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Changed how all poetshome.com blogs appear

by on Aug.24, 2004, under General

Ok, made a MASSIVE change to how the plugin system works on poetshome.com. That means James, Violeta, Anna, Lisa, and I all should have different appearances. Well, sorta. I’ve only got three styles installed at the moment. If anyone wants a different style, let me know, and also let me know if there’s a default style you’d prefer.

For some other styles which I could install, check here: http://www.alexking.org/index.php?content=software/wordpress/styles.php.

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Some other political notes/links

by on Aug.24, 2004, under Politics

I got this link today as well, and figured I’d post it – there’s some very interesting things to consider. This is a flash animation started by the founder of Ben & Jerry’s Icecream – it’s kinda enlightening to look at, and has some very good information. Check it out, see what you think.

And don’t forget to check out the main site with more information on True Majority. They allow you to send faxes, much like the ACLU (another good site) on various social issues.

Ok, had to add one last thing in – for those with iTunes, you can listen to all the democratic convention speeches. These speeches are all free for download. There’s some really amazing speakers who presented – check em out!

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God I hope this sticks through November

by on Aug.24, 2004, under General

Someone on the Missouri Linux Users Group sent this link on the current poll rsults to the linux users group list. I’m REALLY hoping it’s accurate, and that it sticks through November. Let’s get Bush out of office, and a decent president – John Kerry in. I know a lot of people who are republicans, but all I’ve got to say is a lot of people have their own insanities – it’s how it works. *grin* I’ve got some very strong reasons I’m voting for Kerry – things like education, health care, jobs, economy, the whole Iraq mess, international presence, etc. etc. etc.

Anyways, regardless of what you believe – go out and vote this November, let your voice be heard. Voting is much more than just a thing to do, it’s a matter of responsiblity. Voting shouldn’t be an option – it should be a requirement in this country, because it makes a HUGE difference. So, go vote (preferrably for Kerry wink), and we’ll see what happens in November.

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Courtesy of work’s Network News, morning political humor

by on Aug.20, 2004, under Humor

Politics as Usual

This tale comes from the first half of the 1900s:

One day in school, the teacher called three boys to the front of the class. Tom, she asked the first boy, Are you a Republican?

Yes, sir, the boy replied.

And Jim, youre a Prohibitionist,

Yes, sir.

And Sam, youre a Democrat.

Yes, sir, came the reply.

The teacher looked them over. Whichever one of you can give me the best reason why you belong to your party, Ill give you this woodchuck I caught on my way to school this morning.”

Tom jumped forward. Sir, Im a Republican, because the Republican Party saved the country, abolished slavery and has done everything good for this country.

Thats very good, the teacher remarked.

Then it was Jims turn. Im a Prohibitionist, he said, because rum is filling up the jails and the poorhouses. Its going to ruin this country, and if we had Prohibition everyone would be a lot better off.

Thats good, the teacher said.

Turning to the last boy, he said, Now Sam, tell me why youre a Democrat.

Well, sir, came the reply. Im a Democrat because I want the woodchuck.

adapted from A Treasury of American Anecdotes, edited by B.A. Botkin

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A rare musician

by on Aug.16, 2004, under General

A friend just posted some songs and other things he’d worked on while on vacation. WOW. Let’s just say every time I hear Christian’s music, I’m more and more impressed. I know many others who agree smile Take a look if you haven’t already!

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To go back, or not to go back….

by on Aug.10, 2004, under General

I’ve been looking at going back for another degree to add to my computer science & minor in math. The trick here lately has been do I really want to do this, and if so, what degree?? I’m initially looking at a Ma in Computer Science, or perhaps adding a BS in Biology or some other degree to my current degree. And, if nothing else, there’s always an MBA. Anyone have any suggestions or thoughts? I do know this is a personal subject, but I’d love thoughts on the relative merits of a masters in business vs. a masters in computer science, or just the addition of a BS in biology to my current standing. Suggestions anyone?

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Priest walking along the shore…

by on Aug.09, 2004, under Humor

“A priest was walking along the cliffs at Dover when he came upon two locals pulling another man ashore on the end of a rope. “Now that’s what I like to see,” said the priest, “A man helping his fellow man.” As he was walking away, one local remarked to the other, “well, he sure doesn’t know the first thing about shark fishing.”
Courtesy of linux fortune program smile

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HDTV is going to be interesting…

by on Aug.05, 2004, under General

Toms Hardware Guide has an interesting article on HDTV. I read through the article, but wanted to point out one VERY specific thing which bothers me – the fact that you won’t be able to record a show unless the movie industry is willing to let you. What this means is no more using your VCR’s to record shows. Further, there’s no replacement for a VCR as what you can and can’t record is dependent on the people producing the shows. THIS BOTHERS ME GREATLY. What happened to being able to record a movie and watch it later? HMMMM???? This is why the whole entertainment industry drives me insane. And it’s why if I do get such a system, and I can’t record to say a DVD or computer or some other archival system, I’ll definitely work with others on a class action lawsuit against the entertainment industry. Because this isn’t right.

Anyways, check out the article. Then, please post some of the information – not many people are aware of these issues with HDTV, and we’re all going to have to move to it soon. Write to your representatives, ask them to work on this. Because anytime anyone takes away our rights, it’s one step closer to giving up everything.

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