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Bad Idea?

I wonder if I'm the only one who finds TSA's new policy on lithium batteries to be a strange decision. Essentially you'll no longer be able to pack spare lithium batteries in your checked luggage, but you will be able to bring a certain amount of lithium batteries in your carry on luggage. OK, but won't that let the terrorists do something like this?

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Tic Tac Toe

I've had some spare time lately, so I whipped up a game of Tic Tac Toe. OK, so I actually had a reason to do this, but it would be a shame to build it and not have anybody see it... so go play a game. You can probably even beat the algorithm if you do it soon (since it is a learning algorithm, it still hasn't perfected forcing draws or winning yet).

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Welcome to Slicehost

I should have my head examined. I spent the entire day setting up my new Slicehost partition, and getting ryan.sandridge.org ported over there. It is bad enough that I am working so many hours for Aha, but then to turn around and spend an entire Sunday doing the same kind of work for this silly blog.... what is wrong with me.

That all said, I must say I'm actually surprised I managed to get this done in a day. I am a bit cross-eyed at this point. In the end it will be worth it. I have complete control over the slice, which was not the case at Dreamhost. And as an added side benefit, I'll be able to roll out a few features I've had done for a while now, but couldn't release on Dreamhost. First up is the Atom Feed . Oh, and did you notice that the page loaded in about 1/10 the time?

And yes, it is perhaps too early to say with confidence, but I'm very impressed with Slicehost. Go buy your own account and get me a referral fee!

Well, I got to get up in the morning and do all this stuff for Aha now... so good night.

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Is Europe a Country?

At least her sentences were understandable, which is more than I can say for Miss South Carolina.

And as long as I'm poking fun at the educationally challenged (started to say geographically challenged, but that probably refers to someone in a place they don't want to be)... apparently some think we live in a world with just 7 countries. Certainly she's heard of Canada and Mexico, no?

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Fighting in Hockey

And as long as I'm here writing anyway, I'll get on my soapbox for something that otherwise wouldn't justify a comment--Fighting in Hockey. I really don't understand the fans who defend it saying that it is "part of hockey". I can understand some of it. I can understand in those occasions where it is completely uncontrolled anger that bubbles over and results in an honest fight. I can also understand the referees standing back in such a fight for their own safety. But what I see more often, are two guys dancing around and around, starring at each other with their gloves off, waiting for one of them to take the first punch. That is ridiculous. In those scenarios, the refs should step right in and stop it before it even happens. Those fights are all for show anyway. I saw the Caps vs. Penguins last night, and there was one such ridiculous fight between Brashear and Laraque. And perhaps I'm reading way too much into that fight, but I find it distasteful that the only two black guys on the ice end up in one of those "for show" fights. It would be a different story if the NHL was more racially balanced, but when 2 of the only 10 black players in the league duke it out in one of those fights solely for the crowds enjoyment, you have to wonder what the message is. And to make things worse, take a look at this article on Yahoo. There are two photos from the game embedded in the article, and the larger of the two is the Brashear/Laraque fight. I'm sure some will feel I'm out of line for even making the observation.

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