Month: August 2008

PETA Getting Bad Press

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), with more than 2.0 million members and supporters has been creating a lot of bad press. I know that TechJaws is a tech blog, but I had to rant about this organization. It’s for a good cause, but it’s not all that good when members of this organization misbehave. There were recent reports that PETA members were protesting a fishing tournament and started throwing objects at fishermen to discourage them from fishing. PETA members need to treat people like they treat animals instead of acting like animals. I think there are always bad apples in any group or organization, but PETA has been caught too many times as being physically abrasive during their protests. PETA has been squelched by many people because of their tactics and we don’t see this issue ever getting resolved. There are many negative stories about PETA it makes you wonder what their real mission is. Here are some facts taken from various anti-PETA web sites. PETA has stated repeatedly that their goal is “total animal liberation.” This means no pets, no meat, no milk, no zoos, no circuses, no fishing, no leather, and no animal testing for lifesaving medicines. PETA has given tens of thousands of dollars to convicted arsonists and other violent criminals. PETA funds the misnamed Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine 3, an animal-rights...

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Hi Tech Music Not Of This Earth

There are many great rockers and guitar virtuosos, but there’s one man that is far more superior and dubbed “Not Of This Earth”. Joe Satriani is a technological guitar virtuoso that is awe inspiring. The sounds that are generated from his collection of Ibanez guitars are far beyond our galaxy and imagination. I was introduced to Joe’s music back in 1992. I was in J&R Music World in New York City and I ask the man behind the counter – who is that playing? – Joe Satriani he replied. I asked what song and CD is it from? And he said – his latest called “Extremist”. Of course I purchased a copy and out the door I went. I played that CD everyday until I my ears bleed. I truly love instrumentals and for good reason. I can have my own interpretation of the song that puts me at a time and place in my life. With lyrics you kind of lose that as it’s the artist providing you their feeling and story behind the song. One of my favorite licks is Cool #9, because it has a blues sound that just takes it to the next level. There are many other songs I like such as Flying in a Blue Dream, Rubina, Love Thing, and many of what G3 produced. I am very excited that Joe is coming...

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Newspaper Industry is to Blame

Many of the newspaper companies are cutting jobs due to the downward spiral of newspaper sales. The internet may be the leading cause of this collapse, but there’s also another side of this story that needs to be exposed. The truth is the newspaper companies shot their own foot by producing free content over the internet. Why buy the newspaper when you can visit any or most news sites to read the latest news? This industry could solve this problem, but they would all need to come together and that my friend is like pulling teeth. If all the newspaper companies charged a small monthly fee to access the online addition of their newspaper, they would eliminate this problem and increase revenue. However, if not all companies implemented this, than it would not work as customers would look else where for those offering their online newspaper free. Don’t blame the internet, blame the newspaper industry. If they only published news online they would be greener by eliminating the use of paper, machines and lower utility costs. What are your...

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It’s all in the Content

In order to create a buzz with your blog you have sometimes be controversial. There are many people who just love to debate over a story that causes a stir, but this is a good thing for any blogger. I have learned to keep an even balance with my blog stories, but from time to time I like to test the waters by throwing out some radical opinions about something. If I had a dollar every time someone said you’re this and that, I would be rich. You have to take the risk in writing, but know when to take the risk and most importantly be on your best game, know what you’re writing about. There’s nothing wrong with speaking your mind, it made millions for one of the greatest Shock Jocks in this era, Howard Stern. Howard is controversial and radical, but that is his style and he does have a tremendous following even though I don’t agree with everything he says. I know I love creating controversy, and that my friend drives curiosity. On to the nitty gritty, yes I know they are not words, who gives a damn, it’s my blog! Love me or hate me, in the end I will eventually win you over as a friend. Peace and...

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Not all Geeks are Wimps

During my entire career I have always been labeled as Napoleon with any group I worked with. It was probably my aggressive approach and the need to succeed. My colleagues just never got the concept and would just sit back and talk about geek stuff all the time. When people ask me what I do for work, I always ask them what do you think I do? I always get the stereotypical answer. You must be an electrician, contractor, etc. Guess again! I am exactly the opposite, I am a technology enthusiast and I work in Information Technology. Some people would ask me what is that and I would give them my stock answer just to have fun with them. Information Technology helps people find porn sites that have no malicious data. You don’t need to wear glasses or have a pocket protector to be a geek. In fact, some of the smartest people I worked with were some of the coolest I met. The stereotype of a geek is way behind the times. Anyone can be whatever they want without trying to fit in the stereotypical labeling. It’s just like if someone is being flamboyant, doesn’t make them gay. It’s the same with any group that seems to be stereotyped, it just doesn’t make sense. Yes I am a bull living in a geek...

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