Archive for May, 2004

American Prison Population near 2.1 million

May 29, 2004

The fact that our prison population grew 2.9 percent last year is unbelievable! Almost 2.1 million inmates are in our prisons. The other astonishing fact is that 1 out of 75 men living in this country are in prison or jail. Read the full story at CBSNEWS.COM

Version Control and BBEdit

May 26, 2004

I have been reading John Gruber’s weblog for awhile and must have missed this article. The information is very useful if you want free version control for your code. The article is on how to use BBEdit with CVS and was published in the September 2003 issue of Macworld.

Apple also has an article on using CVS from a Mac OS X environment.

Strangers sharing a bed

May 22, 2004

I recieved this through email and think it is hilarious!!

A man and a woman, who had never met before, found themselves assigned to
the same sleeping room on a transcontinental train. Though initially
embarrassed and uneasy over sharing a room, the two were tired and fell
asleep quickly, he in the upper bunk and she in the lower.

At around 1:00 in the morning, he leaned over and gently woke the woman
saying, “Ma’am, I’m sorry to bother you, but would you be willing to reach
into the closet to get me a second blanket? I’m awfully cold.”

“I have a better idea,” she replied. “Just for tonight, let’s pretend that
we’re married.”

“Wow! That’s a great idea,” he exclaimed.

“Good,” she replied. “Get your own damn blanket!”

After a moment of silence, he farted.

Similarities between Prison and Work

May 19, 2004

The following was sent to me in an email. I thought it was funny and am posting it all to read. Just in case you ever get PRISON and WORK mixed up, this should make things a bit clearer.

IN PRISON.. you spend the majority of your time in an 8X10 cell.
AT WORK… you spend the majority of your time in a 6X8 cubicle.

IN PRISON…you get three meals a day.
AT WORK…you only get a break for one meal and you pay for it.

IN PRISON…you get time off for good behavior.
AT WORK…you get more work for good behavior.

IN PRISON…the guard locks and unlocks all the doors for you.
AT WORK…you must carry around a security card and open all the doors for yourself.

IN PRISON…you can watch TV and play games.

AT WORK…you get fired for watching TV and playing games. (well, some do)

IN PRISON…you get your own toilet.
AT WORK…you have to share with some idiot who pees on the seat.

IN PRISON…the taxpayers pay all expenses with no work required.
AT WORK…you get to pay all the expenses to go to work and then
they deduct taxes from your salary to pay for prisoners.

IN PRISON…you spend most of your life inside bars wanting to get out.

AT WORK…you spend most of your time wanting to get out and go inside bars.

IN PRISON…you must deal with mean wardens.

AT WORK…they are called managers

Have a Great Day at WORK !!

New CSS wrapper completed

May 19, 2004

Well, I finally got my site looking good again. I put all DIVs into a wrapper only to break everything and have to rewrite my CSS. I had more problems with float:left and float:right then I ever want to have again. I ran into many issue between IE vs. standards compliant browers (SCB). When the CSS was wrong the rendering flow was different from browser to browser. It made it very hard to tell if the problem was in a style or a xhtml tag issue. It wound up being mainly CSS issues but along the way I clean up my main index too. It is time to hit the grind stone again.

Galaga – the best game ever

May 15, 2004

I was thinking about growing up today and 1981 came to mind. I was in fifth grade and living in Memphis. I spent most of my time playing Putt-Putt golf, video games, solving Rubik’s Cube, listening to Queen and various other bands of the period, and spending hours trying to get past level 16 on Galaga.

I found that they have a version for the X-box now so I bought it. I also bought it for the Game Boy Advance. When I started playing the game my memories all came flooding back. The small things about how to play the game were second nature after all these years. I made it to level 12. It was my first time to play in probably 18 years. Anyone else enjoy playing Galaga?

Ozark Brewing Company Closing

May 15, 2004

I learned some very sad news today about a place I used to frequent. In another life I lived in NW Arkansas and went to the University of Arkansas. One of the classier places to go was the Ozark Brewing Company at 430 W. Dickson Street. The news is that they have closed their doors.

I am sad because I will miss having a place to meet friends when I go home for visits. Join me in saying good bye to an old Friend.

Cheers…

MT 3.0 Released and Costly

May 15, 2004

I am very surprised and upset by the MT news surrounding the recent 3.0 release. I, like many others, had been under the impression that there were two versions being released. The MT 3.0 Free version and Pro version didn’t get released but a Developer Edition did. There are many, many discussions going on about the pricing and possible alternatives. I am planning on following this to see where it goes. SixApart could open the free version features up if a lot of users jump ship. And it looks like there is going to be a mass exodus or many that continue to use version 2.5. There is a great chart put together by Derek Balling that breaks down the CMS alternatives.