Monday, June 30, 2008

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Miami Beach Patrol through a fisheye lens

Sunday, June 29, 2008

John Cleese Eulogizes Graham Chapman

YouTube Link

(via Cynical-C Blog)

Congrats to Spain! It's about time!

Spain wins UEFA Euro 2008
After 44 years without winning a major tournament, Spain deservedly wins UEFA Euro 2008.

About time!

(Photo (c) El Pais - 2008)

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Miami Beach

Saturday, June 28, 2008

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Another view of Miami's Brickell area, shot from Virginia Key

Friday, June 27, 2008

Second Amendment

2nd Amendment

I always thought the Supreme Court did not have the power to change the Constitution.

((c) Jim Morin - The Miami Herald)

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The Sherbrooke - Miami Beach Art Deco district

Thursday, June 26, 2008

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Brickell Avenue skyline - Miami

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

George Carlin (1937-2008)

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.

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Old sea lion
Miami Seaquarium

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Don't let this happen to you

Has this happened to you? Funny though.

YouTube Link

(Via BABlog)

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Miami Seaquarium

Monday, June 23, 2008

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Miami Seaquarium

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Are photographers a threat?

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?

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Killer Whale - Miami Seaquarium

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Boeing 40 video

Owen Hewitt, a fellow MVP posted this video he found at EAA's website of a Boeing 40, the oldest flying Boeing aircraft in the world. Wish I could make Oshkosh this year!

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After a few days of Black & White, let's add some color!

Friday, June 20, 2008

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Alley - Old Seattle

Thursday, June 19, 2008

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Old Seattle

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Creationism: that’s a rap

This is positively brilliant!

YouTube Link

(Via BA Blog)

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Pioneer Square - Seattle

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

A bit of Fry & Laurie - Sex talk in class

A funny skit from some of my favorite comedy duo.

YouTube link

(Via Pharyngula)

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Seattle's oldest restaurant

Monday, June 16, 2008

Keith Olbermann Special Comment McCain on Troops Coming Home

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.

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Downtown Seattle - South of Pioneer Square

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Full Justified texts in reports with GdiPlusX

Cesar has a great post with examples, code and screenshots, of how to do reporting in VFPwith text justification using GdiPlusX. Well done!

(Via Foxite)

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King Street Station - Seattle

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Firefox 3 releasing June 17

Firefox 3 is coming out this week, if all goes well. They are even preparing for a Guinness World Record on Download Day.

Field Guide to Firefox 3

Everything You Need To Know About Firefox 3

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Smith Tower - Seattle

Friday, June 13, 2008

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SEATAC airport

Thursday, June 12, 2008

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Seattle Bus Tunnel

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

An all inclusive president? That would be nice

A 2006 speech: Barack Obama on Religion (YouTube)

If he still thinks that way, this is one person I could vote for.

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Pike Place Market - Seattle

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

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Seattle Art Museum

Monday, June 09, 2008

InfoWorld: Smartphones 'bigger security risk' than laptops

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.

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Sunday, June 08, 2008

Star Trek Bloopers

This is a good collection of Star Trek bloopers in YouTube. Enjoy!

Dr. Isaac Asimov speaking at the Humanist Institute - Jan 1989

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.

From YouTube:
Part 1: Threats to Humanity
Part 2: The Answer for Humanity

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Downtown Seattle

Saturday, June 07, 2008

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Feeding the pigeons
Downtown Seattle on 4th Ave., in front of the Westlake Center

Friday, June 06, 2008

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Seattle viewed from Newcastle, WA

Thursday, June 05, 2008

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Downtown Seattle North view from the Smith building
You can see the Space Needle in the distance

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

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Seattle - Bainbridge Island ferry terminal

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Happy to be witnessing a historic moment!

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.


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QWEST stadium

Sunday, June 01, 2008

Phil Plait's astronomy instructional videos for kids

Phil Plait, from 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.

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Seattle SE view from the top of the Smith Tower