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Saturday, February 01, 2003
May our thoughts and prayers be with the families of the crew. We appreciate the sacrifices of those in the pursuit of the exploration and utilization of space. It is costly. Those who have died believed that it is worth it. As do I.
Friday, January 31, 2003
the perfect cup of coffee
...is halfway between luke warm and steaming....
...leeches all the moisture from your mouth on the first sip...
...wakes you up first, from the bitter jolt, and then later from the caffeine...
makes Friday mornings happen.
Tuesday, January 28, 2003
year of the blues
On September 12, 2002, the United States Senate resolved that the period of time from February 1, 2003 to February 1, 2004 has been designated as the Year of the Blues:
More on some of the programs celebrating the Blues in the U.S., from the New York Sun.
While we will be celebrating the Blues in the United States, British musicians have their own blues to contend with. While there was some good news for them, in the announcement of a program to help unemployed musicians find work under a program called the New Deal for Musicians, there was also some bad news. A silent protest was held on Monday outside of Parliment by hundreds of gagged musicians over a licensing bill that may threaten to keep music out of British Pubs. Seems like a matter of giving with one hand, and taking away with the other.
protect your identity
A reporter from the local paper, the Wilmington News Journal, was recently the victim of identity theft. He describes his experience in a painful blow-by-blow description of the fight to reclaim his name. The article's sidebar has some good suggestions on how you can help protect your identity. He also wrote a companion piece on efforts to make it more difficult for people to appropriate social security numbers and other vulnerable information.
While there is some very useful information in the News Journal articles on identity theft, sometimes you just have to wonder about how fragile the whole credit reporting system is. Especially when you read about a woman who is fighting the credit agencies to prove to them that she is not dead, as their records indicate.
legal XML update
A new committee has been formed to help created standards for the sharing of criminal record information between criminal justice agencies. The Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS) has been working to develop standards in the use of XML for a wide range of industries. While some of those links are pretty technical, the implications behind this news is that the standards being developed would enable information that is being declassified more quickly under the Homeland Security Information Sharing Act of 2002 to be communicated faster with local law enforcement agencies.
driving the environment
The success of a move to hybrid cars is going to rely upon public acceptance, and the auto manufacturers making an actual effort to bring the vehicles to the people. A New York Times article titled Hybrid Cars Are Catching On brings a bit of optimism with it.
state of the union
In case you missed it, and didn't intend to, here's the full transcript for the State of the Union Address, from President Bush.
It is looking like in-house counsel will be tasked with going up the ladder, rather than mandatory noisy withdrawals, when faced with internal illegal contact.
Not final... just the latest scoop.
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