In honor of my all-nighter tonight, I am posting a link to a great howto: How to pull an all-nighter. This is good stuff, I follow most of these tips.
The State of Oregon believes that it has a copyright on its own laws. Specifically they believe the “arrangement and subject-matter compilation of Oregon statutory law, the prefatory and explanatory notes, the leadlines and numbering for each statutory section, the tables, index and annotations and other such incidents” are under copyright. See the Ars Technica writeup.
ESPN on Superman, aka Georgia running back Knowshon Moreno.
Finally I know where I will be after graduating in May from the University of Georgia.
I am going to be a University of Kansas Jayhawk!
And I couldn’t have been more excited.
Four years ago, I wanted to go to law school. I made the decision to attend the University of Georgia for undergrad, knowing that I could have gone to “big name” schools. I decided to save money and attend an in-state school where I would receive free tuition (HOPE Scholarship). I would save money to go to the best graduate school (law, at the time) I could get into.
So when I got into KU, the best school (by far) for city management, the decision was a no-brainer.
I’m proud to say I will be attending the University of Kansas, where I will start in June (the MPA program starts at the beginning of the summer). I am a nervous (and a little scared) about moving so far away from home (and so soon, the beginning of June), but I know I can survive.
Posting might be a little light around here for the next month or so (or maybe I will do the usual and post on here to procrastinate). I’ve got to finish classes at Georgia, take finals, graduate, get packed up, move to Lawrence, get settled in, and become a Jayhawk.
I know there has been a lot of talk about redlight cameras and their use to increase roadway safety or their use to make a profit. I have always heard redlight cameras were for safety and not profit.
Slashdot linked to an article about 6 cities tampering with the length of the yellow light in order to catch more redlight runners. The original report detailing the 6 cities that tampered with yellow light timing is here.
Update – Ars Technica has a good overview of the story.
I am so incredibly excited to say that Jimmie Johnson and Hendrick Motorsports have gotten back to victory lane in 2008!
Earlier this evening, Chad Knaus, Johnson’s crew chief, make a gutsy call and kept the #48 Lowe’s Chevrolet Impala SS out on the racetrack as the laps wound down in Phoenix. This was a gutsy move because Knaus watched every other leader come down pit road and get fuel, while his team’s car slowly ran out of gas.
But in the end, the Lowe’s Chevy had enough gas to cross the finish line, do a burnout on the front-stretch, and complete half of a Polish victory lap before running out of gas.
I watched the entire race and finished the race on my feet, pacing back and forth in front of the TV, yelling at my guys for not bringing the Lowe’s Chevy and getting a splash of gas. I couldn’t watch the last two laps, and I think I screamed, “Oh, no, he’s run out of gas!” about four times during that period.
That’s right, I am a huge Nascar fan.
While you might think Nascar is about rednecks and loud cars going in circles, it is also about people. In one of the nicest news stories I have heard, the pre-race show included an interview of Jeff Gordon. Today Gordon make a 15-year old’s wish come true. This was his 200th wish made true through the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Gordon has only started 516 Sprint Cup races, so he has had children quite frequently in his pit box and with him on race day. Absolutely amazing, and it shows the level of compassion and charity drivers have.
How often do you hear nice stories like that with other sports?
I’ve been using Firefox 3 for about a month now, using the same method Lifehacker explains in this article, with Portable Firefox 3. This allows you to keep your normal Firefox 2 install and not have to install Firefox 3 until it comes out of beta.
And second BTW, PortableApps is amazing also. It keeps me from having to install the plethora of open source applications I use periodically, leaving me with a slender hard drive with fewer applications installed.
For those of you experiencing the spring, lack-of-college-football depression like me (especially since I had to miss the G-Day Game this past weekend), here are some videos for you enlightenment (after the jump).
Also, everyone be aware of some security issues with older WordPress versions. I have even seen first hand an attacked site. The lesson here is to stay updated with the newest versions of any software you use.
My new favorite quote from /.:
I have yet to see Exchange work well in any environment over a few dozen people; certainly not without investing large amounts of money on duplicate servers and hardware. Included is my favourite Exchange analogy: If the same method that exchange/outlook uses to store email were used in the real world as a paper filing system: Every document is translated into Greek, and the original is burned. Then they are all glued together into one solid block and stuffed into a magic box with a tiny slot, through which you can talk to a little gnome who somehow gets each message for you as needed. Sometimes the gnome gets confused and it takes hours (sometimes days) for him to sort things out; meanwhile he can’t find your documents until he is totally finished becoming unconfused again. As an added bonus the gnome costs several thousand dollars and when he dies every few years you need to buy a new gnome. Oh and if the first box gets (arbitrarily) full you have to buy another special gnomebox, which of course costs $$$ [source].
Slashdot, with the byline News for Nerds is one of my favorite news sources. The site provides good technology news and a place to discuss.