Monday, November 02, 2009

Born to (NOT) Drive

Bad drivers may in part have their genes to blame, suggests a new study by UC Irvine neuroscientists.

People with a particular gene variant performed more than 20 percent worse on a driving test than people without it - and a follow-up test a few days later yielded similar results. About 30 percent of Americans have the variant.
Perhaps that gecko will want to get a DNA test before issuing a policy.

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Thursday, October 22, 2009

The Roadrunner would be proud

What could be more fun than launching anvils?

Coins from a dead man's eyes

Senators diverted $2.6 billion in funds in a defense spending bill to pet projects largely at the expense of accounts that pay for fuel, ammunition and training for U.S. troops, including those fighting wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to an analysis.
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High-speed Digital

If you have $200,000+ available then test out the new Weisscam HS-2.

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It does 4000fps at 720p and 2000fps at 1080p

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

The perfect computer memory

ARGONNE NATIONAL LABORATORY, an organisation that carries out research for the US Department of Energy, have discovered materials that could have far reaching implications for the electronics industry.
It's in the field of electro-magnetic memory where these materials may find a home in the coming years. Memory chips based on multiferroics could theoretically offer static memory that doesn't require constant refreshing, holds data over loss of power and is fast to both write and read... the holy grail of computer memory.
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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Web surfing is good for the brain?

Adults with little Internet experience show changes in their brain activity after just one week online, a new study finds.

The results suggest Internet training can stimulate neural activation patterns and could potentially enhance brain function and cognition in older adults.

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Friday, October 16, 2009

The Funeral

My father no longer gasps and struggles. He departed this temporary home on September 29th and we laid his bones to rest on October 2nd.

The visitation and funeral provided me the opportunity to see friends from my old hometown that I had not seen in decades.

My brother in law is a former minister and did an excellent job presiding.

The former preachers wife from my hometown church sang beautifully. It was truly stunning.

A former co-worker of my father and several grandchildren offered some inspirational, personal memorials.

My thanks to everyone who was there to say goodbye to Daddy.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Border patrol cuts!

Even though the Border Patrol now reports that almost 1,300 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border is not under effective control, and the Department of Justice says that vast stretches of the border are “easily breached,” and the Government Accountability Office has revealed that three persons “linked to terrorism” and 530 aliens from “special interest countries” were intercepted at Border Patrol checkpoints last year, the administration is nonetheless now planning to decrease the number of Border Patrol agents deployed on the U.S.-Mexico border.
Why don't we just open the border? Why continue pretending that anyone in authority is actually concerned about borders?

Friday, September 25, 2009

As sovereignty dissolves

From an Imprimis article by Jeremy Rabkin
Where does this trend away from the sovereignty of national constitutions lead? I do not think the danger is a world tyranny. I think that idea is fantastical. Rather what it will lead to, I think, is an undermining of the idea that national governments can protect people, with the result that people will start looking for defense elsewhere. We saw this in an extreme way in Iraq when it collapsed into chaos before the surge, and people looked for protection to various ethnic or sectarian militias. A similar phenomenon can be seen today in Europe with the formation of various separatist movements. We’re even hearing loud claims for Scottish independence.
I hope he's right about the 'world tyranny' thing.

South Carolina 16 - Ole Miss 10

Guess Ole Miss wasn't really a #4 team after all.

Dollars? For what? Wallpaper?

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao expressed concern as early as March over the safety of his country's huge US bond holdings now worth more than 800 billion dollars, making it the largest creditor to the United States.

Then, Chinese central bank governor Zhou Xiaochuan, who supervises more than two trillion dollars worth of dollar reserves, the world's largest, raised the stakes by calling for a new reserve currency in place of the dollar.
We can accuse the Chinese of doing a lot weird and senseless things but they ain't stupid. The US is on a debt path that absolutely can not be sustained and the Chinese know it. They believe the dollar is seriously in danger of becoming worthless and they could be right.

Follow the rules please

"Iran is breaking rules that all nations must follow," Obama said.
Well who would of thought that Iran would break the rules?

Hmm, hmm, hmm

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Lots of oil

The oil industry has been on a hot streak this year, thanks to a series of major discoveries that have rekindled a sense of excitement across the petroleum sector, despite falling prices and a tough economy.
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Friday, September 18, 2009

Folks ain't buying it no more;

Fifty-six percent (56%) of voters nationwide now oppose the health care reform proposed by President Obama and congressional Democrats. That’s the highest level of opposition yet measured and includes 44% who are Strongly Opposed.
Emphasis mine.

I guess the Democrat plan to label all opposition as violent and racist is not quite as affective as they had hoped.

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Samurai Justice

The intruder's left hand was nearly severed -- Mr. Guglielmi described it as "hanging on by a thread" -- and the man suffered a severe cut to the upper body. The 49-year-old suspect, whom police described as a habitual offender, died at the scene.
What a way to go. Skewered.
the suspect had 29 prior arrests, mostly for burglary and breaking and entering, and had been released Saturday from a Baltimore County jail after serving about a year for auto theft.
29 prior arrests! Perhaps a justice system that dealt more harshly with criminals would have saved the suspects life.

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Watch the kids from a satellite?

GPS tracking of the kids;
Parents will be able to see their child's location on Google maps by texting 'wru' to a special number, or clicking 'where r you' on the secure website linked to the device. The street address and postcode will be displayed.
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Thursday, September 17, 2009

What is health care?

The term 'health care' gets thrown around quite a bit these days but it's really a very vague term. If I could wave a magic wand and grant everyone the right to health care what would that mean? Would that include a right to food? One can't stay healthy without food. What about water? If we have a right to health care does it mean I can demand a Doctors attention every time I get a headache?

Missile defense! What missile defense?

President Obama dismayed America's allies in Europe and angered his political opponents at home today when he formally ditched plans to set up a missile defence shield in Poland and the Czech Republic.
Why should this action by Obama surprise anyone?
But it (missile defense) had hobbled relations with Russia, which considered it both a security threat and an unnecessary political provocation in its own backyard.
Why would Russia consider defense a threat why should we care?

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In an April speech in Prague, Obama hailed the “courageous” Poles and Czechs for agreeing to host ten missile interceptors and a radar site, respectively. When the Czechs signed the initial deal for the radar installation last July, a suspiciously timed “technical difficulty” reduced Russian gas exports to Prague by half. Last November, Russia moved missiles to Kaliningrad, bordering Poland. Now, Polish and Czech courage gets its perverse reward.

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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

You Lie!

Joe Wilson was right. President Obama did lie.

Ole Miss watch

The Rebels have now climbed to #5 in the AP poll.
1 Florida (56) ----- 2-0 1491
2 Texas (1) -------- 2-0 1404
3 USC (1) ---------- 2-0 1396
4 Alabama (2) ------ 2-0 1328
5 Ole Miss --------- 1-0 1145
5 Penn State ------- 2-0 1145
7 Brigham Young ---- 2-0 1122
8 California ------- 2-0 1058
9 LSU -------------- 2-0 951
10 Boise State ----- 2-0 945
Hopefully the Rebels won't have as much problem with Southeastern Louisiana as they did with Memphis for three quarters. If they don't come out strong they'll get passed by Penn State - unless Penn State somehow manages to blow it against Temple. They could possibly get passed by BYU also.

Although Alabama remained at #4 their total points went up by 172 since the pre-season poll. They're getting very close to Texas and USC who are practically tied.

Florida and Texas have both lost a few points since the pre-season poll.

Satan loving kids will be kids

A 15-year-old girl who allegedly worships Satan was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of lighting a fire at her Orangevale church.
And what does the little demons mother say...?
"Well, you know, kids sometimes don't always like what their parents want them to do," said Annette Hilt, the suspect's mother. "Everybody knows that."
Sure mom. Everybody knows.
This is frighteningly far beyond stupid.

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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Enough Computing

Yesterday I bought a used computer.

For $60 I got the following:
- 1.7Ghz P4
- 32M Onboard Graphics
- 384M RAM
- 40G Hare Drive
- Several USB ports
- Ethernet

Keyboard, mouse and monitor were not included.

For $60 I can email, view youtube videos, surf the net and other basic computing stuff. Seemed to me like a reasonable deal. I almost never do any compute intensive jobs on my home PC so why spend hundreds of dollars?

For around $150 I could have gotten a slightly more up to date 64bit system.

Update: The hard drive crashed. Luckily I have an old spare 40G hanging around.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

States taking the lead

In light of the overwhelming tendency toward centralization of government power it is refreshing to occasionally see states taking the initiative.


Update: I am not in favor of secession. However, I would support the right of secession.

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

More ACORN voter fraud

The Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office issued arrest warrants for each of the 11 suspects, all of whom worked for the local chapter of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, (ACORN).

Apparently it was ACORN that turned themselves in.

But ACORN officials said they had alerted authorities about the alleged illegal activity among some canvassers in Miami-Dade after finding ``numerous discrepancies'' on voter cards collected from the Homestead area.

The arrests are ``further evidence we've been policing our own folks and report people attempting to commit voter registration fraud,'' said ACORN spokesman Brian Kettenring. ``This was really some individuals who were trying to defraud their employer.''

I'm willing to give ACORN some benefit of the doubt in this case. However, the fact remains that ACORN's methods have always encouraged this type of conduct.

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Update: These ACORN folks just can't help themselves. LINK

Monday, September 07, 2009

Chavez has a good side.

While Michael Moore is busy demonising capitalism, Oliver Stone is trying to show the good side of Hugo Chavez.
Chavez, who landed in Venice for the film's premiere, has earned a reputation for his outspoken criticism of U.S. policy, and in Stone's "South of the Border" he is sympathetically portrayed as a hero of the people who refuses to be bullied.

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Capitalism is Evil

So says Michael Moore.
Blending his trademark humor with tragic individual stories, archive footage and publicity stunts, the 55-year-old launches an all out attack on the capitalist system, arguing that it benefits the rich and condemns millions to poverty.
I'm continually amazed at how some of the luckiest beneficiaries of capitalism are it's greatest critics.

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Six versions of iCub exist in laboratories across Europe, where scientists are painstakingly tweaking its electronic brain to make it capable of learning, just like a human child.
Can it learn to cut the grass?

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Friday, September 04, 2009

Let's All Thank CA for Pete Stark

What a maroon! ~ Bugs Bunny

President Obama's School Address

Why is President Obama's speech to school children a bad thing?

Thursday, September 03, 2009

Ole Miss #8

When was the last time the Ole Miss Rebels were in the preseason top ten? I don't know but I'll bet they had a quarterback named Archie at the time.

1 Florida (58) ----- 0-0 1498
2 Texas (2) -------- 0-0 1424
3 Oklahoma --------- 0-0 1370
4 USC -------------- 0-0 1313
5 Alabama ---------- 0-0 1156
6 Ohio State ------- 0-0 1113
7 Virginia Tech ---- 0-0 1054
8 Ole Miss --------- 0-0 1047
9 Oklahoma State --- 0-0 989
9 Penn State ------- 0-0 989

If Alabama beats Virginia Tech in week 1 and USC beats Ohio State in week 2 then it's possible that Ole Miss could move up to number 6; Assuming they can beat Memphis and Southeastern Louisiana.

Hopefully Alabama and Ole Miss will both be undefeated when they meet on October 10th.

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Update: Alabama looked solid throughout their game against VT. Ole Miss looked pathetic for three quarters and then somebody hit the play switch.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Dual Screen Laptop

This is cool.

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Picture a Molecule

Scientists from IBM used an atomic force microscope (AFM) to reveal the chemical bonds within a molecule.
The congruity between the image and the ball and stick model is impressive.

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I wish this were a joke.

Thank you LA for sending a truly mind-numbingly stupid congresswoman to the House.

"They are spreading fear and they're trying to see that the first president who looks like me -- fails."

"People look at the United States as a country that has changed it's way and elected someone from Kenya and Kansas, I'll put it like that."

KABC’s Michael Linder was the only broadcast reporter at Thursday night’s town hall health care debate at Wade AME Church when Rep. Diane Watson [D] made some astonishing comments including claims that those opposed to health care reform are attempting to destroy a president “who looks like me.”

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Thursday, August 27, 2009

Cradle Your Unborn

This is wild.
A new scanning technique allows expectant mothers to hold a life-size model of their unborn child

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Second-hand smoke is Torture

The horror!
CIA officers blew smoke in Nashiri's face, according to the report, and they used cigars.
How low can these interrogators stoop? <- That's sarcasm
"This interrogator said he would not do this again based on 'perceived criticism.' Another agency interrogator admitted that he also smoked cigars during two sessions with al-Nashiri to mask the stench in the room. He claimed he did not deliberately force smoke into al-Nashiri's face." The interrogators learned their lesson: Don't blow smoke at terrorists.
We're doomed.

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Chips made with DNA

It's not science fiction; It's a brave new world.
The company is researching ways in which DNA can arrange itself into patterns on the surface of a chip, and then act as a kind of scaffolding on to which millions of tiny carbon nanotubes and nanoparticles are deposited. That network of nanotubes and nanoparticles could act as the wires and transistors on future computer chips, the IBM scientists said.
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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Torture - It's not just for Terrorist

A Lebanese citizen being held in a detention center here was hooded, stripped naked for photographs and bundled onto an executive jet by FBI agents in Afghanistan in April, making him the first known target of a rendition during the Obama administration.
Raymond Azar was flown to this Washington suburb for a case involving inflated invoices.

Azar, 45, pleaded guilty Tuesday to conspiracy to commit bribery, the only charge against him. He faces a maximum of five years in prison, but a sentence of 2 1/2 years or less is likely under federal guidelines.

Doesn't this mans treatment match the left's description of torture?

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Made In USA

From NY Times 2/20/2009;
The United States remains by far the world's leading manufacturer by value of goods produced. It hit a record $1.6 trillion in 2007 - nearly double the $811 billion of 1987. For every $1 of value produced in China factories, the United States generates $2.50.
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Why Banks have all the Really Big Buildings

According to this article at investopedia;
The Financial Times recently reported that U.S. banks are set to earn $38.5 billion this year from overdraft fees alone, more than double the number from 1994.
Is balancing a checkbook taught in high school?

Hello Mary Jo

If there's any justice in the next world then Mary Jo will now be water boarding Ted.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

I Like Linux

This is a snapshot of my linux desktop.

It doesn't always look that way but I took the snapshot while in 'cube mode'. Turning my desktop into a cube is actually quite useless - but it's fun.

This is Mint Linux KDE Community Edition.

Government Healthcare in Action

While hundreds of thousands of disability claims lay backlogged at the Department of Veterans Affairs, thousands of technology employees at the department received $24 million in bonuses, a new report says.
And these are the folks that want to control your healthcare?

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Friday, August 21, 2009

Balanced Budget Ammendment

Yet another thing that Dave Ramsey and I have in common.

“I am wholeheartedly in favor of our government balancing our budget. A balanced budget goes a long way toward getting rid of our National Debt problem which adds volatility to our economy and devalues our dollar. As Americans for a Balanced Budget Amendment work toward that goal we support their efforts.”

- Dave Ramsey, Radio Show Host and Business Analyst

Legal Drugs in Mexico

Prosecutors said the new law sets clear limits that keep Mexico's corruption-prone police from extorting casual users and offers addicts free treatment to keep growing domestic drug use in check.
This decriminalization applies to marijuana, cocaine and heroin. I could agree with the marijuana, maybe even the cocaine, but including heroin comes as a surprise.

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A Trillion here a Trillion there

The Obama administration will raise its 10-year budget deficit projection to approximately $9 trillion from $7.108 trillion in a report next week, a senior administration official told Reuters on Friday.
Are we talking about real money yet?

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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

If Rahm Emanuel were a Republican...

...he would be on the street by now.

Emanuel is a multimillionaire, but lived for the last five years for free in the tony Capitol Hill townhouse owned by De Lauro and her husband, Democratic pollster Stan Greenberg.

During that time, he also served as chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee - which gave Greenberg huge polling contracts. It paid Greenberg's firm $239,996 in 2006 and $317,775 in 2008. (Emanuel's own campaign committee has also paid Greenberg more than $50,000 since 2004.)

To be fair, Greenberg had polling contracts with the DCCC before - but each new election cycle brings its own set of consultants. And Emanuel was certainly generous with his roommate.

Emanuel never declared the substantial gift of free rent on any of his financial-disclosure forms. He and De Lauro claim that it was just allowable "hospitality" between colleagues. Hospitality - for five years?

Some experts suggest that it was also taxable income: Over five years, the free rent could easily add up to more than $100,000.

Personally I don't care that he lived rent free. What bugs me is the fact that not a word of this has appeared on the major news outlets. If a Republican did this it would be the lead story on every major network.

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