Thursday, July 24, 2014

They're Back…

After CO    & OVIP failed to screw over lifelong Cincinnatian, Randy Simes & block him from voting in his hometown…
They decided to try again. Must be nice to have all that time and money to persecute decent folks and try to ruin their lives.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

More Personal Freedom


As a person who has bike camped I certainly see the merit to this product, Palcohol. As a person who has 'snorted' before, I can difinitely say the guy is right about snorting that whole bag vs. slamming down the shot.
Of course, our fearless leaders in Columbus are working on aborting Palcohol. Typical pro business, small limited government I guess…
Why don't we see how this works before we take on more prohibitions?
Probably tastes like crap, anyway.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Rails to Runways

Th Cincinnati Business Courier reports on a plan to run a train from CVG to downtown Cincinnati.
I don't really get it. Driving, taking taxis or using the TANK shuttle bus, I have never encountered traffic issues using the roadways to get to the airport.
Pretty much nobody uses the shuttle bus with premium seats & a TV to boot. Seems to pretty much just used by airport workers.
If I were driving from Finneytown or Felicity, I don't know why I would stop in downtown Cincinnati rather than just keep on the highway & go to the airport. I guess, in the wintertime, it might be nice to park in a garage rather than park outside on a high plain.
Another plan is to run the train to Union Terminal. That would mean another bus ride or a bikeshare run to the Government Square which would be obnoxious with much luggage.
Todd Portune likes the idea...

High Tech Urns

With the advent of 3D printing, 3D scanning & modeling, your funerary urn designs about limitless nowadays. Imagine an urn shaped like your head? Your skull? Your BUTT!?!?!
Foreverence made a giant Devo hat for Bob Casale's cremains. Not too impressive but it's a start for what crematiophiles can do in the future.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Your Intertube Immortality

The Uniform Law Commission is plotting ways for your online life to be handled in a secure way.
If your account goes dormant for long some providers just delete you. If your death is confirmed some places freeze your accounts.
Technically you are not allowed to let other people use your accounts as part of your terms of service with FaceBook & the like so you're not really allowed to let the executor of your estate access your stuff. Even if you did & put all your passwords into your will, that would become a public document after your demise. Seems like that last part has to have some kind of fix just going back to safe combinations. I dunno.
Anyway these guys are going to fix everything & change the service providers' TOSs.

Read more here

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Heritage

Music Hall & Union Terminal want a county wide sales tax to do some renovations.
Hamilton County Commissioner Greg Hartman says it's not his problem, the city needs to take care of it.
The Fishwarp tries to explain who owns what.
It's cute that Hartman doesn't say what he wants from the city - he just says he wants more.
But here's the thing, a lot of the people in Hamilton County, outside the city limits, have roots in the city limits with parents, grandparents, school, church, work & such. Many of their ancestors were the people who built & used these places originally.
How did they wind up out of town? I dunno, new house, bigger yard, avoid the hustle & bustle, avoid black people? whatever…
This shouldn't be a divisive issue & Hartman is clearly trying to make it one.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Whom the Gods Would Destroy

Cincinnati & it's basin area, the CBD & OTR have been receiving a good bit of acclaim from various places. A lot of the credit for these inroads can be attributed to the previous mayor, Mark Mallory & precious mayor, councilmember & mayoral hopeful, Roxane Qualls.
The latest came in a video article at Fortune.
So, why is the current mayor so hell bent on turning everything around?
Cincinnati Magazine has an interesting piece on the Mad King.
"During the campaign he had asked me to support him, and [said] that if he were to be elected, I would be his vice mayor, says [Wendell] Young. "He supported me when I ran, which made it very difficult to say no to him when he wanted my support. But I didn't like the people around him. It was never a case of not liking him. It was what I could see that he was going to owe—and who he was going to owe favors to—that was a problem for me." Among the folks Young is alluding to is the Coalition Opposed to Additional Spending and Taxes (COAST), the anti-tax, anti-development, anti-gay, anti-public projects, and anti-tax break (usually) group that reliably despises and belittles Democrats but made a point of giving Cranley an endorsement (which he ultimately rejected) in the middle of a campaign that he eventually won by peeling off votes from COAST-friendly demographics.
"I think, at center, he's a decent guy," says Young of the mayor. "I think he cares about the city—I really do mean that. It’s just that I'm not really able to talk about the new John Cranley because he’s a guy I don't know."
Could it be that in Cranley's quest for power the web of favors he now owes has slowly been driving him mad? Why else would he want to tear asunder what so many see as a shining gem?