i'm in the library today. here, the AC is on and it's very comfortable and i can use the computer [referring to the previous post]. i'm reading through current issues of crim journals to get a feel for what is being talked about in the world of criminology and to stimulate new ideas for me. so far, nothing has jumped out at me.
police, gangs, parental monitoring, sex offenders, school crime. all the same old stuff...
here in virginia, i noticed the dmv is discouraging the use of their "customer service centers" and are encouraging business be taken care of via the internet. from their homepage:
Beginning July 1, 2008, customers are urged to avoid renewing vehicle registrations (decals) in Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) customer service centers (CSC) where a $5 service fee will be added under a new Virginia law.
i do have to renew my registration. too bad i have to go to renew my license as well.
this author's experience leans to the fact that marijuana is pretty much legalized for anyone over 18 in california with no harmful consequences. but, then again there's all those people in jail.
legislatures are looking to hire a few good scientists to buy research "to undermine the public perception of a widespread consensus among polar bear researchers that warming global temperatures and melting Arctic ice threaten the polar bears' survival." i'm not making this up; they said it: "We want to have the money to hire scientists to answer the Interior (Department) scientists." [emphasis mine.]
* i have no idea hwo these things go together or how they even caught my eye today.
with all the talk about her, it occurred to me today that barbara walters is one of those people who are referred to by both first and surnames. it's "barbra walters" just like it is always "harrison ford."
i am sure there are others, just need a minute or two to think about it. similar thing that happens with deniro. it cracks me up when people refer to him as 'bob' in interviews.
and we are only supposed to spend up to 30% on housing costs! well, that's affordable housing.
i love this nifty chart from the NYT. you can see how much the average American spends on different things and it gives a reflection of how much prices have gone up or down in the past year (given the percent change in what was spent).
this little article offers ideas for 20 things you can use twice before tossing. the list includes things likes newspapers and plastic bags that people know about, but also business cards, tissue boxes, strawberry baskets, and citrus peels.