On the eve of war, my friends are worried and depressed. Realistically, this war will not impact me in short term, other than it has created circumstances we've not seen in over a decade. But in the long run, I think this war will have large consequences.

I gather that the administration is looking 50 to a 100 years in the future when WMDs are easily accessible, when an unexpected first strike can immobilize a major city or nation, when we can't defend ourselves against an unheralded first strike. If we can't defend ourselves, how can we prevent this? The administration appears to be using our temporary military and economic advantage to replace the planet's rogue nations with stable, slow (democratic) governments.

I also believe the military is finished with supplying insurgents as it has come back to bite them too many times (Afghanistan, Nicaragua, Iran). The administration believes that the only path to the goal lies in war. War on Iraq, War on Iran, and War on North Korea.

IF this is the Plan, I want to know why we are jeopardizing our future coalition building efforts in order to gain 6 months on Iraq. Maybe we have less than 50 years to do all this work, maybe the administration thinks they only have 5 more years.

IF this is the Plan, I want to know who architected its marketing. No one is arguing that Saddam is a nice guy, everyone is arguing over Bush's War. The marketing failed and now we pretty much have to go it alone.

IF this is the Plan, we'd better get our space program back in shape because we're going to need a whole new home if it doesn't work.

Last week culminated in illness, I spent the weekend bundled up, consuming 4000+ calories per day, and drinking a boatload of water. Unfortunately, the symptoms are fading, but the cause (stress) remains. The good thing is that work is going to be a lot less stressful this week (no late night installs and early morning maintenance), and I've resolved the following money stress issue (which is retarded, the whole point of having money is so you don't have to have stress), but school is starting back up.

When firms merge, many customer service issues can arise. The two firms I have brokerage accounts with just merged (Datek and Ameritrade), and their customer support (that I've experienced) has fallen through the floor.

The biggest problem is that I've gotten multiple answers for a question. Because of this, I can't trust the answers I'm given, and I have to call back and verify. Luckily, after a week of getting things ironed out (one cancelled check and two incompleted market orders later), things should be fine tomorrow morning.

On an interesting side note, all electronic orders have a ticket number associated with them. But, manual orders have no tracking numbers whatsoever (according to Datek/Ameritrade, so this could be misinformation ;). Regardless, Allen said I should give Brown & Co. a chance, and I'll be switching to them when I next switch investment stances.

Orthochrony is a good word. It's Greek for uptime (as in a server's uptime), but it also can mean timing things correctly (from development releases to picking the right moment to talk to someone).