Today is an odd moment in time professionally speaking.
The Jesse H. Neal awards for biz journalism are being given out today and I’ve been nominated along with the rest of the crew at the Late CMO Mag. If we win, will someone from IDG really go up and accept? ooops, my bad, we were nominated initially but then turns out somehow after the magazine was closed we got delisted. This wasn’t done by the group that gives out the awards, BTW.
In Texas it is now illegal to be drunk in … bars. Quoth Reuters: Texas has begun sending undercover agents into bars to arrest drinkers for being drunk, a spokeswoman for the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission said on Wednesday. DO WHAT? I’d expect in that kind of namby pamby government intrusion in a Democratic controlled states like Massachusetts … but TEXAS? What do they charge you with, drinking while intoxicated? Operating a cocktail under the influence? Being in danger of the possibility of driving while drunk? I don’t even drink and I’m as namby pamby as they come and I’m appalled by this.
And speaking of namby pamby overprotectiveness…Someone has invented a bike which, quoth BoingBoing, “is designed to teach kids how to ride a two wheeler. As the tricycle picks up speed, the rear wheels get closer together, until they merge into a single wheel.” Finally someone is willing to protect our kids from the threat of skinned knees. Cool looking, though.
And my tax dollars are being spent on what exactly? “Budget constraints are forcing some FBI agents to operate without e-mail accounts,” according to the agency’s top official in New York, says the AP. “As ridiculous as this might sound, we have real money issues right now, and the government is reluctant to give all agents and analysts dot-gov accounts,” Mark Mershon said when asked about the gap at a New York Daily News editorial board meeting. Sigh.
Repeat after me: I used to be disgusted, now I try to be amused…