Okay, I already have feedback on my last post about the beggars outside of the supermarket. Some guys I work with read my blog (I write, they read, where’s the “work”?), and one of them brought up another case outside of grocery stores–free kittens.
The “free kittens” sign almost always includes the small print phrase “to a good home.”
What kind of home is good? Is it the kind where you don’t get your cat spayed, allow it to reproduce, then stand out in front of a store and give away the feline offspring to total strangers? Or, as my friend put it, “why do they care? By making the kittens free, they have determined that they have no value on the open market.”
Is anyone else really put off when they are attacked by an army of eight year olds in front of the grocery store trying to sell something for their school?Â We were just talking about this yesterday after our weekly trip to the store.Â Yesterday’s group of kids wasn’t even selling anything, they were just taking donations.
I despise this practice for so many reasons it actually warrants its own post, or several posts.Â I have no doubt in my mind that public schools need more money.Â After all, what gov’ment run project doesn’t?Â How can our schools maintain their mediocre performance without more money?Â Financing sports programs alone is insanely expensive,Â yet essential to providing an average education, right?
It gets better.Â Our doorbell rang at 8:00 last night–a little girl selling overpriced stuff I don’t needÂ for her school.Â Well, a little of the money was for her school.Â The rest was no doubt going to line the pockets of some guys in an MLM program.Â Of course the little girl was super motivated by the plastic paddle game, or sticker book, or whatever it was she would get for being the top
beggar salesperson in her class.
Or maybe not.Â I told her if she wanted to come back the next day and ask the Missus, she may want to buy something.Â No dice.Â “This has to be turned in tomorrow.”
I at least admire her procrastination.Â It reminds me of my elementary school days when I waited until the last minute to sell some insanely expensive junk to people.
When the Founders drafted the Constitution, they had a clear understanding of tyranny. They also had a clear idea about how to prevent it from ever taking root in America. Their solution was to separate the governmentâ€™s powers into three co-equal branches: the executive, the legislature, and the judiciary. Each of these branches plays a vital role in our free society. Each serves as a check on the others. And to preserve our liberty, each must meet its responsibilities â€” and resist the temptation to encroach on the powers the Constitution accords to others.
Here’s a hint. It wasn’t Ron Paul.
These great and true words were uttered by none other than our fearless leader, George W. Bush, at an event for the Federalist Society.
It’s totally unrelated to this, but what do you guys think about Hugo Chavez? This guy is trying to subvert his country’s constitution and take them down a road of socialistic hell–and he’s honest about it.
Again, drawing no comparisons, just commenting on two completely unrelated events in the news.
Hat tip to Doug Mataconis
If you are looking for a small mp3 player as a gift, I’d check into the Creative ZEN Stone Plus. I bought one for the Missus a couple of weeks ago, and this thing is great, especially when compared to the iPod Nano. For one thing, you can easily move files to and FROM this player easily–something that has always annoyed me about my iPod. Secondly, you can’t beat the price, which is less than $65, making it affordable enough that you could make a case for just buying a few of them and giving everybody the same thing. No way you can get anything with an Apple stamped on it for close to that. The third thing about this player that stands out when compared to the iPod is that it comes with a built in FM transmitter, which is really handy when you are on the go. Hop into your car and tune in to the right frequency and you are listening to the same thing that was just coming through your headphones without plugging anything else in.
There are some really nice accessories as well, including a wristband–the player is the size of a large watch face, and a keyring. Not to mention all of the skins and protectors you can buy.
There are also 4Gb, 8GB, and 16Gb video versions of this player, which is also much cheaper than their iPod counterparts, but I’m not interested in watching video that small, so I haven’t looked at them very closely. Another consideration when choosing a player that is video enables is that, if you are like me, you’ll drop it 100 times the first day you have it and crack the screen anyway. Just something to think about.
In short, if you are past the hype of the iPod and want a good player for a good price instead of a good player for an outrageous price, I’d recommend this one. I’ve had really good history with Creative’s ZEN players–this is the fourth one I’ve bought, and they’ve all performed really well.
Â Australian Santas can’t say “ho ho ho” anymore.
Sydney’s Santa Clauses have instead been instructed to say “ha ha ha” instead, the Daily Telegraph reported.
This is more than a free speech issue.Â It’s borderlineÂ thought police.Â ItÂ someone mayÂ think that the word “ho”Â means “whore”, it can’t be said.Â It reminds me of a few years ago when David Howard used the word “niggardly”Â and subsequently caused an uproar because some fool(s) didn’t know what it actually meant.
Luckily, we’re safe here in the USA.Â Christmas may only come once a year, but we celebrate ho’s year-round.
Via Michael Silence
Ken has a great post on a project his kids are working on.Â They’ve researched 4th Amendment Supreme Court cases and are filming re-enactments (he hopes).Â Technology has given them the opportunity to learn in a way that they couldn’t before, and even if they never get to finalizing filming and editing, he’s okay with that.Â Unfortunately, others may not be as excited.
Because process doesn’t fill the seats and it surely doesn’t wow the eyes of the masses.
But it’s not about what they do with their understanding that creates the ‘wow’ factor; rather, it’s about how they reach that understanding that is the educational equivalent of CGI.
I had a ‘wow’ moment a few years ago that was very similar.Â Unfortunately for me, I was 30 before IÂ realized thatÂ theÂ process towards the goal is almost always more rewarding and educational than the goal itself.
Think about it.Â Looking back, which did you enjoy more–graduation, or being in college?Â Winning a championship in a sport, or the hard work you put into trainingÂ so that you couldÂ win?Â Getting the girl, or chasing her?
I’m on a tangent now.Â Forget what I said, just read Ken’s entire post.
I thought I’d go ahead and address several things in one post–recent scientific polls, Christmas shopping, and my numerous (un)successful endeavors.
First Annual Backlink Drive–a resounding success. I picked up a link from it (thanks Ivy!).
Rico/Suave–by a majority of eleven to four, many more of you are “suave” than “rico”. Gerardo respects and appreciates that, and in your honor has removed his extensions and his shirt.
BlogRush update–I’ve come to the conclusion that the absolute best way to use Blogrush is to feed it a single post that you know will attract some traffic. My CTR has gone up considerably since I’ve implemented this strategy by itself. I also received a link from a PR4 site regarding my current Blogrush post. So what if the guy completely disagreed with me? I ended up with a nice link and some good traffic from his site.
Again, I’m not running Widgetbucks ads on this site, but I am running it on another one where it is outperforming Adsense. The CTR is slightly higher, and the PPC is much higher. Granted, these are somewhat targeted ads on a niche site, but it’s working pretty well.
Amazon Christmas Banner–for those of you who do your gift shopping through Amazon, please consider stopping by here first and clicking through my little banner. I’m working on a couple of product reviews for some things I’ve bought over the past year that would make good gifts.
For quite a while I’ve been meaning to install the DoFollow plugin, and today I actually took the 30 seconds to do it. The whole idea behind this plugin is that it causes search engines to consider the link created in comments as a “real” link.
What does that mean to you? When you leave a comment on this blog with a link to your site/blog, search engines will actually follow the link back to your site (more juice for your blog). That usually doesn’t happen, as WordPress puts a “nofollow” tag around your site link when you leave a comment.
What does that mean for me? Probably not much. It will hopefully encourage you to leave comments here, and you’ll be rewarded if you do.
By the way, thanks to Randa Clay for the button design. All I had to do was change the color–cool!
I just subscribed to an RSS feed that is work related.Â There’s a ton of good information that flows through this feed, but since it’s work, I’m only looking for a certain few articles.Â Â I dug through Google Reader a little bit to see if there was a filter option, but I couldn’t find one.
Any ideas?Â Is there a way to set up keyword filters on a feed by feed basis in Google Reader?Â What about on other readers?Â I know that Yahoo has Pipes, and there are some others with filters, but I’m hooked on the Reader interface.
The KNS reports that Scott Moore would like to repeal the $30 wheel tax in Knox County.
“In times of a slow economy, we ought to be able to help our citizens and put some money back in their pockets,” Moore said this morning as commission’s Intergovernmental and Finance committees began meeting.
It is also wise to put money back in the citizens’ pockets when their county government is a mess and they have little faith in it.
Regardless, I’m can’t help but be happy when our overlords graciously offer to return money to the people who earned it.