Sunday, July 31, 2005

goose meet gander


The comment earlier in the week by Helen Thomas—remember the one that makes her looks all biased and crazy and all: well it was just overheard and she thinks it should have been private.
Tell that to everyone in Washington.


Saturday, July 30, 2005

still at it

I love teaching but I hate grading. Grrrrr!!!!

I want to go out and play but I can’t until I finish my chores. My next door neighbor has promised to loan my his set of Band of Brothers but first I must finish reading some papers, calculate the averages and turn in the grades.


Friday, July 29, 2005

Las Vegas SUN: Scouts Apologize for Comments About Deaths

Some people took an earlier statement from scout leadership as blaming the four leaders who died for the accident that killed them. The leadership then said that no one has assigned blame.

Well—let me do so. IT WAS THEIR FAULT. As someone who has seen the safety manuals and is an amateur radio operator; let me tell you unless the wind or an earthquake caused the power line to move [a lot]—if you hit it --it is your fault. No ifs; no ands; no buts and I’m sorry they are dead but they did something you should never do. They put up a pole that could somehow reach a power line. Even if the fault was a wrong eyeballing of the distance it was their fault.

it’s a wonderful day

I mean the summer session is over—well sorta –I still have to finish grading some work for the online course and calculating the grades for everyone. But hey—it’s not heavy lifting and I don’t have to do it outside. Also it’s payday. They make the mistake of paying us for the summer before the grades are in—I wouldn’t do that.
Summer school is done for extra pay. My contract is for the regular academic year.

Helen Thomas speaks her mind
Helen has a mind—who knew? I don’t wish anyone like her ill but this shows something about the press. She/think that someone actually cares. I guess I do on some sort of meta religious level.


Thursday, July 28, 2005

I’ll take a case
Hotlines: Coke's Calorie-Burning Enviga Slated for 2006 Debut - Yahoo! News

Let’s file this one under wait and see.

is it just me or do federal judges seem to be getting more mouthy
My Way News

Sentence the terrorist and skip the lectures on how the administration should fight the war.


Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Biology News Net: Biotechnology - New method shows it is possible to grow bone for grafts within a patient's body

No real comments yet-- I need to look into this.
maybe we can get them to eat fire ants

State: Florida's iguana infestation

or kudzu

for those of you who watch movies

Real Tech News - Independent Tech ? Netflix About to Launch Movie Downloading Service

The plan is in place. This could change the entire industry--maybe.
another change forced by technology

TV Guide Relaunching as Larger Magazine - New York Times

More and more people have found the publication irrelevant. We can look up listings on the web or those of us with cable have a TV Guide channel. This might survive as a general mag—who knows.

and some things never change
Hiroshima's A - Bomb Memorial Defaced - New York Times

It looks like the part of the monument that was bothering this person is where the way was called a mistake. There were some then and apparently now that viewed the Japanese cause a “righteous.” Old ideas have a hard time going away sometime—even bad old ideas.


Tuesday, July 26, 2005

a new menu item at Ruby Tuesday’s and an article in the NY Times food section

The Wonton That Ate My Plate - New York Times

Normally there would be no connection but this time there is. Not a bad piece and it points to the way things are going in the casual dining market.


Monday, July 25, 2005

a change in the way the French eat?

The Way We Eat: Bleu-Plate Special - New York Times

Are the old ways finally going away? More than a year ago the reports of a decline in wine sales was reported and now this. Can France survive?

this doesn’t look good especially the way it’s being handled

BBC NEWS | Europe | Pope terror 'snub' angers Israel

The Pope prays for places hit by terrorism and leaves out Israel. As expected Israel raises a stink and the Vatican doesn’t say it was a mistake or was left out it is silent.
Sorry but this doesn’t make the Pope look good.
Some of us might say—this is what you get with a German Pope. But that would be wrong on so many levels—right??

I’m sorry he’s dead but I think there’s a lesson here
Police-Shot Brazilian Had Expired Visa

That lesson might be oh I don’t know—maybe “right after a bombing and when armed cops are around if you are asked to stop don’t run and jump over stuff and generally try to elude the police.” Does the ACLU have a branch there. my guess is they would think that people have a right to flee. Generally you don’t expect to get killed but this guy picked the wrong time to be stupid.

a primer on Hollywood numbers

Hollywood's Death Spiral - The secret numbers tell the story. By Edward Jay Epstein

I really don’t know why I’m blogging this as Prof. Reynolds has already mentioned it. However it is interesting. I haven’t finished it all but the part about budgeting for what would seem to be massive returns of unsold DVD product is very informative.
So if you find things like the manufacturing cost of DVD’s interesting then follow that link.
[Why would I blog something before I could read it all? I want to be finished before my wife gets home.]
Oh how does this relate to change? Well my friends it involves the changing audience and especially the world wide location of viewing. In theater revenues have kept falling and home use has kept rising. The focus of the article is the “windows” for first run release, DVD sales and PPV.
sports team discovers differential pricing
Buffalo News - A new era for the Sabres

The Sabres plan on charging different prices depending on the opponent and the day of the week. Sounds like a good idea. Although it will be interesting to see which teams get the lowest prices. I bet Carolina is among them.

just who buys their china at Wal-Mart?
Oh?? Then never mind.

Wal-Mart says to double China outlets by 2006


Don’t get me wrong. I love to teach but summer school is a grind and it’s almost over!


Friday, July 22, 2005

is this part of the “big scare” or have we been warned?

Massive flu outbreak could happen at any moment, WHO warns

I’m not sure because some people not only see the glass as half empty but it is polluted and probably stolen from some poor people in the third world anyway. You know what I mean—the world is always just about to end.

this is getting to be a habit
.::. WNCT.COM .::. Greenville, NC | Toyota Recall

Maybe this is what happens when you get close to the top.

off to do a mediation

Fun stuff on a Friday afternoon; right? I get to work with another mediator I haven’t met before. All in all it’s better than being outside.

we should not have been surprised that it has come to this

Police Begin Searching Bags on NYC Subways


Thursday, July 21, 2005

they’re still finding stuff in Rome
The Beaufort Gazette: Jewish catacomb predates Christian ones

I wanna go and help look—well and also eat the food and drink the wine.

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

the more they talk the more we really know

Telegraph | News | The men who blame Britain

Yet we have people all the time trying to get them off the hook. They have become so PC they can’t see the danger of fanaticism.


Tuesday, July 19, 2005

let the hysteria begin

WRAL.com - News - Bush Names John C. Roberts As Supreme Court Nominee

I’m going out on a limb here and predicting that the change the President is looking for will not happen—a civil process. The pressure and interest groups will not let that happen and certain people in the news just cannot resist getting that sound byte.

why don’t we think of “labels” for this group of teachers

Teaching group to consider banning word "fail" - Yahoo! News

This is in Great Briton and is really just another indication of the problems with their system. While we don’t want to “label” or stigmatize students , I sincerely doubt that this is the biggest problem.

see them all the time everywhere around here

courant.com | Flip-Flops At White House Cause Stir

Even at graduation. I bought my first pair a few weeks ago. I don’t wear them to class yet but then again I don’t teach in the humanities or fine arts. However I do have on a Hawaiian type shirt with khaki pants today. Flip flops would have fit right in.


Monday, July 18, 2005

just what kind of despised minority would that be

Las Vegas SUN: Judge Narrows Pledge of Allegiance Lawsuit

The pledge of allegiance and the “in god we trust” on the money guy is back again. He claims he’s part of a despised minority. I wonder which one that is. Most of us know atheists and try to refrain from pushing our stuff on them. Don’t know anyone who despises them.
Maybe the “despised minority” he belongs to is jerks. Don’t know I could be wrong but he seems kind of jerky to me.

this is only going to get more expensive
Las Vegas SUN: Immigrant Births Put Pressure on Hospitals
Further I would suspect that this will increase pressure on some rural hospitals. At least in eastern Carolina there is pressure for interpreters in many rural court systems, law enforcement and social services.


Sunday, July 17, 2005

think this will stop the pork?

Study Says Ethanol Not Worth the Energy - from TBO.com

If you believe that the political pork from ethanol will stop because it isn’t efficient then you probably believe in the Easter bunny and blogging possums. The new charge is that it is clean and we don’t have to import it and and it makes us nice and what ever else they can come up with to keep the train rolling.


Friday, July 15, 2005

nope no comment at all
WRAL.com - News - Wife Sues Durham Man For Loss Of Husband's Love

I hope Ted Williams remembered to phone a head

Las Vegas SUN: 'Cryonics' Co. Set to Open Fla. Facility

neat –double neat

Sharp Develops 'Two - Way Viewing - Angle' LCD - New York Times

Different angles different pictures.

maybe they aren’t just like us except for orientation?

Openly gay retirement communities growing

The number of gay orientated retirement communities seems to be growing. This is a niche and makes sense for developers. However most of the stuff from the gay/les groups always claimed they wanted to “assimilate” because they really were not that different. Maybe they want a place where they can just be themselves.
As far as I know this would not break any federal laws as federal law is silent on sexual orientation.
BTW the interest in gay lesbian issues stems from my major research stream which involves attitudes toward non-mainstream groups like gays/lesbians as managers.


Wednesday, July 13, 2005

didn’t know that Kentucky was full of whiners
FOXSports.com - NASCAR- Kentucky Speedway sues NASCAR

Let us see—you built the track and got a busch and a truck race but no cup race. So why don’t we sue and claim that life is so unfair and it’s restraint of trade and we demand our race. Well if they get one—I won’t watch.

hockey is back—YEA!!!

WRAL.com - News - NHL, Players Reach New Labor Deal

SkinnyDan and I rejoice. Apparently the rest of you didn’t know it was gone.

federal judge stomps his little foot

Las Vegas SUN: Boston Judge Slams New Deportation Law

A federal district judge is angry with congress because they stripped courts of some power. He was going to rule in a deportation case and now he can’t. Well get over it sparky—that might have been the reason the law was passed—to keep federal judges in line.

instead the students will be herded onto the athletic fields to graze

Board OKs ban of fried foods in school lunchrooms

they’re in the air a lot

EastCare adds helicopter

We hear them often as we seem to be on the path from some of the points southeast. Our hospital serves a 29 county area and is now beginning to get some accident victims from I-95. I thought most of them went to UNC or Duke.


Tuesday, July 12, 2005

a new quick photo printer
HP Launches New Printer Technology - New York Times

HP launches a new one—don’t do much printing of photos at home—I take them to Sam’s. much cheaper.


Monday, July 11, 2005

no more books—as such

My Way News

Arizona school goes all digital. It will be everywhere before we know it. Really? Could well happen!


Sunday, July 10, 2005

I should think so
Las Vegas SUN: Plague-Infected Cats Cause Worry in Wyo.

I want to know what else is going on out there.

how many do you have?
Top 10 downloads of the past 10 years - CNET.com

change in economics and culture lead to this
Amid 'Food Culture' Boom, Many Can't Cook - EarthLink - General News

Basically many people out there can’t cook. Many people have become container grazers. Take out Chinese, pizza, the chicken from the store--- it seems even opening a can of vegetables is too hard much less actually doing something from scratch.

I’ve looked all over the store and can’t that that scratch stuff.

Lack of skills doesn’t seem to be this crowd’s problem.

Greenville junior tennis
Greenville Jr. Championships: Latest Results

My son got beat yesterday by the eventual winner. This put him in the consolation and he won that.


Saturday, July 09, 2005

no baseball in the Olympics starting with London

CNN.com - Baseball axed from London Olympics - Jul 8, 2005

Baseball and softball are right out and things like judo and dancing get to stay? Can’t say as I disagree much since the two sports leaving have a limited appeal worldwide. Come on name the world baseball powers. The squads are expensive and not a lot of people worldwide grow up playing the games.
We lived without them for years we can live without them now. Also gold is one of the sports they might put in—much more of an international sport.


Wednesday, July 06, 2005

interesting piece on southern English
Do You Speak American . Sea to Shining Sea . American Varieties . Southern . Sounds | PBS

It’s actually from PBS and so far isn’t condescending. However I might could be wrong.
I fixin to finish it now—y’all.
this is the first prosecution of a wi-fi crime I’ve run across

Man Charged With Stealing Wi-Fi Signal - Yahoo! News


Tuesday, July 05, 2005

this website will be a hypochondriac’s dream come true
Health Web site launches online diagnosis - Yahoo! News

Haven’t been to the site yet but your answers to its questions will help diagnose you.

surveillance cameras make it to NC

Beach town to use cameras to watch visitors

a new species of dolphin
Scientists flip over new dolphin | The Nation | Breaking News 24/7 - NEWS.com.au (05-07-2005)

This is neat. I’m not the best in the world at nature blogging but if anyone really knows this area please chime in.

it went well
We used over 300 hot dogs, all the chips, all the watermelon and all the drinks. A good time was had by all.

Monday, July 04, 2005

hotdogs and fireworks

Area events for Independence Day

I’ve been at the church most of the day getting things set up for tonight. The rector and I will be cooking hotdogs for the parish and whoever else shows up. Our church is a great place to watch the fireworks. We’ve invited a lot of people and have lots of hotdogs, baked beans, potato chips, drinks and watermelon.
Y’all come !!!

Saturday, July 02, 2005

yep Bessemer is where I would look first to find a place to put the dome that isn’t going to be built

Bessemer official says her city a good location for dome

You have heard my thoughts on what a waste of money and time this whole thing is; this just raises the level to farce.


Friday, July 01, 2005

first tennis now hockey

St. Paul Pioneer Press | 07/01/2005 | NHL 'fun' rules expected

Rules changing must be in the air. It looks like the two line pass will be a thing of the past as the center red line will only be used for icing calls. Thos should provide the opportunity for more break-a-ways. If I’m wrong on this sue my I’m a southern hockey fan and never played the game. Apparently they are also looking at ties. Please don’t let them do a shoot out. Man that reduces the sport to a triviality. The only tie break system I like is the one in tennis. It mimics the game.

No word on offsides being eliminated. But goalie eq. will be made smaller again. More scoring must equal more fun-- right they get such good ratings for the all star game.
Having said that I must admit that the dominate trapping style defense can be boring.

heresy in the tennis world

FOXSports.com - WIMBLEDON- ATP making changes to doubles format

After the US Open the ATP will introduce new rules designed to get more of the top men to play doubles. They are making it end quicker. One rule change is to go to no-ad games. So you can’t get the endless ad-deuce games. Whoever gets the 5th point gets the game. This is beginning to become popular in some recreational circles.
The other change is more controversial. It is a tie breaker after it is 4-4. everyone gets to serve twice and then the tie break starts. This might be good. I’ve played matches where it was 4-4 and their best server was next then I had to try and hold to force a tie break.

I don’t know if this says something about life these days or about me

Today I got an email with the visible subject line being—“large stomach and thighs.” I had to hover the cursor there to at least see the rest of the line. I wanted to know if it was a weight loss product/program or a specialized porn site.


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