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While talking to a friend today via IM, an interesting thing was said,

“The Four Corners of the Round Table.”

Basically it was part of many statement this person had to memorize long ago for a talent show. The statement was,

“thank you for your kind attention and now pronounce the next act… The four corners of the round table.”

Nonetheless I really like the statement, it fits me pretty well.  I will have to use it, as a title or statement no less.

As the song by Huey Lewis and the News rings through my head, with strange new lyrics saying, “I want a new fuel, one that does what it should…”

This morning on WBBM radio they said a national survey indicated that Chicago has the highest gasoline prices right now at $3.59 a gallon! It’s really just insane, because you know all the oil companies are showing HUGE revenues (profits too). What I find even more surprising is that every one seems to omit that 9/10 of a cent on every gallon of gasoline, so it’s really $3.60 a gallon. Many years ago, companies thought they would save their customers a little money by taking off 1/10 a cent on every gallon a gas, well it’s still nothing but a joke, an misrepresents the cost of the fuel. It’s corporate conditioning.

I makes me think of the Illinois Toll Way. They have these electronic devices you put in your car, called iPass,  so you don’t have to fumble with change at toll booths. We have one of the first models which has an LCD screen to show the charged amount and balance on the account. A few years ago, the Tollway Authority made many changes to their Tollway system, making express lanes for users of this Ipass device. At this same time, the display on my unit started only show zeros. Their explanation, “There is a system bug, and we don’t know how to fix it.”
More like they don’t want to fix it. See, shortly after these upgrades to the roadways and iPass systems they put down an ultimatum, “Use an iPass device or pay double.”
Yes double! A driver who goes from Wisconsin to Indiana and uses the Illinois Tollway can expect to pay $4, where I with my iPass will pay $2 (I may have the amounts too low as I don’t remember all of the toll booths between Indiana and Wisconsin).

Again, this is conditioning, I don’t see what I am paying, everything is charged to an account, which I can see most people not paying attention to as it’s automatically charged to your credit card, when the account balance reaches a defined level.  Also, there is very limited postings of the actual cost of the Tolls.  It used to be displayed everywhere, now it’s hardly displayed anywhere.  Simple psychology, out of site-out of mind.  With the next raise in tollway fees, it will not be as noticeable to its end users as they aren’t consistently reminded now what they are paying at each tollbooth now.

I will not remove the Hello, World default post from WordPress, I just won’t.

Why should I, it is the start of the blog, the first post.  I may even keep the About page, just because. Hey, every time I learned a new programming language, the first thing I create is a Hello, world page, script, whatever; so why not have one here?  Not exactly sure where it started, but I bet there’s an entry on Wikipedia for it…

Well yes it is at Wikipedia, right here. The article states that Hello, world started with the book from Kernigham and Ritche, one of my favorites, “The C programming Language.”

I wonder if it became popular from that book?  I just re-read this book in November, because I was looking to get back to my roots. It was fun, but now I’m over it. There are such better ways to work with strings these days. I really do like how it makes me think. A little pointer arithmetic once in a while is good for the soul.  So, anyway, the Hello, world post stays.

Care to debate on it’s capitalization?  🙂

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