Archive for the ‘General Rambling’ Category

Speeding Frenzy

Friday, January 27th, 2006

Got this e-mail in the my mailbox today:

On February 1, the city and county of Honolulu will launch a 30-day speeding ticket frenzy. The city estimates that 9 million dollars will be generated in speeding tickets. 1 million will go to pay police overtime. There will be 50 police on duty at all times patrolling the 9 main thoroughfares.

They are the following:
H-3 both directions
H-2 both directions
H-1 both directions
Pali Hwy
Likelike Hwy
Nimitz Hwy
Kalanianaole Hwy
Kam Hwy
Farrington Hwy

Now 5 mph above the limit can justify a ticket and every officer is supposed to pull a car over and write a ticket every 10 minutes. They have issued 30 brand new unmarked cruisers and they are bringing all their part timers on full time.

Now, keep in mind that this is not true. It’s a mutation of an e-mail circulated around New Jersey. But considering the lead-footed people on the road these days (myself included, sometimes), I actually hope this e-mail gets wide distribution. I actually supported the van cams during their short tenure here. Anything to make people more aware of their speed.


Wednesday, December 28th, 2005

No, I’m not going into detail as to how I arrived at this score. I have my standards. ‘Nuff said.

Star Wars: Not Worth Losing Sleep Over

Wednesday, May 18th, 2005

My friends are excited about Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. They’ve been talking about it the past few weeks. In fact, they’re all gathering together at Dole Cannery to catch the 12:01 a.m. May 19 show, just a few short hours from now.

I’m being anti-social. I’m not joining them.

Should There Be a Limit to Hate Speech on Blogs?

Monday, May 16th, 2005

Richard Silverstein has a problem. One of his posts on his self-described “progressive but critical Zionist” blog attracted the attention of some anti-Zionists, one of whom left the equivalent of cyber-graffiti.

Understandably, he’s miffed, not only at what happened, but by the response by Six Apart, the company that makes Movable Type and runs the Typepad blog service on which his blog runs.

Damned If You Do, Damned If You Don’t

Tuesday, May 10th, 2005

It’s not easy working for a health insurance company these days. And with what’s going on in the news, both nationally and here in Hawaii, it is downright difficult working for the largest insurer in the state, as I do.

Here in Hawaii, if HMSA so much as coughs, it makes front page news. And if it even thinks about how much it will take to cover ever-rising healthcare costs, it gets hit on all sides.

HMSA made a profit? What are they asking for another rate increase?

HMSA lost money? What are they doing with our insurance premiums?

Talk about damned if you do, damned if you don’t.

Blogs Are Blogs and News is News…

Saturday, May 7th, 2005

OK, who at NPR forgot to give Jeffrey Dvorkin his Ex-Lax Tuesday morning? That person made him write this (via Unbossed):

Second, the blogosphere has proven once again to be an amoral place with few rules. The consequences for misbehavior are still vague. The possibility of civic responsibility remains remote. It is a place where the philosophy of “who posts first, wins” predominates.

Hmmm…sounds just like the commercial mainstream media to me, if you replace “posts” with “prints” or “broadcasts.”

High Gas Prices Putting Brakes on SUV Sales

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2005

Finally. I thought this day would never come. The high price of gasoline is having an effect on sales of those gas guzzling sports-utility vehicles.

Nationwide, overall SUV sales slid 13.5 percent in the first quarter, according to Ward’s Automotive Reports. Sales of the biggest SUVs plunged, including a 28 percent drop for the Chevrolet Suburban and and 22 percent for the Tahoe. Sales of Ford’s Expedition fell 25 percent, while the Toyota Sequoia sank 12.6 percent.

What goes around, comes around.

Why The F**k Am I Writing in a F**kin’ Blog?

Sunday, April 24th, 2005

Lynn writes:

I checked out some sites and maybe I’m doing this Blogg [sic] all wrong. They have pictures to enhance their stories. Make mine look so welfare. Then again, it’s not about how it looks, it’s the content, right?

Talk about being self righteous and goody, goody two shoes. If the majority of bloggers are so intellectual and experts in their individual fields, what the f**k are they writing in a fricken Blogg [sic]!

Good question, Lynn. Why the f**k am I, a Punahou and Mainland college grad, writing in a f**kin’ blog anyway?

A Tale of Two Christians

Thursday, April 21st, 2005

Honolulu Star-Bulletin editor Cynthia Oi wrote in her column about two Christian women, one who all but dismissed her as a pagan when she found that Oi didn’t go to church, and one who has always reached out to her.

Would that all Christians were like that second woman.

Movable Type: The Bomb!

Sunday, April 3rd, 2005

I think I probably learned more about web design and computing in the last 24 hours than I had in the last year. But it’s worth it! I now have a working journal again…and I don’t have to make you, the reader, deal with pop-ups or anything, thanks to Movable Type.