Saturday, August 30, 2008

Reiser confesses to strangling estranged wife

Reiser confesses to strangling estranged wife Henry K. Lee, Chronicle Staff Writer | Saturday, August 30, 2008 | OAKLAND -- "Hans Reiser killed his estranged wife by strangling her after she made a "cavalier" remark during an argument over who should have custody of the couple's children, his attorney said Friday after the Oakland computer programmer was sentenced to 15 years to life in prison for second-degree murder."

I was following this sordid story for a while due to the Linux connection. During the trial there was a large contingent of techies who were finding all kinds of "reasons" how & why Hans didn't do it and why he was acting so belligerent during the trial. As for myself, after reading a few weeks of reports on the proceedings I got the impression he likely did do it. Still, I'm not on the jury so my opinion doesn't count.

Now there's no doubt he did it, but I'm not sure that his final sentence it what I'd call justice served. If you'd like more background on this you can find plenty on Google.

Thai Protests Spread, Shut Airports

Thai Protests Spread, Shut Airports
BANGKOK -- "Waves of antigovernment protests spread beyond Thailand's capital Friday as clashes between police and demonstrators intensified, forcing the closure of several regional airports and disrupting rail services."

More fun for the Thai people. It's either to much democracy or a military junta. No pleasing the "people" it seems. Maybe they should give political power back to the monarchy?

Friday, August 29, 2008

Obama? McCain? No Difference!

Whenever I think I can't get more cynical about this US political season something comes along to prove me wrong. What now? Believe it or not, the new TV show The Cho Show. Now, I love Margaret Cho. She's fall down funny. But her blind devotion towards one political view based solely on perceived positions and partial truths is indicative of the majority of people in the country. Don't get me wrong, there are just as many blind devotes in the other political camp. In fact, that's the only way these parties can continue to function. Ms. Cho is just one example of millions.

How many people do you know vote for a political party rather than a politician? My ex-wife's mother was a Democrat. Period. She'd vote for Jack the Ripper for president if he was on the ticket. She also was one very southern woman. Most of the things the party claims to stand for she was against. But she never let the facts interfere her position. My sister is nearly the same way on the GOP side of the aisle. I'm sure everyone knows at least one person like this.

The irony of it all is that when you dig through the rhetoric and misinformation you find that the two parties are nearly identical twins. The things they differ on are simply smokescreens. Vagaries on topics to cloud the reasoning faculties of the voters. Neither of them actually care about the "issues," only about how they can get more money and more power.

Here's a sanity test; if you are staunchly behind a political party then you might want to investigate the rest of the political world with an open mind. If you are able to I'm positive you'll find some very compelling and disquieting realities. If you can't or won't give it an honest, open look then you already think I'm full of crap so nothing I say will make a difference.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Water on Mars? How'd I miss that!

Good grief. They find water on Mars and I'm oblivious of it. This is beyond thrilling for me, I love this science stuff. The first book report I ever did was on stars and their makeup. White dwarf, red giant, yellow, blue, orange... All of them. Now, water on Mars. Man! This is just awesome.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Re: Favorite female Olympians 2008

Wanna see what a bunch of poker nuts have to say about their "favorite" female Olympians? I give you ten guesses what criteria they use to decide. There is an interesting picture in the thread showing the first married couple competing against each other (it's from a recent past Olympics, though).

Monday, August 11, 2008

California lawmakers consider cyberbullying bill

California lawmakers consider cyberbullying bill August 11, 2008 8:40 PM PDT Posted by Steven Musil - "Assembly Bill 86, introduced by Assemblyman Ted Lieu of Torrance, passed the Senate on Monday by a 21-11 vote and now heads back to the Assembly for consideration of Senate amendments, according to an Associated Press report. If the Assembly approves the Senate amendments, the bill will be sent to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger."

Cyberbullying is a real problem, especially for school age kids. I'm not sure there's an easy way to combat it from a technical standpoint. What they should do is make the parents responsible for any underage (as in < 21) offenders.

Yeah, I said it.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Commentary on Gay Marriage Today

I have always been one who felt that everyone should be allowed to be who and what they are. As long as no one is getting hurt what's the problem? Of course this isn't how the vast majority of the human race feel. It's the basic situation of "Us" vs "Them" syndrome. "We" can't be right unless there's someone who is wrong. One example of this is the whole Gay Marriage issue.

The so called "Family Values" people are against anything that isn't what they feel is the right and correct way. That's the foundation of the anti-Gay Marriage people. They claim that it will destroy the family and the society of the country and, by extension, the world. But this isn't the first time these claims have been made. Here's an article that shows this.
Why the Ugly Rhetoric Against Gay Marriage Is Familiar to this Historian of Miscegenation
By Peggy Pascoe
"The arguments white supremacists used to justify for miscegenation laws--that interracial marriages were contrary to God's will or somehow unnatural--are echoed today by the most conservative opponents of same-sex marriage. And supporters of same-sex marriage base their cases on the equal protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment, echoing the position the U.S. Supreme Court took when it declared miscegenation laws unconstitutional in the case of Loving v. Virginia."
You think this is an over reaction by Ms. Pascoe? Read these and instead of gay marriage substitute interracial marriage.
There's more if you search Google News.

Maybe I'm just living in Never Never Land with my Rose Colored Glasses but I just don't understand how people can be this closed minded and cruel.

Construction Worker's Dream Come True

On Italian TV a guy uses a giant mechanical shovel to slowly strip off a woman's clothes. This is why roads never get fixed in Italy ...

Having lived and grown up in Europe I can tell you all about the road crews in Italy and Germany. At least as they were in the 70's and 80's.

In Germany when ever you pass roadwork you will see the guys working very hard. Practically day or night they're digging and paving and everything. Yet if you pass by the same stretch of road a few weeks later the work has advanced maybe a kilometre or two.

In Italy when ever you pass a road crew they're on break. Or lunch. Or nap-time. The machines are idle and it nice and calm. Pass the same site a couple of weeks later and they road has been fixed for tens of kilometres. And the crew will still be on break.

This has led us to believe that the Germans get paid hourly while the Italians get paid by the meter.

Or something like that.

Monday, August 04, 2008

Thailand halts Grand Theft Auto sales after murder

Thailand halts Grand Theft Auto sales after murder By Nopporn Wong-Anan Mon Aug 4, 4:29 AM ET - BANGKOK (Reuters) - "A Thai video game distributor halted sales of "Grand Theft Auto" on Monday after a teenager confessed to robbing and murdering a taxi driver while trying to recreate a scene from the controversial game.

"We are sending out requests today to outlets and shops to pull the games off their shelves and we will replace them with other games," Sakchai Chotikachinda, sales and marketing director of New Era Interactive Media, told Reuters.

I wonder how many times this has happened in the States. I'd be surprised if it hasn't already been done in CA or NY or some place like Atlanta.

While I do not believe that video games are the Spawn of Satan, it would be good if there was a little less realism in games like GTA and their like. I don't see the fun in playing a game where you are a gang banger.

Even Black is better because there's no way to try and replicate scenes from it outside of Iraq or Afghanistan.