Black. White.

This show has an interesting concept. Though it smells a bit of people who have never really experienced racism.

My mother participated in an anti-racism initiative (she is against it in principle). This particular group was of the opinion that whites could not ever experience racism (by convenient definitions). It troubled her that her children were experiencing racism every day while she could not. So she went into over protective mode to defend us against all those bad people out there oppressing us. LOL Yes, over protective. Lots of the things she reacted to really were not about race but a misunderstanding.

The beneficial thing about having both white and black parents is having a unique perspective on this whole race issue. In some ways I am black, some ways white, some ways both, and some ways neither.

I am interested in seeing how this show starts a dialogue others might not otherwise feel comfortable discussing.

Black. White. | FX Networks

Two families – one white and one black – come together under one roof in Los Angeles as they prepare to go out in the world as the other race. The Wurgels (Bruno, Carmen, and daughter Rose) are a white liberal family from Santa Monica, CA, and the Sparks (Brian, Renee, and son Nick) are a middle class black family from Atlanta, GA.

WebCT DevNet

I have not created any PowerLinks. However, maybe just maybe some of the needs we have could be made into a one?

WebCT DevNet

The WebCT Vista Developers Network is an online community of developers that are using the WebCT PowerLinks SDK to extend and integrate the WebCT Vista e-learning platform.The WebCT Vista Developers Network is open to members of institutions with a WebCT Vista Enterprise license, or to CE 6 customers who have purchased the PowerLinks SDK module.

MCDHS Stormtroopers

Maybe this is my stint working in a library back as a college student. There were some shady folks who came into the library to look up pictures of women with huge, obviously fake breasts. Plus the gutteral laugh at the ones where each had twice the volume of the woman’s head. They did this in open view of everyone.

On the flip side, one of my fellow college students consistently did her research on how sexual assaults impaired women. Many of the keywords for that are likely things software to protect children blocks.

Policing Porn Is Not Part of Job Description

Two uniformed men strolled into the main room of the Little Falls library in Bethesda one day last week and demanded the attention of all patrons using the computers. Then they made their announcement: The viewing of Internet pornography was forbidden.

The men looked stern and wore baseball caps emblazoned with the words “Homeland Security.” The bizarre scene unfolded Feb. 9, leaving some residents confused and forcing county officials to explain how employees assigned to protect county buildings against terrorists came to see it as their job to police the viewing of pornography.

After the two men made their announcement, one of them challenged an Internet user’s choice of viewing material and asked him to step outside, according to a witness. A librarian intervened, and the two men went into the library’s work area to discuss the matter. A police officer arrived. In the end, no one had to step outside except the uniformed men.

JPG Lossable

Why you should never use ‘Save’ when working on a jpg image – SympleByte

In typical ‘you never get something for nothing’ fashion, the greatest asset of a jpg image is also its greatest downfall. Most people know that a jpg image is a compressed image, which means that it has been compressed using an algorithm that makes the file size smaller. This can be a huge advantage when trying to transfer the image electronically, which is what you’re doing every time someone looks at your webpage. Some people know that the method used to create jpg images is what is called a ‘lossy’ compression algorithm, which means the image you end up isn’t quite the same as the image you started out with. What a lot of people don’t know is that every time you save a jpg image you decrease the quality of that image, which can be a real problem if you don’t pay attention to what you’re doing.

Poetic Justice

gg Apple!

Apple Hackers Encounter a Poetic Warning – Yahoo! News

Your karma check for today:
There once was a user that whined
his existing OS was so blind
he’d do better to pirate
an OS that ran great
but found his hardware declined.
Please don’t steal Mac OS!
Really, that’s way uncool.
(C) Apple Computer, Inc.

Flame Wars

Its odd. My writing is very, very formal. (Too formal for some.) So formal, people think that I am insulting them. Ironically, I thought learning to write formally would minimize the offensiveness of the message. So the form that seems to work best is for me to write formally and go back through the message and lighten up the tone some.

Of course, the problem is more that I am having to tell people, “No.” Not sure there is way to coat that in an acceptable form other than face-to-face.

Wired News: The Secret Cause of Flame Wars

According to recent research published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, I’ve only a 50-50 chance of ascertaining the tone of any e-mail message. The study also shows that people think they’ve correctly interpreted the tone of e-mails they receive 90 percent of the time.

“That’s how flame wars get started,” says psychologist Nicholas Epley of the University of Chicago, who conducted the research with Justin Kruger of New York University. “People in our study were convinced they’ve accurately understood the tone of an e-mail message when in fact their odds are no better than chance,” says Epley.