Saturday, November 15, 2008
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
But yesterday I got on and rode for 15 minutes. Today I will go for another 15 minutes. Tomorrow I will strive for 20 minutes. And so on. I will let you, my great fans know how it goes.
Monday, September 1, 2008
Friday, August 1, 2008
If you're heading to Beijing (or are already there) for the Olympics, take note that the Beijing Organizing Committee has imposed bans on several items, one of which is "professional camera equipment." Unless you have official press credentials, we suggest you just bring your point-and-shoot to the games.
So what constitutes "professional camera equipment"? Are there any measurements or benchmarks to compare with? Although the definition wasn't detailed on the official Olympics Web site, some netizens are speculating that the ban refers to SLRs with big lenses that could block other spectators' views. But what about Fujifilm's FinePix S100fs, which is physically bigger than some entry-level dSLRs? Or the Olympus E-420 fitted with the 25mm pancake lens, a combination small enough to look like a bulky point-and-shoot?
If not properly stated, this vague description may trigger some arguments at the security checkpoint, and I don't think spectators will be happy to be rejected at the door just because of the equipment they are carrying. The best way to steer clear of all the trouble and get your seat? Leave your SLR at home.
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Journalists access to the internet are being restricted. Why does the government over there wish to control the truth?
THEY HAVE ISSUES!!!!!
BEIJING -- After years of preparations for the Olympics, Beijing is ready for its close-up. But how clear a view the cameras will get is anyone's guess, given the local air quality.
Media in other countries carried shots of Beijing taken over the weekend, showing smog so thick that visibility was restricted to just a couple of hundred yards. Beijing has already spent $17.5 billion to deal with the pollution, to no avail. Authorities say the haze is normal for the city at this time of year and has nothing to do with pollution.
Some athletes are worried; world record holder Haile Gebrselassie of Ethiopia pulled out of the marathon because he suffers from asthma.
But Du Shaozhong, deputy director of Beijing's Municipal Environmental Protection Bureau, said, "The air quality in Beijing during the Olympic Games will not affect the health of athletes.
"A blue sky doesn't mean the air quality is good. If you take a shower, you can't see clearly because of the steam, but it doesn't mean it's pollution," he said, adding that photographs were not a good indication of air quality.
"The Intl. Olympic Committee and its medical commission have concluded that good air quality is fully guaranteed," said Du.
Jacques Rogge, head of the Intl. Olympic Committee, said poor air quality could result in the suspension of endurance races such as long-distance cycling and the marathon. It's not clear exactly how bad the air would have to be for an event to be canceled.
It's forbidden to bring in measuring equipment to independently verify air quality. But Beijing is taking no chances: Organizers are preparing emergency measures to clear the air before the Aug. 8 start of the Games. "We will implement an emergency plan 48 hours in advance if the air quality deteriorates," Li Xin, a senior engineer with the environmental bureau, told the China Daily newspaper.
Friday, July 18, 2008
Jesse Jackson thanks but your time is up go home. I know your Mamma told you that if you don't have anything nice to say, keep your mouth shut.
Bush just stop now and end your presidency quietly. You and your Oil Buddies have made enough money. If you wish to open up Drilling near the US. The no one gets rich off of that gas all US citizens should get it for $1.35 a gallon.
China good job at shooting your self in the foot. Starting with making it hard to get Visa's. Making your Hotels so ridiculously expensive and then this from CNN.com
Musicians in Beijing have gone into hibernation this summer as live
performances have been stopped in bars, a music festival canceled and clubs
suddenly told they need a live performance license.
The South China
Post reported Friday that the crackdown on bars included police
managers in the popular Sanlitun district to sign agreements
pledging not to
allow black people into bars during the Olympic Games, as
well as other
But local authorities and bar
managers denied the
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
So I think we should look at why we are using so much more gas today than in the late 70's. All I can say is that most of our commutes have gotten much longer to get from where we live to home. In order to have nicer homes with more amenities we have had to move farther away from the major metropolitan areas. With that in most cities the mass transit organizations have not stayed in line with these moves. For instance in order to take mass transit from my home in Lowell to my office in Framingham I would need to take a bus to the trainstation in Lowell. Then I would need to get on the commuter rail into Boston's North Station. Get off of the train and catch the subway to Boston's South Station. Get on another Commuter Rail to Framingham. Get on a regional bus to the edge of the office park and walk to my office. While you think that that would be great and worth it. What it saves me in Gas would cost me dearly in time. I would have to leave my house before 5 AM to get to work at 9 AM. So that is 4 hours of travel time one way. So I would have to travel the same amount of time that I work everyday. And that would leave me only 8 hours to sleep.
Thursday, June 5, 2008
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
Monday, June 2, 2008
I guess I am going to take a trip to NYC. I wish I had known about this last week I might have gone down.
Friday, May 30, 2008
Don't go and study them. Don't go and try to convert them to Christians. I think that we should internationally create a no fly zone over their portions of the Amazon. They obviously are happy where they are and I am sure that Nike Hiking boots would suit them for the hunts. But they have not had contact with outside society and probably do not have drug problems or racial hatred. So just leave them alone.
Check out Cnn.com for the story.
Thursday, May 29, 2008
Police: Student pulls knife on teacher
May 29, 2008
FRAMINGHAM, Mass.—Framingham police say a 13-year-old middle school student pulled a knife on his teacher in the classroom and demanded money so he could buy a video game.
more stories like this
The Fuller Middle School student is charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, possession of a knife and possession of a dangerous weapon.
Police Lt. Paul Shastany says the incident occurred at about 10 a.m. on Tuesday at the end of the period.
He says the male student stayed behind after the other students had left the classroom, pulled the 11-inch knife and asked for $20. After she refused, he lowered his demand to $1.
The teacher took the knife from the student.
Shastany says the boy wanted to buy the video game "Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas" but his mother refused to give him the money, so he came up with an alternate plan.
So who is to blame here. The parent did the right job with refusing to buy a mature rated game for a 13 year old. But did they fail to inform the 13 year-old of how wrong it is to hold up someone? AND WHERE DID HE GET AN 11" knife who is he Paul Hogan in Crocodile Dundee? RockStar the company that created the Grand Theft Auto franchise will probably take more hits. Of course they only took something that was happening in the real world and made it into a video game.
Be well be safe.
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Another update over at ambercampbellthrows.blogspot.com
So what is on my mind....Kids today. This past weekend I saw first hand the insolence and complete lack of respect that kids today have for adults. You know if I had acted in the manner in which several young boys did, to me this weekend, I would still be looking for my teeth 4 days later. What's with kids thinking that they own something. Unless you have a hit record out or a movie/television show or are the sole inheritor of a vast sum of money you can not possibly own a house at 12. I am pretty sure that after kicking the kids out of a yard that they threw something at me. It was pretty lucky for everyone that I did not see it happen because they would be in the hospital and I would be in jail.
Kids in movies.... Babies and toddlers should not be in any movie that is rated higher than G. I have now 5 free movie tickets that I wish that the parents would have had to pay for because they wanted to see "Iron Man" and "Indiana Jones" so bad they did not want to get a baby sitter. Pre-teens and teenagers need to SHUT UP!!!
That is my rant. Happy Wednesday. I am off to see Duran Duran tonight.
Peace we are all one
Thursday, May 15, 2008
On to my week. This week we had an update over at ambercampbellthrows.blogspot.com. Amber just returned from a meet at the site of this years Olympic trials. Head over to ambercampbellthrows to see how she did.
I for one had to rearrange my weekend. On of my GOOD friends is getting her Masters Degree this weekend and due to the Gas and an unexpected repair to da Blazer I can not responsibly go. But YOU GO GIRL!!! You did it I am very proud of you.
So the latest of "you reap what you sow" has hit the news again. Perhaps you remember a year ago a promising young surfer was beaten to death in La Jolla California by several young men. Well those young men had no remorse or care that they caused someones death. I am pretty sure that their parents were saying "Not My Kid" well sorry but it was your kid and you do know why. Even if they do not want to admit why it is because you coddled your kid. You and the groups of parents all over this nation gave these kids the attitude of "entitlement". Parents that spent more time expecting the teachers to parent their children rather than doing it themselves. Parents who said there can be no losers in sports and that everyone had to win. You all created these lazy usless kids that don't care if they graduate and get a real job. Because the job will be waiting right there for me when I want it and I will make $100k a year to start.
Wow sorry rambling post. Will be more cohesive later.
Thursday, May 1, 2008
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
My addiction is to video games. I could quit anytime I want to and for several years in College I did quit. I did not own a video game system during those years. But now I have several of them back in my life. And today I picked up just another vial of that sweet nector call a game disc.
Grand Theft Auto IV is not for kids. It has a mature rating sticker on it. It is illegal to sell it to someone younger than 17. So if there are kids playing it someone of consent age gave it to them. So when that child who may not know the difference between real and fantasy acts out in a few years. Don't ask how could that happen to my child? Ask why did I let him or her play that game? Why did I give in to buying them that game? Why did I fail in parenting? And to that parental group that is complaining about the game, well here is what CNN.com says.
The premise of the Grand Theft Auto series is controversial,
with characters who are underworld criminals armed to the teeth, but that's also
part of the game's appeal."Controversy does sell, but it is targeted to an older audience," said Michael Gartenberg, an analyst at market research firm Jupiter Research. "It is not geared to children."
GTA 4 has a "Mature" rating, meaning it is intended for users 17 years old or older. The game's label warns of blood, intense violence, partial nudity, strong language, strong sexual content, use of alcohol, and use of drugs.Get over it. It has a Mature rating. Only adults that can make decisions for themselves should be playing it. Perhaps only adults that can pay for the game system and a copy of the game should be playing it.As for me. I got mine and tonight I plan on CarJacking alot of people from the safety of my living room.
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Friday, April 18, 2008
On 4/18/08 I was in DD (Those of you in the "Know" know exactly what I am talking about) and on top of the trash can was some girls name. Obviously written while that person was waiting in line. That is VANDALISM!!! Is it a lack of parenting that this person suffered from? Or did they feel that the world is their notebook.
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Do you owe or are you waiting for a FAT Check from the Government. Well don't we all owe something. Anyway interesting read this morning out of Sen. John McCain's camp. He suggests a temporary suspension of the Fed Tax on Gas from Memorial Day to Labor Day. That would allow for a reduction in most cases to below $3.00/gal. That would be excellent. Although those that are close and have heard my pitches for my own Presidential run. I would reduce the Gas Tax (Federal and State) to the first 6 Gallons of gas or every other Gallon of gas purchased. So if you have a 17 Gallon tank like I have, you would only pay tax on 8 gallons. This would allow for a reduction in overall costs to the tax payer and still allow the Government to get some revenue.
Link to the story above.
Now some people believe that this Idea is stupid and that doing so means that our road ways will suffer. HAVE YOU REALLY SEEN OUR ROADWAYS!! They are a joke. Crappy jobs done by road crews that ensure that they will be back next year on the same patch of road. I have to travel 495 in Mass every day and have for the last 8 years and every year they are repaving it. You don't see that on the Mass Pike.
Anyway make sure that you are registered to vote and let's look at making some changes to our leadership structure.
I will step off of the Soapbox now.