Merry Christmas! Merry, Merry Christmas! I hope you have a very Merry Christmas! See how easy it is to say the words. I did not feel compelled, not even once to say Happy Holidays. Why? Because this time of the year is when we celebrate Christmas. On December 25th, all the little children will come to the Christmas Tree and open their Christmas gifts. We will sing Christmas carols and we will play Christmas music on the radio. You get it, it is Christmas time.
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Frost the Snowman, a folk hero to many. But what messages are we sending to our children. In a closer examination of the story of Frosty, several things come to light. Things that concern me and things that should concern you as well. Was Frosty really someone we want our children to know? Consider the following.
What kind of example was Frosty giving as he puffed away on his “Old Corn Pipe”. What was he smoking in that pipe? We banned Joe the Camel. Why is Frosty allowed to endorse smoking?
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Unorganized Thoughts would like to welcome the new Police Chief of the City of Cincinnati, James T. Graig. This starts a new era of policing in Cincinnati as this is the first Chief ever who has been appointed from outside the ranks. Traditionally, all Police Chiefs in the City came up through the ranks. Originally, I jumped on the bandwagon and thought we don’t need no outsiders telling us how to police our city. Then I started to think it through.
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As you may have noticed from some of my earlier posts, I am a technology geek. I purchased my first computer (a TI-99/4A) in 1983, and I have been hooked ever since. Out of the box it came with 16 kb of memory. I spent a bunch upgrading the memory by adding a 32kb memory expansion card, taking the device to an unprecedented 48kb of RAM. But what brought me to that point? I think before we can investigate where we are going, we need to look at where we have been, and how far we have come. That is the point of today’s blog. I am going to discuss a few technologies that we all take for granted and provide some background that you may, or may not be aware of.
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Until very recently I have carried a Blackberry for a number of years. I thought it was quite useful to be able to get email, check my calendar, surf the web, IM, and oh yeah, even make phone calls from anywhere. The newspaper was no longer even necessary in the bathroom. (Hint to some: Do not think you are having a private conversation when sitting in a stall at a public restroom!). However, the Blackberry, as cool as it was, had limitations. The screen was too small, the keys were not designed for fat fingers, and dogs found them irresistible. Now all that has changed!
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The title of this blog has absolutely nothing to do with the article itself. I heard somewhere one should have a headline that will get the attention of the reader. So that was my intent. It probably also said somewhere the headline should be germane to the article, but you can’t have everything. Also it is difficult to headline an article that I have no idea what I am going to write about. I have no topic so I guess I shall just ramble.
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The grills have all cooled down, the hangovers are no longer hanging over, and most of us are back to work. However, since Memorial Day I have been wondering to what degree American’s have given of themselves in order to be memorialize annually by too much alcohol and burnt burgers. And having The grills have all cooled down, the hangovers are no longer hanging over, and most of us are back to work. However, since Memorial Day I have been wondering to what degree American’s have given of themselves in order to be memorialize annually by too much alcohol and burnt burgers. And having thus challenged myself, here are the results.
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This time of year a little ditty always pops into my head, “Spring has sprung, the grass has riz, I wonder where the birdy is” and invariably that will make me remember “Birdy Birdy in the sky, why did you do that in my eye? I’m no baby, I won’t cry, I’m sure glad that cows can’t fly.” This makes me wonder, why is all this in my head? Why do I remember childhood rhymes with total recall even after all these years.
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I am down right sick and tired of “Politically Correct”. I have had it. I don’t wish to offend anyone, and I don’t want to be rude. But I refuse to change my day-to-day terminology just so I can be careful not to offend somebody I probably don’t know and probably wouldn’t like if I did know them. Piss on political correctness. Say it like it is. For example, I am overweight. I know I am overweight. So don’t dance around the issue and think of non-offensive ways to tell me I am fat. Just tell me I am fat. Maybe if I hear it enough, I will do something about it. I am fat, not weight challenged.
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Last night as I prepared to go to bed, I was unable to locate my Blackberry. It sits on my nightstand every night because it doubles as my alarm clock, and it puts me to sleep because I like to listen to thunderstorms on my headphone as I drift off. I am a thunderstorm junkie, I bet you didn’t know that. I searched high and low for the device and as panic mounted I became more certain that Darby, the Golden Retriever, was guilty of taking my Blackberry. Gulp!
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