Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Top Five Benefits of Additive Manufacturing (You Never Considered)

Top Five Benefits of Additive Manufacturing (You Never Considered):

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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Karmatron

Check out this great new Austin hip-hop, rock, funk, R&B, soul band!!!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

The Insanity Virus | Mental Health | DISCOVER Magazine

The Insanity Virus | Mental Health | DISCOVER Magazine: "genetic parasites related to viruses account for more than 40 percent of all human DNA."

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

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Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Stimulus funds used for building Iditarod Trail cabins

One public-use cabin is already under construction along the Iditarod Trail, another is planned for this summer, and $400,000 in federal stimulus funding is on the way to pay for at least four more, the trail's chief manager said Monday.

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LOL.

And she didn't want the money.

Thank god for McClatchy

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Frank Zappa at 22 (1 of 4)

This is worth watching... there are 4 parts ....if you make to the 4th part you should be laughing out loud

Frank Zappa Conducting TV Show Audience

This is fun.

Wall of Welcome at Crestview

My neighborhood art project

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Joe Biden -- The Commuting Insider

The hardest working man in politics ?


My two cents. Selecting Joe Biden as VP is excellent choice by Obama. I just finished reading Biden's Wikipedia page and some DailyKos posts and Biden has a compelling personal story, a commitment to family life, and a history of real accomplishments in the Senate in both Judiciary and Foreign relations.

He knows how many houses he has. He knows because he had returned to that home each night, on the train, while working in Washington since 1972. Even though he is a Washington insider, he's a commuting insider. Anyone who has ever had a job understands what it means to commute to work.

One post says that he is considered the second poorest Senator in the Senate. The same posting, from someone who interned with him in Washington, said that he has avoided investing in stocks to avoid conflicts of interest. Oh did I say Irish Catholic. I wonder if he went to a Jesuit Prep School. -- I just checked, it was a Catholic Prep School but not Jesuit, Norbertines.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Friday, July 4, 2008

Frederick Douglass's Independence Day Speech on Daily Kos

I just read Frederick Douglass's Independence Day speech from 1852 over at the Daily Kos. Well worth reading

It's fairly long, I guess attention spans where longer 150 years ago, here's the ending:

For the present, it is enough to affirm the equal manhood of the Negro race. Is it not as astonishing that, while we are plowing, planting, and reaping, using all kinds of mechanical tools, erecting houses, constructing bridges, building ships, working in metals of brass, iron, copper, and secretaries, having among us lawyers doctors, ministers, poets, authors, editors, orators, and teachers; and that, while we are engaged in all manner of enterprises common to other men, digging gold in California, capturing the whale in the Pacific, feeding sheep and cattle on the hillside, living, moving, acting, thinking, planning, living in families as husbands, wives, and children, and above all, confessing and worshiping the Christian's God, and looking hopefully for life and immortality beyond the grave, we are called upon to prove that we are men!...

What, am I to argue that it is wrong to make men brutes, to rob them of their liberty, to work them without wages, to keep them ignorant of their relations to their fellow men, to beat them with sticks, to flay their flesh with the lash, to load their limbs with irons, to hunt them with dogs, to sell them at auction, to sunder their families, to knock out their teeth, to burn their flesh, to starve them into obedience and submission to their masters? Must I argue that a system thus marked with blood, and stained with pollution, is wrong? No! I will not. I have better employment for my time and strength than such arguments would imply....

What, to the American slave, is your Fourth of July? I answer: a day that reveals to him, more than all other days in the year, the gross injustice and cruelty to which he is the constant victim. To him, your celebration is a sham; your boasted liberty, an unholy license; your national greatness, swelling vanity; your sounds of rejoicing are empty and heartless; your denunciation of tyrants, brass-fronted impudence; your shouts of liberty and equality, hollow mockery; your prayers and hymns, your sermons and thanksgivings, with all your religious parade and solemnity, are, to Him, mere bombast, fraud, deception, impiety, and hypocrisy-a thin veil to cover up crimes which would disgrace a nation of savages. There is not a nation of savages. There is not a nation on the earth guilty of practices more shocking and bloody than are the people of the United States at this very hour.

Go where you may, search where you will, roam through all the monarchies and despotisms- of the Old World, travel through South America, search out every abuse, and when you have found the last, lay your facts by the side of the everyday practices of this nation, and you will say with me that, for revolting barbarity and shameless hypocrisy, America reigns without a rival.

Saturday, March 29, 2008

County Convention Day

Wow

All most time. The Democratic county convention is today and we are expecting between 7000 and 12000 people at our county convention. Hope to see everyone there!!

Friday, March 7, 2008

Trek Bikes Slaps Wheelchair Vets

Well I need to tell everyone about my friend Chris Stanford.

Chris designed a innovative treadmill for wheel chair users, then started a company to refine the design and start manufacturing. He named the company TREKEASE which first sounds like "trekkies" ala Captian Kirk and his bunch and also means: Translational & Rotational Equivalent Kinetic Energy Aerobic Stationary Exercise. Ok with me so far. oh and by the way Chris himself is a wheelchair user and a past Officer of the PVA -- Paralysed Veterans Association.

Chris filed a trademark application for the name TREKEASE to be used in association with exercise equipment for the disabled, or differently-abled or what ever one is to say these days.

Then it got interesting, Trek Bicycle Corporation, objected to his use of the name TREKEASE as being too close to Trek their trademark.

It seems that Trek lost a very big and public trademark battle with another exercise equipment manufacture Orbitrek and since then it has adopted a policy of harassment and opposition to every trademark application that has any thing close to trek in its name.

So even after clearly losing a court case where it was determined "Although, the mark TREK might be famous among bicycle enthusiasts, Trek did not establish fame in the niche market for stationary exercise machines, the market in which Thane operates. Similarly, Trek did not establish the level of fame among the general public necessary to support a claim for dilution." Trek continues to file objection after objections. According to Chris some of their oppositions include:

FastTrek, Trexa, TrekTile, CyberTreks, Electrec, Strekoza, Neotrekk, Treq, EasyTrec, Tech Bike, Ripp Traxx, SuperTrax, I-Trek! , Velotrekk, TC Trecker, T-REX, OrbiTrek, Treknology, Jazztreks, Trek PhoneCard, Trek Desk, SkyTrek, History Trek, Treksys, LifeTrek, ProTrek, WordTrek, Trekkers, Treksta, Trekker, VersaTrek,Trek-N-Treat, UltraTrek, CamTrek, GreenTreks, Treks, TimeTreks, IdeaTrek, TurboTrek, Trekkers, Rainforest Trek, EcoTrek, AltoTrek

Well Chris wasn't really wanting to give up his trademark, even though Trek Bicycles offered him $5000 for the trademark. So they are planning on going forward with thier objections, and since Chris can't afford an attorney to argue at the trademark office he feels that it is unlikely he will win even though precedent and truth and justice is on his side.

To publicize his plight he made up a flyer that me mailed to a few folks, which quickly resulted in a threatening letter form the Trek Bicycle People.

Unfortunately Chris's Document is in pdf form so I'm trying to figure out how to post it to this site. In the mean time check out his site at www.trekease.com

Moses was high on drugs: Israeli researcher

High on Mount Sinai, Moses was on psychedelic drugs when he heard God deliver the Ten Commandments, an Israeli researcher claimed in a study published this week.

Such mind-altering substances formed an integral part of the religious rites of Israelites in biblical times, Benny Shanon, a professor of cognitive psychology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem wrote in the Time and Mind journal of philosophy.

"As far Moses on Mount Sinai is concerned, it was either a supernatural cosmic event, which I don't believe, or a legend, which I don't believe either, or finally, and this is very probable, an event that joined Moses and the people of Israel under the effect of narcotics," Shanon told Israeli public radio on Tuesday.

Moses was probably also on drugs when he saw the "burning bush," suggested Shanon, who said he himself has dabbled with such substances.

"The Bible says people see sounds, and that is a clasic phenomenon," he said citing the example of religious ceremonies in the Amazon in which drugs are used that induce people to "see music."


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Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Results from my precinct

We had quite a night last night. 639 peopled showed up to caucus, which is amazing!! The problem was that the curch that was being used as a polling place had a fire safety limit of 96 people. So we got the caucus started in the parking lot. Final sign in results:

Obama 442
Clinton 197

As one of the 5 biggest precincts in Travis county we had a total of 91 delegates to the county convention the brake down was

Obama 63
Clinton 28

I must say I was never prouder of my neighbors and friends that I was last night. Thanks all for coming out and thanks for being so patient with us through out the night. It was truely amazing and humbling.