On voting rights

Yesterday's presidential elections in Romania have prompted me to write about something that's been on my mind for some time: voting rights in a so-called "democratic" country. I'm concerned about the quality of the electorate and their capability to make objective decisions for the good of the country, not just for their own good. I've [...]

The Education of Little Tree (1997)

A little boy loses his parents during the depression, and his grandparents take him to live with them in their mountain cabin. The premise is simple, but the lessons are many. I liked this movie because it taught respect for native Indians. Let's face it, the "red skins", as they used to be called, owned [...]

Barack Obama's smart politics

I'm watching Hillary Clinton's concession speech right now, and I just realized something. Obama was accused of playing dirty politics a few years ago in Chicago, when he eliminated his competition. He checked their candidacy applications to make sure they obeyed all the rules when collecting the required signatures. None of them fully qualified, so [...]

Condensed knowledge for 2008-03-13

New Acer notebooks feature NVidia 9-series, Blu-ray options http://tinyurl.com/2vtmx3 # An Introduction to Time-Banking http://tinyurl.com/32sc37 # Zooffice! http://tinyurl.com/2k9zcq # The Real Opportunity of iPhone Games http://tinyurl.com/2pdas9 # Dev Team Unlocks iPhone 2.0 Already http://tinyurl.com/338m7c # 101 Farting Dalmatians? (Disgusting) http://tinyurl.com/2w5yb4 # Sharp's new air purifiers combine purification and humidification http://tinyurl.com/3dvpzt # Trend Micro Lightens Exchange's [...]

Barack Obama for the win

I felt compelled to post this after watching Barack Obama's "Call to Renewal" speech, given on 6/28/06 in Washington, DC. I've supported Sen. Obama for the last few months, and after watching this, I know I want to see him as president. Obama is the kind of man that appeals to my heart and mind. [...]

Living in a mad world

There are two things I want to talk about today. The first took place right here in the US, and the second happened in Italy. Both happened recently. We've got a conductor who has forgotten the US still means freedom. Apparently, a tourist, possibly from Japan, who knew very little English, was taking photos of [...]

Construction, people and traffic jams

For the past month, there's been construction going on at the American Legion Memorial Bridge. I use it everyday to get to and from work. They've closed a lane on the right side, and that's a huge inconvenience. So much traffic goes over that bridge every day, particularly during rush hour, that the single lane [...]

How many of my photos were stolen?

For the moment, this is a rhetorical question. I've been re-thinking the way I publish my photos online in view of the recent and very prominent theft of Rebekka Guðleifsdóttir's photos from Flickr. Call me naive, but I really believed, and still would like to believe, that people will wish to stay legal and pay [...]