Monday, March 05, 2007

So why is it that it's sooo hard to be an adult?

If you are 15 years old, in the United states, you are a child. You can't sign a contract, work any job considered to be dangerous, decide not to go to school, drive a car unescorted, drink a beer, own property or join the Army. Isn't that drag? However, you might ask: Shouldn't there be a simple, straightforward way for kids today to establish that they are mature enough to be treated as a legal adult? Given that kids are maturing so quickly these days, isn't it reasonable that some 15 year-old's might be as, if not more, mature than the average 18 year-old?

It's a reasonable question to ask, and we even have a reasonable answer: Kill someone. That's it, simple as can be. No need to worry about all that complicated stuff, just pull a trigger (really, you hardly have to lift a finger). Shoot someone, make it look a little cold-blooded and your friendly neighborhood District Attorney will be happy to take on the burden of proving that you really ARE an adult. Isn't that nice of him (or her)? Thrown in, at no extra cost to you, will be room and board for the rest of your life (however long or short it may be).

What a bargain! So don't forget, anyone can shoot a gun, but it takes a MAN to kill someone.

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Thursday, March 02, 2006

It would certainly be more NORMAL to run up the bill without paying anything...

Scripps Howard News Service

It would seem that paying a large amount off on your credit card trips some sort of alarm at Homeland Security. I suppose that being in debt up to one's ears has truly become an act of patriotism. I had no idea how patriotic I was until this moment.

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Friday, February 24, 2006

Florida Voting Anomalies? Lord have mercy, bless our soul.

Black Box Voting : 2-23-06: Someone accessed 40 Palm Beach County voting machines Nov 2004

Some potential oddities have cropped up in the logs of Florida voting machines from the 2004 election. I don't know how much this will end up meaning, but it IS interesting.

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Tuesday, February 21, 2006

You've got questions, we've got questions...

The revamp announced Friday prompted mixed responses from analysts, who indicated the plan might be successful but, at that time, they doubted Edmondon's ability to pull it off after it became clear he had lied about his education.

RadioShack CEO resigns -

Now look, when I was offered a mid-range IT job, I had to prove my educational credentials by having the University that awarded my degree send the HR department a letter of certification. However, you can become CEO of Radio Shack without having any questions asked?

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Friday, February 17, 2006

Off of our usual range of topics, but it's a good read.

Lost Garden: Software Development's Evolution towards Product Design

The author has a good grasp of how software design works. He makes some good points about how technical and design people frequently don't see eye-to-eye.

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Monday, February 13, 2006

Is there one tham make you appoint unqualified people and embroil yourself in pointless foreign conflict?

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Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Gah! I'm really getting tired of Bush appointees that don't have the basic qualifications for their posts.

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More Foot Dragging by Telco's and Cox cable on HS Inet access - Bells dig in to dominate high-speed Internet realm

I love the part where they claim the muni would be a monopoly and should be subject to the rules for monopolies, yet ask that they be relieved of that some responsibility.

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