About Elton Conrady, Technical Editor

Elton Conrady is Technical Editor at Media Rostra. As a network engineer, Elton has worked in traditional telecom, wireless, state government, and DoD environments. While engineers are considered dull or nerdy in some social circles, Elton has attempted to be an interesting person -- he has played on a barnstorming basketball team in Europe, worked as a commercial fisherman off Kodiak Island, and lived in Croatia for 4 years. Now that he is "grown up", Elton spends his spare time fishing, camping, and hiking.

Republican Turncoat?

There’s been a lot of chatter in the insane right-wing media about New Jersey Governor Chris Christie making a few statements praising the Obama administration’s quick response to devastation caused by Superstorm Sandy.  Some Republicans are calling him a traitor:  http://www.usnews.com/opinion/articles/2012/11/01/is-chris-christie-a-gop-traitor-for-praising-obamas-response-to-hurricane-sandy What would it take for the Limbaugh/Hannity part of the right-wing reactionary media to […]

Frontline Documentary: The Choice 2012

I know liberals will think they didn’t make this hard enough on Romney. Conservatives don’t trust anything on PBS other than “Antiques Roadshow.”  But I found Frontline’s “The Choice 2012” to be truly “fair and balanced.”  Like most Frontline documentaries, it was very well done, and they got interviews with key insiders. I learned a lot about both Obama […]

Why does Wall Street exist?

Love him or hate him, every once in a while Mark Cuban makes sense.  Here’s one of those times:  http://blogmaverick.com/2012/09/21/what-business-is-wall-street-in-3/ He makes the case that high volume traders are the equivalent of hackers searching for every exploitable weakness in a system.  It’s a far cry from the original intent of publicly traded stocks — provide […]

Overrated

It’s here.  It’s finally here!  No, I’m not talking about the RNC.  I’m talking about football.  Vanderbit vs. South Carolina officially begins the beauty contest that is the BCS in its current form.  Preseason rankings set the pecking order for the BCS from the start.  So, we’ve conducted an analysis of the preseason AP Top […]

The Pinnacle of Coaching

Coach of the Year honors is one of the most subjective awards given out in any of the major sports. While winning percentage (especially  in the playoffs) is the measure of a coach, it often doesn’t reflect how a coach was able to overcome injuries, poor management and personnel decisions, or a cheap owner.  Out of 30 […]

US Ambassador Draws China’s Editorial Ire

In a reaction to blind Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng’s daring escape and seeking shelter at the US embassy, one of China’s main newspapers called US Ambassador Gary Locke a “backpack-wearing, Starbuck’s sipping-troublemaker.”  They forgot to mention that he wears white socks  with his sneakers, talks too loud in public, has the audacity to wear short pants, and probably […]

Fisher vs. Hunter: Who really has the players’ interests at heart?

I have always liked Derek Fisher, even when he played for the evil Lakers.  Now that he’s a Thunder, I can wholeheartedly root for him.  He’s an Arkansas boy.  Seems like a stand-up guy — at least there’s never been any scandal around him, on or off the court.  He seemed like the only grown-up […]