Thursday, January 24, 2008

Driver who killed cyclist convicted of murder

More like this please. Yes, it is murder when you kill someone on a bike deliberately. It's at least negligant homicide when you strike and kill a cyclist who is following the rules of the road, because you were driving too fast or distracted by cell phone.

TUCSON, Ariz. — A judge sentenced a woman to nearly the maximum prison term for negligent homicide after hearing a recorded jail conversation in which she made light of the bicyclist she killed.

Melissa Arrington, 27, was convicted two months ago of negligent homicide and two counts of aggravated DUI in connection with the December 2006 death of Paul L'Ecuyer.

She could have gotten as few as four years behind bars, but Superior Court Judge Michael Cruikshank sentenced her Tuesday to 10 1/2 years — one year shy of the maximum.

Cruikshank said he found a telephone conversation between Arrington and an unknown male friend, a week after L'Ecuyer was killed, to be "breathtaking in its inhumanity."

During the conversation, the man told Arrington that an acquaintance believed she should get a medal and a parade because she had "taken out" a "tree hugger, a bicyclist, a Frenchman and a gay guy all in one shot."

Arrington laughed. When the man said he knew it was a terrible thing to say, she responded, "No, it's not."

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Ipod shuffle woes

We cant get J's shuffle to work. The first one worked for a year and now iTunes wont sync with it. We bought a new one, guess what. Same exact problem. Maybe this solution will fix the problem.

BBB does the eagle boss in ZA

For when we ever get there, this will be a useful post.

More Kara drama last night. The raid group has downed shade/illhoof this week (without me!), and proceded to prince. Last night was the last time we could try prince before reset on Tuesday (today). Anyway before we even got in there was guild drama, the drama always cranks up when a raid group assembles. Anyway this guy, a warrior, had an absolute cow when he was told he couldn't come. He hasn't done kara before, when I played with him he had trouble in normal 70 instances. Despite a whole bunch of PVP gear he was not producing the numbers we needed. And this was strictly, strictly a ranged fight. Melee types are useless on this fight. Not so us ranged ppl.

So anyway we wipe a few times, and finally get a good luck streak (this fight is partally based on luck since these infernals come down and if they land in the middle of your raid you are pretty much SOL). So we were chugging him down to 20% or thereabouts, and we had a real strong chance of defeating him, nobody was down (this is one of those fights that's simple, if the main tank dies, we all die. If the infernal lands on us, we all die.). So it's truely an all or nothing fair. Despite the fact that we only had 2 healers. So anyway we're burning him down and i'm thinking, damn we may have a shot at a guild-first downing, let alone 3 in a week! And my power goes out, preceeded shortly by a muffled explosion. Likely, a transformer blew, and sending us all into darkness (probably the whole complex). But the power people were on the ball, and power came on a few hours later. Too late for us, we were fast asleep.

Now i have no idea if prince is down or if my disconnection killed our shot.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Economy in the crapper?

If so, then why has the S&P500 almost doubled since 2003? Yes, this year it's been pretty flat, but flat <> recession. Anyway the S&P isn't a great benchmark on the economy, but I just thought i'd through that out.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Stargate Worlds coming in 08

Interview here. Seems like its coming pretty seen, beta starts in spring 08. That's 3 months. I'm real excited to see this and would not mind switching from WoW.