Warning: Constant ABSPATH already defined in /home/public/wp-config.php on line 27
2007 May 04 — Why Now?
On-line Opinion Magazine…OK, it's a blog
Random header image... Refresh for more!

How’s That New Version Going, Bill Pt. 2

CNet is reporting Intel, Dell hold off on internal rollout of Vista until after Service Pack 1 is released.

So, they aren’t going to use it until after all of the beta testers initial buyers find the most egregious bugs and Bill fixes them. That’s certainly a vote of confidence.

May 4, 2007   8 Comments

Right Then, Right Now

Pierre at Candide’s Notebooks has posted Nancy Pelosi’s speech in the House before she voted against the Authorization of the Use of Force against Iraq in October of 2002.

May 4, 2007   Comments Off on Right Then, Right Now

Ask The Pool Guy

From the Wikipedia entry for cyanuric acid

Cyanuric acid is used as a stabilizer in recreational water treatment to minimize the decomposition of hypochlorous acid by light in outdoor swimming pools and hot tubs.

Chlorinated derivatives of cyanuric acid, such as trichloro-s-triazinetrione and sodium dichloro-s-triazinetrione, are used as algacides or microbiocides in swimming pool water and large scale water systems in industry.

Testing for cyanuric acid concentration is commonly done with a turbidometric test, which uses a reagent, melamine, to precipitate the cyanuric acid. The relative turbidity of the reacted sample quantifies the CYA concentration. Referenced in 1957. Merck Turbidity Test

This test works because melamine combines with the cyanuric acid in the water to form a fine, insoluble, white precipitate that causes the water to cloud in proportion to the amount of cyanuric acid in it.

If you have a swimming pool or hot tub and your pet drinks from it, it will be ingesting cyanuric acid. Notice that it is also used in industrial water systems, like pet food factories, perhaps?

Remember the chicken and pork that was tainted? Do you swim in a pool? What about the water supply in the processing plant?

May 4, 2007   2 Comments

Labour Loses in Locals

Labour PartyThe voters in Britain have given Tony Blair a parting gift in the local elections that wasn’t as bad as feared. Fortunately not quite all politics are local in the UK system.

I’ll wait to see what Jams of Poor Mouth has to say about this. From this side of the “pond,” things don’t look good.

Update: Jams says not as bad as it could have been.

May 4, 2007   4 Comments

Changes to the Florida Election Law

The St. Petersburg Times article, State seizes primary position, covers some election law changes that were just passed by the Florida legislature and sent to Governor Crist for his signature [it’s his bill, so he will sign it]:

The State primary is moved to January 29th which is a problem –

The national parties are promising to punish any state that breaks the party rules, as Florida has, by scheduling a primary before Feb. 5, 2008. Both parties will lose half the delegates to the national convention, and the Democratic Party has said any candidate who campaigns in a state violating the schedule will forfeit all delegates won in that state.

Florida will require paper ballots throughout the state [because everything else has just been embarrassing].

The bill contained a number of other provisions. Among them:

  • Outside groups registering voters would face fines for failing to quickly turn in forms to elections offices.
  • Filing complaints with the Florida Elections Commission will be harder because only people with firsthand knowledge of a problem may file a complaint.
  • People who sign petitions will have 120 days after the signatures are submitted to an elections office to remove their names.
  • Elected officials will no longer have to resign from office to run for federal office. In other words, a presidential candidate could tap Gov. Crist as his vice presidential candidate and Crist would not have to resign as governor.

If you wander over to the SPT Home Page be sure to take their poll:


May 4, 2007   4 Comments

Friday Kitten Blogging

Kittie Korner

Friday Kitten Blogging


[Editor: Eyes are open and crawling has commenced, but they aren’t allowed to go far, nor am I allowed to touch. My dream of world domination is over – Excise currently seems to be on track for lilac/blue tabby points.]

Friday Ark

Fallenmonk notes that Saturday, May 12th is the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive of the letter carriers. Non-perishable foods, no glass containers, please.

This is how I cycle my emergency supplies, giving last year’s to the letter carriers and buying more.

[If you live in an urban area check with your letter carrier or take the food to your local post office. This a project of the letter carriers and their union, NALC, not the US Postal Service.]

May 4, 2007   18 Comments