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Does This Thing Still Work?|
It's been a while since I've posted here. Nowadays I do a lot of dumb, mindless postings on Fscebook. I also do the occasional tweet here and there. Anyway, today is when Daylight Savings Time kicks in and the little clock on my iPad has already sprung ahead an hour so that means I'll have to move my clock times forward. I don't know who came up with DST or why it was invented but it's a bit of a strange idea.
In other news I somehow cleared up enough space on my iPad to make way for the latest iOS update, which I've been lacking for quite some time. I'm not very tech savvy but the latest version is so clean, efficient, really beautiful. It'll be interesting to see how using the new version turns out. Anyway, happy DST, y'all.
Current Mood: optimistic
Current Music: Frank Zappa-The Adventures of Gregory Peccary:Movement Three
We all know what happened thirteen years ago today. Madmen dared to commit a horrific act of mass murder, terror, and destruction. Since the dawn of man numerous people have carried out such reprehensible and comparable acts and they will continue to do so until the end of time. There is a special place for those with no morals, no regard for human life and that is The Fletcher Memorial Home For Incurable Tyrants and Kings.
Current Mood: pessimistic
Current Music: Roger Waters and Pink Floyd-The Fletcher Memorial Home
Cool Little Trick|
Got a concert DVD and an accompanying audio recording? Here's a little something you can to do see if anyone is paying attention. Bring up the song you want on the DVD, pause it and set the tv on mute. Then pop in the accompanying audio recording, set it to the same track your DVD is paused on, then play both together. Should be fun.
Current Mood: creative
Current Music: Frank Zappa-Tinseltown Rebellion
Day That Will Live in Infamy|
Today is Pearl Harbor day. We know what happened in Honolulu on this day back in 1941. But I just came back from my dad's office Christmas party. The Japanese sunk a lot of ships 72 years agoand tonight I sank three beers and my mind feels a little sunk so pardon me if I don't have much to say.
Current Mood: tired
Current Music: My Little Pony-Friendship is Magic: The Flim Flam Brothers
Congress is back in session and the president is about to ask their permission to take action in Syria. If they say no or if he decides to go ahead anyway without their permission his credibility is ruined. There is no easy solution to this problem. We think that all we need to do to end wars is to simply lob a few missiles or drop a few bombs and be done with it. Heck, after Congress passed the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution in 1964 President Johnson thought a quick bombing run would be enough to teach North Vietnam a lesson. After a quick bombing campaign he supposedly said, "I didn't just screw Ho Chi Minh, I cut his peckerwood off." It wasn't until 1972 that we left Vietnam and in 1975 South Vietnam finally fell to the north. Basically what I'm saying is that war is never easy. We'd like it to be so but sadly that is not the case. Someone once said if you want peace prepare for war. I believe that means war should be used only as a measure of last resort, when all peaceful attempts have been exhausted. I don't see any peaceful resolution to this conflict coming any time soon and I'm afraid we're going to have to do something. I just hope the President is ready to take this seriously enough to have any meaningful effect.
Current Mood: pensive
A Bike Ride|
Today I went for a bike ride along a rail trail. It was a decent ride. The trail is rather rough in some spaces. Last week I rode a different rail trail and bumped into my father thus busting my trip computer. Because of that I have to be a bit more careful. I'm not the safest person on a bike and because I was riding with my brothers' family I had to be careful. Also the trail is narrow so there's only so much riding room. I had to watch out for my 6 year old nephew who only now is riding a bike of his own instead of on a little trailer which attaches to his father's bike. My sister-in-law has a small yorkie/chihuahua who was riding in a little mobile small dog carrier that was mounted on the front. And we had a friend riding with his 3 year old son sitting in one of those bike seats for toddlers. I did my best to keep my distance. I also kept an eye out for other trail users, little bumps in the road. I also put the brakes on when there were downhill sections because when you go downhill you go faster and when you go faster there is a greater chance of crashing. All in all I stayed upright. Quite an accomplishment for me. I mean I have a hard time paying attention. Slightest distraction can spell disaster for me. Hopefully if I am more careful in the future I can avoid disaster.
Current Mood: relieved
Current Music: Beatle Brony-Hey Diamond Dog (Hey Bulldog)
Not Dead Yet-Y2K12|
Last time checked there are still a few hours left in 2012 so figured why not enjoy what's left of the year while I can? It'll be interesting to see what 2013 brings. The 2013 Tour starts in Corsica for the 100th edition of the Tour de France. Should be pretty cool.
Current Mood: Looking forward
Current Music: The Who-The Seeker(Performed by Rush)
Dude, Where's My Apocalypse? (Maya Y2K12 or Anno Domini MMXII). Part Duh!,|
Well today, according the Mayas, the world was supposed to end at 5:00 A.M. this morning. Whose time zone, I don't know. Anyway, it turns out God didn't hit the reset button like I hoped. Instead he pressed the snooze button. I was kind of looking forward to the end of the world. Kind of like these folks. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Great_Disappointment Start from scratch and all that. Oh well. Today it was raining like it was the end. Heck, I think I saw Noah out there building some huge sort of seagoing vessel designed to carry a few zoos worth of animals. Don't know why though. Guy must be off his nut. Anyway, that's all I have to say. Oh, and one more thing. Today the world ended on the first day of winter. No snow yet. Must be global warming. Or is it a big liberal conspiracy? Oooooooohhhhh, scary.
Current Mood: blank
Current Music: Jethro Tull-Blues Instrumental (Untitled)
Day of Infamy|
71 years ago today the United States was attacked at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii by the Empire of Japan. It was an event which totally caught us by surprise. However, this book by James Bradley sheds some interesting light on the background to it. http://www.amazon.com/Imperial-Cruise-Secret-History-Empire/dp/B007MXCB6Y/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1354931325&sr=1-1&keywords=the+imperial+cruise. It helps if you read his two previous books as they help put things into context and perspective. Basically what the book says is that Theodore Roosevelt encouraged Japan to pursue its own version of the Monroe Doctrine for east Asia. It is very interesting and really makes you think.
Current Mood: pensive
Current Music: Pink Floyd-Southhampton Dock
Repairing a Walkway and Visiting With a Cousin|
Today my cousin Derek came by to do some repair work on our brick walkway. He has his own hard scaping business and he along with a co-worker of his did the work. They did a very thorough job. They removed all the bricks thus stripping it down to its concrete base, cleaned the base, cleaned all the bricks, dried them off with an overgrown leaf blower and set them back down. Just five minutes down the road is a place which sells hard scaping supplies so Derek and I went down there to get six new bricks. Even though his co-worker was back at the house I kept the front door locked and turned on the alarm system just to be on the safe side. I was kind enough to provide them with coffee made from Kurig. I don't drink it but I did my best. I brought out some milk, sugar, even spoons with which to stir their drinks. Derek and his co-worker also asked for some Nutra Grain bars for a sugar energy boost. I gave them two boxes and they totally cleaned both out! I later found out that Derek is moderately diabetic and needs the sugar. His truck trailer really impressed me. It's basically a mobile tool shop and seeing how our grandfather is a master craftsman and jack of all trades with an impressive workshop all his own he would be very impressed and proud. In all I had great fun visiting with my cousin and look forward to the next time I see him.
Current Mood: cheerful
Current Music: Rush-YYZ
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