Today’s Birthday Babe is 33 year old Sarah Shahi.
Happy Birthday USA – 236 and looking good!
Even the 4th of July needs a little Rule 5
The US involvement in the Korean War began today in 1950.
On June 27, 1950, President Harry S. Truman announces that he is ordering U.S. air and naval forces to South Korea to aid the democratic nation in repulsing an invasion by communist North Korea.
On June 27, President Truman announced to the nation and the world that America would intervene in the Korean conflict in order to prevent the conquest of an independent nation by communism. Truman was suggesting that the USSR was behind the North Korean invasion, and in fact the Soviets had given tacit approval to the invasion, which was carried out with Soviet-made tanks and weapons. Despite the fear that U.S. intervention in Korea might lead to open warfare between the United States and Russia after years of “cold war,” Truman’s decision was met with overwhelming approval from Congress and the U.S. public.
Brazilian supermodel Adriana Lima is 31. Happy Birthday!
Today’s Birthday Babe is Argentine actress model Luisana Lopilato aka Mrs. Michael Bublé.
I cannot understand why anyone still lives in California. Sitting here on the east coast, it sometimes appears as if the goal is to drive as many businesses and residents away from the state as possible. Stregulation is choking everyone from Amazon to Mom and Dad, Inc.
Under AB 889, household “employers” (aka “parents”) who hire a babysitter on a Friday night will be legally obligated to pay at least minimum wage to any sitter over the age of 18 (unless it is a family member), provide a substitute caregiver every two hours to cover rest and meal breaks, in addition to workers’ compensation coverage, overtime pay, and a meticulously calculated timecard/paycheck.
Failure to abide by any of these provisions may result in a legal cause of action against the employer including cumulative penalties, attorneys’ fees, legal costs and expenses associated with hiring expert witnesses, an unprecedented measure of legal recourse provided no other class of workers – from agricultural laborers to garment manufacturers. (On the bright side, language requiring an hour of paid vacation time for every 30 hours worked was amended out of the bill in the Senate.)
I won’t go into great detail, but just say that May is a historically bad month in our household. Two large and largely unexpected expenses have hit in the past two weeks. Combine those with one income that is totally dependent on tips (which tend to be a bit spotty in May) and here I am seeing if you can help.
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Welcome to New Year’s Eve 2010. Time to continue my look back at the paucity of posts here at bRight&Early. October was no exception. I did tell everyone about a new site I had created – The Polk Family Fun Guide. It is a directory for local family friendly businesses, and something I will be spending quite a bit of time on in 2011 as we get closer to the opening of LEGOLAND® Florida in October of 2011. One of the other posts this month was related to Legoland as well, pointing to a series of post I did at The Brick Blog regarding the Media Hard Hat Tour. Between those, I did manage to take a look at the mid-term elections that were still two weeks away.
The pace of posting finally went up in November. As you might suspect, many of the posts were related to the mid-terms. I particularly liked how things turned out here in Florida. One post that was well received was Obama’s (Imaginary) Address November 20, 2010. I finished the month by posting my favorite Thanksgiving video (As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly) and my thoughts as I turned 55.
Part of this month (December) was dedicated to looking at blog comments. I think that the three posts I did on that topic were pretty interesting, and informational. A few days before Christmas I noted that I have posted the text of the United States Constitution on a page. As promised, I have started to add anchor tags to the individual sections, but it is still a work in progress.
Well, there you have it — my look back at 2010. Yes, I see that the posting has been light at times. Yes, I’d like to do better. Still, 2010 has been a very good years in many ways. I hope that it has been a good year for you as well. No matter what, we are only hours away from the beginning of a new year. I wish for all of you a very productive, satisfying, successful, and Happy New Year.
Hope you are off to a good week. We are still working our way through 100 Things Your Kids May Never Know About, if any of you are actually reading the lists. Today we take a look at Gadgets, and I comment in italics.
58. Putting film in your camera: 35mm may have some life still, but what about APS or disk?
59. Sending that film away to be processed.
60. Having physical prints of photographs come back to you.
61. CB radios. 10-4 good buddy.
62. Getting lost. With GPS coming to more and more phones, your location is only a click away. Now you can get lost in new and technologically inventive ways.
63. Rotary-dial telephones.
64. Answering machines.
65. Using a stick to point at information on a wallchart. The stick will never go completely out of style.
66. Pay phones.
67. Phones with actual bells in them. Along with phones mounted permanently to the wall and owned by the phone company.
68. Fax machines.
69. Vacuum cleaners with bags in them.
OK, today’s lass has nothing to do with the list, but most of you don’t care, do you? Danica Patrick anyone?
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A few weeks ago I shared the news that I had lost everything on my hard drive (making me the poster boy for those who don’t do backups like they should). I’m still a bit sick about all the pictures I’ve lost (although I have recovered all those I lost that I had posted here on the site), but my biggest concern, moving forward, was how to replace the programs I lost.
Fortunately, for nearly every program out there, an open source equivalent exists. Many, if not most, of them are very robust and every bit as usable as their commercial counterparts.
Web Page Design — Amaya
Amaya is an open source editor from W3Schools.com
Amaya is a Web editor, i.e. a tool used to create and update documents directly on the Web. Browsing features are seamlessly integrated with the editing and remote access features in a uniform environment. This follows the original vision of the Web as a space for collaboration and not just a one-way publishing medium.
Productivity Tools — Open Office
A complete suite of tools that compete well with the products that cost serious money. Here’s what you get:
- Writer — A very full featured Word Processor/Desktop Publisher.
- Calc — I’m a numbers geek. Can’t help it. Calc is a spreadsheet program that does everything I need it to do.
- Impress — This is a program for creating multimedia presentations. It’s not one I use a lot, but it’s nice to have it in the tool bag if I need it.
- Draw — It’s a drawing program. I need to use it a bit more before I can say anything about it.
- Base — A database program. Again, I haven’t given this a good test drive.
Graphics — Gimp
An open source graphic manipulation tool. The learning curve is just a little bit steeper than I would like, but I’m learning. I’ve been using PaintShop Pro for years, and this is going to take a while to get used to, but I do like it so far.
On a side note, the www.gimp.org site appears to be down right now, but I’m sure it’s only temporary.
I’ve also tried Inkscape, but didn’t like it very well.
Well, that’s how things stand today. Do you use any open source programs? What are your thoughts? Any suggestions?