Human Development Index (HDI)

The Human Development Index (HDI) is a comparative measure of life expectancy, literacy, education, and standards of living for countries worldwide. An HDI below 0.5 is considered to represent low development and an HDI 0.8 or more is considered to represent high development.
HDI map from wikipedia

This is a color coded map of HDI ratings worldwide. The spectrum runs from dark green (high) to dark red (low) A complete color key is available on the wikipedia page for HDI. This shows at a glance where is the 3rd world, and also, the US is not at the top of the heap. Norway, Iceland, Japan, and Australia all have higher HDI’s than the US.

Sunrise Sprints


WPHS had a local regatta today at Lake Fairview. It drew HS teams from all over the state. Gina’s freshman 8 placed a respectable 2nd in the morning sprint, and 3rd in their afternoon race. She got medals!

What a massive production this is. It takes considerable real estate and coordination to keep things moving and get the 60′ boats in and out of the water. Plus the spectators and the food tents. No one could really see the start of the races but the finish was right up front. For Gina its a 7am – 7pm activity. We go to pick her up later this evening. Next Saturday, I’ve volunteered to help out on the docks at her regatta in Sanford.

See a couple more photos here, including one of Ted Issen whose freshman team smoked the competition in his afternoon sprint.

Election 2006

Orange County Supervisor Bill Cowles leading poll worker training.I worked Orange County precinct 520 again yesterday for the general election. It was not without its problems. We were crushed at 7am with impatient voters on their way to work, and we had a few stalk out in disgust. As usual, I had some great workers on the staff, and some that needed extra attention. This year, Supervisor Bill Cowles benefited from a UCF grant that resulted in nearly 100 students recruited to help at the polls, a welcome resource — and it skewed the poll worker demographics considerably. I had one cheerful student in my precinct and he handled the new touchscreen equipment.

Orange County introduced touchscreens this year as an option. We had one unit. Some voters were thrilled to try it out, others were hostile to the very concept. Too bad, it will probably be the only option at the polls in 2008.

The rains came in late afternoon, and influenced turnout a bit, but worse, our power went out at 6:30pm, and we had to open our emergency ballot box and help our final voters with a couple of flashlights. The image I will remember is that of several voters completing their paper ballots using their cellphones as the only illumination.

We wrapped up later than usual, my books didn’t balance, I mispacked some items at the end of the night, got stopped behind a stalled freight train, and came home in a cranky mood. I should focus more on the high points, like my novice pollworker Sheila who initiated and led a boisterous round of applause for each of our first time voters after they stepped through the process and submitted their ballots to the optical tabulator. One young women even took a little bow for the room.

Altogether, I’m glad its over for another two years.


This morning I dropped Gina off at 4:30am for the team bus to Chattanooga, TN for the Head of the Hooch Regata. It will be her first race. She’s part of an 8-man crew in a 60 foot shell. Her boat is all novice freshmen women, and she’ll be racing at 9:35am saturday morning. The crew race season is much heavier in the spring; fall is more of a training season.

Gina joined the accomplished Winter Park HS Crew this fall. This is a privately funded club sport, and at WPHS it is a big hairy deal. The club employs 4 coaches, and outright owns over a million dollars in lakefront real estate. The boats cost as much as $30,000 each, and if you care to donate one, they’ll name it after you.

Gina is thriving on the 5X weekly training/practice/workouts, and seems to be recognized for doing well. She must be in her best physical condition ever, and I’m delighted about her passion and commitment.   Its worth every dollar.

So send her some good wishes or a text message. She’ll return to town around midnight Saturday.

Beach Shark Video, almost over 50,000 views

Its no giant tarpon, but my popular video on youtube continues to gain viewers.

Beach Shark, on,
landing a shark on a florida beach with light spinning gear
Tags: beach shark fishing
Added: April 23, 2006,From baribob

Views: 49,984

Meanwhile, over on google video, a higher quality version I uploaded earlier is up to 3,300 views.