Archive for November, 2006

37 Days and Meta’s Story

One of my favorite blogs to read is 37 Days, by Patti Digh. A recent post of her talks about the movie “March of the Penguins”, and talks about a young woman named Meta. The story really hit home for me, since Meta was about the same age as my identical twin and, like him, […]

Thanksgiving Day

( Misc. )

Today is Thanksgiving Day here in the United States. It used to represent a day to reflect upon the people, things and events of the past year that we are thankful for. Unfortunately, it seems to now just mark the start of the overly commercialized Christmas selling season. The rampant commercialization of the holiday season […]

Transportation in Massachusetts

Jason over at Pelican in Her Piety has pointed out two excellent editorials in the Boston Globe. The first is on the right to privacy and the right to public safety and the recent policy of swabbing and searching bags on the MBTA. The second is on the Mass Turnpike Authority’s recent decision to lift […]

Comcast HD DVR vs. Tivo

( Mac andTech andThoughts )

Over on John Battelle’s Searchblog, is a post about the new Comcast HD DVR and how it compares to a Tivo. Some of the commenters have mentioned a few other technologies in their comments. One is the Windows Media Center-based Home Theater PCs. Another is the Macintosh computer. I commented on his blog, and this […]

Small World

As many of my blog readers also read Tillerman’s Proper Course blog, I thought I’d share an interesting discovery.  I am indirectly connected to him, and his family. I just got a comment, as did he, from his daughter-in-law, Anne. Anne just realized that I am Debbi’s little brother. Debbi and Kathy, Anne’s older sister, […]

NaNoWriMo Begins

( Misc. andMy Life andwriting )

Well, blogging is probably going to suffer as I hunker down and get settled into NaNoWriMo 2006. Brian and Carol Anne are already off and running. Tammy, Brad and I are a bit behind them.  This is my first time participating in the organized insanity called NaNoWriMo, and it’ll be interesting to see how it […]

Again More E-voting Problems

( News andPolitics andSecurity andTech )

According to this Freedom to Tinker blog article, a month ago, Princeton University released a paper describing how the Diebold electronic voting machines could be infected by a computer virus that could alter the vote tallies via their memory card. According to Edward Felten, Professor of Computer Science and Public Affairs at Princeton University, “Diebold […]

More E-voting Problems

Recently, two articles have pointed out problems with the electronic voting machines in Florida and Texas. In both stories the problems reported machines recording GOP votes when people actually had voted for the Democratic candidate. It is interesting that neither story reports which company manufactured the electronic voting machines having the problems. It is also […]

The War On Moisture Has Casualties

In an article from today’s New Zealand Herald, we see that the “War on Moisture” has claimed at least one casualty. A diabetic man fell into a coma because he wasn’t allowed to bring his insulin aboard the plane. Mr. Tui Peter Russell started feeling ill on the flight, and when he spoke to the […]