The Golden Compass Controversy

Posted on November 26, 2007 by Stephen

ISBN: 978-0-440-23813-3

As with most people, I have chosen a side and need to weigh-in on the "Golden Compass" controversy. I am a atheist with a strong set of ethics. These ethics dictate that people should be allowed to make their own choices. I believe in the freedoms that this country was founded on. Freedom of speech (spoken, written, expression, etc.) is one of our greatest freedoms.

Morals (Moral, Morality) - personal behaviors based on individual principles (or belief) of right and wrong.
Ethics (Ethical) - a set of morals defined by a single guiding principle (or belief) that affects personal criteria for determining right and wrong.

Oliva Cigar

Posted on November 15, 2007 by Stephen

Last night I went over to Mission Pipe for the cigar tasting. I was joined by my friends Allen and JP. We were handed a new cigar I had not heard of before called Oliva. The pyramid shape was given a 94 in Cigar Afficionado and the double corona was given a 93. I picked up 4 cigars for the coming holiday to share with family (2 pyramids, 1 perfecto and 1 double corona = $39.00).

The cigar had a very nice draw and most people I saw did not have any bad rolls. This has not topped my favorite Avo cigar but it will do in a pinch.

Building a New Computer

Posted on November 13, 2007 by Stephen

It has been about 6 or 7 years since I built my personal computer and it is showing signs that it is behind the times. I have added many things to the system to bring it closer to the day's standards, but now the old x86 system must be set aside. Way back in August 2003 I put together a list of parts to build a moderately powered computer for about $500. So I looked at the list and decided that a four year old set of parts would be too ancient to use for more that a couple of years. My goal now is to build a new 64 bit system based on AMD's Athlon 64 X2 socket AM2.

Using Unicode in Microsoft Word Doc.

Posted on November 05, 2007 by Stephen

When I write documents, I sometimes need to look up special charaters using the Character Map untility. Once I have the correct symbol, Character Map allows me to copy the symbol to paste it into my document. However, some symbols are used too often to have to open up Character Map. Once I find the symbol I want to use, Charater Map displays a unicode number. This unicode number is a hexadecimal representation of a decimal number. Convert the hex number to dec and use <alt>+<dec #> to insert the symbol into Word.