Twitter Updates for 2008-06-11

  • Saw stephthegeek online on IM for the first time in months,” that new place must be awesome as it appears to manufacture free time for you” #
  • Put my Resume online, engage laughter #
  • Put my Resume online today. #
  • Installing OSX on (relatively) “Uber” machine #
  • back from hardware pickup and lunch #
  • Psi-Ops is now free; git it: http://tinyurl.com/5b3xje #
  • Hmmm, Got OSX working, I’m fairly impressed once I got over the gimmicky ui I might move to OSX for my next laptop #
  • Messed around with OSX at bit more, used ssh to mess with my hosted site, played with VLC and firefox. Now I wanna see iLife…. #
  • It must be either (A nice day outside) or (a really busy day) because everyone is so quiet. #
  • Utterly destroyed some surplus hard drives (surplus equals totally dead in terms of usage) #

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This sounds like murder to me

Horn told the dispatcher that he doesn’t know the neighbors well, unlike those living on the other side of his home. “I can assure you if it had been their house, I would have already done something, because I know them very well,” he said.

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2007/11/17/national/main3517564.shtml?source=mostpop_story

It looks like Old Joe Horn had shooting someone on his mind long before he called 911.  The guy walked out into the street and shot two guys that were robbing his neighbour.

The author of the law that allows Texans to kill in order to protect themselves had some comments on Joe’s actions:

But the legislator who authored the “castle doctrine” bill told the Chronicle it was never intended to apply to a neighbor’s property, to prompt a “‘Law West of the Pecos’ mentality or action,” said Republican Sen. Jeff Wentworth. “You’re supposed to be able to defend your own home, your own family, in your house, your place of business or your motor vehicle.”

This throws a spanner into the works for Joe.  He’s a murderer at this point; never mind that.  Some folks love a good “honor killin'”

“Finally, someone who has the guts to do the right thing and protect himself. It appears the bad guys approached the wrong fellow and paid with their life”

“The dispatcher stated to Mr. Horn that no property is worth the life of another. True enough and somebody should have said the same to the two burglars.”

“Cry me a river… the criminals were exterminated. Don”t steel other peoples property and you might live another day.you dare to call it Vigilante… its called Justis Thank the framers of the Constitution for the 2nd ammendment and thank the Texas legislature for correct laws that protect law abiding citizens against the scum of the earth. Death to common criminal!”

(spelling and punctuation preserved)

I wasn’t there and I don’t have a gun on hand most days.  Sure, I’ve been unnerved by folks, unnerved enough to kill?  I don’t know.  I’ve certainly shooed away my share of dumpster-diving meth-heads from my back yard, all without waving a gun.  During a robbery, when the cops are already on the way?  Take some pictures of the guys as they escape then get out of sight. That’s what insurance is for.

If there was a threat of physical violence on me and mine, I have no idea what would happen.  One would hope that they would be level-headed enough to threaten the guys into submission or wound them into cowing.

Good old Joe has some hard days ahead.  I wish his neighbor well, and hope that Joe never mistakes him for a robber.

Desktop Publishing is Hard

I’ve never found it difficult to put pen to paper when I have something to say.  Inspiration moves me easily and I can just fire out the words until my ideas are spent.  This comes in handy when I’m writing for fun or creating a knowledge-management entry or just documenting my work.

Converting the raw work into something I can sell, that has proven to be troublesome.  It’s not the words that are failing me, it’s arranging them with pictures for a vanity work that is killing me.  I sit down to it, fire up the software then get about 5 pages in and decide that I’m not getting anywhere, half because the picture system is so cumbersome and half because I lose the inspiration that got me there in the first place.

I’m using booksmart, has anyone had any experience with it? Is there a better system?

Have you ever made a vanity book?