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Saturday, June 30, 2007
This intersection seems to spawn recklessness. To be fair the ticketed, this light is poorly timed; I can think of several times that, in low/medium traffic I've needed to wait several cycles to get through the light. Not that it excuses running the light, but frustration increases the likelihood. I guess that makes this rather akin to road-rage.
This does force one to ask a bigger question, though. There is something rather Orwellian about this system. Is this the first step down a slippery slope towards perpetual governmental monitoring? It may seem paranoid, but I find the question interesting. At what point do we say "no" with a camera based justice system? Cameras at work, at the store, at school, on the bus, now intersections. Where is the "line", and how do we quantify it?
Friday, June 29, 2007
I have no idea what’s up, but I’m just feeling wiped out. Some blasted bug, I guess. Argh…
It’s Friday, if you can believe it. And Sunday is July 1st; we’re officially over ½ through this year. Time’s moving fast enough that I’m starting to feel motion sickness.
I’m hoping the long anticipated healing of my car’s transmission will be complete sometime today. Though I do love taking the train, I do miss my car. Not particularly green of me, I know, but I like having flexibility in the morning (only two trains from
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
It's stories like this that make me a fervent believer in critical importance of open, transparent government. The leaders of Iran believe that they are exempt from scrutiny, that they are accountable to no-one.
On only one point do I disagree with Professor Bakhash. The actions of Iran in these cases don't make the government look "inhumane", they make them look evil. This shows them to be beasts willing to brutalize anyone who, ever so slightly, diminishes their power.
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
I am a heavy user of net radio. As such, I’m a bit impacted by today’s “day of silence”. However, I fully support the efforts that our net radio friends are working on to save this medium. The way things are right now, net radio stations are looking at a 300% royalty increase that will be effective on July 15th. And that increase will be retroactive to January. The net effect (please forgive the pun) will be many of these stations imploding. I am in full support of artists being compensated for their work. However, this will remove a revenue stream as well eliminating a channel to expand their fan base. There are two big losers with this system: artists and listeners.
I urge you to head over to savenetradio.org to learn more about the issue. From there, you also will be shown how to contact your representatives in Congress, where there is legislation underway to reverse this. With all of our efforts, we can bring about a more sensible solution to ensure that artists are fairly paid and internet radio is able to stay on the “air”.
Monday, June 25, 2007
Steve O’Hear does an excellent job of breaking down the differences between the two popular sites. He really brings out the somewhat subtle differences (at least the MSM hasn’t caught them yet). After reading this, I’m breaking down and looking into Facebook.
Sunday, June 24, 2007
Saturday, June 23, 2007
German cars, mostly Volkswagen, garner my focus (It is important to note that I currently drive a Honda Accord; necessity, not passion). (I don't know if I would have a wider range of loves if my wallet were fatter.) Comically, my favorite VW has been the van. Though discontinued in the US, the Multivan still exists. The fact that I covet one of these, and would be willing to ship it to the States (with a few years of saving my pennies, of course) marks me as a geek (as if I needed another marker). I guess I'll need to put the Linux penguin on the back window.
What I find fascinating is the "why". I can't put my finger on a particular wow factor. Some of it comes from my cyclist/outdoorsy days, where the VW van was so cool...I could transport my bike and not need to pull the wheels off! I get to my destination, pull out bike and ride. Woo hoo! Perhaps it's the link between the hippie and the bus. I think that it's pretty deep, deeper than the cool lines and advanced design. Because, let's face it, even the Multivan is not radically designed.
Well, who knows. I do love the things, though. And, yes, I'm planning my trip to the holy land of Wolfsburg someday.
Friday, June 22, 2007
Thursday, June 21, 2007
I was just perusing the Yahoo Go website (Cingular section) and was quite surprised to see every single phone on the “coming soon” list. As I clicked around on the other carriers, I saw every phone with every carrier was “coming soon”. Then, bright guy that I am, I went to the main Yahoo Go page and saw that Yahoo Go 2.0 is coming this Friday (aka: tomorrow). We’ll see what comes.
Also, though the 750 is on the “coming soon” list, the 680 is not on the list, which bugs me. I’m not going to be in the market for anything as upscale as the750 for sometime. Oh well, I guess I’ll need to find another app to play with.
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
Anyway, as is so often the case, Grist says it so much better than me.
And They're Off
China overtakes United States as world's biggest polluter, agency says
straight to the source: The Globe and Mail, Reuters, 20 Jun 2007
straight to the source: The Guardian, Jonathan Watts and John Vidal, 20 Jun 2007
straight to the source: BBC News, Roger Harrabin, 19 Jun 2007
straight to the source: The Guardian, John Vidal and David Adam, 19 Jun 2007
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
On my drive in this morning, I watched a Krispy Kreme truck twice start to merge right with a line of cars where he wanted to be. Even if the driver’s eyes didn’t work, fortunately, the ears did. Part two of my saga: the fellow who tries to pass me on the left…when I’m in the left lane! Then the fellow just zips over several lanes without the slightest awareness of the wee little stick on their steering column. Then there was the several miles where I was stuck behind 3 cars, all in a row, dawdling along the highway. 30 in a 45 in the left lane…sigh…at least I made it in.
Monday, June 18, 2007
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
I’m completely horrified; however, not as much at the 911 operators as at the staff of
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
Safari on Windows? Right on! However, I can’t get it to work on my work computer since I can’t configure proxy settings. I’ll give it a whirl at home soon, though. Exciting news; but I’m not sure of what value it is. I would much rather had heard an announcement about .Mac upgrade/update/merge with Google. I’m quite close to dropping it altogether.
Several of my friends have been unaware of the status of this bill. If you live in
Cell phone bill, text message ban signed into law
Story Published: May 11, 2007 at 4:42 PM PDT
Story Updated: May 12, 2007 at 4:48 PM PDT
By Associated Press
Well, this is probably the weirdest fish story I’ve heard in a long time.
Jumping sturgeon injures woman in Fla.
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
ROCK BLUFF, Fla. -- A woman was injured over the weekend by a leaping sturgeon, the latest incident involving the flying fish on the Suwannee River, officials said.
Tara Spears, 32, of
She was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and was expected to recover, the agency reported.
The large, prehistoric-looking sturgeon have hard plates along their backs. They can grow up to 8 feet long and up to 200 pounds.
In April, a leaping sturgeon severely injured a 50-year-old woman from
Monday, June 11, 2007
Every time I clicked on a word, the blasted “Research Pane” (pain?) opened up. Every single document that I opened was doing this, even after shutting down and restarting Word. I could not find a obvious reason for this happening, so I tried the standard Windows software repair tool: reboot. This seems to have worked.
iPhone launches on 29 June
Apple meets scheduled release date
- Though initially I was filled with geek-lust for the iPhone, I’m not so certain that I’ll dive into this market. Of course, the $1,500 I’m about to dump into my transmission might also help cool that lust.
Former Apple execs join Palm board
Rubinstein brings considerable hardware expertise;
- I really, really hope that this can instill some vigor and innovation back into Palm. Next month I’m due to replace my Treo, and it’s very unlikely the next choice will be the 680. I’m leaning towards the Cingular Blackjack. More to come.
Friday, June 08, 2007
Thursday, June 07, 2007
Diversity Inc. has an interesting piece on the embattled Rep. Jefferson. I’m not surprised that some folks are calling for his resignation, and that some are holding their tongue. The statement that “the Congressional Black Caucus is asking that
“Thus the paradox in all this abundance is that the easier it is to create and store info, the harder that info is to manage, and the greater is the threat that we will not be able to find something when we need it.”
– Deanna B
I’ve certainly found this to be true as I navigate my information saturated life. Data, data, data! How doth I love thee even as I loathe with venom. Anyway, thank goodness for tools such as Google.
Wednesday, June 06, 2007
The brilliantly irreverent folks at Grist say it better than I could. Enjoy!
That's It, We're Not Washing Our Undies Anymore
Your detergent gets your clothes clean, sure -- but does it feminize your trout? Five green groups and a labor union are petitioning the U.S. EPA to ban a family of chemicals used in cleaning products that have been linked to gender changes in fish. Each year, the
straight to the source: Los Angeles Times, Marla Cone, 06 Jun 2007
straight to the source: The Kansas City Star, Associated Press, David Dishneau, 05 Jun 2007