I mean seriously….Was this FUCKING necessary?!?!?!?!?!?!?
Well, we have now moved into 2012 and I don’t think much has changed. I don’t think much is going to change either. I have been a bit lax on posting lately and am going to try to correct that. We’ll begin tomorrow with a review of my new Windows 7 Phone, my new Kindle Fire and an update on my family and holiday experiences.
Well, it finally arrived. My new phone is an HTC Titan Windows 7.5 phone and I love it… I’ll be posting a bit more about it soon, so be looking forward to it.
So I just finished reading my latest find: Area 187 – Almost Hell by Eric Lowther. This is the first book I have read by him and I loved it. I would have to give it 5 out of 5 stars. If you are a zombie fan, this book is a great read.
I don’t want to give too much away, but basically a zombie outbreak has occurred in the United States. The government gets the outbreak under control and then walls in the infected area. The book is about a newswoman who gets word of survivors in Area 187, of which the government denies. She tracks down the only person to have ever successfully brought survivors out of the area and they head in to try to rescue them.
This book was well written and the imagery drawn by the author made me not want to put it down. I felt drawn into the story and could almost see myself as a member of the group. I must admit, I am a bit of a zombie genre fan and so this immersion into the story was not a hard concept for me. But in a single novel I felt the character development was well done. I could clearly understand/sympathize with the characters and what they were going through.
For the past year or so, I have been reading a lot of hard science fiction – futuristic space-hopping cowboys and the like. While that genre is still fun to read, I have decided to start reading some works about zombies for a while. So I will be bringing you my other finds as I finish them.
Only 26 days remaining on the Windows 7 countdown! I can’t wait. Unless something new gets released between now and then, this is the phone I am looking at: Samsung Focus S
If anyone has any other suggestions, I am all ears. And before you recommend it – NO APPLE PRODUCTS!!! I am done with that crap.
Here is another great example of our screwed up government system. Starting today, November 1, 2011, Tampa Police Department and American Traffic Solutions, Inc will begin issuing red light camera tickets at 20 MAJOR intersections. Of course, American Traffic Solutions is actually issuing the tickets and the Tampa Police Department gets a portion of the fees, but the police department got to pick the intersections to monitor. They claim they picked these intersections for safety reasons, but if you look at the list and you know this areas, it is actually just the busiest intersections in our area. They also claim they will not be shortening the yellow lights to increase tickets, but we all know the history of this practice. What can we do? Not a damn thing. This was not put to public vote and we have no say so in the matter. What happened to government for the people, by the people? Oh yeah, the governments killed that off a while ago.
Here is the list of intersections of government greed.
Warning Period Ends for Intersection Safety Cameras – Tampa to issue $158 citations for red-light violations beginning November 1
Tampa, FL October 31, 2011 – Beginning November 1, the City of Tampa will issue $158 citations to vehicles that are caught making a red-light violation. As part of the Stop on Red Tampa program, the City had first implemented a month-long warning period that issued warning notices with no fine assessment to vehicles caught making a red-light violation. To date 3,951 warnings have been issued.
“We have been educating residents on the dangers of red light running and explaining the camera process,” said Mayor Bob Buckhorn. “The goal of this program is to enhance road safety and modify driver behavior. These cameras will help save innocent lives.”
In 2010 alone, the number of intersection crashes caused by red-light violations in Hillsborough County totaled 642, with 371 of those crashes coming from the city of Tampa. For three years in a row, more than 50 percent of Hillsborough County red-light crashes occurred within the city of Tampa.
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety reported for 2009 that there were 113,000 people injured and 676 people killed in red-light running crashes. In that same year, 62 Floridians lost their lives, making Florida the third most deadly state in the nation for red-light running crashes. The City of Tampa now joins more than 70 communities in Florida and more than 500 nationwide using the technology to create safer roads and safer driving habits.
The program is administered by American Traffic Solutions, Inc., and each violation will be reviewed and approved by the City of Tampa Police Department prior to issuance. No points are assessed to the license that is issued a warning or a citation.
About the Stop on Red Tampa Program
Stop on Red Tampa was created by the City of Tampa to increase the safety of all citizens in this community. As part of this program, the City of Tampa has installed 24 intersection safety cameras. These cameras are in place to reduce red-light running, prevent unnecessary injuries from traffic collisions, and to help save lives. Citations for those vehicles caught making red-light violators begin on November 1, 2011. To learn more about the Stop on Red Tampa program, visit http://www.tampagov.net/stoponred.
City of Tampa
Intersection Safety Camera Locations
October 31, 2011
1. Eastbound E. Fowler Avenue at N. Nebraska Avenue
2. Westbound E. Busch Boulevard at N. Nebraska Avenue
3. Northbound N. Nebraska Avenue at E. Fowler Avenue
4. Westbound E. Hillsborough Avenue at N. Nebraska Avenue
5. Northbound N. Nebraska Avenue at E. Hillsborough Avenue
6. Eastbound E. Hillsborough Avenue at N. 22nd Street
7. Westbound E. Hillsborough Ave at N 22nd Street
8. Eastbound W. Waters Avenue at N. Florida Avenue
9. Southbound N. Florida Avenue at E. Waters Avenue
10. Westbound W Waters Avenue at N Armenia Avenue
11. Eastbound W Waters Avenue at N Armenia Avenue
12. Northbound N. Armenia Avenue at W. Hillsborough Avenue
13. Southbound N. Himes Avenue at W. Hillsborough Avenue
14. Northbound N. Lois Avenue at W. Hillsborough Avenue
15. Eastbound E. Adamo Drive at S. 50th Street.
16. Northbound S. 50th Street at E. Adamo Drive
17. Southbound S. 50th Street at E. Adamo Drive
18. Eastbound W Kennedy Boulevard at N Ashley Drive
19. Southbound S. Dale Mabry Hwy at W. Gandy Boulevard
20. Eastbound W. Gandy Boulevard at S. Dale Mabry Hwy.
21. Southbound S. Manhattan Avenue at W. Gandy Boulevard
22. Westbound W. Gandy Boulevard at S. Westshore Boulevard
23. Eastbound W. Gandy Boulevard at S. Westshore Boulevard
24. Northbound S. Westshore Boulevard at W. Gandy Boulevard
Had a good weekend camping with the Cub Scouts. They did the usual BB Guns, Archery, and Wrist Rockets (Sling Shots), and then I took my older Webelos out for a nature hike. We did some GeoCaching and the boys had a good time tromping through the woods. Didn’t see many animals because they can’t stay quiet.
I will be posting some pictures later tonight, so be looking for them.