Switzerland Finally Joins the 20th Century–Almost

The IHT reports that Switzerland will become a “Schengen” country and join the European Union’s passport-free travel zone next month. No passports will be checked arriving at Swiss airports starting 29 March 2009.

Now they only need to adopt the Euro to fully join the 20th century.

Other backward countries in Europe remain:

  • Cyprus, Britain, Liechtenstein and Ireland have opted to stay out of Schengen
  • Romania and Bulgaria want to join Schengen, but have yet to qualify.
  • Norway and Iceland participate are not EU, but are Schengen

Beautiful Wallpaper Photographs

The photos are so good that I have started to use wallpaper on my PC again. I have not done this since Windows 3.1 was new.

Independence Pastels Monument Valley Times Heaven’s Gate Utah

HDRwalls.com has free High Dynamic Range (HDR) wallpapers for Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows, Linux, Blackberry, iPhone, iPod, and PSP. HDR images are created by taking multiple shots exposed for the highlights, mid-tones and shadows separately and then merged into a single image. This process results in incredibly vivid images.

Dallas City Center

Today spent the day in the center of Dallas Texas. More interesting than I expected.

Lots of big buildings More Dallas Big Buildings and wide streets Big Building in Dallas, but there were sections (“West End”) which were more people sized.

The Dallas Union station, Union Station with the Hyatt in the background, was pretty small. The tram–aka Lite Rail Dallas Area Region Transport (DART–how original)DART, stopped at the station. It is a good jumping of point to see the center.

Found the “Sixth Floor Museum” Book Repository Buildingwhere JFK was assassinated. The museum is in the building where the assassin shot from. All in a very small area. Also a local historical area (Dealey Plaza) (which I did not know). They highlight the turmoil at the time. Even cannot agree Oswald shot JFK Sign on the Book Repository Building.

Had lunch outside in the city center Quiet Street in the West End. BBQ ribs (with sauce)BBQ ribs (with sauce), Texan beer, and country rock. Nice.