Thursday, July 29, 2004

Wonder Boy to the rescue !

With all the superhero movies coming out these days, I thought of new one, "Wonder Boy".  Of course, I'd be the star.  I'm not 100% on what my latex-laden outfit would look like (yikes!) but I hope it's considered in the "loose or relaxed fit" variety.

What powers would Wonder Boy have?  Wonder Boy would simply just question enemies to death with questions about meaningless yet at the same time intriguing items.   Here are some questions for the pilot episode I'm working on:

  • Who pays the electricity bill at the White House?  Does someone sit at a computer and do on-line banking for 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue?
  • What graphic artist got his/her fame from developing the logo for the Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint logos on my desktop?  How much time, effort and re-work did it take to get those approved by Mr. Gates?  Or did he care?
  • How is that I can talk on a phone in Texas with my brother in Africa yet he can hear me real-time with little or no static?  I work for a phone company and I've asked this question.  The answer I receive is so confusing it needs a whole Wonder Boy episode by itself.
  • Why is it that some 18-wheelers have FISH written on the outside?  Is that to alert me in case I'm interested in some?  If there's some logical reason, then why don't we have some trucks with CHICKEN or VEAL written on them?  Discrimination?
  • Speaking of discrimination (this will be touchy), why is it when someone is referred to as  a colored person it is racist but yet we have the NAACP which stands for National Association for the Advancement of Colored People?  Why didn't that change to NAA of African-Americans?  I don't mean to be insensitive but Wonder Boy must ask the tough questions.  Is it because the NAAAA just isn't as catchy and it's hard to say?  Is it because a new logo would have to be created?  (Tap into the guy who did Word or Excel for a free quote)
  • Why is it that the hair on my head and face grows all the time, yet the hair on my arms seems to have reached its pinnacle?  Is it true that if you cut something back, it will grow back double in size?  I've heard that before... 
  • And finally... (and maybe this is because Wonder Boy can be camera-challenged at times), how truly does a camera take a picture.  A piece of equipment clicks and after a quick trip to the Wal-Mart photo center, I can have a re-creation of that moment on paper yet all I did was make my camera go "click"?  What exactly transpired between the camera and the subject and should children be near it?  At least a copier makes a little more sense since there is actually scanning of the item going on.  

Again, just a snippet of what's to come if this pilot gets picked up.   Maybe this is why I woke up at 4:30 this morning and I haven't been back to bed since.   Too much to wonder about.  If you have suggestions for other episodes, I'd love to "wonder" about them with you.   You know you've got some...  until then, Wonder Boy to the rescue!

God bless you all,

SJ (a.k.a. Wonder Boy)

Wednesday, July 28, 2004

Oh no, not again !

Saw this today on the web.:

Touchscreen Vote Records Lost in Florida

By HILARY ROXE, Associated Press Writer
MIAMI - A computer crash erased detailed records from Miami-Dade County's first widespread use of touchscreen voting machines, raising again the specter of elections troubles in Florida, where the new technology was supposed to put an end to such problems.
Facts about Charles Babbage inventor of the first mechanical computing machine in the 1820s.    Charles Babbage (1792-1871), British mathematician and inventor, who designed and built mechanical computing machines on principles that anticipated the modern electronic computer.  Babbage was born in Teignmouth, Devonshire, and was educated at the University of Cambridge. He became a fellow of the Royal Society in 1816 and was active in the founding of the Analytical, the Royal Astronomical, and the Statistical societies.   In the 1820s Babbage began developing his Difference Engine, a mechanical device that can perform simple mathematical calculations.  
I have no problems with my online banking.   I've been using Direct Deposit for 11 years at my Company - again no problems.  I select all my company benefits online and have been for over 8 years now.  It's almost been 200 years - why can't we figure out how to get a vote properly recorded without chads and undervotes, etc. ???   This is not a political statement - just wondering why someone can't fix this - aren't we beyond antiquated paper punch cards?  :)

I can't take another drawn out election in November !!

Monday, July 26, 2004

May I have the rings please...

Kendra and I were recently at a wedding in downtown Dallas.   During the ceremony, when the ring bearer and flower girls walked by, we looked at each other and said, "Can you imagine Tyler doing this?" and then we both laughed.   (To ourselves mind you since the wedding was in progress).   Now, for those who are ready to turn us in for being unsupportive and unloving parents to our 3 yr. old, please hear us out.   We love Tyler to the inth degree (whatever that means!).   He brings us and so many others great joy.   However, ... Tyler is a 3 yr. old who is uniquely gifted in the art of clumsiness, wrecklessness and "inability-to-pay-attention or follow instructions-ness" ! HA   Ok, he is just 3 but it would be comical to watch him in a role of ring bearer at a wedding.  

Well, let the games begin !!  Only two days after making that fateful comment to each other, we were approached by our friend/neighbor/babysitter, Traci Cooper, who asked us if we would allow Tyler to be the ring bearer in her wedding.  WOW !  Traci and Cory were going to use another child for the role but he couldn't make it so they had the idea of asking to see if Tyler would do it.   Tyler loves "Ms. Traci".   He loves it when she watches him every Monday afternoon.  He loves playing with her.  He loves just about everything about her.   Let's hope after October 9th, Traci feels the same way about him ! HA   Seriously, it's an honor to be parents of a child who is being asked to participate.   I know Tyler will do a great job !!

Traci and Cory have their own wedding website which I think is cool.  I don't know many who have done this but maybe I'm in the minority.  If you want to check it out, click here.    In the site, you'll see Tyler's name already listed as the ring bearer.   

As a parent, this will be nerve-wracking and funny at the same time.  Fortunately, Traci and Cory are very laid back people who know what they are getting into by asking Tyler.   Personally, I think he will do a great job on "gameday" but practices good be interesting.  I  can't wait to see him in that tux walking down the aisle.   What a proud moment that will be.   If anyone has any tips for Tyler or Dad, please feel free to comment.  I think a camcorder to record this event will be top of the list !!

God bless you all,