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2008 April 12 — Why Now?
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Upgrading WordPress

I’m upgrading to WordPress 2.5. I you can read this it probably worked.

Update: Well, it seems to have worked and I’m really sorry I did it, because I really hate the backend.  I hate the way it looks; I hate the way it’s arranged; I hate the color choices; I hate the text choices; I pretty much hate everything about it.

If it wasn’t such a hemorrhoid to move, it’s enough to make me look for a different package.

April 12, 2008   6 Comments

Don’t Try This At Home

One of the joys of everyone “packing heat” in Florida: Gun Accidentally Fires, Hits Chili’s Customer

MELBOURNE, Fla. — A gun belonging to a customer inside a Chili’s restaurant in Melbourne accidentally discharged, hitting a nearby person eating dinner, according to police.

Police said officers were called to the restaurant at 955 Wickham Road just after 11:30 p.m. Friday.

When officers arrived, they found the victim had suffered a gunshot wound to the lower leg in a dining area of the restaurant.

That’s why guns should be left in the hands of the people with training, like the military…or, maybe not: Misfired artillery crashes into girl’s bed

JEFFERSON TOWNSHIP, New Jersey (AP) — A piece of artillery that was apparently misfired by the military crashed through the roof of a New Jersey home miles away Friday and injured a young girl’s cat, which had to be euthanized, officials said.

No people were injured when the two-pound piece hit the Jefferson Township home about two-and-a- half miles from the Picatinny Arsenal and landed in the girl’s bed, said Peter Rowland, arsenal spokesman. She wasn’t home, but her cat was sleeping on the bed.

Your mileage may vary.

April 12, 2008   3 Comments

And We Should Listen To Her Because?

First off, while she hasn’t shown any competence at anything she has done in this administration, the media should at least show her the minimal respect of using her last name, you know, like all of the incompetent guys. Clinton isn’t the only one who has to put up with this misogynist crap.

The Associated Press tells us that: Jimmy Carter Draws Criticism From Condi

(AP) Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice criticized former President Carter on Friday for his reported plans to meet the exiled leader of the militant Palestinian group Hamas during a visit to Syria.

Carter has not confirmed the plans to meet Khaled Mashaal, but Hamas has said the former Democratic president sent an envoy to Damascus requesting a meeting with the militant group’s officials.

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April 12, 2008   4 Comments

Because They Are Scorpions

Come on, when was the last time a cable company overlooked an opportunity to jack up their bill? You had to know they were going to pull something: Digital transition could cost cable customers

WASHINGTON – For months, TV viewers have been told by government, by industry and by the media that if they already subscribe to cable, there’s no need to worry about the coming transition to digital broadcasting.

So cable customer Doris Spurk was surprised to learn that thanks to the transition, she would have to rent a converter box for $5.95 per month, per television set, plus pay for a $60 service call to install it. With five televisions in her home, the conversion would increase her bill by 75 percent.

“It really ticks us off,” the 63-year-old central Florida resident said. “If they are in the right and can do this — charge these prices — then the educational effort that the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) is doing is really misleading everybody.”

Yes, the cable company could run both the analog and digital signals, and some of them might, but they can save bandwidth and make a larger profit by switching to all digital and “leasing” a $50 converter for $6/month for every analog television a customer has. The $60 service call for a $10/hour technician with 30 minutes of training is icing on the cake. When they lost the ability to charge for the cable splitter and wire for extra sets, and then cable-ready TVs cost them the ability to lease converter boxes, you had to know they were looking for another opportunity to screw their customers.

I don’t watch television, and the antics of cable companies is one of the main reasons.

April 12, 2008   8 Comments