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Date : July 2009

Removed From Bookmarks

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Published on: 2009.07.31

I’m constantly adding websites to my bookmarks (“favorites” for the nine of you still using Internet Explorer). And of course, I’m constantly removing bookmarks as well. Now I have a new reason to delete bookmarks: websites that are “un-designing” themselves. What do I mean by that? Every website goes through changes over the years, most[…]

A ‘Teachable Moment’

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Published on: 2009.07.31

Of all the arrests in the history of the country by a white cop, of a black man, this one couldn’t have been more timely. Not only is Sgt. Crowley a well-respected cop, but he teaches racial sensitivity training. Professor Gates is well-respected and well-to-do. Barack Obama is the first black president. Despite all the[…]

‘Organic’ Food Is Just Food

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Published on: 2009.07.30

I was happy to see this report on the BBC. So-called “organic food” is so expensive that we couldn’t eat it, and now we know we don’t have to. Also, it confirms my suspicion. Anytime a “new” scientific idea comes along, just wait a few years, and it will be debunked.

Regions Explained

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Published on: 2009.07.28

In a blog entry earlier this week, I complained about the “regions” used in a weather story on www.usatoday.com, but I should have explained further. It’s not just weather stories that do this — it’s many news stories, including political poll stories, crime tracking stories, etc. Not only do the writers use regional designations that[…]

Karlee the Dog and Big News

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Published on: 2009.07.27

Here are a couple of photos I took of Karlee the Dog at my parents’ house back in June; I simply never got around to looking at them until now.   (Copyright © 2009 by Wil C. Fry, All Rights Reserved) (Copyright © 2009 by Wil C. Fry, All Rights Reserved)   Karlee is my[…]

Regional Weather Confusion

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Published on: 2009.07.26

In the old days of TV weather reporting, you got stories from your local weather man about your local weather. Sure, he was wrong 62% of the time, but at least you knew what area he was talking about. Now, in the age of national weather reporting, it’s gotten a little confusing. Even national newspapers[…]

Lovely Weather

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Published on: 2009.07.26

For the last week or more, our highs have been in the mid- to upper-80s, which is ridiculously low for Oklahoma this time of year. Yesterday, out of the blue (and despite lower predictions) we got up to 102 degrees, but today it’s raining. Forecast for the next few days: 92, 90, 83, 83, with[…]

Getting Boinked in Oklahoma

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Published on: 2009.07.25

The screenshot below was taken on www.walmart.com, and shows a Compaq laptop that was talked about all last week on tech blogs. A laptop for under $300! But when we got our sales circular here in Seminole, Okla., the exact same model was listed for $348. I went back to check on the internet and[…]

Cell Phone Followup

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Published on: 2009.07.21

The New York Times did another story about cell phone use while driving, based on recently released government studies (which had been covered up for several years). The story had this to say: “Research shows that motorists talking on a phone are four times as likely to crash as other drivers, and are as likely[…]

Big Smile!

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Published on: 2009.07.19

This is my wife, taken this afternoon, less than a day after I cut her hair. Yes, I said “I cut her hair.” Sounded crazy to me too, but I did it. If I’m not mistaken, it’s the only time in my life that I cut someone else’s hair. Side Note: Check out my review[…]

We Failed Ourselves

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Published on: 2009.07.18

After reading this New York Times article, I’m ashamed to admit I’m from Oklahoma. The states that rejected any efforts to limit distracted driving this year include Oklahoma. “I’m on the phone from when I leave the Capitol to when I get home, and that’s a two-hour drive,” said Tad Jones, the majority floor leader[…]

Admitting Defeat

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Published on: 2009.07.18

Those who know me are aware that I often begin projects and then later abandon them. Fortunately, this only happens with projects that I do for myself. When the project is for work, or for a friend, I can’t remember a time that I’ve let something slide. This time, it just happens to be a[…]

Relief is on the Way

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Published on: 2009.07.15

After more than two weeks with 100+ temperatures, it was nice to see today’s forecast, which predicts we’ll see cooler days ahead:

They Made It

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Published on: 2009.07.14

I got an email from my Mom this morning: “We had a good flight — a little bumpy from OKC to Washington D.C., but we were able to upgrade to the exit row without charge, so had more leg room. Security clearance was fast and easy in OKC. Zilch in D.C. Very crowded; thankfully both[…]

On Their Way

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Published on: 2009.07.13

This morning, I rode with my parents to the OKC airport and then returned their vehicle to their home. Here are shots of them leaving the house and then at the airport:   (Click for larger images.)   I got a call from them about 3 p.m. CDT, saying they’d arrived safely in Washington, D.C.,[…]

Real Life Facts

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Published on: 2009.07.13

Last year photographer Richard Barron posted an entry on his blog called A Few Interesting TV Tidbits, some of which are actually true, such as the one about the Walton family. Borrowing the spirit of that blog post, and typed with a completely straight face, are some real life facts about yours truly, in no[…]

New Videos Online

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Published on: 2009.07.12

Well, actually the videos aren’t that new, per se. But they are newly online. I’ve finished cutting and editing (in my clumsy, unschooled way) all the videos from our Arizona Trip in March. Anyway, here they are:

Last Visit Before UK

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Published on: 2009.07.12

Last night, my wife and I spent a couple of hours at my parents’ house, sharing a dinner and conversation with them. It will be our last visit with them before they depart for a three-week vacation to England. Both of them have been to England before (late 1994) when my Dad had a job[…]

More Tag Office Stupidity

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Published on: 2009.07.10

This is an update to my recent post about the Tag Office in Seminole. Thinking that a different Tag Office might have a different answer, we called the one in Shawnee. They were helpful over the phone, saying they could call the DPS office where my wife applied for her driver’s license and have them[…]

Reason #__ to Leave Seminole

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Published on: 2009.07.10

The “Tag Office.” Each state has its own way of dealing with license plates and driver’s licenses. In Oklahoma, at least in small towns, there’s simply a “Tag Office” (that’s how it’s listed in the phone book). That’s the place where you get your license renewed or your car tag updated. There’s nothing wrong with[…]

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