Saturday, November 13, 2010
The first time I tried it the streaming was all jerky and slow. Also there was no Closed Captioning, so pointless to watch. My, have things improved. Hulu offers three choices for CC fonts now, black, black background w/white font, and high contrast yellow. I had no problem with streaming either. I am having a problem with losing a portion of the picture with full screen enabled, but the viewing window is easy to see and CC large enough for easy reading. And the commercials.... Oy, the commercials. I do things during commercial breaks. They break for 60 seconds. You can't DO anything in sixty seconds. Oh wait... a PAUSE? TOOOO COOL! An hour long show is just 42 minutes! NINE episodes in just seven hours and that included fixing supper. There is the problem of having to wait until the day after a program airs, but so what? They have the ENTIRE season of many programs. That's a worthy trade off. I think I found a new toy.
"The work crew erected the hotel -- a soundproofed, thermal-insulated structure reportedly built to withstand a magnitude 9 earthquake -- with all prefabricated materials. In other words, a crew of off-site factory workers built the sections, and their on-site counterparts arranged them on the foundation for the Ark project.
"Despite the frenetic pace of construction, no workers were injured -- and thanks to the prefab nature of the process, the builders wasted very few construction materials."
I have to wonder what condition the hotel will be in, say, ten years from now.
Friday, November 12, 2010
Today on the Racine Post, I spouted off on a commentary written by Mary Beth Danielson, crediting her with running a local website, Racine Uncovered, when, again, it is someone else.
And I'm the guy who's always yammering about lying John.
Now the yolk is on me.
Texas Steak house was giving away a free blooming onion.
The restaurant at Marriots had a special (we were told)
A seafood place in Glendale (Much too far)
And Monday Golden Corral is offering a free meal to Vets too.
DQ on Washington stopped their give away the year after they won the Red white and blue paint scheme on their building. (no comment)
Bob and I plan lunch there next Monday. Hate the evening crowds. Anyhow thank you to all the places that salute our Vets. Please be sure to frequent them in the future.
No time to say 'Hello,' 'Goodbye'
I'm late, I'm late, I'm late, I'm late
And when I wave, I lose the time I save
My fuzzy ears and whiskers
Took me too much time to shave"
Sorry, I overslept...
" For the first month of Ricardo and Felicity's affair, they greeted one another at every stolen rendezvous with a kiss--a lengthy, ravenous kiss, Ricardo lapping and sucking at Felicity's mouth as if she were a giant cage-mounted water bottle and he were the world's thirstiest gerbil. "
by Molly Ringle of Seattle Washington.
You can read all the runner-ups and winners in different categories at their minimalist website.
1) Have you ever had surgery?
2) Have you ever had any broken bones?
3) Have you ever spent the night in the hospital?
4) What do you think of the hospital food?
Sorry to be a pain...:P Enjoy your weekend!
Thursday, November 11, 2010
I have been a little behind and negligent posting recently. I will try to get back on a more regular schedule here.
First thing I want to share was taken in late September when I was in Florida. I got some nice pictures of sunset. Here is the first one.
Look closely at the horizon. You see a little bit of orange beneath the Sun. Here is the next picture.
As you can see, that bit of orange has risen up to meet the setting Sun. This phenomena is called an inferior mirage (those little spiky things are trees from Egmont Key. They are also distorted by Earth's atmosphere). What you are seeing is a mirage of the Sun. The warm water bends the Sunlight as it comes toward you resulting in a second inverted image of the Sun beneath the setting Sun. As the Sun sets, the mirage moves upward and they meet. The resulting shape looks like the Greek letter omega and this phenomena is sometimes called an omega sunset. The physical process is the same as the one that gives the "wet road" illusion on a hot summer day. In this case the mirage is due to the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico.
Frequently these sunsets are accompanied by a green flash (called, not surprisingly, an inferior mirage flash). I did not get a green flash on this trip, probably due to a somewhat hazy atmosphere scattering the green light (shorter wavelength light is scatter more than longer wavelength light).Unfortunately, my camera died on this trip...the shutter went bad and then when I got it back the power board went (they are fixing that for free) but the upshot is, I have been without my camera for a while and I am getting antsy to get it back and start shooting again!
Reprinted with permission from the Half-Astrophysicist Blog.
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Isn’t this weather something – again? Is this Indian Summer, or did we already have that? Or are we allowed more than one? By the way, I hope no one is offended by my use of the term “Indian Summer.” I usually refer to our Native Americans as Native Americans. (By default, that makes the rest of us Immigrant Americans.) Native American Summer just doesn’t sound right, though. In any case, thank you again, Mother Nature, for the fine weather.
Oh dear, last week I was all fumbles and talked about our preeminent and radiant Green Bay Packers being on a bye this past weekend. I thought they were going to face the Dallas Cowboys this coming weekend. I had no idea that they were playing until Grandma Zoltar called me Sunday afternoon and said she heard on the television that they were playing that night. I am so sorry for posting the wrong information. Thankfully, because of Grandma, I watched the game and saw our Packers’ glorious romp over the downtrodden Cowboys. Hurrah! Hurrah! Long live the Packers!
After the elections last week, everyone seems to be walking around in a “now what?” daze. Will anything really change? If so, what and how? The uncertainty is like an itch we cannot scratch… And are you ready for the holidays coming up? It’s only two more weeks to Thanksgiving. There are always plans to be coordinated amongst family and friends concerning where and when they will be celebrating. I don’t know if I’m ever really ready for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years, but they approach nonetheless. Sometimes I think it’s better if I don’t give too much thought to the season and just take it one day at a time. That way, I don’t get too worked up and I can enjoy some of the holiday cheer. But if Thanksgiving, or any of the other holidays, is celebrated at your house, then you already know what a production it can be. Try some of Madame Zoltar’s Chronic Nerve Tonic® to get you through the onslaught.
I so enjoyed the St. Luke’s Bottle Band’s performance of “Peacherine Rag” that Mr. OrbsCorbs posted earlier. (http://www.jtirregulars.com/2010/11/peacherine-rag.html) In fact, I enjoyed it so much that I searched YouTube for more videos of them. Sure enough, there are a few out there. In anticipation and honor of the upcoming holidays, here is their rendition of “Auld Lang Syne/1812 Overture” from the Late Show three years ago:
Thank you so much for reading my blog this week. I love you all, my dear dears. It warms my heart to “commune” with my friends. Irregulars, regulars, and trans-regulars unite! Together we stand as a force of goodwill. Together we transcend negativity and launch a loving wave of Irregularity over the planet. Oh my, did I say that?
Launch your doubts and cast your aspersions towards: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Love, kisses, and candy to you all. May every step you take go forward, no matter which direction you choose. Stay warm – hot, even, if that’s your style. Hexarchy!
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Monday, November 8, 2010
This is my college degree. I went through three years of acquiring a "tool box," of how to use psychological studies of key words that cause flash points in demographics, and how to interpret reams of data gathered from on line profiles. Concepts like indo ctrination of ideas, to inoculating those ideas against outside reason. I learned well and my own senior thesis has been used as a quoted study. (On a side note, my school demanded Master level work for a Senior thesis. Kind of proud of that.) My class mates have gone on to work for the CIA, campaign speeches, advertising agencies, and writing comprehensive manuals. It wasn't until my Senior year that they tied it all together on how to manipulate public thinking. My shock was likened to a magician learning his trade and finding out his profession was capable of great evil. So there are times I see a master stroke, where others might see derisive conspiracy theories. Here is one such.
A group of posters started posting job spam;
"Joann, You wouldn't believe me, but it's easier now to get a job. A lot of employers use the internet now to list good jobs (with good pay). Stop wasting gas and time driving around. Here's a site that lists all the jobs available in your city. Go to YouGetWork.com"
First it started with no personalized name with just the message starting at "You wouldn't.... " and then went to the more chummy personalized prefix. This was enough to start an anti spam coalition. Once there was a foot in the door with the phrase "You wouldn't... " it became an automatic response to find fault with the poster and everything to do with the poster. Having started this distaste by the reader of a Yahoo news blog(ger), allowed the real reason for this indoctrination of distaste. They started adding reasonableness with sense making pre-posts like;
"The Fed is "printing" money and everyone thinks this will cause hyper inflation so gold is going up. But, nobody is taking out new loans and the banks are not loaning to anyone. So, it doesn't matter how much money the Fed prints when it isn't going anywhere. We are actually in a deflationary spiral in which businesses don't borrow and banks don't lend and prices are going down. But, almost overnight, the scene could change to hyper inflation. Therefore, we are in uncharted waters. Nothing has ever been so screwed up before!. Joann, You wouldn't believe me, but it's easier now to get a job. A lot of employers use the internet now to list good jobs (with good pay). Stop wasting gas and time driving around. Here's a site that lists all the jobs available in your city. Go to YouGetWork.com"
This was in a news article blog about gold going past $1,400 today. Notice how it starts with a real sense making fact, and then blasts into what has become an automated thumbs down response by other posters. While Hale Bopp may know his quasars, I know propaganda when I see it. Others may look at it all and tell me I'm doing a paranoiacs "They're everywhere" knee jerk, but if this isn't a text book example of what I learned at college, I'll eat the books I still have on persuasion and tailoring public opinion.
It bugs me this sort of thing is so pervasive and the public really has no antibodies to either recognize it or fight it off. Sadly this is one area where having half of the public left of the Bell curve really hurts society. The other sad fact is that people just don't have the time to go past the first level of fact checking if they fact check at all. Trust me, there is a faction that will ridicule this known fact and sure enough twenty posts later someone actually parroted the anti fact of this truth.
We are so screwed. The patient is sick and has no idea just how bad it is. Germany post WWI. Wiley Coyote has run off the cliff and can't look down or he will fall.
"http://www.bottleband.org Performance by the St. Luke's Bottle Band, St. Luke's Lutheran Church, Park Ridge, Illinois, May 6, 2007. Join the 'Fans of the St. Luke's Bottle Band' group on Facebook for the latest news."
I received a link to this in an email entitled "Hitting the Bottle." I think it's a hoot.
Sunday, November 7, 2010
"And there is little that can be done about it, aside from using the laptop on a desk, said Yelim Sheynkin, a urologist at the State University of New York at Stony Brook who led the study published in Fertility and Sterility.
"In the study, thermometers were used to measure the temperature of the scrotums of 29 young men balancing a laptop on their knees. Even with a lap pad under the computer, the men's scrotums overheated quickly."
An overheated scrotum is no joke. That's how you develop vapor lock and your swimmers get blocked.