Corporations are people, too

This was originally going to be a comment to this article by Dr. Bacchus but I could tell it was going to get too long. The root of the matter is that Fujitsu-Siemens now has to pay a per-machine levy on computers sold in Germany because they might - might, mind you - be used to violate copyright.

I'm going to leave the whole ridiculous thing about levying a fee because of possible misuse for another rant. That can be taken to such extremes that there could be fees, fines and levies imposed on just about everything. [……]

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And so it begins...

Another year has come and gone and, true to the old adage, the only constant thing is change. For us here at the Where's My Head World Headquarters and Bait Shop, that change is coming primarily by way of formulating some new digs.

In the beginning, there was just a big field. Then, some idiot (that'd be me) decided that this field would be a good place to park a house. Not to put too fine a point on it, it's gone downhill from there.

A surveyor came out and marked some boundaries, we signed a bunch of papers [……]

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Defying the goons

Wow - It seems like forever since I've written anything on the site. A couple of things have conspired against me in this. Namely, (1) my jack-booted, corporate network thugs cracked down on internet access and are monitoring (and screaming loudly about) access to non-work related sites and (2) after sitting at a keyboard all day long, the last thing I want to do when I get home is sit in front of another one for the evening, especially when the best connection I can usually get is around 21600 bps. Oy.

The network monitoring has only curtailed [……]

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Thank you, Senator

While I have specifically refrained from commenting on the Presidential election (save for that uninformed Wexler kid) - and not because of a scarcity of items that were worthy of comment - I want to make one statement.

I was prepared to write a post lamenting the reduction of the electoral process to a rodeo of legal wrangling in which the candidate on the short side of the tape can't accept the outcome. Such is the legacy of Mr. Gore circa 2000.

What we witnessed that year was a cross between a spoiled child screaming for his way and a narcissist who [……]

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Life, God and Letter Tiles

If you haven't already seen it, take 8 minutes and watch this brilliant flash piece, Craziest: A Short Story by Liz Dubelman. Well written, well produced and well worth your time. This is what multimedia on the net should be like.
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[Ed. note - If your connection is on the slower side of fast, let the whole thing load before playing (even though the Play option comes up) so it won't catch up with itself.]

Thoughts while riding

Such was my stream of consciousness this morning on my way to work.

This morning I walked outside and prepared to come to work. As I breathed in the cool, crisp morning, my mind was lost in the beauty of what I saw around me. The sun was just peeking out along the tops of the trees and there was still a slight dimness to it all. A mist hung above some of the pastures - just enough to make it's presence known but not to be intrusive. The horses stood as not-quite-silhouettes against it's blurred background. I said a quick [……]

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Vacation - Day 7: Home Again, Home Again, Jiggety-Jig

Well - it was an enjoyable time. I didn't know it was possible for something to be relaxing and exhausting at the same time.

Having said our goodbyes Saturday night, we woke up early yesterday morning and went back to Gulf Shores to hit the beach. This time the wind was up just a bit and the surf was quite a bit bigger than it had been a couple days before when we were there. I'm glad the Things got to see some decent waves. There were some folks out bodyboarding as well, looking like they were having a great time. [……]

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Vacation - Day 6: Back to the Beach - and Yet Another Boat...

Today was going to be our last day here so we headed back over to Gulf Shores to do a little shopping, have some beach time and do some touristy type stuff. Plans changed a bit, but it was a good day.

It was mid-morning by the time we got to the main road heading down to the Gulf. We had 3:00 reservations for a glass-bottomed boat dolphin cruise and so we decided to kill some time. We spent a couple hours playing miniature golf and then went looking for lunch.

During lunch, SWMBO saw that she had a [……]

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Vacation - Day 5: Shopping, More Beach and Another Boat

(There seems to be a boat theme happening here but, given where we're staying, I suppose it can't be helped.)

Today we went into downtown Fairhope to just kill some time.

It's filled with loads of little specialty shops, art galleries, cafes and the like. It's quite quaint and seriously overpriced, but it was fun to wander through for a while. If you're ever in the area, though, you've got to go into Three Georges Chocolates, especially if you like malted milk balls. They're pricey but they put Whoppers to shame - [……]

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Vacation - Day 4: Breakfast, Beach and The Other Boat.

Another day with no schedule and nothing important to do. I could get used to this.

This morning we were treated to breakfast at The Grand Hotel. It's been a while since I've seen a breakfast buffet that large. I tried to find a link that would give some of it's history but, alas, couldn't some up with one. In a very small nutshell it goes like this. The small hotel was first built on the site back in 1820. In 1847, the Grand Hotel was built to replace it. It quickly became famous [……]

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