26 May 2005 cTaylor
God Bless Flip Code
I found a couple of really great ideas floating around on flip code for normal mapper. So, I got them implmented last night and now I get to run debugging tests in the data b/c I'm getting very *uncool* results.
The B.S. portion of todays post
In other news - I was party to the insane traffic in Atlanta yesterday. I was in Buckhead trying to get to a local super market, when I started seeing police all over the place.
People were looking up at a construction site near the ESPN restaurant - so I start fiddling with the radio dial trying to find some news coverage of this event.
My quest was a humbling experience as I was only able to find 1 station on the FM band that was doing a traffic report at 5-6 pm. That report was covered 285 and I20 - absolutely nothing was said about the man on the crane in Buckhead (wanted for murder in Florida) and still nothing more about the police barracade in Buckhead.
I say this was humbling because, I came to a realisation that radio isn't the 'public service' I thought it was - all I was able to pull was top 40 music and commercials.
Probably not a shocking revelation for most but, it was a bit obnoxious from my stand point. Then again, having been overseas for a month, you get used to things like AFN. I just think it's sad that I have to go overseas to get good radio (and TV for that matter).
On another note. I had a thought regarding politics of late. My father considers himself a republican. I keep telling him he isn't. Well, he actually is - it's just that his party has been usurped in the past couple of years by what I consider to be a unifying concept in contemporary politics.
This concept is what I call the 'singular party'. So instead of actually knowing a representative or politician by their voting record or their personality, the parties have decided to consolidate their image to make life 'easier' on voters.
I no longer have to think about voting for a politician - I just vote for party because the party is all the same. God forbid I educate myself on the politician and vote for that specific politician.
Gone are the days of Strom Thurmond style politics. For the sake of sound bytes and the media - and to re-enforce short attention spans - parties have convinced themselves that all representatives (or a majority of them) should present similar if not the same public image. To rally behind 1 banner in a very strong fashion. This idea seems very simple if you're into controlling people in mass numbers.
So now we have `winger politics`. My father believes he's a republican but more in a McCain fashion or tradition. He's a thinker and not a winger. I myself have been so accustomed to winger politics that when he first told me of his affiliation - I spouted off a list of ideals that I see most republicans maintaining (atleast in the south) and he managed to show me he didn't buy into a majority of them and that's when it hit me.
I had purchased into this entire concept of 'package politics' where no one is a free thinker and everyone 'firmly believes' in a package of policies without really thinking about it or considering what the heck those policies really mean. Because 'the party' believes in business or social reform or whatever malarkey people tell you these days to justify their own vote.
Take for instance embryonic stem cell research. There's a series of documents parents have to fill out inorder to get an embryo created and even more to place the embryo into the 'we didn't want it after all' pile.
It's not like a super store where you come in and order one on lay-away. This is a regulated process!
An unwanted embryo is documented and will be terminated. I don't understand why people are unable to realize this - and I fail to understand why a party that so firmly says it believes in a 'culture of life' is unable to see/consider these factoids and start backing the research effort with public money.
I guess it's easier to play the volite emotions game and control votes based on singing to the 'born again' vote - throw thought out of it - and just ride the bandwagon.
I mean if you *know* the life will go to waste and be destroyed - and nothing can be done about it - then why waste the life? Does it not serve a greater good to use that life to save others? I mean parents are going to have to sign waivers anyway - just make this an alternative or something.
I have one more rant to dump but, I need to get back into the scheme of things at work. I'll probably post tomorrow. This is more for me - to get these things down somewhere - than it is for any kind of readership that's out there.