July 1st, 2005

Long road home

Black and white weather

"It's Michigan; just wait 10 minutes, the weather will change."

Yeah, but not always for the better.

And you know what, dear readers, I've noticed something: I hate to break it to ya world, but that saying appears to be true in the continental United States in general (and I bet they say the same thing in Hawaii and Alaska too). Just substitute the state of your choice into the above saying, and that's what you'll hear no matter where you go.

"It's ________________; just wait 10 minutes, the weather will change."

It's true. They used to say that in Toledo where I'm from originally, and when I had a rental car with XM radio, one of the stations I was listening to, which was broadcasting from Texas said the exact same thing!! The DJ was talking with a caller, who happened to talk about the weather in her area.

Well, today it's cold in West Michigan. Not cooler, not chilly -- just downright cold. Yesterday it was 88 degrees with high humidity. The day before that it was 92 degrees with even higher humidity. Today, it has not even cracked 70 degrees.

For the love of crumbcake.

Feeding the hungry, new computer worm

Michigan State Lawmaker Turns Tradition into Unexpected Generosity

Now this is exactly the kind of thing I like to report on! File this under the Examples We Could ALL Learn From:

It is a tradition in the Michigan State House of Representatives that when a lawmaker passes his first bill, he/she's supposed to feed all 110 lawmakers. Well, today, State Rep. Kevin Green (R) of Wyoming, MI took it a step further -- instead he provided a local food bank, Mel Trotter Ministries, with 110 meal boxes to be handed out to the needy. Green also gave lawmakers information about Mel Trotter and let them know how to donate.

Green says that between his food donation and donations from other lawmakers, the House raised about $3000 to help feed the hungry. Rep. Green, you are my new hero.

And I take the *SUPREMEST* pleasure in pointing out that he is Republican, FOLKS, which just proves my point that most Democrats are full of hot air when they criticize Republicans for not doing their civic duty in administering to those in need. While the Democrats are busy preparing their repertoires of how 'bad' Republicans are and 'why', the Republicans are busy putting their plans into action.

Of course, in all fairness, not all Republicans are as cleverly generous as Rep. Green, and not all Democrats are full of hot air (the vast majority are, though).

So there.

New Computer Worm Attack

It's called the "W-32 KEDEBEF" and it's coming to an email inbox near you. The best part about this story, and really the only reason I'm even including it here (besides the cool name) is that the email claims to contain conspiracy theories about Michael Jackson and the death of Pope John Paul II.

And now for the editorial: the people who create and send out these viruses must be so disappointed with me. I would never, not in a million years, open any kind of email claiming to contain conspiracy theories about anyone, let alone conspiracy theories about Michael Jackson, or the life OR death of Pope John Paul II. Not that I have anything against conspiracy theories; I find them fascinating, if not a little eccentric sometimes.

No, no, if it's worth writing about, it'll show up in book format, and last I heard, books are reasonably safe from any kind of viruses -- email or otherwise.

I really enjoy writing about the news items that pique my interest, but I would rather write about them here, to tell the truth. I can editorialize to my heart's content, something I would be unable to do as a TV or newspaper reporter. Here, you get the facts and my opinion. What more could you ask for??

Don't answer that. *smiles wanly*

NASA Engineering Tricky Space Collision

I am including this story here not so much because I found the story intriguing but because I wanted to illustrate how little I care about space exploration. I can't even pretend to be interested in it because... I'm just not. I used to be once, but frankly, I see space exploration to be the biggest waste of time that humans undertake. Every time I hear a story coming out of NASA I'm compelled to say, "Why???"

So NASA is going to smash one of their space probes into a comet 23,000 miles away (or 83,000 miles away, I'm not sure which, the info I got was conflicting) over the weekend. The mission is called "Deep Impact" and it's got great expectations attached to it, as most NASA missions do. Images transmitted will hopefully help scientists learn about conditions in the early solar system, including when comets and planets were formed. At the very least, it could help settle the debate about what comets are made of. That's the hope, anyway.

The whole thing sounds very spectacular, but I gotta ask: who cares??? Not me.

Outer space interests me to the extent that it enables us to launch low-earth orbiting satellites (LEOS), which in turn enables us to communicate with each other around the globe. The logistics of that fascinates me. Looking up at a starry sky at night and finding the constellations, and knowing the moon's phases, and watching a meteor shower... I certainly appreciate all those things. I could stare at the night sky for hours. But in no way does it make me the least bit interested to go up there and get up close and personal with it all. I'm content with what I can learn about it from down here on terra firma. This might have something to do with my extreme fear of heights, but it also just ... doesn't... interest me. Not in the least.

And I have yet to hear an argument to convince me otherwise.
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