Daily Archives: February 28, 2008

New Minesweeper Record

It has been over 20 months since I last broke one of my records in Minesweeper. It has been over two years since I last cracked my Intermediate time.

This leap day, I have taken my own leap forward. Today, February 29, 2008, I have conquered my old record for Intermediate.

New time for Intermediate: 26.280

Yes, I added decimal points. That’s because I’m using Minesweeper Clone.

A new era has begun.

EDIT: Apparently, my weblog is still on West Coast time.

Too Many People in Prison

The AP reports that America is locking up a record high number of people in prison. About 1 in 100 people are in jail. In fact, we’re the number one incarcerator in the world. (I bet Colbert does a USA chant.)

The news article is regurgitating data from a recently released report by the Pew Center on the States. I can’t criticize the Pew Center report because I haven’t read it, but I find it extremely curious that there is no mention of the “War on Drugs” in the article. It talks about the disparity between races and talks about how states want to get creative with non-violent offenders. It even talks about how stuff like 3 strikes laws have lead to the increase. Yet it does not talk about drugs.

Let’s go back to those 3 strikes laws, mandatory sentencing, and their ilk. According to Human Rights Watch: “Although these policies were championed as protecting the public from serious and violent offenders, they have instead yielded high rates of confinement of nonviolent offenders.” Human Rights Watch then goes on to state that the war on drugs has led to an increase in the number of people in prison. A lot of those non-violent offenders are in there because of drug offenses.

Want to decrease the prison population and help the fiscal crisis in our state of California (and other states)? End the war on drugs.

Six Word Memoir

I was trolling through all the links in Lloyd’s weblog because I was looking for design ideas. (By the way, Cindy’s weblog is gorgeous.) Anyway, when I was looking, I found this post which briefly mentioned six word memoirs. My mind instantly came up with one, so I had to post it.

Here’s mine…

Brilliant or lazy. So far: Lazy.

Yeah. I’m working on changing that. The brilliant or lazy part actually comes from the way a teacher described my creative writing. My work fell into those two categories.