The Things People Vote For

Emily noticed this last night, while reading our mail-in ballots (you might want to click the image to see the full-size):

Read that carefully.  It says:

Initiated Ordinance 300

Shall the voters for the City and County of Denver adopt an Initiated Ordinance to require the creation of an extraterrestrial affairs commission to help ensure the health, safety, and cultural awareness of Denver residents and visitors in relation to potential encounters or interactions with extraterrestrial intelligent beings or their vehicles, and fund such commission from grants, gifts and donations?

That’s right, the voters of Denver have asked for this measure to be on the ballot (see the WSJ article here).

City of Frisco and Sheep

Emily and I were headed back to Denver from Breckenridge yesterday.  We stopped in Frisco to snap some pictures of the beautiful aspen trees.  Then, we found a herd of bighorn sheep on the side of the interstate, and I had to turn around and snap some pictures.

All the pictures are here.

Elk and Rocky Mountain National Park

Emily and I took my parents up to Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park.  My parents came out to visit and see our new apartment (now furnished with lots of great wedding gifts!).

We were Estes Park and Rocky Mountain at just the right time for the rut.  The large groups of elk were on the golf course in Estes Park, while the first two videos are from Sheep Lakes, near the Falls River entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park.  We also saw several male bighorn sheep on the way back to Denver, in Empire.

Pictures are here.

Video clips:

Is Evil Richt Back?

Evil Richt, the fiery coach of the Georgia Bulldogs we saw in 2007 and 2008, might just be back.  Look at his statements yesterday regarding changes in personnel on the offensive line:

“You noticed that?” head coach Mark Richt said after Wednesday’s practice, smiling, when asked about Gates. “Well then why don’t we tell Tennessee what we’re doing. That’s why I don’t like you guys out there sometimes.”

Richt appeared to be good-natured about it. After all, he did extend the media portion of practice on Monday for an extra five periods and 25 minutes.

Josh Davis, who would be displaced as the right tackle, was mum on the moves.

“No comment,” Davis said, with a slight grin. “I can’t talk about that.”

And then, on possible injuries:

Richt indicated on the SEC teleconference that another player was hurt. But no more details were forthcoming.

“I said somebody was injured and I wasn’t going to tell who?” he said. “I forgot who it was.”

Kinda reminds me of the Mark Richt we saw before facing Florida, Auburn, and Hawaii in 2007 (and before he got beat by Alabama in 2008).

I’ve been looking for a change in the mindset of the Georgia coaches and players.  Judging by Richt’s statements, a little bit from Grantham, and an angry Orson Charles, maybe this team has found its fire.  I sure hope it has.

Beyond Diaspora

I was glad to see I wasn’t the only one disappointed in Diaspora.  Read this article from Blogoscoped, Beyond Diaspora: Another Facebook Alternative has a Head Start.

While I have already deployed Status.net (it’s an open, distributed alternative to Twitter, and mine is here), it doesn’t allow for much social functionality, especially for the single user.  And GNU Social, what the article is really about, isn’t widely developed (look at the email lists, there are very, very few posts).  I would think the GNU/FOSS community could put some more substantial effort behind creating an open alternative to Facebook.

As I said up front, I’m disappointed in Diaspora (the open alternative to Facebook that got a lot of attention this summer).  Diaspora runs on Ruby, which is great if you like Macs (it’s built in to the operating system), but Ruby runs poorly on Linux servers (which host the majority of the internet’s sites).  The entire package is difficult to install on Linux, but the real issue is Ruby.  Ruby is notoriously slow, and a lot of people are reporting that the app slows to a crawl when two people are accessing it.

I’m disappointed in Diaspora because they didn’t make Diaspora to work with common server technologies like PHP and MySQL.  Therefore, the installation base is a lot smaller, and those that want to install it are in for a day-long treat typically.