Rockdale County is probably going to go broke after this year

Impetus: Rockdale County, Georgia, has decided that every student will be issued a laptop.  To do their homework.

Predicted result: by the end of the 2015-16 school year, Rockdale County, Georgia will suffer massive losses from stolen laptops, stolen parts, broken equipment, thieving and corrupt parents, students that move away or drop out, or any other factor that makes them regret putting thousands of dollars worth of laptops into the hands of teenagers, where they would have many hours of unsupervised time with them.

Seriously though, I really hope Rockdale has some pretty good legalese right now, to build a foundation from for future years of this, if this program lasts that long.  The thought is good, but the variable with the highest risk is simply the fact that people are involved.  I’ll be optimistic and say that like 85% of students will be fairly lawful and not too abusive of this arrangement, but the other 15% are going to really make the county ask themselves WHYYYYYYY??

The county will have to undoubtely have some collateral policies like mandatory deposits or something, because I can’t imagine them handing out laptops scot-free like Oprah Winfrey, and I imagine that if the laptops are stolen, the families of the children in violation will be taken to collections fairly quickly, but the bottom line is that there’s way too much room for things to go horribly awry with this proposal.

Off the top of my head, I can think of the following scenarios occurring:

  • Laptops physically breaking on account of kids being kids
  • Laptops being stolen on account of kids being kids, regardless of the fact that every laptop will have an individual identification number
  • Laptops being stolen on account of adults of kids being adults, and using a myriad of reasons to attempt to steal it from pawning for cash or their own selfish needs
  • Regardless of what pre-loaded security software is in place, laptops becoming corrupted and/or plagued by viruses because wannabe teenage hackers will embrace the challenge of undoing what the man has put in place to deter them
  • Laptops being used in class to do absolutely anything and everything that isn’t schoolwork related
  • And my favorite hypothetical, laptops being gutted for parts, where someone with a hardware-comparable model decides to swap out a corrupt RAM stick with a kid’s school laptop, and then send the kid back to school to report a hardware problem where it might be fixed for them; every stick of RAM has its own number as well, but it’s the onus of the county to hopefully inventory and account for this as well, and not just issue the laptops right out of the box and hope nobody exploits this

And that’s just off the top of my head.  I’m sure those vastly more corrupt and renegade than I am can think of many other bulletpoints to how and why this isn’t a good idea.

I take it back, I do believe that it is a good idea, and I’m sure it’s one that many other counties throughout the country and the rest of the world have thought of.  I don’t care enough to cross-check when I say this, but I’d dare say that nobody wanted to be the first one to try it, due to the large scale potential for financial disaster, but at the same time, progress can’t be made if nobody is willing to take the first leap.

Thankfully for all other places that have thought about doing it, Rockdale County has volunteered to be the sacrificial lamb to the likely slaughter.

I sure hope that they will have one hell of an insurance policy that will most certainly be taxed after this school year is over.

Some words for the fallen

It’s been a rough stretch for the wrestling industry this summer.  Within the last 60 days, two iconic names of the business have passed away, in Dusty Rhodes and now Rowdy Roddy Piper.  Given the fact that the life expectancy for males in the United States is at roughly 80 years old now, it is accurate to say that at 69 and 61 years old respectively, both Dusty and Piper left the world too soon, which is pretty much the epitomal statement made whenever any wrestler passes these days.  The lifestyle of the business, especially back when those guys were touring towns, was quite self-destructive, and it would be a bigger surprise if the causes of their deaths weren’t aided in some way or fashion by drugs or substance abuse.

I didn’t write anything publicly when Dusty Rhodes died, but now that Piper has so quickly followed, I think it’s a decent time to put some words down, because ultimately, I felt the same way about both guys, and it’s quite easier to turn this into something of a post that I’m hoping has some substance to it.

The truth is, I was never really a fan of either Dusty Rhodes or Roddy Piper.  This doesn’t mean that I don’t care about their deaths, far from it; they’re both unfortunate and absolutely horrible for the families that they left behind, but at the same time, I don’t see any reason to pretend like I was ever a big fan of either wrestler when they were still active.  Nor did I see any point of waxing poetic about great they were in the business, because I frankly don’t agree to such as fervently as many other wrestling fans do.

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Just stop pls

Impetus: Georgia Department of Transportation to spend about $356,000 painting markings and clarifying lanes on the I-85/I-75 Downtown Connector to help attempt alleviate extraneous traffic caused by people changing lanes.

GDOT seems to think that traffic is caused by people who don’t know where they’re going, basically.  That’s why they think that spending a boatload of money to try and clarify directions better than it already is, would theoretically alleviate such congestion.

Such might be the case, as I-85 and I-75 are both major veins throughout the southeastern United States, but I have to believe it to be the vast minority of traffic causes.

Here’s the thing though: the extraneous traffic throughout Atlanta is often times caused by people who know exactly where they’re going.  It’s the people who know where they are, and how they’re going maneuver through traffic that are the ones who are weaving and freaking out less-competent drivers with their aggression; because they know exactly where they are, and how much space they have to work with to get from point A to point B the quickest.

I see it all the time on the Connector; sitting in the right lanes, because I’m preparing on going to I-75, when someone behind me whips out of the lane, floors it past me, and I can see that moments before the split occurs, they dash back into I-75, and are now several car lengths ahead of me, completely ignorant of the fact that they had to use the shoulder and make three people pump their brakes in order to accommodate their maneuver.

The bottom line is that this is ultimately a gigantic waste of money for GDOT and the rest of the state.  They think that they’re going to educate people into becoming more vigilant drivers on the Connector, but what they’re really going to accomplish is in the short term, lots of lane closures, headaches, rage and anxiety, and in the long term, nothing, because it’s not the people who don’t know where they’re going that causes traffic, it’s the people that do, and abuse the Connector’s expanse to traverse the roads fastest.

For once, I agree with the Mayor

In short: the idea of an Atlanta casino has been planted, but Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed is reluctant about it, in spite of differing, majority opinion.

I’ve already said that I am on the side of the fence that is against the idea of an MGM casino in Atlanta.  I’m actually kind of surprised that that opinion is kind of echoed by what the mayor feels about it:

“I’m not there on gaming at all. I believe Las Vegas is in Las Vegas for a reason,” the mayor said. “I just have real issues setting a facility in Atlanta where working folks get off work and walk into a gaming casino.”

I mean, I still think Kasim Reed is money-grubbing moron, obsessed with sporting venues and the high probability that he’s profitting massively under the table with them, but I’m pleasantly surprised to see that he and I have a similar thought about a casino coming to Atlanta.

Ultimately, this is the real impetus to why I wanted to write this post, but at the same time, I would be remiss to not point out some other lol-worthy things brought up on his article.  Namely, this particularly ironically silly quote from an alleged long-time resident of the neighborhood surrounding Turner Field, the proposed potential area for a casino once the Braves white-flight themselves to Cobb County:

“None of us want to live on frat row,” said one long-time resident.

The context behind this statement is that alternatively to a casino being built on the soon-vacated Turner Field property, would be that nearby Georgia State Unviersity wants to buy the land and turn it into a multi-use property which would contain sporting complexes, student housing and retail establishments.

Basically, this long-time resident seems to think that a casino crowd is preferable over college students.  Obviously oblivious to the fact that lots of casino crowds ARE college students, but worse, because they’re often times fueled by comped alcohol.

I mean given the state of the Summerhill community now, pretty much anything is better than what it is now, which is a tragic ghetto.

In the end, it doesn’t matter what I think, or anyone else thinks, because money is going to drive the decision of what ultimately ends up there, whether it’s a casino, or a whole bunch of college town.  Hopefully, those in charge of making that eventual decision think more along the side of the mayor and I, and hoping Las Vegas stays out in Las Vegas, instead of populating a piece in our city.

Oh god please not Married… With Children too

TL:DR: David “Bud Bundy” Faustino claims to be working on a spin-off of Married… With Children.

First it was Girl Meets World and then it was Fuller House.  But please god no, not Married… With Children too.
And of course it’s Bud Bundy who has his name all over this likely debacle.  Ed O’Neill has Modern Family under his belt, Katey Segal has a decade of Futurama money rolling in, and Christina Applegate actually has somewhat of a movie career.  David Faustino has basically done nothing since MWC, and it’s of absolutely no surprise at all that he’s the one behind making a possible spin-off of what made him anything at all.

Needless to say, this has “disaster” written all over it.  I mean, what could a possible spin-off possibly be about?  If it’s anything like any of the other shows that are underway with spin-offs, it’s going to basically be a modernized re-telling of the original shows, peppered with cameos from original cast members, but more or less the same songs and dances.

That being said, Disaster… With Children is basically going to be about a grown-up Bud Bundy, who has a vapid and lazy wife that he will claim ruined his life and that he hates, but actually loves unconditionally, who feels the same way, a son and a daughter who are both underachievers, and two meddling neighbors.

But in light of changing things up so that the show doesn’t come under too much fire for trying to rip off the original formula, changes will be made; like instead of the wife pining for sex all the time, it will be Bud, being the sex-starved Bud of old, who will always be wanting sex, while his wife will find a million ways and one-liners to shoot him down.

Womens shoe salesman might have been a denigrating job back in the 80s, but Bud will have to be with the times and be something like, a call center guy or something thankless and mundane, like a graphic designer.

The son will be the older child this time, but the dynamic probably won’t change that much, and the daughter will still be attractive and promiscuous, likely played by an actress who will hope to use the show as a vehicle for future stardom while hoping to not get typecast. And Bud Jr. will be as big of a loser as his dad is/was, naturally.

The neighbors will probably be portrayed by a mixed ethnicity couple, but no less obnoxious and meddling.  I’m going to go out on a limb and say that the new D’arcys will be like fairly successful start-up company founders at first, but then flounder around into a variety of occupations throughout the “duration” (read: 5 episdoes before it gets the axe) of the series.  Instead of old gripes like stealing newspapers and siphoning their Mercedez’s fuel, they will barge into the scenes, complaining that the New Bundys are stealing their wifi, or that they don’t like Bud’s wife’s passive-aggressive Facebook posts about obviously them.

Ultimately, this theoretical sitcom is destined for failure, and frankly I’d rather the MWC franchise stay dead with what ironic integrity it had, than to be resurrected, and trotted out for a public shaming before being killed again.

Then again, considering the fact that David Faustino is steering this sinking ship, and it likely to star Bud Bundy, it’s kind of fitting that the least successful member of the franchise, both as a character and an actor, is behind it all.