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December
30
2005
11:42 pm
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Ouch. Got a flat tire on the Mustang. I was at my first-ever pool lesson with BCA Certified Instructor Rod Gustafson, parked in the driveway, had my lesson, pulled out of the driveway and two houses down, had a flat. So I put on the spare and drove straight to Lamb’s Tire and Auto.

In fact, I’m there now. I’m on my laptop writing this blog with Verizon Wireless EVDO access, logged in and typing away. Turns out, of course, that two of my tires have > 30K miles on them already and the other two have > 20K. I’m going to buy two new ones (always purchase tires in 2’s) now and I’ll wait another 10K miles on the other two. They’re running a special, too — free oil change with purchase of 2 or 4 tires, and I’m about 100 miles out of needing the oil change.

I love going to Lamb’s. Well, let me rephrase that. If I’m going to Lamb’s, typically that will mean that I’m going to have to spend some money, so that’s not my point. My point is, I trust Lamb’s. I’ve been going to either the Far West location or the Lake Creek location for 5 years now. I know they’re not going to tell me something I need that I don’t really need. I typically deal with someone I’ve dealt with before and beyond just courteous and kind, they actually try to save me money.

Like this time — the guy didn’t have to mention the special they’re running today. I agreed to get the two tires, and I said “while you’re at it, I think I’m due for an oil change, so go ahead and do that too” and then he offered “well, we’re running a special so that’ll be free for you today.”

So in case you can’t tell, I recommend Lamb’s. They also have a location in Cedar Park (haven’t been) and a new one on 620 near 2222 (haven’t been).

December
30
2005
4:31 pm
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Wow. American Statesman article says our Attorney General says so.

Does this make me an accomplice since I blogged about and linked to a charity poker run some time ago? In fact (and I might get in trouble for this I guess) it looks like they’re having a poker run tomorrow (Saturday, Dec 31st, 2005) for Ashleigh Hall.

December
30
2005
4:08 pm
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Ok, I had promised to give more examples of media bias that I happen across. I haven’t been very proactive about it, due to time and other things. I also haven’t been watching as much news. But this caught my eye…

Take a look at the photo that Reuters ran for the story of Cindy Sheehan’s Book Signing in Crawford, TX

Kind of makes you feel a couple of things… For one, the presence of the flag so bold and strong (on the “left” side wouldn’t you know, ha ha) would instill patriotic thoughts in anyone, don’t you think? Then you see Cindy at her signing table, with pen and items to sign, and it even looks like she’s talking to someone. The presence of feet doesn’t make you think anything other than — hey, someone’s there watching, and the photo angle only allows for showing one person anyway, and he’s way over on the right hand side of her “audience” so it’s probably full of people watching or waiting and besides, that beautiful flag is probably hiding a line of folks waiting to buy her book and get it signed.

Well then. Would it surprise you to learn that these photos were also taken? Do they give a different impression?

Other info about the event:

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Unlike then, when hundreds came from all over the country for major events at the two campsites named after Sheehan’s son, who was killed in Iraq, Sheehan found herself addressing a crowd of only about 100 Saturday afternoon. The large tent where supporters had erected a stage hung with the banner “Speak Truth to Power” was only partially full. In the morning Sheehan signed copies of her new book, being published this week, for an even smaller crowd.

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But in a statement today, Sheehan accused “right-wing” sites of “spreading a false story that nobody bought my book at Camp Casey on Saturday. That is not true, I sold all 100 copies and got writer’s cramp signing them. Photos were taken of me before the people got in line to have me sign the book. We made $2000 for the peace house.”

Hmm. A booksigning with just 100 copies? Of a 175-page paperback? Here’s my media spin alert machine talking, so forgive me here, but it seems that someone who attracted “thousands of people’ to Crawford to protest the Iraq War who only brings 100 copies of a book is looking to advertise something like “Cindy Sheehan Booksigning a massive sellout”. I bet we only learned about the 100 copies because it was *amazing* that they all sold.

Here are some other articles related to this:

Mother Sheehanís Book Signing
Cindy book-signing a very ‘lonely affair’
AP defends pix of ‘lonely’ Cindy book-signing
Cindy Sheehan Claims Photos Falsely Implied Her Book Signing was a Flop
Snopes’ Book Drop

and the houseofbugs folks have it right when they said:

December
28
2005
8:44 pm
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December
28
2005
8:39 pm
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I got an email from Time Warner letting me know that they’ve created two new free-on-demand channels:

  • 1464 – sportskool – sports instruction for lots of things
  • 1431 – exercise TV – workouts, dance, yoga, etc

I think that’s a great idea to offer customers. I haven’t tried the channels out yet, but I really like the concept of ondemand stuff in general.

December
27
2005
5:33 pm
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I just ordered the IOMEGA $29.99 bluetooth headset from buy.com.

 

 

¬† The reviews are good, the price is GREAT, and I’m willing to try ANYTHING to get clearer voice calls on my 7290 Blackberry. This blackberry is a great tool, but the phone is getting worse and worse, for both me and people who call me. It’s too quiet, doesn’t seem to do any noise reduction (especially bad when I’m driving the Mustang convertible, or when in a restaurant) and feels like a checkbook or wallet against my head when talking into it.So I’m looking forward to whatever noise reduction algorithms this new piece employs and I hope that it makes the phone conversations less populated with “What’s that?” and “I’m sorry, what did you say?”¬†

I like that it’s AC or USB powered — shame that it doesn’t come with DC power cable though, for keeping it in the car all the time. The neck strap seems like a good idea, too, as does the long battery life that people keep commenting about.

Here’s what I’ll be using it with. I’ll be getting an 8700c soon, and I’m thrilled about that (Thanx Peter and Shawna!)

Old & Busted New Hotness
 

 

 

 

They both support bluetooth. I think it’ll be especially cool though (not related to bluetooth) going from what’s considered to be the worst PDA web browser of all time to the best PDA web browser of all time.

December
27
2005
4:25 pm
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So right away I’m going to start linking to these.

December
27
2005
4:19 pm
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So I’m going to start trying something. First some background. I’m a subscriber to comics.com‘s Daily Comics. My current subscription (Comics Extra, ~$12/year) includes, in this order, Dilbert, Unfit, Frank and Earnest, B.C., Jump Start, Wizard of Id, and Pearls Before Swine. My favorites in terms of laugh-out-loud funny are Dilbert, Unfit and Pearls Before Swine. I enjoy F&E for it’s pun value and the others I guess are routine and I just plain enjoy them.

Frequently, a specific comic either reaches me emotionally, makes me laugh, is particularly poignant or is just plain funny. When this happens, I really want to share it. I don’t want to violate copyright by copying the comic and hosting it on my website, but I still want to share it. In the past, I’ve noticed that when I link to their archives, they just disappear sometimes.

So now I’m going to try to link to the archives when the comics are good, and if they disappear, so be it.

Here are two Pearls Before Swine that I thought were funny

December
27
2005
3:53 pm
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One of the best things about not taking vacation when most other people do (spring break, Christmas break, etc) is the traffic. What would our world be like if our road system and work patterns were such that congestion was rare instead of expected?

I take the 620/Anderson Mill -> 183 -> mopac N -> Braker way. I’d say there was a good 8-10 minutes taken off the commute due to lack of traffic.

Here’s my general commute:

Kind of looks like an impressionist’s saxophone, eh?

Some notes about the highlighted numbered areas, regarding if I were to take the “shorter” route by exiting Braker and going directly across:

  1. This area is consumed by traffic. It takes a good 5-10 mins alone to exit 183 at Braker and be able to turn left at the light.
  2. This stretch isn’t so bad, but it does have some lights to go through,a nd more people than you’d think are on the road here.

The way I’m going, there’s nary a wait on the 183/Mopac flyover because I’m in the left-hand lane, and all the back-up is in the right-hand lane for southbound Mopac. So I just cruise on past all that, wait a little bit at the Mopac/Cap OfTexas Hwy light, cruise on bypassing the light at braker (it has it’s own merging right hand lane) and get on into work.

The other thing I like about working during these common holidays is that I can get more projects done or more of the projects done at work due to the lack of constant interruption. Since I’m in IT, interruption and ad-hoc solution making is our cornerstone. When less people are at work, there are less people having problems and that gives us more time to do the stuff that we should have been doing all along but were too interrupted to get them done.

December
24
2005
4:32 am
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I just plain can’t get this out of my head. I’ll just be walking around and then say ‘would you like an apple pie with thaaa-aaat?’

http://www.americanangst.com/dingfries.html

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