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Going from scratch here. I'm starting this page with just one with the wishful thinking that I'll get back to this and write my mind a few times. Hopefully it'll be entertaining. That's the goal at least; if not entertaining, at least informative. I probably have an agenda, too. :) Browse with caution, dear reader.

First off, let's get a few things out of the way. I am a geek. Some are certainly more so, but I think I do fall squarely in that category. More specifically, I'm a computer geek. That doesn't mean I'm an uber-programmer, a m4d 5cr1p7 h4x0r, an utter HTML wiz, or an electrical engineer. I am, though, pretty interested in all these things, and like to think I know a thing or two. I do have a BS in computer science, so that's something. The point is, I really enjoy it. I think computing is fun, and I think computing is important. As such, I might write a lot about "geeky" things, such as why one web browser stinks. Why should you care? Hopefully, that'll be laid out in said ramblings. We'll see if I'm talented enough of a writer to get people to care a bit about what I care about, even just for a moment. Cheers!


iPod V. Karma
My music player of choice against the Apple iPod. What? I don't love the iPod? Whyever not?


Digital Music, and you
Do you listen to music on your computer? Do you download music off the 'net? Read on..


A Matrix Theory
If you think all this Matrix hysteria is just weird, then move along, but if you're looking for a different take on The Matrix Reloaded, then read on. Remember, in Soviet Russia, the Matrix hacks you! I'd give a real description, but I'd rather this page be spoiler free. Spoilers within.


Intuitiveness vs. Usability
Why are supposedly powerful programs so hard to use? Shouldn't they be easier? If someone's not interested in computers, why should they care about learning more about them? Read on..


Tax Land, Not Labor!
Posted on this date, but this article was originally published by the Peoria Journal Star on December 1, 2002. It was written by Mike Bailey, and the only reason I posted it here is so not to lose it, since it is no longer available on the newspaper's website. I did not write this, but I liked it a lot, and it's about my Dad, so there ya go. Enjoy.


Driving in KC
A little tirade on driving in my new home metro area. This one's not so geeky perhaps, but I perhaps care a bit too much about others' driving habits. This is my first attempt at massive over-generalization. Anyway, enjoy!


IE Sucks
I wrote this after much frustration with trying to make this site look like how I wanted it to, reading specifications as to how these web technologies work (especially Cascading Style Sheets), and seeing them not work at all how described in Microsoft's very popular Internet Explorer web browser. And most of the web puts up with this crap. I guess that's what you get with a proven monopoly that seems to abuse its position quite a bit. Summary: I no longer care how this page looks in a web browser that doesn't do what web browsers are supposed to do. Piss on IE. I suggest you do so too.

geek n. - A person who has chosen concentration rather than conformity; one who pursues skill (especially technical skill) and imagination, not mainstream social acceptance. Geeks usually have a strong case of neophilia. Most geeks are adept with computers and treat hacker as a term of respect, but not all are hackers themselves - and some who are in fact hackers normally call themselves geeks anyway, because they (quite properly) regard `hacker' as a label that should be bestowed by others rather than self-assumed.

Taken from Jargon File version 4.3.3, which is up to version 4.4.2 as of this writing.