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Election Day

Posted in Random Musings with tags , , , , , , , , on October 23, 2010 by Aaron

It is almost election day. As a United Statesian I feel an obligation to exercise my right to vote. This might be the one time every two years that a decision I make could have national implications. Now, there is a lot of talk going on about this election because people are angry. They are angry that the economy is doing poorly, they are angry because either they or a family member or three don’t have jobs, they are angry because people who weren’t born here have been hanging around, perhaps some feel like they shouldn’t be paying taxes to support things they don’t agree with (I think that is just about everyone), and even a whole lot more reasons.

Luckily everyone is only supposed to get one vote. That means you should make it count. Perhaps you should actually look into what the person you are going to vote for has said. Maybe there is another candidate out there who actually thinks more like you do than the Republican or Democratic candidate. How would you know though? Check out the League of Women Voters. You don’t have to be a woman to read their information. They have sent questionnaires to all the registered candidates to get some information from them. Would you like to see how they all answered the same questions? Check it out! You may find yourself voting for a Communist Comptroller, a Republican Governor, A Green Party Attorney General or who knows what else!

Personally I don’t believe that voting for the person you believe in is throwing away your vote.You only get one. Why give it to someone you don’t really believe in only because everyone else says they are the best bet. Don’t do it just to beat the other “guy”. Vote for the person you really believe in and that will make our country a better democracy. I don’t care if you vote for the Tea Party, Green Party or the Frat Party. Vote in an informed way for the people who you really think will do the best job. Become empowered. Know what the person you are voting for wants to accomplish. Spend an hour looking at what they have said and do the right thing.

Exercise you rights.

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USPS

Posted in Movies, Travel with tags , , , , , , on July 1, 2010 by Aaron

This is just a momentary thought about how awesome the Postal Service is. They deliver things to me from all over the world, almost all the time. 6 days a week for a reasonable about of money. I don’t need Kevin Costner to point out just how great they are. I can figure it out for myself.

Around the World

Posted in Random Musings with tags , , , , , , , on January 19, 2010 by Aaron

This past weekend something futuristic happened. That is relatively speaking of course… Okay, enough of the bad wordplay that doesn’t make sense … yet.

I spoke with a friend in Germany and my brother in China at the same time. That is incredible. Not only were we able to communicate with barely noticeable lag considering the countries involved, but it was entirely free. When just two of us were on we used video but when the three of us were together we could only hear each other. Skype, the program that we used, is free to download and awesome to use.

There is nothing new about this technology. According to Wikipedia, the idea for this came almost simultaneously with the invention of the telephone in the late 1870’s. The first public videophone was made in Germany in 1936! I remember when I was a kid in the 80’s this technology being touted but never catching on…

Are we finally in the future? I don’t think I would need to call the pizza place to order a pizza with a video phone. The Easiest way might just a text from an application on my cell phone or an email would work for that. But the ability to talk to my brother in China, my sister in the UK, another brother in Canada, “hanging out” with a friend in Germany for a few hours, or showing off my soon-to-be born daughter to my parents is amazing. Now that our world is so small, what is the next thing to come closer … space?