Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Neglectful blog mom

Oh, my poor neglected blog. I am so sorry I haven't paid attention to you these last few weeks. I do still love you, really. You are the companion that I choose for my long term commitment. Sadly, I must admit that I've been spending time with a sexier more shallow attraction (FB). He isn't as engaging as you. However, he is a bit younger. And, he can do things that you just can't do. I hope you will hang in there with me while I live out this mid-life crisis. I'm sure all his bells and whistles will eventually bore me and I'll yearn for a deeper and more meaningful relationship, like the one I've shared with you.

Please reserve a place for me in your heart, and your bookmarks. :D

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Where will you be at 09:09:09 on 09/09/09?

OK. I am a complete numbers wienie. I am all aflutter looking forward to 09:09:09 tomorrow (that's 09/09/09 on the calendar). This doesn't happen very often. Actually, I ignored last year's 08/08/08 celebration. I will not miss out on the next three year's numeric coolnesses (10:10:10 on 10/10/10, 11:11:11 on 11/11/11, 12:12:12 on 12/12/12), but after that we have to wait another 89 years for synchronous date and time phenomenon.

Why is 09/09/09 so special?

Saturday, September 05, 2009

Beware the Mad Scientists

Playing around with and went down a thematic road:

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The yin and yang of Texas justice

Yesterday I heard this story on the radio about the Texas policy of compensating the wrongly incarcerated $80,000 for every year they spent behind bars, in addition to annuity payments and free tuition at public colleges.

I think this is a wonderful policy. Considering the Texas reputation for death sentences and "decisive" justice, it's very interesting that when they make a correctable mistake (too bad if they wrongly kill you) they own up to it and try to make up for it in some way.

According to the Census of State and Federal Correctional Facilities, 2005 Texas has more correctional facilities than any other state. It's total prison population was exceeded only by California. And, oddly enough, it's number of inmates per 100k population was only exceeded by Delaware. Delaware?