Firefox 13 And The Reset Button

If you’ve been following this blog, you know that one of the problems I have with my daily computing needs is finding a good browser.  I find that all the major browsers have at least one flaw to them. I guess there are worse problems to have, but up until now, I mainly use Google Chrome.

Then I discovered this YouTube video about the 13th version of the Firefox browser.

I hit that new “Reset Firefox” button…and all is well in Firefoxland.  It runs smoothly, almost flawlessly.

So I think I have my new browser of choice.  For now.

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The One On The Right Is On The Left

Yesterday, I got into an argument over the whole Obama “birther” thing.

Some of you will no doubt think that I got exactly what I deserved.

See, I don’t think either major political view is 100% right, which probably makes me more Libertarian than anything.

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The NFL-ing Of The Major Leagues

The biggest problem MLB has, if you ask me, is that it tries too hard to be a baseball version of the NFL.

I was watching the Atlanta-Tampa Bay game last night and thinking of what MLB was like 20 short years ago in 1992. If you lived in a major city in Florida and wanted to see a real game that counted, it meant going to Atlanta.

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Slugger’s Fest

Remember back when boxing could be seen over the air on TV?  It’s been a long time, hasn’t it?

This fight took place on January 24, 1976 in Las Vegas. George Foreman you all know about. Ron Lyle probably would have been a champion in another era, just happened to be in the wrong era with great heavyweight fighters like Foreman, Ken Norton, Joe Frazier, and Muhammad Ali.

Another great man commentated on the fight and gave it all the drama it was due in Howard Cosell. Let me just throw in one tip: the fourth round of this fight was one of the greatest rounds I have ever seen with all the sudden changes in momentum, almost changing with every punch.

A FAIL All The Way Around

Usually, I don’t like to talk about the same thing twice in a row.  It’s kind of like the talk show host who continues to hack on a caller that he or she disagrees with.  Probably satisfying to the caller, but what does it prove in the end?

When I typed up the story yesterday, it was before the state of Florida could make recommendations on what to do about low scores on the FCAT, a test students take at the 4th, 8th, and 10th grade levels.

(Correcting an error I made yesterday: now a days, you must pass the FCAT in order to be promoted to the next grade or to graduate high school.  When I went to school in the 70’s and 80’s, this wasn’t true, if I remember correctly.)

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Give The FCAT An F

When I went to school many years ago, I used to hate the FCAT.  With a passion.

For those of you outside of Florida, the FCAT is a test that you take three times in public school. Once in elementary, once in middle school, once in high school, in the 4th, 8th, and 10th grades. The test did not determine whether or not you passed to the next grade, but it judged how well the schools generally were in teaching their students.

We would be told how “important” the tests were, and to be extra-prepared when we took them. What bullshit that was, pardon my French.  The results were mailed to the homes of the students so the parents could peruse them and hang them over their children’s head, and once I got ridiculed for doing poorly on an FCAT, truth be told.  I tried telling my parents that the tests were essentially meaningless, so how does that motivate me to do well?

And now I see that the state of Florida is having an emergency meeting because the children continue to do poorly on the FCAT tests statewide.

Gee, Governor Scott, maybe in the era of the Internet that didn’t exist to the level it does now, just maybe…they have figured out that they are merely lab rats in the exercise?  Maybe they are deliberately doing poorly on purpose?  Hmmm?

And here’s another idea: how about getting rid of the FCAT once and for all?  Judge how well a school does on the grades a student gets.  That would be the simplest way to do it.  Perhaps my current state of Florida just doesn’t want to do the simplest thing.