Wednesday, December 20, 2006

It's Alive!, Big Brother, -and- Run!

It's Alive! - UK says robots to have rights
Big Brother - facial recognition makes finding Web photos easier
Run! - people flee as 120 elephants run amok

On this day in history: December 20, 1957 - Elvis receives orders from the draft board to serve in the United States Army, which he does without complaint.

Born on this day in history: December 20, 1881 - Branch Rickey (1881 - 1965) baseball player, manager, executive. He devised the farm system of training ballplayers, 1919; broke the color barrier by signing Jackie Robinson, 1946.

Today's Video: Awesome M-60 Torture Test. Submitted by Phillip.

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There was ice on RAMMMMM's windshield this morning! Brrrrr! Fortunately, there was no wind!

We had burritos last evening, made with shredded pork sirloin, rice, salsa, and Habanero sauce. We used the new Mission multi-grain tortillas for the first time. They are very tasty, but they lack the flexibility of the Mission flour tortillas and must be rolled up with great care.

Tonight, we shall have sautéed catfish fillets and yellow squash with garlic, Jalapeños, red onion, and cluster tomatoes.

I was surprised and disappointed by Donald Trump's decision to give Miss USA "a second chance." Certainly, she violated the conditions of her contract and should have been dismissed. I believe Trump's decision sends the wrong message—proposing, in effect, that a contestant from a small town may be excused for being seduced by the big city and that her alcohol and drug use was not altogether her fault. I say this is patently wrong.