September 26th, 2005

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A few weeks back the Des Moines Register carried an op-ed piece about the evils of fast food. One of the claims therein was that the fast food industry is targeting children. The evidence? In Chicago, the vast majority of schools are within half a mile of a fast food joint.

Fast forward to today. A (state?) law goes into effect that prohibits sex offenders from living within 2,000 feet of a school or day care center. The offenders have 30 days to comply, but it's not going to be easy, because just about everywhere in the greater Des Moines area is within 2,000 feet of a school or a day care center; the places that aren't are either non-residential or extremely pricy subdivisions.

Note that half a mile is 2,640 feet--and a disc with radius of 2,640 feet has an area almost 1.75 times that of a disc with radius 2,000 feet.

One could just as well say that hairdressers are targeting children, or churches, or dentists. There just isn't any place save out in the boonies that isn't within half a mile of a school.
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    "Don't Fence Me In"
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Side-effects

I count myself as lucky. The only way that hurricane Rita has affected me personally is that I have two songs stuck in my head: "Galveston" and "Lovely Rita, Meter Maid." (That's not true; I fear the pork projects that will come out of all this. Check out this insane waste of money for an example.)

A friend in Opelousas made it through relatively unscathed, thank goodness. Texas has gotten a lot of the attention, but Louisiana has been hit by Rita, too, especially to the south and west.
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    None! None, I tell you!
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Things are looking up...

All went smoothly with the crown on #31. I found, to my combined pleasure and embarrassment, that Antec's 24-pin ATX power supplies have a spiffy connector with the added four pins detachable so that they can work with all ATX motherboards. I found out why something was failing to compile. Life is good.
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    "Happy Happy Joy Joy," Stinky Wizzleteats