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Electoral College Change?

I continue to think it's stupid that California gets 54 or 55 electoral college votes, despite margins that are nowhere near 100% victory for any one candidate.

What would be so bad about this:
- Keep the electoral college count the same way it is now.
- Round to the nearest whole number the electoral college votes along the lines of the popular vote count.
- In case of a tie, popular count across the whole country decides the winner.

In other words, if California voted 57% for candidate A and 42% for candidate B (and 1% for C), then you'd split the votes (assuming 55):
- 55 * 0.57 = 31
- 55 * 0.42 = 23
- 55 * 0.01 = 1

The way the current system works Texas tends to get 38 Republican votes and New York and California award 29 and 55. Win two states - even by a 50/49/1 margin - and you've got 84 of the 270 votes needed to win (31%!).


Ditch Daylight Savings Time

Let's just go to Swatch Time. Remember that one?

Just kidding about the Swatch Time. Not kidding about ditching DST. I hate when the sun sets before 5pm. πŸ˜›

Numbers (Spreadsheet App) Question – Multiple Views

Simply put, how can I create a document with two views of the same table?

I'd like this table:

Table View 1

To have a printable view that looks a bit like this:

Table View 1

(Not that it matters but you can click for larger versions of each of those images.)

The second table (which I'd like within the same file - if it's on a separate Sheet that's fine) eliminates a few columns, reorganizes them, resizes them, and changes some cell sizes (font sizes, widths, heights). The second table should grow (or shrink as I add or subtract rows from the first table.

Is this possible? If so, how?

Column View Bug Still Around

Column View BugThis column view bug - which I first noticed in Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion) still exists in 10.8.3 (Mountain Lion). It's a pain in the rear, too, because if you select all and try to open (or move, copy, or some other things), you get an annoying error message:

Column View Warning Dialog

This is what happens when you try to force an app (the Finder in this case) to function in a weird way.

Setting up a Non-Profit?

I'm beginning to make some headway in getting disc golf course(s) built in Erie, PA (the county, not the city itself :D). Soon I'll be soliciting donations from area businesses and individuals.

The first step is, I imagine, to set up a local checking account, probably as a "DBA" account with something like "Erie Disc Golf Club" as the official name. I believe we'll first need to get about $6k for a local nine-hole course (baskets to start, tee pads and signs to follow once we're sure we like the layout and lengths), so it will be nice for donators to be able to write checks to "Erie Disc Golf Club" and not to me personally or something. It will also provide a clean balance sheet, etc.n

Kindle Paperwhite Not “Ad-Free”

I paid the $20 extra to remove "special offers" on my Kindle Paperwhite and was disappointed to see the bottom half of my screen taken up with stuff like this:

Kindle Paperwhite

Fortunately, others complained and apparently Amazon may "fix" this in a future firmware update. For now I've disabled the Kindle Store on my Kindle PW, which is probably not what Amazon wishes people to do…

Skewed Views of Science

Disc Golf on ESPN

It's barely 25 seconds long and has commercials running over top of it for most of the segment, but the disc golfers on some forums are pumped that their "sport" has achieved "recognition." πŸ™‚

P.S. I agree that it's a sport. I don't agree that this is really "recognition," though for them, right now, this small thing is bigger than anything they've had for years.

eBook DRM Removal Tools

Just bookmarking this page for later. I've got the Paperwhite coming and this kind of stuff may come in handy at some point to keep books I have purchased.

Scouted a Possible Site for a Disc Golf Course in North East, PA

Earlier today my brother-in-law Brandon and I ventured out into the cold and rain to check out a few possible disc golf course locations.

We found what we consider a GREAT location in North East. The full name is "The North East Township Community Conservation Park" or "NETCCP" as an acronym. We walked and measured with lasers what we consider to be a pretty good set of nine holes that should appeal to novice and intermediate players as well as being challenging enough for better players to enjoy the course as well.

(Click for a larger image or view the image on Facebook.)n

Facebook, Contacts, iCloud, and Mountain Lion

Earlier today in prepping my Mac Pro for sale, after I'd de-authorized the computer in iTunes and after I thought I'd turned off iCloud syncing1, I inadvertently selected all of my contacts in Address Book and deleted them.

Almost instantly2 my two computers and my iPhone lost all of their contact data as the change propagated throughout the iUniverse with blazing speed.

"No problem," I thought. "I'll just use Time Machine, click all of my contacts, and Restore them all."

It turns out that was a big problem, and I had to spend the next several hours manually importing 300 or so contacts one by one.

Read more for some images and a re-telling of the tale of woe.n

  1. Obviously I hadn't. []
  2. Seriously, has iCloud EVER worked this fast when you wanted it to? []

October 2012 SpamSieve Stats

I last posted about this back in 2009, I think. Here are the updated numbers…

Filtered Mail
337,649 Good Messages
470,361 Spam Messages (58%)
157 Spam Messages Per Day

SpamSieve Accuracy
1,396 False Positives
3,705 False Negatives (73%)
99.4% Correct

11,991 Good Messages
14,656 Spam Messages (55%)
1,145,282 Total Words

34 Blocklist Rules
21 Whitelist Rules

Showing Statistics Since
8/24/04 8:00pm

Selling My 2006 Mac Pro

I'm selling my 23" Cinema Display and my Mac Pro (Facebook link).

Mac Pro + 23" Cinema Display for Sale

Mac Pro (2006):
β€’ 2 x 3 GHz Dual Core Xeon Processors
β€’ 10.7.5 installed (latest available OS it can run)
β€’ 13 GB RAM
β€’ Dual SuperDrives
β€’ 4 500 GB Drives Included (and installed)
β€’ Apple Keyboard/mouse included

23" Cinema Display
β€’ Recently calibrated
β€’ 1920 x 1200 Resolution
β€’ Includes separate Firewire iSight Camera

Pictures available upon request. For friends, I'll include an Analyzr license (this would make a great machine for in your golf instruction studio).

Make an offer please, including shipping or local pickup/delivery. I have the original boxes for the computer and the display.

BusyCal 2.0? No, Back to Calendar.

BusyCal 2.0 is out. It's a $29.99 UPGRADE.


A year or two or three ago, I used (and enjoyed) BusySync and BusyCal. It synchronized my calendar with my wife's, and worked quite nicely where iCal came up short.

But with iCloud, Calendar in Mac OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion) works well enough. About the only thing that it doesn't do that I used BusyCal to do is let me determine how long to snooze something when it came up.

Goodbye BusyCal. FWIW, my own personal threshold for this one was about $9.99. $29.99 (times two - my wife and I have separate licenses, of course) just ain't gonna cut it, let alone the $49.99 it will cost after December.

TST Named One of Five Best Golf Blogs

A Sporting Life has named The Sand Trap one of the five best golf blogs on the Intertubes.

We agree! Thanks to A Sporting Life for the recognition. We appreciate it!