Recent Events & Public Decency

I am glad to post this entry all-be-it kind of late, but Bubba the Love Sponge, a local radio DJ shock jock was fired from a local Clear Channel Radio station, WFLA-98 Rock, after an FCC fine of $755,000 for indecency from content on Bubba’s show. Aparently the final incident was centered around a complaint from a Jacksonville, FL man about content of a sexual nature on several of the program’s broadcasts in 2001.

Bubba had been at the center of a lot of recent local controversy about decency since the infamous “boob shot round the world”. He has landed himself in court several times over the time that he has been abusing the local radio listening public. Last year he was in court (although charges were dismissed) for a cruelty to animals charge, after he apparently slaughtered a pig live on the radio.

Also Howard Stern has been pulled off of 6 markets by his parent radio company for possible indecency issues.

I think this is all a very good thing because of the issues that we as society have been having with the moral decay. It’s a shame that the chain of events had to happen the way that they have.

Michael Jackson molests children >> California DA arrests & charges Jackson >> Janet Jackson flashes her breast during the Superbowl half time show to draw attention away from Jacko >> Public awareness and concern about decency rises >> Complaints about ongiong public issues roll in >> People (like Bubba & Stern) are moved out of publicly influential positions that they should not have had in the first place.

So following this chain we can say that it took the molestation of several children by a celebrity to finally put the brakes on some of these issues.

Now don’t get me wrong, I am a believer in the principle of ‘If you don’t like it don’t watch it’. But not when it is in a completely publicly available medium like broadcast TV or radio.

More info: Local Tampa Bay News 9 search for Bubba
More info: Clear Channel CEO testifies about indecency violations on Capitol Hill

New Pictures.

Dump-truck under the overpass.

I have added some new pictures over the past few days. The first is of a very neat accident on US19 here in St. Petersburg, FL. The story goes something like this: The driver was driving southbound on US19 at ~45-50 mph with the rear of the dump-truck in the up position when he attempted to demonstrate Newton’s little known 5th Law. (an object in motion will stop suddenly when it comes in contact with an immovable object.

Oh, and be sure to check out this image, it shows what damage was done to the bridge. Apparently according to the DOT engineers the entire section of the bridge was lifted ~2 inches.

Also some pictures that I got in my email the other day.

Hope you enjoy!

Well Here It Is.

Well, it’s only a week after I expected to have it done, but here is the redesign. It is still not complete, I need to make more graphics and polish up the CSS pages.

This has really been a learning experience for me. There are many inconsistiencies in how browsers render CSS. Douglas Bowman has written several articles about the bugs found in IE and problems of designing sites in CSS. Not to even mention the infamous box model hack. But on the other hand, Safari and Mozilla render CSS with near perfect precision. Hey aren’t both of these open source projects? That kind of blows the “quality of OSS” software argument out of the water.

Anyway, I will be refining the site through the next few weeks so look for updates here. And as always feel free to leave a comment.