Monday, April 14, 2008
Posting Irregularities Likely Ahead
Multiple deadlines loom and I'm behind. If I skip a day or two here this week, that would be why.
Seventeen 1041 Days, Nonstop, without Repeating a Song!
I base this on a guesstimate of three minutes of play time per song.
Mobile phones, iPods and other consumer devices may soon be able to hold a hundred times more information than they do at present thanks to a breakthrough in storage technology.They're saying this technology will be available within a decade!
Scientists at IBM say they have developed a new type of digital storage which would enable a device such as an MP3 player to store about half a million songs - or 3,500 films - and cost far less to produce.
Monique Davis Apologizes to "Rightless" Rob Sherman
Monique Davis, who sounded like she was ready to string up some God-damned atheists last week has "apologized" for her disgraceful remarks.
[A]fter being on the receiving end of a week’s worth of public criticism, Davis called [Rob] Sherman yesterday to apologize.I have a hard time, erm, believing that Davis took an entire week to calm down enough to apologize to someone who plainly had nothing to do with the school killing. Maybe my social intuition isn't so hot, but this strikes me as the kind of thing you patch up within a day or so if you really mean it.
Sherman says Davis told him she "took out her frustrations and emotions on me and that she shouldn't have done that." Sherman says Davis' explanation was "reasonable" and that he forgives her.
According to Sherman and State Rep. Jack Franks....Davis claims her outburst was triggered by learning shortly beforehand ... that there'd been another Chicago Public School student killed.
State Rep. Jack Franks was chairing the hearing that day and says Davis' outburst was uncharacteristic, adding "she was having a bad day." [bold added]
During her outburst, she was clearly upset about guns in schools, and she directly blamed Sherman's "philosophy" for that type of destruction generally.
"Sin Tax" on Beer in California
The idea sounds DOA, but the fact that this was brought up at all -- and why -- is a bad sign:
San Jose Democrat [Jim Beall] on Thursday proposed raising the beer tax by $1.80 per six-pack, or 30 cents per can or bottle. The current tax is 2 cents per can. That's an increase of about 1,500 percent.Notice how the unchallenged premise that "society" ought to be cleaning up after irresponsible individuals transitions so smoothly into all individuals owing "society" in advance for their personal decisions.
Beall said the tax would generate $2 billion a year to fund health care services, crime prevention and programs to prevent underage drinking and addiction.
"The people who use alcohol should pay for part of the cost to society, just like we've accepted that concept with tobacco," Beall said. [bold added]
The fact is that the state should have never gotten into the business of subsidizing the medical care of people who ignored well-known risks and smoked themselves sick or permitted themselves to become addicted to alcohol.
Today: Corrected number of days of music without repeating a song. (HT: Dismuke)