America is ready for a multilingual president

This is just silly.

Democratic presidential hopeful
Hillary Rodham Clinton said Friday she sees her sometimes Southern accent as a virtue.

“I think America is ready for a multilingual president,” Clinton said during a campaign stop at a charter school in Greenville, S.C.

Clinton says her Southern twang a virtue

Never mind that her voice grates on my ears like a car door on a curb. Any actual intelligent or original contributions she might make to the political discourse are completely overshadowed by the pandering.

Yuri's Night at the Griffith Observatory

Last night, I went up to Griffith Observatory with some friends, to catch talks by George Takei and Ray Bradbury on the occasion of Yuri’s Night. The newly renovated Griffith Observatory is really nice. An underground exhibit hall was dug out of the ground in front of the Observatory and then covered over. There’s a scale model of the eight planets in the Solar System, and the Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon Theater. It was all very well setup.


They really play up NASA and JPL, too. The shuttle bus shows a video that mentions JPL sending mentions to every planet in the Solar System. (Which we can say now that Pluto has been demoted) All of the stations devoted to the planets has imagery from JPL, as well as the always popular scales that tell you how much you weigh on Jupiter.

Easter Friends

throwing eggsThe Lord is risen! He is risen indeed!

I had a grand Easter, one spent with friends and in the Lord’s house. Saturday, I drove down to have dinner with my friend Roland. We went to a Persian restaurant, Darya, at the South Coast Plaza in Irvine, for a delicious dinner. The filet mignon was superb, and the lamb kebab was just about perfect. Roland selected a very nice Franciscan cabernet to go along with the meal. My friends make me feel very sophisticated eating at ethnic restaurants, since I’m a country boy who grew up on potatoes and beans. Roland and I had a great time catching up and I got a chance to see Darren, too.

Sunday, we celebrated the Resurrection at church and then I joined a bunch of friends for a potluck dinner. I tried my hand at a Mexican corn stew in the crock pot, but it didn’t turn out so well. I don’t know what I was thinking to be cooking a stew without meat, that’s never good. The Easter egg hunt did turn into a war of aggression, though.

I’m thankful for my friends, they are special. In a lot of ways.

Tellico 1.2.10 Released

I’ve had quite a few bug fixes for Tellico lately, so I’ve got another version released, Tellico 1.2.10.

  • Fixed crashing bug when undoing collection import.
  • Fixed hanging bug when stopping a z39.50 search.
  • Fixed bug that hid some amazon search results.
  • Fixed ONIX export to validate.
  • Fixed Alexandria export.
  • Fixed Alexandria cover image import.
  • Updated Amazon search for newer API.
  • Fixed error handling for ISBN-13 searches.
  • Updated searching.
  • Fixed searching to properly replace all HTML entities.
  • Added Blu-ray and HD DVD to video media.
  • Changed collection merge to concatenate paragraph fields.
  • Improved collection merging.