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Archive for September, 2008

That’s Right…

XKCD is one of the best web cartoons out there. Their post for Monday was particularly appropriate for me. Be sure to hover over the image to see the title text.

See XKCD “Tones”

I spent Monday building my new lawn.

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Family?

What is it about family? I don’t even know most of these people but they are family. Ok and now they are talking about old prison sentences.

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Content Creation, Content Consumption

It seems that we have two primary functions for computers these days. Creating content, design, movie making, bogging, creating reports for school or work, etc. Then you have the consumer functions of computers, browsing, watching videos, listening to music and so on. I do believe these functions will be more greatly separated in the near future. The iPhone and Kindle are a prime example of ¬†content consumption devices, there isn’t much you can create with them. OK OK yes you can blog and take photos with your iPhone but these are light weight functions. That is you don’t use an iPhone as your only blogging tool. An SLR camera is a good example of a content creation device and it does that job very well. The more specialized the device the better at it’s job. A TV is a much better place to watch a video than on your computer or iPhone.

I could be completely wrong on this. It may well be that as devices get more smarts they again will become content creators and consumers like computers have always been. However I do think more specialization and separation of the creators and consumers will be coming along. With products like the iPhone and 8 core Xenon MacPro it’s much easier to say one is primarily for creating content and the other for consumption. Do you really want a Mac pro for watching porn! really? Would you make porn with your iPhone? well I suppose it will happen if it hasn’t.

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Constitution doesn’t grant rights to people!

An important note about the constitution of the United States of America. Nowhere in that document can you find a definition of the rights of individuals. (OK the “free persons” thing is a little embracing but it was fixed by the 13th, 14th and 15th amendments.) The document does go to great detail about what the rights of the Government are limited to. You might then think that the Bill of Rights defines what rights are granted to people but you would be wrong. The Bill of Rights only enumerates some of the rights of the people further defining what the government can’t do. In the 9th amendment it specifically says that rights not listed are “retained by the people.”

And if you don’t believe that then why would you need a 18th amendment to keep people from drinking? (fixed by the 21st).

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