In a recent editorial on the Somebody’s Gotta Do It site, he responds to a viewer’s question of what he thinks of Ferguson and the racial tensions growing the US. While I was reading through his response I thought it was very well written and pointed out a couple of facts that seem to be getting lost in the general rhetoric being discussed. He brought up the point that all sides aren’t debating the actual events and results that took place. They are debating what should be done and why these events are problems from pragmatic political view points and not social or culture view points. I think this is… Read More
Last night AirAsia lost contact with flight QZ8501 to Singapore, which marks the second plane in less than a year that has been “lost” during flight. While there are a variety of circumstances that can lead to air-traffic-control losing contact with a plane there are also redundant systems on a plane to keep up contact. Which begs the question of what actually happened to the plane, if it has crashed, why do planes keep going down in the same air space. If the plane landed somewhere else, where is the plane and was is going on with passages? Either way, what is going on in southeast asian airspace that planes… Read More
The log standing program package XBMC is now officially going to be known as Kodi. The primary reasons given for this name change is that the XBMC platform has migrated away from the origins of the Xbox hardware. XBMC (Kodi) is now on a variety of hardware platforms many of which are open-source. In addition the XBMC developers cited legal entanglements over the name “Xbox” which XBMC has no legal right to us e, as reasons to rename and rebrand the platform. Finally the development team wanted to move away from the idea that Kodi was simply a media center, its functionality can be make it a true entertainment center.… Read More
I am not a fan of driving around in snow or the delays that it brings. But I am looking forward to having some snow around. I am tired of this cold without some snow at least, it feels very anticlimactic. I want to go snowboarding and teach my family to ice skate. I want snow because it feels like winter once we have a good couple of inches of snow on everything. I don’t mind shoveling (really snowblowing) when there are a couple of inches, but not more than 6″ at a time. I just want a white winter.
Today, I was in class discussing a topic with some of my students, when one student looked at me asked me if I had heard that tonight NHL game had been postponed. This isn’t an unusual event in my class, student trying to distract me by asking a hockey question. This time though I was curious because games aren’t usually postponed unless something big is happening, so once class was over I looked up what was going on. That is when I read about the shootings in Ottawa. It is a fact of life now that these types of events are going to take place, but it still deeply saddens… Read More