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Gooooooooood Morning America!!!

Gooooooooood Morning America!!!
It’s a GREAT day!
I am 90 minutes away from being an American CITIZEN!!!
 
 
I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indifisible, with liberty and justice for all.
 
 
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Posted by on November 3, 2006 in Musings

 

My wouldn’t they?

A company called Steorn is making claims that run counter to current established physics laws.  They claim that they have invented a new energy generation method that results in more energy being produced than was applied i.e. producing energy out of nothing…  This has been an ever elusive "holy grail" for the scientific community. 
Given the current high cost of energy, and considering the rise in deman in China and the very real possibility that the price of oil will probably never come back down from it’s stratospheric orbit, you would think any possibile new source of clean, renewable energy would be welcomed… 
You’d think most people would be more than eager to have such energy sources validated given the $3/gal pump rates…
You’d think so…
but you’d be wrong!
 
On the Steorn site(http://www.steorn.com) they have a poll.  See, Steorn challenged the scientific community to validate their findings.  Anyway, the poll asks if visitors think that the scientific community should accept the challenge or not.  So how is it that out of the over 100,000 people who voted, 61% do NOT think scientists should accept the challenge?!  It makes no sense to me.
 
 
This negativity sure seems a lot like the reaction Galileo got when he first claimed that the world was round instead of flat.  The way I see it, we should be investigating ANY possible clean, renewable energy sources we can.
 
Later
C
 
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Posted by on August 29, 2006 in Musings

 

Mike’s rant

Our beloved Newsgroup custodian, Mike Walsh, on the proper use of SharePoint product names.
 
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Posted by on July 24, 2006 in Musings

 

Charity to the lext level…

As much flack as Bill Gates always gets from the Microsoft hater camp, such as depicting him as the devil etc. it can not be denied that Bill has donated more money to charity than ANYBODY in history!  The glowing example of course is the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation which is currently about $30,000,000,000.00 strong… that’s right… THIRTY BILLION DOLLARS!  Show me ANY of the other CEO’s that compete with Microsoft that has donated even 1/10th of that… there aren’t any!
 
Now, investment mogul Warren Buffet has added his weight behind the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation as well.  This article has more:
 
 
The point being that Buffet’s donation will, over 20 years, double the foundation’s funds.  Of course, at the current rate of donation Bill is going to double it over that period as well so we may be looking at a 90 Billion dollar charitable foundation by then.
 
Say what you will, there is simply no denying Bill Gates’ philanthropy…
 
Later
C
 
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Posted by on June 26, 2006 in Musings

 

JPEG wants to be free… well now it is!

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office last week rejected a patent from Forgent Networks who was attempting to lay claim to the JPEG image standard.  Read the full story here:
 
 
Later
C
 
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Posted by on June 1, 2006 in Musings

 

Chrysler PT Cruiser

So I got a Chrysler PT Cruiser as my rental car this week.
I wanted to reserve judgement until the end of the week, but I don’t think my opinion will change much by then.
 
The good:
  1. Good pickup for a small car.
  2. I can park it in small spaces.  Very handy at the conference!

The bad:

  1. The seats are pretty uncomfortable.  It’s a good thing I don’t have more than a 30 minute drive because by the end of my drive I’m ready to get out of the car.  Maybe its just me, but I don’t like the seats.
  2. The mirrors just doesn’t seem to give me a good all around view.  I just feel like I don’t know what’s going on around me and especially on the left side it seems like there’s a lot of blind spot area.  Just a feeling.
  3. The window buttons are in the center console on the dash.

The verdict:

I won’t be renting one of these again.

Later
C

 
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Posted by on May 15, 2006 in Musings

 

Friendly drivers

OK, so I definitely think that Seattle has some of the more friendly drivers I’ve seen.
At least when you let someone in during rush hour, they acknowledge it and give you a wave!
 
Later
C
 
 
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Posted by on May 15, 2006 in Musings