Diabolical Ironclad Beetle

Wednesday, July 30th, 2008

bumpy black beetle
Diabolical Ironclad Beetle, Nosoderma diabolicum
William R. Mason Regional Park, Orange County, California, USA; July 21, 2008

Indian House Cricket

Monday, July 28th, 2008

Cricket perched on wall
Indian House Cricket, Gryllodes supplicans
Irvine, CA, 2008-07-26

This is an invasive species that’s spreading in Southern California. I found this one on my garage exterior Saturday night.

Ring-legged Earwig

Friday, July 25th, 2008

Brown insect with rear pincers
Ring-legged Earwig, Euborellia annulipes
Harvard Ave, Irvine, CA, 2008-07-21

Neon Skimmer

Thursday, July 24th, 2008

perched orange dragonfly
Neon Skimmer, Libellula croceipennis, female
San Joaquin Wildlife refuge, 2008-07-04

The Freedom to Oppress Others

Thursday, July 17th, 2008

Not quite a quote. See if you can figure out which word I changed, and if it really makes a difference.

Diament and other panelists cited a number of scenarios in which Americans’ religious rights might be infringed on when they clash with legal recognition of “interracial marriage.” They questioned if accommodations or exemptions would be permitted for religious adherents or institutions in the following situations, among others:

  • County clerks who oppose issuing marriage licenses to interracial couples.
  • Employees who disapprove of diversity training programs that endorse “interracial marriage.”
  • Insurance company workers who do not want to sell policies or process claims for interracial couples’ partner benefits.
  • Owners of small hotels and bed-and-breakfast inns who refuse to serve interracial couples.
  • Lawyers who decline to provide estate planning for interracial couples.
  • Psychologists and psychiatrists who refuse to counsel interracial couples.
  • Doctors who will not provide some services, such as in vitro fertilization (IVF), for interracial couples.
  • Religious colleges that will not open married student housing to interracial couples.
  • Religious institutions that refuse requests from interracial couples to hold wedding receptions in their buildings.
  • Christian bookstores and other parachurch organizations that decline spousal benefits for “interracial marriage” partners.


Incompetent Boobs Part 3

Thursday, July 10th, 2008

I’m beginning to feel like I can write this story on autopilot:

Our companies web site uses a content managment system whose interface is all browser based. Turning the GSA loose on our web site using an administrative account ended up wiping out 85% of our web site’s content thru the execution of delete actions from web page links in the administrative interface of the content managment system.

The CMS system we use is built in coldfusion (which we’re rapidly moving away from to .NET sometime next year.). These coldfusion pages have buttons / images all hyperlinked to perfrom different actions for content records, content folders, and unfortunately whole web site instances. One of these hyperlinked image buttons deletes the content when clicked, which the crawler furiously did last night.

And just in case anybody didn’t get the point the first two times I ran this story: