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Missed class today? Pick up the lecture through iTunes. It also says it will be expanding to include video. Speaking of the Video iPod, I saw one at the Apple Store yesterday. It was Shiny. I don't own an iPod, though both household males do. I could see using one on long flights to watch shows. I could use my laptop, but the battery on the iPod would last longer.
For new-dad Chad: Daddy Types, the weblog for new dads. I have only glanced at the site, but I noticed they have some electronic gizmo that's supposed to analyze the pitch of baby's cry and tell you why they're crying. Leave it to the men to come up with a power tool.
A study funded by the Department of Justice confirmed what the prisoners said. Criminals buy their guns illegally and easily. The study found that what felons fear most is not the police or the prison system, but their fellow citizens, who might be armed. One inmate told me, "When you gonna rob somebody you don't know, it makes it harder because you don't know what to expect out of them."
What if it were legal in America for adults to carry concealed weapons? I put that question to gun-control advocate Rev. Al Sharpton. His eyes opened wide, and he said, "We'd be living in a state of terror!"
In fact, it was a trick question. Most states now have "right to carry" laws. And their people are not living in a state of terror. Not one of those states reported an upsurge in crime.
Does anyone out there have one of those Sleep Number Beds by Select Comfort? I ask because we've been considering buying one, and I'm looking for some feedback. If you've got one, did you go with the adjustable bed option, (you can raise and lower the head and feet and it has a massage feature)?
We stopped by one of those mall stores. Maybe it's just me, but for some reason I couldn't really get a feel for the thing while laying in the fish bowl of a mall window, on display for every Sally and Joe walking by. Add to that the salesman following you around, you know, selling, while you try them out. "Well, we just go through these steps at the different beds to find out your number. It should only take 20 minutes." Sorry, but No We Won't. I'm sure salesmen would really appreciate it if the whole family would just wear warning signs, "Caution. Approach carefully. Prone to general crankiness. Known to respond to salesmen in a negative fashion."
Anyway, you can return the matress if you decide it's not for you, but they only take return of the adjustable frame if it's defective. So, if anyone has some insight, leave it in the comments or e-mail me.
Sometimes it seems like I never get away from this computer. I'm sure none of you can relate. Uh-huh. It turns out there's a whole world out there, and as of today I don't need multi-layers of Thinsulate if I step out the door, (a situation that can change tomorrow here in the north woods.) A sample of what you might see if you take the plunge:
Margaret's old pediatrician tells me that years ago he used to have a
steady stream of patients with Down syndrome. Not anymore. Where did
they go, I wonder. On the west side of L.A., they aren't being born
anymore, he says.
Some estimates are as high as 80-90% of Down Syndrome pregnancies are terminated.
To them, Margaret falls into the category of avoidable human
suffering. At best, a tragic mistake. At worst, a living embodiment of
the pro-life movement. Less than human. A drain on society. That
someone I love is regarded this way is unspeakably painful to me.
view is probably particularly pronounced here in blue-state California,
but I keep finding it everywhere, from academia on down. At a dinner
party not long ago, I was seated next to the director of an Ivy League
ethics program. In answer to another guest's question, he said he
believes that prospective parents have a moral obligation to undergo
prenatal testing and to terminate their pregnancy to avoid bringing
forth a child with a disability, because it was immoral to subject a
child to the kind of suffering he or she would have to endure.
What does it say about our society that we not only deem it acceptable but "moral" to deny life to those with disabilities? How do we explain it to our children?
"Well, honey, your brother/sister had problems the doctors couldn't fix."
And when they ask, "But, Mom, what if I get problems the doctor can't fix?"
"When we first knew that my wife Carol is pregnant, I said, 'we
will name our child Google.' Everyone laughed and did not take me
seriously. My brother said, 'Yeah, name the next one yahoo fuji nikon."
And then, says Dr. Kai, the day came to make the baby official in the
Swedish Registry. "I was with my friend Magnus Foss and my wife Carol,
and I said yes, GOOGLE KAI. Carol knew how serious I am, she knows how
much I adore Google services."