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Friday, January 26, 2007

Speaking of 9/11? - [1:55 PM]

CNN: "WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Pakistan's tribal areas along the border with Afghanistan have become an accepted haven for al Qaeda leaders such as Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri, a senior U.S. intelligence official told CNN on Wednesday."

CNN: "DAVOS, Switzerland (Reuters) -- Osama bin Laden is not in Pakistan, as far as the government is aware, and if anyone has intelligence to the contrary, they should share it, Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz said on Thursday."

CNN: "Former U.N. nuclear inspector David Albright, however, said that 3,000 centrifuges would produce enough enriched uranium for one nuclear bomb. But, Albright predicted it would take Iran a year to get the centrifuges in place and another year to make the highly enriched uranium."

2007 is shaping up to be another stellar year.
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Good luck boys - [1:52 PM]

CNN: "WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Bush, on a collision course with Congress over Iraq, said Friday 'I'm the decision-maker' about sending more troops to the war. He challenged skeptical lawmakers not to prematurely condemn his buildup."
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Movie line of the week answer - [11:48 AM]

Like I said, I couldn't resist yesterday's movie line. We only had a couple of guesses, which kind of surprised me. The line was from a recent very funny film, but that's neither here nor there.

Our big winner was Mr. Tommy Williams, congratulations Tommy!

The line was from...


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Mac vs. Vista - [8:14 AM]

Scobleizer: "This presented an interesting opportunity to invite four interesting people over to the house last night who would give me insights from both sides of the aisle. Of course Maryam and I gave them some social lubricant and Tres Amigos’ burritos, and recorded it. We burned through two tapes (almost two hours)." - I must admit I don't watch many video posts, but I'll make an exception for this one. Keep your eye's peeled, Scoble says to expect it January 31st, Vista launch day.
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Thursday, January 25, 2007

Movie line of the week - [12:45 PM]

You gotta love the movies.Ok, I couldn't resist this line. The first time I heard it I just about peed myself.

Dear Lord baby Jesus, or as our brothers in the south call you,jesuz, we thank you so much for this bountiful harvest of Dominos, KFC, and the always delicious Taco Bell. I just want to take time to say thank you for my family. My two beautiful, beautiful, handsome stricking sons, Walker, and Texas Ranger, or TR as we call him. And of course my red hot smokin' wife Carley, who is a stone cold fox.

Ok, quick, what movie! Send your guesses here.
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I'm a little green with envy - [10:53 AM]

A wonderful boquet of flowers.Andres Valloud [via James Robertson]: "I've been offered the opportunity to work at Cincom on VisualWorks' VM, and I have accepted it." - Wow, what an opportunity. I have a feeling the SmallTalk VM is a work of art and I have no doubt the Cincom team is a best of breed group. Enjoy Andres. Someday when I grow up I'd like to work on something like this.
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Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Help Wanted: Teachers - [7:49 PM]

CNN: "Some of New Orleans' most desperate, run-down schools are beset with a severe shortage of teachers, and they are struggling mightily to attract candidates by appealing to their sense of adventure and desire to make a difference. Education officials are even offering to help new teachers find housing." = If you're looking for a change in your life this might be a great opportunity. New Orleans is one of those cities on my list of places to visit. Maybe I should become a teacher?
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Valley crop woes continue - [9:52 AM]

Frozen OrangesVisalia Times Delta: "Freezing overnight temperatures earlier this month ruined more than $418 million worth of Tulare County's citrus crop — or about 58 percent of the county's oranges, lemons and grapefruits, county officials said Tuesday." - According to news reports this morning we've had 19 consecutive days below the 32 degree mark. Not good for fruit that matures in the winter months.
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Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Check those facts - [2:32 PM]

Time.com: "In late 1994 and early 1995, President Clinton was in free fall. His aides despaired. They worried he might never recover from the shellacking the Democrats took in the 1994 mid-term elections. His approval ratings were mired in the 30's, and seemed unlikely to rise." - Read the article, but more importantly, READ THE COMMENTS. Apparently the writer, Jay Carney, completely blew his facts, and that just won't work Mr. Carney.

My question is this. Are the comments correct or does someone owe Jay Carney an apology?
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Battle brewing - [8:37 AM]

MSNBC: "DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - A second U.S. aircraft carrier strike group now steaming toward the Middle East is Washington’s way of warning Iran to back down in its attempts to dominate the region, a top U.S. diplomat said here Tuesday." - This is provocative. Station battle groups there "just in case" Iran wants to go at it. This is nothing more than an attempt to draw Iran into conflict, IMHO. Yesterday Iran conducted missile tests, just in case of course. One little slip and we're in full blown war with Iran.

We're going to be stuck in the Middle East for years, get ready for the long haul.
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Hey Bears - [8:31 AM]

I'm fairly certain the Bears are the visiting team in the SuperBowl this year, too bad. I was just thinking they should wear their alternate home jerseys for the big game.

The orange jersey looks great.
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Site Upgrade Coming Soon... - [7:32 AM]

This site is powered by Blogger, has been since day one. Blogger has been a good friend to me but it's time to part ways. There are so many blogging systems on the market that have moved past Blogger over the years. I've been playing with WordPress for the past couple of days on a test site and I really, really, like it. So, once I can get a template to look the way I want it to look I'll be upgrading this site.

Wish me luck.
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Monday, January 22, 2007

Good Job Opening - [5:21 PM]

James Robertson: "Alan Knight notes that we have two openings on the Cincom Smalltalk team - one in engineering, one in support:" - Wow, if I were a Smalltalker I'd jump all over that engineering position.
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Iran Attack? - [4:59 PM]

Financial Times: "Iran began military manoeuvres in its central desert on Monday, testing short-range missiles at a time of rising tension with the US and as President Mahmoud Ahmadi-Nejad faces continuing criticism at home."
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Ruby on Rails Tutorial - [4:51 PM]

ONLamp: "Maybe you've heard about Ruby on Rails, the super productive new way to develop web applications, and you'd like to give it a try, but you don't know anything about Ruby or Rails. This article steps through the development of a web application using Rails. It won't teach you how to program in Ruby, but if you already know another object-oriented programming language, you should have no problem following along (and at the end you can find links on learning Ruby)." - Note to self, follow this tutorial to get a clue.
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Al Qaeda depuity, delusional - [4:36 PM]

CNN: "You must honestly try to reach a mutual understanding with the Muslims, for then and only then you might enjoy security. If, however, you continue with the policy of Bush and his gang, you will never even dream of peace." - That sounds like a frightened man to me, he's definitely delusional if nothing else.
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Big Tuna Retires - [3:15 PM]

ESPN: "Instead, 15 days after a gut-wrenching playoff loss in Seattle, Parcells decided Monday to call it a career, ending a four-year run in Dallas. Over 19 seasons in the NFL, Parcells led teams to three Super Bowls, winning two championships." - I don't blame the man, I wouldn't want to have to deal with Jerry Jones or T.O. for another year.
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Congrats Bears and Colts - [3:06 PM]

After the whole T.O. debacle in Dallas I became a Chicago Bears fan, so as you can imagine I'm a happy camper today. Go Bears.

Congratulations to the Colts as well. I cannot stand the New England Patriots so I was very pleased to see the Colts get that monkey off their back!

See you in Miami.
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Visalia/Fresno are you paying attention? - [11:11 AM]

Slashdot: "The race by Microsoft and Google to build next-generation data centers is intensifying. On Thursday Microsoft announced a $550 million San Antonio project, only to have Google confirm plans for a $600 million site in North Carolina." - The San Joaquin Valley would be a great place for these types of facilities. Visalia and Fresno should be begging Microsoft and Google to establish data centers in their cities. They're centrally located in California and we have local Universities and Junior Colleges to pump out candidates to fill IT, and development, positions. The cost of living is also better here than the Silicon Valley. Yes, that means you can afford to purchase a home for your family.
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