Showing posts from May, 2011

Lauryn Hill: "You Might Win Some, but You Just Lost One....."

Or, maybe you lost a whole bunch.  At least one. Here's what you can't do: you can not charge people $80 for a ticket to your concert that isn't even held at an awesome locale.  I'm fine with The Showbox SoDo - there's nothing wrong with it, but there's also nothing great about it. It's a warehouse with a bar in it.  It's huge and flat and you can't see over the tall people's head because the floor is not tapered.  It's just a big room with a stage.  Nothing much to love, lots to not love.

Here's the next thing you may want to consider, and I'm no expert, but you've been in show business for a while now and should know that the making your fans wait after the opener thing is a gimmick that only works to a certain extent.  There is a point of diminishing return.  There is a point where your positive trend line on the graph will start to swoop back down again, and swiftly. I'm pretty sure that point came about 45 minutes into ou…

Eviscerating the Education Secretary

Via Progressive Review
A letter from David Reber, who teaches high school biology in Lawrence KS.
Mr. Duncan, I read your Teacher Appreciation Week letter to teachers, and had at first decided not to respond. Upon further thought, I realized I do have a few things to say. I'll begin with a small sample of relevant adjectives just to get them out of the way: condescending, arrogant, insulting, misleading, patronizing, egotistic, supercilious, haughty, insolent, peremptory, cavalier, imperious, conceited, contemptuous, pompous, audacious, brazen, insincere, superficial, contrived, garish, hollow, pedantic, shallow, swindling, boorish, predictable, duplicitous, pitchy, obtuse, banal, scheming, hackneyed, and quotidian. Again, it's just a small sample; but since your attention to teacher input is minimal, I wanted to put a lot into the first paragraph. Your lead sentence, "I have worked in education for much of my life", immediately establishes your tone of con…

Bing Maps Results on Bing

I needed to get direction and decided to use Bing maps, that way I could send the directions to my windows phone.

On Bing, I did a search for maps and Microsoft's own map service came back 7th. Right after Masjid Ar-Rahmah (MAPS), which isn't even a map service.

Even on Bing users are not using Bing maps…. FAIL

Washington State Budget Deal

The state legislature have released the budget for the next two years, and big surprise they are cutting budgets for those who need it the most, and not cutting where they should.
And the list of cuts are:
1.9 percent cut for teachers and 3 percent cut for school administrative staff totally $179 million1 billion cut from K-12 education spending600 million cut from higher education spending (and increasing tuition)670 million cut from state-subsidized health care services$230 million cut from mental health and long-term care programs$127 million cut from the state Department of Corrections$274 million cut from "other human services" 344 million by eliminating automatic cost of living increases for retired workers 3 percent pay cut for state workers - This pay cut I'm actually okay with, especially of those cuts affect the DMV.  
What I don't see on the list of cuts:
Modifications to the tax codes so that large companies can't keep getting tax benefits that don't…

Education Rally in Everett

Last Tuesday at Cascade High School in Everett, educators and those in support of public education gathered to hear their representatives speak and to speak with them.  Well, those representatives who showed up, at least.

It was neat to see District 21's Roberts and Lias.  It was heartening to see Stanford and Moscoso representing District 1.  I give props to District 38's McCoy and Sells and, finally, to Hope of District 44.  That guy was a rockstar, by the way, drawing the most applause and cheering.  But, I have to draw attention to those who were invited and did not show up: Kristiansen and Pearson of District 39.  For shame!

If you are imagining some tired old town hall sort of format, you are lukewarm.  You are blazing hot if you are imagining over 1,400 fully pumped up adults of various ilks hooting and hollering for the most molding of public institutions: public education.

There were teachers, principals, superintendents, parents, students, and friends and family ther…

Democrats Trying to Cut Tax Breaks to Big Oil

We need to cut the deficit. As long as it doesn't involve cuts in big tax breaks we give to oil companies.

Obama and some of the Democrats are attempting to cut $21 billion in tax breaks currently provided to oil companies, and use some of it for green energy, and some to reduce deficit spending. As you can image the Republicans are against this, as it doesn't involve cuts to Planned Parenthood or NPR.

Actually they are against it because it involves cuts to big oil, whom they all make money from. And it is a Democrat proposal, which also means they have to oppose it.

Read more here...

Keep Right Except to Pass

Wow, the Washington state patrol actually did something useful. They made a really boring video reminding us to stay out of the left lane except to pass.

They should write tickets for this instead of BS speeding tickets.

Windows 7 Phone vs Android

I've been using my Windows 7 phone for quite a few months now, and I guess it's probably time to do a comparison with my Google Android phone. Both phones by the way are made by HTC, and serviced through T-Mobile.

Windows 7 Phone

The Good
Great e-mail integration for all e-mail types, including outlook for work. I have a tile for each on my home screen. Which is quick and easy to access, read, respond, and file.Integration with Office Live products is pretty nice, although personally, I don't spend much time reading Word documents on my phone. It is a handy feature for those who do. The calendar does a great job of adding all my calendars from different sources into one view. Zune player can sync via the blue tooth updating my playlists and podcasts. Zune player is also user friendly, and allows me to delete music on the phone, unlike my iPod. Browser on the phone does an excellent job of displaying content so that it is actually viewable.Phone navigation is easy and user fri…

Governor Mitch Daniels Cuts Planned Parenthood

Mitch Daniels, who is expected to run for President on 2012 has signed a bill that will cut funding for birth control, cancer screenings, STD tests, and other services Planned Parenthood offers in Indiana.

With the new law Indiana is now saving about 3 million in public funds. Of course, that doesn't account for the future added costs of children being born to unfit parents, medical costs for no screenings, and any number of other unforeseen future expenses. But at least Daniels can tell his right-wing conservative base that he's anti-abortion to get the votes he wants.

Read more here…

Seattle Ops Out of Phone Books

Seattle city council did something useful recently, they passed a law and worked with Dex to allow people opt out of receiving the yellow-pages. Now only if other cities would jump on this bandwagon and do the same for everyone else.

Click here for Seattle residents to opt out

Full story on Seattle PI

Douche-Bags on The Bus - Fat Seat Fill Guy

He's a little hard to see, but the back of this head is this weeks douche-bag on the bus.

There are days that the bus is pretty full, and as I've previously mentioned people tend to put bags on the seat next to them so that others can't site there. I sometimes do it as well. 

This guy does more than that. He uses is fat body as an excuse not to share space. And he isn't even that big. He sits in the seat with his bag on the next seat, he turns his body to the side so his legs are taking up the space in front if the seat next to him. He turns his laptop on, and utilizes every inch of space so as to make it clear not to try to sit next to him.

On the day I took this blurry picture, every single seat on the bus was full except for the one next to him. In fact, I've only seen the seat next to him being used once and that is because the bus was completely full, and the last person on had to sit there. I feel bad for that person.

The cost of bin Laden: $3 trillion over 15 years

As we mark Osama bin Laden's death, what's striking is how much he cost our nation—and how little we've gained from our fight against him. By conservative estimates, bin Laden cost the United States at least $3 trillion over the past 15 years, counting the disruptions he wrought on the domestic economy, the wars and heightened security triggered by the terrorist attacks he engineered, and the direct efforts to hunt him down.

Read full story here...

Douche-Bags on The Bus - Worth the Wait

Once again, it's been raining, it's cold, and there is plenty of warmth in peoples cars. Yet, these people must make sure they can get a nice window seat on the bus.

Furminator, Great Brush, Sucky Service

I ordered a Furminator (fancy dog brush) on the 7th of April. As a few days passed, then a few more, I began to think it might not be coming. The link they sent me to track my order continually showed as blank for the status and tracking number. So, on Monday the 18th I decided to call. I received a person right away who told me it was delivered on the 13th.

Obvously I didn't have it. With the tracking number she provided me, I called FedEx. The person on the phone said it was delivered as well. She also told me to check my backdoor, garage, and neighbors. I'm thinking if it had been sitting somewhere around my house for 5 days, I probably would have noticed. Since I was positive that it hadn't been delivered to me, she filed a claim for me.

The next day, I received a phone call around 7:30 in the morning. Since I was in the shower at that time, they left me a message, reminding me to check my back door, neighbors, and garage.

I called a few hours after that when I got…