Barack Obama and why I’m hoping he might be an answer to a question we haven’t yet asked.

July 28th, 2004

Ok so normally lay around in the mornings (I usually wake up anywhere from 30 mins to an hour before my alarm) day dreaming about whatever happens to cross my mind. A few days ago it was politics and how devisive politicians/politics are the norm, it distgusts me. I decided it would be best if the office of the president was made non-partisan.

I suppose it is an unthinkable idea, one that would never happen, but I’d like to see it. The local mayor’s race here is non-partisan. You sometimes hear canidates or their supporters proclaiming their leanings, but it doesn’t drive the elections. While it’s obvious that it wouldn’t really change much, but I think it would mainly send a message, one that myself and I think an increasing number of Americans are feeling, that neither major party represents them and there exist no viable alternatives.

I feel like both parties have deserted 90% of the America public and pander to the extremist, leaving us with a choice between the of lessor of two evils. While this may be exaggerating a bit, I feel it captures the gist of the situation. I thought about the politician I could get behind, one that would push aside these extremes, a centrist.

I hate the word centrist, but suppose it fits. Listening to NPR on the way to work this morning. (yeah, yeah, I’m really missing WRVG.) They were playing some excerpts from the key-note speech at the democratic convention last night. The speech was given by a man named Barack Obama. A couple of snippets quoted in this article on CNN:

“Well, I say to them tonight, there is not a liberal America and a conservative America — there is the United States of America.”

“There is not a black America and white America and Latino America and Asian America — there is the United States of America,” Obama said.

“the hope of a skinny kid with a funny name who believes that America has a place for him, too. Hope in the face of difficulty, hope in the face of uncertainty, the audacity of hope.”

That last line stuck with me all day, “The audacity of hope.” Now after hearing all of one speech and reading a few articles I don’t know enough about the guy to be hind him, but I do know after seeing and reading what I have I hope he’s what I’m looking for, what I think we need. Only time will tell.

Interview with Wikipedia.org founder

July 28th, 2004

An normal /. style interview with the founder of wikipedia. It’s nice to know there’s a few decently altruistic people left out there in the world. Check out wikipedia already, it’s damned cool.

To pass the time

July 27th, 2004

Hilarious, well done, timely, one of the best of these things i’ve ever seen: http://jibjab.com/. An update, jibjab is being sued for copyright infringment.

Fun game http://www.wagenschenke.ch/

A day in the life, vaccinated against vices

July 25th, 2004

Pretty boring and laid back day today, did some programming and such but nothing major. Didn’t go o be til pretty late last night. I grilled out for lunch, boneless-skinless chicken breasts, with my std. bbq sauce, prosciutto ham, and cheese. I tried both mozzarella and swiss, wasn’t much of a fan of the mozzarella, the swiss was really good.

After that i watched a hdtv travelogue for vietnam, and a show about high tech prisons which were pretty interesting. At some point i caught a pieces of a local news cast which mentioned a cameron crowe film being made in versailles ky with kirsten dunst and orlando bloom. it’s called elizabethtown which is a not so small town, which the story is set it, i suppose versailess had more of the look they were going for.

Finally i ran across an interesting post on /. pointing to a story about a study looking into vaccinations against euphoric drugs. That is giving kids vaccinations that would cause them to grow up immune to the effects of drugs like moraphine and herion. While in theory it sounds like a good idea, things like that would really scare me. Some of the same chemical euphorias caused by the durgs are very similar to natural highs, would these drugs affect those as well. The problem that i really have with this though is that this vaccinations are given to children. These children grow up immune to the drugs of today and end up developing new super drugs that get around those immunities that are much nastier. Just my thoughts, at any rate.

Chuck E. Cheese

July 24th, 2004

So i’m sitting here talking to a friend on aim, and i realized that i don’t really do personal blogs, so here goes. My day today, so far…

My brother, his wife, and my nephew (~3 1/2.) were in town for the afternoon and i decided to tag along to visit. We went to Chuck E. Cheese, which is probably the coolest place on earth when you’re 4 years old, and it still kinda cool when you’re in your 20′s. However, it doesn’t seem to be all that cool when you have a kid there if the parents are any indication. Most of the parents looked like they were in hell. They had this downtrodden look on there faces screaming, is this ever going to end!” I had fun anyway.

The other interesting thing i noticed was how different it felt as a little kid. When i was 6 years old (or so) my grandparents who lived in louisville would take us to a place called showbiz pizza (same thing, different name.) It seemed huge, shiny, the coolest place on earth. Being in there today it seemed tiny, run down, and lackluster. There are times when growing up is a good thing and others when it’s not, there’s many a day i wished i was as easy to amuse as i was when i was 6.

Wow, a whole blog without a link, i just can’t do it, so here’s a pic of my nephew

Are you annoying?

July 24th, 2004

Yes. A somewhat interesting post on /. pointing to an article about anonying habbits people have and how they can hurt your career.

"My Beef With Big Media" – Ted Turner

July 23rd, 2004

Ted Turner former owner (and founder) of the CNN news networks speaks out about the trend of a few major news corporations owning more and more of the new media outlets, tv, radio, print, and internet. This post goes well with my previous post about news.google.com.

news.google.com

July 22nd, 2004

If you haven’t run across it before check out news.google.com. It’s basically how i keep up with the world. It pretty much a news search engine, with a current news front page. If you just can’t get enough of a particular story head there and search for it and you’ll be ennudated with a few hundred stories on it. That’s not all that useful, but the fact that at a glance you can get an overview of the top 20 (or so) news stories from around the world. That last part is one of the things i like most about it, it indexes news sites around the world so you get a much more balanced viewpoint.

After severe illness mokey walks upright.

July 22nd, 2004

According to this short blurb and this slashdot post, a macaque monkey begain to walk upright following a severe illness. Her doctor’s only explination: “brain damage.” So if you’re squarely in the evloution camp does this mean we’re brain damanged versions of monkeys. Ok that might be a stretch, but anyway. I watched a show about a year ago on the discovery channel of an upright walking ape from the 1960′s or so, which is still alive. He’s drastically different than a normal ape. He had abnormal skelatal structure which allowed him to walk upright. Here are a couple of links with info on this animal, oliver the Humanzee and another.

Design Patterns

July 22nd, 2004

If you’re into computer programming (or architecture for that matter) you’ve probably run across the term design patterns. Design patterns are basically prescribed solutions to commong problems. If you think that sounds like fancy name for doing something that’s common sense then you’d be right. In thier simplicity lies their beauty.