January 28, 2006
For several months, we've had problems with our newspaper delivery at school. We're supposed to get 5 daily, however, most days we get 1 or 2.... or none at all. I've called and called.... this only makes our delivery guy upset because he gets docked everytime I call. Apparently we have somebody stealing our papers or a dog is fetching them before we pick them up.
So Thursday, my assistant pulls her jeep up to the gate to get the papers when a little black car pulls in ahead of her. A big man gets out of his car, gives my assistant a look, and takes 2 or 3 of the papers. He then proceeds around to drop off his child at extended day. We note the child and the license plate number and inform the principal. His suggestion; write a tackful letter and send it home with the child.
So I write a letter which recounts the events which have been witnessed, but doesn't place blame. I just want this parent to consider our position. I show it to the principal, and he says it's perfect. Now, our resource officer has heard of our situation and is ready to call this guy and confront him. He ran the license plates and all, however, the principal wouldn't let him go after this guy.
Friday, as expected, I get a call from our offender who basically admits to taking a paper or two every week, but thinks we're going too far to accuse him of stealing papers. I explain to him that stealing papers is EXACTLY what he's been doing, whether he knows it or not, and that we'd like him to leave our papers alone. He gets angrier and angrier and finally hangs up on me. The thing is.... he's probably not the only one doing this.
So next week, I'm going to go in super early each day and see if I can catch others in the act.... perhaps on camera. Who knows.... by the end of the week, I may have a whole bunch of parents yelling at me.
January 22, 2006
In another twist...... According to TG Daily, Toshiba and Samsung (the two big developers of HDDVD) have entered into a joint veture to manufacture.....what else?????? BLUERAY RECORDERS!!!!
WOW boys, what a backup plan. If you can't get people to adopt your technology, at least you'll get in on the action by making your competitors products.
This web is getting mighty tangled
January 21, 2006
So there is a monumental battle taking shape that brings back memories of BetaMax vs. VHS. Today's companies are trying to the be ones to bring High Definition DVD's to your living room and computer. Since there is no standard yet, and no clear winner.... this has frustrating repercussions on Discount Resellers and consumers. What do you buy? Who's disks can you play. Both sides currently have big motion picture houses and computer companies behind them.... Both have amazing new products.... Neither is anywhere compatible with the other.
SO, this week..... when it finally looked like HDDVD was down for the count, two BIG companies came to its rescue: Microsoft and Intel. Talk about timing.... this new breath for HDDVD is no doubt going to prolong the war and be a nightmare for consumers. It also gives Microsoft an interesting edge.... They can stall the market for both formats until they develop software that does the same thing over Broadband. Think about it, Apple's iTunes is now selling TV and music at unbelievable rates over the Internet. In a couple years, you will no doubt be able to score just about ANY media you can imagine over a network or Internet Connection.
All we need now is SUPER storage. Actually, I could use a good Teribyte box right now. I have a camcoder that films straight to HD....no tape. It's really cool, but I can see my Hard drive filling up fast.
Ramblin' at the computer:
- So I hear on the news that a dude in NYC rode the subway for over 6 hours before anybody realized he was dead. In the movie Collateral, Tom Cruise uses a similar incident (yes this has happened before) to justify the killing of his victims as he is driven around
- I think the planets were out of alignment this week..... if so we should send some rockets up to knock'em back in place. Translation, the students were just jumpy this week...... I'm going to have to lay down the law come Monday.
- I read an interesting health tip about diet hunger today. It says that you should stay away from eating many different flavors at once. Example, eat mostly apples one day, or mostly pineapple, or chocolate..... whatever it is, try to have a "taste theme". When you do this, your body will register that it's FULL and cut off your hunger pangs. On the other hand, if you eat too many different flavors at once, your body resets the hunger pangs for each new flavor.
January 19, 2006
First off, let me just go on the record that I consider myself a patriot and Bin Laden is a thug that needs to be captured or killed. That said, Bin Laden is making a whole lot more sense to me these days than Bush. Let's put it this way, if something happened and it was one person's word against the other, I'd probably have to go with Bin Laden. OK, let me clarify why I bring this up. I just finished reading about today's Bin Laden tape in which he offers a truce with the US. Of course we can't broker deals with terrorists, but what Bin Laden says made sense. He spoke of the american public in a positive light, instead directing his ire at the Bush administration (welcome to the club Osama).
"Based on the substance of the polls, which indicate Americans do not want to fight Muslims on Muslim land, nor do they want Muslims to fight them on their land, we do not mind offering a long-term truce based on just conditions that we will stand by,"
This is not an irrational statement......actually, it's pretty resonable. The problem is that we've committed to this war. Bush's only option is to keep on keepin' on.
"Your President is misinterpreting public opinion polls which show that the vast majority of you support the withdrawal of your forces from Iraq," bin Laden said.
"He (Bush) disagreed with this desire and said the withdrawal of troops will give the wrong message to the enemy and that it is better to fight them on their ground than on our ground."
"Reality shows that the war against the U.S. and its allies is not just restricted to Iraq as he claims, but Iraq has become a gravitational point and a recruiting ground for qualified (mujahideen)," he added.
Now the timing is REALLY interesting. This "truce" came about a week after the US bombed the heck out of a dinner that the Al Queda elite were supposed to attend. Reports indicate that 4 big wigs were killed, but the big fish got away. Sounds like the noose is tightening there and it won't be long before we have BigLaden's head on a platter. At that time, we should make plans to get our troops out of Iraq and put in some UN peacekeepers..... mission accomplished.... oh glorious glorious day.
Now to the next issue.... Spying on Americans. The Bush adminstration this week has taken Google to court, demanding to know what Americans are searching for on the search Engine. This, of course, violates privacy policies.... AND THE LAW!!! This makes me just sick! We've finally reached George Orwell's vision when Big Brother watches your every move.
BTW.... Hi NSA!!! Nothin' going on here but a little free speech (is that still allowed?)
January 10, 2006
Whoa! In the last 24 hours we've had a police chase shootout through Kissimmee that ended with a Suicide and a 10 hour bank robbery standoff that ended with another shootout on 192 (robbers used his hostages as human shields, but snipers took him out). What will tomorrow bring?.....who knows, but you better be alert around here.
January 08, 2006
I spoke with Ninja today about the superbowl halftime shows.... and although I tune in, they aren't nearly as entertaining as the Olympic Ceremonies. I can't believe the Olympics are only a month away (Feb 10th). I hope we win....BIG TIME. Good thing we all have TiVO
January 06, 2006
King Tut won the lottery BIG TIME!!!! Everything he needed/wanted was provided for him..... and considering that he lived 3000 years ago, he had some really dope *BLING*. I got to see many Egyptian artifacts at the Met in NYC over winter break, and although the craftsman ship was impressive, none could compare with TUT. I was also impressed for the way the Museum told the story of Tut throughout the exhibit. To someone like me, who is only slightly familiar with this story, it was an eye opener to step into the past and get a true sense of history involved. The last time I was this pleased with an exhibit was at the HolyLand Experience in Orlando (again, it was an insight into a story I vaugely knew).
To see what I mean, try this link: