100 goals 100 weeks

Hi there, my name is Ian Usher and I sold my life on eBay! on the
29th of June 2008.

I was left with no ties and one big question:
What do I do next?

I have had goals and dreams for as long as I can remember, but like
everyone else, I have found that living often gets in the way, and
goals get put aside for too long!

It’s time to start ticking off some goals. It’s time to challenge myself!

It’s time to achieve 100 goals in the next 100 weeks!

Ummm, trippy…



who are you wearing?

Rotterdam-based photographer Ari Versluis and profiler
Ellie Uyttenbroek have worked together since October 1994.
Inspired by a shared interest in the striking dress codes of
various social groups, they have systematically documented
numerous identities over the last 14 years.

They call their series Exactitudes: a contraction of exact and

Versluis and Uyttenbroek provide an almost scientific,
anthropological record of people’s attempts to distinguish
themselves from others by assuming a group identity.



here, have a virus

Holy crap what’s wrong with people.

I’ll just say stay the hell away from desktopia.com . I just caught
a nasty ass win32 trojan from their crappy ass website. Thank
God I have a decent antivirus program. It’s my opinion that
desktopia and a few other unethical wallpaper sites I’ve visited
are hell bent on passing out malware viruses to unsuspecting web
cruisers. Do yourselves a favor and avoid desktopia like the plague.


Newt is worried

I know this is over a year old but to me, it just screams
out to us the really awful prediciment we have allowed
ourselves fall into. When Newt says “in less than four
years, we defeated Natzi Germany, fascist Italy, and
Imperial Japan. Today it takes twenty three years to
add a fifth runway to the Atlanta airport”, that just says
it all. It’s my opinion that our country is broken. There is
a good chance that we will lose a city or tens of thousands
of people in some terrorist attack that originates from
within our own border because we can’t profile people.
There is a good chance that it’s citizens are going to hand
over their freedoms in the name of security because
they are stupid and probably don’t deserve those
freedoms in the first place. What do you think?


the 200 year cycle


“A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot
exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will
continue to exist up until the time that voters discover that they
can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury.
From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates
who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the
result that every democracy will finally collapse over loose fiscal
policy, (which is) always followed by a dictatorship.”

“The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations from the beginning
of history, has been about 200 years. During those 200 years, these
nations always progressed through the following sequence: From
bondage to spiritual faith; From spiritual faith to great courage; From
courage to liberty; From liberty to abundance, From abundance to
complacency; From complacency to apathy, From apathy to dependence,
From dependence back into bondage.”

Professor Joseph Olson of Hamline University School of Law, St.Paul, Minnesota.

Olson believes the U.S. is now somewhere between the “apathy” and the

“complacency” phase of Professor Tyler’s definition of democracy; with
some 40 percent of the nation’s population already having reached the
“governmental dependency” phase.


DinKey hits YouTube

One of my DinKey customers was kind enough to include
one of my DinKey’s in one of his terrific YouTube videos.
Steve, N0TU, has made dozens of great videos of hiking,
camping, and QRP in the mountains of Colorado and shares
those adventures with us along with the antics of his two
pack goats, Rooster and Peanut. Check out his videos.