Friday, November 30, 2007

Nasa Stupidity

NASA Requires JPL Scientists To Give Up Right To Privacy

"Wired is reporting that all NASA JPL scientists must 'voluntarily' (or be fired) sign a document giving the government the right to investigate their personal lives and history
'without limit'. According to the Union of Concerned Scientists this
includes snooping into sexual orientation, mental & physical health
as well as credit history and 'personality conflict'. 28 senior NASA
scientists and engineers, including Mars Rover team members, refused to
sign by the deadline and are now subject to being fired despite a
decade or more of exemplary service. None of them even work on anything
classified or defense related. They are suing the government and documenting their fight for their jobs and right to personal privacy."

Opening Brief and Responses filed

Below are the briefs filed thus far in the matter that will be argued
at the ninth circuit of appeals court in Pasadena at 9:30 on Dec. 5.

Injunction Extended!

The Universal Digital Library

Million Book Collection

Gamespot Editor Fired Over Kane & Lynch Review?

Editor Fired Over Game Review?

Jeff Gerstmann from Gamespot has been let go. That wouldn't necessarily be newsworthy, but the conditions under which he was allegedly dismissed were. According to the source, Gerstmann was fired "on the spot" due to advertiser pressure for his review of Eidos' Kane & Lynch: Dead Men.

Penny Arcade

Rumor: Gamespot's editorial director fired over Kane & Lynch review

Gamespot Editor Fired Over Kane & Lynch Review?

Editor Fired Over Game Review?

Jeff Gerstmann from Gamespot has been let go. That wouldn't necessarily be newsworthy, but the conditions under which he was allegedly dismissed were. According to the source, Gerstmann was fired "on the spot" due to advertiser pressure for his review of Eidos' Kane & Lynch: Dead Men.

Penny Arcade

Rumor: Gamespot's editorial director fired over Kane & Lynch review

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Texas Education Agency Fires Chris Comer for Announcing Talk by Barbara Forrest

See Austin American Statesman article State science curriculum director resigns, for details. I feel she should sue; Comer should be paid damages, reinstated, and Reynolds should be fired.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Food in Austin

Mi Tierra off Rutland and Parkfield
Hog island deli
16th/lavaca) - the best sandwiches and cheesesteaks in town.
Belladonna (burleson/ben white) - breakfast/lunch, muffalettas
Rosie's al pastor (parker/riverside) - theyre open until 3:30 every night
Taqueria El Risconsito (manor/airport)- breakfast/lunch, tacos
reggies (12th/chicon) - catfish
galloways (12th/chicon)
springhill catfish - Catfish buffet.
seis mesas (springdale/airport) - breakfast/lunch, great cheap food
burgertex - some of the best burgers around
el regio - best drivethru in austin
willies bbq (mlk/airport) - bbq
sams bbq (12th/pleasant valley) - bbq, open late
asia cafe (spicewood springs/183) - chinese
t&s chinese (lamar/rundberg) - the salt&pepper dishes are great open late
eastside cafe (manor/chestnut) - fresh
stallion cafe (51st/airport) - breakfast/lunch
madam mams - an austin institution
al jons pizza (burton/oltorf) - pizza
yaghis - also very good pizza
jo's - burgers

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Internet Explorer

I was working in a document and Windows opened IE, and was just opening one tab after another, why I don't know. I am tempted to say hundreds of tabs but I did not count them.

Vista is Slow

Vista is just so slow, I can't stand it. I wanted to use media player to play one of my videos, (its a video that I took and have on my hard drive) so I click and drag it from widows explorer to the already open Media Player, and it just sits there changing between saying Media Player is not responding and the hour glass spinning.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Galveston Independent School District wants to Sue Blogger

This just makes them seem guilty, public officials should not sue citizens. Lets hope there actions are fully exposed and that they not be reelected.

The Galveston Independent School District (GISD) is attempting to sue
Sandra Tetley, the mother of a student in the district, for defamation.
Tetley runs the blog, which tracks and comments on the activities of the local school board.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Vista Crash

System completely locked up, no response at all. Had to do a hard reset. I lost everything I was working on. You know if its going to crash this often I wish it did not take so long to reboot. Maybe I need to try Ubuntu?

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Abba Take a Chance

I've always liked Abba, from 1997.

Dancing Queen

Waist Deep In The Big Muddy - Pete Seeger

I know I am not the only one who sees this as an allegory of Bush's war in Iraq.

Bush War on Science Continues

GW Bush has vetoed a bill that would give NIH an additional $1 billion per year, raising the budget from $29 billion to $30 billion; saying that Congress is on a "spending spree." Yet he continues to fund a war of idiocy to the tune a over a billion a week.

The bill, which was passed by Congress last week, sought to increase NIH funding by about $1 billion from a 2007 budget of about $29 billion to a 2008 budget of about $30 billion.
In a statement released by the White House after Bush vetoed the bill, the president decried the Democrat-led Congress for engaging in what he called a "spending spree," and said that the legislative majority was "acting like a teenager with a new credit card."
The bill, H.R.3043, also sought to bolster the budgets of the departments of Labor and Education, and carried a request for a total of $150.7 billion. Since its introduction in July, Bush has said he would veto the bill because it overshot his own budget recommendations.
"We were hoping that [Bush's veto] wouldn't be the case," Carrie Wolinetz, Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) spokesperson, told The Scientist. "But the threat had been there."
The NIH budget has been stagnant over the past few years, with government funding increasing by only about $1.4 billion between 2003 and 2006.
The vetoed bill also included a provision requiring
NIH-funded researchers to post the full text of their research papers on the National Library of Medicine's publicly accessible PubMed Central website within a year of publication. This provision survived an attack by Republican Senator James Inhofe in October to remain intact in the final version of the bill sent to the president.
The bill cleared the House of Representatives only three votes shy of the two-thirds majority it would have needed to avoid Bush's veto. As H.R.3043 returns to Capitol Hill, where legislators will hold a veto override vote, Wolinetz said that FASEB will continue encouraging its 80,000-strong membership to urge their legislators to support the bill and overturn the presidential veto.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Windows Explorer Crash

Windows Explorer crashed, closing the two windows I was working in.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Technical Information
An update is available that improves the compatibility, reliability, and stability of Windows Vista
Download updates for Windows Vista

This problem was caused by Windows Vista, which was created by Microsoft Corporation.
To solve this problem, go online to download and install an update from the Microsoft Download Center website.
Update for Windows Vista, 32-bit versions (KB941649)
Update for Windows Vista, 64-bit versions (KB941649)
How can I find out if my system type is 32-bit or 64-bit?
Open System by clicking the Start button , clicking Control Panel, clicking System and Maintenance, and then clicking System.
Under System, you can view the system type.

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Vista Crash

Yet another Vista crash, this time it was a blue screen and the system rebooted. When it came back up my keyboard and mouse did not connect, so I had to do a hard reboot. When windows loaded it would not connect to my wireless network. I had to reset the wireless adapter. The downward spiral of reliability

Vista Problem

I was working, when Vista closed the two Firefox windows I was working in, costing me all the work I had done. It then restarted my system. Got message that it was installing updates.

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

From Penthouse to RV

One day earlier I was idly browsing eBay, as I’m known to do. I had this fantasy that I would give up all of my stuff and move into a smaller place.
This notion was born when I moved from a larger house into the condo and was made acutely aware by the moving process of just how much junk I had.

Always one to take things to extremes, I searched for an RV. I wanted one that had a shower, toilet, and kitchen, so that I could actually live in it. At the same time it had to be small enough that I could park it in any regular parking spot. The V12 engine of my car afforded me the same miles per gallon as an RV, so I figured I may as well let it replace my car as well.
The first RV in my search was exactly the one I wanted. At 21 feet long it could fit into a standard 19 foot parking space with minor overhang. It was a 2002 model, which meant that it looked good enough to be presentable. Paying for a spot in a trailer park seemed like it defeated the purpose of the experiment, so I planned on parking downtown across from my favorite restaurant. The best part was the price. It was only $14,000, barely more than 1% of the value of my current home. Similar RVs sold for $20,000.

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