Archive for June, 2005

Back In Argentina

Wednesday, June 15th, 2005

I arrived yesterday morning at 8:35am (ART) the 15 hours of flight + layovers actually seemed to go by fairly quick. I brought a bunch of work to do as well as 2 movies. Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow and Meet the Fockers.

I’m staying at hostel 3 blocks from work till I find an appartment. The hostel isn’t too bad but I’m stuck in a room with 4 other people so I’d rather not stay there too long.

FYI: Vonage’s new gear only comes with 110V power adapters. As a result my vonage ata wont work here until I get time to buy a 220->110 transformer .

Argentina

Sunday, June 12th, 2005

Well folks, I leave for another summer in Argentina in less than 48 hours. This will be my third trip down to South America. It should only be through early August this time. (the last trip lasted 9 months)

When I get down there it should be mid-Winter so I’m hoping to convince someone to go skiing with me. I’ve packed my ski jump suit and other winter clothes. I’ll only need to rent the skis and maybe buy some new gloves.

Amazingly American Airlines appears to have added power ports to almost every seat in their fleat. I checked the seating charts online just now and made sure to request seats in rows with those ports. Now all I need to do is buy some sort of power inverter because apparently these are just standard cigarette lighter ports. According to the web both BestBuy or CompUSA have them. Any recomendations on specific models? I plan to use it with my PowerBook, but I was just thinking I’d buy one with a standard AC outlet on it so that I could charge other devices as well. Thoughts?

One other thing I should probably get before I leave is sometype of pre-amp for my powerbook. My mic is unpowered so I’m having a hell of a time getting anything recorded for the SCALE podcast via the PowerBook’s line in. The other option is to just stop using the powerbook and record straight to the iRivers.

Follow up on Passports

Sunday, June 12th, 2005

I was skimming the ABC site and the bar may have been right re ABC their FAQ states:

Q. 74. What is documentary evidence of age and identity?

A. To be suitable as evidence for a defense, the identification card must be issued by a governmental agency and have a current description and a picture of the person presenting it which reasonably describes the person as to date of birth weight, height, sex and color of eyes and hair. No defense will exist if the card has obviously been altered or has expired. A registration certificate issued under the Federal Selective Service Act is no longer considered documentary evidence of age, identity and date of birth. (Section 25660)

Passports as Identification

Saturday, June 11th, 2005

Shouldn’t a US Passport be concerned acceptable ID for pretty much everything in the US? I recently lost my drivers license and have not had a chance to go down to the DMV and request a new one. Ya, I’m a slacker, but thats not the point.

Not having my CA Drivers License on me I’ve been carrying around my US Passport as identification. About 75% of the time everything is great people see the passport and don’t mind. Unfortunately one or two business have been complete jackasses about it and refuse to accept my passport as I.D.

Usually these business are bars and need to verify my age before they let me in. My main issue with this is that they try to blame it on everyone under the sun and refuse to admit that they either don’t know what a passport looks like or just do not want to accept it. Usually they try to claim its illegal for them to accept and say things like “the LAPD busted us last week for accepting passports” or “Its against ABC regulations to accept passports as IDs”.

Well I checked with the LAPD and those are all complete lies. Although any private establishment can make their own decisions as to what to accept, legally any government issued ID with your photo, name and age are acceptable as ID when ordering an alcoholic beverage.

My question is what would they do if I were an exchange student or a tourist from another country? What do I do if I just don’t own a CA ID or Drivers license? There is no law in the US yet that requires I have any specific form of ID. Obviously there are laws which require you to show ID before completing certain transactions, they just don’t specify what form of identification is acceptable.

Back to the foreigner argument, if I’m a student from Argentina and hanging out in Westwood while on an exchange program how are they going to get me to produce a CA DMV issues drivers license? Most likely the only ID I’ll be carrying is my passport or some other foreign ID. Does that mean foreigners can’t buy liquor? Doesn’t seem right.

Anyways, I guess the reason I’m ranting is because I just hate being lied to. Just tell it to me straight and I’ll leave happily and give my business to someone else. Neither of us gains anything through lies.

Another thing to consider is that I can go to downtown LA and buy a realistic Drivers licensee or California ID for somewhere around $100. I know of nowhere that sells fake US passports.

Interview with Linus

Friday, June 10th, 2005

A high school student in Oregon, named Anthony Q, interviewed Linus Torvalds recently. No real breaking news, but considering the number of interview requests he must get I think its uber cool that he made time for a high school student and his school paper.

Speaking of which I really wish Milken would get their act together and start publishing The Roar online again. Josh and I spent way too many weeks in high school developing their CMS software for them to just stop using it.