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June 26, 2002

Has anyone noticed a new trend in television commercials?

Commercials with cows.

  • Tide.

  • Culvers

  • Gateway

    Oh boy. Recently I sent the following message to my web host.

    I am interested in running a weblogging content management system called Movable Type (http://www.movabletype.org/) on my account. This system has the following requirements:

    * the ability to run custom CGI scripts

    * Perl, version 5.004_04 or greater

    * support for the DB_File Perl module

    Does my account on your service meet these three requirements?

    This is the answer I got:

    We have a standard installation of PERL version 5.6 including MD5 Module on our Windows 2000 servers, but no other modules installed.

    What the heck does that mean? A yes or no answer would have been better.

    Then tonight I sent a similar message to a prospective web host. This is what I got back:

    Your account on our service will meet these three requirements.

    How very nice.

    Actually, I would change hosts right now if I thought I could get my money back. But, I don't think that's going to be possible. And, this format works fine. Right?

    11:11 p.m.

    Yesterday, about noon, we had a brown-out. According to the recording at the power company, when my daughter called to report it, the brown-out covered an area of about four city blocks by about 10 city blocks. It lasted about a half hour before the city (the city operates the electric service around here) got the problem straightened out. This is highly unusual for this area. I can't remember a brown-out lasting more than a minute around here.

    It is summer and it was very hot yesterday. The brown-out, I would guess, was caused by a drain on the power plant by air conditioners.

    I don't think it's related, but, this article bears reading:

    It's a long article, but definitely worth the time it takes to read.

    My daughter's first thought when the lights dimmed was that it was a terrorist attack. I hope not. It's a scary thought, but I'm not scared as yet. Just alert.

    Our water filtration plant and electric plant are at the same facility. Security appears to be very high out there. Physical security, that is. I mean, you can drive by in a car or in a boat and see the security. I do wonder about cyber security, though.

    On another totally unrelated note, I was going to make a comment about today's Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decision that [t]he Pledge of Allegiance, recited by millions of American children at the start of each school day, is unconstitutional because it describes the United States as "one Nation, under God" ... and how, in my opinion, for most people, if they are secure in their religion (no matter what their religion or non-religion, as the case may be), it shouldn't matter whether the word "God" is included. And then I was going to say that this could possibly be the first step to replacing the word "God" with the word "Allah." But, then I decided not to make the comment. But, it appears I have made it, so it's out of the bag.

    Keep in mind the recent failings of the Catholic Church. Keep in mind this recent Ninth Circuit decision. Keep in mind that so many of our major corporations are going down down down because of their own inner failings and lies. It may not seem related now. But a day may come, when it all becomes clear, that it is related. What's the lowest common denominator in the equation? Oh, I would say the people of the United States.

    Well, I'm sufficiently depressed now. So, I guess I'll quit for the day.

    last updated: the evening of the day

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