Happy Birthday, Havana!

Today is Havana’s first birthday. We survived the first year and, more importantly, so did she.

She’s had an eventful year… she’s done a lot of traveling: Hawaii in September, Oregon wine country in October, Cannon Beach, Oregon and Mexico in January, a drive to central California and back in March and a trip to Florida in April. She learned to say a few words and a little sign language, she learned to crawl, climb stairs and a few weeks ago, to walk and even stand up on her own.


More “photos and videos”:http://flickr.com/photos/troyh/sets/72157604826952260/.

End of a gardening era

Our yard maintenance guy of over 3 years quit abruptly today in protest when we hired a neighbor’s kid to mow our lawn for the summer. I’m usually not surprised when adults are petty and juvenile, but I expected more from this guy, a guy who prides himself on his “metaphysical awareness”. What’s ironic is that he refused to mow our lawn for years thinking it beneath his skill-level and only started mowing the lawn last September when we went on vacation. I guess at some point between September and yesterday he decided that mowing a lawn was a core part of his being and taking that away from him was more than he could bear. In retrospect, I shouldn’t be so surprised… last year he complained that we were wasting our money and his time when he held a hose for hours on end watering our garden. So we added a sprinkler to our irrigation system so he wouldn’t have to do that, but he then expressed anger at the loss of that job. Some people just can’t find happiness.

Steelers Draft Picks Day 2

Today they took DE “Bruce Davis”:http://www.nfl.com/draft/profiles/bruce-davis?id=1695, OT “Tony Hills”:http://www.nfl.com/draft/profiles/tony-hills?id=258 — finally an offensive lineman!, QB “Dennis Dixon”:http://www.nfl.com/draft/profiles/dennis-dixon?id=748, LB “Mike Humpal”:http://www.nfl.com/draft/profiles/mike-humpal?id=1367 and FS “Ryan Mundy”:http://www.nfl.com/draft/profiles/ryan-mundy?id=4393.

They took 3 offensive players and 4 defensive players. All seem like good picks and everyone seems to be excited about Rashard Mendenhall. But don’t they know they need to improve their offensive line? As one commenter I saw said after they picked a QB, “they’ve just added another tackling dummy.”

For the bible tells me so

I seem to be on a religious trend here… we watched “For the Bible Tells Me Go”:http://www.netflix.com/Movie/For_the_Bible_Tells_Me_So/70059383?trkid=226870 last night. It’s a documentary about how people use the Bible to oppress non-whites and women. Now that they’ve largely given up on oppressing non-white and women because you look like a real lunatic doing that today, it’s the homosexuals’ turn. Falwell, Swaggert and James Dobson rile up their armies of hate to keep homosexuals out of society. And all make $100+ million a year, tax-free, doing it (What would Jesus think of that?).

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Sometimes you see a story about America and you realize how ignorant some Americans are. The “story of an atheist who was harassed in the military”:http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/04/26/atheist.soldier.ap/index.html is one of those stories:

bq. Known as “the atheist guy,” Hall has been called immoral, a devil worshipper and — just as severe to some soldiers — gay, none of which, he says, is true. Hall even drove fellow soldiers to church in Iraq and paused while they prayed before meals.

Note that the author couldn’t just write that he’s not immoral, a devil-worshipper or gay, they had to qualify it with a “he says” because even the author of the story about prejudice isn’t quite sure if it’s possible for an atheist to be moral, straight and not believe in the devil.

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The wisdom of Bill Gates

“Speaking in Seattle”:http://blog.wired.com/wiredscience/2008/04/bill-gates-what.html, this statement on open source has to go down in history as one of Bill Gates’ dumbest statements ever:

bq. Open source, he said, creates a license “so that nobody can ever improve the software,”

The truth is that open source creates a license so that _anyone_ can _always_ improve the software. That’s the opposite of what he believes. Religion. On the bright side, he’s giving lots of money to scientists to cure diseases around the world. Then again, he won’t allow scientists that get grant money from his foundation to use open source software and requires that they purchase software from a certain software company.

He likes to claim that open source is anti-capitalist too. He may be a capitalist, but he’s no economist. If he were an economist, he would understand that Microsoft may not have made as much money if they sold open source software, but all the companies that spend millions on Microsoft software would have saved a lot of money. If they didn’t have to pay for software, they could employ more people or spend more on research and development. More R&D and more employed people drives the economy forward, which is very capitalist.

To put it in perspective, Microsoft makes $51 billion a year in revenue selling software to businesses. Instead of paying for software, their customers could employ 510,000 additional people with salaries of $100K every year. But Microsoft employs less than 80,000 people, so Microsoft alone causes a net loss of 430,000 high-paid ($100K/yr) jobs per year or 1,290,000 people of average-salaried ($33K/yr) jobs per year to the world’s economy.