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Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Monday, October 29, 2007
We’ve all heard of the Catholic Inquisition during the middle ages, or the Crusades, all sanctioned by the Pope. Prior to that, we had Romans killing Christians and Jews. Here in America we’ve had the KKK using religion as the just cause behind their kind of fanaticism. We’ve had religious sects committing mass suicide via various religions cults. And of course there is the Middle East, where they have almost always had one religion against the other, including the current fanatical Muslims using holy wars as an excuse to attack Americans, and just about everyone else not of their belief. I recently read a book called The God Gene, about research showing we are genetically predisposed to believe in a God. And they do a pretty good job of proving it. One thing the book doesn’t talk about, our predisposition to war with one another in the name of religion. And this is the ultimate proof that there is a God.
Let’s say God is all knowing and all that other stuff we are lead to believe. If that’s the case, God would have realized by endowing us with the desire to procreate, as time went on the population of the planet would increase, straining the natural resources. So, by instilling us with different variations of similar beliefs in an afterlife, and that our religion is the right religion, God gave us a method of population control – Wars, fighting, and killing. Yes, we have disease, famine, all that other stuff but when it comes to total numbers, my money is on the holy war for population control.
Friday, October 26, 2007
My company provided a high speed fancy IBM laptop, which is supposed to keep up. It has tons of ram and a super fast processer. Well it doesn’t keep up. I don’t blame the laptop, I blame Vista. I'd bet if it had XP on it, it would probably run like a dream.
So for those of you thinking about upgrading, here are some of the things I hate about it:
It’s SLOOOOW: When powering on my laptop in the morning I usually start it up, go to the break room, get some coffee or tea, walk back to my office, and it’s only about half way through the startup process. This is easily my number one complaint. I've even removed a bunch of the startup crap in an attempt to reduce the startup time. It helped… a little… I think.
It freezes up a lot: Whenever it’s in the process of trying to figure something out, the screen fades, and the spinning circle (formerly hour glass) hits the screen and I can’t do anything. On my XP home computer, depending on what the issue is, I might be able to open a browser and surf the net while it resolves whatever the problem is, in word or whatever other program I am using. On Vista it pretty much locks me out of everything. And a spinning wheel seems very appropriate for this product.
Compatibility: Actually this hasn’t been an issue for me, since I use it for work, which is at Microsoft. I’ve read enough on this happening to others, and I’ve decided to hate the product for this reason on their behalf. I will comment that last year when they launched Vista, we were told not to install it, due to compatibility with internal software.
Things I’m supposed to like about it but don’t:
Doesn’t crash to the point of having to power down and reboot: Honestly this hasn’t been an issue for me on XP, they’ve managed to work out most of the kinks by now.
Widgets: Big freaken harry deal! I actually turned these off to help reduce the amount of startup time. And when had them, I didn’t even use them. If I did really want these, there are plenty of ways of getting them on an XP computer.
Search Functionality: one of the big hypes about Vista is the desktop search actually works. Once again, big freaken deal! If you aren’t a total and complete retard, you can actually organize the crap on your computer so that you can find it without the search.
The layout: I know everyone loves the new friendly mirroring a Mac look of Vista, but honestly, I didn’t have a problem with XP. I knew where everything was, and I could find everything I need. I don’t care at all that it looks prettier.
On a site note; I have started using Microsoft One Note, and have to say I love it. It is probably one of the most useful programs Microsoft has come out with since Excel.
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
This year on the ballot in the Puget Sound we have Proposition 1, a traffic package that will raise taxes by the "largest local tax increase in state history", according to King County Executive Ron Sims. Here in the Seattle area we have some of the worst traffic in the country. In fact, when they compare all major cities we average 2nd place. Which is why people feel so strongly about reducing the amount of congestion. But if history has shown us anything, it's shown us that no matter how often we approve traffic taxes, the traffic never gets better.
The major point in prop 1 is that it will allow them to expand the light rail system they are building. If anyone remembers; we had a monorail system they were building, that was voted on and approved, spent millions of dollars on, and never got built. Now they are trying to do it again with this proposal under a different system.
They are also saying the money will go towards roads, and bridges. Yeah, right! Our local government is completely inept when it comes to these items. Instead of asking for more money, why don't they take the money they currently get and use it correctly. The proponents say it will "Repair Seattle’s most vital bridges." that's right, not replace, not expand, just repair. Why are they saying this, because a bridge collapsed a few months ago, and they are trying to use scare tactics.
Last year I occasionally took the bus. Over in the Canyon Park area of Bothell, they built a walking overpass near the transfer station, and re-routed the southbound buses for it. The bus driver told me, it reduced his time by about 5 minutes. So millions of tax payer, road construction, release congestion dollars, cut about 5 minutes off the bus rout. Near my house, they are building a roundabout. After driving that road for 2 years, I can honestly say, traffic didn't get backed up, there weren't accidents, and as far as I can tell absolutely no need for this roundabout that has now caused congestion, where there wasn't any.
If you are thinking about voting for this because it's said to only last 9 years, and then it will expire. Come on! When was the last time you saw a tax expire? Personally when I get my property tax bill, I've never seen it go down. I've never gone to the store and noticed a reduction in the sales tax. And the only time I saw a reduction in my car tabs, was when we voted and approved reducing them, not because the current taxes were expiring.
So if you are a local resident, please be smart for once and vote no in this proposition.
Check out these links for more information.
- If you only read one thing about the tax, read this one. It's by the guy who should know. "The roads-and-transit plan: so much cost to do so little" by Ron Sims
- The Seattle Times opposes
- The Stranger opposes
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
If you will notice, the cop is driving in stop and go traffic, in the slow lane with the rest of us. The carpool lane was open and he didn’t actually drive in it. How often does this happen? I’ve never seen it before…
Friday, October 19, 2007
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
I walked into the bathroom at the same time as a guy carrying a briefcase. I’m running from one meeting to another so I have my laptop in my hand. I do what most people around here do, I set mine on a bench they have in the men’s room. He walks to the urinal with the briefcase in one hand, and takes care of business with the other. This is pretty impressive - he manages to unzip, hold, shake, and zip back up with one hand.
What he didn’t do: After he was done, he didn’t bother to flush the toilet, and he didn’t bother to wash his one used hand. Instead he grabs a paper towel and walks out. I’m assuming it was to open the door with; apparently he’s paranoid of all the other no flusher no hand washers that use the men’s room.
Monday, October 15, 2007
Last week the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Al Gore for his work on promoting global warming awareness. Personally, I don’t see how making a documentary and doing a bunch of speeches deserves a peace prize, but hey, it’s better than awarding it to someone for starting a war in the Middle East. But what good is Gore really doing with his global warming awareness campaign?
People are jumping on the hybrid car fad. Reducing the amount of carbon being pumped in the air, doesn’t eliminate it. Plus with the ever growing population, more and more drivers are on the roads. Even if we all drove hybrids would it really make that much of a difference?
Most everyone I know does a decent job of recycling paper, aluminum, and plastics. But we still have plenty of other waste that ends up in the landfills. The trash collector comes every week, as compared to the recycling that comes every other week. Why is this; because we throw away more trash than we recycle. With the average family producing two children, and the old living longer, the amount of trash only increases.
When it comes to food and water, we are already seeing situations of shortages. Yes, not so much in this country as others but it’s still visible. If Florida has a bad year we see a reduction of oranges and increase in price. And with the ever growing population, we are eating more and more, especially here in America where we need to feed our increasingly obese.
Around the country we are witnessing the constant destruction of forests to support the plethora of housing developments for the ever expanding population. Here is Seattle and the surrounding area there is a never ending stream of developments going up. Just about everywhere I look, there are three-thousand square feet homes being built, for these two child families.
Yet throughout all of this, we run around acting and pretending like we are doing something good about the environment when we recycle that plastic water bottle, or inhale the beautiful fumes being released from our French fry oil burning biodiesel Volkswagen.
What it comes down to is, if you really care about the planet, the environment, global warming, etcetera; you would stop having so many children. As we each add our genes to the pool, we are increasing the strain on the planet and continue to slowly move towards exceeding what this planet can support. People! Save the planet and stop breeding! Or if you have to breed, limit it to one child. Unless you are a republican or just plan and simply stupid, in that case, get fixed and do the planet and future civilizations a favor by not procreating at all.
Tuesday, October 09, 2007
Sunday, October 07, 2007
I went to a craft store today to pick up some picture mounting materials, and they already had a display dedicate to Christmas. It had a countdown clock, telling us the number of days till Christmas. They had lights, lawn crap, and worst of all they had Christmas music playing from a little display item.
So what does October and fall represent? Three months of Christmas music, people talking about Christmas, and Christmas crap at every store I go to.
Friday, October 05, 2007
What is happening here is; as the janitorial service comes through the Microsoft office, they dump the items then stick the two containers into the box. After giving it some thought I figured out why the janitors are doing this. If the janitor comes into the room and has to empty four containers, then that’s twice as much work they have to do. But by prearranging it this way, and knowing human nature (I’m not going to separate them that’s the janitors job), the janitors have decreased the amount of work they have to do.
Screw recycling if it helps me do my job faster.