Sunday, June 8, 2008

Water, Water, and...more Water

With the recent storms here in Iowa, floods are starting to take tole. The Winnebago river is a good 19 feet high. In a town near here, roads are closing and sinks and toilets aren't usable. Streets are covered, neighbors are coming together to help each other out, all you hear is the rain and sump pumps. Floods like this only happen every few years, so its hard for people to deal with. I know people who cant even keep up with the water flooding into there homes. I hope everyone is safe and doing they best they can. Be kind and help out if you can in anyway. Take care.


Monday, March 31, 2008

Hospital Visits.

This past couple weeks my grandmother was in the hospital. She suffered a minor stroke and was taken to the ER. Upon getting there, the ER was full, along with the waiting lobby. It took over 6 hours to get a room. I'm not pointing out that my grandma wasn't being helped, I am saying that hospitals everywhere are constantly being filled up. There was a man who was almost in a coma and needed an Intensive Care room, did he get one? Of course not. VA hospital in Des Moines wanted him there, but there was ice in the air, and he couldn't be airlifted. The hospital is so full, they were sticking people in any convenient corner. I am pretty sure there were only 2 doctors available in the ER. I'm not saying this is the hospital's fault at all. It saddens me to see the alarming rate of sick people. We have one of the biggest hospitals in Iowa. To see it full is really heartbreaking. So whomever reads this blog, do your best to stay healthy.

good health to all


Thursday, March 20, 2008

The Heroin Diaries

It is kind of odd for me to do a book review, but hey, a nicheless blog leaves plenty of freedom. This book isn't really new, but i was flipping through it again and figured I would post a blog. To one's eye this would seem like a collection of journal entries written on a drug binge. Once you begin to read, its much more then that. Written by Motley Crue bassist, Nikki Sixx, this book really is an eye opener. The journal entries collected in this book are from the late 80's when his drug abuse was at its worst. I read this book in about two days. This book made me feel like I was there, and sometimes experiencing the psychological trauma Nikki went through. I can definitely say this book opened my eyes about abuse and addiction, and filled me with fear. Along with Nikki's entries, there are parts written by people who were in his life at that time. When Nikki and friends were putting the book together, Nikki, James Michael, and Dj Ashba were putting together songs for an accompanying album that fits nicely with the book. I highly recommend both, the cd, and the book to anyone looking for a good read. Good luck to Nikki and his future endeavors.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Every Child Gets A Laptop

I recently stumbled on an organization that set out to give kids in growing countries laptops. Know as the "XO Laptop" it runs on a Linux OS. Small, durable, and a bright green color, its supposed to be a very low cost laptop. It has gotten quite a bit of press attention over the past couple years. The question often asked is "Why do kids in developing countries need a laptop?"
"One Laptop Per Child is a project about the transformation of education. It's about giving children who don't have the opportunity for learning that opportunity. So it's about access, it's about equity, and it's about giving the next generation of children in the developing world a bright and open future." Walter Bender, President, Software and Content.

I personally think it's a great organization and I wish them the best of luck. If anyone that reads this is able to help, please do so and know that you are doing a great deed.

One Laptop Per Child

Thursday, March 13, 2008

My first blogspot blog

After starting a tech blog, I realized I liked what I was doing. I also realized blogging about Technology all the time gets kind of tough. So on this blog I plan on blogging about things that interest me. Some may still be Technology related, other things could be the farthest thing from it. This is just kind of a place for me to get my thoughts out. Hopefully I can meet some cool people along the way.