Archives for December 2005

Template Toying

I’ve been toying with my template all night, so if you happened to come to thatedeguy while it was all screwed up, I apologize. It’s all done for the moment. I still want to do something completely different, but just don’t have the time at the moment so this is where it’ll sit for now.

More importantly… Do you have any comments on the changes I’ve made so far? Most importantly the widening of the format and the lightening of the colors?

I think the toying is over for now. I’ve fixed a few glitches in IE(thanks Jake) and played with colors and positions, but until I completely revamp the template alltogether, thats the best its getting for now. Again, please let me know what you think. Also keep an eye out for a new header as well…

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Something Must be Done

Jon over at Blurbomat has had a pretty decent conversation going for the last couple of days on Health Care in the US. He recently quit his job to pursue other things and he and his family are living off of the proceeds from his and his wife’s blogs. You probably have heard of his wife, she’s Heather of Dooce fame. There has been a noticed commercialization of Dooce especially, but really I don’t mind as the content is still there and thats what I go for.

In any case, because they are both self-employed along with some other reasons that he explains, they have had some trouble getting health coverage. The basics of the discussion are that the US health care industry has become monopolistic. Our politicians keep saying that they are going to do something about it, then we vote them in and they start getting lobby money from the drug companies and get nothing done. Jon put it splendidly:

I plan on writing my local and federal representatives about this situation, but I don’t have a lot of faith that I’ll be heard above the insurance lobby. Individuals who need health care coverage have little recourse.

Another problem is that when you begin talking about universal health care for the masses, you begin to pick up dissenters who believe that it would be the first step towards a socialist society. They are wrong. Social Security was the first step towards a government controlled socialist society. You don’t see them screaming about their Social Security do you? In fact, when President Bush was beginning to talk about privatization of Social Security last year they were screaming that it was going to be taken away.

The bottom line is this: We already have money taken out of our paychecks for Social Security and Medicare directly. We have Federal taxes taken out for a number of other state run medical functions. Why not lump Medicare and every other State funded medical project together as a Universal health care plan? Why? DRUG COMPANY LOBBY MONEY. Plain and Simple. In his post today, Jon asked us all a question and if you’re reading this, I encourage you to go and leave your answer as a comment. His question was this:

How do we make a change? How many of us will it take? Where do we go and who do we talk to that will listen? Is it time to start petitions and marching? Protests? What do we want? What sacrifices will have to be made? How will universal care take away someone else’s freedom/liberty (fries)?

My answer: It will take a majority of the citizens of the United States. Those of us that actually believe that it could work do not have the power to over come the lobbyists. We have to begin mass quantities of our own “lobbying” of our politicians. Make sure that they know that we will disscontinue voting for them if they don’t follow through with their promises. The time for petitions is upon us, but I think we’ll wait a little while for the marching an protesting. We want affordable health care, and if the only way to get that is through government sponsorship, then so be it. Some of us will have to sacrifice extra from our paychecks, and our time with our families to make it happen. Universal care does affect everyone, especially the Doctors, Lawyers, Drug Companies, and the employees of Drug Companies.

One final question from me: Can it be done?

You can read the full text of Jon’s posts at his blog. The first one is here. The second here.

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Stop Smoking Update

I haven’t really updated my stop smoking epic lately so thought I would. Truthfully, I fell off the wagon. I’m usually a fairly willfull person, but with this particular thing, I cannot seem to control myself. I made it about 2 weeks and then broke completely. I’m right back to where I started and am hoping to try again soon.

I really do not want to be a smoker when the baby arrives. Not just for my health, but for the baby’s as well. And also because if your the only one home, leaving the baby inside while you go and have a smoke is not possible.

My main excuse thus far is that there has been a lot of stress lately. Between my paying job, Distro of the Month and the other project that Jake and I are working on… Somedays are just too much.

Wish me luck.

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Colorado Kid

The Colorado Kid, by Stephen King, is a book written for the Hard Case Crime series. The series is meant to replicate the stories and look of the Pulp Fiction crimes stories of yesteryear. Since I’m not old enough to actually remember the Pulp Fiction crime stories, I cannot comment on whether they fulfill that or not.

What I can do is comment on the story as it is and as a Stephen King fan. In fact the only reason that I read this is because King wrote it. I’m glad I did.

Much like any other King novel that I have ever read, The Colorado Kid is very well written. The thing that I like the most about King stories is how well he gets into the minds of his characters and is able to express what they are thinking without perverting the point of view.

Colorado Kid consists of three main characters all discussing the case of the Colorado Kid. The Colorado Kid is a man that was found dead on a beach on a Maine Island. Found with no ID and no jacket on a cold April morning, mystery ensues. Did someone murder the Colorado Kid?

I must say that the book was excellent. The one little note that I would add is to make sure and read the afterword by the author. The ending of the book took me by surprise and made me a little mad, but the afterword explains it and once it is explained, it makes perfect sense.

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