Via Instapundit, from "View from the Porch"
We reduced Japan to a pile of radioactive smoking rubble in 1,346 days. It's now Day 1,355 and, despite promises to do likewise to the healthcare system, they're still working on it. The FDR administration built almost a hundred working aircraft carriers faster than the Obama administration has managed to build one working website.
Happy Pearl Harbor Day.
... because I ate the whole chicken.
and it was GOOOOD.
(A turkey is a bit much for a Bachelor, so I buy chickens and roast them. Normally I try to only eat half of it.)
It started a while ago when Google kept asking me to change my user name on YouTube to my real name. When I said I wanted to keep it the way it was, they said the next step would be to create a Google+ account. Well, no. I have no interest in giving all my data to Google (that which they haven't already scraped up off the Internet). You don't have an option to say no, you can only say Yes, or they'll ask you later.
Well, I guess that's not enough for them. Now they won't let you comment on YouTube without signing up. Still not going to do it.
Fuck you Google, I will not be blackmailed or inconvenienced into going on to your stinking service just because you've gotten so big you think you have leverage over me. Go to hell and die in a fire.
My kitchen has those in-ceiling light fixtures that take 65 Watt indoor floods. I tend to leave those lights on most of the time when I'm home, since there really isn't much built-in lighting in the main living area. As a result, they tend to burn out more frequently, and the probably represent most of my lighting use (which in turn is probably actually a tiny fraction of my electricity use compared to the computers and HVAC).
I was at Wal-Mart pricing more bulbs, at around $15 for a four-pack, when I saw they also had a LED version for the same price.
I tried a CFL copy of the bulb years ago, and it sucked so bad I took it out and put a regular bulb back in (slow to light, slow to reach full brightness, dimmer than the incandescent).
LED though is a technology I could get behind. It makes more sense than CFL for numerous reasons. So I put in the new bulb and bam, it's actually brighter than the bulbs it's replacing. The light floods a bit wider, and it does have a tiny bit of that purplish tint white LED's have, but not as bad as bare LED flashlights. It turns on and off instantly, possibly faster than incandescent. It also claims to use only 12 watts and last 22 years. It may be a bit of a wait to see how that pans out, but considering how many dead CFLs I've had that croaked in less than a year (5 year life my ass), and how often the regular bulbs go out, it could pay for itself if it lasts five, just in the cost of bulbs.
LED's are definitely more suitable for directional lights like floods, so I don't know about replacing normal A19 bulbs with them. The economics are really not there, especially with Washington's cheap electric rates. But the long life will definitely steer me into replacing the decorative candelabra lights over the front stairs with them when a suitable replacement is available.
The only downside is this model is not dimmable (Dimmable versions by GE are about $5 more), but I don't have the kitchen lights on a dimmer, so who cares.
"I'm afraid it's cancer, a rare form called a Fossenoma. It generally affects dancers. Symptoms include random spreading of the fingers, sometimes called "Jazz hands"."
"Is it serious?"
"Cancer is usually referred to in numbered stages, but in your case, the stage is Broadway. I'm afraid you won't be tapdancing PAST the graveyard."
Eeesh, the things that happen in your brain when you spend four hours with your head stuffed in a hole. (There's a story behind that, but really, it's just part of the endless gripe session about what fucking incompetent idiots we have on first shift. I swear, they must be getting paid by Airbus.)
So I'm reorganizing some pictures, some are duplicates. At least under XP, if I dragged a file into a folder with a file that had the same name, it would ask me which version to keep. But Windows 7 has nerfed that ability.
*Drags file into folder desired*
Windows: "The source and destination file names are the same."
Me: "Yes, I know that, overwrite the file."
Windows: "Sorry, your only option is Cancel."
Trying it with multiple files
Windows: "Okay, your options now are Skip or Cancel, with a checkbox to do that for all files (Even if that makes no sense for cancel)."
Me: "WTF happened to replace?!"
Windows: "Hehehe. U Mad?"
(Update: Seems to be related to accessing your files through the "Library" system instead of your directory structure. I hate this system. I'd like to turn it off.)
The government took over Freedom Hosting, and allowed Child porn and worse to continue for months, hoping that they could also maybe get the terrorists to log in, then slipped in some code in a maintenance page to completely de-anonymize users.
I remember folks telling people to get into TOR to fight NSA spying. Yeah, THAT worked real well, didn't it?
And Encryption isn't as hard to crack as advocates were saying either, especially with government-mandated back doors.
The next time someone says you should trust all your dirty laundry to some new technology, perhaps you shouldn't listen.
So I was reading Sarah Hoyt's blog
this morning, and in a discussion about politics, THIS comment pops up, quoted in its entirety:
Peter Grant | August 26, 2013 at 1:16 pm
I had my own epiphany about Left and Right in South Africa after the advent of democracy in 1994.
Prior to that, the policy of apartheid had meant racial segregation, the suppression of individual rights in favor of the state, and a blinkered approach to humanity that meant only whites were regarded (in so many words) as 'fully human'. Every other race was lesser, and should be treated as such (including stripping some of their South African citizenship and casting them out into 'tribal homelands' that no-one else in the world recognized). Taken to its logical conclusion, this meant that Japanese and Chinese (whose trade was essential) were officially classified as 'honorary Whites'. (What they felt about this is not recorded.) It also led to the deliberate, dispassionate murder of tens of thousands of Black people, from activists such as Steve Biko (whose death in police custody, the Justice Minister said, 'left him cold') to ordinary men and women in the street, shot dead by police in sweeps through the segregated Black townships. (Don't tell me they were all 'terrorists' – I was there, and saw for myself. I bear wounds from police bullets to this day. I also bear wounds from terrorist bullets and knives. Both sides hated those few of us who tried to help the victims, irrespective of ideology. They couldn't control us, or our message, so we were targets.)
The epiphany came after our first democratic elections, when the so-called Truth and Reconciliation Commission began to arrange its first hearings. I'd seen so much during the evil years that I had plenty of evidence to provide. I duly asked to give evidence, and provided a summary outline of some of the events I'd witnessed.
I received a phone call a few days later. No, I could not give evidence about so-called 'terrorist' atrocities – only about those committed by the apartheid government. I said, bluntly, that I'd seen everything – I even had photographic evidence of some incidents – and that I'd tell the whole truth, not an edited, selective version. I was then told, by a Commission executive, bluntly and unambiguously, that if I attempted to 'smear' the 'liberation movements' with my 'lies', I'd be killed before they'd allow me to give evidence.
There it was. 27 of my friends died in trying to help the victims of violence perpetrated by both sides (including my fiancee). I'd shed my own blood trying to do the same. Now we knew that the free, fair, just society we'd been working for was a chimera. One form of racist dictatorship would simply be replaced by another. Thus it happened, and the evidence of it may be seen in South Africa to this day.
Yes, I felt like a fool – but not completely. We saved many lives in those years. Hopefully some of them at least counted for something.
I also learned to distrust any government of any description whatsoever. They exist to serve the ends of the people in power. They do not exist to serve the interests and needs of the people themselves. That applies on Left or Right, in democracies or dictatorships, no matter what their (stated or unstated) motivation or philosophy may be. Distrust power. The same applies to almost any institution (including churches and other religious movements). I saw and experienced politically-motivated betrayal of the truths they proclaimed by many Christian leaders during those years. I came to forgive them, reluctantly, afterwards . . . until the sex abuse scandals blew up, and I found that those leaders in other countries were just as corrupt, just as eager to protect their institution and their own power as any others. I no longer participate in organized religion at all, as a direct result. "Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me."
I hope my friends who died, didn't die in vain. Sometimes I wonder. Sometimes I wonder whether I'll ever know.
It's not a nice feeling.
And yet the Hagiographies of Nelson Mandela are just waiting in the wings for him to kick the bucket.
So, shooting an AK-47 underwater. Just sounds like something some redneck would do. That is until you get out the insanely high-speed camera, and start taking a serious look at what the physics involved do. The coolest thing is seeing the resulting air-bubbles, some of which are NOT what you would think, not only expand and collapse, but then, for some bizarre reason, expand again and again. It is fascinating.
After the Computer Debacle, I've been slowly restoring programs as I discover I need them (Man, I had a lot of things installed that I didn't use, why was I so afraid to lose them?) but in the process, I've discovered a lot of upgrades.
I used to use AIM for all my chatting, but every new version made me like it less (And let me tell you, I was a wall of hate when they made it impossible to disable graphical smileys). So currently I don't have any chat program, and I don't know the state of the art any more. So I'm open to suggestions. Especially one that can import all my old AIM connections.
If you own a shipping scale like I do, so much the better, but even a really accurate bathroom scale will help.
The tip: Weigh your Propane tank.
I weighed my tanks when they were completely empty and wrote the empty weight on them with a Sharpie. If you didn't have the foresight to do this, a good estimate is that the empty weight of a typical Barbeque tank is around 18 lbs. A Full one is around 36 lbs. (It used to go higher before they added those overfill valves). So, 18 lbs of propane in a full tank.
Check your scale, that will tell you how much you have left. Get them filled before the big day.
Couple of notes:
Note 1) Notice I said Tanks. I have two. Nothing sucks more than running out of gas halfway through a steak. Get them both filled at the beginning of the season, and when you switch tanks, remember to get the empty one refilled soon.
Note 2) Notice I said refilled. Those tank exchange deals are a total rip-off. The cost per gallon of propane when you exchange a "Blue Rhino" tank (let alone the buy-in) is at least twice what you would pay at a good filling station, and you don't know how much gas you've actually gotten. And Shop around. For me it's worthwhile to drive out to a nearby farm co-op and pay a lot less than the rare gas station with a filling station. RV Dealerships are right out (usually, again, shop around).
You have to admit, an Anime Music Video that manages to lip-sync the entire song is a cut above others that merely set scenes to a song.
Time to go on an Easter Egg hunt!
Where's my shotgun? Can't take any chances when stalking the wily Easter Egg....
Water, glucose, fructose, galactose, phenolic glycosides, 6-deoxyaldohexoses (fuctose and rhamnose), saccharose, galacturonans, (1-4) linked D-galactopiranuronic acid, pectin, pectinic acids, polygalacturonic acids, pectinestarase, Citric Acid, L-Malic Acid, D-Isocitric Acid, Oxalic Acid, Succinic Acid, Malonic Acid, Quinic Acid, Tartaric Acid, Adipic Acid, 2-ketogluratic Acid, praline, asparagines, aspartic acid, serine, glutamic acid and arginine. oxidoreductases, transferases, hydrolases and lyases, isomerases and ligases, glucosilglucerides, Carotenoids, tetraterpenes, limonin, aslimonoic acid A-ring lactone, neohesperidosides, flavones (3-hydroxyflavanones, 3-dydroxyflavones, O-glycosyl, aglycones C-glycosylflavones, Anthocyanins, (hesperidin, naringin, poncirin, neoheriocitrin, neohesperidin, rhoifolin, rutin, diosmin, sinensetin, auranetin, tangeritin, hydroxyethylrutinosideres, nobiletin cyanidin-3-glucoside, cyanidina-3.5-diglucoside, peonidin-5-glucoside, delphinidin-3-glucoside, petunidin-3-glucoside, Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid), Pholacine, Vitamin B6, Thiamine, Riboflavin, Biotin, Pantotenic acid, Vitamin A.
It's an all natural Orange, if it were labelled like the rest of our food.
(Cool, my first use of the new Spoiler tool)