Tour de France Stage 1

July 5, 2008 at 3:50 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Great Shots

April 26, 2008 at 6:55 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Many more like this on Ryan\'s website

Found this great photographer through my friend Dawn’s great website.  Click through to ryanschierling.com to see even more great photos.

New Zealand

March 23, 2008 at 12:49 pm | Posted in NZ | Leave a comment

We just landed in New Zealand for the start of our 14 day NZ/AUS trip. We’ll be posting more as we get settled. So far the views are as amazing as expected!

Free choice is not the same as getting to do whatever you damn well please!

February 29, 2008 at 10:54 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Interesting comment that keeps coming up in the global warming debate:

Sen. Jerome Delvin, R-Richland, the Senate Republican’s point person on global warming, says he’s against any attempt to push people out of their cars.

“Their goal goes back to taking our choices away as consumers and forcing what they perceive as the way things ought to run and work in our society,” he said.

I agree that we should not take away free choice, if someone wants to drive 60 miles each way to work let them.  But, I’m not going to pay for it.  I want my tax money to pay for the greater good, not the longer, farther, bigger good.

The new urban america

February 21, 2008 at 1:54 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Great article in The Alantic regarding the shift from the suburban sprawl back to the urban city.

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If you can’t afford to provide health insurance, should you be in business?

February 18, 2008 at 11:46 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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A paragraph in this NY Times article caught my eye today.  The article is discussing the Pennsylvania Governor’s attempt to cover at least part of the uninsured in his state.   Here’s the paragraph:

Small-business owners are protesting his call for a “fair share assessment” — a 3 percent payroll tax on employers who do not offer insurance, with the proceeds dedicated to covering the uninsured. And insurers are working to defeat proposals that would prohibit consideration of preexisting medical conditions in rate-setting and require that at least 85 percent of premiums be spent on health care costs as opposed to administrative overhead.

For political reasons no politician would ever say this, but I will: Why should we worry about whether or not a small business can aford health insurance for it’s employees?  If a small business can’t afford rent, it goes out of business.  If it can’t afford office supplies it goes out of business. 

Given the fact that almost any business can purchase some health insurance for 5% or less of it’s monthly payroll, I don’t see any reason that we should concern ourselves with whether or not they can afford it.  More small businesses in their respective state and national purchasing pools would also help drive down costs (albeit to a small degree).  In addition, if the owners of small business that don’t currently provide health insurance were involved in the process, there would be more people that would like to see costs lowered.

Can we really afford another four years?

February 9, 2008 at 4:45 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment
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I’m sure we all want to see our favorite Candidate win, but you’ve also got to consider this:

It’s a question both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama have raised since John McCain’s initial surge in the polls: Which Democrat can best take on the Arizona senator in a general election match-up?

A new Time magazine polls seems to suggest the answer is Obama.

The poll, conducted over the three days leading up to Super Tuesday, shows Obama beating McCain by 7 points, 48 percent to 41 percent. Clinton ties McCain at 46 percent.

In case you need another reason for Obama:

January 30, 2008 at 5:17 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Speaking to five sympathetic women at a Stamford diner who had been hand-picked by her campaign, Mrs. Obama described some ways that youth had its advantages. “This is the only time we will have a chance to have someone who is three years from paying off his student debt,’’ she said, “and still going to Target to get toilet paper.’’

Time spent in Washington, engaging with special interests, she noted, does not always help politicians stay in touch with working-class people or their problems. “Realistically, you get more isolated,’’ she continued.

Dont Assume Another Run, Obamas Wife Says – City Room – Metro – New York Times Blog

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shopping and feeling guilt at the same time…

January 19, 2008 at 3:53 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

…sucks.

SnapLayout – Making Myspace a bit less ugly.

October 14, 2007 at 4:12 pm | Posted in software, Tascha, tech | Leave a comment

I happened upon SnapLayout the other day. The main focus is to enable Myspace users to make there sites a bit less ugly. A bit less ugly is really all you can ask for when dealing with Myspace, anything that made the profile pages decent looking might take away from the Myspace experience. Disclosure: I absolutely loath Myspace and don’t have a page, but Tascha’s page sure looks better.

SnapLayout – Myspace Layout Editor

Source: Techcrunch

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