Technology soapbox

I think it’s spring, but it doesn’t feel like it. Now you know why I went to a quarterly system for My News. Of course, I’m not writing just to mention that.

I began work on a new version of the Technology soapbox article. I don’t expect to have it ready until April, but it’s seriously in the works. I will be holding off on updating the pictures section until probably May. There is much work that needs to be done, and it’s going to take me some time.

I have been thinking about adding music to the site. Although I don’t have anything original yet, I have some ideas that I’ve been able to translate onto my guitar. Once available, the files will likely be in Windows Media Audio (.wma) format, which will work in WinAmp. However, I don’t know about Apple OS computers or Linux PCs.

Just as an added bonus, I’ve edited the dedication below.

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Discriminating ideology

Okay, I need to make a statement here. I can’t believe that many citizens of this country can be so blind. Wasn’t it President Bush who said after September 11, 2001 that not all Moslems are terrorists? I agree, as there are many Moslem-Americans that subscribe to the ideals of this country. Now we’ve decided to lash out at the French because the French government does not support the war in Iraq. So now we’re saying all French people are bad? Hey, that’s just like those in other countries stereotyping all of us Americans because we like to go into other countries, oust an existing despotic regime, and replace the government with a democracy, much to the chagrin of the citizens. I don’t see Germany supporting US actions either. Does that mean I should view all of my friends that are of German-descent as anti-American as well (I’ll need to remember this the next time I receive e-mail from certain friends)? As far as I’m concerned, if I want bread soaked in egg and fried, I’m still calling it French Toast. We all have our own opinions, and that’s a right granted to us in the First Amendment as well as the Declaration of Independence (yes, those inalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness). If you don’t like people that don’t support the US, you’re in the wrong country! This country was built on pluralism, meaning that the variety of beliefs and ideas keeps us vibrant and updated. Let’s not forget who bailed us out some over 200 years ago when we wanted independence from Britain (for those who’ve forgotten your American history, it was the French). Now for those of you that buy Chinese-made products, think about who you’re supporting!

Okay, I’m off my soapbox… now onto my news. Although I didn’t accomplish any of the work on this site that I expected to finish last weekend, I managed to make some changes to My Bio, especially in Family, Employment, and Hobbies. After reviewing my initial draft for the new Soapbox article, I chose to scrap it and start over (same topic, different focus). I plan on working on it over the next couple of weeks.

This week, I will begin to work on two operating budget reviews. As you may remember, I was assigned the Division of Business Management only a couple of months ago. This will be my first crack at its operating budget. I’m both eager and scared (I don’t want to mess it up). I’m sure I’ll do fine. I also have to review State Patrol’s budget (my original assignment). I’m aware of some of their issues, but I need to review some other areas of its budget.

The US is at war

We’re at war! The United States began its disarmament of Iraq last night. This snippet is dedicated to the success and safe return of the “Coalition of the Willing.” Although I’ve stated that I don’t condone war, I support our troops, our nation, and the end of tyranny.

I expect to update some things soon. I’ve started reviewing Hobbies under My Bio, and I expect to have a new soapbox article on technology soon. I also expect to clean up the site and add new pictures within the next week.

War imminent

For those of you keeping watch, the decision to attack Iraq is imminent. Let’s face it, there was a time when the world appeased someone who broke a treaty, engaged in a massive arms build up, and eventually attacked neighboring countries as well as began to slaughter people within his nation because of ideology or race. Hussein is not far different from Hitler. If we let him continue on his path, what consequences can we face? How can you apply diplomacy when dealing with a murderous despot?

Although I don’t condone war, I do believe that it is necessary to combat tyranny and terror. So this snippet is dedicated to the troops of all nations that have pledged their lives to serve their respective homelands in the allied fight against the tyranny in Iraq. As mentioned below, this site is dedicated to the combat of tyranny. I dedicate my support to the men and women of the United States’ military forces and their allies. The flag continues to shine on this site in recognition of their efforts.

I don’t often write about my family, but I feel it important to mention that my mother has amazed me this past week. Last weekend, my family came to Madison for a wedding. My mother brought me a loaf of Breadsmith bread, and it’s totally delicious. This morning, she gave me the phone number of a company that offered me the best price on airline tickets through British Airways. The person that coined the phrase “mother knows best” must’ve known my mother. Of course, she’s my mother, so she’ll continue to impress me.

Speaking of airline tickets, I am planning to fly to England this summer. I have already booked my flight (if war breaks out, I’m swimming across the Atlantic) and am eager to fly. I’ll spend two weeks with relatives, and I expect to have a great time.

I’ve also added a new link… anyone who knows guitar pickups knows Seymour Duncan pickups. I have a pair of Pearly Gates humbuckers on my Fat Strat. See My Links for the new link.

Planning a trip

I dislike writing this when there isn’t much going on. The site has remained stagnant for a while, but I expect to have new pictures up soon (perhaps by the end of next month). Two new pictures are available… see My Scrapbook.

I am checking out airline fares for an overseas trip. If I go, I plan on visiting some really marvelous, historical places in Great Britain and taking pictures. Naturally, I’ll add things to My Scrapbook. Stay tuned for more information.

Other than budget woes and guitar blues, not much else is going on at the moment. I did spend some time cleaning the apartment for my family to visit. it’s in such good shape, I can move that desk in at any time. Of course, I’m looking to complete it by the end of June.

Updates – March 2003

I admit, it’s been a while since I made any updates. I’ve chosen to clean up some items on the site. To start, I’ve made a slight change to the Soapbox index, so it should be easier to read. A new soapbox article is also in the works. I am also considering revising the News section to split things into quarters versus seasons… it’s probably much less confusing that way (2003 is set up that way now). In the next couple of weeks, I’ll also start clearing out some pictures for better utilization of the little space I have on the site’s server. I’m also hoping to get newer pictures online soon.

I’ve made the decision to quit working at Bed Bath and Beyond. My last day was last week Saturday. So far, I don’t miss it, but I do miss working with some of the folks there. I left on good terms, so I didn’t burn any bridges. I don’t expect to return.

The Governor’s Budget has been out for almost a month. We’re still sorting through all sorts of details and updating our Department’s summary. Now it’s a matter of watching the next phase of the process. In the meantime, we’re gearing up for operating budget.

On the personal front, things are going well. The desk is ready for finishing, but we’re waiting for warmer weather (the humidity is too low for staining and finishing). I’d like to post pictures of it here, depending on how I manage the space I still have… stay tuned.

On another front, Metallica has chosen their new bass player. Rob Trujillo, former bass player for the Suicidal Tendencies, Ozzy Osbourne, and Zakk Wylde’s Black Label Society, began playing with the band last month. More information is available on Metallica.com. At first blush, the band’s choice in Rob is truly a great one. Good luck to you, Metallica… here’s to seeing you in July!!