Lottery Post Journal

The Night Before Thanksgiving

Government Uses Color Laser Printer Technology to Track Documents

The first time I read this I thought it was a hoax, but I guess it's real.  This is truly amazing - a MUST-READ.

Performance Increases

I worked on some pernormance increases for Lottery Post today.  There is a lot of code that has been in the web site since the beginning, and I'm now going through the process of examining every line of code and making everything more efficient.

It is a very intense, detailed process, and takes a long time to do.  There are tens of thousands of lines of code in this site. 

The result of all this is small but noticeable increases in speed.  While a half-second improvement in the load time for a page seems pretty small, it is actually quite a bit of time saved as you go from page-to-page.

The Home Computer

This picture is from a 1954 Popular Mechanics Magazine.  Check out the caption.

PETA starts fish-have-feelings-too campaign

The hits, they keep on coming!  PETA does it again with a new wacky campaign...

PETA Campaign Pitches Fish As Smart

Touting tofu chowder and vegetarian sushi as alternatives, animal-rights activists have launched a novel campaign arguing that fish - contrary to stereotype - are intelligent, sensitive animals no more deserving of being eaten than a pet dog or cat.

Called the Fish Empathy Project, the campaign reflects a strategy shift by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals as it challenges a diet component widely viewed as nutritious and uncontroversial.

"No one would ever put a hook through a dog's or cat's mouth," said Bruce Friedrich, PETA's director of vegan outreach. "Once people start to understand that fish, although they come in different packaging, are just as intelligent, they'll stop eating them."

The campaign is in its infancy and will face broad skepticism. Major groups such as the American Heart Association recommend fish as part of a healthy diet; some academics say it is wrong to portray the intelligence and pain sensitivity of fish as comparable to mammals.

"Fish are very complex organisms that do all sorts of fascinating things," said University of Wyoming neuroscientist James Rose. "But to suggest they know they what's happening to them and worry about it, that's just not the case."

PETA, headquartered in Norfolk, Va., has campaigned for years against sport fishing, challenging claims by Rose and others that fish caught by anglers do not feel pain. PETA also has joined other critics in decrying the high levels of mercury or other toxins in many fish and the pollution discharged by many fish farms.

The Empathy Project is a departure in two respects - attempting to depict the standard practices of commercial fishing as cruel and seeking to convince consumers that there are ethical reasons for not eating fish.

"Fish are so misunderstood because they're so far removed from our daily lives," said Karin Robertson, 24, the Empathy Project manager and daughter of an Indiana fisheries biologist. "They're such interesting, fascinating individuals, yet they're so incredibly abused."

The project was inspired by several recent scientific studies - widely reported in Britain but little-noticed in the United States - detailing facets of fish intelligence.

Oxford University researcher Theresa Burt de Perera, for example, reported that the blind Mexican cave fish is able to interpret water pressure changes to construct a detailed mental map of its surroundings.

"Most people dismiss fish as dimwitted pea-brains. ... Yet this is a great fallacy," wrote University of Edinburgh biologist Culum Brown in the June edition of New Scientist. "In many areas, such as memory, their cognitive powers match or exceed those of 'higher' vertebrates, including non-human primates."

Chris Glass of the Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences in Massachusetts led another recent study, showing how North Sea haddock developed abilities to avoid trawlers' nets.

"There's no doubt that fish of all shapes and norms are capable of learning fairly complex tasks," Glass said. "They can learn from their environment and experience."

Yet Glass declined to endorse the don't-eat-fish appeals.

"We don't want to be caught between warring factions," he said. "We're interested in helping the fisheries industry do a responsible job."

To press their argument, PETA activists plan demonstrations starting next month at selected seafood restaurants nationwide. PETA also will urge changes in commercial fishing practices, for example proposing that trawler crews stun fish before cutting them up.

Friedrich questioned why there is popular support for sparing marine mammals - dolphins and porpoises - yet minimal concern for species like tuna, "whose suffering would warrant felony animal cruelty charges if they were mammals."

Fish-welfare rules would be a new realm for U.S. commercial fishermen. The National Fisheries Institute, which represents them, has pledged to help sustain fish stocks but its members have never faced cruelty regulations regarding their catch.

"It's irresponsible to discourage people from eating fish at a time when doctors and dietitians advise eating it twice a week," said institute president John Connelly. "If anything, we should be eating more fish."

Friedrich acknowledges the difficulty of changing long-held customs, but thinks his project is worthwhile. "We'd rather go too far than not far enough," he said.

And, don't forget to check out their wacky web site:

Test for Dementia

Test for Dementia

Below are four (4) questions and a bonus question. You have to answer them instantly. You can't take your time, answer all of them immediately. OK? 
Let's find out just how clever you really are.

Ready? GO!!! (scroll down)

      First Question:

You are participating in a race. You overtake the second person. What position are you in?

Answer: If you answered that you are first, then you are 

absolutely wrong! If you overtake the second person and you take his place, you are second! 

Try not to screw up in the next question.
To answer the second question, don't take as much time as you took for the first question.

Second Question:
f you overtake the last person, then you are...?


Answer: If you answered that you are second to last, then you are wrong again. Tell me, how can you overtake the LAST Person?


     You're not very good at this! Are you?

Third Question:
ery tricky math! Note: This must be done in your head only.

Do NOT use paper and pencil or a calculator. Try it.

Take 1000 and add 40 to it. Now add another 1000. Now add 30. Add another 1000. Now add 20. Now add another 1000 
Now add 10. What is the total?


Scroll down for answer.

Did you get 5000

The correct answer is actually 4100.

Don't believe it? Check with your calculator! Today is definitely not your day. Maybe you will get the last question right?

Fourth Question:

Mary's father has five daughters: 1. Nana, 2. Nene, 3. Nini, 
4. Nono. 
What is the name of the fifth daughter?

Answer: Nunu?

NO! Of course not. 
Her name is 
Mary. Read the question again


Okay, now the bonus round:
here is a mute person who wants to buy a toothbrush. By 

imitating the action of brushing one's teeth he successfully
expresses himself to the shopkeeper and the purchase is 

Now if there is a blind man who wishes to buy a pair of 
sunglasses, how should he express himself?

He just has to open his mouth and ask, so simple.