Saturday, August 9, 2008
1.) The new logo:
Located in the left column above the welcome banner. Does nothing... but "classes up the joint," as logjam stated. lol
2.) Google Talk:
See orbs' blog, dated 8-08-2008. You can set up a chat window that includes your favorite bloggers (on invitation) This allows you to see who is online. It gives you the opportunity to have private conversations offscreen with those bloggers if you choose to make yourself available. Does not work for leaving messages when they are not online. You still will need to share email addresses for that.
3.) Event Calendar:
Located at the bottom of our page. A new feature which allows each of you to add "happenings" that are of interest. I set up a few to get you started. Click on the day of the activity that you wish to add. A popup window appears that is pretty self-explanatory. This will remain open to all JTI visitors to edit unless it becomes a problem. We can add emails to access the edit feature if necessary.
4.) Local Blogs Section:
Located in the left hand column. This allows you to link to other local blogs that may be of interest. Let the sheriff know if there is a blog you would like added to the list.
So, what are we missing? Your input counts. Party on, Irregulars!!!
Its bad enough that we are recognized for being the worst in black infant mortality, and have the worst beaches in the nation.
Now, a simple right, such as smoking, will be taken away because THEY think its in OUR best interest?
I understand that many non-smokers don't want to dine near smoke. I respect that. But, why on earth do they see the need to change an all ready "working" ordinance?
Have there been complaints? What is this really all about?
Smoker or not, I hope people can recognize this for what it is, another Nazi-like move, restricting the actions of adults. This is ridiculous, and just plain wrong.
Please note, the final vote for this ordinance is in 3 short weeks. If you are not in favor of this ordinance, it is your duty to tell your councilman your thoughts. If possible, gp to Monday nights session and tell them publicly.
These people ought to know that they can easily be voted out of office. For NINE people to come up with an idea affecting so many, and quickly and quietly pass it through to become law is just plain wrong.
Something like this should be left to the people to decide, not nine men.
Monday Aug. 11 at 5 p.m. at 625 52nd St.
Sorry, don't want to laugh at the misfortune of others, but this is hilarious. People are so engrossed in texting that they're walking into things (including traffic) while doing so.
After I parked in a spot at a hospital recently, I was gathering up things from my truck when I noticed someone having the dickens of a time trying to park next to me. I looked up and she was talking on a cell phone, applying lipstick, and trying to drive at the same time.
Duh! Ha ha. I really don't care if these fools hurt only themselves with their stupidity, but when Mr. or Mrs. Knobshine pulls out into traffic while yammering on the phone, adjusting the stereo, and yelling at the kids all at the same time, something has to be done.
I know they can issue citations for inattentive driving, but what about inattentive walking?
You’re sitting in front of your computer. The milk in the reefer is chunky, the bread on the counter is so fuzzy it’s waving at you and you just finished your last can of spam, you know you should be grocery shopping.
Here’s a list which can help you out....
Friday, August 8, 2008
Thanks to a suggestion by DogAddicts (http://jtirregulars.blogspot.com/2008/08/you-know-what-would-be-nice.html), I finally got serious about checking out Google Talk, an instant messaging program from the same people who gave us this blogging site and format.
You can download it here: http://www.google.com/talk/
It appears to be a relatively easy to use instant messaging program. I used the same login info as I do here. It allows you to instant message (IM) other users who are online when you are (and aren't cloaked - sometimes all of us need a little anonymity), and to leave private messages (PM) for those who aren't online, like I did for kkdither in the picture above. You type in your message at the bottom of the box on the right and hit enter. Apparently, you can also leave voice messages if you have a microphone hooked up. Uh-oh, that opens up a whole world of devious possibilities in my brain . . .
The program is set by default to start when Windows does, but that's easily disabled in the settings. It also adds yet another obnoxious icon to the plethora cluttering your system tray.
In a way, this allows you to see who's online (per DogAddict's original suggestion), but only those who are logged onto Google Talk and want to be seen. It does allow us to leave private messages for each other, though, and even to instant message. For now, I'm going to let it load when the computer starts because otherwise I'll forget to start it when I come here. If you decide to install the program, add me to your friends requests and I'll accept. Btw, if someone obnoxious starts pestering you, you can block them.
If this catches on, fine. If not, c'est la vie.
EDIT: 9:00 PM - Sorry folks, but after further review, it appears that this program does NOT allow for private messaging, i.e., leaving messages for others. It works for instant messages fine, if you're into that.
Thursday, August 7, 2008
One of my favorite recollections as a small child was my Mom taking us to the library. It was a reward if we behaved ourselves when we went to get our shots for school...yep, they even did that way back then!
|Page Loads||Unique Visitors||First Time Visitors||Returning Visitors|
I haven't shown you this yet; it should be interesting to follow. It is a graph that shows how many one time visitors we get in comparison to returning visitors. Here is the current data, which includes yesterday.
Green: First time visitors
Blue: 1-5 returning visits
Peach: 5-10 returning visits
Orange: 10+returning visits
In the past, our section of returning visitors was much higher. With the link from the DK, It it showing that we have many more first visit viewers. We should be able to watch and see if they like what they see and return, or if it proves to be a one click deal:
We also have access to charts that show how long each visitor sticks around. Our data shows that at this very moment, 55.4% of viewers stick around to read. (That figure includes the google searches that dump people here who have no interest in the area.)
Green: Less than 5 seconds
Peach: 30 seconds to 5 minutes
Orange: 5 minutes to 20 minutes
Red: 20 minutes to an hour
Yellow: more than an hour
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Rather than go into gory detail here, I am simply going to post the LHC rap.
I will blog the gory detail when they fire the thing up.
Okay, let's start with the discovery. The Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) is a massive project to map about 1/4 of the night sky and has been taking data since 1999 and just finished (last month!) In the interest of disclosure, I spent a year working on it as part of a fellowship at Fermilab.
The SDSS saw lots of galaxies, hundreds of millions. Computers are pretty lousy at figuring out if the galaxy is a spiral, elliptical, irregular, etc. so they set up a website called Galaxy Zoo (and in the interest of more disclosure, I know most of the Galaxy Zoo team and give workshops to teachers at meetings such as the National Science Teachers Association on how to use Galaxy Zoo with students). The idea of galaxy zoo is to train a lot of amateur astronomers and let them classify galaxies. It has been a rousing success as tens of thousands of people have classified each of the initial batch of 800,000 galaxies...just to check and be sure they get it right, each galaxy has been looked at by an average of 40 different people (for a whopping 32 million individual data points!)
Dutch school teacher Hanny van Arkel noticed a curious blue cloud next to one of the galaxies shown below which is now known as Hanny's Voorwerp (voorwerp is Dutch for "object").
Now a word about the image...this image was made by combining pictures taken through three different filters: a green, a red and an infrared. So green is used for the blue channel, red is used for the green channel, and infrared is used for the red channel. The practical upshot of this is that something that appears almost entirely blue in this image is, in reality green (the SDSS does not use a blue filter but does use a near ultraviolet filter so you could make a picture with ultraviolet, green and red where this cloud would look green...they did that in the AOL story on the topic).
So what is this? Is it in our galaxy and just happens to lie in the same part of the sky or is it physically associated with the galaxy? Well, the took a spectrum of it and found that it lies at the same distance, so it is associated with the galaxy. The spectrum is shown below.
See that REALLY tall peak slightly to the right of 5000 Angstroms (an Angstrom is a billionth of a meter). That line tells us there is doubly ionized oxygen present and guess what color that is? You got it, green! (I know it says OIII, but OI is neutral oxygen and OII is singly ionized oxygen so OIII is doubly ionized oxygen.)
So, here's what we think is going on. The galaxy appears normal right now. However, it has a massive black hole at its center. When a massive black hole eats a lot of matter, it gives off a lot of energy. As gas spirals toward the black hole, it heats up to millions of degrees and becomes blindingly bright. We think this galaxy's black hole was eating up until about 100,000 years ago and then finished its meal so the galaxy looks normal now.
However, the galaxy used to be much brighter. We are now seeing that energy emitted when the black hole was eating interacting with that gas and causing it to glow...we are seeing a light echo! Since the black hole is no longer eating, we can watch that light echo fade over the next 100,000 years or so and that gas cloud will fade from view!
We have never really seen an interaction like this before and astronomers are very interested in it. So interested that it is being observed by lots of major observatories and satellites including Hubble.
The really neat thing is that this was discovered by an amateur. The SDSS makes all of its data available to the public on the Skyserver web site. You can peruse images of hundreds of millions of galaxies and stars. And sign up for Galaxy Zoo...they are about to star the second phase with fresh objects and new tools to help amateurs make more such discoveries. Who knows, we could end up with kk's Conudrum, Huck's Hullabaloo, Stus Stuff, or AA's Abomination!
Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine. (Humphrey Bogart, "Casablanca", 1942)
Now I know why Tigers eat their young. (Rodney Dangerfield, "Caddyshack", 1980)
Brett has a huge heart, and a caring soul, but also an ego the size of his estate in Hattiesburg. He waffles better than Barack Obama. And right now, Brett doesn’t know whether to scratch his watch or wind his butt.
Brett sure knows how to cash in, however. I got this email today from Brett’s official website:
Brett Favre had an unforgettable career with the Green Bay Packers for the last 16 years! We will remember him as a Green Bay Packer and what he has done with the Legendary and Historic franchise of the Green Bay Packers. He has set many major NFL Records including the most career passing yards, most career touchdowns, and most career wins by any quarterback in the history of the NFL. Don't miss out on this chance to own a piece of NFL history. Brett Favre will no longer be playing for the Green Bay Packers and this will be your last chance to get your Brett Favre autographed Green Bay Packers merchandise.
AS BRETT FAVRE MOVES FORWARD WITH HIS CAREER, WE WISH HIM THE BEST, AND HOPE TO ENJOY MANY MORE FOOTBALL GAMES WATCHING HIM PLAY THE GAME WE ALL LOVE SO VERY MUCH!
So Brett says to all of you “Hey, I don’t want to play for you, but here, buy some of my stuff, and by the way, im going to play for someone else.” Don’t get me wrong… if you cut me I bleed Green and Gold, and loved wearing my Favre jersey on Sundays for the last 16 years. But the Franchise got through Lombardi leaving, Bart Starr retiring, and Reggie White playing for someone else. Yes, to me Brett will always be a Packer, but will I watch him play for someone else…….No. You see, the team is not Brett Favre. The team is more than one person. The team is the larger than life institution in our state. A place where the Packers as a team are often referred to as “we” by the Packer Nation. Brett thinks the Packers should be referred to as “I”. I’m tired of he said/he said BS. I’m tired of Chris Mortensen and ESPN. I’m tired of hearing Brett’s Mom, Brother, friend, agent, and lawnmower man on the TV and Radio.
I truly think the Packers are trying to what they think is best for the Team. And I think Brett is trying to do what is best for Brett.
It is time for all of Brett’s “I want to play, I don’t want to play, I’m retired, I’m not retired, I want to play for GB, I don’t want to play for GB” stuff to end. Don’t make the mistake other famous players made by ending their career on another team, losing, getting injured, or just being foolish. Ride off into the sunset, Brett. Come back for the retirement ceremony, and we’ll see you in Canton in five years. Play for someone else, and you will be leaving a bad taste in some fans mouths that will hurt for a while, but we will forgive you……… eventually.
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
Their banner states "What is happening in Racine, Wisconsin and around the world Make new friends, share thoughts and ideas, learn something new or just leisurely browse and share a laugh."
It's been only a few days since we ran across a relatively new blogger style website called JT IRREGULARS. It was only founded in June of this year and you wouldn't believe the quality of content they have amassed as well as their large following of contributors and visitors. We have established a relationship with JTIRREGULARS in order to network in this seemingly endless blog world in order to bring at least our little corners of the world a little closer.
They invite all to join their group, and contribute to the posting of pretty much anything and everything. I've read news and politics, a post about the the nuisance of mosquitoes, and complaining about all sorts of things. From straight up serious talk, to all fun and games (even one blogger complaining about their kid's use of toilet paper), this blog is doing it all in short order. (just 2 months!?) JT Irregular regulars have amassed 253 postings with what appears to be about 25 regular contributors.
From their very first blog, is the statement, "All aspects of this site are up for discussion, including the name, template, etc., and especially whether it continues to exist. No private messaging here. Your account, though, allows you to create your own blog separate from this one if you wish, and it will link to your posts here. Your account also works for commenting at the Racine Post. Only 100 "authors" are allowed to create blogs per site. Do we screen people?
Who has the say so? Let's hear ideas. Current settings allow anyone to read and post comments, even anonymously."
From what I can gather from the website, the bloggers here appear to have been cast off, or jumped ship from another, bigger blog. (am I right on this one?) And, whats really unique is that the admin (administrator) calls HERSELF the "Sheriff". How cool is that?
Anyways, my words cannot do this awesome site justice, so check it out for yourself.
Lisa Loring (Editor) & John Nordquist (Publisher)
The Daily Kenoshan
Article viewable at http://dailykenoshan.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=6370&Itemid=1
Her husband passed away after a long struggle with oral cancer.
Please take a look, if you know someone who could benefit from a warning, or even just to pass it on.
It was his wish for her to do this. They kept this blog of his last months. It's eye-opening and heart breaking.
Be careful, the pictures she added are VERY graphic. Don't look further than her warning if you don't have a strong stomach.
Please, pass it on.
We now have a calendar that you can add to. Give it a whirl; hope you find it easy to use. It is located at the bottom of this page.
Please feel free to post happenings that other bloggers might like to know about.
Thanks to SER for suggesting this addition to our page!
If my memory serves me, neither the Mayor nor the two Aldermen made any mention of this referendum.
News Editor www.dailykenoshan.com
The Daily Kenoshan is a great site! check them out. Here's their blog: http://dailykenoshan.blogspot.com/
This time, good old Windows Update starts downloading...the complete 313MB Service Pack 3 for all English versions of Windows XP. Auto updates are excellent, but they should warn you before undertaking a 313 MB download. My head starts reeling.... shit, shit, shit... not again!
So, before I install these updates, I say a quick prayer and set a system restore point to return to... in case disaster should strike again. The last time, if you didn't see my blogs, my firewall and anti-virus program, AVG and Zone Alarm (both now history, thanks a lot Microsoft) didn't play nice with their update.
It knocked me, and hundreds of thousands of people, off the Internet... many of them (non geeks) for days. Many people incurred costs to bring geeks into the picture to remedy their problem.
Well, all my flinching and "please-oh-please-oh-please" chants payed off. No problems this time. We are at their mercy. It is just like the coke dealer. When the "juice" is not available, we go into withdrawal.... we've become too attached and utterly addicted.
I CAN"T FUCKING SLEEP!!!!!!
I think I need a little more of this
Anyone else like Jimmy Buffett?
Went to a couple concerts at Alpine Valley.. one in June that I had to wear my winter coat!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KNmULx6sMo4 <>(not the best version)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rs1vafGhlSk < v="9wFpvRMIIEM">
Monday, August 4, 2008
That pretty much sums up our new Homeland Security policy as outlined by an article in the Washington Post (for those who complain about the liberal media, click on the Homeland Security link and you can read their policy for yourself.)
So most people traveling have a cell phone that could be confiscated...do you really want to try and prove right there that all the songs on your iPod were legally downloaded? How about all your companies sales data being taken away and analyzed? Or those "special pictures" of you and your loved one (damn! I thought those were on the other computer!)
With as much digital information as we carry around with us, I can't imagine a more intimate search that does not involve rubber gloves.
Reports are already emerging of companies that have policies on what can be taken on international trips. Probably a good idea for you too. I know that my computer is password protected with an encrypted hard drive...least I can do is make it a pain in the a** for them to do anything!
As usual, it is only the Senators like Russ Feingold who even seem to care. I can't wait until an elected official comes back from a trip and the DHS seizes their comptuer and finds all kinds of evidence of crimes...bet it suddenly becomes quite the matter of privacy then!
ONCE UPON A TIME IN AMERICA’ CIRCA 1930
The photos in this presentation are real. Some of them are historical photographs and were made by Charles Ebbets in the early 1930’s.Most of them depict daily scenes of the workers who participated in the construction of the skyscrapers between 1920 and 1935. As you will see, the safety measures were somewhat peculiar and the photos were done trying to play down that situation.
The photographs were taken in New York, on September 29th 1932, and published in the New York Herald Tribune in the Sunday supplement of the Oct. 2nd of that year. It was taken on the 69 floor of the 70 that is the GE building in the Rockefeller Center
Many of these images comprise the Bettmann file, founded by Otto Bettmann in 1936. It contains a collection of 11 million photographs and includes some of the best historical images of the United States. At the present time the file belongs to the Corbis company, property of Bill Gates.
Do you really believe we will EVER see this in our lifetime? There are already so many alternative fuel sources that have been discovered. I am totally convinced that our so called energy "predicament" is politically and financially motivated. If there would have been a mandate that cars get a minimum of 50 mpg by the year 2008, we would all be getting 50mpg at this moment. How long will the public continue to buy into this B.S.?
Sunday, August 3, 2008
I thought it was really great the way all of us (about 20) jumped right into the issues. The Mayor expressed some frustration with the comments posted regarding his visit to the King center. Bloggers and residents expressed frustration with the escalating crime, especially the drug trade and shootings.
Here is a flavor of some of the more notable quotes from residents and bloggers, strictly as I remember them:
“Punitive action doesn’t work. We need to reach out to these young people”
“If the cops come up on 3 black kids and one white one, the black kids are going to jail”
“Cops show up on a complaint wind up putting the complainant in jail”
“People are standing on the corners dealing drugs. If it is obvious to me, it has to be obvious to the professionals patrolling the streets”
[In response to the Mayor’s ‘Broken Window’ policy] “Every drug dealer standing on the corner is a broken window and a boarded up house”
So, how did it go? Residents and bloggers told their stories, from the “I see drug dealers”, to “Poor police response” to “it is economics”, to “it is education”. I soon got the feeling that people wanted a magic bullet, but, we soon agreed, there is none to be found.
One man (I believe I know who) gave an impassioned plea to the Mayor regarding crime and police response. A woman on the other side of the room had a similar tale. It was unfortunate that the man got worked up, got into a dispute with a woman sitting at his table, got upset and stormed out. I say unfortunate because he had some valid points, but was easily dismissed as a kook.
We continued for quite some time. For each issue brought up, the Mayor outlined an initiative to cover that particular point. When the Mayor finally ran out of time, the meeting ended amiably.
When I went outside, I soon realized that I had lost track of time. Why? I had a parking ticket on my windshield.
I came home, and something nagged at me all day. I couldn’t put my finger on it. People expressed their views, brought up a variety of issues, the Mayor and Aldermen responded in kind, so what was my problem? I couldn’t shake it all day and all night. It finally hit me.
I believe the Mayor and Aldermen are sincere. They truly want what’s best for Racine. They have initiatives in place, and have future initiatives lined up. They are taking some action, but: IT’S NOT WORKING. That simple fact is what’s been bothering me. The broken window initiative, buying up apartment complexes, outreach programs, visits to the King center, etc, etc, etc is having little impact.
What is missing is an assault on the criminals. There were some that dismissed this idea, but one man with a camera around his neck, made, in retrospect, a very eloquent point. He stated that he lived in New York City when Rudy Giuliani [whom he considered a fascist] became Mayor. He expressed admiration that Giuliani first cleaned up the streets, used ordinances to get rid of unsavory businesses, and then brought in economic development. Giuliani changed the face of New York forever.
The Mayor stated that, even if they had more cops on the street, it wouldn't have stopped the last two shootings. That may be true, but because of the current environment, these shooters feel that they can act with impunity.
Maybe that’s the problem here in Racine. First and foremost, we need to rid ourselves of the criminal element. Once they have been tamped down, bulldoze (literally and figuratively) blighted areas, attract businesses [more jobs], then revitalize [Uptown Art District]. The Mayor himself noted that the old library building, currently selling for $180K, would be worth $500K if the neighborhood around it was better.
One attendee also had it right when he stated that fear needs to be removed from the city. That is the real bottom line. As long as there is fear, residents will not cooperate, businesses will not be attracted, tourists will not come, and people will not stay. All the initiatives in the world will fail if there is continued fear. I sincerely hope that our Mayor and Aldermen make every effort to remove that fear.
Two Coffees: $3.75
One Parking Ticket: $11
Getting to sound off to the Mayor: Priceless
I hope to do it again soon, only next time, without the parking ticket.