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- On Australian Strippers, Canadian Sex, and Habeneros
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Wednesday, March 29, 2006
Monday, March 27, 2006
Should Supreme Court Justices Shut Up?
Sunday, March 26, 2006
Back With New Ubuntu Linux
|Sorry for the lack of updates to the blog. I lost a hard drive and had to recover files. As someone who left the world of paying Bill Gates for Windows some time ago, this meant installing Linux. If you are not already a Linux buff, that means installing an alternate operating system to Microsoft Windows – all free and open source.|
My favorite flavor of Linux is Ubuntu, which releases an updated official version about every six months. It's very easy to install, and basically fool-proof. Being foolish, I decided to go with the latest “experimental” version called “Flight 5”, which means it has the latest “bleeding edge” code being developed. It was really easier than I imagined, and the problems I encountered were actually few. If you don't know at least a little about Linux and have some command line familiarity, some fixes could stump you. The reward for going this route is having the newest features available.
Once everything was up and functioning, I then went further to install something called XGL and Compiz. This takes advantage of code released into open source by Novell in the last month, who has been doing great things in Linux development and contribution of their results. Installing this was not easy, but if you have the patience to do so, you'll be blown away at the results.
You'll get a user interface or desktop that is stunning. Some of the effects are cool eye candy, while others are useful features that are unbelievable. You wind up with a 3-D computer system that is aesthetically superb, customizable, and improves ease of use and productivity.
The next Microsoft release, codenamed “Longhorn”, has been delayed once again until next January. Given the sophistication and features you can obtain right now with Linux, you can have a system that is generations ahead of WindowsXP. It's not even a close contest. Moreover, when the new Windows does come out, you'll not only pay for the software, but find you'll need to upgrade your computer's memory, CPU, and video card to run it properly. I built my computer several years ago, and the state of the art Linux I am describing hums along just fine on it.
The truly amazing part for me was the close cooperation between users and developers in the Ubuntu support community. When I would get stuck, and request help in the Ubuntu forum, another user would provide a solution, often within minutes. Sometimes you see a glitch being fixed in the coding itself by a contributing programmer within hours of it being identified and the solution being uploaded. The talent these folks have and donate to making this happen are so impressive.
Here's a few links if you want to know more, and even preview Compiz by watching videos of it in action.
Ubuntu Support Forum
Novell Compiz Announcement
I'm back in the saddle now with my uber-cool new operating system, so expect posts to resume as usual.
Thursday, March 23, 2006
Bullseye! Veto on Concealed Carry Overriden by Kansas House
Kansas Senate Overides Veto of Concealed Carry Bill
|The Kansas Senate voted to override the Gov. Sebelious veto of a concealed weapons bill. The House is expected to take a vote on the matter soon. The bill originally passed in the House by a sufficient margin to overide, so it will be a matter of whether those representatives will stick to their guns.|
Senator Phil Journey(R) has worked on passage of this measure for a decade. He must be getting the champagne ready after such a long battle to allow Kansans the right to obtain concealed carry permits. It's close, but not over the goal line yet.
Wednesday, March 22, 2006
Kansas Legislative Update - Sex, Guns, Illegal Immigrant Tuition, and School Finance
|Kansas legislators never seem to tire of their efforts to regulate sex, yet are running as fast as they can from an up or down vote on illegal immigrant tuition and solving school finance.|
Three measures are in the hopper related to punishing sexually related businesses and making it easier to outlaw what material adults in the state can read or view.
First we have Sub SB 253, which seeks to define the size and content of signs for adult businesses located within a mile of any highway or interstate. It would mandate that there could only be two signs, one no more than 40 square feet with the name, address, phone number and operating hours, and another noting the premises are off-limits to minors. It passed a first vote in the House, and if passed will go to the Senate. Sen. Tim Huelskamp, R-Fowler said, "It's good for children and families and sends a message that Kansas is a family friendly state." Apparently such signs are only a public menace when near a highway.
Then there is the Porn tax bill, HB 2680, which puts a 10% tax on adult oriented businesses. We had a creative suggestion for this bill, but the House Tax Committee is going to keep it in committee till next year, largely because Utah is being sued over similar legislation.
The third bill, HB 2912 wants to cleanup the language on dirty subjects, by amending the the state's anti-obscenity law to improve the chances of prosecutors charging people for sexually explicit materials. It to needs a final House vote to make it to the Senate.
While legislators are eager on those issues, no similar enthusiasm is being shown to allow an up or down vote on repealing illegal immigrant tuition, being championed by Rep. Becky Hutchins. She has been pushing for getting a floor vote, after attempts to first kill the bill in committee, and then a vote that sent her bill back to committee, by attaching her measure to other bills. So far it has not worked, but the plucky Holton gal has not given up. "She wants a clean vote and until she gets a clean vote, she'll keep bringing amendments," said Speaker Doug Mays, R-Topeka. "Once it comes up as a clean vote, it'll pass."
This tuition break amounts to $3,926 per semester for a student carrying just 15 credit hours at the University of Kansas, or $7,852 per year. Assuming they graduate in four years, that is $31,408 per student. So far 221 students have qualified, for a total cost of $6,941,168. Of course that will constantly be increasing as new students are approved. Here's a thought - why not take that seven million dollars and the additional millions that it would cost in the future, and establish a tuition fund for the children of legal immigrants. Sure it would mean changing the incentive toward people following the law rather than breaking it, so no doubt our legislature and governor would hate the idea.
Meanwhile, the must solve issue for this legislative session apparently won't be, as there are a number of legislators saying the school finance problem will be headed for a special session. We will be commenting more on school finance and the Kansas Supreme Court in the near future.
Finally, Gov. Sebelious once again vetoed the concealed carry bill that would allow Kansans with a permit to carry firearms, as all but three other states do. Expect a battle to override that veto shortly, which should be a close vote.
Tuesday, March 21, 2006
Supreme Court May Decide Who Owns Your Genetic Code
Monday, March 20, 2006
Political Correctness is Killing African-Americans
Sunday, March 19, 2006
Breakfast at Denny's?
Saturday, March 18, 2006
The Constitutionality of Sex Toys and a Solution for Kansas
Friday, March 17, 2006
St. Patrick's Day Politics
On Australian Strippers, Canadian Sex, and Habeneros
|Some frivolous items of the day, just because it's Friday. Happy St. Patrick's Day! - or Lá Fhéile Pádraig Sona Daoibh (pronounced "La ale-lah pwad-rig son-ah jeev")|
Australian Labor Board Exposes Need for Stripper's Holiday Pay
"We've got rights to have public holiday pay now, which we've never had in our career before," said a union spokeswoman called Mystical Melody. "We've got rosters and set hours. We can't work more than 10 hours a shift." The award also entitles unionized strippers to overtime, rest periods, meal breaks and maternity leave, she added. Apparently Australians take their stripper's seriously.
Canadian Baby Boomers Choose Internet and TV Over Sex
A study reveals Canadians between the ages of 40 and 64 spend an average of 15 minutes a day on sex and romance, but can spend as much as five hours a day watching TV or surfing the Internet.
Of 2,500 people surveyed, more than half said they were often too tired to have sex, while 42 percent said they were too stressed out and 40 percent said they did not have time. Another yet-to-be released study found that 37 percent of Canadians over 55 prefer a good night of sex to a good night of sleep, indicating that sex is still important to that age group.
Who wanted to know about about the sex lives of Canuck baby boomers? - Pfizer Inc., the maker of Viagra sponsored the study. The Canadian health care system does not pay for the drug, which may explain their interest, as well as the 15 minutes. Perhaps the Canadian government is concerned that sleepless nights would hurt worker productivity.
Holy Habaneros - Hot Peppers Kills Prostate Cancer
Capsaicin led 80 percent of human prostate cancer cells growing in mice to commit suicide in a process known as apoptosis, said Dr. Soren Lehmann of the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and the University of California Los Angeles School of Medicine.
Lehmann estimated that the mice ate the human equivalent of 400 milligrams of capsaicin three times a week. That is about the amount found in three to eight fresh habanero peppers, depending on how hot the peppers are.
Ever eaten a fresh Habanero? I've only seen one person take a big bite of habenero, which was fresh from the garden. An acquaintance, who ironically was an oncologist not familiar with them wanted to eat it, despite being warned - it wasn't pretty. He might just have have well taken a can of pepper spray and sprayed it down his throat.. No wonder the cells committed suicide.
Big Bang Evidence Stuns Scientists
|“Amazing”,”Stunning”, and “Spectacular” are descriptions you expect to see on every movie ad. This time these are the words leading physicists are using for a discovery giving the first evidence supporting the “Big Bang” theory of how our universe began. The normally more sedate scientists have reason to be excited. |
They now have the smoking gun that shows the universe went through extremely rapid expansion in the moments after the big bang, growing from the size of a marble to a volume larger than all of observable space in less than a trillion-trillionth of a second.
The new finding was made with NASA's Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP) and is based on three years of continuous observations of the cosmic microwave background, the afterglow light from the first moments of the universe. "It blows my mind that we can now distinguish between different versions of what happened within the first trillionth of a second of the universe," said Dr. Charles Bennett of the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, WMAP principal investigator. Go to the link, it is amazing.