Friday, October 31, 2003

We ordered a new digital camera an Olympus C-750 UZ, a 4 meg x10 zoom. My existing camera is a Sony MVC-1000 which is a 2 Meg CDR based camera. My old camera will still see lots of use, but the new camera is a lot smaller and will be easier to carry and take to places. I will post a review once I get my hands on the new camera and get to play with it a bit.

Tuesday, October 28, 2003

Conservative local talk show host being investigated by police Jon Matthews was taken off the air over an allegation of indecency with a child. There hasn't been much information made available. Hopefully the allegations will soon prove groundless and Jon will be back on the air soon. He has had a lot to do with keeping Houston local politics accountable. Most of us who have been listening to him for years find these allegaions hard to believe.

Monday, October 27, 2003

Invensys meter sale disappoints investors I worked for Foxboro, later Seibe, and then Invensys for 19 years. I stumbled across this article. Since I stopped working there in the last three years there stock has dropped 90% and I continue to make a pretty good living through their ineptness.

Saturday, October 25, 2003

Knee Defender - protect against reclining seatbacks on airplanes - save more legroom - can help you guard against economy class syndrome - thrombosis This is a great invention. Should save ones knees against those thoughtless charactors who slam the back of their seats into ones knees. Airlines have crammed seats closer together without thought of comfort and safety to their passengers someone finally has an answer! At 10 bucks this modern day miracle is truly a bargain. Cams: View Earth, Sun and aurora in real-time . The current solar storm is putting on quite a show.

Haven't posted for a couple of days. I've been at that little piece of Hell known as Longview. The Holiday Inn was filled, and We had to stay at MicroTel. MicroTel is a crappy hotel. Although the space is used real effeciently it still is a tiny room. The phone there was real noisy. It turned out that the laptop charger was causing the hum. It didn't matter anyway because there was no internet connection anyway, but the dial up would have been unusable because of the noise. The Holiday Inn is where I usually stay. They have free High Speed internet service there. and getting online is easy.

Tuesday, October 21, 2003

X10 loses suit over pop-under ads They are all scum. Pop-ups just plain suck I hope they both lose.

Monday, October 20, 2003

This morning Equality yelled out to me "We Won!" Turns out she found a few day old email announcing us winning a Golf Vacation in Las Vegas. Neither of us have ever golfed before, but we do love Vegas. We will be going next month and plan on having a ball. Maybe even learn a little golf. So next time you see an online contest, go for it, you can believe sometimes someone does win!

Sunday, October 19, 2003

Fixed the by-line so one can reference an article to the Archives. Apparently the new template broke this. I also added a couple of listings to the blog list.

Studios May Relent on Oscar 'Screener' Ban The screeners ban could be have a chilling effect to independent films. Screeners are DVDs or Video Tapes that are given to Voters for the Oscars. They are given out because there are so many nomminees, that it would be impossible to see them all in theators. The MPAA annouced a ban as an measure to combat piracy. Intrestingly although many actors and artist oppose the ban, heavyweights such as George Lucas, and Steven Spielberg have opted not to sign the petition.
A petition for movie goers also available.

Saturday, October 18, 2003

Hood Life is intresting blog written by Roggi Riverstone. In poverty and and semi-homeless she writes on her survival techniques and methods. Sheis generally uplifting, and her writing is fascinating as we follow her through her her day to day.

Friday, October 17, 2003

Yahoo! News - Some Cubans Fear 'Avalanche' of Tourism while Congress debates loosening restrictions on travel to Cuba. The House passed rules loosening the restrictions and passes the bill to to the Senate. The bill is attached to the budgets for the Treasury and Transportation departments. making it difficult but not unlikely that it could be votoed by President Bush.

The Difference Between Liberals, Conservatives and Texans

Question: You're walking down a deserted street with your wife and two small children. Suddenly, a dangerous looking man with a huge knife comes around the corner, locks eyes with you, screams obscenities, raises the knife, and charges. You are carrying a glock .40 and you are an expert shot. You have mere seconds before he reaches you and your family. What do you do?

Liberal Answer:

Well, that's not enough information to answer the question! Does the man look poor or oppressed? Have I ever done anything to him that would inspire him to attack? Could we run away? What does my wife think? What about the kids? Could I possibly swing the gun like a club and knock the knife out of his hand? What does the law say about this situation? Does the Glock have an appropriate safety built into it? Why am I carrying a loaded gun and what kind of message does this send to society and my children? Is it possible he'd be happy with just killing me? Does he definitely want to kill me or would he just be content to wound me? If I were to grab his knees and hold on, could my family get away while he was stabbing me? This is all so confusing! I need to debate this with some friends for a few days to try to come to a conclusion.

Conservative Answer:


Texan's Answer:

BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! click... (sounds of reloading).

Wife: "Sweetheart, he looks like he's still moving, what do you kids think?"

Son: "Mom's right Dad, I saw it too..."


Daughter: "Nice group, Daddy! Were those the Winchester Silver Tips?"

Being a life long Red Sox fan has never been easy. The Carrot has is dangled just out of reach, and yanked out just when we believe it victory is in our grasp. The Yankees took the carrot from us one more time in an 11 inning nail biter.

Thursday, October 16, 2003

Gays want to go Greek What can I say!

Wednesday, October 15, 2003

Galveston County Daily News: The Colonel, a paddlewheel boat that normally plies the waters of Offatts Bayou, recently completed a 13-day trip. Whats unusual is that the boat was captained by a nun! She also doubles as the ships captain.

I've noticed around the net in blogs, and on Usenet that there is a lot of enthusiasm around the net for the Supermarket Strikes. Those who are worker advocates are excited that the workers get to stick it to "the man". But who gets hurt if there is a protacted strike. Safeway has not had good profit margins, and more loss of profits could result in more store closings. Walmart who is not Union and pays its employees less is sure to benefit from a strike. The issue of ever increasing medical insurance and costs is a bigger issue that effects us all.

Tuesday, October 14, 2003

Yahoo! News - Photo of Fiery Object Mystifies Scientists I've always been fascinated with fiery skys, and this kid in Wales caught a shot of something.

Monday, October 13, 2003

Here is the new look. The old one was a little ugly, hope this is well received. Next will be comments and adding more links.

Lots, has been written about Rush Limbaugh. Those that differ with him gloat about his addicition. Dependency on on painkillers is indeed painful on many levels. We just wish him a full recovery.

Sunday, October 12, 2003

Free Hosting - Web hosting, business personal webhosting, No Banner Ads. No Popup Windows. Can't beat the price. Folks that have signed up for SBC DSL service might appreciate this. Looks like it can be used for a blog

KGB Report is an interesting blog, lots of commentary and well done.

I promised yesterday I would post a picture of a white pelican. These guys haven't yet shown up in their full numbers but they aren't hard to find. I found these in Seabrook near the 146 Bridge. The one in the foreground is a brown pelican. These guys are perminant residents. I took this yesterday with my MVC-CD1000 touched and edited with Elements.

Saturday, October 11, 2003

Weblog Central is going down. Oct 6. is the last posting. This is a shame it. Weblog Central has been a great resource to me getting started into Blogging, and recording for us the growth of the Blogging community. We wish Will Femia luck in his new endeavers. - Suit threats over Princeton CD paper dropped Could a public outcry have any thing to do with this? A successful suit in this case would be chilling not only to research but to Internet services.

Galveston There are three ways to drive off this island. The causeway to the North is the most traveled, the toll bridge south at St Louis Pass, and the Bolivar Ferry. The Bolivor Ferry is a free fifteen minute boat ride to the Bolivor Pennisilla. Yesterday I had to go to Port Neches, and the Ferry was the way to go. I found out the white pelicans had returned for their winter stay. Its great to see them again. I will post pictures of some of these magnificent birds soon.

If you come to Galveston make sure that you take a ride on the ferry, You are likely to see brown and white pelicans and dolphins playing. The ferry crosses the Houston shipping channel and is one of the busiest water esys and one is likey to see boats and ships of all kinds and sizes.

Thursday, October 09, 2003

Yahoo! News - Princeton Student Sued Over Paper on CD Copying A student discovers a rather obvious flaw in a CD copy protection scheme. So the RIAA is going toi sue the student. The RIAA sounds like its getting desperate.

Yahoo! News - Teenager In Trouble In Inhaler Incident Common sense doesn't get in the way of zero tolorence rule here in Texas.

Wednesday, October 08, 2003

The Casper Star-Tribune has an article about the quality of movies lately. This has been a topic of discussion with Equality and I. Lateley it seems that movies are produced and marketed for a three week run and then they are meant to be forgotten. It seems as though a lot of movies are remakes, of old TV series or old movies. Mostly thay aren't an improvement over the original

Sunday, October 05, 2003

I uninstalled radio Userland. I read more on it and realized there was a yearly recurring fee of 40 dollars. seems a little outrageous to me. I couldn't get it to upload to my site anyway.

Saturday, October 04, 2003

Kennedy To Receive Bush Public Service Award is being awarded from Texas A&M. Pretty ironic concidering Kennedy's attack on Dubya recently. A&M is normally concidered a conservative institution. Aggies have reason to cry in their beer today.

Radio Userland

I downloaded and installed Radio Userland. It doesn't work to well yet, and I'm not to sure that it is appropriate for the links page. I'll be looking for support, and work with it for a while. My biggest problem with it is that it wont upload the main page, but it does upload an archive.

Friday, October 03, 2003

Napalm News This is a nice news-commentary blog. They aren't grinding their axes with sledgehammers, reasonable discussion.

Mink eat each other after animal rights break-in. Where would we be without these nuts to look after us. Seems as though ELF aren't the only idiots who do more harm than the the people they attack.

Growing Cartilage

Growing cartilage for knee surgery Having some knee surgery this June, I can appreciate this. Pretty remarkable stuff.

Thursday, October 02, 2003

MIT OpenCourseWare | OCW HomeOnce in a while something happens that makes one realize how wonderful this Internet thing is. Once in a a while a web site opens up that shows us just how much potential is on the web. MIT postes 500 of it most popular classes on its web site. This is great stuff for those in the educational community. MIT promises to expand this program to include their whole curriculumn. Hopefully other schools will soon follow. Whats available is the lectures, past tests, and full lectures. This is how MIT describes the program:

Welcome to MIT's OpenCourseWare:
a free and open educational resource for faculty, students, and self-learners around the world. OCW supports MIT's mission to advance knowledge and education, and serve the world in the 21st century. It is true to MIT's values of excellence, innovation, and leadership.


Is a publication of MIT course materials
Does not require any registration
Is not a degree-granting or certificate-granting activity
Does not provide access to MIT faculty

Wednesday, October 01, 2003

I received a picture from general Cornhole.