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Blu-Ray wins

I am a watchmaker “in a digital world.” I’m sure if you care you’ve heard already but Toshiba has decided not to continue pursuing the HD-DVD technology forfeiting the technology race to Sony and their Blu-Ray technology. So why did Sony win so fast when they fared so poorly in the 1980s VHS vs. BETA format war. The answer . . . Play Station. Sony ingeniously included Blu-Ray technology in their Playstation game console putting a Blu-Ray player into every house with teenagers. So, if you were waiting for the battle to end before you bought your next great toy, it’s over. Buy Blu-Ray!


Super Tuesday

I know it’s not the weekend, but I can’t resist this opportunity to comment mid-week on a non-watch related topic.

Here in New Mexico voter turnout for the democratic caucus was high today. It was the first ever caucus in New Mexico and polls were open from noon to 7pm. In Rio-Rancho some voters waited for 3 hours or more to vote. Polls there didn’t close until well after 9 o’clock. On the radio I heard that some polling places ran out of ballots and had people write down their candidate on a slip of paper. Many voters didn’t know where to vote. I don’t know why, it was easy to figure it out, they explained it this morning on the radio.

First, you need to know which district you are registered in, this can be found on your voter registration card or by visiting the attorney generals website for the state of New Mexico. You need to however, ignore the polling place listed on your card or at the state’s web site because these are for state or county run elections not party run caucuses. Next, you need to visit the democratic party’s web site or give them a call to find out where your polling place will be for the caucus. Or alternatively, show up at your usual polling place and hope someone has put up a sign telling you where you really needed to vote.

My democratic co-workers, some of whom were gone for hours today waiting in line at the polls asked, “Who came up with this terrible system? It was very poorly organized.” To which I reply, undoubtedly, a democrat! And, we know it was because caucuses are run by parties, not governments. Maybe it is time for a change!

A tribute to Gordon B. Hickley

GBHI lost a good friend last Sunday, that I had never met. Gordon B. Hinkley, president & prophet of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints passed away last Sunday. Although I never met GBH in person I have heard him speak countless times and read so many of his writings, speeches, sermons, & tales. He served as an Apostle from 1961 until he was called as president in 1995. He has been a constant presence in my life. Under his watchful care church membership grew by leaps and bounds and the the number of temples grew from 56 to over 120. He died at the age of 97 with a full calendar. He never stopped for anything. He was hard working and caring. In his best-selling book “Standing for Something” he championed the virtues of love, honesty, morality, civility, learning, forgiveness, mercy, thrift and industry, gratitude, optimism and faith. He also testified of what he called the “guardians of virtue,” namely traditional marriage and family.

He penned the words to the LDS Hymn “My Redeemer Lives”:

I know that my Redeemer lives,
Triumphant Savior, Son of God,
Victorious over pain and death,
My King, my leader, and my Lord.

He lives, my one sure rock of faith,
The one bright hope of men on earth,
The beacon to a better way,
The light beyond the veil of death.

Oh, give me thy sweet Spirit still,
The peace that comes alone from thee,
The faith to walk the lonely road
That leads to thine eternity.

President Hinckley you will be missed. God be with you ’til we meet again.

Economic Stimulus

So, this is about the millionth blog post on the topic but I just wanted to throw in my $.02.

The government is talking about sending me an $1800 check. $600 for me $600 for my wife and $300 for each of my two children. I think it is a great idea! We’ll probably use it to build up our savings for some future purchases and emergency situations. We certainly won’t rush out and spend it right away like economists (politicians) would like us to. So I ask the ever popular question: Does that make me a bad american? Or a smart consumer?

A recent AOL poll, to which over 400,000 people responded says that 69% of americans would use the money to pay bills, 21% would save it, 13% would spend it and the rest are unsure. Fact is that of those 80% (bill payers & savers) most of them won’t be saving it for more than a couple of days before they find something to spend it on, or they’ll use it to pay off their credit card bills, freeing up more of their credit limit so they can put themselves right back in debt, but if we all do what we say than the package won’t work. I don’t care, I’ll take the money.

I personally think the economy is over inflated. Consumers have been using credit to over extend themselves and purchase all kinds of durable goods fooling the producers into thinking the economy is stronger than it is. All this artificial spending with money that consumers don’t really have, has caused the economy to grow artificially.

The final result is that banks over extended themselves. With too much confidence they leant money to irresponsible individuals (maybe they misrepresented the type of loans they were offering, maybe they didn’t.) Now credit is harder to get, and since it was money on credit that were consumers were spending, there is less money to be spent. Or, actually there is the same amount of money, it is just in more responsible hands. As a result there is less spending.

Spending returns to more realistic levels and the economy returns to where it should be. Until the government puts billions of dollars into irresponsible hands again to create some more “false security” in the market. Fact is the government should use those billions to pay down debt, like I’ll be doing instead of incurring additional debt to continue propagating the idea that the american economy is stable with gazillions of dollars of debt.

Musing about Politics

The media is always telling me who is voting for who, what the polls say and who might win. I want to know about the issues!

I sat down and watched the republican debate(SC). Only person who impressed me was Ron Paul. He caught me by surprise, I was beginning to wonder if I was a conservative, as it turns out I’m more conservative than I thought.

So as my states primary comes around on Super Tuesday, I’ve been trying to decide who to vote for. Electability was at the forefront of my mind, just like the media wants it to be. I mean, I don’t want to throw away my vote on somebody who has no chance of winning. Of course the only reason it really is like that is because everyone thinks that way because the media tells us we have to vote for one of the “front runners.” I think I might just give Ron Paul my vote and do my part to ignore the media and make democracy work the way it should.

Truth is I don’t say any one candidate with whom I agree with on even 50% of the issues.