News

A Sad Milestone

It’s only a matter of time before the U.S. executes it’s 1000th prisoner. Virginia spared what would have been #1000, and that “honor” will likely fall on NC.

I had wondered what state had carried out the most executions since 1976, when it was reinstated. Actually, I knew it was Texas, but was curious what the margin was between Texas and the rest of the country. From 1000executions.org:

    Texas – 354
    Virginia – 94
    Oklahoma – 79
    Missouri – 66
    Florida – 60

On average, Texas executes a prisoner once a month. Now I’m not necessarily against the death penalty, but it seems like it is used too often, and doesn’t really deter crime. On the bright side, there are 17 states that haven’t executed anyone since 1976.

Another sad fact – there are 3400 people on death row now.

Travel

I Hate I-81

Why is there always construction on I-81 somewhere in Pennsylvania? Now I don’t travel on it a lot, maybe once or twice a year on my way to NY. But without fail, there is some major section of I-81 that is under construction. Many years ago, it was under construction around Scranton. Now that that’s complete, they’ve moved south.

Now I-81 in Pa. is not alone. Here in Greensboro, I-40 was had been under construction for several years when I first moved here. It was finally (mostly) completed last year, and there’s already plans for more road work around here. But I-81 is horrible. I can’t stand it.

Do you have a road you just absolutely hate?

News, Random

18-year-old elected mayor

An 18-year-old high school senior was elected mayor of a town in Michigan. The other twist – he was a write-in candidate.

This reminds me of my “infamous” campaign for GM several years ago. Unfortunately, I don’t have any of the posters that we had. Our campaign was pretty crude, and we didn’t get a guest appearance on Letterman. Oh yeah, and we really weren’t serious about getting elected, just poking fun at the whole process. (What would actually want to do that work?)

Gadgets

iPod headphones

nano headphones
I have finally found the elusive Bluetooth headphones for my iPod. This, after waiting patiently announced it, but I guess it was just vapor.

The same site also had some headphones that you can plug an iPod nano directly into. I know that a nano is small, but would it really be comfortable with one on the side of your head?

Photos, Random

Mr. Bush, Meet Einstein (The Robot)

bush and robot

I saw this picture online of Bush shaking hands with an Albert Einstein-headed robot. The caption of the photo says the robot stands 54″ tall. So that makes the guy in the background all of what? Five feet tall?

Also, why did they put a head modeled after Einstein on top? To make it seem more human? All it looks like now is a robot with a silly head on top.