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Free Speech not permitted in this government?

by on Jan.30, 2006, under General

Yet another article that describes to me a major problem with the policies of this government. To summary, a scientist working for NASA received complaints and censorship attempts from public relations officer appointed by the administration for stating his opinion on greenhouse gases. ANY restriction on someone choosing to speak out their own personal views in this manner is unacceptable. The administration supporting such actions is illegal and inappropriate.

How many years to go till we can get rid of Bush? What will it take to get rid of the other incumbents who are trying to take away our fundamental rights???

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Google AdSense on poetshome?

by on Jan.26, 2006, under General

I was browsing today for a bit to see how progress was going on the Windows XP on a Mac Bounty was going (i.e. to see if anyone had figured it out yet, what the current bounty was, etc.), and saw something I’m curious about. Google’s AdSense program.

Specifically, what it seems to do is pay you for having google ads on your site, as well as a google search button (well, they pay you when users USE those ads/buttons). The interesting side of this of course is that it’s related to content you’re talking about. With that in mind, I do have to ask – what about having such things on one’s blog? I’m debating the ethical concept, for example of adding it on my sidebar someplace (i.e. do the three paned layout, have ads on one side). It’s simple to implement, is not overtly in your face, yet even if it was $5 a month, that’s still a book I could buy each month.

However, as said, there’s ethical considerations. Is it a good thing to have advertisements on a personal space? I can’t help but wonder if that’s really a good idea from the aspect of personal vs. commercial offerings. Second, that means my viewers are helping to pay me – I’ve always been of the mind that what I produce on my blog is content I’m offering to the world, not content people have to support me to produce. That’s for me the nature of a blog – non-commercial production of content. SO, having AdSense would make it semi-commercial. Thus, I ask you (whomever still reads my blog), for your thoughts on such a thing. Do I or do I not add google ad-sense stuff to my site? Is it ethical? What are your thoughts about advertising on blogs in general? Give me some reasons why/why not please smile

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Yet another reason to hate Bush’s administration

by on Jan.23, 2006, under General

This article in the new york times says quite a bit. I’ll just add it’s another example of big business getting away away with theft. It’s wrong, and what’s worse is when the leadership of this country allows such theft.

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The slow death of the VCR and television

by on Jan.23, 2006, under General

For those who know me at any level, my hatred of the large corporations and business, especially media companies, and the restrictions and limitations they continually try to force upon consumers is a known fact. I had to post another link to an article which supports my case that such companies are evil, and are trying to take away our simple rights to be able to watch shows as we please:
http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20060122-6027.html
Simply put, the new format for the replacement for DVD’s will prevent you from viewing those movies at full quality unless you’re using a conglomerate specified media connection, which will prevent you from recording those movies. SO, you wouldn’t be able to watch your nice new blu-ray or HD-DVD show in full quality on your nice high-definition TV unless it has an approved cable which blocks recording. Let’s just say that is a MASSIVE problem, and an attempt to get around an early ruling on the personal use cases.

Let me remind my readers of a court case from the early 80s regarding the use of VCR’s. The various media corporations threw a MASSIVE fit when the VCR came out and was being sold, as they claimed it would destroy their business. Interestingly enough, it’s done nothing close to that. This article does a pretty good summarization of the results and arguments for the case while talking about newer threats brought by these crimin….er, businesses.

It seems there’s been a MAJOR set of problems here lately in this country when it comes to rights and the law protecting the rights of consumers. Instead of going after criminals, the courts are going after the makers of tools some criminals use. Instead of protecting the civil liberties of this countries citizens, spying is induced because some of those people might not be citizens. So what if it harms other people – gotta harm the criminals. Instead of looking and protecting the innocent, it seems it’s a matter of attacking everyone. Instead of being innocent until proven guilty, its the assumption that everyone is guilty or would be guilty of a crime if they could be.

There is no worse condemnation for the leaders of this country, of many large business, than this in my mind: that instead of trusting their customers to be decent, law-abiding citizens as a general rule, they think all their customers are criminals whether they realize it or not. I know I’m not a criminal, nor have I any intention of ever being one. There ARE policies such as decency, honor, and integrity, whether these companies wish to view it or not.

I could rant on and on on this topic, but I’ll leave things at that rant for now wink Let me leave off though with a final few notes. This issue is at the heart of a lot of the problems in this country, and it’s a change of outlook that I think has been very problematic, and taken place the last 15 years or so. Perhaps it’s because of the rapid changes technology is making upon our world, and instead of reacting with hope, people are reacting with fear. And, to quote a famous green jedi, “Fear leads to Anger. Anger leads to Hate. Hate leads to suffering.” It seems that the suffering of the people of this country will go on and on, until something changes in the minds of larger companies or the government.

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Hybrid/Diesel cars

by on Jan.19, 2006, under General

Wanted to post a quick link to an impressive vehicle, I’d VERY much love to have:
Ford Concept Car

First, it’s a hybrid diesel vehicle. That alone gives it a great deal of interest to me, from the aspect of fuel economy and design. Of course, there are no real details on this thing yet, so who knows what it would actually get gas mileage, what it would cost, if there’d be battery replacement issues, etc. But, 65mpg would ROCK.

Second, and as big of a deal in some ways – the doors. I’m sure everyone has had the idiot who parks wayyy too close to your vehicle, making it very difficult to get into your car, as you’ve only got 3″ of space or so. The concept of a door that slides up is a WONDERFUL idea. Not like the delorian or some other vehicles which slide out, but just straight up. Thus, they avoid hitting any nearby cars.

Overall, it’s interesting to look and see where we’re going with futuristic cars. Someday, I expect cars to be fully electric, perhaps tied into a wireless power grid or similar system, with battery backups for off-roading or other far away tasks. Someday, hopefully smile

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In consideration of a dog

by on Jan.17, 2006, under General

I’ve been debating for some time now, getting a pet – specifically, a dog. I’ve debated this over the years, and here in the last week or so, this debate has finally come to more of a head. With that, the decision has been pretty well made that a dog will be entering my life. Now, the trick is to decide what dog smile

Laura and I spent a good chunk of yesterday wandering around, visiting Rock Bridge State Park, and then we went by the Central Missouri Humane Society to look at dogs. While there, I saw numerous VERY cute dogs, that I’d loved to have taken home. Here’s some of the dogs I encountered, some details and thoughts on each, as well as pictures as available on petfinder. With that introduction out of the way – let me start of by talking about this incredibly cute puppy named Gus.

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Updated gallery pictures

by on Jan.17, 2006, under General

After I purchased my nice new Epson 2480 Limited Edition scanner with a photo feeder, I started going through all my old photos. I found some from old Awakenings retreats, picnics, and numerous other random photos. Take a look – I’ve posted some of the photos on my gallery page:
McIntoshJ’s Photo Gallery

I’ve got some more photos I’ll get posted in the future, particularly some that I’m not 100% sure of the date/times, so perhaps I could get help figuring out when the happened smile. Anyways, take a look, see what you think of these pictures!

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Test of wordpress 2

by on Jan.09, 2006, under General

Just updated to wordpress 2. Bunch of stuff broken at this point – mainly the theme. I’m working on getting my blog back to “normal” here when I get time. For now though, this post is a test of the new features on WordPress.

Picture of me

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Picture of me

by on Jan.09, 2006, under General

Different picture of me that Laura wanted

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SOON, will it be time to worship at the altar of “Jobs”

by on Jan.04, 2006, under General

Or, that’s what my coworker jokingly tells me as I anxiously await the upcoming Macworld Expo. And, I know more than a few other friends who are equally anxious with anticipation – in no small part due to the possibility of releasing intel based mac’s. Of course, us “Mac-heads” also shiver with anticipation at the news of other products such as updated iPods, iLife, or any of the other ingenious and amazing products that Apple produces. At the very least, this portends to be a VERY interesting Macworld, and year for Mac addicts around the world.

For more information on the expo, you can keep track of events as they occur on these websites, starting Tuesday at 9AM CST.
http://www.macworldexpo.com/live/20/
http://www.macdailynews.com/macworld_sf_2006_keynote.php
http://www.macrumors.com/
http://www.thinksecret.com/

Let the speculation, and of course the worship begin!

And, p.s. for all you hard core Christians out there – I’M JOKING about worshiping Steve Jobs (mostly wink )

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