I knew that my teachers in high school and professors in college had different political leanings than I did. I knew most of them voted for Carter, Mondale, and Dukakis. I also believed it had become much worse since I graduated. I had no idea.
Michelle Malkin (another favorite blog) reports on this story about a high school teacher who goes way over the line. It’s bad enough that this fellow clearly has no clue how the world works or how political systems treat their citizens, but he also is unwilling to be swayed by an innocent question.
People often ask, “Won’t David be missing out by not going to school?” I guess he will. He’ll get to miss being the target of propaganda. It’s stuff like this that convinces us that David is much better off being homeschooled.
I was sad to see the news today that Dr. Henry Morris had passed away. He was an important figure in the Creation Science community. He was one of my favorites as I learned about the science supporting creationism during my teen years. He will be missed.
This announcement of his passing in Science Daily shows just how misunderstood the entire movement is. The item is titled, “Founder of creationism dies.” Maybe it’s just me, but isn’t the founder of creationism the Creator Himself?
I’m not sure why this seemed so important to me, but it does. I stumbled upon the blog of one Gervase Markham who lives in the UK. I learned two things about him that endeared him to me quickly. First, he’s a geek. He works with the Mozilla organization that is responsible for the Firefox browser and other cool software. Secondly, he’s a Christian who really gets it.
His blog is Hacking for Christ.
His statement of faith is one of the clearest I’ve seen.
I love it.
As much fun as it is to watch, I’ve never been convinced that curling is a real sport. I may have just been proven wrong. I think this article describes what may be the stamp of validation that curling needed.
Streaker Runs Across Ice in Curling Match
It must be sport then, right? Now all they need is the guy with the rainbow wig holding a sign that says “John 3:16”.
I caught this article from New Scientist (via Slashdot) about quantum computers. All by themselves, quantum computers are a mind-bending propostion. But this is just weird:
Quantam computers work best switched off
My favorite quote from the article, though, is something that all geeks know:
“A non-running computer produces fewer errors,” says Hosten.
One of my favorite blogs, Powerline, has been following this story of how the Democratic party in Minnesota has actually had the gall to tell returning Iraq vets that they are “un-American”. Their crime? These vets are participating in an ad campaign to tell the public that things are going better in Iraq than the press would have you believe.
Aside from just being tone deaf on this issue, I’m amazed that an American political party has publicly said that being supportive of the war effort in Iraq is “un-American”.
I don’t think the Dems are un-American. Just clueless.
Well, it doesn’t get much busier than this, I guess.
I’m still trying to assimilate the changes associated with my promotion. However, I’m a working manager which means that I’m still writing code. As a matter of fact, I’m in the process of converting the Inspiration products to run natively on the new Intel Macs.
I also have to plan a presentation for this Thursday to explain the work I’ve done to the rest of our team.
While that goes on, our company is preparing to move to a new building about a mile down the road. We have to be packed up and ready to go by 5pm on Friday the 24th.
Oh, and just to add some fun at home, I’m working on a new website for Dad, leading David through pre-algebra, and trying to squeeze in a little Olympics watching when I can.
Whew! I’ll let you know how the week goes.
Space-elevator tether climbs a mile high
This is a very cool idea for moving cargo and people into and out of orbit. Of course, I’d hate to get stuck at about 50,000 feet!
Can we all say “duh”?
Money really doesn’t buy happiness, study finds
I could have saved them the time and the money:
What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul?
Matthew 16:26 NIV
Well, I had some good news today. Here’s the email from our CEO that says it all:
I’d like to announce some changes in the R & D organization:
Jason will be changing positions as he is moving to the newly created “Principal Developer” position. Technology and the marketplace are changing fast. Jason will be helping me set the technical direction of the company. He will work on the most complex technical projects and provide technical leadership to the entire organization. Jason has been with the company 12 1/2 years and has vast institutional knowledge. Over those years, I have developed a high regard for Jason’s technical skills and judgement. He will be reporting to me as we continue to work together.
I am promoting Wyatt to Programming Manager. All of Jason direct reports will now report to Wyatt. Wyatt has earned all of our respect during his 3 years at Inspiration working on our products. During that time, he has learned our technology and is now leading our move to Agile methodologies. Prior to working at Inspiration, Wyatt was Director of Engineering at Riverdeep/Edmark. He brings a wealth of experience to Inspiration.
Please wish Jason and Wyatt success in their new positions.
So, I’m back to managing again. The manager jokes may now commence.