Halo 3 
Monday, September 24, 2007, 08:48 PM
Halo 3, possibly the most anticipated video game EVER, will hit stores several hours from now. My own obsession extends to the level that I've considered staying up an extra couple hours until midnight when the nearby Best Buy starts selling the game, conveniently stumbling distance from my couch. There are, however, a couple fights I would like to pick with their sales team.

To be specific, first of all, is it really necessary to release a game at midnight in a manner that is likely to decrease the enrollment of many a Wednesday high school class? But thoughts that concern other people aside, do they know this is premier week? Not that I'm such a huge nerd that I actually care what's on television or would write about it in a blog or anything, but did they really have to wait this long? Think about it, the TV is used by both xbox and regular network programming. Why would you possibly create a conflict? Why not release Halo 3 during the dead period of summer when there was absolutely nothing to watch on TV, when reality programming clogged the airways with its filth. Seriously, why create scheduling conflicts when they're absolutely no reason to do so?

Then again, why create a bug-clogged operating system when you're a multi-million dollar software corporation who can most certainly do better.
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Spam Comments 
Friday, September 14, 2007, 08:53 AM
Some sort of bot has located my blog and is leaving spam comments containing links to various web pages. Does my blog really have a decent enough page rank to make that worth someone's time? I doubt it.
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In the Words of a General 
Thursday, September 13, 2007, 04:57 PM
President Dwight D. Eisenhower:
Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children... This is not a way of life at all in any true sense. Under the clouds of war, it is humanity hanging on a cross of iron.

Yet another reason why I think he was one of the truly great presidents of the 20th century.
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Awesomeness Defined 
Thursday, September 13, 2007, 04:31 PM
The San Diego Airport has free wireless. Sweet.
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News Anchor 
Tuesday, September 4, 2007, 05:33 PM
The Old Grey Lady, the NYT, has a nice piece about Katie Couric's trip to Iraq. Most interesting to me, as a former journalist, are the observations regarding the transformation the CBS Evening News has undergone since she first took over.
The evening newscast has already been stripped of most of the snazzy changes CBS made for Ms. Couric: her guest-commentator “Free Speech” segment was dropped, and so were many of the longer, soft feature interviews that she excelled at as a host of the “Today” program on NBC.


What CBS is beginning to understand is that the evening news anchor should personify the serious, experienced journalist who delivers the cold, hard facts in a manner tempered only by the years so clearly written in the lines on his leathered face. "Soft" segments may be nice for those who have the time to spend a leisurely weekday morning watching the news, but the businessman who comes home exhausted has little interest in such work. He wants to see an ideal version of himself, telling him what's happening in the world, not on Second Street in some podunk town.

And finally, just as when you say "nurse" everyone assumes you're talking about a woman, when you say "evening news anchor" everyone expects to see a man staring back at them.
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Drunk 
Thursday, August 30, 2007, 08:48 PM
One of Emeryville's few decent bars, Bar Kitty's has a policy of not serving Long Island Iced Teas. Not that they don't have the ingredients -- every bar has the rum, vodka, gin, tequila, triple sec, sour mix, and coke that are mashed together in a long island -- but they just won't serve it to you. The bartender, who explained that he just worked there, said something about not wanting people to get too drunk or something.

I thought that was the point of bar.
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Blog Offline 
Thursday, August 23, 2007, 03:28 PM
The blog was offline for a while, partly because I don't seem to update it very often, and partly because of another reason. The bottom line is do I want co-workers -- or more importantly supervisors -- reading uncensored versions of my thoughts intended for digestion by friends.
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And 
Wednesday, July 25, 2007, 05:11 PM
From my trip to San Diego:
Let me take a picture of you and your face.

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Thank You President Bush 
Tuesday, July 10, 2007, 07:44 PM
The NYT details yet another battle in President Bush's war against competence, science, and non-partisanship in government:
Dr. Carmona, who served as surgeon general from 2002 to 2006, said White House officials would not allow him to speak or issue reports about stem cells, emergency contraception, sex education, or prison, mental and global health issues because of political concerns. Top administration officials delayed for years and attempted to “water down” a landmark report on secondhand tobacco smoke...


Wow, we all knew that Philip Morris donates money to politicians, but never before have I heard of a politician turning a non-partisan office into a partisan tool by preventing the release of a report that may have SAVED LIVES. Thank you President Bush. Loyalty to your corrupt political friends is so important you're willing to let innocent people die to protect your friends' pocketbooks.
The former surgeon general also discusses the general incompetence of the people running the country, and their general refusal to restrain their actions to areas where they actually know what they're doing:
He described attending a meeting of top officials in which the subject of global warming was discussed. The other officials concluded that global warming was a liberal cause and dismissed it, he said.

“And I said to myself: ‘I realize why I’ve been invited. They want me to discuss the science because they obviously don’t understand the science,’ ” he said.


Oh, and in case you think Richard H. Carmona is just some liberal pansy:
Before becoming surgeon general, he was in the Army Special Forces, earned two purple hearts in the Vietnam War, was a trauma surgeon and a leader of the Pima County, Ariz., SWAT team.


Thank you President Bush for not asking Dr. Carmona to serve another term. The last thing this country needs is non-partisan officials with the general welfare of the nation in mind, and who actually have a clue what they're doing.
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California Traffic Tickets 
Tuesday, June 26, 2007, 05:46 PM
I've just located a site that renders my Traffic Ticket project moot. I'm not sure whether or not I'll continue developing it. In any case, the site has some excellent words on enforcement of red light cameras, and points out that two separate portions of California law render illegal evidence collected using a red light camera.
Automated enforcement systems are illegal speed traps because their sensors measure the speed of your car as you cross a measured distance in the road (two sets of inductive loops). A speed trap is defined in 40802(a)(1) as: "A particular section of a highway measured as to distance and with boundaries marked, designated, or otherwise determined in order that the speed of a vehicle may be calculated by securing the time it takes the vehicle to travel the known distance." So clearly, automated enforcement is an illegal speed trap.

In a chapter of the California Vehicle Code appropriately named "Illegal Evidence", code section 40801, Speed Trap Prohibition, states: "No peace officer or other person shall use a speed trap in arresting, or participating or assisting in the arrest of, any person for any alleged violation of this code nor shall any speed trap be used in securing evidence as to the speed of any vehicle for the purpose of an arrest or prosecution under this code."


Ticket Assassin further goes on to point out that even if speed traps were legal, the way many of them are operated is illegal:
Though not mentioned in the recent article, automated enforcement's San Diego incarnation is also illegal under CVC 21455.5, Traffic Signal Automated Enforcement, which states: "Only a government agency, in cooperation with a law enforcement agency, may operate an automated enforcement system." The system in San Diego is operated by Lockheed Martin IMS, a private for-profit corporation; certainly not the "government agency" called for in the statute. In fact, all the automated enforcement systems in California are being illegally operated by private corporations.


My cousin recently received a ticket in Emeryville, CA and if I remember correctly, the system there is also run by a private corporation. After all, contracting out all aspects of government is the newest fad.
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