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Merry Christmas

  /   Saturday, December 25, 2004   /   Comments(0)

I want to wish everyone reading this a Merry Christmas. As always, notice that I didn’t say Happy Holidays, because, like Karl Keating, I don’t celebrate “ambiguous holidays.” This is the time that we celebrate the birth of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. How appropriate that we celebrate the Light of the World at a time when days are beginning to get longer again.

My workplace opened at 10 AM instead of 7 AM on December 23 because Memphis is caked in ice. I’ve never seen it so bad. This is the first time in the five years that I’ve lived there that any kind of snow or ice has stayed on the ground for over 24 hours. It probably won’t all go away until Sunday.

I am home in Missouri with my family right now. I’m on my dad’s computer because I’m too lazy to fire up my laptop. We ate our dinner tonight and will have a brunch tomorrow. It’s cold enough to freeze Gehenna here. My dad’s thermometer registered 0.1 degrees outside.

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Comment Spam Info

  /   Wednesday, December 22, 2004   /   Comments(0)

Apparently, I’m not the only one with comment spam problems. Pair networks actually had to shut down sites because of Moveable Type comment spam, and their servers are no weenies! I hate to think of how much attempted traffic I still get from those dudes who don’t yet realize that I’ve fixed my forms so that hyperlinks can’t be entered in. Still, I wonder why they attempt my homemade blog software at all.

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Still Going

  /   Tuesday, December 21, 2004   /   Comments(0)

It seems like my main blog topic is my PDA and phone. I have struck again with an order that I just placed for a new Dell Axim X50. It seems that PalmOne was dragging their feet in getting a Palm driver for my Motorola v551 phone or a Treo 650 for Cingular, so I went with a new Pocket PC instead. I tried it out at the Dell kiosk in the mall, and I was able to connect it to my phone right away. I will be glad to finally be able to check my e-mail from anywhere. I’m a geek, aren’t I? The only problem I have is that I may not get it for two weeks.

Of course, I have plenty of presents for others this Christmas. Ok, really, it’s been gift certificates. I am out of ideas. I’m not cheap, but I’m pretty lazy. I did manage to pull off a couple of suprizes on people, though.

In other news, I’ve still been getting a lot of comment and e-mail spam through these contact forms. I decided to fix this by not allowing hyperlinks in e-mail or comments any more. It will essentially block what I’ve been getting from ever being submitted.

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Took the Treo Back

  /   Wednesday, December 08, 2004   /   Comments(0)

My poor parents have been getting many incomprehensible calls from me trying to get my Treo 650 to make a clear call to them. In the end, it didn’t work, and I took it back to Sprint. It was fine for local and other long-distance, but my parents are the primary people whom I call on a cell phone.

I’m now signed up with Cingulair. I had to change numbers because I shut down the Sprint account before I got the new phone. I bought a cheap phone as a stand-in until Cingulair offers the Treo. I hope they do soon. Maybe it will work better. The cheap phone sounded like a land-line phone according to my dad.

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Man with New Toy

  /   Sunday, December 05, 2004   /   Comments(0)

My cell phone died last week. I was hoping to get another month out of it, but I didn’t. So, I went ahead and bought what I was going to get anyway. I managed to get to the store on the first day that they had the Treo 650 in stock. This is one awesome gadget.

Now, I can check my e-mail anytime on the phone or even browse the web. I had a bit of trouble with the sound calling my family, but I called Sprint and got a great technical support rep to help. So far it works, but the real test will be today when I try again. The screen is nice and bright, and the programs I had for Palm work on it. It even has a speaker phone. The only real I see in this device is that it only has 24 MB of memory.

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It Causes Death Alright

  /   Saturday, December 04, 2004   /   Comments(0)

Recently, the FDA has implemented a labeling change for Mifeprex (aka RU-486). In fact, it’s now in what we call a “black box warning,” which is defined by cynics as that information that lawyers expect you to know. Granted, this happens to lots of drugs, but this one says that Danco and the FDA have “received reports of serious bacterial infection, bleeding, ectopic pregnancies that have ruptured, and death, including another death from sepsis.”

How ironic that they would put that the drug causes death! That’s what the drug does. It kills an innocent child every time that it is “effective.” Yes, I know what they mean in this warning, but it is not unreasonable to say that this drug is on the market for purely political reasons and not because it is something of value.

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