The observations and opinions of a person who has no discernible insights or ideas.

Saturday, April 21, 2007

"It'll be real soon enough." 

There has been a lot of talk recently about gun rights/control. This last week, Tim Kaine expressed his loathing for people who have been making a “political hobbyhorse” out of the issue. While I have a lot that I could say on the subject, I will, for the most part, refrain for now. This is partly because I generally agree with Governor Kaine, and partly because I don’t really have a position on the issue. It is a very complex subject that is unfortunately over-simplified by pundits on both sides, and I don’t think that we’re anywhere close to resolution.

Instead, I present two litmus tests. If you wonder where you fall regarding the gun debate, check yourself against these and you can quickly determine where you lie.

First: Upon hearing about some incident where a person goes crazy and starts shooting at innocent bystanders, you think,

For the second test, read the two point-counterpoint editorials published on CNN.com, written by Tom Plate and Ted Nugent. It may help if you randomize the order in which you read them, but the order that I have listed them is the order in which they were listed on the CNN site.

If you find yourself saying that either writer is absolutely right, and the other is a hopelessly naive fool, then you know where you stand.

P.S. If you disagree with both of the options above, that’s okay. Regardless of what some people say, it’s okay to be a moderate.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

"Delays, delays." 

Last week, I went on yet another trip. It is interesting how I can go to the same places over and over again and yet have vastly different experiences each time. This was my third trip to eastern Pennsylvania where I took a one day side trip to the New York City area. The last time I went, everything went swimmingly, in spite of some snow on the morning of a 2 hour drive. This time, in spite of relatively sunny weather, we were bogged down in traffic and a general problem with too many travelers and not enough places to go. Certainly there were many things that could have gone wrong that didn’t, and yet a lot of things worked out well anyway.

I also made a lot of progress on my new Sudoku program. I demonstrated its adaptability by creating a checker Sudoku puzzle, which is harder than a standard 9x9 puzzle. Enjoy!

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