2004 in Review

Everyone’s writing their year in review columns, so I thought I would write mine.

Dave Barry has said, in so many words, that 2004 sucked. To be honest, I agree with him. On a world wide scale, on a personal level… and oh so many other levels, 2004 was probably the worst year I’ve had in my life, other than when I fell on a fish tank when I was 10 and spent a week of my summer in the hospital after five hours of reconstructive surgery, and a further… several months (I don’t know how many) doing physical therapy and having my mom write my homework for me until I regained the use of my hand.

Yeah… 2004 really blew. But there were some positive notes. Being the optimist that I am, I’d like to focus on these things.

1. Bush got re-elected which moved many Democrats to burst into tears and cry and then proclaim that someone threw rocks at them.… [Read More]

GOP to Challenge Recount in WA

From ABCNews

So… here we are, it’s been nearly two months since the election ended. We supposedly have a governor, but the lawsuit that Bill@Reason’s Edge predicted is forth coming. I suspect that the GOP will challenge the election results via a lawsuit. I also suspect that several registered voters in Washington will challenge the election. I also feel that it was a little unfair to add back in ballots that had previously been discounted in King County (where we know a majority of voters are Democrat already) and not re-evaluate ballots from counties that are known Republican strongholds (such as Spokane County) by the same measure. In truth, if you are going to re-evaluate ballots from one county, you should re-evaluate the ballots from all of them. King County does not deserve such special treatment over the rest of the state, simply because it has the largest population base.

My .02 cents.… [Read More]

Watch the Aleve

The FDA has issued a warning on all medications that include naproxen, this includes Aleve.

Since a few of my friends swear by Aleve, I thought it prudent to post this warning here and make sure that they saw it and recognized that they may be at risk for heart trouble.

That said, it seems like just about every painkiller has long term effects except for tylenol. And even then.. someone decided to lace Tylenol with cyanide back in the 80’s. So.. maybe even that isn’t safe.

The moral of the story? Stop. Think. Talk to your doctor.… [Read More]

iPod, the year in review

2004 has been a good year for the iPod. Not so good for its competitor products. Creative looks to be taking it’s Nomad off the market, and Sony’s lackluster showing with the Network Walkman and Hi-MD (largely because the prices simply were not competitive with the 4G iPod mini) are proving to make this year in digital music tech dominated by the iPod and the iTunes music store.

It’s kind of a bummer because, just once, I’d like to see Sony do something in the US market without dropping the ball. Sony makes good equipment, I can’t argue with the durability of the minidisc player itself, or any of their walkman products, but the walkman name isn’t going to be enough to carry them through this age of digital music.

Right now, the only thing that’s even competing well with the iPod are the iRiver mp3 players. These things have the advantage of being able to play whatever you want to shove on them, in a variety of open source formats.… [Read More]