Category: Society

Society’s Views of Dads

November 25th, 2006, 11 Comments

Back before Jacob was born, I was reading The Expectant Father: Facts, Tips, and Advice for Dads-to-Be, 2nd ed. by Armin A. Brott and Jennifer Ash. It was a good book and I recommend it. Towards the end, there was a section that the author clearly was passionate about, and it made me mad too. […]

We need to follow the Amish example

October 22nd, 2006, 11 Comments

Just a few weeks ago, the world heard the news of the tragic school shooting at an Amish school in rural Pennsylvania. A deranged man entered the schoolhouse, bound and gagged female hostages, brought along torture equipment, and shot 10 of them. 5 died, and the remaining 5 are believed to still be hospitalized. Back […]

Small-Town Banks

April 25th, 2006, 3 Comments

Last year, I wrote about a small town funeral home. Today it’s time to write about small town banks. So last Saturday, Terah and I went to the bank in the town we’re going to be closest to (population 590, compared population 3500 town we live close to now). We were discussing financing for the […]

Today’s New Word: “Tuttled”

April 1st, 2006, 5 Comments

So remember Jerry Taylor, the man from Tuttle, OK that threatened to call the FBI on a Linux vendor because an unrelated hosting company had misconfigured Apache? Well, this story is just getting funnier and funnier. First off is this story from the Tuttle Times. It basically repeats Taylor’s view that the CentOS people were […]

Tuttle, OK city manager offered choice about being an idiot

March 25th, 2006, 2 Comments

I just read a story on The Register entitled Oklahoma city threatens to call FBI over “renegade” Linux maker. Quite hilarious. Apparently Jerry Taylor, city manager for Tuttle, Oklahoma, noticed that the city’s webpage wasn’t working right. He got the default “test page” for the Apache webserver on CentOS. Instead of calling the hosting company, […]

Cliff, This Link’s For You

February 4th, 2006, 2 Comments

I haven’t had a chance to check this out much yet, but it sounds interesting, and I think Cliff would love it: The Fray is a site where people tell stories and others comment on those stories, and once a year there are worldwide gatherings to do open-mic storytelling live. (from a post on the […]

Control Room

October 18th, 2005, 2 Comments

Have you ever wondered why so many Arabs hate Americans? Why they view us as occupiers? Why they want to be rid of both Saddam Hussein and us? We watched Control Room tonight. What a fascinating documentary. There was no narration. Just journalists talking. Arab journalists, American journalists, Pentagon spokesmen. Lots of different viewpoints. Lots […]

Small Town Festivals

August 15th, 2005, 2 Comments

Just over a week ago, Threshing Days took place in my hometown (population: 550). Yes, the event that causes the town’s population to swell to many times its normal levels for a few days. This year, I had no camera with me. So you will not see a photo of the line of 1930-era tractors […]

Amish and cell phones

July 11th, 2005, 1 Comment

Wired has an interesting story about the Amish, their philosophy towards technology (it’s a lot more complex than you might think), and the approach to cell phones (which are starting to appear).

24-hour news == crap

June 1st, 2005, 1 Comment

Today, CNN turns 25. To that I say: bah. CNN was once useful. As we were traveling last week, we spent time in different waiting rooms. One had Fox news on; another, CNN. I had never really seen Fox broadcasts, and haven’t watched much CNN in the past 5 years either. The lack of any […]

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