Today James Doohan died. Best known for his role of Montgomery "Scotty" Scott on Star Trek.
So long Jimmy, thanks for the memories.
Wil Wheaton had this to say:
I'm too shocked for a thoughtful eulogy right now. Everyone who watched Star Trek liked Scotty, but everyone who met him loved Jimmy . . . I'm sure I'm not the only person today who feels like they lost a friend. My thoughts are with his family.
Update, according to this article James Doohan requested that his ashes be sent into space, as was done for Gene Roddenberry.
Scotty belonged in space.
Some friends of mine and I had a discussion not too long ago regarding violation of rights and law enforcement. What should happen when members of the Law Enforcement Community (Cops, Lawyers, District Attorneys, Judges, etc) violate someones rights? It seems that more and more people are willing to overlook the trampling of rights in order to feel safer, as long as it does not change "too much" of their day to day lives.
When we started the discussion, I was all for 1 strike and you are out. Violate someones rights, and you are done, no longer able to have a job in the Law Enforcement Community. But, I was convinced that my stand was a little too unforgiving. Cops, Lawyers, Judges, etc are PEOPLE. I have made mistakes in the past, you have made mistakes in the past. People make mistakes, it is what we do after those mistakes, how we change our behavior or ideas that counts.
If a Cop violates someones rights, there should be an official reprimand. There should be a PUBLIC apology by the officer and the Police Department in question. The officer responsible should take a refresher course, at his expense, in what rights people have. If at a later date the officer violates someones rights again, he should be handed his hat. Again, a public apology by both the officer and the department.
The case of Rolf Lindgren is an example of where several people should have been making apologies. Rolf was falsely arrested for stealing $50. The Prosecutor asked for charges to be dismissed just before jury selection. Another case of people playing fast and loose with rights was the Adam Raisbeck prosecution. The District Attorneys office had someone arrested for not appearing at a hearing that was cancelled. Adam was eventually acquitted on all charges, but not until after his familys savings were depleted.
These types of things happen because people are complacent, as long as it does not happen to them or their loved ones and friends, it is "too bad" but nothing is done. Law Enforcement is supposed to be protecting our rights, not trampling on them. Not looking for ways to get around them.
Some friends of mine may have noticed that I have sent out a few emails regarding the DownSizeDC.org website. This website is for a group lobbying for change in our nations capital. Today, they launched a website, DownSizeDC.com. The new website is for celebrating the good things about our country and government. One of the things that DownSizeDC.org is trying to get passed is the Read the Bills Act of 2005. I suggest that people check out both websites. While there are problems with our government, we need to remember that there are good things about it as well. Sometimes we get too tied up in the negatives and we forget the positives.
I will be putting my attempts to do something with the new API at http://technomage.net/maps
I plan on using the Perl modules Geo::Coder::US to get the latitude and longitude info. The BerkleyDB with all of Wisconsin in it is around 23 MB. Not bad.
Why is it that people feel that being drunk is an excuse for doing dumb things?
"But they were drunk, they did not know what they were doing"
People are still responsible for what they do, even when they are drunk.
That means if they get behind the wheel of a car, pick up a weapon or get into a fight in a bar. People still need to be held accountable for thier actions, even if they have been drinking. Being chemically impaired is not a pass. In this article a man received a prison sentence of 5 years because his passenger died when crashed a car into a tree. Personally, I feel he should have been sent to prison for 25-to-life. His actions directly led to someones death.
Here is a different article where a man was given 23 years for killing a pedestrian. "Intoxication Manslaughter" was the charge, it should have been murder. If people knew that they could not hide behind, or in, a bottle, perhaps then they would take more responsibility for what they did.
I am not advocating that alcohol be made illegal, that is not going to fix the problems. The problems are not caused by alcohol, but by people. I have been known to have a drink from time to time, I have even been known to get drunk on occasion. But even though I may get drunk, I am still responsible for what I do. If I have ANY thought that I should not drive, if I have to question it, I do not get behind the wheel. Period. If more would take this kind of responsibility, then less would be killed by drivers who also happen to be drinking.
I have to admit, setting up Serendipity is EASY. It took me all of about 30 seconds to be up and running. Good job
I have finally given in, I am going to start blogging.
This blog will not reflect the attitudes or opinions of my employers, it may not reflect those of my family and friends. This is where I will say things, my writing may need some work, we shall see.