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Monday, September 2. 2013
You have to admit, dedicating an official work day to goofing off and calling it Labor Day has to be one the great malaprops of all time. And it has to be more than a little ironic that what started off as a day commemorating one of America's greatest achievements — the unionization of America's workers against the tyranny of the 'barons' of their day (child labor, anyone?) — now represents a big chunk of what's wrong with America. I s'pose entitlements and overall government largesse roughly account for another big piece. If there's one core word that encompasses the entire quagmire, it would be the word unsustainable. Just ask the U.S. Postal Service and the jam it's gotten itself into because of its inability to lay off highly-paid unionized postal workers.
Nonetheless, happy Unlaborious Day, everyone! If you're looking for something to do, I have some suggestions below.
Finally! At last you don't have some cheap, paltry excuse to hand the wife on why you can't get to all of those fix-it jobs that have been piling up!
Rather than this being a "how-to" site, it's more like a "Can I do it?" site, and should give you a pretty good idea as to whether you can handle it yourself. And, in the course of finding out 'if' you also find out 'how', so much the better.
A water heater is a pretty good example. Because they're large, they look kind of forbidding, and most people's first thought would be to call the plumber if it started to leak. But when you actually look at what exactly needs to be unhooked, it's really quite simple, and bendable supply lines mean you don't have to get an exact replacement for the pipes on top. And, just between you and me, a pipe wrench is probably cheaper than a 4-hour visit from the plumber.
I rarely write unless I have something new to add to the narrative, or at least have a fresh slant on something. The OJ jury got it right. Magellan was a fraud. Maggie's Farm is politically centrist. You know, the usual kind of wild hyperbole you expect to see in the blogosphere.
For your visual delight, here's one of the best pictorial galleries and video collections in town. If you're really looking to while away the day, there are some
Windows Tips & Tricks
If you (1) like exercising some control over your system, but (2) have installed Win 7 and are frustrated by its lack of user control, take a peek at my Win 7 setup page. I've spent a serious number of hours tracking down the tweaks to most of the common complaints, such as eliminating garbage from the right-mouse-button 'context' menu, the 'New' menu, getting rid of the "Shortcut to" tag, changing the path to IE's 'Favorites', and disabling those ultra-annoying pops-outs from the Task Bar icons.
I'd also blushingly add that I've never seen anything even close to my 'Facts & Fallacies' page. You read every word on that page and I guarantee you'll come away with a different perspective.
"EEK! It's an ugly rat! Quick, kill it!!"
Smooth move, humanity. Looked at objectively, a rat is just another small, cute furry animal, no different than a guinea pig, hamster or gerbil.
But throw societal convention into the mix and it's "EEK! KILL IT!"
Ratville is for the rest of you.
I presume you've heard of Google Earth? It basically lets you fly around the globe in your own personal space ship, then zoom in to look at
For example, there are huge compass roses out there that you'd never have a clue what they were from the ground, as well as a whole shitload of wild hedge mazes, cities and terrain in 3-D (you can fly between buildings and down the Grand Canyon), real-time airline tracking, real-time weather, strange 3,000-year-old geoglyphic inscriptions spanning the length of a football field — and that's not to mention some very convincing alien crop circles.
I've put together a number of video tours to show off this remarkable program. The 'Google Goofs' tour is a riot.
Presenting the best way to get a blog or web site going, bar none. Apart from it probably being the largest WordPress how-to site out there (50,000 words @ 82 pages), it also gets into how to turn this great blogging software into web software. This is a key point, because if you want a business web site, you don't want all that blog-y stuff around like 'Author', 'Category', 'Comments', etc. And, once you get rid of that, it's a superb editor for a web site, business or informational.
Want to get into the Guinness Book of World Records with a monumental achievement that will last until the end of time? Want to get on TV at the Olympics? Want to actually contact every member of Congress, not just their flunkies? Want to make a bzillion dollars? The answers lie within.
Well, that oughta keep ya busy for an hour or two.
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Ok now that I have had fun (really) is there any way to run autocad 2000 on a win 7 machine short of upgrading to professional? I don't use it often but its a pain to go back to an XP machine....
Well, the only thing you can do to AutoCAD, itself, is open the EXE's properties and set the Compatibility to WinXP. That sometimes works.
Otherwise, it depends on which Win 7 you have. The better versions allow the free MSoft XP emulation program to work, and that should do the trick.
If you don't have the required version, then about the only other thing I can think of is to put XP on a separate drive and use the BIOS to boot into it. I have a post on it here. Takes a minute to reboot, but beats shelling out $4,195.
Those GoogleEarth tours were one of the most interesting things I've seen in a while. The "34 Moons" was especially good, and things like the "Chinese Lines" really defy description. What the hell they doin' that stuff for? They're carving huge symbols in the ground because they're appealing to a god with bad vision?? Huh?
I've got an uncle flying in from Cleveland tonight. I'm going to install GE and that real-time airline thing and follow him in. Pretty cool!
I guess the two 'Oddities' are my faves. Man, there's some weird stuff out there that you'd never know about unless you saw it from the air. The Overlays are also interesting. I keep thinking of doing one, but not sure about what.
"Just ask the U.S. Postal Service and the jam it's gotten itself into because of its inability to lay off its highly-paid unionized postal workers."
Minor correction: what has the Post Office in a financial tailspin is not its inability to cut current workforce, but rather its much-too-generous pensions to retired postal workers.
Well, it's both. I read an article not long ago on how they desperately needed to lay off a bunch of people, but couldn't -- so they put them on some kind of 'furlough' where they didn't work -- but still earned 90% of their pay. Big help THAT does the taxpayers.
You are both wrong, what's gotten the Postal Service in financial trouble is Congress passing a law in 2006, under Bush, that requires the Postal Service to fund their retirement system 75 years in advance. This means the Post Office is funding retirements for people that haven't even been born yet and since the USPS is downsizing, most likely will never even be hired.
No other agency or corporation is required by law to do this and if retracted will go a long way towards keeping the USPS on solid ground financially.
Jeez, I hadn't heard that. 75 years? I'd say "That's crazy!" but we are, after all, talking about Congress. Thanks for the info.
If you want to research more it is called the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act.
In effect the Postal Crisis is a manufactured crisis.
I'll leave the reasons behind it to the Conspiracy Theorists.