lindsay Fincher es una californiana que visitó el reactor número 4, en su blog describió la experiencia en el lugar como “surrealista”.

From my three years of high school Spanish (which I’ve almost completely forgotten), it generally translates to “Lindsay Fincher is a Californian that visited reactor number four and in her blog described the experience as surreal” or whatever.

The funny thing about this? I had no idea this article existed until it showed up in my website stats. Figures.

September 26, 2008

Putin rearing his head over Alaska



Yep, pretty damn scary.


September 25, 2008

Palin on Russia, again. OH DEAR GOD PLEASE MAKE IT STOP!!!

Is John McCain playing some kind of sick joke on our country? Did any of his campaign aides actually, uh, talk to Sarah Palin before they selected her as his running mate?

Here is the second part of Palin’s interview with Katie Couric. I gotta say, in terms of hilarity, this is the best one yet. You really have to watch it to get the full effect.

Couric: You’ve cited Alaska’s proximity to Russia as part of your foreign policy experience. What did you mean by that?

Sarah Palin: That Alaska has a very narrow maritime border between a foreign country, Russia, and, on our other side, the land-boundary that we have with Canada.

Uh, thanks for the geography lesson. Again. I think we’ve already established that Alaska and Russia share a maritime border BUT HOW DOES THAT TRANSLATE INTO FOREIGN POLICY EXPERIENCE?!?!

Palin: It’s funny that a comment like that was kinda made to … I don’t know, you know … reporters.

Couric: Mocked?

Palin: Mocked, yeah I guess that’s the word, mocked.

Uh, you know what’s really funny? That you cite Russia’s proximity to Alaska whenever someone asks you about your foreign policy experience. Your comment deserves to be mocked because it was stupid.

Couric: Well, explain to me why that enhances your foreign-policy credentials.

Palin: Well, it certainly does, because our, our next-door neighbors are foreign countries, there in the state that I am the executive of. And there…

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, over?

Couric: Have you ever been involved in any negotiations, for example, with the Russians?

Palin: We have trade missions back and forth, we do. It’s very important when you consider even national security issues with Russia. As Putin rears his head and comes into the air space of the United States of America, where do they go? It’s Alaska. It’s just right over the border. It is from Alaska that we send those out to make sure that an eye is being kept on this very powerful nation, Russia, because they are right next to, they are right next to our state.

Whoa, whoa, whoa…Russia is right next to your state? That’s interesting. I haven’t heard that before. For your next interview, can you bring along a globe, too? That would be very helpful.

Thank you, Sarah Palin. I never thought someone could make Dan Quayle look like a freakin’ genius, but you have proven me wrong!

September 25, 2008

Hard decision

Anderson Cooper or Keith Olbermann? I’m inclined to go with Olbermann due to his passionate monologues and fondness for pink ties, but I still love AC’s hurricane coverage.

September 24, 2008

Corporate Twittering?


I’ve just started playing around with Twitter…no strong feelings about it either way yet, for now it’s just another social networking tool to keep up with. Anyways, last night I Twittered “thinks Trader Joe’s carnitas were made by god himself” (they are in the deli section…throw some carnitas in corn tortillas, add avocado and salsa, and you have a delicious and easy to prepare dinner. Trust me on this one).

Nine minutes after Twittering, I received this e-mail:


TJ’s is on top of things. I love you guys.

September 22, 2008

Should my personalized license plates say “GAZPROM” or “LUKOIL”?

This weekend I saw a car with Virginia license plates that said “YUKOS”. As I was walking past the car, I had to stop and do a double take. It is not every day that you see a car repping a bankrupt Russian oil company that was formerly headed by a billionaire oligarch who is now serving out his prison term in Siberia.

September 14, 2008

Life aboard an offshore platform near Sakhalin

Check out this entertaining post by Tim Newman, who is currently spending a month working on an offshore platform near Russia’s Sakhalin Island. Apparently the food is quite amazing. Who knew?

I always find posts like this interesting because, while I also work in the oil & gas industry, it’s from a comfortable, climate-controlled office in downtown Washington, DC. Much respect for the guys out in the field who make it all possible.

September 14, 2008

Dude in a bear suit walking around Galveston

On Friday, before Ike rolled through:

Well, that’s one way to get your 15 minutes of fame.

September 14, 2008

Best hurricane graffiti ever



Seriously, how can you not love the dude?