Archive for ◊ August, 2007 ◊

Internet Transcends Life
Friday, August 31st, 2007 | Author:

I had an eerie experience yesterday…  I happened to be cleaning out some of my ‘favorite’ web site links on my laptop computer and came across the bookmark from my deceased best friend David P. Wittman.  Since Dave passed away from cancer in 2001, I thought I would click on the link to his site and get the consummate ‘404 error page’.  Instead, I clicked on his page “First Principle of Human Conduct” and — lo and behold — the site was up and running!

I think it’s Dave trying to reach me from the after-life ;-|    In all seriousness, it is highly unusual that an ISP (in this case, erinet) would leave a web site running for 6 years after the last fee was paid.  Perhaps they really appreciate how Dave’s viewpoint was an updated version of Ayn Rand.

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Copyrights and Fair Use
Thursday, August 30th, 2007 | Author:

There is an interesting posting at TechCrunch that discusses the issue of copyrighted television broadcasts and the fair use of that information.   For example, the NFL likes to state effectively if you’re thinking about discussing last weekend’s game with family and friends, then you need to ask the NFL for permission.

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New York Teacher Arrested?
Thursday, August 30th, 2007 | Author:

This is a cute play-on-words provided to us courtesy of Joe Knecht… 

NEW YORK — A public school teacher was arrested today at John F. Kennedy International Airport as he attempted to board a flight while in possession of a ruler, a protractor, a set square, a slide rule and a calculator.

At a morning press conference, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said he believes the man is a member of the notorious Al-gebra movement. He did not identify the man, who has been charged by the FBI with carrying weapons of math instruction.

“Al-gebra is a problem for us,” Gonzales said. “They desire solutions by means and extremes, and sometimes go off on tangents in search of absolute values. They use secret code names like ‘x’ and ‘y’ and refer to themselves as ‘unknowns’, but we have determined they belong to a common denominator of the axis of medieval with coordinates in every country.  As the Greek philanderer Isosceles used to say,’There are 3 sides to every triangle’.”

When asked to comment on the arrest, George W. Bush said, “If God had wanted us to have better weapons of math instruction, He would have given us more fingers and toes.”

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Blue Jackets Sign Peca
Wednesday, August 29th, 2007 | Author:

According to an article in ESPN, Michael Peca has signed a contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets.  Evidently, he got tired of waiting around for the New York Rangers to make a deal so he signed with the Columbus NHL franchise. 

My fellow hockey fan, Scott Morris noted, “He’s definitely needed up the middle at the center position especially when last week, on short notice, Alexander Svitov pissed on his contract with the Jackets and decided to play in Russia.  Peca is a feisty, defensive-minded center (which they need) that is a face off wizard and a great penalty killer.  They still might not have their #1 center but they should be stronger up the middle… He’s been to the Cup finals and lost twice – the first time was when he played for Buffalo and lost to Hitchcock’s Stars; the second time was just over a year ago when he helped the 8th place Oilers almost defeat Carolina.”

Pilly provides better hockey insight than any analyst at ESPN…

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Moslems Murder Hindus
Monday, August 27th, 2007 | Author:

As if they don’t have enough enemies in the Western nations, the Moslems have decided they should murder some Hindus as well.  According to a recent article in Associated Press,  “A pair of almost simultaneous bombings blamed on Islamic extremists tore through a popular family restaurant and an outdoor arena on Saturday night, killing at least 42 people… Hindu-Muslim animosity runs deep in Hyderabad”

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Political Correctness: The New Middle Ages
Sunday, August 26th, 2007 | Author:

An interesting article in the New York Times that illustrates how political correctness is to this era what the Catholic Church was when Galileo, Copernicus, et al were using science to challenge long-held beliefs.  I guess the message is “never let the truth get in the way of what the culture wants to believe”.

Hat tip to Bob Morris

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Business Trip to Washington
Saturday, August 25th, 2007 | Author:

I had a business trip to Washington DC this past week and I spent the time at the Hyatt Hotel in Crystal City as well as AIA Headquarters in Arlington.   The AIA offices are on the 17th floor of an office building across from Washington, and was able to snap a quick photograph.

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New Approaches to Selling Software
Saturday, August 25th, 2007 | Author:

An interesting interview in LinuxWorld magazine with Matt Asay, who is General Manager of a large open-source software company.  He insists that the model for selling software is changing, especially with open-source software.

Can it get any more ridiculous than this?  Previously there was CNN telling the world that cows were a threat to mankind due to their constant belching.  Now, an article in AFP notes “Belching moose add to global warming”.  The article claims that a grown moose belches out methane gas that emits more carbon dioxide than a round trip flight from the US to Europe…

Does this not convince you that the tree huggers have gone overboard?

Democrats Preach Virtue of Labor Unions
Friday, August 24th, 2007 | Author:

This is an amusing outlook on what drives an economy…  According to a recent article in Newsday, “Democratic presidential candidates argued Saturday night that organized labor is an essential part of the nation’s economy…”  Hmm, I can certainly understand the reasons that labor unions came into existence.  However, I don’t think that anyone — other than vote-pandering Dimocrats — really believe that the existence of labor unions is critical to the creation of wealth.