Archive for 2004

A Local Treasure

Vine StreetAlthough I’ve lived on the central coast for 4 years now, this year was the first time that I attended both the Paso Robles annual Vine Street Victorian Christmas Showcase and the Atascadero Winter Wonderland. I didn’t even know the latter existed until about fifteen minutes before I went.

The Atascadero Winter wonderland was last Friday evening. The event was what I expected from a small town event. It reminded me a lot of the Thursday evening Farmers Market in San Luis Obispo except that there was maybe a thousand people and most of them were children. There were loads of street vendors and fund raising groups with the occasional carolers, and of course Santa Clause. The highlight of the Winter Wonderland was the snow manufactured from 180 crushed ice blocks. There were three snow locations downtown, 2 were for snow ball fights and the third was set up on a hill for sledding! This was by far the most interesting thing at the event to watch. (more…)

Social Security is a Joke

I was listening to talk radio today and there was a comment on the state of social security and how the government has promised us retirement benefits but are on the verge of breaking that promise. The point was made that we pay into the system our entire life but instead of keeping that money safe politicians have spent it and the money isn’t there. The radio personality then said that he would prefer to have the option to opt out of Social Security completely and not receive any government benefits at all.
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Changes

Ahh, changes…. Well, Tim Alatorre Online has a new look! Up until now the web site has just been a conglomerate of a lot of different experiments and had little cohesion.

With the new design I hope to make the entire site feel like one! Ahh…. so nice. Everything should be up in running soon, in the meantime bear with the changes. Content is being sacrificed as I work on the graphical side of things. A new feature I’m excited about is an integrated search function on the title bar!

As a bit of trivia: I took the picture of the palm trees on the banner from the roof of the Bren School at the UCSB campus!

Thanks for visiting!

UPDATE 06/10/09: Here is how the site looked after the redesign mentioned above. The site featured drop menus and many, many hover effects.

Tim Alatorre Online as of Feb. 10th, 2005

Tim Alatorre Online as of Feb. 10th, 2005

A Little Humor from Gary Larson

Suddenly a heated exchange took place between the king and the moat contractor

Suddenly a heated exchange took place between the king and the moat contractor

Atorney Change

We were notified a couple weeks ago that the attorney for Javier Chavez has died. A new attorney has been appointed to represent him and this attorney will have to be briefed on the case. This means more…
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Learn From My Mistakes

Well, Tim Alatorre Online has been temporarily relocated to talatorre.org. Now, I know that when talatorre.com was launched that I said Tim Alatorre Online would never move again but due to my own ignorance the web page has moved once again.

It seems that when I registered the domain “talatorre.com” I had my hosting company do it for me. I was assured that I would retain the rights to the domain. I, however, never obtained the login information for the registrar where the domain was registered (namecheap.com). Two weeks ago my host (novicehost.com) went offline. A few days later they came back online. They are now offline once again. I have been trying this entire time to contact them to obtain the login for the registrar so that I can change the DNS servers for the domain.

So, the result is that “talatorre.com” is still pointing to “novicehost.com”, which doesn’t exist. I therefore have registered “talatorre.org” and it is configured to point to my new host (amhosting.com). Until I can gain control of “talatorre.com” again you can access my web page at talatorre.org.

The moral of the story: Spend the extra 5 minutes to register your own domain.

UPDATE July 9th, 2009: I finally reaquired “talatorre.com” in November of 2006, I had to wait two years for the domain to expire so that I could reregister it.

Analysis of the 15th CA State Senate District seat race

Besides the US Presidential race, the race for the 15th CA State Senate District seat is the most impassioned and prominent in my area. Unfortunately the information about each candidate being presented to us is so uninformative that I have been forced to do a little research on my own. Not that that’s a bad thing. The following comprises what I have learned so far.

To get a biography of each candidate you may go to their respective campaign web sites. What really matters to me is where each candidate stands on the issues and how likely it is for that candidate to act on their beliefs.

Abel Maldonado

Abel Maldonado

Peg Pinard

Peg Pinard

From what I’ve found both Able Maldonado (R) and Peg Pinard (D) have personalities of getting things done. In contrast to some politicians who ride on the coat tails of others these two get things done. Maldonado has introduced 32 bills in the last 4 years in the state assembly and Pinard has been active in the Avila Beach cleanup project and lead the fight for the San Luis Obispo ban on smoking in public places.

Maldonado is the Vice-Chair of the Assembly Agriculture Committee (being a former Santa Maria farmer himself), is on the Assembly Business and Business and Professions Committee, and the Public Employees, Retirement and Social Security Committee.
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Super Sized Movie!

Siper Size MeCrystal and I just finished watching the movie “Super Size Me: A Film of Epic Proportions” by Morgan Spurlock. The film is a documentary about Morgan who goes on a one month diet of only McDonalds’ food.

Before I watched the film I had a feeling it would be interesting but I had no idea how much I would learn about the food industry and obesity in America. This film is so powerful that Crystal is now thinking of going into a career of educating youth about health and nutrition.

In the course of the month Morgan went from being in excellent health to having a failing kidney, decreased sexual ability, depression, fatigue, and gained 24 pounds. It then took him 14 months to loose it following a strict “healthy” diet.

This film is a must see for all Americans! It is rated PG-13 for a few choice words, a stomach stapling procedure, and a nice little description by Morgan’s girlfriend about his decreased ability in the bedroom (she actually is very tactful in her explanation).

Halliburton Information at FactCheck.org – Cheney’s Debate Blunder

After the Vice Presidential debate on Tuesday night, I like millions of Americans, took to the internet to investigate “FactCheck.com” at the request of Vice President Dick Cheney. I was expecting to find the facts about Halliburton and the Vice President, instead I was redirected to the personal smear site of George Soros, millionaire crackpot. Today I discovered that the correct web address is FactCheck.org. This site will have a link to it in the right column from now until the election as it provides fact checking for both candidates.

Some interesting titles include: Kerry Ad Falsely Accuses Cheney on Halliburton; Cheney & Edwards Mangle Facts, and Distortions and Misstatements At First Presidential Debate
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Saddam Hussein WAS a threat to US

A report by Charles A. Duelfer, head of the CIA’s Iraq Survey Group weapons-hunting teams was released this week. The major focus by media and Democrats has been to reinforce John Kerry’s position of “Wrong war, wrong place, wrong time.” The main point of the report, according to them, is that Iraq has not been making WMD since 1991. This morning however, I heard on The Today Show from Charles Duelfer who said that large portions of the report come from Saddam’s interrogation. Can he really be trusted? Also, an article from the British news site icBerkshire.co.uk concludes from the same report that “Saddam would have indeed built up his capabilities, built up his strength and posed an even greater threat to the people of Iraq and the people of the region than before.”

A belief that American’s rarely question is that “if you want it enough, anything is possible.” Saddam did want to make WMD and was an “even starker” threat than we thought because of his intense motivation. Another part of the report shows that Saddam was actually buying off members of the UN through the oil for food program and was counting on France and others to veto the US if we ever pressed to go to war against Iraq. This reinforces the notion that John Kerry’s Iraq policy of letting the UN do it’s inspections wouldn’t have worked since these countries were in the hands of Saddam.

George Bush is accused of going to war for oil, but it turns out that the allies that John Kerry wants so badly were getting oil for not going to war while Saddam was lining his pockets with their gold.