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Saturday, August 25, 2007

Rare but beautiful

This is a video I found on YouTube of the extremely rare but very beautiful Beechcraft Starship. Only 53 of these extraordinary aircraft were made. It is too bad that something so far ahead of it's time was cancelled so abruptly.

Friday, August 24, 2007

Hacking the iphone

It seems that somebody has gotten the ingenious idea of attempting to break AT&T's exclusive hold on the lucrative iphone market. It is in the New York Times where I found this article. George Hotz is the one we all have to thank for breaking AT&T's rather strangling hold on the iPhone. Once again, corporate America's greedy hold on technology has met it's match.
Imagine what would happen if we the public were allowed to seek our own cell phone plans. Cell phone carriers would be forced to compete for our business. Customer service would be given a chance to greatly improve, We eould be truthfully free.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

What kind of idiot...?

I saw this video on YouTube and just had to ask what kind of idiot answers his cell phone while he is trying to lift weights. Was it not possible for him to turn his phone off while he was doing this? That just goes to show how much brain he evidently seems to lack.

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Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Let them practice their religious beliefs and leave them alone

I was reading an article Sunday in the Grand Rapids Press. This article deals with how the government of the state of Michigan has been asking the Amish community to allow them to implant electronic tags in their cattle. Reading this article got me to thinking again hwo the best of intentions can go wrong.
The state says that this is being done to monitor disease in cattle. But to the Amish, this constitutes the mark of the Devil from revelations. This just goes to show how the best of intentions has the distinct possibility to go horribly wrong.

Monday, August 13, 2007

There are other alternatives

It has been said that the road to hell has been paved by good intentions. Thus the recent change in policy by the Plymouth-Canton school district concerning the use of cell phones during classes is well intentioned, but has been a very poor idea. An opinion piece in the Detroit Free Press shows that getting tough on cell phone abuse doesn't necessarily have to include suspension. That would be counterproductive to the process of learning.
If the parents need to get ahold of their children in case of an emergency, they always have the option of calling the school. If it is not an emergency, there is this great new invention called VOICE MAIL! LEARN HOW TO USE IT!
As for the reader who believes that school administrators should be held criminally responsible for taking property, they do have the right to confiscate any item that disrupts the learning process. That is their right.

Monday, August 06, 2007

More arguments against bottled water

I found this article at MSNBC.com. In the piece that I read, the author, Arthur Caplan, wonders why people who see themselves as environmentally conscious would buy bottled water at all when water from the tap.
In the article that he wrote, Arthur discusses the negatives involved with buying bottled. On eof those negatives concerns the weight of the bottles themselves. Water is a very heavy substance. Therefore, it is a very costly product to ship around the country and therefore, the world.
Another point he makes is that the manufacturing process of the plastic bottles themselves involves the use of a large amount of petroleum. That is just in the bottles themselves, not including the transportation process. Taking them to recycle centers uses a lot of petroleum, putting money in the pockets of terrorists who are targeting U.S. troops in Iraq. That does not include the estimated 30 million mindlessly taking up valuable landfill space.
Why throw all that money away everyday when you spend less money on an excellent water filtration system that does the same job, but for only pennies a day? Figure that one out.