Monday, June 30, 2008
Sunday, June 29, 2008
Saturday, June 28, 2008
Friday, June 27, 2008
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
I did not want to add to the myriad blog entries the day after George's death. I was saddened by his passing and watched countless videos of his shows, from the early days in the 1960s to his latest work. He was the greatest, and probably one of a kind.
In parting I want to quote one of his sayings:
Religion has actually convinced people that there's an invisible man living in the sky who watches everything you do, every minute of every day. And the invisible man has a special list of ten things he does not want you to do. And if you do any of these ten things, he has a special place, full of fire and smoke and burning and torture and anguish, where he will send you to live and suffer and burn and choke and scream and cry forever and ever 'til the end of time!
But He loves you!
He was right as always.
We'll miss you George.
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Monday, June 23, 2008
Sunday, June 22, 2008
From Bruce Schneier:
What is it with photographers these days? Are they really all terrorists, or does everyone just think they are?
Since 9/11, there has been an increasing war on photography. Photographers have been harrassed, questioned, detained, arrested or worse, and declared to be unwelcome. We’ve been repeatedly told to watch out for photographers, especially suspicious ones. Clearly any terrorist is going to first photograph his target, so vigilance is required.
Except that it’s nonsense. The 9/11 terrorists didn’t photograph anything. Nor did the London transport bombers, the Madrid bombers, or the liquid bombers arrested in 2006. Timothy McVeigh didn’t photograph the Oklahoma City Federal Building. The Unabomber didn’t photograph anything; neither did shoe-bomber Richard Reid. Photographs aren’t being found amongst the papers of Palestinian suicide bombers. The IRA wasn’t known for its photography. Even those manufactured terrorist plots that the US government likes to talk about — the Ft. Dix terrorists, the JFK airport bombers, the Miami 7, the Lackawanna 6 — no photography.
Given that real terrorists, and even wannabe terrorists, don’t seem to photograph anything, why is it such pervasive conventional wisdom that terrorists photograph their targets? Why are our fears so great that we have no choice but to be suspicious of any photographer?
Saturday, June 21, 2008
Friday, June 20, 2008
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Monday, June 16, 2008
McCain: When the troops come back is "not too important". I'm speechless.
In case you have not seen it, here's the original video of McCain saying "it's not too important" on the Today Show June 11, 2008, and as we saw on the Olbermann comments, he hasn't apologized, and he actually believes we are doing OK in Iraq.
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Cesar has a great post with examples, code and screenshots, of how to do reporting in VFPwith text justification using GdiPlusX. Well done!
Saturday, June 14, 2008
Friday, June 13, 2008
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Monday, June 09, 2008
Inforworld reports on a survey saying that Smartphones carry company information such as emails and attachments and most of the management execs that use them do not have the contents encrypted and many don't even bother to enter a password to access the device.
Nowadays many IT execs have access to company networks with their own smartphones. These devices are easily lost or stolen and are a great risk to enterprise data security
See the article at InfoWorld.
Sunday, June 08, 2008
Wonderful video of Dr. Isaac Asimov speaking at the Humanist Institute in January 1989.
The good doctor speaks of the threat of the greenhouse effect before it was fashionable. Part 1 identifies the problem. On Part 2 he offers answers.
Part 1: Threats to Humanity
Part 2: The Answer for Humanity
Saturday, June 07, 2008
Friday, June 06, 2008
Thursday, June 05, 2008
Wednesday, June 04, 2008
Tuesday, June 03, 2008
I am very proud and fortunate to be witnessing an important moment in American history.
As a student of history, I am thrilled to be living when the first Black American, Barack Obama, today won the nomination for President of the United States.
Whether you are Democrat, Republican or Independent, whether you like Obama or not, it is a thrill to be witnessing this moment in history; a moment that will never repeat itself. There can be only one first time, and we are here to see how much we have advanced, at last.
Monday, June 02, 2008
Sunday, June 01, 2008
Phil Plait, from BadAstronomy.com received a set of questions from 6th graders at a school in Austin. He prepared a set of videos (five to fit in all the questions) and does a great job of answering them.
Here they are in YouTube:
Good stuff for kids of all ages.