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Thank goodness for Obama!

Here's Obama's commencement address to Arizona State University.


Very inspiring.

I'd love to know just how much of this he himself wrote. Some of it seems extemporaneous. It wouldn't surprise me if he wrote a lot of it, but I also know that a president's life is kinda busy. I love the fact that I even bother to wonder; with Bush Jr. I wouldn't bother...because I'd know he couldn't.

Wahoo for an intelligent, articulate, literate, inspirational President!

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Another relevant quote for our times

Here's another relevant quote I ran into:

"I just have to rely on the good judgment of the voters not to buy into these negative attack ads. Sooner or later, people are going to figure out if all you run is negative attack ads you don't have much of a vision for the future or you're not ready to articulate it."

-- John McCain, 2000

Guess what John.....you get your wish. Too bad for you that it's YOU we've figured out.
This popped up on the quote of the day (actually, it’s three-quote-of-the-day) section on my customized iGoogle home page:

"There are 1011 stars in the galaxy. That used to be a huge number. But it's only a hundred billion. It's less than the national deficit! We used to call them astronomical numbers. Now we should call them economical numbers."
- Richard Feynman

Seems appropriate considering events lately, eh? Congress just blew more money than there are stars in seven Milky Way Galaxies. Between than and the trillions spent on the meaningless war in Iraq, no wonder the stock market is tanking.

Let's go through the Gate!

Yay! I could be on an SG team according to this online quiz

Which sci-fi crew would you best fit in with? (pics)
created with QuizFarm.com
You scored as SG-1 (Stargate)

You are versatile and diverse in your thinking. You have an open mind to that which seems highly unlikely and accept it with a bit of humor. Now if only aliens would stop trying to take over your body.

SG-1 (Stargate)


Moya (Farscape)


Babylon 5 (Babylon 5)


Serenity (Firefly)


Heart of Gold (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy)


Nebuchadnezzar (The Matrix)


Millennium Falcon (Star Wars)


Andromeda Ascendant (Andromeda)


Deep Space Nine (Star Trek)


Enterprise D (Star Trek)


Galactica (Battlestar: Galactica)


Bebop (Cowboy Bebop)


FBI's X-Files Division (The X-Files)


The Horrors of plastic bags

I recently dug out a bunch of canvas bags I've gotten as schwag at computer shows and such, because I was drowning in plastic bags from stores and wanted to stop using them. I've got 3 or 4 bags of bags in the kitchen, in the garage, etc. I felt bad about throwing them away. I used them as trash can liners, etc, and tried to get paper whenever possible (notably the grocery store) but I have stacks of THOSE too (I use 'em for recycling bins.) Using the canvas bags is much better. Sturdier and nothing to deal with after unpacking the groceries. I keep all the canvas bags stuffed into the largest of the bags in my car and take 'em with me when shopping. My grocery store gives a discount for using them (Dahl's).

Why we should all stop using plastic bags is explained in this article I ran across about the environmental impact of plastic bags that's well worth a read.

Despite the truly huge environmental impact (there is six times as many plastic fragments in the ocean than there is zooplankton!!!), all this plastic in the bags takes oil to produce. Oil we can't afford to waste any more than the oil we use when driving. Oil is vital in many industries, not just for transportation. Yet we're throwing it away and burning it up. We can't afford to do this. We've GOT to move away from it, but it's not going to be easy. At least the move has finally started, though.

I've been thinking about moving to a hybrid car, and I see that there's a hybrid Ford Escape available. I got a card from Kia wanting me to come in and see about selling them back my Sorento for a "good deal" because so many people want them. The local Kia dealer is owned by the local Ford Dealer (Gabus) and so I may investigate it just to see how much I'd get screwed if I switched from a Sorento to a hybrid Escape...or even to a Kia Sportage (smaller version of my SUV, that my mom and sis and a friend all drive. Almost as nice as mine, but with much better gas mileage).

I just hope there are no worse impacts from the metals used in the batteries in hybrids. Those can probably be recycled easily though. But it's worth asking what happens to the batteries in a hybrid when they have to be replaced, and how much it costs for replacement and how often it's needed.

Broke my iPhone!

ARGH! My brand new iPhone somehow popped out of the belt holster and landed (of course) on the concrete, fracturing the (glass!) screen. Not the LCD, mind you, just the glass cover over the LCD.

How ironic: Apple had a big press release shortly before the phone was announced trumpeting how they'd improved the screen by making it some fancy grade of glass. Big mistake, Apple. Plastic please, not glass. Don't "Think different", instead "Think STURDY". Cell phones get dropped and taken places even laptops don't go (speaking of which, you need to make your laptops sturdier too; go back to whoever designed the PowerBook G3 units and fire Jon Ive!)

I've had three other cell phones over the last decade or more of cell phone use, all Motorola phones (as MicroTAC, a StarTAC, and a RAZR). I've dropped them all, even on concrete and never had a single problem. I FELL on the RAZR on a bed of rocks outside my back door and it didn't even leave a noticeable scratch! The only "breakage" I ever had was the StarTAC which had a flimsy extensible antenna that always broke off. I replaced it with a screw-on stub antenna after the 2nd or 3rd time and never had another problem.

Apple will fix it, to the tune of $270. Best I can tell, all that's broken is the glass cover and there's a concrete scuff mark or two. The rest of the phone works fine and seems to have survived a 3 foot drop to concrete totally fine. So it's PRETTY sturdy, but that glass screen and chrome need a rethink. PLASTIC and FLEXY, lose the chrome and glass (lose the chrom on the back of the iPod hard disk units too - make the hard disk units look like big Nanos, Apple!)

I love the iPhone, it's far, far, far more useful than my RAZR or older cell phones, it (of course) has a cell phone interface that's been "done right".

But the hardware needs to be more sturdy and less pretty. Or better yet, BOTH. Hey, it's Apple, they can probably do that! (Us Apple-holics are a demanding lot, aren't we!)

Photos and some form of this opinion will be sent to Macintouch (www.macintouch.com) the premiere Mac news and info web site at some point soom, if I have time.

He's back!

The crowd goes wild!

Thanks, Jolie, for reminding me that I had a LiveJournal blog.

I supposed I should post here sometimes.

But what about Blogspot/Blogger...and MySpace...and....


Welcome to my journal!

Just the first entry, to see if it's working.