Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Japan is proud home of Christ's tomb: "The upkeep of the site is paid for out of the profits of a local yoghurt factory, and Mr Nagano agrees that The Da Vinci Code will probably boost Shingo’s coffers. The village shop is already doing a roaring trade in Christ-branded sak�. “Did you enjoy the museum?” asks Mr Nagano. “If you did, I recommend you go to Ishikawa district. They have the tomb of Moses there.”"
Clearly, no trip to Japan would be complete without a visit to the Christ Museum. I've never heard this claim before, but it must be true, since I saw it on the internet!
Want to change the world? Make gas $10 a gallon.

He's got a point. Not a terribly well developed argument, mostly because he cuts too many people a break. But, using the extra money to subsidize public transit and information technology would make quite a difference.

I'm not sure that we need more freeways these days. Or subways, or light rail. As poor as the Los Angeles public transportation system is, I believe the future is not about moving people any more. It will be about moving information. If a majority of the office/cubicle workers could work from home, there wouldn't be a need to expand the freeways. Sure, many workers would still need to be on the road - gardeners, plumbers, electricians, construction workers. Goods would still need hauling. But if we could take 50% of the drivers off the road, there'd be plenty of room for the rest. In addition, we'd be giving our work force an hour to two hours a day back.

Reduce pollution, gas consumption, eliminate the need for additional transportation infrastructure, and ease stress all in one fell swoop. Is it really possible? Will our transportation authorities even think of it? Or is their "vision" all concentrated on adding more ways for more cars and people to move about?

What if we changed our transportation focus to move less people? By giving them an incentive to stay home, making gas prohibitively expensive and providing access to super-broadband technologies, I believe it could happen. Each worker, sitting at home, with a webcam could access the other workers in a second, just like they do now. Instead of walking over to the next cubicle, you just call them up on the cam. Supervisors can still supervise, they still have "face time." Might be a win-win for us all.

Thursday, May 25, 2006


Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Harry Potter
Fun with optical illusions

Follow the instructions, it sure is a bit creepy!

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Hobo Kelly
Growing up in Los Angeles in the 60's was a special treat because of Sally "Hobo Kelly" Baker. I remember seeing her in person at the McDonald's on Artesia Blvd. in Long Beach. There were hundreds of kids, and I was very excited to see a TV star!

If you didn't grow up in L.A., you really missed a legend of children's programming.

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Muslims journey to see Koran message of 'wonder fish' tuna:
"'It is so clearly spelt,' he said. 'That is why we believe that Allah is sending a message to mankind.'"

In this day and age, don't you think God would just send an email or something?

Friday, May 12, 2006

Rove Informs White House He Will Be Indicted:
" Within the last week, Karl Rove told President Bush and Chief of Staff Joshua Bolten, as well as a few other high level administration officials, that he will be indicted in the CIA leak case and will immediately resign his White House job when the special counsel publicly announces the charges against him, according to sources."

This is still rumor, but wouldn't it be nice?
Clinton outperformed Bush:
"When asked which man was more honest as president, poll respondents were more evenly divided, with the numbers -- 46 percent Clinton to 41 percent Bush -- falling within the poll's margin of error."

Yes, it's true. Clinton is more honest than Bush. Bush has lied - hundreds, maybe thousands of times - while Clinton told a few whoppers regarding his personal life.

For all of Clinton's personal problems, I never wondered who was making the decisions. With Bush, I have no idea who is really running the country. Which is comforting in a way, because if I really thought Bush was in charge, I'd be scared to death.

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!: "Could there be a third President Bush? The current chief said Wednesday that younger brother Jeb would make a great one, too, and has asked him about making a run."

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Whoopi Goldberg to launch morning radio program

Howard Stern is a quaking in his loafers.

She might be good, if she can stick with it. Radio shows take a couple of years to develop, and then need to become a habit. I'm not sure Whoopi can take 10 years of this.