Archive for December, 2004

Happy New Year, Baby, and iBook

Friday, December 31st, 2004

First of all.. Happy New Year! We’re enjoying what is likely to be our very last weekend alone for a very very very…very……..very.. (did I mention very?) …long time.

No new baby yet but any day now. I’ll be sure to post something when (s)he finally makes an appearance. I’m excited! Mom is doing well but very uncomfortable as is common with many late term mothers. We’re enjoying what is likely to be our last weekend alone for a very very very…very……..very.. (did I mention very?) …long time. :-)

I’ve started new year off well by ordering a brand new Apple iBook G4 today. I went for the 12.1″ display which isn’t very big but I’m interested in a decent laptop in a small form factor. The thing will weigh in at only 4.9 lbs but will include a PowerPC G4 1.25 GHz processor, 768 megs of ram, 60 gig hard drive, Combo drive (DVD-ROM/CD-RW), and Bluetooth and Airport Extreme (802.11b/g) wireless cards built in. It’ll be the last toy (for me) that I’ll buy for a while.

South Asia

Thursday, December 30th, 2004

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the more than 120,000 dead people and the millions of friends and family affected by the tsunamis of this past Sunday. This single event is probably the worst disaster world-wide in modern times. The 9/11 attacks look like childs play compared to the wide swath of death and destruction that this single event has caused.

Merry Christmas

Sunday, December 26th, 2004

It’s a day late. Merry christmas anyway!

Restricting Rights

Saturday, December 18th, 2004

As I read through the local news tonight, I see something that really bothers me. Cornell University conducted a study that found 44 percent of those people polled support restricting the rights of Muslim-Americans in various forms. What have these people done? They aren’t the bad people that we hear about every night killing some kid for dope money or killing some woman eight months pregnant and cutting open her body to take her unborn child. What gives people the idea that restricting the rights of fellow citizens is a good idea? That is just plain ignorant and intolerant of those different from our own. I have to guess that many of these people are unjustly placing blame for the 11-Sep-1 attacks with the Muslim people. Just because Ali Babba and the 19 thieves came to town doesn’t mean that the entire Muslim population supports what happened. There are just as many white folk running around in this country that really do hate America and want to do America harm. Why don’t the 44 percenters lobby to restrict the white folks rights too? If they want to do one group, they need to do them all. I certainly hope that these people come out from under the shell in which they live and see what is really going on in the world.

Feel free to read the rest of the story here.

Windows

Saturday, December 11th, 2004

Windows anything (95/98/ME/NT/2000/XP) has never figured out how to make things simple. Somewhere a long time ago Microsoft strayed from the KISS principle of writing an operating system. As I sit here and curse at this Win 2k laptop trying to get Internet Printing Protocol (IPP) to work, I again find myself wondering why they haven’t figured it out yet? People give me the business for switching to Mac but you know what? It works. Nearly everything is simple and intuitive. I could go on and on but I’ll just stop by saying that Windows can kiss my ass. Long live Mac OS X.

Can the English language survive…?

Tuesday, December 7th, 2004

“The vast majority of our imports come from outside the country.”
- George W. Bush

“If we don’t succeed, we run the risk of failure.”
- George W. Bush

“One word sums up probably the responsibility of any Governor, and that one word is ‘to be prepared’.”
- George W. Bush

“I have made good judgments in the past. I have made good judgments in the future.”
- George W. Bush

“The future will be better tomorrow.”
- George W. Bush

“We’re going to have the best educated American people in the world.”
- George W. Bush

“I stand by all the misstatements that I’ve made.”
- George W. Bush

“We have a firm commitment to NATO, we are a part of NATO. We have a firm commitment to Europe. We are a part of Europe.”
- George W. Bush

“Public speaking is very easy.”
- George W. Bush

“A low voter turnout is an indication of fewer people going to the polls.”
- George W. Bush

“We are ready for any unforeseen event that may or may not occur.”
- George W. Bush

“For NASA, space is still a high priority.”
- George W. Bush

“Quite frankly, teachers are the only profession that teach our children.”
- George W. Bush

“It isn’t pollution that’s harming the environment. It’s the impurities in our air and water that are doing it.”
- George W. Bush

“It’s time for the human race to enter the solar system.”
- George W. Bush