Unlocking Smartphones: Just a Start

I was quite pleasantly surprised when the Obama administration responded quickly for allowing cell phone users to unlock their phones. There has been some misunderstanding about what unlocking a cell phone means. It basically only means that you can prevent the phone from being carrier-specific as they are manufactured and released to be. This actually…

Northern Colorado: The 51st State?

Some counties in Colorado are unhappy with the state’s leadership and are doing something about it: {Excerpt} There are between eight and thirteen counties, total, that are looking into this. Eight are listed in the article. If these eight cities formed their own state, it would be the 42nd largest state in terms of area…

Some Weekend Cheer

The first video is about an injured armed services vet who couldn’t walk and a professional wrestler named Diamond Dallas Page. The second is a news report from Oklahoma that inspired me to resolve to give our little mutt more attention. and appreciation.

OTB Reader Survey

Outside the Beltway, one of the better other group blogs out there, is asking for ideas (and responses to ideas) for punching things up. I almost endorsed Tim Kowal to write there, but then thought “What am I thinking? He’s ours and they can’t have him!

The End of Realignment

The ACC has announced a Grant of Rights deal for conference-members to 2027. What this technically means is that any team that leaves the ACC between now and then does not retain the TV rights to their home games. What this really means is that no ACC team will receive an invitation and that conference…

Federal U & The Rising Cost of Higher Ed

Note: This post is part of our League Symposium on Higher Education in the 21st Century. You can read the introductory post for the Symposium here. To see a list of all posts in the Symposium so far, click here. Jordan Weissman thinks we can make college free without spending more on education. What would we have…

College For Not Everybody

Note: This post is part of our League Symposium on Higher Education in the 21st Century. You can read the introductory post for the Symposium here. To see a list of all posts in the Symposium so far, click here. Several years ago, I worked a job where we had a queue of assignments and…

Bleg: USPS Change Of Address

Before the big announcement and change-over, I wanted to throw this question out there: How many of you have dealt with the USPS and “Change of Address” notifications? A couple weeks ago I changed the address over to our new place to take place immediately, but last week we haven’t been getting mail at either…

A Republican Conspiracy

A disproportionate number of baby clothes designs and even toys contain elephants. None contain donkeys. I feel like my baby is being groomed to be a Republican. I kid, the likelihood that she will end up a Republican is considerably less than average. But it’s kind of odd. Elephants, monkeys, and giraffes. The baby-stuff triumvirate.…

Still Dead

Note: This post is part of our League Symposium on Guns In America. You can read the introductory post for the Symposium here. To see a list of all posts in the Symposium so far, click here. –WARNING: This post contains graphic content.– Walt and I were sitting in the bleachers of the football field…

One Sensible Step At A Time

The Newtown Massacre affected me in ways that I am not sure any of the previous incidents did. I couldn’t even tell my wife about it, I had to show her. It could just be a natural reaction due to the age of the victims. It could be newfound empathy for the families due to…

FUD That, Mr. Medicine Man

A couple weeks ago, our little daughter Lain was under the weather. She’d just gotten some immunizations and they had left her cranky, cranky, cranky. The first day was spent with her pushing away the breast and going hungry. The second day was spent with voracious hunger and trying to catch up from the day…

Bleg: Browser Filtering

Does anyone know of a good Firefox plug-in that would warn me any time I am following a link to certain designated sites? I’m mostly interested in the NYT, LA Times, Economist, and Financial Times. I want to be able to set up a list. So when I follow a link that goes to one…

Grand Old Podcast (Errr, Leaguecast)

At around 9pm EST, several of us will be doing a podcast tonight devoted to the election results and the ramifications of said results on the GOP going forward. The voices included will primarily be those with past and/or present sympathies to the party. Topics explored will include whether the loss was Romney’s or the…

Sometimes I’m a Crank.

Among the less substantive of my many reasons I hate daylight savings time, I have six watches that I have to change. Two of which I have to change twice because they are digital-analog combos. I am actually coming around to the notion that we ought to do away with time zones entirely.

Friday Afternoon Jukebox: Amiga!

For you youngsters, this will be a look at computer graphics from an antiquated era. Sort of an “awww, cute, old computer graphics!” But in the mid-90’s? On a personal desktop? This stuff was amazing. I was able to run some of them on my Amiga 500 (originally produced in 1987, discontinued in 1991) while…

Weekend Jukebox: Little Ones

We had a girl, and both of these songs are about having boys, but they’re both pretty awesome. If anyone has a good song about little bitty daughters, please share. Along those lines, I have a little cartoony comic book character I was going to draw on one of little Lain’s onesies. However, it’s a…

Nerds On The Big Bang Theory

A question for nerds and geeks in the audience, what do you think of the CBS sitcom? There seem to be two lines of thought: One, that it is insulting to nerds in a rather demeaning way, and another that it is awesome precisely because we get to see ourselves and people we know on…

The Red West vs The Red South

[This post has been cross-posted from Not a Potted Plant. Because a conversation has started over there, I will close the comments here and direct you there for discussion.] In a conversation about national and regional politics, Greginak (which I know is meant to be Greg In Alaska, but I continue to internally pronounce Grejinack)…

Making A Victim Out Of Penn State

As advertised, the NCAA is coming down hard on Penn State: The NCAA has hit Penn State with a $60 million sanction, a four-year football postseason ban and a vacation of all wins dating to 1998, the organization said Monday morning. The career record of Joe Paterno will reflect these vacated records, the NCAA said.…