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Saturday, October 28, 2006

Walking on thin ice - [4:33 PM]

Uncle SamI came across a digg post entitled "Bush Moves Toward Martial Law" and a Slashdot post entitled "Bush Signs Bill Enabling Martial Law". They ultimately link to the same post on Toward Freedom(caution server is sluggish.)

The thing that's scary about the post is not the talk about Bush's abuse of power, some of us have been talking about that for a while, it's the talk in the comments of the digg and Slashdot posts. People are extremely mad and they're saying things they shouldn't be saying. I won't post those things here, just go read the comments and you'll see what I'm talking about. They're things that could get people arrested, they could be considered threats. Other comments make me wonder if Carl Rove is confident in a win because "the fix is in." Today they're behind in every poll, a win would be very suspect.

We're living in strange days. Some day we'll look back on this time and wonder how one man could make things so bad. In the end I'm ready for a change, but I would NEVER wish anything bad happen to anyone involved in the administration. Until then we'll have to be careful, like we're all walking on thin ice.
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Like pumpkin seeds? - [4:20 PM]

101 Cookbooks: "I've wrangled up a beautiful collection of quirky pumpkins and winter squash over the past week - white 'ghost' pumpkins, blue Hokkaido, carnival and ambercup squash." - This is something Kim does after we carve out pumpkins, it's a family tradition. The bummer about the whole thing is I get sick of them after about two days.
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YAOS - Yet Another Old Saying - [2:35 PM]

Have you ever heard the old saying No answer is an answer? That means when asked a question and you know the answer but don't want to be truthful you just keep your mouth shut, or possibly side-step the question, you've given an answer. This is what our President, and Vice-President, have been doing when asked about Waterboarding. Why doesn't someone ask with the caveat, "Please respond with a 'Yes' or 'No' Mr. President." So when he replies with "The United States does not torture" you know he's not telling the truth, because that reply does not answer the qeustion "Does the United States use waterboarding?" It simply side-steps the question because the person asking the question thinks Oh, waterboarding is torture and since we don't torture we don't waterboard. But that's not what the President means. He means we don't torture, and he believes waterboarding is not torture, but a necessary tool in the war on terra(translation: terror.) So in effect he's saying Yes we waterboard but I'm not going to admit that to you, or anyone.

Just one mans opinion, take it or leave it.
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Movie line of the week answer - [2:31 PM]

Well I'm not too surprised we had only one guess, but at least it was correct!

Congratulations to Mr. James Robertson who correctly guessed...


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Friday, October 27, 2006

Google's Scary Stories - [12:25 AM]

Google Scary Stories is a collection of scary stories completely digitized for your reading pleasure, and the best part is they're free!
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Thursday, October 26, 2006

The Border Disaster - [11:53 PM]

BBC: "Mexican President-elect Felipe Calderon said the fence was 'a grave mistake' which would lead to more Mexican deaths on the border." - I don't know how to feel about this. Our border with Mexico is clearly broken and easily penetrated. So if the fence is not going to stop people from crossing, what will? What about a Mexico that provides for it's people? I actually heard someone propose a DMZ between us and Mexico. A 50 yard kill zone with fencing on either side, towers on the US side, and armed guards in those towers with permission to shoot anyone caught in the DMZ. Do you think that would work? Hmmmm, probably not. So what will?

It is odd, however, the President of Mexico is taking this to the United Nations. Hey, this is the United States, not Mexico. If we want to build a fence, we can build a fence. Just keep that old saying in mind "Great fences make great neighbors" as you bring the debate before the United Nations.

Oh, and one other thing, the only Mexican citizens that will die as a result of the new fence will be the citizens trying to escape your country, the citizens trying to climb the fence. So please, sit them down, and give them a good talking to. We don't need the finger pointed at us for the failures of the Mexican government Mr. Calderon.
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Movie line of the week - [11:38 PM]

You gotta love the movies.Ok, I've been a bit distracted lately. Sometimes life gets so heavy the weight pushes things out of your mind, like doing a movie line once a week. I like doing it, and just thought about it, so I'm going to post it LATE, very LATE.

So, are you ready to guess? Alright, lets get started...

Calm? Do 'murder' and 'calm' go together? Calm and murder? Murder?

Ok, quick, what movie! Send your guesses here.
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Microsoft pushing people to Linux? - [10:15 AM]

digg: "You have to ask yourself, 'Is Microsoft Pushing Customers to Linux?' Surely not intentionally." - If anything folks would turn to a much better solution, not Linux, thank you very much. Linux is just fine if you're a gear head but my grandma, my wife for that matter, wouldn't be able to find their way around a Linux environment. It's much better than it used to be, don't get me wrong, but it's light years away from Windows or Mac.

If you're tired of Windows I'd recommend trying a Mac, stay clear of Linux unless you're ready to dig in and live with complexity.
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Monday, October 23, 2006

Why the Silicon Valley? - [8:42 AM]

Microsoft Cash Cow.Don Dodge: "If you think of insurance you think of Hartford. If you think of investment banks you think of New York, more specifically, Wall Street. If you think of advertising, it is Madison Avenue. If you think of automobiles...it is Detroit. If you think of films...it is Hollywood. Country music? Its Nashville. It is the natural order of all things that centers of excellence emerge and attract more talent." - Put that in the strange but true category. When Microsoft bought Visio I feared having to move, or feared being cut loose, because I was telecommuting from Exeter. Redmond is the center of the Microsoft Universe, trust me the honestly believe this. When the acquisition was complete Microsoft left the Visio team alone for about a year, as old-timers moved on Microsoft replaced those people with 'softies. By the third year we had a Microsoft Director(I've forgotten his real title) and a Microsoft head of development(forgot his title as well.) At this point things started to change. Microsoft management found that having a team in downtown Seattle was too far away from the main campus, so they packed everyone up and moved them. They had to be at the center of the universe.

Have you seen the new Microsoft commercials? The one with the fella that shows up for his first day of work and has a IM waiting for him on his desktop? He asks where the person sending the IM sits and gets a reply that he's somewhere in Europe(or the like.) That would never fly at Microsoft, even though they live on a daily diet of e-mail and IM's.

I do find it strange how much tech leaders depend on their teams being in the same building. Go ahead and call it sour grapes, because there is a bit of that on my part. I miss the Visio team a great deal.
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A curly bracers dilemma - [8:31 AM]

Ned Batchelder: "Although Python doesn't mind, it feels strange to me for a variable to sometimes be a string and sometimes be a list. Is this pythonic? Or just a confusing abuse of power?" - Ned's a super bright guy that moved fully into dynamic development to pay the bills. I don't know the answer to his question, maybe someone with dynamic flowing freely through their veins does?
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You go Girls! - [8:02 AM]

Visalia Times Delta: "Why it's a must see: Exeter needs to win to force a tie with Immanuel in the Central Sequoia League standings." - The Exeter Girls Varsity Volleyball team is very young and very exciting to watch. They are more than capable of beating Immanuel Thursday night. The big question is, what team will show up? The young bunch, or the dominating team we've all witnessed?

It's going to be a very exciting evening! See you at the game.
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Just too white and nerdy - [7:48 AM]

CNN: "'Lynwood,' Yankovic's 12th album, debuted this month at No. 10 on the Billboard 200, his first top 10 album ever. Meanwhile, the Chamillionaire parody 'White and Nerdy,' reached No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100, besting his previous high of No. 12 with 'Eat It' in 1984." - Good for you Al.
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