Tuesday, November 30, 2004

blogger problems

Blog this seems to be working but I had a couple of posts from early this morning that can’t be found and I don’t seem to be able to get to blogger.
I have a cold and am going back to bed then.


Monday, November 29, 2004

yep I’m here

We had a good thanksgiving in east carolina. I intended for the c to be lower case and went through three tries to get it so. E. e. cummings would have hated Microsoft. Well, anyway, the six pounds I lost right before the holiday, I gained back. At least I came up with a couple of good low carb recipes or it could have been worse. I’ll be in and out today as the semester is drawing to a close and we have a candidate in for interviews. The faculty interview process is interesting, since we, the faculty are technically the decision makers.


Friday, November 26, 2004

heads up over at the SEC

Yahoo! News - Activist aims to sink Coke shares

Let me see, I’ll short sell the stock; then I’ll become an activist to try and hurt the company; then I’ll buy at a lower price to make good my sales; then I’ll pocket a lot of money; oh yeah I’ll tell everyone I’m giving the profit to the poor.
Yep, sounds legal to me—move along –nope no manipulation here—nothing to see at all.
The press reports this like there is no problem but how about if the company was CBS and it was some right wing people shorting the stock—my guess is the press would be playing this differently.

this guy could write—I’m sorry he’s gone

The New York Times > AP > Arts > Mississippi Author Larry Brown Dies


Wednesday, November 24, 2004

if this is true
then it is more “blue” state madness

School Bars Declaration Of Independence - November 24, 2004

Gee, I sure hope this thing is a hoax.


Tuesday, November 23, 2004

the time has come to speak of many things including a changing of he guard in network news

WSJ.com - 'Nightline' Future Is in More Jeopardy With Producer's Exit

NBC is changing, Rather is out at CBS and Nightline is on life support. It is not a moneymaker and cannot compete with the cable networks. In terms of Woodward’s technology classification it is a unit technology. It is a crafted piece of news a one off each night. This is no longer competitive when news has become continuous process technology.
It has also grown stale –not bad—just a little brittle. The talking heads are not new and breaking news is something a few hours old. Let it go—take the show off the ventilator.


Monday, November 22, 2004

I’ll be back tomorrow—in the afternoon

I’m laving the office now to go work out. I’m back on the Atkins hard and can’t seem to drop weight. I didn’t work out this morning because I felt so bad—sinus stuff.
Tomorrow I have a mediation at 10 so it might be the afternoon before I get to play again, if at all.

it had to happen --soon or later

BBC NEWS | Business | Death of video recorder in sight

The only use of the VCR in our house os to play old camcorder stuff. That material is slowly being put on DVD.
from the “more things change” file

The New York Times > AP > National > Report: Congress Must Reform Amtrak

Nothing will change as long as some people see the system as only a source of union jobs and others will fight for every stop in their district even though only one person a weeks gets on.


Saturday, November 20, 2004

looks like the “high” church might you sick

Yahoo! News - Diabolical news: church candles, incense may cause lung damage

We do this type of stuff-- :cough: :cough:.


Friday, November 19, 2004

if they ever want to know why red state America isn’t in tune with them

They only have to look here. The horror of it all some celebs actually were going to stay at a Comfort Inn in Little Rock. They were rescued however. My God! Actually stay in a place where actual “people” stay.

well we weren’t supposed to be here

ESPN.com - NCB - Recap - East Carolina at Oregon State

Here is the finals of the tournament against NC State. We had two tough games and the expectation of most people is that we would lose the first and be out of it. I think we were added to be nice. Well we have a chance. Not much of one but as always you have a better chance than those who aren’t playing.


Thursday, November 18, 2004

the birthday edition, sort of, of the Thursday Three

What great questions—really these are the best in quite a while. I bet no one plays.

1. My birth day is this Sunday and the time of year is great. I like the fall and when I was a kid it was close enough to Christmas for the new toys to be out and not so close so that people combined the two. While my birthday can never be on Thanksgiving I can be off for Thanksgiving break.
2. I remember parts of the time when I turned 21. I was a student at Auburn at the time and vaguely remember times of several days. I seem to remember getting pinned and unpinned a couple of times and waking up under furniture.
3. My day as a really sad sack of the almost famous. I do know one person I teach with who has the same day. In fact, as best we can figure we were both born between 10 and 11 pm central time of the same year.


Wednesday, November 17, 2004

ECU football coach fired

They only gave him 2 years and not all of that. However, when you are used to winning and are 3-18 for the portion of the two years, you will be gone. We are not a rich school so paying a second coach to “not coach” takes a pile of money we don’t have.
Plenty of rumors—I like the main ones—our old fired coach will come back—he is already on the payroll or Steve the “ole ball coach” will prove to the world how great he is by winning at ECU.
The Logan case would be interesting because he is still being paid—I guess they could make him coach. The other rumor is being fueled by the fact that Steve was in town a few weeks ago and actually played a round of golf here—gee that’s strong stuff.

The Beaufort Gazette: Stress linked to more eating and smoking

God! I’m shocked!
The New York Times > Business > Sears and Kmart Agree to Merge in $11 Billion Deal

I don’t have any idea how this will actually work. At present it sounds like they are going to keep the separate names. Most of the savings will be in the supply chain. Later there could be some savings from store closings. However, are Sears customers the same people as K-Mart customers?


Tuesday, November 16, 2004

The New York Times > AP > Sports > NBA Bans Carter From Using IPod in Warmups

You can molest women, do drugs and drive drunk but that evil ipod has to go.

The New York Times > AP > Business > Ross Stores Profit Falls, Hurt by System

Well my wife did her part.

is it just me?

Or does anyone else notice that the dread shortage of flu vaccine is no longer news, now that it can’t be used to belittle the Bush administration in the election.

ad pulled because it was not factual and didn’t mention potential problems

The Beaufort Gazette: FDA Orders Viagra to pull 'Wild Thing' ad

I thought it should have been pulled because it was stupid, juvenile, asinine and tasteless.


Monday, November 15, 2004

not true this must be a plot

FDA To Announce Important Labeling Changes for Mifepristone

This is RU-486. Remember, it’s the abortion drug that they were finding multiple uses for. It was supposed to cure everything. Even better than stem cells.

you gotta love him


I suppose this might help

The Beaufort Gazette: Radio tags to vouch for drugs' legitimacy

looks like a Monday here

I had a great time with the other deacons at the weekend meeting. I especially enjoyed the food and sleeping until 7:15 on Sunday morning. I hope to have some great change stuff to put up later in the day. But first some actual work.


Friday, November 12, 2004

going out of town as soon as class is over

I’ll be going to a meeting here. the deacons of the diocese meet once a year for discussion and continuing education. We actually “belong” to the bishop and the diocese and are not members of any parish.
The group will be down there until Sunday afternoon. This gives us a break from Sunday services and lets us worship without any responsibilities for the congregation. Very once in a while I need that. The food will be good, the fellowship will be great, the snacks will be fine and the wine will flow. A good time will be had by all.

it’s about time they stopped playing games

Volkswagen to cut Investment, Shuffle Board

I’m sorry but I couldn’t help myself

The Beaufort Gazette: Shot shows promise as male contraceptive

I guess that would depend on how many shots you have.


Thursday, November 11, 2004

I like my tablet but perhaps they’re not for everyone
The New York Times > Technology > Circuits > What's Next: Trying to Make the Pen as Mighty as the Keyboard

The concept needs a little more work but is a great thing for class presentations and grading electronically submitted work.

I wonder what the line is on getting this overturned?

DRUDGE REPORT FLASH WTO rules on off shore gambling

Not that I would actually do this but if it wasn’t illegal-- welllll

a radical proposal for the AFL-CIO

Las Vegas SUN: Unions Repeat Threats to Leave AFL-CIO

The head of the service employees union is proposing nothing less than the AFL-CIO becoming a giant union. He might not be saying it but that is what it seems. By granting the federation control over coordinated bargaining and jurisdiction the end result would be a giant union. Other strong unions will fight this.

(yes technically it is the AF of L- CIO but we don’t use that much anymore)
I would be glad to start a long discussion of where the union movement is headed if anyone cares to join in.

it was just a matter of time
and well MONEY

Yahoo! Sports - NASCAR - NASCAR lifts ban on liquor sponsorship

They already had beer sponsors—maybe the new fans coming into the sport would like perhaps these folks?

he’s dead


Maybe the next one will be less of a coward and can actually move toward peace.

Yeah—right! As a former PM of Israel once said – we will have peace when they love their children more than they hate us.
Pray that this is the time.


Wednesday, November 10, 2004

shocked to find that morals actually matter to some people
other people might actually leave the country

ABC News: Some Say U.S. No Longer Feels Like Home

This isn’t a “love it or leave it” sort of thing. These people are leaving—God I hope so.
Bye –“screen door and rear end” and all of that bye—don’t come back please. We might get along fine. We can always find people who believe they are smarter and better than the rest of us.


Las Vegas SUN: Diet Drug Helps People Keep Weight Off

I sure hope this thing really works and lasts for more than four hours.

I too, think if democrats have been convicted they ought to discuss it
Las Vegas SUN: Clinton to Democrats: Discuss Convictions

What? Well, never mind!

I’ve been in early and I’m not happy

Have to finish the set of tests that I gave on Friday.


Tuesday, November 09, 2004

I’m back

Well I really wasn’t that far away; out all day. I had two mediations scheduled for today—in another city—not quite far, far away. Well, anyway the first one was a deferred decision and not everyone showed after waiting a few hours for the second.


Monday, November 08, 2004

this wouldn’t have happened if she had been doing the Atkins

Mainichi Interactive – woman chokes on bread during eating contest

this wouldn’t have happened if she had been doing the Atkins

Mainichi Interactive – woman chokes on bread during eating contest

you mean an Australian was behind this?—I’m shocked

The Beaufort Gazette: Australian imprisoned for online scam

Yep the Nigerian scam.

your chocolate is going up

The Beaufort Gazette: Cocoa futures jump on Ivory Coast turmoil

I blame the French.

fishnet hose help hearts pump blood

The Beaufort Gazette: Stocking helps weak hearts pump blood

no comment

I’m either too much a coward or not funny enough!


Friday, November 05, 2004

the road to freedom leads north?

Americans flock to Canada's immigration Web site

As long as you are happy!

test blogging

Not much going on this morning. I’m supposed to work on fixing the deck tomorrow. My son is going to help—he owes me some time/money. My several problems are: how to get the long deck flooring into my small bed ranger; can I really sue this as an excuse to buy a small portable table saw [less than $90 at Home Depot] and are the foundation 4 bys actually good enough to keep. If I have to redo the posts I’m going to need major help.

this post was to be up at 11:20 and i just now could get to blogger

Thursday, November 04, 2004

in anticipation

The Thursday three should be up shortly and using my Carnak powers I shall answer the questions without ever seeing them, sort of.

1. My first time voting was in 1972 and I voted for McGovern. I couldn’t bring myself to pull the lever for Nixon. It was my youth remember.
2. The biggest loser was either that vote on 1972 or Perot the first time. All together the two of them took in about 30 electoral votes. I did vote for a libertarian once, me and about 4 others in the state.
3. I the early 90’s I worked for a senate candidate in the primary and in the general election. I was also precinct captain in the late 80’s. That was back when any registered republican was automatically the leader. The precinct was near the university.

Arafat in coma

The Beaufort Gazette: Palestinian official says Arafat in coma

No early line of the over/under for Franco’s record.

maybe they all left?

This morning when I came in at 9:30 [yes I can flex time thank you] the faculty/staff parking was not near filled. This on a morning when rain was falling? Very strange! My only guess is that all those who said they just might leave the country if Bush was re-elected, have kept their word. Or at least moved to a blue state.

maybe they can go the France?

US News Article | Reuters.com

If the prospect of four more years of Bush is just more than you can take, well Canada doesn’t necessarily want you. Basically, they aren’t handing out free passes to the Bush haters.
God, what a shock to these people. I’m sure they are convinced any country would be just thrilled to have them .
Personally, I hope they get some place to take them—bye-bye.

NO! it’s too darn soon

I just saw my first overtly Christmas commercial. Yep, it had “little people” as elves. I guess they waited until after the election.


Tuesday, November 02, 2004

a whole lot of voting going on

At nine tonight there were still 150 people at my precinct waiting to vote. The polls were to close at 7:30 but if you were in line you got to vote.

two hours twenty minutes

I voted this afternoon. I followed my wife’s advice and took a chair. The weather was great and the line moved along. The line almost doubled while I was there.


Monday, November 01, 2004

no wonder it’s hard to give it up

The New York Times > Health > Vital Signs: Habits: For Nicotine, a Too Happy Home

As has long been suspected, nicotine is found to act on the same brain systems as heroin and morphine.

maybe this is just the result of further weakening of standards

The New York Times > New York Region > She Loved Life. (And Bourbon. And Bawdy Jokes.)

The article is about how the eulogy is changing.

I guess 30 years is a long, long time

The New York Times > AP > Sports > Vietnam Prepares to Host Golf Tournament

can’t look like a fool if you don’t play

Besides it was my idea. How come I never have ideas that would make me rich or famous?

NC races: Burr will win with 51% of the vote. It’s tight with Bowles looks like the rest of the old Clinton people—like an extra from Revenge of the Nerds. my congressional district is a safe republican seat and Walter Jones will retain it at least 60-40.
For governor no one is really thrilled with Easley; not a great campaigner but an OK governor. The republican is not great either. At least the democrat supports a lottery. The incumbent will win with 55 percent of the vote.

NC will go for Bush. I’m not sure who the democrats thought Edwards would bring in? Most of his supporters already hated Bush. Bush will win with about the same margin as Easley—56%.

I think the national vote will go to Kerry. He will get approximately 290 electoral votes.


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