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Archive for June 2005

US Falling Behind Japan and It’s all Bush’s Fault

I just read an excellent essay on about how the US has fallen dramatically behind Japan (not to mention a host of other nations) on the broadband front since W came to office.

It’s not that partisan but it does lay the blame squarely at his administration’s and his feet.

I had no idea how far behind we were.

Down to the Wire by Thomas Bleha

In the first three years of the Bush administration, the United States dropped from 4th to 13th place in global rankings of broadband Internet usage. Today, most U.S. homes can access only “basic” broadband, among the slowest, most expensive, and least reliable in the developed world, and the United States has fallen even further behind in mobile-phone-based Internet access. The lag is arguably the result of the Bush administration’s failure to make a priority of developing these networks. In fact, the United States is the only industrialized state without an explicit national policy for promoting broadband.


Written by Jeff

Saturday, June 25, 2005 at 1:47 am

This is news?

Why is Oprah in the news?

Why is it newsworthy that a French store wouldn’t let her in the door? They were closed after all and in preparation for some event so why bother with letting her in?

Is it newsworthy because she is rich and about to tell her “sad story” on her show to 30 million people and potentially damage the store’s relations with other customers?

Or is it newsworthy because of this: “A spokeswoman for the star’s production company called it her “Crash” moment, referring to a race relations film.” (BBC story linked below). Is she going to pull out the race card?

For whatever reason, it’s getting ridiculous. I’ve been reading the headline for days in the feeds and today I bit the bullet and actually read a BBC story about their apology.

Why should they need to apologize? Maybe if she had called ahead and they said “yeah, come on over” and then they turned her away but with her just showing up unannounced? Come on.

Written by Jeff

Friday, June 24, 2005 at 2:32 pm

“Waiting for the big one”

Reading the feeds again tonight and I came across a story on about the New Madrid seismic zone, which I happen to live on/near.

Earlier this year there was a 3.2 magnitude tumbler that shook parts of my room and made me feel awfully queasy for a few seconds.

The New Madrid zone has produced the most powerful earthquakes in the recorded history of North America including one in the early 1800s that could be felt for 2 million square miles. By comparison, the 1906 earthquake that decimated San Francisco could only be felt for 60,000 square miles. A more recent earthquake (1968) could be felt across 23 states. It has something to do with the makeup of the rock that he plates are “floating” on.

Anyway, If you look here you can see the earthquakes, including a 4.1 from May, over the past three months. One recurring theme in their data that sticks out at me is the “town” of Big Lake. It’s essentially just a big lake so not really a town but that’s neither here nor there. I can’t recall the number of times that I’ve been through Big Lake on my way to different places. It’s not exactly local, but it’s within a 20 minutes drive. Kind of makes me wonder…

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Written by Jeff

Thursday, June 23, 2005 at 2:43 am

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I feel like vomiting…

But I won’t waste the energy.

Reading the RSS feeds and came across this trash:

We put warning labels on cigarette packs because we know that smoking takes one to two years off the average life span, yet we ‘celebrate’ a lifestyle that we know spreads every kind of sexually transmitted disease and takes at least 20 years off the average life span according to the 2005 issue of the revered scientific journal Psychological Reports,” said Rev. Bill Banuchi, executive director of the New York Christian Coalition.

Isn’t it nice to know that there are still people like Hitler—err Mr. Banuchi in the world?


Written by Jeff

Sunday, June 12, 2005 at 11:53 pm

For Sale: One kidney, slightly used.

Since there are apparently new PowerBooks debuting this month, I need to come up with some cash. An easy way to do this is to sell one of my kidneys.

Both are in tip-top shape, just under 25 years old.

Inquiries can be made through the Note System or through email.

$10,000 US o.b.o.

Buyer assumes all costs of removal, transportation and recovery of seller.


Turns out this was all a hoax. Oh well. the offer’s still open, though, I could always use a few grand. ;)

Written by Jeff

Thursday, June 2, 2005 at 11:56 pm

Posted in Apple