Archive for July, 2005

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The New Muslim World

July 31, 2005

Is this the time in which we are now living?

The Holy Prophet [s] said: “There will come a time for my Ummah when their rulers will be cruel, their scholars will be greedy and have little piety, their worshippers (will act) hypocritically, their merchants will commit usury and conceal the defects of their buyings and sellings and their women will be busy with the ornaments of the world. Hence, at this time, the most vicious of them will dominate over them, and their good doers will invocate but they will not be answered.”

(Bihar-ul-Anwar, vol. 23, p. 22)

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No Eye Candy

July 28, 2005

My video card suddenly died on me today. No warning whatsoever. I don’t think I’ve even had it a year. Cheap thing. Take my word for it. Never buy a cheap Jaton video accelerator, even if it does have an Nvidia GPU on it. Go for one of the better more well-known brands with a better warranty.

So, I don’t have any composite drop shadows or transparency because I’m using an old ATI card that I had long ago, which still works unlike that cheap Jaton sorry excuse for a card.

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Reform the Patriot Act

July 28, 2005

Here is a site that definitely deserves the attention of librarians (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Librarian),
educators, and internet service providers. 
ReformthePatriotAct.org (http://www.ReformthePatriotAct.org).

From the web site:  Under the Patriot Act, the government can:

* SEARCH YOUR HOME AND NOT TELL YOU FOR WEEKS, MONTHS OR INDEFINITELY (Sec. 213)* COLLECT INFORMATION ABOUT WHAT YOU READ, WHAT YOU BUY, YOUR HOTEL VISITS AND YOUR MEDICAL HISTORY (Sec. 215)* SEIZE BUSINESS AND FINANCIAL RECORDS (Sec. 505)* TRACK YOUR EMAIL ACTIVITY AND WEB USAGE (Sec. 216)

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Orientation

July 27, 2005

Everything is starting to come together now.  Here are some of the exciting new things we have going:

New TVs in every classroom
3 new Data Projectors
New iBook carts on the way

I've prepared an orientation for the students to the Media
Center.  It's meant to be interactive, with students answering
questions, but it still might be useful to view online.  So, here it is (../../../documents/studentorientation.html). 
I made it in Open Document Presentation format (.odp) (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OpenDocument), the new standard,
but I've exported it to Flash (.swf), which I just discovered that
OpenOffice.org can do.  Enjoy!

I'm sure there's a lot that could be added to it, but I just wanted to share the idea.

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Herbal Theft

July 26, 2005

“Stephen Knight says he had a horrifying experience. The San Antonio teenager called police to say he’d been robbed. He said men broke into his apartment, tied him up with Christmas lights, took a plasma screen TV, and also stole his marijuana.”

Listen to the whole story

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London Stockwell Shooting

July 24, 2005

It now seems that the man, who was shot by London police, supposedly in connection with the July 7 bombings, was, in fact, a completely innocent, unarmed man from Brazil.

The police have issued a statement of regret. This comes after the Mayor had endorsed the apparent “shoot to kill” policy that had been adopted by London forces. The policy has already claimed its first innocent victim, a man with absolutely no connection to the bombings.

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Busy Week

July 23, 2005

Cute ZahraI started back at work this week. That’s why I haven’t been posting much. It was one of those weeks. Wife got another fake tree for the house. I think it’s an obsession. The little issue has been acting cranky lately. Other than that, everything’s normal.