Archive for February, 2009

Fence off your Desktop

Cool Windows App!  I have a lot of icons on my desktop and while I don’t necessarily use them all frequently, I like to keep them out in the open.  It’s gotten so cluttered that I end up searching for it in the All Programs section of the Start Menu.  More or less that’s fine, but occasionally with the ‘lesser’ programs, I have trouble remembering the name of the company that made the application. 

Enter Fences.  You can use this to divide up your icons and label each area.   It’s pretty cool and is free for personal use.  Check out the demo they have on their site:  http://www.stardock.com/products/fences

February 26, 2009 at 9:39 pm Leave a comment

Baseball’s status

Over 1/2 of baseball’s fans are not taking the sport’s records as seriously now because of the widespread cheating.  Baseball is the Cheater-Sport. 

 “The same thing happens in other sports”.  Response: Let’s check the headlines for steroid us in other sports.   It doesn’t happen to this degree in other sports.

“You still have to hit the ball”.   Response: And you’re better equipped to do that night in and night out if you train with steroids.  Look, I didn’t say these guys weren’t really good in the first place.  They’re the best – they’re the pros.  And they’re using steroids to swing faster, swing harder, run faster, heal faster. 

Baseball is over-rated.  It’s a great part of Americana, like Coney Island and muscle-cars.  But like Coney Island and muscle cars…it’s time for baseball to fade away into the background.  We’ll still have some remnant of it, just like there are still a couple of muscle cars.  But like GTO’s and GTX’s and Impala’s and Firebirds and Chevelle’s and Super Bee’s…it’s time to put baseball out to pasture. 

More than half of baseball fans surveyed say Alex Rodriguez shouldn’t make the Hall of Fame after admitting that he used steroids. And as for the game’s hallowed records? Those same fans seem to care less and less anyway. An Associated Press-GfK poll released Wednesday also showed this: Fans are losing interest in the whole steroids issue.

With 553 home runs, Rodriguez is considered likely to break Barry Bonds’ career record of 762.

Five of the top 12 home run hitters in history — Bonds, Sammy Sosa, Mark McGwire, Rafael Palmeiro and Rodriguez — have been tainted by allegations of steroid use. According to the poll, 62 percent of baseball fans now take the game’s records less seriously for that reason.

http://nbcsports.msnbc.com/id/29266520/ 

February 25, 2009 at 12:01 am Leave a comment

Thank you Quiznos!

Quiznos is giving away sandwiches to the first one MILLION people who ask for a free sandwich. Want one? Just go to www.millionsubs.com, sign up and you’ll receive a coupon in your inbox.   One million….that’s a lot of sammies! 
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/29346644/

February 24, 2009 at 4:18 pm Leave a comment

Republican Governors Support Obama

While the contrarians in Congress voted against the bill, the GOP goverenor’s from coast to coast supported Obama. 

The National Governors Association sent a bipartisan letter to the Congressional leaders of both parties, signed by its two leaders, Democrat Edward G. Rendell of Pennsylvania, and Rebpublican Jim Douglas. “The combination of funds for Medicaid, education and other essential services is critical for governors as they work to manage the downturn in their states and improve government for the long term,” it said.

The governor of Florida, Charlie Crist, even campaigned last week with Mr. Obama in Florida for the recovery package. In 2008, Crist campaigned for Republican presidential nominee John McCain.  He is also considered a potential 2012 GOP White House candidate. 

“Whether it’s teachers or people on road crews helping our infrastructure, those in the health care arena as it might relate to Medicaid, all of these areas are important, all of them can produce jobs,” Mr. Crist said, adding, “Regardless of what your party is, Republican or Democrat, it really doesn’t matter. We have a duty and an obligation to the people who elected us, no matter what our position happens to be, to work together to get through this thing.”

Across the country, from California’s Arnold Schwarzenegger to Florida’s Charlie Crist and New England’s Jim Douglas in Vermont and  Jodi Rell in Connecticut, Republican governors showed in the stimulus debate that they could be allies with Mr. Obama even as Congressional Republicans spurned him.

Recently, Governors Schwarzenegger, Crist, Douglas and Rell joined 14 Democratic governors in signing a letter to Mr. Obama lauding his economic plan. Other Republicans would have signed on, said a person familiar with the letter’s drafting, but for party pressure in their states.

 http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/17/us/politics/17repubs.html

February 17, 2009 at 11:45 pm Leave a comment

Banking CEO Interviews

Good stuff – Footage from the floor of Congress interviewing Wall Street CEO’s:

https://pol.moveon.org:443/donate/bonusreportback.html?id=15599-9640128-tV17PNx&t=3

February 17, 2009 at 11:36 pm Leave a comment

Darwin Day – Evolution in Action

7 signs of evolution in action: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/29060288/

February 13, 2009 at 1:44 am Leave a comment

Peanuts Peanuts!

 

Peanut Butter News:
In Texas, a plant that opened in March 2005 was never inspected.  It was shut down today, here’s why: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/29168730/?GT1=43001

Many are avoiding peanut-butter in every shape, form, fashion. “Almost half of U.S. mothers are avoiding food made with peanut butter even if products are not among more than 1,800 recalled” (Well duh – 1,800…that’s a lot products to remember!):  http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/29165397/

Beyond Peanuts: Salmonella Tough to Stop:
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/29060288/

February 13, 2009 at 1:42 am Leave a comment

Happy 200th Darwin Day!

Today marks the 200th anniversary of the death of Charles Darwin.

http://www.darwin200.org/ 
http://www.darwinday.org/ 
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/scienceandtechnology/technology/google/4601192/Google-marks-Charles-Darwin-anniversary-with-special-logo.html 
And for the Intelligent Design people, please teach whatever your personal/family religious beliefs are to your children in your own home or your own church.  The American public school system is not a replacement for your religious teachings.  Do it yourself or don’t do it all – but don’t push your religious beliefs (or your rejection of science) onto the schools and onto other families.

February 12, 2009 at 3:44 pm Leave a comment

Google: Privacy doesn’t exist

Interesting information on the Google G1 phone.  I became dis-interested when I learned that it does not have a standard 3.5 mm headphone jack (a la Blackberry phones).  2.5 mm jacks…”that’s so 20th century”, me thinks. 

I would like to hang on to my privacy, but as a society we will keep giving it away for convenience (myself included).  I’m mindful of the privacy aspect, but I do love my technology.  What troubles me is the inevitable occurence where the government will overstep its bounds and seize control of this information, plunging us further into an Orwellian world.  It’s already been moving the boundaries back, see the recent warrantless/illegal phone taps.  Legally, these companies should not have turned over personal information but they did, and they did it with impunity. 

Google G1 Phone: Does it know too much?

  • Date: February 11th, 2009
  • Author: Michael Kassner

http://blogs.techrepublic.com.com/networking/?p=981&tag=nl.e102 

At first, I didn’t understand why this was so different from using a normal computer and any one of the many Google services. Then Cauley quoted Rep. Edward Markey D-Mass, former chairperson of the House Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet:

“The Big Brother aspect of it is troubling. Mobile consumers are especially vulnerable. Unlike PCs, cellphones tend to be used by one person exclusively. The information they telegraph on Web browsing, lifestyle and more tends to be “highly personalized.”

February 11, 2009 at 5:02 pm Leave a comment

No Longer a Handout

Obama rejected arguments by the Republican party to reward executives for failure.  Who would argue for allowing corporations who are essentially on welfare to keep giving billions in tax dollars to executives?  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, the voice of the Senate Repubicans.

In the light of the billions given away in bonuses under the Bush Administration’s handouts, the Obama administration is making some changes and starting today, the bailout is no longer a handout.  Under the new plan, beneficiaries of corporate welfare will have limits on executive compensation.  If the company doesn’t want to cut its executive pay it doesn’t have to – it just won’t get assistance.  We’ll help those who first help themselves, right?  That goes for you Wall Street executives, too. 

 Stop taking our tax-dollars and you’ll be free to do as you choose.  The tax dollars should go to help Americans who need help, to improve our infrastructure, to keep our country secure.  To provide beach-front vacation homes for wealthy executives….not the purpose of tax dollars. 

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/29003620

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February 4, 2009 at 6:47 pm Leave a comment

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