18 February, 2006

A skit for Kathy Griffin

OK, I've got what I think would be a good routine for Kathy Griffin. For those of you who are living in a cave and don't know about her, she's this ultra-cool, hip, gay-friendly actress/comedienne who doesn't mind taking people to task -- especially hoity-toity A-list celebrities. You can get a taste of what she's like from this AskMen.com article or this interview from Metroline. She's one of my favourite people.

So, here's the routine that I could totally see her doing. The inspiration came when I was watching one of her shows and she started talking about some donut shop in Texas (Kathy Griffin likes donuts):



Speaking of Krispy Kreme, what the fuck is up with that name? I mean, you all know that I love donuts. But let's think about this. First of all, Krispy Kreme is a Southern corporation. They're located in North Carolina -- you know, home of organizations like "Christian Knights of the Ku Klux Klan." Speaking of the KKK, think about how similar the initials of Krispy Kreme are to the KKK. Let's see ... Krispy, spelled with a "K," Kreme, spelled with a "K," Corporation. I'm surprised they didn't spell "Corporation" with a "K." So Krispy Kreme is essential the KKC of North Carolina, a state that has a proud history of Ku Klux Klan patronage. Take into consideration that they chose to mis-spell the name of their company, to make it as similar as possible to "KKK" without actually being "KKK," it kind of makes you think....

Now me, I'm more of a Dunkin Donuts gal ... I mean, just take a look and you'll see that I'm much more like the "Double-D" than the "KKC." ... Now let's talk about the donuts. Krispy Kreme donuts come in, well, basically, one flavor: creme. Their donuts are filled with creme. It's pretty much a heterogenious donut. As you'll all know, I'm in love with my gays, which is why Dunkin Donuts wins out over Krispy Kreme yet again. Dunkin Donuts takes to task the true meaning of being a diverse corporation. Double-D's donuts come in a plethora of varieties, offering myriad different types of fillings, from cremes, to puddings, to jellies, to chocolates. Well, you get the idea.

So this gal is dropping the KKC in favor of the Double-D.



So, maybe Kathy will incorporate this little skit into her act one day. It's offered under a Creative Commons license, so she basically has permission to use it. And just because I love her so much, I'll even waive the Non-Commercial and Share-Alike provisions of this license -- but just for her!

Brazil Sugar surpasses American Dollars

OK, the title might not be completely accurate, and perhaps misleading, but I've got to give a really big "hats off" to our Brazilian brethren.

You see, it seems that they've almost completely eliminated their reliance on foreign oil in the automotive market. How, you might ask, have they done this? The answer is simple: they use a byproduct of their sugar cane crop.

Score one for the environment, at least in Brazil. Now, in reading all about this eco-friendly phenomena, it makes one wonder why so-called "advanced" nations, like the United States, the United Kingdom, and Germany, and other leading first world nations? My guess is that these first-world nations hold the almighty dollar (Euro, Pound, or whatever currency they worship) in higher regard than the health and well-being of our beloved planet Earth.

But it is perhaps here, in the United States, that we have the poorest record on protecting mother earth. Simply put, the Big American Corporations (BAC) are the ones with most of the bucks: the ones lining the pockets of Congress to stop environmentally-friendly legislation from proceeding, the ones lining the pockets of lobbyists (who are lining the pockets of the United States House and Senate), the ones lining the pockets of the advertising industry, and ones who are lining the pockets of the media in general.

BBC NEWS | Business | Brazil's sugar crop fuels nation's cars

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16 February, 2006

Firefox MOVED the RSS button

OK, Firefox did something tricky when it rolled out version 1.5 that had me winding up with a bit of egg on my face.

One of my favourite features of Firefox is its ability to automatically find RSS feeds. When Firefox does find an RSS feed, it displays an icon typically used to represent an RSS feed () in the statusbar, at the bottom of the screen. This has been a feature of Firefox ever since about version 1.0, but instead of calling it by its rightful name, Firefox decided to call this "Live Bookmarks," and has decided, at least for the time being, to keep itself limited to using RSS as Live Bookmarks.

Now, when version 1.5 came out, Firefox did something sneaky, and this is what left me with egg on my face: they moved the RSS feed indicator icon from the statusbar to the URL bar (that's where you type in the URLs to access web pages). Now, noticing that my RSS feed icon was no longer being displayed on the statusbar, like a good little soldier, I went and filed a bug report with bugzilla, Mozilla's bug reporting software.

So why is there egg on my face? Well, like always, I tried to search for the bug before filing the report. I couldn't find anything. So I filed it. Now you have to understand, Mozilla never told anybody that they had moved the RSS indicator icon from the statusbar to the URL bar -- the Release Notes contain no mention of the move, nor could I find anything else indicating that Mozilla had told anyone about the move.

So, when I went to file another bug report -- this time requesting a new feature -- and when I was searching for terms so I wouldn't file a duplicate, I found a number of similar bug reports to the one I first filed, indicating that the missing icon wasn't a bug because it was moved. I immediately filed a comment to my original bug post, and closed it with the same notation as the ones I'd found indicating that there was no bug: INVALID.

I then went on to file my second bug report, the new feature request. About six hours later, one of the official bugzilla people closed my bug report as being a duplicate of another one, that already had been filed (but yet, which, again, I didn't uncover during my search before filing the bug report).

So, what's the point of my rambling for the past ten minutes or so? Two things, directed at the Mozilla folk:

1. When you guys change something, no matter how minor (like moving an icon from the statusbar to the URLbar), let people know about it!

2. Something appears to be b0rken in the search feature of bugzilla. In fact, I just tried searching on some bug reports that I knew I had filed, but the search couldn't find them (I went into some old, saved e-mails and pulled up the bug numbers, and sure enough, there they were). So see if you can look into that. Especially with respect to the two most recent bug reports I've filed, I know that I searched under terms that appeared in the bug report summary when I later discovered the other bugs.

But now the good news: A future version of Firefox will have the enhanced feature that I was going to request.

Ah, one more thing for the Mozilla folk: I think it's great that you're using Wiki to keep track of the development process of Mozilla applications. However, it would also be nice if you had a space within your own domain where you discussed such development, because not everyone is going to think of looking for a tracking bug or under Wiki for such programs/announcements.

Other than that, keep up the good work Mozilla folk. You've got some great products!

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Homeland Stupidity

This is the web site/blog of one of my cyber-pals. Like me, he's kind of a technologist. He's intelligent, witty, on-point, and thought-provoking. A champion of personal liberty and exposer of governmental fraud. He's well-researched (but then, what geek isn't?) And, he's not conceited; in fact, he's probably humble (he describes himself as a "royal pain in the ass").

I bow to his royalty (being royal myself, that's probably one of the best compliments I can muster forth). We disagree at times but, on most of the important issues, we pretty much agree, especially with regards to personal freedom and civil liberties. He is a patriot who loves his country, and freely exercises his right to criticize the stupidity that exists at all levels of our government.

He is IO Error.

Here's a sampling:

If it hasn’t happened to you already, it will soon. Police will knock on your door, tell you they’re looking for a criminal who may be in the neighborhood, and ask you to voluntarily submit a DNA sample. If you hesitate even for a moment, they’ll become quite, er, persuasive. “You don’t have anything to hide, do you? You aren’t the person we’re looking for, are you? What’s the problem? It’s just a cotton swab from the inside of your cheek. It’ll prove your innocence.” Read more.

(Of course, he could have provided a link to the ACLU's take on the erosion of privacy, for greater effect.)

That’s an incredible amount of paperwork, expense and bureaucratic garbage to go through, at least for most Americans, just to go hunting. And when the Vice President’s staff can’t even keep up with all the requirements, one might start to think we have too many regulations. Read more.
Well, I think you get the picture....

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Funny Stuff

U.S. Special Forces The Pentagon announced today the formation of a new 500-man elite fighting unit called the United States Redneck Special Forces. These Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas boys will be dropped off into Iraq and have been given only the following facts about terrorists:
  1. The season opened today.
  2. There is no limit.
  3. They taste just like chicken.
  4. They don't like beer, pickups, country music or Jesus.
  5. They are DIRECTLY RESPONSIBLE for the death of Dale Earnhardt.
We expect the problem in Iraq to be over by Friday.



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15 February, 2006

QOTD

There is nothing more powerful than an idea whose time has come.
- Victor Hugo

I found this quote on Margaret Cho's Marriage Equality Resource Site.

She has a great commentary on gay marriage, taken from an NPR interview on November 19, 2003 (NPR clip).

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Constitutional Amendment Banning Same Sex Marriage

There are two contradictory statements in this article, and I don't think anyone's had the chutzpah to point it out:

Statement #1: Sen. Bill Frist, R-Tenn., has announced that he expects to hold a vote in June on the measure, which would prevent states from allowing gay marriages. While the bill is unlikely to get the two-thirds majority needed to be approved, it will be an important test for lawmakers on gay rights before the midterm elections in November.

Statement #2: Gay rights groups criticized the Republican move, and suggested the timing was purely political.


Now, why do I think that these statements are contradictory? The reason is simple: gay rights groups don't want to know that the Democrudic Party really isn't that much better than the Republican't Party when it comes to gay rights, especially the right of same-sex couples to marry.

I think it's great the Senators will be forced to go on record as to whether or not they support same-sex marriage. I'm sure that people will be in for a surprise when they see just how many of the Senators do not support same-sex marriages.

Frist pledges marriage ban vote in Senate

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Government Spends $363M on Gays and Lesbians

Anything that the government does with respect to the LGBT (that's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) community is of interest to us, but this report should be of interest to a segment of the population that, unfortunately these days, probably doesn't get along all too well with the LGBT community: Republicans. (For the record, I firmly believe that Southern Conservative Democrats began a takeover of my party -- the Republican Party -- which they completed with the election of President George W. Bush; I am actively trying to wrest control from these hatemongers and bring the Republican Party back to its original owners, the Moderate Republicans.)

You see, a report has just been issued by an independent party that the federal government has spent approximately $363,000,000 over the past decade -- all in just one area: keeping gay men and lesbians out of the armed services.

As a Republican, to me, this is appalling. Spending what amounts to an average of $36million per year in order to keep people who want to be in the military out of it, when there really isn't a good reason as to why they shouldn't be allowed to enroll (like having a violent felony conviction) is a great example of wasteful government spending.

As a gay man, this also is appalling to me, because -- should I ever become crazy enough -- should I want to enlist in the armed services, I would not be able to do so because of blatant prejudice. And to think, at a time when the armed services needs more people in its ranks to help fight the War in Iraq because our young men and women who have enlisted in the military service are dying as time drums on.

Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN) is doing a fabulous job in helping those gay and lesbian servicemembers with legal difficulties that they encounter (or might encounter) while in the service. They have a petition that you can sign supporting a lift on the government's ban against gay and lesbians openly serving in the military.

Report: Military gay ban cost $363M

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I survived!

Well, I did it. I survived! Another wretched day. But this one was supposed to be special: Valentine's Day. But I got through it, all by my lonesome. Alone. For the ninth year in a row.

I'm still seeing commercials on television that are advertising for VD (have you ever noticed that the initials for Valentine's Day -- the day of love -- are the same as for Venereal Disease? Kind of makes one wonder .... But I've digressed. So I'm still seeing comercials for VD on television. One, in particular, from WalMart of all stores, really got my ire. I don't remember the script verbatim, but it went something like this:

WalMart, fortunately we've got what you need in order to show your love. (or was it to show how much you love your loved one? -- can somebody who's seen this commercial post a comment with the verbatim wording. Thanks -Peter)

The gist of this advertising is that you need to purchase something in order to show your love to your loved one. This is exactly why America is going to hell. This kind of mentality -- commercialization of everything under the sun -- just makes me want to vomit.

If I wanted to show someone that I loved them, I do not need to purchase something in order to show my love. I can do quite a few different things. For instance, I can
  • cook them dinner
  • take them for a walk
  • make love to them
  • write a poem dedicated to them
  • make something artsy for them
  • propagate a plant for them
I think you get the idea. Share with me what you did for Valentine's Day. If you have someone special in your life, what did you do for them to show them your love (and in case you can't get the hint, I do not want to know what you bought for them).

The History of Valentine's Day

The Most Expensive Dessert

I want to indulge ... I really want to indulge ... chocolate ... ice cream ... and other fun stuff. Anybody out there want to treat me? You can make a donation to my Paypal account using your Visa, Mastercard, or Paypal Account (click the DONATE button below).

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I know. It sounds crazy: $1,000 for an ice cream sundae? But, the sundae is The Grand Opulence Sundae from famed Serendipity of New York City and it's made up of the best of the best.






DailyOlive.com: Got $1,000? Why Not Try a Golden Opulence Sundae?

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What kids are doing for drugs these days

Sometimes, all you can do is shake your head and wonder. I mean, the she went to he lying scumbag fucktwit cops to try and score????

US student tries to score dope at cop shop | The Register

13 February, 2006

QOTD

"If a cluttered desk is the sign of a cluttered mind, what is the significance of a clean desk?"
- Laurence J. Peter


"You know that children are growing up when they start asking questions that have answers."
- John J. Plomp

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Bill proposed to keep search engine servers out of China

OK, this really gets my goat up. First, we have the United States blocking the United Nation's acceptance into its Economic and Social Council of two international LGBT groups. Thankfully, not everyone in Congress was asleep when that happened, and Secretary of State Condoleezza-Rice has been asked to explain the United State's action in blocking these groups.

But now, we have this proposed legislation. From the article:
Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., is drafting a bill that would force Internet companies including Google, Yahoo and Microsoft to keep vital computer serversout of China and other nations the State Department deems repressive to human rights.
The emphasis is mine. See, here we have lawmakers in Washington trying to say that we're better than other countries because they are repressive to human rights. But just a few weeks prior to this wonderful act, we have the United States siding with countries such as Iran, Egypt, Cameroon, and Zimbabwe -- all of which have such stellar records on protecting human rights -- in blocking human rights groups' efforts from joining the United Nations!

What's even better is (again, from the article):
Moving servers would keep personal data they house from government reach.
Of course, the United States would never dream of demanding that a search engine company turn over users' personal data, right?

What the fuck are these people thinking????

USATODAY.com - Bill would keep servers out of China

First Computers

C|Net's news.com.com service ran this article, wherein they selected a bunch of random computer geeks and asked them what the first computer they ever used was. It's nice to be nostalgic once in a blue moon, isn't it? Of course, I'd be remiss in my duties if I didn't report that the reason C|Net ran this article is because of the recent 60th anniversary of ENIAC, the world's first computer.

Check out Wikipedia's page on ENIAC, the Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer.

So, what was your first computer? Leave a comment and let me know. I'd like to know both the first computer you ever used (if you can remember), and the first computer you've owned.

To answer my own question, the first computer that I ever used was a Commodore PET -- back in fourth grade, in elementary school. I don't remember if it was the CBM 3000 series (aka the Commodore PET) or the CBM 4000 series. But in any event, it was a Commodore PET, even if they tried to rename it a "CBM" computer, and everyone knew it by the PET name and called it thus. From the pictures in the Old Computers Online Museum, I'd have to say that it was probably a 4000 series.

The first computer that I ever owned was a Commodore 64. If memory serves, I owned a bunch of them, mostly because faulty power supplies (that I didn't know about at the time) caused the computer to short out, or I spilled something into the keyboard, which was the entire computer, and wound up shorting it out. Once, a spider shorted out my C-64, so I had to get another. Just goes to show you how delicate computer electronics really are. After going through a few C-64s, I upgraded to the Commodore 128-D. Then, after years of computer-envy, I bought a Commodore Amiga 1200 computer--one of the last Amiga models Commodore produced before going out of business. I really wanted an Amiga 4000 -- that was the computer of all computers, back in the day. But I couldn't afford it, so I went with what I could afford. I was actually practical and sensible with my money back then.....

Commodore Business Machines (aka Commodore International) went out of business in 1994 when it filed for bankruptcy.

What was your first computer? | CNET News.com

Be Afraid

Be Very Afraid

This could happen. It's quite possible. Especially given the erosion of our privacy rights. This is just one scenario of what life could be like in the future -- the very near future. So be afraid.

(WS, shockwave movie)

Future shock & 3G

So how many of you out there have are taking advantage of the broadband wireless service that your mobile provider is offering? What's that, you don't know what I'm talking about? Of course not, and if the mobile phone providers had their way, they'd keep it like that. But ah, enter BBC News -- that pesky little news service that likes to keep its readers well-informed (unlike the news services here in the US, with the possible exception of the NYTimes).

3G, or the next generation in wireless technology (it actually stands for "3rd Generation") allows broadband data transmission over a wireless network, for far cheaper than older (2G and 2.5G) technology would allow. That's why Sprint (one of the few carriers actually touting 3G technology) is hyping its video feeds on their new phones (although Sprint is charging and arm and a leg for the 3G service. Of course, Sprint is getting to provide better services at a reduced cost to them but, instead of lowering costs for their customers, they're charging more for it! In other words, they're conducting business The Old Fashioned American Way, by ripping off their customers -- gotta love America, folks!

BBC NEWS | Technology | Future shock awaits mobile firms

Hunting Down Humans

I'd like to take a moment to go on a brief sojourn to a web site I discovered, which I originally found out about from Uncensored BBS (which I've previously blogged about). It's a web site about hunting down humans.

Now before you PETA people get all bent out of shape, let me explain why hunting down humans is a good thing. You see, it all started quite some time ago. I can't remember exactly when; it's been at least a decade, maybe two. People would pick up the phone and dial a number, and a computerized menu system would great them. At first, I thought this was a great idea -- I no longer have to deal with a snotty human begin over the phone who hates their job, just to get information.

Over time (especially within the past decade), these computerized menu systems have gotten so convoluted and complex that it's become almost impossible to get the information you're seeking, and finding a human being seems almost preferable. But here's the catch: the computerized menu systems know that you don't want to deal with them anymore, and they've begun hiding the access points to the human beings!

So this is why hunting down humans is such a good idea. And this web site has begun the noble task of tracking them down and exposing the evil computerized menu systems' plots by letting us know how to bypass the system and reach a human -- and they do it quickly, too!

What's more, some people (a team of students at Boston's Emerson College) have created a video that portrays exactly how useful this service can be. (The video is WS, and quite funny).

So, the next time you're confronted with one of these evil automated computerized menu systems and you need to hunt down a human being, take a trip to gethuman.com.

Score one for gay rights (World of Warcraft)

I'm glad that Blizzard Entertainment woke up and smelled the coffee. Or maybe it was the potential loss of money from a boycott from the LGBT community that they were smelling. Whatever the case, I'm glad that LGBT characters can feel free to be who they are, just as in real life, in their World of Warcraft MMORPG (that's Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game). I own a few Blizzard games (World of Warcraft is not one of them, at least, not yet).

Aside from issuing a formal apology to Ms. Andrews, I'm glad to see that Blizzard is taking the LGBT gaming community seriously, by announcing that their employees will be mandated to undergo sensitivity training. While I think it's important to stick with their guidelines, the Blizzard administrator who started this ruckus could have handled it in a less threatening manner, and I think that's really what this whole ruckus was all about.

Now I can purchase those Blizzard Entertainment games that are on my Amazon.com wish list (or maybe someone can purchase them for me ....) Of course, it would help if I could get a new computer -- the one I'm using now is over seven years old -- so I can play the latest and greatest in computer games. Oh well.

One final note: One of the things that I like about Blizzard Entertainment's software is that it's compatible with Linux. In other words, Blizzard is one of the few game production houses that makes software for the Linux OS, and as I've said in the past, in order for Linux to catch hold, you're going to need games that will run natively under Linux.

BBC NEWS | Technology | Gay rights win in Warcraft world

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Bloggers' Rights

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EFF: EFF Needs Your Support in the Fight for Blogger's Rights!

12 February, 2006

Even More Snow

I can't tell if it's still snowing outside -- it's dark out. And besides, I'm afraid to look out the window. But here's the clincher from this article: we set a new record. Wheeeee!
The National Weather Service said 26.9 inches of snow had fallen in Central Park, the most for a single storm since record-keeping started in 1869. The old record was 26.4 inches in December 1947.
What was that about global warming again???

Guardian Unlimited | World Latest | Record-Setting Snow Buries Northeast

Preview: Microsoft's IE7 browser

OK, although the author still comes out in favor of Firefox, I have to take issue with a few things that she's said in her article:
Tabbed browsing: This nifty feature lets you have multiple Web pages up in one window. IE 7 also will let you save a group of Web pages as a "favorite."
Firefox also lets you save a group of web pages that are opened in tabs -- add SHIFT to your CONTROL-D combination (or select "Bookmark all tabs" from the "Bookmarks menu" and you'll be able to bookmark all open tabs in the current window. This feature comes in very handy, especially for corporations in specific industries, when you consider the following:

Home Page

Here you are able to specify the page (or tab group) that Firefox will show when you launch it or press the Home button. Enter the address in the Location(s) field.

Click Use Current Page(s) to use the page you're currently visiting. You can also use multiple home pages. If more than one browser tab is currently opened, this button will set the whole tab group as a start page.

To specify the home page(s) using a bookmark, click Use Bookmark.... You can even select a whole bookmark folder to be used!
For instance, if one were working for a law firm, Firefox could be set to open the firm's intranet page, a search page (google, perhaps, or Findlaw), and a page relating to the employee's work area (such as the web site for a law journal, for instance), all in separate tabs, as the "home page." Does MSIE 7 offer this ability?
RSS support: This feature is for gathering news feeds or links to news stories based on your preferences. IE 7 lists those news feeds in the browser window.
Firefox has had RSS support for some time (it creates RSS feeds as a Bookmarks folder). However, I've found Thunderbird's RSS/Atom support more useful, and more user-friendly.
It has a zoom function that adjusts text and images, so the Web page is scaled. Opera has that. Firefox doesn't.
There are extensions for Firefox that accomplish the same feat. CTRL-clicking with a mousewheel zooms the text (although not the image) size, and extensions for Firefox allow images to be zoomed as well. In fact, there are entire extensions devoted to dealing with images, including the ability to hide images, reload images (that failed to load upon initially loading the page), printing images, editing images, zooming images, etc.

I think that, as another blogger comments, even if Firefox doesn't come with IE 7's "dazzling new innovations" from Microsoft (tm), you can find extensions, free of charge, that let you accomplish the same tasks, if not more. And these extensions are, in essence, Firefox's trump card over Microsoft's Internet Explorer.

Microsoft's IE7 browser preview fails to impress | IndyStar.com

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Blizzard vs. Nor'Easter

One of my pet peeves is the improper use of vocabulary, and bad grammar. Unfortunately, the reporters over at News 12 Westchester set both of these pet peeves off. I sent this e-mail to News 12 Westchester, Cablevision's Channel 12 news service, in response to their confusing and freely interchanging the terms "blizzard," "winter storm," and "Nor'Easter":

Dear News 12 Westchester:

Your reporters, throughout the day, are intermingling the terms "blizzard," "winter storm," and "Nor'Easter." It is my understanding that this storm meets the definition for a blizzard, and not a Nor'Easter.  According to weatherquests.com, a Nor'Easter is
A cyclonic storm occurring off the east coast of North America. These winter weather events are notorious for producing heavy snow, rain, and tremendous waves that crash onto Atlantic beaches, often causing beach erosion and structural damage. Wind gusts associated with these storms can exceed hurricane force in intensity. A nor'easter gets its name from the continuously strong northeasterly winds blowing in from the ocean ahead of the storm and over the coastal areas. www.weatherquests.com/services/knowledge/glossary/
wikipedia defines a Nor'Easter as
  • Nor'easter is a colloquial term for a storm whose winds come from the northeast, especially in the coastal areas of the northeastern United States. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nor'easter
  • Since the current storm has come from the west and not from northeast winds, and we're not seeing the devastating erosion to the beaches that we would see with a typical Nor'Easter, I'd like to ask that your reporters use the correct terms in describing this storm. It's bad enough that the educational system in this country has gone to hell in a hand basket; it's even worse that the media perpetrates incorrect usage of vocabulary and grammar.

    Thank you for your time and kind cooperation.

    Yours truly,
    Peter C. Frank
    Rye Brook, NY


    The digout begins

    My sister and her boyfriend begin digging out from all the snow. Local news reports, for the first time, that pavement has been spotted. . . .

    More Snow

    Metro North Railroad is experiencing difficulties (from their web site):

    MTA Metro-North Railroad

    WEATHER

    February 12, 2006 10:42 AM

    Because of weather-related problems, service has been temporarily suspended on the Harlem Line.

    Metro-North is running bi-hourly (every two hours) local diesel service on the New Haven Line. Next trains leave at 11:55 AM from New Haven and 11:40 AM from Grand Central.

    Hudson Line trains are running on a regular Sunday schedule.

    Weather related delays are possible.We will keep you updated on service throughout the day.


    To give you an idea of the types of problems that Metro North is experiencing, the New Haven line, where they're running bi-hourly diesel trains, is normally an electric train system, utilizing overhead catenary power line system.


    My neighbors across the street. The fuzziness of the image is actually being caused by all the snow that is still coming down, which my phone camera can't quite pick up because of its poor resolution.

    Snow


    So, here's the current update on the blizzard we're having (they're calling it a Nor'Easter but ... it's really a blizzard, since this storm came from the west, not the ocean):

    All bus service in Westchester County is canceled for the day.

    School districts are already posting closings for tomorrow.

    News 12 Westchester has a listing of all worship/educational/business closings that have been posted to date.

    Front yard and across the street.

    A trip

    So I just got back from Mohegan Sun, a casino located on an Indian Reservation in Connecticut (this is the thing now in the Northeast -- open a casino on an Indian Reservation to get around the state's anti-gambling laws). But Mohegan Sun is more than just a casino -- it's an experience! They offer great shopping, great eats, great sleeps, events and entertainment, great pampering, meeting and convention space, socializing and, of course, gambling! Oh, and get this ... they also have a nightlife (cue Alicia Bridges -- I love the nightlife, I got to boogie, on the disco 'round oh yeah!)!

    Speaking of gambling, I swiped my player's club card through their promotion thingee setup and won $100 -- just for swiping my card through a machine! Not bad, right? I actually came out ahead this trip. The trip cost me $35 -- that $35 included round trip bus fare, a $10 gambling credit, and a $10 credit for food or merchandise, or entry into one of the four buffets that they have for free (tip not included, of course). I lost about $40 at the slots, so if you take away $40 plus the $35 it cost me for the trip, I still came out $25 ahead (if I did the math right), considering that I got the $100 from their promotions.

    But I think one of the best parts of this trip was the company. You see, the trip was organized by The LOFT, the Hudson Valley's LGBT community services center. The entire trip was LGBT oriented, from the fabulously sensational (and expert at her profession) bus driver, "ET," who managed to get us up there and back safely (and considering that we drove into what essentially was a blizzard on the way back, that's no small feat!), to the organizer, "Cynthia," who had us playing gay gaymes on the way up (like Gay Trivia) and watching gay-oriented cinema on the bus no the way back (Mr. & Mrs. Smith -- which had the lesbians salivating over Angelina Jolie, while the gay men were busy drooling over Brad Pitt). I met a few new people and made the beginnings of a friendship (hey L, M, and S!), and saw a few old friends, as well (hi J&J, Y&K!).

    So all in all I had a blast. My only regret was that I didn't bring my bottle of Aleve with me -- I was desperately needing it by the end of the evening!

    Oh, and for all those of you who can't get "I love the nightlife" out of your head, I do apologize. Maybe this will help you out....

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