Archive for October, 2008

Education Funding

October 31, 2008

Is the US, state and local governments allocating funds in the best way?  I’m not so sure.  While I don’t say cut spending for underachieving students, I do say, more money, belike, lots more money must be spent on students who can achieve well above average.  Why?  Because they are the persons as adults who will create, invent and discover items that will make our lives much richer.  It is time the US recognized this.  Hey, if it weren’t for all those “nerds & geeks” average America likes to put down, then average America wouldn’t have any nice toys to play with.  They would have to amuse & abuse themselves.  It is high time the US really rewarded excellence.

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A THOUGHT FOR Yesterday:

October 31, 2008

Of all plagues with which mankind is cursed, ecclesiastic tyranny’s the worst. -Daniel Defoe, novelist and journalist (1659?-1731)

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:

October 31, 2008

Conscience is the still, small voice which tells a candidate that what he is doing is likely to lose him votes. -Anonymous

Attempted Murder

October 30, 2008

I really believe, that drunk driving should be charged under “attempted murder or straight murder” statues.  Come on, everyone has been told, while sober, that drinking and driving is illegal and incredibly stupid.  Moreover, take a look at the stats.  What is the percentage of auto deaths linked to DWI?  How much money is lost due to people not working due to auto accidents?  What are the hospital costs.  Killing someone while under the influence is “Murder 1” as far as I’m concerned.  It is premeditated murder!  It is assault with a deadly weapon.  Go ahead and drink, but DON’T get behind the wheel.  Drunk behind the wheel?  Using a gun?  Not much difference in my book.  You belong in jail for life!

A new take on Golden Parachutes

October 30, 2008

This sounds about right to me.

http://www.gocomics.com/reallifeadventures/2008/10/24/

Bionic people

October 30, 2008

A bunch of years ago I suggested using nanotubes as artificial nerves.  If one dopes a nano- or buckytube, fullerene, with a ion, it will conduct an electrical current.

I haven’t seen anything using this idea.

Back to Wrigley Field, maybe.

October 30, 2008

Glutton for punishment that I am, I’m going to try and get tickets for a Cubs game next May when I’ll be in the Chicago area.  No doubt, they will lose.  I rather doubt, if it will be easy.  I’ll have a better chance at a seat for the Monday & Tuesday games.  Unfortunately, I can’t try and get them until I have a better handle on when I’ll be there.    Of course, I’ll park the cr at the end of one of the El Lines and take the El to the game.  Just like 55 years ago.    I haven’t the faintest idea of how my dad & I got to the World Series game.  Probably by El.  We lived near the end of the Ravenswood Branch.

“And they’re off!”

October 30, 2008

I was just informed that our racing combine, SMOF Racing, has a new horse!  Il Marchese.  It was born late enough so that it will be considered a 2-year old in 2009.  All Right!  2010 Kentucky Derby here we come!    SMOF Racing is mainly a bunch of SF fans.  Several of the combine do have experience with horses.  We are helping one of those fulfill a dream.  Besides, it is rather neat to own 1% of a race horse.   I believe, my portion is about half of the tail. 🙂    I’m thinking about doubling my stake in the combine as there are still shares available.  I’m most happy, I do have the couple extra bucks at this time for investment in a fun project such as this.  “And they’re off!”

Driving While Stupid

October 29, 2008

I was just reading about a nasty accident in Australia.  8 kids were jammed in a car with 5 seats.  Jumped the island in the middle of the road and wrapped the car around a telephone pole.  Amazingly no one died, tho several are badly injured.  8 stupid kids & 5 seat belts.  These kids are real Darwin Award candidates.    IMHO if there is no seat belt for you, then you shouldn’t be able to ride in the car.     Did I ever pack a car when I was a stupid kid, sure.  I was lucky and got to grow up.  It should be illegal to put more people in a car than there are seat belts.    However, it is a well known scientific fact that for kids under 25 you take the average IQ of the kids and divide it by the number in the car.  That gives you the functional IQ of the driver.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:

October 29, 2008
What sane person could live in this world and not be crazy? -Ursula K. Le Guin, author (b. 1929)