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Sound Off: I plan to have a watch party Sunday for KU’s second NCAA Tournament game and need to know

After also trying to find this information, I believe that the official answer is that Sunday game times will not be published until Thursday. However, OldVet is likely correct that it will be the late game.

March 13, 2012 at 4:12 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Who is your favorite fictional character?

Larry Darrell (The Razor's Edge)
Tyrion Lannister, Arya Stark, Hodor, Brienne of Tarth and all of the direwolves (A Song of Ice and Fire)
Harry Potter and Hermione Granger
King Arthur and Sir Lancelot (esp. in The Once and Future King) + Sir Gareth and Sir Tristram
Norville Barnes (The Hudsucker Proxy)
Newt Hoenikker (Cat's Cradle)
Lester Burnham (American Beauty)
Radagast the Brown (LoTR)
Chewbacca and R2D2 (Episodes 4-6 only)
Opus and Bill the Cat (Bloom County)
Tom and Jerry (pre-bowtie)
George Bailey (It's a Wonderful Life)
Chuck Norris

June 5, 2011 at 1:20 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Do you still have a land line phone?

I still have both, partly because I would not save much/any $ by cancelling it and losing the Sunflower package deal and partly because of its overall reliability.

Of course, 9-1-1 call service (especially the ability to automatically register your location) from a cell phone is very unreliable. #1, the call is routed to a 9-1-1 center based entirely upon what tower takes your call, meaning that your call can easily be misrouted and have to be transferred manually. #2, you have to have a charge in your phone to call 9-1-1. #3, even in the best circumstances, the 9-1-1 center will need a few seconds to get an estimated location for you (based on trilateration or an onboard GPS unit in your phone) and that location will tend to be less accurate in buildings or when obstructed by natural features (cliffs, trees, etc.). All of these factors can mean life or death in some situations, especially if the location data is poor and you are unable to convey your location.

If you call from a landline, they will know where you are in a split second -- something to consider for more safety-minded individuals. The same does not necessarily apply with VoIP providers such as Vonage, however, since they rely entirely upon you registering your location each time you move your computer. Forget to update it and responders will be showing up where you last registered.

September 8, 2010 at 12:40 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

How many speeding tickets have you received in Lawrence?

It just doesn't pay to speed anywhere in town. I got my first and only ticket on one of the biggest speed traps in town: Naismith between 19th and 23rd. The speed limit is soooo low for the conditions on that road.

My reasons for not speeding? First off, the town has soooooo many pedestrians and bicyclists that I am always on high alert out of fear of somehow hitting one. Secondly, there are so many potholes that, if I'm not avoiding the carless, I'm navigating the ever-changing landscape of craters in the roads. Third, there are enough police around. Finally, it just doesn't make sense from a time perspective to speed because the town is not very big and going a few mph over the limit won't have any significant affect on your arrival time.

September 2, 2010 at 3:08 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

How do I discontinue delivery of River City Pulse?

I agree with Soup. At least the last folks that delivered it before (a whole family) walked up to my door and placed it neatly there. The new delivery people seem to take joy in driving down my street as quickly as they can manage, just dropping them at the ends of everyone's driveways or in people's yards. (NOTE: this is at basically 22nd and Rhode Island.) Half the time, I can't even recycle them they are so trashed by the weather.

I've thought about putting up a sign at the end of the driveway. If I do, it'll say "No Pulse!"... but then I'll probably have the ambulance showing up.

September 1, 2010 at 9:30 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Do you support the building of a mosque and Islamic cultural center a few blocks from the site of ground zero in New York City?

"Support" would not be the correct word for me. I certainly acknowledge their right to do so, perhaps unlike some self-proclaimed defenders of the Constitution, but think it's inadvisable in about every sense unless the point is to generate additional conflict... and, really, how can it not be? Having said that, I reserve my 1st Amendment right to refer to those involved as beligerent a*^holes.

Boy, this sounds an awful lot like Westboro Baptist and the funeral protests. Do they have the right? I guess so, although their case is far less clear cut (IMHO) than the would-be mosque builders. Do I respect them in any way for exercising that right? Hell no!

August 24, 2010 at 1:33 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Poll: Many call Obama Muslim

May as well be "Poll: Many Americans are ignorant". This is just one of the many questions you can ask Americans to bolster that assertion.

August 19, 2010 at 11:26 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Campaign Notebook: Libertarians unveil school choice plan

Thanks for your opinion about what I believe, but I regret to inform you that it is inaccurate. The libertarianism that I believe in is based upon the principles that (a) people need to take responsibility for their own well being, (b) people, not governments, should assist those less fortunate then themselves, whether through charities, churches, co-ops, etc. and (c) when in doubt, better not to have the government legislate or do something themselves.

I have certainly run across the sort you are referring to but, please, let's not draw broad assumptions about a diverse group that involve phrases like "Libertarians are nothing but..." In fact, the most recent discussion I had with someone on this subject was pointing out to a self-proclaimed Republican, who had not only an anti-welfare but also an anti-charity attitude, that most reasonable people who oppose government-based charity do so because they still believe in independent charity and, in fact, believe that they will be able to afford to donate more because their money is not being appropriated by inefficient government bureaucracy.

I take a more moderate approach than some as far as how and what to cut out of government and on what sort of timetable. A parting thought: if the world's resources are limited and human population continues unabated, what approach do you endorse?
1. Survival of the fittest with a cutthroat attitude.
2. Take care of you and your loved ones first, do what you can to help others.
3. Divide everything equally amongst all people, even if it means that no one gets enough.

The Libertarian system that I personally endorse follows very much from #2. After all, when resources are limited (and they are even now), you can afford the inefficiencies of government that much less. Besides, there is no question that everyone serves and should serve their own interest first (and that we're all "selfish") and there is certainly question about whether it is ever possible to divide anything "equally"... and whether or not those that will inevitably be in charge of making things equal won't just decide to serve their own interests instead (a la Soviet "communism").

August 18, 2010 at 11:51 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Songs that are hot! Let's make them about heat, warmth, fire

It's a good thing that Morrison didn't pen the lyrics to this one himself or I'd have to question all claims of his poetic talent. (After all, nothing rhymes better with "fire" than "fire", right? :) )

August 10, 2010 at 12:05 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

KU football picked fourth in Big 12 North by media

Oh, I see. They DID include NU and CU. I figured 4th of the remaining 4 Big 12 North teams sounded about right. ;)

July 21, 2010 at 2:41 p.m. ( | suggest removal )