Saturday, April 30, 2005

I hit a kid yesterday on the way home from the mechanic’s shop.

There I was going down the road inding my own business.  I was doing less than the posted speed limit of 45 MPH.  The entire trip is probably less than two miles round trip.

As I cross the small creek less than 1/4 mile from the house there were three juvenile boys walking WITH traffic along the side of the road.

In NJ we have these things I was told were called “Fog Lanes”.  They are 3/4 sized lanes to the right of the main travel lane separated by a solid yellow line.  These lanes are used for passing cars that are turning left from the main single lane road or for breakdowns, etc.

Well, these three boys saw me coming down the road.  I know this because all three of them looked back towards me.  How can you miss someone coming down the road when you look back and you are walking WITH traffic?

So, since they (I presume) made eye contact with me, I continued to travel down the road at my established speed.  As I approached them the three stupid boys all started to run across my intended travel path!

Why in the world all three boys would start to run in front of me is beyond my comprehension.  I started to scream, “Hey get out of the way!” as I hit one of the boys.

I hit him and he fell to the ground.  I hit him square in his chest as his eyes widened to capture my complete image as I barrelled into him.  I fell to the ground too.  The stupid boy made me crash on my brand new bicycle.  My brand new bicycle has road rash now.  My left knee has road rash now.

I have a new disdain for young boys that don’t know enough NOT to walk WITH traffic.  You are supposed to walk AGAINST traffic so that you don’t do the stupid thing that these boys did.

As I flew through the air towards the center of the main travel lane, all I could think was, “I hope there aren’t any cars coming up behind me to squish me into the asphalt.” Fortunately, there wasn’t

I’m OK.  He’s OK but still probably stupid.

I hate stupid kids.

Posted by SPN on 04/30 at 06:58 AM
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Friday, April 29, 2005

I ignored posting this before, but I can’t avoid it now.

I didn’t want to see anything else about police abuse of our youth, but I think they should have whipped her little ass before putting the handcuffs on her. 

Of course I don’t know the whole story, but that is an honest gut reaction from me.

http://www.sptimesphotos.com/video/office.html

I don’t even know how to categorize this.  This child obviously has more and larger issues that need tending to.  It is sad that if she doesn’t get the help that she needs, she will end up in prison instead of the classroom.  This will only help perpetuate the idea that more prisons are the solution to our national problems instead of more classrooms.

Here is a quote from the email forwarded to me,

“I don’t care what anyone says, it’s either handcuff her now, or handcuff her ten years from now, because this little girl was out of control, and that office looks like Hugo swept through, I wanna beat her tail just looking at the video, (Help Me Lord!!) The Current Affair Interview with her mother clearly said to me that her mother is in denial, and needs to attend some parenting classes, because she blamed the teacher, and was very nonchalant about the whole ordeal. Hopefully she was scared straight....”

Posted by SPN on 04/29 at 12:06 PM
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I think I’ll delete the Cost Of War ticker.

The ticker is incorrect ffrom what I’ve been hearing about the true cost.  I hear that it is over $300 billion now.

That’s $300,000,000,000 dollars.
That’s 300,000 one million dollar bills.

Besides, removing the ticker will make the website load a little faster.  Whad’ya think?

Posted by SPN on 04/29 at 09:18 AM
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Thursday, April 28, 2005

Re 2 the Re: of the Original “Top Brass…..”

Sorry, I had to post here because it wouldn’t take my comment.

As I said, I have no grand illusions about the gov’ts motives in Iraq, oil certainly being one. But let’s take a little test. All who have stopped using any petroleum products since the invasion, please raise your hands.

Let’s talk about abuse and genocide. There was no oil in it for the US in Kosovo or Somolia either. But I guess since Kosovo was a NATO operation, we get no credit for ending the madness. By the way, I don’t remember hearing a resounding THANK YOU from the Islamic world for that one.
As for Rwanda (and you can add Darfur, & the rest), my head is bowed also. But blame their damn neighbors! Thank God that the OAS headed up by Nigeria is at least talking about doing something about Darfur,Sudan. Wow! Another Muslim nation SURROUNDED by other Muslim nations that won’t correct the problem. (I’m begining to see a pattern here). Iraq,Afgh...,Sudan. You ever notice that the police almost always show up after the fact anyway.

I don’t blame the US for being picky about its fights. Somolia was a bugger and nothing to show for it. And that wasn’t even a war (until we started looking for Muhammed Farrah Adid), but a “meals on wheels” mission. But shame on the US for having interests.

Posted by cricket on 04/28 at 09:35 PM
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Death in the family.

My uncle in Nevada has died after a few years of struggle with diabetes and other sudden health problems.

He was a fighter to the end.

I’ll miss him.

bbeard, you know who I am talking about.

Posted by SPN on 04/28 at 09:07 AM
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re- Top brass cleared over Iraq abuse

so who were the soldiers that took the fall for th antics in IRAQ? 

NOT that I condone the brutalitalization of human beings, but war is war people and one must understand the the boundaries of WAR before engaging an adult affair that will no doubt be life threatening; if you are willing to risk your life for you country don’t cry over spilled milk - that’s kinda my take. 

War is a nasty business , and I choose a different line of profit for that same reason.  So the Government CAN’T TELL ME TO GO KILL - SO THE GOVERNMENT CAN’T CAN’T TELL ME TO GO DO ANYTHING.  For the record I admire you that have given your lives, sacraficed your families, children, husbands., and/or wives.

For the record I think that it’s a bunch of crap that under war like conditions—even given the rules of “engagement” that our soldiers hands are tied so much on the battlefield and then blamed, sentenced, and courtmarsheled lickety-split when the lives of the soldiers families are depending on the and they are serving their country AND THIS IS WHAT THEY GET FOR FOLLOWING ORDERS?  If you asked me I’d be special OPPS about now all XXX all over their asses!  What I’m trying to say is this is WRONG! just as wrong as letting millions of women and children die in Rawanda and it’s in our own backyard! this time.

So come on homeland security, bring it to me with your patriot act, I’ll be waiting up for you.

Posted by bbeard on 04/28 at 07:50 AM
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Wednesday, April 27, 2005

just noticed

I just noticed the tag on the bottom right of the page for “mozilla” a internet browser.  Good show SPN!  I’ve been using Mozilla for a while now - It seems that it’s faster than IE doesn’t cram up as many resourses and I don’t think that it opens up as many port to make you as suseptable to hacker/viral attack - try for yourself they also have an email program that i would reccomend instead of IE-express THUNDERBIRD wayfaster and hardly uses any resourses and if your using XP you know what I mean.

Posted by bbeard on 04/27 at 09:20 PM
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My cousin Lawrence Hill

March 29, 2005
Hill Selected Gatorade Player of the Year
Anthony Ray
ArizonaPreps.com Recruiting Analyst

Lawrence Hill as a freshman at the 3rd Annual Arizona Preps Fall Showcase

This season was a bitter-sweet one for Stanford signee, 6’8” senior Lawrence Hill. While Hill signed with Stanford in the fall, and helped lead Deer Valley High School to the 5A State Semi-finals, only losing one game on the season before being ousted from the state tourney, Hill was unable to see his aspirations fulfilled by winning a state championship. In fact, Hill who was consistent all season long, and was rated among the top 50 seniors across America nationally, and finished as the fourth best overall player at last summer’s prestigious ABCD All-American Camp, was not even selected to this year’s all-state team.

Well, on Tuesday the Hill family received great news learning that their son was announced as the 2005 Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of Arizona. This honor is given to the state’s top student-athlete for the year. Hill, a phenomenal student with a 4.3 Honors GPA, was more than deserving of the honor. While there were definitely some other student-athletes in the state that had as good or better seasons on the basketball court, Hill’s combination of athletics and academics were exemplery.

Hill will now be in the running for the 2005 Gatorade National Player of the Year (among 50 other nominees), which will be announced during the month of April. Here are all of the state winners for this year’s Gatorade Player of the Year honor…

Posted by SPN on 04/27 at 10:47 AM
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Tuesday, April 26, 2005

blame it on XP

its the invasion of XP oh no look out!

Posted by bbeard on 04/26 at 08:38 PM
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I cannot add comments to some posts!

I don’t know what’s going on.  I do know that I don’t like it.

Posted by SPN on 04/26 at 07:34 PM
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Monday, April 25, 2005

Daily Quote

The more I study religions the more I am convinced that man never worshipped anything but himself.

-Sir Richard Francis Burton

Posted by knya on 04/25 at 09:09 AM
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Top brass cleared over Iraq abuse

That’s not much different than if the investigation were over abuse here in the states.  The little people will always get the shitty end of the stick.

Sentenced:
Spc Charles Graner
Pte Jeremy Sivits
Sgt Ivan Frederick
Spc Megan Ambuhl
Spc Armin Cruz
Facing trial:
Pte Lynndie England
Sgt Javal Davies
Spc Sabrina Harman

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/4475657.stm
Top brass cleared over Iraq abuse

Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse
The images shocked the world
Former commander of US troops in Iraq Lt Gen Ricardo Sanchez has been cleared over abuses at Abu Ghraib jail in Iraq.

A new inquiry found no evidence of wrongdoing by Gen Sanchez and three of his top aides, US officials say.

The US army inspector general’s report says only Brig Gen Janis Karpinski, commander at the jail, has been found guilty and reprimanded over the abuse.

Pictures of Iraqi inmates abused by US soldiers caused an outcry last year. Five US soldiers have been convicted.

The Pentagon has held nine major inquiries into the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse scandal, with two more to come.

Posted by SPN on 04/25 at 06:23 AM
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Sunday, April 24, 2005

Rice changed terrorism report

I wouldn’t expect Dr. Rice to do anything less than to support her boss’s contention that we live in a dangerous, nearly oil free world.  Notice I said Dr. Rice?  Why is it that so many written reports seem to strip her of her Dr. status?

http://www.guardian.co.uk/usa/story/0,12271,1468541,00.html

Julian Borger
Saturday April 23, 2005

A state department report which showed an increase in terrorism incidents around the world in 2004 was altered to strip it of its pessimistic statistics, it emerged yesterday.

The country-by-country report, Patterns of Global Terrorism, has come out every year since 1986, accompanied by statistical tables.

This year’s edition showed a big increase, from 172 significant terrorist attacks in 2003 to 655 in 2004.

Much of the increase took place in Iraq, contradicting recent Pentagon claims that the insurgency there is waning.

Condoleezza Rice, the secretary of state, ordered the report to be withdrawn and a new one issued minus the statistics.

A Democratic congressman, Henry Waxman, has written an angry letter about the change to Cameron Hume, the state department’s inspector general, arguing that Ms Rice’s decision “denies the public access to important information about the incidence of terrorism”.

Mr Waxman said: “There appears to be a pattern in the administration’s approach to terrorism data: favourable facts are revealed while unfavourable facts are suppressed.”

Ms Rice’s spokesman, Richard Boucher, denied the change was politically inspired and said Ms Rice had decided the statistics would be better handled by the national counter-terrorism centre.

However, intelligence officials said there were no immediate plans to publish the figures. 

Posted by SPN on 04/24 at 06:20 PM
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I hate Wizards

and I Hate XP-Pro even More.  Take into consideration that I am a hands-on ("I want you to do THIS”, “configure this exact way” kinda guy.  I’m at home navigating what seems to be the endless trees and forests (whoever thought of those name shemes is gay -& rich) of a network and appliyng nasty securty scripts to local and roaming profiles just for kicks.  Win2000 Server(Stand-Alone/domain controller),WIN2000, NT 4.0- server, NT Work Station are all based on the same 32 bit technology that XP is the NT kernal its just that the software is written in such a way that practically any fool is able to add harware and software to thier PC.  Now in todays market it really is a complicated task its just with all the “wizards” and GUI’s (Graphical User Interfaces) you just don’t notice how complicated the task really is.  Software has goten more powerful and likwise allot more hungry for resoures.  Anybody remember when a Pentium 100mhtz was the shizzle-nizzle and it ran Word and Excel just fine.  So why now does it take a 2,000.00 WIN-TEL PC to run Word and Excel?  Ok I’m off my point. but am I?  I hate XP!  It’s so full of wizards! you want to tweak something and you go to the “area” to do the tweaking yup, another damn wizzard! with questions like what kind of internet connection would you like to establish today?  I mean and it’s to polite too.  and it’s a good thing it didnt talk b/ I probably would have done a fair amount of screaming back at it.  The thing is… XP is for lpeople who just dont reallyknow any better i guess that would be a nice way to say it.

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Saturday, April 23, 2005

Tiger’s Tale

When will YOUR OS be upgraded to something this cool?

http://www.time.com/time/business/article/0,8599,1052512,00.html

A first look at the new Mac OS
By CHRIS TAYLOR

Thursday, Apr. 21, 2005
Though they only constitute one out of every 33 computer owners, Mac users (like SPN) have long held a reputation for acting smugly superior to their Windows brethren. And with the release next week of Apple’s latest operating system software, Tiger ($129), they’ll have good reason. Tiger is the fourth and easily the most significant upgrade to Mac OS X (following Puma, Jaguar and Panther). Its main selling point, a desktop search application called Spotlight, is similar to a feature Microsoft is touting in its next Windows release, Longhorn - which won’t be out for at least another year. And that’s not all. Here’s what you get if you put a Tiger in your digital tank:

SPOTLIGHT

Trying to find your stuff is one of the major headaches of modern computing, especially if you’re looking for something buried in the text, rather than the title, of a long-lost file. Spotlight, a small window that pops up at the top of your screen, takes care of that. Not only is it super fast (you’re already getting results when you type in the first few letters of your search term), but it looks through absolutely everything: email messages, contacts, the information attached to digital photos, even a page you scanned in or a map you downloaded from the web. As an encore, Spotlight guesses which file you’re most likely to want, based on how often the search term crops up in it and how recently you looked at it, and offers that at the top of the list.

DASHBOARD

Widgets is a word guaranteed to excite only engineers. But that’s what Apple calls the components of Dashboard, a collection of customizable and incredibly useful widgets, each of which materialize on your desktop with a soothing ripple effect and look good enough to lick. There’s a widget that tracks your chosen stock prices, a widget that translates any word into one of a dozen languages, widgets that converts currency, weights and measures, and a widget that searches the entire Oxford American dictionary and Thesaurus (which also ships with Tiger). Widgets do all the workaday stuff of the webˇlocal weather, flight times, Yellow Pagesˇwithout you having to boot up a browser or remember a web address. Dashboard starts with 14 widgets; the idea is that amateur programmers will create hundreds more once Tiger gets up and running. (Windows users can begin to get the widget experience by downloading Konfabulator.)

AUTOMATOR

Got a humdrum task you need to do over and over? Want to tell your computer to download all mom’s emails to your iPod? Automator makes such jobs, well, automatic. One window (searchable with Spotlight) displays all tasks your various applications can do. Drag and drop them in order into another window, and prestoˇyou’re programming without the need to learn a scary computer language.

iCHAT AV

In Tiger’s upgrade of the Mac’s stellar instant messaging program, you can now have voice chats with up to ten other users at the same time (which is better than most confusing conference calls, since iChat keeps track of the last person who spoke). You can also video conference with up to three other users with an iSight camera. Tiger’s new high-definition video technology makes for the smoothest video chat yet. The other participants appear on what looks like the inner walls of a 3-D cube, with their reflections on the floor. You can invite PC users with webcams to play, too, but they won’t appear in high-def video and what they see won’t be nearly as cool. So there’s one more opportunity for Mac owners to practice their smug superiority, up close and personal. 

Posted by SPN on 04/23 at 07:19 AM
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