23 December 2006
unfortunately, many countries are ahead of us in solving similar issues (including France!) by involving the private sector, often by guaranteeing long-term concessions for tolls. australia, england, germany, france, etc are solving problems using innovation and targeted incentives rather than taxation and stubborn adherence to outdated philosophies. the result is that all the money is avoiding our coffers.
my "neo-hippie" snipe regards mostly the idea that we should seek to abandon our cars and live in harmony with light rail and walking. the poster child is almost always the NYC subway. i've ridden the subway and it's nice. but i don't commute around NYC and i certainly don't commute between two suburbs when a radial rail system is fo' shizzle. NYC also boasts about 50 000 people per square mile, way more than enough to warrant a large investment in a rail system. light rail won't work for most places and will end up being subsidized to the tune of millions in order to serve a decliningly small percentage of commuter traffic.
convenience matters, too. a woman at my office was in a van pool that would ultimately deliver her to the front door of our building in about 90 minutes. now she drives to work in 30 to 45 minutes and has time (here i paraphrase) to sleep late and still enjoy a relaxing morning with her husband. i haven't asked, but i'm sure she'd agree that rail wonks can eat it. with a fork.
22 December 2006
i have zero tolerance for zero tolerance programs. it's no wonder i know so many people who either home-school or wish they could.
During the 2005-06 school year, 28 kindergarten students in Maryland were suspended for sex offenses, including sexual assault, sexual harassment and sexual activity, according to state data. Fifteen of those suspensions were for sexual harassment.
During the 2005-06 school year, one Washington County prekindergarten student was suspended from school, and 12 of the county's kindergartners were suspended for various offenses, according to state data.
21 December 2006
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16 December 2006
A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.i would argue that the focus of interpretation should rest on the statement of recognized right: "the right of the people...." The first and fourth amendments, fundamental to modern individual rights, use the exact same words. i haven't met a single person who would disagree that they guarantee individual rights.
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.a government entity simply deciding that we should no longer own armaments does not negate the right. a more appropriate course of action is to seek to amend the constitution. i find it incredibly troubling that our government is seeking a Hobbesian monopoly on force. people seem to be ignorant of their own country's history when they sit silently by.
15 December 2006
11 December 2006
every last person i know closer to outsourced projects than their directors has seen the drop in quality, reported numerous issues, and been told to make it work. honestly, i think it's understandable to have VPs ship work elsewhere given the quality of some projects i've seen; however, this rush has created a false market in software jobs in India that draws too many unqualified people to this line of work. i've met my fair share of talented developers from India, but just like here, too many should really be doing something else.
Like politicians, most CIOs and CTOs need to be seen to be doing the right thing. Right now that’s outsourcing. A lot of companies saved a lot by moving operations overseas and the late-comers are under pressure because of that. Unfortunately, the landscape today is dramatically different than it was only a few years ago and cost-effectiveness is notoriously hard to measure (with no one wanting to own up to having wasted money) so this pressure to cost-cut through outsourcing is likely to continue unabated in the mid-term.
[T]he shear number of projects that are in their early stages virtually guarantees that demand will continue to rise. Decisions to move projects take years to implement, and many are already underway. The people running these projects are strongly incented to make them succeed, or failing that make them appear to succeed. They also don’t like to admit they’ve made a mistake, so my expectation is that we’ll keep hearing how much people are saving for quite some time. What we won’t hear is how slowly projects are getting completed and how poor quality has become.
06 December 2006
04 December 2006
02 December 2006
If you had a Very Special Episode of The Muppet Babies with Special Guest 5-year-old Norah Jones wherein they recorded their very own album using only a rubber duck, a toy ukulele, knee slaps and a broken Speak-N-Spell while shut up in the nursery on a rainy Saturday afternoon, the result would sound something like this.i wish everyone could write reviews this well rather than "omigod, this is like sooo coooool!!!"