Always treat all guns as if they are loaded

Otherwise you might wake up dead like this guy:

Andreous Robinson, 20, went outside around 1 a.m. and shot a few rounds into the air. Police said Mr. Robinson then came back inside and thought that he’d discharged all of the rounds, so he put the gun to his head and pulled the trigger, said Sgt. Bruce McDonald, a homicide officer.

Mr. Robinson was taken to Parkland Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Always treat all guns as if they are loaded

35W — inevitable?

I wrote and lost a long post about this. Thankfully I don’t have to rewrite it because someone else has written it for me. Nick Coleman has an oped piece that speaks exactly to my point. His is called Gussets, public servants both let Minnesota down.

There was nothing “routine” about the bridge, including its inspections. It had so many problems that it was the most-inspected bridge in Minnesota and engineers were openly worried (according to a story in this paper Aug. 19) about the dangers of a collapse.

Inspections did find that many of the gussets were corroded and thinning, plus a host of other significant problems ranging from cracks and missing bolts to a tilted bridge pier and frozen expansion rollers.

The question isn’t whether the original designers were distracted by thoughts of Marilyn Monroe as they were planning the bridge.

The question is why wasn’t the bridge closed, or fixed, by those in charge now?

But the gussets are a godsend to officials who want the public to believe they had no idea the bridge was in jeopardy and there was nothing that could have been done about it.

The gusset plate problem means that there was too much weight on the bridge. The notion that it was impossible to determine that the bridge was unsafe is false. It’s possible and perhaps likely that under a Democratic governor, the same thing would have happened. But maybe not. The Republican ideology of starving the government of resources creates a system where the cheapest solution always wins.

Whether it was Pawlenty’s fault or not is not my main concern. But somewhere along the line our processes failed us. Pawlenty’s administration seems to be saying that nothing could have prevented this. I don’t buy it.

35W — inevitable?

Sun buys MySQL

Apparently Sun is going to buy MySQL. This could have huge implications not just for the mysql database but for open source in general. Sun isn’t a bad company, per se, and they have been embracing the open source model. I can see how this fits in nicely with their strategies for the future. MySQL, on the other hand, could benefit from having big brain hardware and software guys and a lot of commercial relationships with huge installs of expensive, legacy Sun equipment. So, their stock price to the contrary, Sun is probably not that bad of a partner for MySQL.


Yet you can’t help shudder at the thought of big-ass companies buying up all the open source technology and making it proprietary somehow. Oracle buys apache! SAP buys Ubuntu! HP buys Firefox!
Sun buys MySQL

Dear Movable Type: You Suck

Sorry, I’m very pissed off right now because a long and thoughtful blog post was just deleted by Movable Type (MT) when I tried to save it. Literally, it was there when I hit save and gone from then on. It was very helpful that MT had an autosaved version that it deleted, apparently, as it saved the freshly erased content. There is nothing more annoying than having to rewrite something that you were perfectly happy with. Even the “back” button couldn’t save me (another pet peeve for another time).

But I’ve been unhappy with MT for other reasons. It is ridiculously slow on publishing. My blog is not that big and it took hours and hours of waiting as I tweaked the design and republished the site over and over. Literally it took 5-20 minutes to publish the blog per time.

The UI is also goofy. Everything is just slightly-non-intuitive. The design interface has index templates and template modules and widgets and archive templates and system templates. The rich text editor (which deleted my post for me) is sucky (so is Word Press’s).

I’m calming down now but I still have plans to transition this blog over to Word Press. A friend was kind enough to make a new (sweet!) design for me and he is getting it ready for WP, so sometime in the next few weeks I’ll be leaving Movable Type behind.

And micadelic, you’ll have to wait until I get the energy back to rewrite my “35W — engineered to be inevitable?” post.

Dear Movable Type: You Suck

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