It ends here – On July 21st the final installment of Harry Potter will hit store shelves.
How Many Legislators Does it Take to Change a Lightbulb Act? – A California lawmaker is looking to ban incandescent lightbulbs by 2012 in favor of the compact fluorescent lightbulbs (CFL). While I don’t normally like government butting into such things, this is one case where I think it is the right thing to do. Most people who don’t like CFL’s quote problems that the bulbs had when they first started appearing (in abundance) 20 or so years ago, such as poor illumination, flicker and high cost. While still more expensive than standard bulbs, the CFL’s have come down dramatically in price, and with the energy saved (plus not having to replace them as often) more than outweight the initial cost. The other problems such as flicker just aren’t true any longer. Unlike the incandescent which hasn’t basically changed in a hundred years, CFL have had dramatic improvements made in the past 10 years or so.
Now what? – I continue to be embarassed my own hometown Board of Education. In a continuous battle this year over a teacher that made remarks to students like, “If you don’t take Jesus Christ as your savior… you will be in hell,” the latest to come out of it is that the Board of Education has banned recording classes. The school Administration showed that they had no intention of believing the student until those tapes were supplied. Now they ban the recording. What an amazing lack of brains.
Anyone got a recipe for Groundhog? – Punxsutawney Phil doesnâ€™t see his shadow meaning an early spring. Our weather here this weekend? Cold today… with bitter cold in the week ahead!
And I wonder why people don’t like our justice system – A woman is convicted of allowing her three children to drown… and gets 10 years. That is 3-1/3 years for each of the 3 children, ages, 6, 3,1. Why? Why did she do this, PPD? No. (Then I might be more feeling about the sentence). No, she did it because the kids were “interfering” with her relationship with her new boyfriend (in on it as well).
Hands off – The new way to prove that students/minors have no rights in our society? Drug tests in schools. Now I sort of understand the rationale. Sort of. But that doesn’t make it right. Students with a “probability” (based on past history, such as having been caught with drugs or alcohol… not profiles), sure… but purely random? Ummmm… No, I don’t think so. But to see what advocates of both sides say, see this story.
I am stuck working this weekend (but fortunately from home), and hopefully finishing my ceiling, and if i am a “good boy” maybe I will get to watch a bit of the SuperBowl. (Updated to add:Â Predictions – Colts 34 Bears 17.Â Grossman throws 4 INTS – but at least 2 of them will be desperation passes late).
What grand plans do you have?