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May 27, 2004

Whoever, whenever, wherever...

Whoever you are, wherever you are, whatever you are doing whenever you are doing it, sign up at dodgeball.com and smart GPSiness of it. You won't regret it...and I will like you more. ;)

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Careers of Tomorrow are Defined by the Tragedy of Today.

I remember starting college and asking every adult I knew what they thought was a good career choice at the time. Once I actually started classes and saw what was happening in computing technology it seemed only logical that the most popular major at the time would be Computer Science. I think if you pay attention to world events, things that really seem to affect the way the world works you will see a trend in careers and involvement. Sometimes I don't realize how much of an impact different world events are having on us. It is being predicted that the next trend in education and careers will lean toward Human Rights and Justice. If feels good in a way.

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May 26, 2004

Justifiable low wage labor?

A small fashion company named Haeftling[German] is producing Clothing, Textiles and Liquor through prison labor. The key to their success is that the items are designed and constructed by inmates. According to "From the Jailhouse to the Runway" the prisoners are paid only about $15 a day for a full 8 hour work day, this is an improvement over the approximatly $1 a day allowance from the govt. but now how are those child-labor workers going to make their $.60 a day if they are competing with these prisoners?

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May 25, 2004

Cell phone rage

Ever wish you could confront that guy that cut you off, or stole your parking spot? Well we are a step closer, you can now send an SMS message to someone based on their Liscense Number, thanks to TextJ@m.

Big Thanks to MobileWhack.

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armor piercing

Olga sent a link today about plans in the House and Senate to reinstate the draft by June of 2005. The bills target everyone(mail and female) between the age of 18 and 26, and due to some new laws about college and location, dodging the draft won't be nearly as easy. Travis sent a link to a petition e-mail, from Working For Change that you can send to your representative in Congress.

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May 24, 2004

Easy Enough...

Personally I love to hike and bike in the wilderness, I am very grateful for all of the persons that have put then energy and knowledge into creating safe and beautiful trails. Every time I am using a trail -- esp. when biking -- I feel the need to give something back, to show my appreciation. So I joined a volunteer group, CORBA Trail Crew, that meets once a month and does everything from picking up trash to designing and constructing whole new trails.

There is an article about the decaying state of national parks and it depresses me. The article talks more about trails that are lacking in maintenance due to overgrowth, meaning that nobody is using the trails, a bit of a conflict I guess. Should we let an underused trail go to waste, let if overgrow and dissappear? Coming up in two weeks(June 5) is the National Trail Day where almost every hike/bike/equestrian organization will band togethor to do some major overhauls on trails that are in much need of attention. If you have ever enjoyed a trail and wished you could thank the person that built it, consider helping out for a day.

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May 21, 2004

tender crisp

I love my bikes, I love riding them, I love cleaning them and working on them, I have seen many people put bicycles at the center of art in one form or another, generally I can't relate with anything that comes of it. It usually feels like something done by an artist that has never really rode a bike or cared about a bike, like a love song written by someone that has never been in love...some things change.

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May 20, 2004

prime candidate

I have tried so many times before to be a blogger, mostly to no avail,
maybe it just isn't in my blood, or I haven't found the thing I need most
to blog about yet, but here we go again.

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