Article VII, Section 10, of the Constitution of Virginia requires local governments to obtain voter approval to issue bonds. Voters in Loudoun County, Virginia, will be asked to consider two bond referendums on this year’s ballot.
Bonds are debt. When they are sold, the issuing government receives an influx of cash from the purchasers. But, like a bank loan, that money must be repaid over time with interest.
Like any other loan, bonds should only be used when necessary. Most projects should be funded directly from the general fund (i.e., from the “money in the bank”). Only when a particular project is very important, but too large to fund directly, should we turn to using bonds for financing. . . . Continued
When I was in high school, I was often bored. And when I was bored, I often played around with programs on my Texas Instruments TI-82 graphing calculator. Most of the stuff I wrote for the calculator has been lost to history . . . I still have the calculator itself, but its memory has been wiped countless times since the late ’90s, and I didn’t have any mechanism for backing it up.
Well, while I was looking for something completely unrelated in the dark recesses of my hard drive, I stumbled upon some text files with TI-basic source code. Apparently, at some point, I manually transcribed some code over to my PC . . . specifically, the code for two short animations starring an unfortunate stick figure named Bill and his demented, unnamed companion.
Because I’m a nerd, I was able to get these programs/animations into a usable TI-82 format (via a Windows 98 virtual machine and the ancient TI GraphLink software) . . . and then it was quick and easy to transfer them to the TI operating system in an emulator (WabbitEmu) and run them. There were a couple transcription errors, but, after fixing them, they ran perfectly.
So, yeah . . . here are two short animations that I put together on a TI-82 calculator when I was bored in high school. . . . . . . Continued
Much of Florida has been devastated by Hurricane Irma, the second major hurricane to make landfall in the United States this year (after a twelve year hurricane drought). The state is just beginning to repair the damage; large portions of the state are still without electric power, and some areas remain flooded.
Many people have been displaced, or have had their homes and businesses seriously damaged. If you would like to help, please consider making a donation to a reputable disaster relief charity like Catholic Charities USA or the American Red Cross. Your donation will be used to help provide for the safety and well-being of the victims of this disaster.
Southeast Texas has been devastated by Hurricane Harvey, the first major hurricane to make landfall in the United States in twelve years. Though now downgraded to a tropical storm, Harvey continues to hover over Texas and drop record-setting amounts of rain. Widespread flooding is occurring throughout the region, and many thousands of people have been displaced.
My own family in Houston is safe, but many others are not. Please consider making a donation to a reputable disaster relief charity like Catholic Charities USA or the American Red Cross. Your donation will be used to help provide for the safety and well-being of the victims of this disaster.