Archive for February, 2009

Free Agency

Saturday, February 28th, 2009

The first day of NFL free agency was yesterday and the Bills were busy. They signed Ryan Fitzpatrick as a backup quarterback, and brought in Laverneus Coles from the Jets for a workout at wide receiver.

I’ve got to think that the Bills are the only team in the league with quarterbacks from Stanford and Harvard, to say nothing of a coach from Yale. Sure, they’ll miss the playoffs again, but they’re going to be the team to beat in the NFL Scrabble tournament.

Tea Party

Friday, February 27th, 2009

From the Upstate Young Republicans website (http://www.theuyr.org/Main.htm):

“Greenville, SC, 23 February 2009 – The Upstate Young Republicans will host the Greenville Tea Party on the banks of the Reedy River and on the walking bridge just west of Main Street. Parking is available at the River Place garage. The demonstration is scheduled for Friday, February 27th at 6:00 PM and will last approximately one hour. The event is coinciding with numerous other Tea Parties being held nationwide in response to CNBC reporter Rick Santelli’s call for a Chicago Tea Party to protest the Obama Administration’s mortgage bailout plan.  The event is open to people of all ages and attendees are encouraged to bring non-offensive homemade signs.  “

As much as I really don’t agree with or relate to the Republican party (and “Young Republicans” still seems like a bit of an epithet to me, and conjures up images of blazer and sweater bedecked young WASPS), this does seem like a hoot.  I hope everyone brings lots of tea to dump into the river.  Maybe I’ll show up in full Ron Paul regalia. 

On second thought, nah, its supposed to rain tonight.  Democracy can wait until the weather improves. 

Lazy Mother#%@^ers.

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

So I was looking throught the Toys R Us catalog that Matt gave me the other day and I cam across this abomination. http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp?productId=3444824

I really wish I could get the pic that was in the catalog with the two kids happily riding their eletric assisted bikes, “ride easy uphill or on windy days”. Seriously is this were our kids are at now a days? They need motor assistance to pedal their bike? My son is going to destroy these kids because he’s going to learn to ride the right way, under his own power.

Designer Babies

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

Interesting article about The Fertility Institutes. This company started out by doing genetic screening of pre-implantation embryos for disease, but they have branched out into guaranteeing the sex of the child and are moving toward allowing for parental selection of eye color, hair color, and so on.

It’s a brave new world.

Cold Solder

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

I know, I know, 2 posts in one day.  Seems excessive.  But I had to pass on this great new product I just stumbled upon.  Remember the days when fixing a botched solder joint or a broken circuit board trace involved dragging out the old soldering station, wetting the sponge, tinning the tip and waiting for the thing to come up to temperature- and then after shakily making a passable connection, firing up the thing to realize that your gun had overheated and ruined the nearby electrical components?

http://www.mgchemicals.com/products/8331.html

Silver solder in an tube!  Woo-hoo!

Driving Downtown

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

According to this article in this morning’s Buffalo News, part of the federal porkulus funds coming to the Western New York region will be used to redesign the downtown pedestrian mall to make it accessible to cars again.

Excellent. Now people will be able to not drive downtown, rather than not going there by train or bike.

Since we seem to be about thirty years behind in urban planning strategies, I imagine that the city fathers will realize that there needs to be a reason to draw people downtown around, oh, 2030 or so. Until then, they’ll just continue assuming that the pedestrian mall is the problem and ignoring the successful ones in so many other cities.

Revisionist History

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

Apparently, accoring to Obama Barrak, history got it wrong, again.  In addition to Al Gore having invented the internet, we learned last night that America invented the automobile. 

http://jalopnik.com/tag/who-invented-the-automobile/?id=5159895

Really?  Really.  Huh.  Boy, I bet Karl Benz is sure confused about what that wheeled, motorized contraption that _he_ screwed together several years prior was!

Sure, sure, I realize that slip-ups can happen.  However, if he’s that sloppy with history, one wonders what other “truths” are being perpetrated upon the American people.

Consolidation

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

Thankfully, regionalism in New York has a new ally. Andrew Cuomo, Mario’s son and the state’s Attorney General, has been giving a series of public talks aimed at raising public awareness of the ten thousand plus governmental entities in this state.

Ten. Thousand. Plus.

Cities, villages, school districts, streetlighting districts, hamlets, towns, fire districts, police districts, power authorities, highway authorities, and more. Each one drawing cash from the public coffers.

Ten. Thousand. Plus.

Unfortunately, the last champion for regionalism around here was Joel Giambra, whose innovative plan to cut taxes without cutting spending bankrupted the county. Whoops. So, his tarnished reputation clung to the idea. Hopefully this will help restore some lustre.

Something to brighten the spirit

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

I stumbled over this little gem on Autoblog this morning.  Just looking at it made me smile.  This car was named NY Times collectible car of the year.  Click on the link to see this amazing creation and some other things created by Steve Heller.

Overpayment

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

Microsoft recently fired 1400 workers. Unfortunately, their HR team must have been using some poor software, because they accidentally overpaid the severance benefits for some of them. Now, they want it back.

Yeah, good luck with that. If a huge multinational company fired me and my coworkers, and yet was still frantically hiring at other locations and for other jobs, I don’t think I’d be happy about handing them money to make up for their incompetence. But that’s just me.