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Best Work I’ve Seen In A While

January 31, 2006 - Posted by Bobby - No Comments »

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I’m A Hardened Convict

January 30, 2006 - Posted by Bobby - No Comments »

Wendi and I headed up to Boston tonight to pick up my cousin Greg and one of his coworkers from the airport. They are in the area for the week for a training seminar. Since they will be busy all week with work, Wendi and I decided to take them down into Boston and grab some beers in the Faneuil Hall area. Well, I had a few beers and thought it best to have Wendi drive the Audi home (a very rare occasion).

Yeah, well we made it back onto the island and then a cop started trailing us. It’s 2a.m. and I figure he’s just waiting for Wendi to do something stupid and pull her over for a DUI. WAM! Blue lights flashing!

What the F#$K, Wendi I wonder as she pulls over. Apparently the Audi’s registration expired in November…and the notices are being sent to the old corporate address in Virginia! It’s a $50 registration fee and now the cop says he has to have the car towed and there’s nothing we can do. We comply, and he understands our situation and that we have no clue what is going on. We get the tow truck driver to leave the car at the DMV and pay him off. The cop takes us home…sitting in the back on the plastic seats like true criminals. Our neighbors are now scared.

Oh, and you know I got photos!

***The pull over. Here I photograph my face with the blue lights flashing behind the car at 2a.m. – we’re screwed!@

***Just like that, I’m in the back of the car in a cage…like an animal! We’re surely going to federal ‘pound me in the ass’ prison!

***A shot through the bullet proof glass in the back of the car of the tow truck loading up the Audi! We’re gonna DIE!

***The car being loaded on the tow truck. The cop is on the right inspecting the vehicle and determinig how many years in prison we will go in for…..AH!


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A Reminder From The Past

January 26, 2006 - Posted by Bobby - No Comments »

I got an email today from Devin Edwards about his wedding that will occur this weekend. Along with the email he attached a photo. The photo brought back a rush a memories and reflection.

The embedded source in this happy photo gives the ironic data that made me get goosebumps:

Date Picture Taken: 9/11/2004 1:40PM

This is the last photo taken of us prior to what would start later that day, and hit with full force the following day; hurricane Ivan. When I saw the photo I instantly remembered every detail of that get together. We were all at Durty Reid’s watching football, drinkin beers and rums, and enjoying that sloppy pork and those amazing chicken wings. Damn, that photo really brought me back….

P.S. Devin – Congrats on the wedding! I never got an invite, jackass.

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Guess Who’s Back…Back Again…

January 23, 2006 - Posted by Bobby - No Comments »

TheIguanaDiaries are back! I’m really so excited for this. Finally we can all reconnect with Erik, Wendy, and kids and see all the hillbilly ass Jeep stuff they are up too!

Many of us have been hounding Erik to get the site back up after Ivan mashed up life as we knew it. I think Erik finally has had enough time to get over Cayman and finally get things rolling again, and we’re so happy he did!

Welcome back TheIguanas!


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Feds want Google search records

January 19, 2006 - Posted by Bobby - No Comments »

I’m not one to throw out the typical mundane arguements about our constitution, privacy, or even the fact that we are a free country, BUT, with stuff like this appearing almost on a daily basis I have to wonder where the line in the sand is?

Posted on Wed, Jan. 18, 2006

By Howard Mintz

Mercury News

The Bush administration on Wednesday asked a federal judge to order Google Inc. to turn over a broad range of material from its closely guarded databases.

The move is part of a government effort to revive an Internet child protection law struck down two years ago by the U.S. Supreme Court. The law was meant to punish online pornography sites that make their content accessible to minors. The government contends it needs the Google data to determine how often pornography shows up in online searches.

In court papers filed in U.S. District Court in San Jose, Justice Department lawyers revealed that Google has refused to comply with a subpoena issued last year for the records, which include a request for one million random Web addresses and records of all Google searches from any one-week period.

The Mountain View-based search engine opposes releasing the information on a variety of grounds, saying it would violate the privacy rights of its users and reveal company trade secrets, according to court documents.

Nicole Wong, an associate general counsel for Google, said the company will fight the government’s effort “vigorously.”

“Google is not a party to this lawsuit, and the demand for the information is overreaching,” Wong said.

The government argues that it needs the information as it prepares to once again defend the constitutionality of the Child Online Protection Act in a federal court in Pennsylvania. The law was struck down in 2004 because it was too broad and could prevent adults from accessing legal porn sites.

However, the Supreme Court invited the government to either come up with a less drastic version of the law or go to trial to prove that the statute does not violate the First Amendment and is the only viable way to combat child porn.

As a result, government lawyers said in court papers they are developing a defense of the 1998 law based on the argument that it is far more effective than software filters in protecting children from porn. To back that claim, the government has subpoenaed search engines to develop a factual record of how often Web users encounter online porn and how Web searches turn up material they say is “harmful to minors.”

The government indicated that other, unspecified search engines have agreed to release the information, but not Google.

“The production of those materials would be of significant assistance to the government’s preparation of its defense of the constitutionality of this important statute,” government lawyers wrote, noting that Google is the largest search engine.

Google has the largest share of Web searches with 46 percent, according to November 2005 figures from Nielsen/NetRatings. Yahoo is second with 23 percent, and MSN is third with 11 percent.

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