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Well, a little bit of justice

Still not enough in my book. This never should have happened.

HERNANDO — Randall Wade Owen, who earlier this month pleaded guilty to killing two-year-old Ethan Bayless in a drunk driving accident, received the maximum sentence of 25 years in jail at a hearing Wednesday before Circuit Court Judge Bobby Chamberlin.

In an emotional four-hour hearing, the family of Ethan gave tearful testimony about how the tragedy had affected their lives since the accident occurred on Dec. 1, 2004. “He was my only son, my baby,” said his mother Ginger Bayless. “He was a loving, caring child. He loved everyone he knew.” Ginger Bayless was driving her Ford Marquis on Goodman Road in Horn Lake and had stopped because her lane was blocked due to construction. Owen, 35, rammed the Bayless car with his pick-up truck and then fled the scene. The impact of the crash drove the front seat of the car into the child restraint seat in which Ethan was seated, causing massive head injuries. Horn Lake Police arrested Owen at a supermarket at Goodman and Highway 51 shortly after the accident. Owen registered a .33 percent blood alcohol level at the Horn Lake Police Station. A level of .08 is the legal definition of inebriation in Mississippi.

Ginger Bayless and her husband Jason donated Ethan’s organs for transplant the day after the accident when doctors at LeBonheur Children’s Hospital declared him brain dead.

Read the rest at the Desoto Times


“The biggest myth about Southern women is that we are frail types… fainting on our sofas. Nobody where I grew up ever acted like that. We were about as fragile as coal trucks.”

–Lee Smith

Thought I’d give this a try, since I love to read

The What Should I Read Next? website suggests books you might like reading based on real readers’ recommendations. These

were the results:

Out of This World
– J. D. Robb, Laurell K. Hamilton, Susan Krinard
Faerie Tale: A Novel of Terror and Fantasy
– Raymond E. Feist
The Treatment
– Mo Hayder
Vengeance of Dragons
– Holly Lisle
Dream Mountain
– Gena Hale, S. L. Viehl
The Age of Consent
– George Monbiot
Seven Up
– Janet Evanovich
The Coyote Kings of the Space-Age Bachelor Pad
– Minister Faust
The Hamlet Murders
– David Rotenberg
– Emily Barr
The Top 10 Cruel Things To Say To A Naked Man …

10. Are you cold?

9. Can I put a smiley face on it?

8. May be if we water it, it will grow.

7. But it still works, right?

6. Don’t worry. I always judge people on personality.

5. When you said you have nothing to hide, you weren’t kidding.

4. Wow. And your feet are so big!

3. Maybe it looks better in natural light.

2. Well, I have heard that smoking can stunt growth.

1. I guess that makes me “the early bird.”



GameTap: Retro Games on Demand

Brian Jepson
Sep. 24, 2005 07:52 AM

I’ve been editing Chris Kohler’s Retro Gaming Hacks, and I’m really bitten by the bug. My GBA collection is overflowing with retrogaming titles, and my Mac and Linux computers are sharing desk space with my Atari 130XE. And now I’ve found another way to play these old-school games.

GameTap is Turner Broadcasting’s subscription-based gaming on demand service. The list of games is pretty impressive, but what really jumps out at me is the platforms represented: Dreamcast, Sega Master System, Intellivision, Genesis, Atari 2600, Arcade games, and more. It looks like they’ll have a decent selection of modern games, but retro games currently dominate the list.

Although it’s not officially launched, they are letting users trickle in. I signed up for early access at gametap.com (on the lower left of the page where they ask for your email address and birthdate) and got access within a day. Currently, the only platform supported is Windows, and the client is a 70MB download. Their sign-up process says “Apple Macintosh computers are not currently supported (but we’re working on it)”.

At first, I thought “iTunes for Retro Games”, but it’s really more like a Napster to Go, since you don’t get to keep the games you’ve downloaded. And from there, it’s all downhill with the music store metaphor, since you can’t download the games to a handheld device… but wouldn’t that be a killer featur
e for Turner Entertainment to add to GameTap?

Overall, I’m in love with GameTap. There are games in there (such as Zaxxon) that I haven’t seen in any other retro gaming collection. The user experience is great: the interface is intuitive, enticing, and encourages exploration. Video shorts are woven nicely into the experience, and appear shortly after a game begins loading. Yeah, I think it’s excessive that it takes 10 seconds for Adventure to initalize, but I imagine they want to give the video shorts a shot at getting your attention. And it worked: more than once, I kept watching the short even after my game had finished loading. And plus, as a Colecovision fanboy, I am already comfortable with the idea of a 10+ second delay that’s in there for no good reason at all.

Check it out at GameTap


Well, I beat Fable. The end was a lot disappointing, but I’m letting the credits roll now so I can go on and play freeform. I should have taken more side quests. I beat it way too fast.


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