15 Things About Pot – An Article at The Weather Channel

15 Things About Pot

Marijuana (Photo credit: warrantedarrest)

While checking the hourly weather this morning, I noticed an article at The Weather Channel.  It was about weed and 16 pages long.  I thought I might post a summary to encourage others to read it.  To be honest, most of the pages are more image than text and only a few paragraphs long.  I am not going to cover all 15 items here but just a few.

I am not entirely in favor of legalization of mood altering substances in general.  However, the reason there is so much debate regarding a weed that used to grow wild and keep ditches from washing out is because there are some good reasons for such.  Compared to the “drugs” that are legal, it is not too harmful.  Furthermore, cigarettes are the leading cause of preventable death and anyone of legal age can use them exactly as intended and kill themselves.

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Extinction or De-extinction?

Young passenger pigeon.

Don’t get me wrong, I love animals and nature.  I think it is sad that mankind has driven so many animals to the brink of or literal extinction.  I am also an avid reader who tries to keep up with our destructive ways.  I am in favor of conversation and alternative energy not because I feel that we understand the environment and our impact on it but because we have no clue.   Continue reading “Extinction or De-extinction?”

Why is the RIAA Going After the “Pirates”?

This post originally appeared at here on 2003.08.10.

English: Compact Disc player carousel for thre...
English: Compact Disc player carousel for three CDs. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

One needs little filling in on this issue. It is now common knowledge that the RIAA is no longer going after the “Napster”-like entities. The reason is that they can’t. This article is about why.

First of all, the legal stuff. The RIAA must prove a few things to win such cases. At best, they can only plea a case of “Contributory Copyright Infringement”. This is because it is the service that such entities provide do not in and of themselves actually distribute the material. They do, however, provide lists of users who obviously do, some actually maintain central databases, most offer software and they have to be aware of what their users are doing. All of this makes it difficult to prove in court. Especially since our judicial system insist that a case be presented in the most favorable light for the defendant. Continue reading “Why is the RIAA Going After the “Pirates”?”

Writing Site Review – BoostCTR

What is BoostCTR?

To be fair at the onset. I like BoostCTR very much and can’t really say much negative about it.  That said, let us begin.

Quoting their about page:

Boost increases advertiser profitability by using a combination of humans and software to drive increased ad relevance at scale. The Boost marketplace is comprised of over 1,000 expert copywriters and image optimizers who compete to provide a diverse array of perspectives. Boost’s proprietary software identifies opportunities for optimization and drives performance using a combination of workflow tools and algorithms.

The Company focuses on optimizing for enterprise advertisers and generates substantial improvements in conversions-per-impression for customers. Today, Boost is trusted to drive optimization and insights for over $300 million in advertising spend across networks and premium publisher sites such as Google, Microsoft+Yahoo Bing Ads and Facebook. Continue reading “Writing Site Review – BoostCTR”

Hanks and Wilson

Cast Away
Cast Away (Photo credit: .noir photographer)

Lately I have had a good number of people trying to apologize to me. Now I could go into a big long blog about for what and why but I thought I might, instead, rant about what is sorry?

Now bear in mind that this is merely my opinion and, after all, I am but a raving mad lunatic who resembles Tom Hanks caring on a conversation with Wilson. Nonetheless, there is a certain amendment to my Country’s Constitution, which allows even Howard Stern to speak freely. Beside, Wilson has never owed me an apology. With that in mind, I shall continue. Continue reading “Hanks and Wilson”