Below are the 25 most recent journal entries.
I need to replace the lights in my room. One of these would do quite nicely.
TJ's Coming to Atlanta?
Trader Joe's is planning to enter metro Atlanta! There's speculation that they might be considering the former Harry's in a Hurry/Market One location on Ponce. Wherever they choose, they have officially announced that they are planning to open in Atlanta!
This would be fantastic news. No more suitcases full of Trader Joe's loot every time I fly back from California. :-D
All Hail Google
the speed of light in cubits per fortnight
100 * answer to life the universe and everything + 25
Google in Swedish [Chef]
Google in Klingon
1 GBP in USD
Warning: time compression device ahead.
Where are my socks?
Where are my socks?
The Awesomest-Father-in-the-World got me a new toy for my upcoming birthday.
Which begs the question: What's a good name for a 1GB iPod Shuffle?
Best... website... ever.
Mood: virtually drunk
A use for pennies
I finally found something to do with all those pennies that fill my change dish: construction.
Word of the day: languid
Why I did not vote for CA Propositions 63 and 69...
Overall, I was fairly happy with the results of yesterday's elections in California. Most of the measures that I voted for or against went as I had voted. A couple of them that I did not particularly care about went differently from how I voted, but that was reasonable disagreement between me and the majority of the voting state.
However, there were two propositions that passed that disturbed me to the point that I hope legal challenges prevent them from taking effect. The first of those is Proposition 63 -- Tax for Mental Health Funding. This proposition provides funds to the counties to expand services and programs for the mentally ill. Given California's abysmal mental health programs (Reagan dismantled the State's mental health programs, arguing that the mentally ill could better be cared for by the community. But inadequate funding was turned over to the communities to cover the mentally ill that flooded out when the state mental hospitals were shut down), such a proposition is a Good Thing(tm). But Proposition 63 proposes to pay for such services by raising a 1% tax on those taxpayers whose personal income exceeds $1 million. While I do believe that those who can afford to ought to carry a heavier share of the tax burden than those who are having a harder time to make ends meet, this tax crosses a line. 1% of $1 million is $10k -- definitely not small change, even from someone who is making a million bucks a year. The number of californians who make that much in a year is a small percentage. Such a tax burden is very unwise because such a small number of people will be fully funding these services, making the services very susceptible to tax revenue fluctuations. Most importantly, I find it offensive that such a huge majority can vote on something that would have such a huge consequence for so few. It is as if the entire College of Computing were to vote that the Dean should pay tuition for all of the grad students in the college. It seems fundamentally wrong to me.
The second of those propositions is Proposition 69. This proposition requires the state to collect DNA samples from all felons and to maintain a database of these samples. At first glance, this seems a reasonable measure to take to enable law enforcement to take advantage of a very useful law enforcement tool. But it is a huge violation of privacy. If the measure were simply what I've described, I would have voted in support of it. There's already a precedent of disenfranchising felons, so it seems reasonable to require convicted felons to turn over DNA samples to this database. But Proposition 69 does not stop there -- it also requires that DNA samples be taken from any adult or child arrested for or charged with certain specified violent crimes (and after 2009, any felony). That is, this proposition requires any citizen to give up his rights without due process! No charges even need to be raised; any officer could force someone to turn over a DNA sample because he merely has a hunch that that person committed a felony (maybe he was a Sox fan).
I suppose, overall, that I shouldn't be too downhearted about the election results in California. It could have been much, much worse.
BTW, here's an interesting break down of how each county in the country voted.
Wanna play BUG?
3 inflatable Sorry pieces.
A 108 square mile board (the city of Minneapolis).
See the U of M Design Institute BUG page.
I visited Wisconsin and had fun!
Death by Trolley
Some days the Tech Trolley is jam packed, standing room only, people being turned away because the trolley is full. Yesterday was one of those days. In fact, it's been one of those days all week. So yesterday I was riding on the trolley, talking to the dude behind me and facing the ass-end of the trolley and barely holding on to the bar when all of a suddent I feel the floor stop and I see people rushing at me as all of my weight is hurled against the couple of fingers that are managing to hold on. ``WTF just happened," everyone asks. Apparently some yahoo thought it would be a good idea to pass the trolley on the right and cut us off just as the lane was ending on the bridge.
Naturally, everyone was a little bit shaken, particularly the driver who saw just how far all the passengers went flying when he slammed on the brakes. Well, another yahoo (read: typical atlanta driver) parked his construction truck in the middle of the road, so the trolley had to get all the way to the right of the lane. *CRASH* and the driver jumps, stops the tolley, catches his breath, and looks over as the passenger side view mirror (one of those big, heavy, industrial strength jobbies) is hanging down.
Some jackass yells out "I need to get out now!"
But I did make it in one piece. Which is about 342 pieces fewer than the mirror. Hope nobody is superstitious.
What I learned this evening...
When you come to a fork in the road, take it.
Overheard in a bathroom stall...
A man's pants unzipping, belt coming undone, *ker-plunk!*
Oh shit, my phone!
Kevin McNeely (1970-2004)
My cousin and Detective of the Cleveland PD.
Yesterday was the Wake and today was the Funeral. They really were beautiful ceremonies. It was great to see so many people turn out and to hear so many stories of the lives that grandpa had touched. And it was sad to know that we won't ever see him again.
There were so many people there, so many relatives that I haven't seen in ages and many of whom I don't remember having meeting in the first place. And a lot of people I know I've never met. Dennis Kucinich entered a glowing tribute to my grandfather into the Congressional Record.
Joe Eszterhas had some nice words to say about Grandpa, that he taught him more than anyone else did about how to write. And some Marines came up from Fort Knox to provide the colour guard for the ceremony. But best of all, after the funeral, Grandpa took us all out for lunch -- yep, that's right, he made arrangements for everything well in advance. So there were a bunch of (drunken) Reeses and Eagans in the restaurant, all celebrating the stories that John collected through his 92 years.
I am so lucky to have known such a wonderful and humble man.
Killing time in O'Hare
Are you ready to be completely and utterly shocked? Yes, I thought you were. I'm flying through Chicago O'Hare right now and my flight has been.... wait for it.... delayed!
Are you surprised? I know you are.
We now return you to your regularly scheduled boredom. (Or is that mine? I can't remember).
John Rees article in the Plain Dealer
John Rees, noted reporter, editor at The Plain Dealer (and a fantastic grandfather).
</i>In memoriam</i> John W. Rees, 1911 - 2004
John W. Rees (1911 - 2004)
Holy jesus harrold christ in a handbasket...
... its not just raining cats and dogs or even barnyard animals out there; this is where's-my-arc rain. This is hoover damn just exploded over my head kind of rain.
Reason #1 why I like the South
When it snows, you get to see a snowman wearing a hawaiian style shirt on a swing bench over a very green lawn.
Reason #43 why the South sucks
When it snows, the ice cream shop closes "due to weather." This I discovered when I went there thinking it was perfect ice cream weather :-(
For my posterior^UFor posterity's sake...
Just so that I can find this again in the future.... (ripped from bdar (who ripped it from somewhere else))
( Joss Whedon on the cancellation of AngelCollapse )
Happy Birthday, Dave
Happy Birthday you strange, strange man!