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Thursday, May 24, 2012

A quick couple of things...

...before I get to work on tomorrow's Time Machine.  First off, I may have mentioned before that among the problems that sunk us at work were crushed cardboard tubes (cores) that made it so much fun to put a roll of fabric up on the table rack so we could use it.  Joe in maintenance has been designing a contraption to solve this problem, albeit too late to do us any good.  The concept is to have a mobile rack with stacked tubes to put the rolls in, and to have this on four sides so that a cutter can have several rolls for his/her customer at their beck and call.  And at long last, we have it done enough to begin "beta testing".

Presenting the J.O.K.E.- Joe's Omnidirectional Krushed-Kore Engine!  (My acronym- write to get your own!)  What you see is the front side of JOKE, bolted in place in front of my table.  You see fabric coming from JOKE and over a bar on the "conventional" rack.  Joke is bolted in at the center so it can be spun, which will come in handy if and when the remaining three sides get their tubes, and has a lock bar which will keep it in place.  Thus far, I've found it... promising...  but there are some bugs to be worked out.  Eventually JOKE will be travelling to the Amarillo plant.  Judging from the way they ship stuff to us (remember the cushion story last week?), Joe'd better right up a JOKE for Idiots booklet.

The second item isn't nearly so fun.  From FoxNews:

The kidnap-rape conviction of a once-promising prep football star was dismissed Thursday following a recantation by his accuser.
Brian Banks collapsed in sobs on the counsel table during a court hearing where a prosecutor quickly conceded the decade-old case and moved for the dismissal.
In the summer of 2002, Banks' future looked bright: He was a 17-year-old high school football star being heavily recruited by a number of colleges. But in a single day that changed with the accusations of kidnapping and rape by a female student.
He maintained there was no rape and their sexual contact was consensual, but his lawyer urged him to plead no contest rather than risk a sentence of 41 years to life in prison if convicted. He followed the advice and went to prison for six years, shattering his dreams of gridiron glory.
Lawyers for the California Innocence Project were prepared Thursday to argue he should be exonerated.
In a strange turn of events, the woman who accused him a decade ago friended him on Facebook when he got out of prison. Wanetta Gibson explained she wanted to "let bygones be bygones."
According to documents in the case, she met with Banks and said she had lied; there had been was no kidnap and no rape and she offered to help him clear his record.
But she subsequently refused to repeat the story to prosecutors because she feared she would have to return a $1.5 million payment from a civil suit brought by her mother against Long Beach schools.
She was quoted as telling Banks: "I will go through with helping you but it's like at the same time all that money they gave us, I mean gave me, I don't want to have to pay it back."
Justin Brooks, a lawyer who heads the innocence project, said that Banks has remained on probation, under electronic monitoring, has had to register as a sex offender and has had trouble getting a job.
He said Banks continues to train for what he hopes will be a future chance at a football career.

God help me if money ever becomes that important to me.  "Let me enjoy my one and a half mil, then I'll clear you when you get out."  I hope Banks sues her family for three times that.

Okay, time to get to work!


  1. I like your JOKE story especially your JOKE for Idiots booklet.

    It is very sad and disturbing that money was of more importance than doing the right thing. No matter that his name is cleared, his reputation will always be tarnished. From what you little you wrote, it sounds like the mother wanted payment for her daughter being a slut.

  2. Love the JOKE!

    I agree with the second part. Money should never be that important to anyone. So SAD it makes me angry!

  3. So SO sad that money has become such a driving force for some. It's so scary how fast everything can change on a dime because of someone else's stupidity.

  4. I'm not a Trekkie, but I follow enough to understand the concept of HONOR. How do you live with yourself, when to get your dreams you have to lie so someone else loses theirs? And to top it off, "I'll help you out as soon as my blood money is secure." Sure makes forgiveness hard- and I don't even know the guy.