November 2008 Archives

Wired has an article about Ray Ozzie in it, and he’s supposed to be Microsoft’s savior.

The problem is, the man still thinks in terms of “F5 this” and “F5 that.” If you’re Microsoft’s Chief Software Savior, I think you’d better be at least in step with current technology.

“F5.” Who the heck thinks in terms of function keys in the days of mice, touchscreens, and windows?

Someone who’s still stuck in about 1982. That’s who.

PunditKitchen: Biasing Your Humor

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Has anybody else noticed that PunditKitchen never, ever publishes pro-conservative/pro-Republican/anti-liberal/anti-Democrat-themed pictures?

I made two of ‘em (one was weak, but this one was particularly strong), submitted both, and was surprised that, for a site that publishes crap as easily as it publishes good stuff, neither was published.

C’mon, PunditKitchen, quit protecting your precious liberal feelings and make some new conservative friends.

I got this dialog box the other day when in T’s office:

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It’s a simple Yes/No question, but neither answer is “Yes” or “No,” and the error message goes so far as to explain that one of them is the equivalent of “Yes,” even though it really isn’t. Clicking “Ignore” will keep the light from flashing amber, but will it let me continue without resolving the problem? And what’s the difference between that and “Skip?” And since I wasn’t doing anything—this message just popped up on its own—“Cancel” cancels what, exactly?

I never did figure out what I was supposed to do to solve this problem, so I reset the Airport and started from scratch. But it was this dialog that left me really wondering what someone was thinking when they wrote that text.

A Sunday Night Entry: Why Pray?

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I’ve often wondered, If God knows everything that’s going to happen, because it’s going to happen, why pray?

The other day, I heard a really good answer on the pocast of R.C. Sproul of Ligonier Ministries. It essentially was, Well, God knows you’re going to pray about it, and allows you to participate in the process. And on another podcast, to the question, Can our prayer have an effect?, Dr. Sproul reminds us that even Jesus prayed a fervent prayer that his crucifixion wouldn’t happen. If the Son of God thinks that prayer is a good idea, we should probably think it’s a good idea, too. And that sounded pretty cool to me.

The other night as the fam and I were going somewhere, I realized that I was tapping my feet to the music in the car, kinda’ slapping along to the bass line, and feeling really good about it. But why? Terry and the kids certainly didn’t get anything out of my impromptu performance, and I doubt James Taylor did, either, what with his performance being on a CD and all.

But musicians on stage… well, that’s another matter entirely! I have to think that there’s an energy that rises from the crowd to the stage, that the performer really does get something back from the crowd. As the performers play, they feel that vibe and enjoy it, I’m sure. Moreover, the crowd gets to enjoy the show and participate, to a limited extent, in the show itself by inserting into their own minds the rhythms associated with their clapping, tapping, and dancing, playing and performing right along with the performers. Sometimes, they even boo the performer. And unless there’s a bit of improvisation to be done, or unless the playlist isn’t set in advance, the show goes on pretty much as planned.

So I wondered out loud if our praying wasn’t sort of like going to a concert that God gives, where life is the playlist and we’re clapping, tapping, dancing—praying—along to the music. The show is going to go on, so to speak, but God gets that vibe back from us as we pray, and I’m sure He enjoys it. We, too, can enjoy the show more if we participate in it, knowing that God is enjoying our participation. Even when our prayers are prayers of anguish, it’s good to remember that not all songs are happy songs either and that God hears and appreciates our earnest and heartfelt prayers, that the sad songs make Him cry, too.

Anyway, although Dr. Sproul’s answers are just fine, I like to put it into my terms and know that as I say my prayers, God’s up on stage, seeing me in the crowd, feeling what I feel as life is performed, because I am singing, dancing, crying, clapping and tapping through life. And though we certainly know that God has everything planned out from the beginning through the end, I also think we can know that God is really into audience participation.

Here’s (A). And here’s (B).

The power grids of this country are already stretched thin—so thin, in fact, that failures of the grid in one place can cause massive effects in other, seemingly unconnected places. Relatively recent events are evidence of the veracity of that statement. So when an inventor proposes a grid-powered electric car without an appropriate increase in the robustness of the nation’s power grid, it should come as no surprise that anybody who understands this country’s power distribution systems meets the proposal with derision.

If, as proponents state, the plug-in electric car will solve a considerable amount of our country’s oil and pollution problems, then we need to beef up the power grid and generation capacity of our country. The problem is that with an environment-first political culture prevalent for at least the next four years in this country, there’s no way that distribution capacity (let alone large-scale generation capacity) is going to keep pace with the requirements of a purely-electric fleet of automobiles on America’s road. And while cars such as the Prius are pretty good at decreasing fuel consumption, they’re still not quite what Shai Agassi, the proponent of the all-electric fleet, has in mind. Furthermore, at best, “…up to 20 percent of the U.S. vehicle fleet could be switched over to plug-in hybrids without overtaxing the existing grid.” (Goodell, Environment360.yale.edu, 2008-09-25.)

…But what about the other 80%? Well, they’re going to still suck oil, or conversion will require an upgrade to the grid. And neither option is attractive.

Meanwhile, a company proposes putting nuclear stations in third-world villages. Why, as their home page shows, are they proposing to put generation capacity in countries where thatch-roof huts are the prevalent form of housing? Because Americans are too stupid to recognize that the benefits of nuclear energy far outweigh the minimal risks, so not in my back yard, thanks. All we can picture are Chernobyl and Three-Mile Island, when these bureaucracy-induced disasters are not anywhere close to reality as demonstrated flawlessly in, for example, France.

I’ve long been a proponent of the concept that Hyperion is touting. But without a “killer app,” (no pun intended, of course) there simply won’t be enough push from anybody to get the regulators to approve their generation scheme for use in the US.

And here’s where these two initiatives are perfect for each other. For Agassi, Hyperion is the solution to the power problem. And for Hyperion, Agassi’s cars are the killer app. And with the kind of capital that both have raised, there’s quite a good chance that lawmakers in the US may be influenced appropriately to see that the two can work together to decrease our gigantic environmental footprint. Furthermore, by working with that capital, we could even try to educate the public—teach, not shove down our throats, of course—the differences between Hyperion and everything else on the planet. If you consider the buzz that the Prius generated, it’s entirely possible that the public might even get excited about this kind of partnership.

Imagine that: lawmakers working for the good of the environment, people excited about saving the environment, less waste, lower bills of all sorts, and self-reliant energy generation. It’s a no-brainer.

So, as I’ve said before, I’ll say again: Let’s go nuclear!

Duh.

(By way of Blonde Sagacity.)

The Premise

77% of the citizens of this country call themselves Christians. I’ll save you the trouble of clicking on the link. That’s a US Government Census Bureau report I’m linking to.

Seventy-seven.

That’s a solid, real majority. It’s not even close to a minority. It’s so far in the majority category that, well, let’s put it this way: 25% more adults identify themselves as Christians than those who voted for Barak Obama, and he’s our new president elect. (Sidebar: McCain didn’t lose by a lot. He got 46% of the popular vote, and that’s cool.)

This 77% of the adult population of this country hold beliefs, the major tenet of which is succinctly stated by John 3:16:

For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. (NLT)

Guess what that “believes in him” involves? Believing that Jesus died and rose from the dead. That bit is nicely summarized in the Apostles’ Creed, fifth line in:

The third day he rose again from the dead…

So, to summarize: 77% of Americans call themselves Christians, so 77% of Americans believe that a man died and was raised from the dead, as in came back to life.

When was the last time you saw that? I mean, this is not the kind of event that you see on ER, where some docs with some paddles yell “Clear!” and jumpstart a heart. This guy Jesus was dead for three days—stuck in a big hole in the rocks for three days, stinking, rotting, being more and more dead by the second.

Jesus came back to life. And a lot of us believe that.

The Question

So if Jesus came back to life because his father, God, willed it to be so, why is it so hard to believe the rest of the Bible?

As an engineer, I had a hard time with the rest of the Bible because I had to have explanations for everything. I was OK with Jesus’ being raised from the dead without explanation, but it just didn’t work for me that, say, the Red Sea was parted without some sort of explanation as to how God did it. Winds, volcanoes, whatever—I had to have an explanation. I am, after all, an engineer, and we don’t believe jack without an explanation.

But I got over that hurdle one day when I recognized that (a) I am not God (well, I knew that before “one day”), (b) I will never fully understand why God does things, and (c) I will never fully understand how God does things.

For (a), I think that revelation explains itself. I don’t have to do a whole lot of soul searching to recognize that I am not God. Heck, I’m so human that if I were any more human I’d be… well, just more myself.

For (b), I know that I will not ever understand fully why God does things because really, really awful things happen in this world and we do not find answers in the Bible, in prayer, or in any other God-given knowledgebase. I have pondered the words of a lot of well-respected authors and teachers, and they have reached the same conclusion: We just don’t know why God lets bad things happen. To us, in our limited ability to perceive His reasons, they just happen. I have had to learn to accept that recently, especially in light of the afore-linked recent awful event.

So I make the leap to (c) because if I can’t fully know why things happen, then I find it a lot easier not to know everything about how things happen. I mean, what do we really know? After all of our digging, our research, our attempts to explain the phenomena of this world, we find that the more we find out, the less we know.

Think back to Newton’s days when the pinnacle of knowledge about physics was explained in relatively simple equations such as F=ma and the like. Not content to accept that as fact, we kept digging and ended up discovering that it’s not quite right, that it’s a bit off in certain situations, that it has some limitations. And we started digging into the Why? of that limitation. Pretty soon, we’re building a giant ring of superconducting magnets and are looking for particles which defy explanation, and all sanity and reason as Newton knew them are out the door.

Now, I’m not saying that we may never understand something at its most basic elemental level, but I’m saying that we’re going to work very long and very hard to do so, and it still won’t come close to touching the either the how or why of God. I’m now OK with that because I already accept that I can’t know everything, that I can’t understand everything, that I have limitations because of what I am and who I am.

Once over that hurdle, I’ll put it bluntly: I’m lazy. It’s a lot easier to accept the Bible’s explanation because usually the simplest explanation is the correct explanation. The Bible’s explanation is very, very simple.

God did it.

Against that, you might argue that scientists are doing experiments and providing explanations and the Bible is just a theory and you can’t do experiments against that particular theory. True enough, but remember The Premise? What you’re arguing, in essence, is that while you are willing to accept one “impossible” part of the Bible, you’re completely discounting some or all of the other “impossible” parts of the Bible. Are these other “impossible” parts of the Bible any more impossible than that one part that you do accept?

Impossible is impossible is impossible. There aren’t varying degrees of impossibility. It either is or it isn’t impossible.

So back to the question: Can you accept other parts of the Bible at face value and take them on faith?

Yes I Can

I can safely say, Yes.

Yes I can. Yes I can take all of that on faith, and no more.

I hope you can, too.

So… Now What?

That’s where I am. I, an engineer, am taking the Bible on faith, and faith alone. I know that some of what the Bible is true because I’ve seen it firsthand, but I’ve not seen enough in my short career here on Earth to conclusively prove that rest of it is true. Thus it’s on faith that I accept the rest of the Bible is true.

And that is OK.

So if you’re an engineer and are wondering if it’s OK to believe such far-fetched ideas as creationism, miracles and other supposed nonsense, yeah, it’s OK. At least, God thinks so. And it’s all about Him, now, isn’t it?

So why not dive right in? Explore your newfound faith! It’s refreshing and I think you’ll love it—I know I have.


A post script: You won’t catch me trying to infer from the Bible how dinosaurs and humans may or may not have coexisted on the Earth at the same time. Nope, not me. I have my own theory which is that God can make things look however He wants ‘em to look, and He takes a great deal of pleasure in watching us solve things, figure them out, and discover, much like we do with our own children. He could have made everything on Earth look only 6,000 years old, if He’d wanted to. But He didn’t. Why not? I don’t know.

Or at least that’s the way I see it. Care to disagree? That’s OK, too.

I'm in ur Senate...

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In the style and manner of LOLcats:

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(Yes, I made this one up all by myself. There’s more good stuff that I made up at Bill’s Words.)

Voting in Tolland, CT

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It took the boys and me ten minutes once we got parked.

I decided we’d get in there early, and since polls opened at 6am, we were there at about 6:45 after I’d gotten showered and dressed. Our polling place was the Tolland Senior Center instead of the Town Hall this year because of goofy school situations on the south side of the interstate which required that move. Other than being a bit crowded inside, it wasn’t too bad.

It took a few minutes to get to the “who are you” table, a few seconds to find a chair/”booth” to vote (fill in the bubble), and a few minutes in line to wait to insert the ballot into the counting machine.

It was incredibly efficient as the process was divided up into three tasks which could run at independent speeds. There were three lines for the three “your street starts with what letter” tables, which funneled into one table to get a ballot, and about 30 chairs to vote. The line for the machine was the longest, strangely, which means it was taking people a little longer to stick the paper into the machine than it was for the three table people to figure out who was voting.

We got out to the parking lot, drove out of there nicely because the cop at the exit was doing a good job.

The funniest part about it was that the herd mentality was present. Instead of driving to the closest parking lot to park, people assumed that it was full because there were cars parked all over the place and parked in the far-out places, too.

I drove into the closest lot and parked in one of the many available spaces.

Connecticut has its act together. Other than not having “vote for one in this column” directions, which would have been a good idea, we have a nice system. It has a paper trail (the ballots are sucked into the machine and kept), the system is relatively smart because it is so simple (e.g., there is no user interaction hence fewer opportunities for bugs), and the only improvement to the machine that I can think of is a big green light that says “I got it.” (I presume that the machine checks validity, as there was some mention of sticking around long enough to make sure the machine didn’t spit it back out, but I didn’t see that happen.) But a bigger “It’s OK” announcement would be good.

Yeah, I know my vote was lost in the noise here in Connecticut, but the noise is louder in Tolland than I expected, given the results of the kids’ classes voting. The ratio was about 2:1::Obama:McCain, but it’s not the blowout I thought it would be. Perhaps it’s the Tolland crowd and Obama’s promise to redistribute the wealth… I dunno’.

Barak Hussein Obama: Liar?

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Hadn’t read this E-mail until just now. Even if only half the stuff this guy says is true, then voting for Obama is, well, despicable.

Anyway, here it is:

To Barack Hussein Obama,

The New York Times carried a story on Saturday, October 4, 2008, that proved you had a significantly closer relationship with Bill Ayers than what you previously admitted. While the issue of your relationship is of concern, the greater concern is that you lied to America about it.

The Chicago Sun reported on May 8, 2008, that FBI records showed that you had a significantly closer relationship with Tony Rezko than what you previously admitted. In the interview, you said that you only saw Mr. Rezko a couple of times a year. The FBI files showed that you saw him weekly. While the issue of your relationship is of concern, the greater concern is that you lied to America about it.

Your speech in Philadelphia on March 18, 2008, about “race” contradicted your statement to Anderson Cooper on March 14 when you said that you never heard Reverend Wright make his negative statements about white America .. While your attendance at Trinity Church for 20 years is of concern, the greater concern is that you lied to America on March 14.

In your 1st debate with John McCain, you said that you never said that you would meet with the leaders of Cuba, Venezuela, Iran, and North Korea without “preparations” at lower levels… Joe Biden repeated your words in his debate with Sarah Palin… while the video tape from your debate last February clearly shows that you answered “I would” to the question of meeting with those leaders within 12 months without “any” preconditions. While your judgement about meeting with enemies of the USA without pre-conditions is of concern, the greater concern is that you lied to America in the debate with McCain.

On July 14, 2008, you said that you always knew that the surge would work while the video tapes of you from more than a year ago show that you stated that the surge would not work. While your judgement about military strategy as a potential commander-in-chief is of concern, the greater concern is that you lied to America on July 14.

You now claim that your reason for voting against funding for the troops was because the bill did not include a time line for withdrawal, while the video tapes of you from more than a year ago show that you voted against additional funding because you wanted our troops to be removed immediately… not in 16 months after the 2008 election as you now claim. While your judgement about removing our troops unilaterally in 2007 is of concern, the greater concern is that you lied to America about your previous position.

You claim to have a record of working with Republicans while the record shows that the only bill that you sponsored with a Republican was with Chuck Lugar… and it failed. The record shows that you vote 97% in concert with the Democrat party and that you have the most liberal voting record in the Senate. You joined Republicans only 13% of the time in your votes and those 13% were only after agreement from the Democrat party. While it is of concern that you fail to include conservatives in your actions and that you are such a liberal, the greater concern is that you distorted the truth.

In the primary debates of last February, 2008, you claimed to have talked with a “Captain” of a platoon in Afghanistan “the other day” when in fact you had a discussion in 2003 with a Lieutenant who had just been deployed to Afghanistan .. You lied in that debate.

In your debates last spring, you claimed to have been a “professor of Constitutional law” when in fact you have never been a professor of Constitutional law. In this last debate, you were careful to say that you “taught a law class” and never mentioned being a “professor of Constitutional law.” You lied last spring.

You and Joe Biden both claimed that John McCain voted against additional funding for our troops when the actual records show the opposite. You distorted the truth.

You and Joe Biden claim that John McCain voted against funding for alternate energy sources 20 times when the record shows that John McCain specifically voted against funding for bio fuels, especially corn… and he was right… corn is too expensive at producing ethanol, and using corn to make ethanol increased the price of corn from $2 a bushel to $6 a bushel for food. You distorted the truth.

You and Joe Biden claim that John McCain voted like both of you for a tax increase on those making as little as $42,000 per year while the voting record clearly shows that John McCain did not vote as you and Joe Biden. You lied to America …

You and Joe Biden claim that John McCain voted with George W. Bush 90% of the time when you know that Democrats also vote 90% of the time with the President (including Joe Biden) because the vast majority of the votes are procedural. You are one of the few who has not voted 90% of the time with the president because you have been missing from the Senate since the day you got elected. While your absence from your job in the Senate is of concern, the greater concern is that you spin the facts.

You did not take an active role in the rescue plan. You claimed that the Senate did not need you while the real reason that you abstained was because of your close relationships with the executives of Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, Countrywide, and Acorn… who all helped cause the financial problems of today… and they all made major contributions to your campaign. While your relationship with these executives and your protection of them for your brief 3 years in the Senate (along with Barney Frank, Chuck Schumer, Maxine Waters, and Chris Dodd) is of concern, the greater concern is that you are being deceitful.

You forgot to mention that you personally represented Tony Rezko and Acorn. Tony Rezko, an Arab and close friend to you, was convicted of fraud in Chicago real estate transactions that bilked millions of tax dollars from the Illinois government for renovation projects that you sponsored as a state senator… and Acorn has been convicted of voter fraud, real estate sub prime loan intimidation, and illegal campaign contributions. Tony Rezko has contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars to your political campaigns. You personally used your political positions to steer money to both Tony Rezko and Acorn and you used Acorn to register thousands of phony voters for Democrats and you. While your relationships with Rezko and Acorn are of concern, the greater concern is that you omitted important facts about your relationships with them to America …

During your campaign, you said: “typical white person.” “They cling to their guns and religion.” “They will say that I am black.” You played the race card. You tried to label any criticism about you as racist. You divide America ..

You claim that you will reduce taxes for 95% of America , but you forgot to tell America that those reductions are after you remove the Bush tax reductions. You have requested close to $1 billion in earmarks and several million for Acorn. Your social programs will cost America $1 trillion per year and you claim that a reduction in military spending ($100 billion for Iraq ) can pay for it. While your economic plan of adding 30% to the size of our federal government is of concern, the greater concern is that you are deceiving America ..

The drain to America ‘s economy by foreign supplied oil is $700 billion per year (5% of GDP) while the war in Iraq is $100 billion (less than 1% of GDP). You voted against any increases to oil exploration for the last 3 years and any expansion of nuclear facilities. Yet today, you say that you have always been for more oil and more nuclear. You are lying to America …

Mr. Obama, you claimed that you “changed” your mind about public financing for your campaign because of the money spent by Republican PACs in 2004. The truth is that the Democrat PACs in 2004, 2006, and 2008 spent twice as much as the Republican PACs (especially George Soros and MoveOn.org). You are lying to America …

Mr. Obama, you have done nothing to stop the actions of the teachers union and college professors in the USA .. They eliminated religion from our history. They teach pro gay agendas and discuss sex with students as young as first grade. They bring their personal politics into the classrooms. They disparage conservatives. They brainwash our children. They are in it for themselves… not America. Are you reluctant to condemn their actions because teachers/professors and the NEA contribute 25% of all money donated to Democrats and none to Republicans? You are deceiving America.

Oh, Mr. Obama, Teddy Roosevelt said about a hundred years ago that we Americans should first look at the character of our leaders before anything else.

Your character looks horrible. While you make good speeches, motivating speeches, your character does not match your rhetoric. You talk the talk, but do not walk the walk.

  1. You lied to America. You lied many times. You distorted facts. You parsed your answers like a lawyer.

  2. You distorted the record of John McCain in your words and in your advertisements.

  3. You had associations with some very bad people for your personal political gains and then lied about those associations.

  4. You divide America about race and about class.

Now let me compare your record of lies, distortions, race baiting, and associations to John McCain: War hero. Annapolis graduate with “Country first.” Operational leadership experience like all 43 previously elected presidents of the USA as a Navy officer for 22 years. 26 years in the Senate. Straight talk. Maverick. 54% of the time participated on bills with Democrats. Never asked for an earmark. The only blemish on his record is his part in the Keating 5 debacle about 25 years ago.

Mr. Obama, at Harvard Law School, you learned that the end does not justify the means. You learned that perjury, false witness, dishonesty, distortion of truth are never tolerated. Yet, your dishonesty is overwhelming. Your dishonesty is tremendously greater than the dishonesty that caused the impeachment and disbarment of Bill Clinton. Your dishonesty is tremendously greater than the dishonesty of Scooter Libby. You should be ashamed.

Mr. Obama, it is time for us Americans to put aside our differences on political issues and vote against you because of your dishonest character. It is time for all of us Americans to put aside our political issues and vote for America first. It is time for America to vote for honesty.

Any people who vote for you after understanding that you are dishonest should be ashamed of themselves for making their personal political issues more important than character. Would these same people vote for the anti-Christ if the anti-Christ promised them riches? Would they make a golden calf while Moses was up the mountain? Would they hire someone for a job if that someone lied in an interview? Of course not. So why do some of these people justify their votes for you even though they know you are dishonest? Why do they excuse your dishonesty? Because some of these people are frightened about the future, the economy, and their financial security… and you are preying on their fears with empty promises… and because some (especially our young people) are consumed by your wonderful style and promises for “change” like the Germans who voted for Adolf Hitler in 1932. The greed/envy by Germans in 1932 kept them from recognizing Hitler for who he was. They loved his style. Greed and envy are keeping many Americans from recognizing you… your style has camouflaged your dishonesty… but many of us see you for who you really are… and we will not stop exposing who you are every day, forever if it is necessary.

Mr. Obama, you are dishonest. Anyone who votes for you is enabling dishonesty.

Mr. Obama, America cannot trust that you will put America first in your decisions about the future.

Mr. Obama, you are not the “change” that America deserves. We cannot trust you.

Mr. Obama, you are not ready and not fit to be commander-in-chief.

Mr. Obama, John McCain does not have as much money as your campaign to refute all of your false statements. And for whatever reasons, the mainstream media will not give adequate coverage or research about your lies, distortions, word parsing, bad associations, race baiting, lack of operational leadership experience, and generally dishonest character. The media is diverting our attention from your relationships and ignoring the fact that you lied about those relationships. The fact that you lied is much more important than the relationships themselves… just like with Bill Clinton and Richard Nixon… Monica Lewinski and Watergate were not nearly as bad as the fact that those men lied about the events… false witness… perjury… your relationships and bad judgements are bad on their own… but your lies are even worse.

Therefore, by copy of this memo, all who read this memo are asked to send it to everyone else in America before it is too late. We need to do the job that the media will not do. We need to expose your dishonesty so that every person in America understands who you really are before election day.

Mr. Obama, in a democracy, we get what we deserve. And God help America if we deserve you.

Michael Master McLean, Virginia

Some Alternatives to the "PH"

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My alma mater, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, is changing its logo from this (and variations thereof, such as without the elephant):

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to this:

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and variations thereof.

It’s boring, misread as “PH,” and… well, plain.

So I decided to make it less plain, more readable, and bolder.

I started by making the “R” obvious with a few white lines:

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With some color, it’s a bit more obvious still, and will embroider oh-so-much-better on apparel:

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Then I thought about that odd tail on the left, supposedly part of a sine wave. It sure looks… forlorn… lost…. Let’s do something about that:

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But… what about the whitespace above the “H” and below the “R?” It looks a little out of balance. Let’s do this, then:

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And one last touch, changing the sine wave a bit:

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This makes the sine wave look more like two other things, too: a helix (part of DNA) and a Mobius strip (a pretty neat mathematical construct, among other things). Biomed? Math? Yes, both offered at Rose.

That’s what I came up with in about five minutes of tinkering with the logo. It’s rough, I know, and there’s sure to be something better. Though I don’t want Rose to change its logo, if they’re going to (and somebody paid big bucks to do it), I want them to do it right.

Am I right? Who cares?! I had fun doing this!

If only people realized that there was nothing good about the Clinton administration (credit the liberal mainstream media for that coverup), that Bush got handed a bucket of crap as a result, that “hope” and “change” are not policies, that throwing the baby out with the bathwater (as opposed to taking a more, ahem, conservative and incremental approach) is usually a bad idea, and that experience doing something other than taking handouts for pretend jobs is important, the apocolypse wouldn’t be happening tomorrow.

But sheep will be sheep.

Wonder how many hills there are in Hawaii?

(That one may take you a while to figure out.)

Decision Time 2008

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Clear and succinct, and though I’ve said some of these points before (here, for example), here they are again, just in case you’re one of the seven.

I am totally surprised.

I had always thought that gas prices rose faster than they fell. This graph seems to show otherwise.

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(The graph comes from GasBuddy.com.)

I went looking and had a hard time finding any kind of table that compares candidates’ positions on the issues. This is the closest I got.

Now, recognizing that “hope” and “change” (Obamacrats) as well as “I am not George W. Bush” (McCainicans) are not policies, what do you know about your favorite candidate’s policies?

Are you as dumb as these people? Or do you know what your candidate stands for?

Talk amongst yourselves.