I arranged them in chronological order, instead of the reverse chronological order used in the blog. There are several nice pictures, along with some diagrams.
“The greatest threat to America’s fiscal health is not Social Security,” President Barack Obama said in a March speech at the White House. “It’s not the investments that we’ve made to rescue our economy during this crisis. By a wide margin, the biggest threat to our nation’s balance sheet is the skyrocketing cost of health care. It’s not even close.”My favorite villain for our economic debacle is the Military-Industrial Complex and their billion dollar high-tech creations, but what do I know? Maybe we are all going to be working at the hospital, eating hospital food, wearing hospital uniforms.
Strikes me that there is an opportunity for an insurance company here: work with physicians groups to contain costs and improve care, ala the Mayo Clinic and Grand Junction models. This would enable them to beat their competitors over the head in the advertising arena on both issues. Secondly, if they could successfully contain costs, then they would be able to charge less for their insurance and then possibly attract more customers. It would be a long row to hoe.Cheers.
On the other hand, even if we can contain costs, and improve the quality of care, is it going to be enough? That is, can we afford to treat everyone in country? I am not sure, but I think our medical costs for our family of five have been between 10 and 20,000 dollars a year recently, including what the insurance company pays on our behalf, and we haven't had any serious problems. I have three teenagers who all went through braces, and that was a chunk of change, but other than that it is just run of the mill stuff.
Morning drug raids rattle HillsboroFriday, May 29, 2009The Hillsboro Argus
Helicopters, concussion charges and sirens abounded around the Hillsboro area Thursday morning as narcotics detectives and special weapons forces with the Westside Interagency Narcotics Team served five search warrants as part of an ongoing large-scale investigation involving cocaine trafficking.
Raids were conducted in unincorporated Washington County north of Hillsboro, Cornelius and Hillsboro, said Washington County Sheriff's Office Sgt. David Thompson.
No arrest numbers were immediately available, but the WCSO plans to announce the breadth of the investigation at a press conference Wednesday, June 3.
Got an old Specialized Rockhopper bike at the thrift store for $30. Cleaned it up and put new tires on it (another $35 for those). The handlebars are a bit too low so I think I'll try to sell it. Or maybe invest some more and get riser bars. Still cheaper than a new bike -- or used bike for that matter....
Heh, that looks like my Rockhopper that was stolen from my Austin garage 1997. Yeah I am sure of it, it was blue.....Man, can you believe it? What a coincidence!
In a step that could motion a massive leap fascia inwardly unlock more than a few of the legend abounding of twist and turn hurdle of our world, D-Wave Systems enjoy demonstrated what it call the world's early commercially viable quantum computer.Read the whole thing here. It's just amazing. Almost undecipherable, but at the same time perfectly clear. Just like quantum superposition.
2. Also in January, Intel demonstrated its "breakthrough" 45nm process technology, announcing an aggressive schedule to roll-out commercial products based on the new process. The first shipments of 45nm chips may come as early as Q4 2007. The new process technology uses hafnium to dramatically reduce electron leakage, an increasingly annoying problem as semiconductor process sizes have shrunk. IBM also announced plans to move to 45nm, but their plans to get the technology into production seem less aggressive than Intel's. The real loser here is AMD, who is still in the process of moving their competing x86 products onto the 65nm process.Don't you just hate it when you have leaking electrons? Actually, the key word here is Hafnium, the one element that isn't all there (that's supposed to be a funny, it's only half an element. Get it? Ha, ha, ha.) In the Periodic Table of Elements, Hafnium is between Luteium, a rare earth element, and Tantalum, a metal used for making capacitors. Tantalum is right next to Tungsten, a very tough metal used to make light bulb filaments. This is the first time I have noticed a commercial use for Hafnium, though I suppose there are others, like in control rods for nuclear power plants.
Single atom defects can cause local leakage currents 10 - 100x higher than the average current, impacting reliability and generating unwanted variation between devices.They are talking about fabricating integrated circuits (making computer chips) here, and they are concerned about a single atom being out of place. That's a pretty effing small error. No wonder all the chip people are crazy.
"9k miles. Guzzi brand flat plexi windshield, matched hard bags, got me home aok in the dark and cold last night, light throttle, comfortable maintained 80 whatever. Going out, I hit 90+ getting on a ramp, slacked rpms to cruising at 75, then 5 miles down the road finally realized I was still in 4th. Upshifted and laughed.Mike's very happy. I'm not. My favorite size for pictures is 600 pixels (width) and Picasa and Blogger are conspiring to thwart me. I can do 400 or 800, but not six hundred. Loading off the disk gives me html that I can edit to adjust the size, but it starts with 400 pixels, so anything larger is just going to be blurry.
"Pimpedout chrome tank, no tach, linked brakes, fuel injected, electronic ignition, one of 17, 80th anniversary. $199 a year to insure.
"No centerstand, has floorboards (see pic).rear tire is a 140/80-17, so I might be able to break that bead myself if I need to. Spokes AND tubeless. Shock stiffness is apparently variable, but no adjuster apparent, and I didn't buy it to wrench on. Raining today, and if I had a new set of Battleax's I'd be out there."Simply lovely."
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An easy type of joint used in fabricating pipe from elongated sheets of lead. First, the lead sheets are formed in a cylindrical shape with a flat overlap perpendicular to the cylinder; then, the flat overlap is folded over and crimped, thereby forming a sealed joint.This goes back to the original meaning of cinch: to secure. So "a lead pipe cinch" is not easy, but it is secure. It's a sure thing. I found an explanation of how to make pipe from sheet metal, including the part about cinching the seam. I excerpted it from the original page.
Switching probability of QFP comparators as a function of exciterslew-rateHey, that sounds an awful lot like the Flux Capacitor from "Back To The Future". From the IEEE.
Summary:The current noise (inferred from switching probabilities) of quantum flux parametron (QFP) comparators has been measured as a function of exciter slew rates. It was found that at high slew rates the switching probability follows an error-function distribution quite closely. However, at low slew rates, the distribution resembles a Fermi-Dirac distribution. Good agreement with Monte-Carlo simulations for high slew-rates is seen with a current noise proportional to the Johnson noise of the damping resistors. The current noise decreases with decreasing slew rate and is in good agreement with thermal activation calculations in the limit of slow slew rates
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Teacher supervising four high school students at detention: "... Just consider why it is you insist on being cruel to one another."From the "Detention" episode of "Cold Case", which I just watched this evening. Originally aired January 15, 2006.
Wiseguy student replies: "Because it's high school and we hate ourselves?"
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The only hero there ever was worth celebrating is Linarius, the greatest spellsword this world has ever known; he battled the great Warlock Norakamorth on top of the fiery mountain to save our people. For centuries he has watched over us.Update January 2017 replaced missing image.
These kind of heroes are worth having, for without their awesome powers, we would all be in the Warlock's hellish kingdom, serving as concubines to the great evil one. Heroes are glory-hogs, even Linarius only did what he did for fame. He honestly doesn't care if we live or not. But, enough pish-posh, I'd rather write amazing tales of drunk, dragonslaying womanizing bloodknights then go off and write a load of bullcrap about heroes.
Last night we received a emergency phone call from Bobbi (the daughter). She then put the Tucson Police department on the phone. Bobbi's car, 2007 Honda Civic Hybrid, was stolen from in front of her house.
A week ago her apartment was burglarized, (while she was asleep?!?!) her bass guitar and car keys were stolen. She reported that to the police but not to us. $1350 to get Honda locks changed, not able to afford that she just took everything of value out of the car. The apartment manager changed her apartment locks.
Cops say college kids are easy and common victims to predators. The kids have stuff and they are unaware. The Honda did have Lojack. The police would not pursue the thieves unless Bobbi and her mom agreed to prosecute. "Damn right we'll prosecute" says Bobbi.
Thanks to Lojack, the Honda was recovered within a couple hours miles away on the other side of town in a trailer park. The thieves tried to remove the speakers, tearing up the interior. No arrests made.
I got an email from an agency in San Diego. They are looking to fill a temporary AR position in Orange County for 3 months, for $16 an hour. And they want to know if I know of anybody.
WTF? In this environment they must have people beating down the door for any kind of job. Why would they have to cast around to fill this crappy position? Let alone send emails to Northern California, saying "Do you know of anybody in your network...?"
Another thing: I see LOTS AND LOTS of ads for accounting jobs, many right in this area, asking for specific cost accounting experience in the tech industry, which matches my experience exactly. I'm surprised to see the ads, considering there are massive layoffs in the news every night. Nonetheless I send out lots of resumes, but get zero response. This doesn't make sense to me either.
I think I must be missing something. Feels a bit like being in the Franz Kafka International Airport.
I'm saying, given the recession and all the recent layoffs, I expect the job market to behave a certain way. It's not behaving that way and I'm wondering why. When things don't make sense, someone is usually lying.Update January 2017 replaced missing video.
Employers often have obscure motivations for advertising jobs they have no intention of filling. So all the ads can be explained.
Why agents are reaching out as though they're having trouble filling positions, I can't explain. A lot of people are just trying to look busy these days, maybe that's the simple explanation.
"Jesus is coming, look busy."
phones ringing off the hook at the clinic this am....seems a mother had visited Mexico, then brought her 5-yo son to a birthday party over the weekend . . . ...whoo-boy, panic central. I hear nice voices talking on the phone explaining what's in the news patiently... . . "Yes, Ma'am, only one death in the entire United States...yes ma'am....no ma'am, we are not recommending quarantine at this time..." Yet Iowans are reasonable people, and the din was limited to a few yahoos who boarded up their windows and are hunkered down, shotguns in hand, for anything that moves in the grass. The police have been dispatched to diffuse the situation.