October 04, 2005
WebVerbix is an online source that works as a conjugator calculator. For example, here is the conjugation for the German verb sein ("to be"). I wish I'd stuck with studying German. I guess I can always take it up again.
September 19, 2005
Final Report by Federal Commission on Election Reform Now Available
The commission, headed by former president Jimmy Carter and former secretary of state James A. Baker III, has issued its final report, Building Confidence in U.S. Elections (7.6 MB). Significant reforms have been recommended, including a uniform voter ID card, verified paper trails for electronic voting machines, and nonpartisan, independent administration of elections, among other recommendations.
I'm particularly interested by the call for a national voter ID card, considering that Georgia now has a state requirement for a valid photo ID in order to vote (Provisional ballots are available to those without ID on election day, but with a requirement to produce photo ID within the following days or else the ballot becomes invalid). Georgia's law has been criticized as a new poll tax.
September 16, 2005
ABA Katrina Disaster Resources
The American Bar Association (ABA) has set up a page containing legal information for hurricane victims and lawyers affected by Katrina.
September 09, 2005
Need to Laugh (Hysterically)?
Dictionaraoke "Audio clips from online dictionaries sing the hits of yesterday and today. The fun of karaoke meets the word power of the dictionary." So far, I've heard "Take on Me," "Waterloo" and "Barbie Girl."
God Outdoes Terrorists Yet Again [The Onion]
Need to Do Something?
Atlanta Humane Society - According to a post I found on Craigslist, the AHS has taken in animals from the hurricane region, as well as pets from evacuees sheltered here in Atlanta. There is a volunteer orientation 10 a.m. tomorrow (9/10) at the shelter at 981 Howell Mill Rd (tel. 404-875-2600).
City of Refuge Local organization providing food and shelter for hurricane refugees.
Travelers Aid of Metropolitan Atlanta This 100-year-old organization provides "emergency services to newcomers, travelers and residents in crisis." They seek cash donations and volunteers.
Charity Navigator provides "grades" for national organizations as to how they allocate their money, so you can find organizations that will use your money most effectively.
September 01, 2005
Finding Gas That Doesn't Cost an Arm and a Leg (Yet)
Most of the Atlanta spots are a bit out of my way, making a potential trip pointless. I've got under half a tank, so I'll see if I can wait for prices to subside, once everybody calms down.
August 30, 2005
Disaster Preparedness for Pets
The Humane Society of the United States provides an article/PDF brochure on this topic. The HSUS also provides a detailed report on what the organization is doing, or have already done, in terms of evacuation and rescue.
August 19, 2005
Monitoring Atlanta Traffic
Georgia Navigator allows you to keep tabs on current traffic conditions. You can create a personal traffic page to monitor your regular routes. The site also offers email alerts, access for mobile phones and PDAs, as well as separate RSS feeds for traffic incidents, construction, navigator news and navigator alerts(!!!).
And when you're stuck in traffic and need to speak to a live person to find out wtf is going on (be kind, people), they also provide phone numbers, which are listed below:
Speak to a Traffic Management Center Customer Service Representative to obtain real-time traffic conditions.
Cingular, Verizon, Sprint, & T-Mobile wireless customers: dial *DOT
Landline and other wireless carriers: dial 404-635-6800
Toll free: dial 1-888-635-8287
Last but not least, here's some highway construction news regarding this weekend. Apparently this is a press release, passed along to me by an office manager. I don't know if you can sign up for this sort of thing from the website, but there is news on the site regarding this construction. Looks like it's best to avoid I-285 AT ALL COSTS.
Georgia Department of Transportation
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 18, 2005
GDOT Warns Motorists to Avoid Construction Delays on I-285 this Weekend
The Georgia DOT is warning motorists to expect extremely heavy traffic this weekend on I-285 on all four sides of the city. In Clayton County, work on the fifth runway at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport will require up to three westbound lanes and one eastbound lane to be closed all weekend from Clark Howell Highway to Riverdale Road for paving. On the east side, crews will be striping on the northbound side between Glenwood Road and Northlake Parkway. The north side has projects at Buford Highway; at Perimeter Center Parkway between Ashford-Dunwoody Road and State Route 400; and at Cobb Parkway. On the west side, concrete paving will continue between State Route 166 and South Cobb Drive.
"I can say with confidence that if you use I-285 this weekend, you will experience construction delays. It is very important that motorists seek alternate routes and check the NaviGAtor web site (www.georgia-navigator.com) before they leave home," said District Construction Engineer Mickey McGee.
Two other work locations to note are I-20 on the west side and State Route 400 near Holcomb Bridge Road. On I-20 eastbound, two left lanes will be closed from the Chattahoochee River to MLK, Jr. Drive for resurfacing.
On State Route 400 northbound and southbound at Holcomb Bridge Road, up to two lanes will be closed for bridge work from 9:00 p.m. Friday until 5:00 a.m. Monday. This work will also affect lanes on Holcomb Bridge Road over State Route 400.
Motorists should use extreme caution when traveling through the work zones. Statistics show that three out of four work zone fatalities are motorists, not workers.