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Carbon Tax Rehash

Semagic has been annoying me by not clearing the original entry I did with it.  I just hand deleted it.  We’ll see if it replaces this with what was here. 

Anyhow, with cable, I’m getting more “news,” and what’s being talked about in the news.  One thing is the Obama campaign’s discussion of a carbon “cap and trade” system to address global warming.  With this being current, I’m going to re-use a post I made last June that discusses a carbon tax system where the rate is linked to actual changes in measurable global temperature.  I think it makes more sense than the Obama policy because it links the financial consequences of carbon emission to actual measurable increases in temperature, rather than guessing what the consequences of that carbon might be.

Discussion is welcome.  Sharing this article is also welcome. 

Maybe not so much.

I hate it when programmers try to figure out what I want to do, so they can make it easier.  They are wrong, almost every time.  Especially when they are Microsoft.

I finally managed to get the playlist thing worked out and copied to the player, and decided to go copy the rest of the podpacket over and add it to the playlist.  It should be simple, right? 

No.  I decide to try the “sync” option from the thumb drive to my library, and it imports all the music into a whole set of directories and now, when I try to sort by filename, the filenames are all messed up when I try to sort them out. 

So now I’m probably going to have to delete all of the files and copy them over differently, add them back to the library, and then create a new playlist with all the files, and then synch that to the player. 

And I have to be awake in 4.5 hours.

/me is not happy.

Microsoft is my friend.

A better friend than my senator’s company, anyhow.  To shorten the story, suffice it to say that I bought a new mp3 player tonight, and went to load it with my podpacket, and, well, it’s just not easy.  I was able to move the files over, but the player doesn’t sort by the filename, so I lost the order I wanted them played in.  So I went ahead and installed the software that came with it to see if it would let me create a playlist.  That would be Rhapsody, from the evil, soulless slimeballs at Real networks.  Rhapsody does not allow you to sort music files based on filenames, so it was going to take forever to figure out the order they should go in, and then drag and drop them, one by one, into a playlist. 

In desparation, I decided to try Windows Media Player, and found that it does allow for sorting by filename, which meant that I could just drag and drop from that list to create the playlist.  The downer is that I’m pretty sure I have duplicates of everything, and will have to delete the first copy.  I did, actually, but it was no big deal.  I might try this with Winamp, as I just want another option than WMP.

My soul is starting to hurt.

Semagic my friend?

I’m using Semagic. I don’t know if I like it or not. Logjam has been my buddy for quite a while now.

Anyhow, I have cable tv in my house, for the first time in almost a decade. I got the box with a dvr, and I’m liking that capability — it gives me some of the control I’ve gotten used to with dvds. The transition for the TV shows I’ve been watching is going to be a bit tricky — Lost shouldn’t be too bad, since there are only a few episodes out this season, and I can do Heroes and 24 on Netflix. But the other shows I’ve been watching I’m going to stick to watching on DVD for now, since I’m years back (Gilmore Girls) and the ones I’m looking into (House, Numbers, Psycho).

Back down at Childrens for the day. I’m beginning discussions about continuing to work with this kid after he leaves the agency (about a week from now). It would get me in the door with the State, possibly, which could make the transition to being a Social Worker for them easier. I’ll ask about it. I took a look at my application on their website, and they had me listed with a score of zero, so I’m going to ask about that as well (not sure how having a BA and five years of experience in the field qualifies as a zero score for an entry-level job, unless HR wonks are putting more stock on what the degree is and ignoring the experience).

Otherwise, things are going fine. Vista isn’t eating my soul, but my keyboard does like to eat lines from time to time (arrow keys are too close to character keys, a problem I’ve had on small keyboards with long fingers before).

We’ll see how this goes.

Glasses, continued.

Okay, I’ve come up with a tentative plan. I’m considering the possibility of needing bifocals (something about being north of 40 indicates that this might be the case), but I’m none too sure about that. So I’m going to get a cheap pair with my new prescription and see if it fixes the problem I’m having with up-close blurriness. If it doesn’t, I’m going to look into the bifocals and a new exam for that. If it does, then I’ll use the current prescription.

The cheap ones

Either way, I’m going to be looking at one of the four frames listed below:

The first two are titanium memory frames — nice for being sturdy. The second two come with special clip-on sunglasses that clip on magnetically. I like both features, but the only pair that have both are the ones I was looking at in the previous post, which my primary fashion consultant thinks look “goobery,” so I have to choose between them. I can get clip-ons for the titanium frames also, for what that’s worth.

Anyhow, I’m going to create a poll about these and will appreciate everybody’s input on this.


I’m going to be buying some new glasses shortly — I have the prescription, and I think it’s going to help (after some adjustment) with my vertigo. But, for now, I’m looking for some in put into the frames I’m going to be getting. That’s where you come in.

I heard about Zenni Optical through Clark Howard. They provide single vision glasses, lenses and frames, for as low as $8. I’m thinking about getting a pair for less than $20 as backup, and then a more expensive pair (by Zenni terms — cheaper that the other cheap place I got my current pair from). After I get to work, I may nominate some frames for specific attention, but I haven’t time right now, and I wanted to put the basic links here to be able to work from. If there’s a frame you think would work for me in particular, feel free to mention it in the comments here.

First, the <$20 ones:
$8 glasses
$9.95 glasses
$12.95 glasses
$19 Metal
$19 Plastic or Acetate

And then the more expensive ones I’m thinking about for everyday:
Memory Titanium
Pure Titanium

And the pair I’m tending toward:

Please keep in mind that I’m interested in appearing professional.

More later, but that will do for now.

On the road again.

I’m headed back to the hospital, after a full week’s break. I’m getting a two-day shift again, and then probably my Saturday job after that, and then, hopefully, we’ll go to the “normal” week where I start on Monday and come back on Wednesday.

Woke up with vertigo this morning, and still have the residual head-ache. Don’t know if I’ll have the computer down there or not — hopefully, in the next week or two, I’ll have my laptop so I won’t need to worry about it.

Prayers wouldn’t be inappropriate. I’m tired and achy, and this transition might be pretty rough (or nothing).

pascal’s pyrmaid beginning

Pascal’s Pyramid — A Beginners Guide to n-Dimensional Space.

Math was not always my thing. I remember being interviewed for the school newspaper when I was in third grade as to my least favorite subject, and, without hesitation, I said “Arithmetic.” I didn’t particularly excel in math in grade school, but I did learn the basic skills reasonably well. When I came to public school in sixth grade, I found myself in the highest of the three math levels in my class, much to my surprise. I did badly there as well, falling well behind in my assignments for most of the year. I had no particular problem learning the material, but I had problems in the way the class was run. I began seventh grade in General Math, but a short math quiz at the start of that year disrupted my class schedule and I found myself in Accelerated Math for the remainder of the year. Accelerated Math was fun — the teacher was fun, and concepts like variables and negative numbers made it more interesting than the drill-and-grill I’d spent my early math life doing. Those who were in Accelerated Math in seventh grade got to take the Algebra Prognosis test at the end of the year. I passed that test well enough to be assigned to Algebra I in eight grade, and did well enough there (despite atrocious homework habits that got in my way) to be ready to start Geometry in ninth grade, but I moved across the country at that point. The new district wasn’t prepared for an incoming freshman who was ready for Geometry, so I was told that I’d have to take Algebra 1 again, so I did. I stayed at the top of the available math classes for the next four years, and went to math meets several times, as I was now known as a “math person.” I’ve remained one ever since.

Six years later, married and with two children,