Congress Looks to Cut Funding for Public Broadcasting

Please call or write (Don’t E-mail, E-mail is most likely to be ignored out of the mediums of communication you can send) your local house rep and state senators!

House Republicans have put funding for public broadcasting on the chopping block. They say their action isn’t related to ideological concerns. The move comes at a time when public broadcasters are confronting allegations of liberal bias.

More details available here:

Again, please act!!!

New Styles On-line

Web design is never ending it seems. I am slowly transforming the tech-bytes theme into my own special theme. The past few days I have changed the background to the zero’z and ones’s of my past site and now using arial as my main font. Hope you enjoy.

Next phase is to have my personal site match the blog. 🙂

What, my name is?

I have a real identity problem. Many people know me by two different names. The only thing consistant is my last name. So, who do you call me, Angelo or Tony?

It all started when I was born. I was named Angelo Anthony Mandato after my Grandfather. My Grandfather went by Tony, so naturally I was called Tony from the minute I was born. But not by everyone. My aunt liked to call me Angie, which made me not like my real first name, Angelo. So when I got to Kidnergarden I was asked the ever important question, what would you like to be called. It was a no brainer, last thing I wanted was other students calling me Angie! From that day forth I was called Tony.

Okay, it is not that easy. Every year of grade school the teacher would call me Angelo at first until I corrected them. It was not really a problem till I got to Junior High and had to correct multiple teachers. I struggled with this for a few years.

Then came my sophomore year of highschool. I had two teachers who called me Angelo all through the year even though I corrected them the first day of school. I remember correcting my English teacher, and she said “I will call you Angelo, my husbands name is Angelo and it is such a good name I will be easy for me to call you Angelo”. My shop teacher also called me Angelo out of necessity. He found by calling Angelo rather than Tony it got my full attention. Up to that point, if anyone called me Angelo it was my parents for doing something wrong. So started the seeds of the evolution of being called Angelo.

As my Junior year of highschool started, I decided to use Angelo as my first name. That Spring of my sophmore year I made a number of great friendships that I am proud to say helped change the course of my life for the better. The combination made me decide I wanted to stand out as an individual and what better way than to use the unique special name that I was born with.

Now today I am reflecting on my latest name, Uncle Tony. So now I ponder the question, which do I want to be called, Uncle Angelo or Uncle Tony. I think I will let my neices and nephews decide that by which is easier for each to pronounce. 🙂

I prefer to be called Angelo, but I have no problem being called Tony. Now the question is, can you make a decision? 🙂

Tin soldiers and Nixon coming

35 years ago shots were fired at Kent State University. This is a special topic to me and not just because I went to Kent State. Learning about the shooting made me recongize how history can be interpreted differently than how others lived it.

History books and writings refer the ROTC building that was burned down by protestors as a building. I’ve seen the campus many times growing up before I learned about May 4th. When I first learned about the buring of a building on the campus, I pictured a well established brick building with fire trucks from all over the county arriving to the scene. This was not the case.

My mom went to Kent state from 1958-1962 and had the unfortunate experience of a class in that building during a winter quarter. As she recalled, it was more like a shack; during the winter you had to keep your coat on.

I’ve learned that politics played into what happened. Ohio Governor James A. Rhodes visited the school on May 2nd, and apparently was quoted as saying he will use “every force possible” to maintain order. Rhodes was re-elected in 1974 and oddly enough, today there is a Rhodes Rd. on the Southeast portion of campus.

You can make up your own mind who or what was right or wrong. Ones idea of a shack may be someone elses idea of a building, it is in the eye of the beholder. What I do know is 4 people died needlessly when our nation was divided. Will we learn from this or are we bound to repeat history?

Read about what happened:
And a good time line:

mp3 player search

I am looking at picking up an mp3 player. I am leaning towards a Rio Carbon since it plays all formats and can be charged through a USB port. The Rio Karma is tempting since it has a lot more space for only a few more bucks and it has an ethernet port. The big advantage I see with the Carbon or an iPod Shuffle is with the storage. I presume the Shuffle and Carbon use ROM type media where the other iPods and the Karma use an actual physical disc drive. Anyone have an opinion here?