There is more to life than Studebakers, this page is to tell you about things I find interesting or important. You may disagree but I hope you at least enjoy checking it out. If you have any strong feelings about any of this please feel free to let me know, you probably won't change my mind but we might have fun discussing it!
*Shameless steal from Paul Harvey, "The voice of the new millinum" Sadly Mr. Harvey passed away on Febuary 28th 2009 at the age of 90. Rest in peace Mr. Harvey and thank you.
Keep checking back, currently the pictures below link to other websites, as time goes on I'll be creating pages for many of these subjects.
This is a great website that lists all the current and former US and Interstate highways. I'm a bit of a road geek and find the history of roads fascinating. One of the things I'd love to do is take a long walk on the Appian Way, now THAT is a road with some serious history.
If you like the sign I used you might like to make your own, it was made with SignMaker 2.3.1.
Steampunk is, as the button points out, wonderful insanity, often described as imaging a Victorian future that never was. So of these people do some serious work, follow the link and take a look at the modified keyboard, the all in one computer, or craziest of all the Morse telegraph sounder that reads out RSS feeds!
Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of HG Wells "War of the Worlds" is fabulous, it is, in my opinioin the best and most accurate dramatic presentation of HG Wells classic story ever produced. The classic radio show is wonderful, as is the 1953 George Pal movie, but neither of them had Martian fighthing machines rampaging through Victorian England. The live version looks like it's spectatular, but you have to travel to Europe to see it.
The 1980's era TV show was enjoyable, but was even further from HG Wells story than the radio show or 1953 movie... and the less said about the 2005 movie the better.
Old Time Radio
Global Warming? (I don't buy it)
I'm a big fan of old time radio, wonderful shows like "The Shadow", "Gunsmoke", "Dragnet", "The Mercury Radio Theater of the Air", and fun stuff most people have never heard of like "Grand Central Station" and "Secret Agent K7 Returns".
So find a show you want to listen to, gather around the computer and enjoy!
The Internet Archive is a wonderful resource. Thousands of hours of radio shows, audio books, very old TV shows, Grateful Dead shows, archived websites, (how about Yahoo's home page from 1996!, films, and pretty much anything else you can think of that anyone might have put on the web. Check it out, but be prepared to spend some time.
Many would (and do!) consider me a heretic but I don't believe we are changing the Earth climate in any significant way. I don't dispute that it's POSSIBLE, but as the late Carl Sagan said "Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence", and the evidence I've seen is less than convincing, mostly from big government types looking to enrich themselves and give more power to the government.
The Seasteading Institute has a very interesting idea. They want to build floating cities that are pretty much independent. The mission of the Institute is to Establish permanent, autonomous ocean communities to enable experimentation and innovation with diverse social, political, and legal systems.
Sounds like a fine idea, it not only gives people a chance to try different economic and political arrangements it also will help us learn how to operate small somewhat self contained cities and teach us much that will be helpful when we start conlonizing space.
I'm convinced there are other civilizations in the universe than ours, and it's only a matter of time before we find out about them, but we have to look. The SETI @ Home project is using volunteers computers to process data received from the Arecibo radio telescope looking for signs of signals from space. Volunteers load some software and the processing goes on in the background, plus you get a nifty screensaver. The project was the first big use of distributed computing and I've been involved since the beginning in 1999.
The National Space Society promotes space exploration and settlement, something I've believed in since before we landed on the Moon.
Their vision: People living and working in thriving communities beyond the Earth, and the use of the vast resources of space for the dramatic betterment of humanity.
Space truly is the final frontier. I consider the current condition of the Human race as being much like a baby about to be born. Like that baby we are starting to strain our mothers resources and kicking and fussing because we are feeling constrained. Also like that baby if we aren't "born", that is move into space in a major way, we will wind up killing our mother and ourselves.
Space has resources beyond the dreams of avarice, cures to diseases we haven't even discovered yet and answers to questions we can't begin to ask. Like that unborn baby we have only the vaguest idea of what the outside world is really like.
Places I'd love to visit
Istanbul (Constantinople) - sorry these webcams require Internet Explorer
Interesting Places to Visit
Great place to discuss the issues.
I have very strong political beliefs and am always happy to discuss them, however I'm also a firm believer in being able to disagree without being disagreeable. On the Triangle Free Forum we have very lively discussions about politics, climate change, movies, share bad jokes and generally having a good time pissing each other off! But we will also often read something that makes us think, or write something that makes someone else think.
Our current tax system is an obscenity and something no society that claims to be free should have burdened itself with. It's unfair, caprices, subject to the whims of Congresscritters and no one understands it. No one, not the tax lawyers, not the people who wrote it, nor the people who are supposed to administer and enforce that "voluntary" system.
The FairTax isn't perfect either, but it's far better than the overpriced, oppressive monster we have now, and would give our economy a badly needed boost.
The federal government is out of control, and the IRS not only helps fund the madness but we now see that it's be used as a tool to suppress views the regime doesn't approve of. The only sure way to solve the problem is to get rid of the IRS. Not only will that prevent future administrations from behaving as badly as the current one but it will make our country much freer AND more prosperous.