Wednesday, December 22, 1999
12/22/99 2:19:27 PM
Hunting for trouble.
The Register is running a humorous, but sad,
about Joachim Kempin, the Microsoft exec in charge of OEM issues,
and his troubles with the law. (Kempin's email provided some of the
prosecution's evidence in the Microsoft trial, and Kempin took the
stand for Microsoft.) The Register also wonders whether some unseen
force may be diddling with the content of the MSNBC site. This
on "kempin" turns up a link
to an MSNBC story that ran on December 17, but now returns a 404. MSNBC does not
usually retire its news stories so quickly.
No matter, here's
in the Tacoma News Tribune. Kempin paid a $5000+ fine after
being arrested for shooting four deer from his 4x4 in Montana and
tagging them with the license numbers of his wife, his child, and an
under-age family friend. The Tacoma paper also ran a plaintive
letter to the editor
four days after it printed the above story. The reader, a hunter, writes:
Every time I read about some hunter who hunts illegally like this,
it not only saddens me but also angers me. I go hunting in Montana
every other year, and like most of the hunters, we take pride in
doing it legally. Hunters throughout the country put a lot of effort
in portraying a positive image. It's people like Joachim Kempin the
law-abiding hunters have to thank for being denied access to hunting
on private property. This Microsoft executive with his millions
could go out and book a guided trip for less than he paid in fines.
He stated that he was going to pay the fines because he made a
mistake and regretted it. I'm sure the only reason that he regrets
it is that he was caught.
Thanks to TBTF Irregular t byfield for pointing out this story.
12/22/99 10:58:39 AM
Last-minute and shameless about it.
There is still plenty of time to order your friends and loved ones
TBTF tee shirts and mugs. As for delivery in
time for Christmas, well, that could be tight. Erm, all right, it's
basically too late now. But it's not too late to take advantage of
the tax advantages of becoming a TBTF
Benefactor. (Many folks treat support of TBTF like a subscription
and write it off as a necessary business expense.)
Tuesday, December 21, 1999
12/21/99 2:33:25 PM
12/21/99 11:54:35 AM
Airline CEO to fly on Y2K rollover.
Dan Thompson <dan at fc dot net> passed on this
about the CEO of the Belgian national airline, Sabena. (In the 80s
travellers used to say that the name was an acronym for Such a
bloody experience, never again.) Seems that M. Paul Reutlinger
has volunteered as the only passenger on a test flight on New Year's
Eve. But note that he's taking off from and landing at the same
airport. Doesn't that just boost your confidence in the air-traffic