Category Archives: News

I’m no Rupert Murdoch, but sometimes things happening on the global stage are interesting.

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus (Logo)

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus closes after 146 years

Source: https://a.msn.com/r/2/AAlSxkf?m=en-us As a passionate fan of Cy Coleman’s “Barnum” and the extraordinary life that Phineas Taylor lived, this saddens me. Although the sadness was slightly bolstered by listening to the finale of the show, “Join The Circus.” Reading through the article and talking about it with my wife, there were several curious nuggets that emerged from the discussion that I wanted to share. The article mentions shorter attention spans as one reason why circus attendance has declined and I wonder if maybe a Saturday morning cartoon where the circus has to solve mysteries or something might not have helped with that. I also wonder if it might even help people be less afraid of clowns playing detective. Despite winning a civil court battle regarding “allegations that circus employees mistreated elephants”, the circus continued to face negative pressure from animal rights groups and municipalities (in the form of local ordinance … Continue reading →

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Cloud

Shortly after I first started working at DreamHost (Fall 2011), there was a lot of talk about “the cloud” and because I’m never tuned into the right channels, I couldn’t help but feel like DreamHost was just enslaving themselves to some kind of marketing buzzword and we wouldn’t be doing anything significantly different. The continual mention of “the cloud” made me laugh out loud like Candace Flynn anytime anyone said anything about writing letters to Santa Claus. And I didn’t think twice about those thoughts until I stumbled across this recent Dilbert comic strip (almost a year after I initially had those thoughts about “the cloud”) and I was amazed and somewhat humbled to realize how much of a cloud nut I’ve become since then. So I started poking around to get some more information about “the cloud”. First I read Who Invented The Cloud by TelecomTV.Com to try and … Continue reading →

Wait…The Cost Of Oil Did What??? And Costo Did WHAT?!?!

Here we go. A straight-forward-ish explanation of what’s going on with the price of oil. So Iran is posturing and the price of oil spikes?!?! Grrr. But even more grrrr was our experience at Costco today. We pulled into the line at the Fullerton Costco gas station (which seemed fairly straight-forward for a Saturday), but soon we were engaged by a Costco employee. They told us that the back pump of each lane was Regular only and the front pump was Premium only. This effectively means that everybody (except the few who don’t want to wait in the line and get Costco employee guidance to queue up for the front pump) is waiting to use one pump per lane. The next opportunity we had we bailed because that’s garbage. As Laura and I waited for the next available opportunity to exeunt the premises, we discussed why on earth Costco would … Continue reading →

Election Day 2008

President McCain/Palin – The True Name of Barack Obama’s Change: Intolerance But whoever wins, I intend to fully support the American President. Cuz they’re not going to bulldoze Disneyland. The prices may skyrocket and I may be too poor to afford an annual pass – but it will still be there. Prop 8 I’ve come to the conclusion that homosexuality is (generally speaking) not a choice. Most homosexuals don’t choose to be homosexuals…that’s just how God made them. With that conclusion, I have no choice but to vote no on 8 because otherwise I’m discriminating against a group of people. And that’s unconstitutional (why is California still voting on this issue? ;)). What the Bible Says – And Doesn’t Say – About Homosexuality

McCain vs. Obama…round 2….FIGHT!

Obama wants to cut spending? HA! McCain encourages bipartisanship, which I believe is the answer. Not bending over backwards for them…but working with them… McCain doesn’t want to prioritize because he believes we can do goo in all 3 areas (health care, social security, and energy) Obama priorities 1 – energy 15 billion a year for 10 years funding…what exactly? Car maintenance? 2 – health care 3 – social security McCain wants to examine all bureaucracies and see what they’re doing. And we shouldn’t prioritize – we should tackle all the problems. Obama wants us to drill…I am very impressed with Obama’s call for expanding the Peace Corps to make us all aware of conservation…just don’t talk about carbon offsets 😉 Obama says only Fortune 500 CEO’s get tax cuts….neglecting to mention the small business owners who get the tax cut that helps them stimulate the economy. YES! Good job … Continue reading →

Veep Debate: Biden Vs. Palin….FIGHT! ;)

I’m writing my thoughts as they freeflow out of me while watching the debate on youtube. I indicate who was talking when the thought popped out. I’m also paraphrasing some of what is said in order to highlight that I agree with it. Biden – Did McCain want to deregulate because the government regulation was bloated and not doing any good? I’m just genuinely curious…. Biden – If people can’t afford to fill up their gas tanks, maybe we should get off of foreign oil!!!! Biden – Barak didn’t vote to raise taxes? HA! Why are we letting them (the Dems) define the terminology? They say it’s all about deregulation and won’t let us comment on anything else… Biden – Only the middle class is watching the debate? >> Palin – Small business fit into the greater than/equal to 250,000…higher taxes for small business crimps America. Small business is the … Continue reading →

Obama Vs. McCain

McCain says Senator Obama, Obama says John. Not very respectful. What? Did Obama really just switch to domestic policy issues on a question about foreign policy? Oh that’s right…he’s just running through his list of talking points…ok… Obama likes to play the blame game. “We still don’t have Bin Laden.” What are you going to do about that Barak? Pull troops out of Iraq, let it become a new hideout for Al-Queda and search for Bin Laden in Afghanistan? McCain doesn’t support torture…oh…yeah…oops. But as long as Jack Bauer government agents exist who are willing to take the temporary blame if the information is profitable, I’m fine. I was surprised to hear Obama backpeddle in explaining what he meant by meeting with Ahmadinejad without preconditions…

Responses, Responses, Responses

I did a lot of critical thinking today and wanted to share it! The Towers live on … in movies & television, that is Jim asks us what we think about the Towers popping up in media. I think it is garbage to digitally remove ANYTHING from a film, whether it be to replace guns with walkie-talkies or remove buildings that are no longer standing in order to be politically correct. A film, just like a picture or any other kind of archival media, is a slice of space and time that is a precious representation of history. To edit it is to attempt to rewrite history…and THAT is sacrilegious. And in Disney’s case, to keep something from publication for political reasons is even MORE sacrilegious….I wish Disney would release the ABC docudrama “The Path To 9/11”. It was a brilliant miniseries that evenhandedly dealt blame on both sides of … Continue reading →

Obama Gets Battered and Praised, iPods and Global Warming

Apple and AT&T to launch iPhone 3G a lot sooner than we think? | The Boy Genius Report Duh duh duh!!!!! iPhone 2.0! ‘We may have a second Lincoln’: McGovern explains endorsement switch – Barack Obama | News from Presidential Candidates, the House of Representatives, the Senate, and the White House Interesting….a black Lincoln…I’m not saying it’s impossible…. webcomics @ chainsawsuit by kris straub His blog led me to this (Video – Breaking News Videos from CNN.com) which just makes me crazy! It’s the damned racial double-standard (as Kris points out). We can say George Bush looks like a monkey, but we can’t say that Obama looks like a monkey? I don’t care if it’s a previous racial stereotype….you can’t reserve words like that…but that’s what minorities do with the encouragement of the liberal left. Crazy C Studios – Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays! Yay! Disney reference! Yay! LAist: An iPod … Continue reading →