Tuesday, March 21

Electronic voting good, design bad

Where I voted had the electronic voting machines, but who ever designed them was an IDIOT.

Its a nice an electronic machine, but instead of voting touch screen, you have this obtuse dial thing-a-magig at the bottom of the device to control the highlighted section. Then press the Enter key instead of touching the screen. Very tactile but unnecessary confusing. Ironically I voted in a nursing home. Hope the Alzheimer patients voted early :).

I am surprised how much unaposed people are running. There was one entry where no-one was running. So, I had a chance for a write in, just for fun I put myself. I felt like I was putting in the high score for Asteroids, rotate right, to N, left back for B, right all the way for a space....

Good news is that were was a paper ballot backup which I was able to verify before submitting the ballot.

Tuesday, March 14


Wicked Poster
Wicked Poster
Originally uploaded by bcbeatty.
Saw Wicked on Saturday (3/11/06) with my family in Cincinnati. It was a great play humors and surprising back story of the Witches, Wizard, Tin Man, Scarecrow, and the Lion.

Tuesday, March 7

Ten of the Biggest Mistakes Developers Make With Databases

Although fashions come and go in software development, some things stay remarkably constant. One of these is the use of databases...

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Monday, March 6

Free the Grapes!

A national wine war is pitting consumers—who want the option of having wineries ship directly to them—against wine wholesalers, who are threatening winemakers and citizens with jail time if they bypass the middlemen.

Free the Grapes! is a national, grassroots coalition of consumers and wineries who seek to remove restrictions in 20 states that still prohibit consumers from purchasing wines directly from out-of-state wineries.

Friday, March 3

Sears Tower Crash

Sears Tower Crash
Originally uploaded by bcbeatty.
IE crashing in the Sears tower :)