Archive for July, 2006

Nerdom

Monday, July 31st, 2006

You know you are a nerd when you avoid the GRE by checking out Missouri Ethics Reports (Election Finance Disclosures).

BTW Republicans can raise some dough…Jeez…

Missouri ranks 2nd among national bellwethers

Thursday, July 27th, 2006

CNN’s Web site has an interesting story that spotlights Missouri as among the top “most representative’’ states in the country, best reflecting the nation as a whole.

Only Wisconsin ranked better in the analysis conducted by CNN Polling Director Keating Holland.

Holland used 12 key statistics taken from the latest U.S. Census date. According the site, he used “four that measure race and ethnicity, four that look at income and education, and four that describe the typical neighborhood in each state.’’

He then used those stats to compile a list of the most average state for each one.

The Top 10:

1. Wisconsin

2. Missouri

3. Kansas

4. Indiana

5. Ohio

6. Oklahoma

7. Oregon

8. Nebraska

9. Georgia

10. Minnesota

You can now buy Boardwalk with paper or plastic.

Monday, July 24th, 2006

It is a sad day… I love technology but don’t mess with Monopoly.

Passing Go is no where near as fun now.

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Brown Trucks Making Right Turns

Saturday, July 15th, 2006

Source – Fuel Conservation No Idle Matter at UPS

You wouldn’t think of something as benign as avoiding a left-hand turn could conserve fuel, but Atlanta-based United Parcel Service (UPS) swears by it. In fact, the parcel carrier has technology in its systems that help map this out routes that minimize the number of left turns the driver has to make. According to spokesperson Steve Holmes, avoiding left turns at intersections reduces idling which in turn lowers fuel consumption. “It seems small, but when you multiply it across 88,0000 vehicles making nearly 15 million deliveries every day during the course of a year, it adds up.”

And at stop lights, making a right turn at an intersection tends to be faster than at a left turn, since you have only to wait for an opportunity to turn in one lane of traffic. You also have the option of “right on red” in most jurisdictions, unless otherwise indicated by traffic signs. “So even if you didn’t save fuel, you’re going to move more quickly through a route.”

“Because 98% of our packages are processed electronically by shippers, we know what’s entering our system each day, what’s still in our system each day, when each package is going to arrive at a center, when the package is scheduled for delivery — including time of day — and where it will be delivered,” Holmes says.

What’s more, Holmes says, UPS drivers are trained to always turn off their package cars when they stop for a delivery, never idling at the curb or in a driveway. “Even if the driver is out of the truck for a few seconds, the vehicle is always turned off.”

GRE

Saturday, July 8th, 2006

Boy, do I have some prepping to do after taking a “Diagnostic Test”… My scores….yikes….

My Verbal was actually better than my Quantitative, but I haven’t touched a thing of Math in a couple of years outside of polling and precinct data.

Quote from a Priest

Saturday, July 1st, 2006

“Marriage is a legal thing; Matrimony is a Sacrament.”