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Monday, April 15. 2013
And that's saying a lot.
So, there's your update. I'll just be posting a Computin' Tip later on today. The good stuff starts tomorrow and will run through next Tuesday. After that, I cannot say.
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Crap, that's depressing news. I have to confess I really don't have much interest in most of the stuff on Maggie's (economics, politics, the "higher education bubble", psychology), but I love computin' tips and movie reviews and eye-opening pieces like your History's Mysteries series, and the damn place just ain't gonna be the same.
I just hit the tip jar, hope it helps. I got raked over the coals by a doctor not too long ago and ended up paying $345 for what amounted to two 5-minute office visits. Lawyers may get the bum rap for being a greedy bunch, but doctors pull a close second.
I'm especially looking forward to your article on the swastika, because I may have written something similar to it years ago. Without giving anything away, is, is the word Thunderbird in it?
I hope you can stay online, Doc. This world will be emptier without you.
Thanks for the nice words, Bobolink. I've been on this plateau for four or five months now, and it's starting to wear on me mentally. I've never understood what 'depression' really meant in the medical/psychological sense, but I'm starting to see glimmers of it.
"Without giving anything away, is the word Thunderbird in it?"
Of course. :)
A contributing factor to those high doctor fees and lots of expensive testing are those pesky lawyers looking to make a killing off of real or imagined malpractice lawsuits.
I was reading an article just a few minutes ago on how Riddell, the football helmet people, have been sued up and down, left and right, by every parent whose kid has a football injury, even one in the shower room long after the helmet was removed. Most of them have been excused, but not all. It's a bloodthirsty lot, all right.
first off, get well - that's the priority.
2nd - ever considered tethering your celphone (assume your mobile device has data plan)? speed is about 3G - i have a 'droid, use PDAnet - free (and small $ to get full ssl/https accessibility). This may be different from your probs with wireless cards from vendors - worth a shot, especially at the price.
google up PDANet - they also have tethering for iphones
Actually, my cellphone is one of those other things I'm going to give up. It's recently gone up to $76/mo. I'll pick up one of those cheapie 7-11 phones which should do for now. Thankfully, I don't need the phone for business; almost everything's done with email and Excel documents.
Thanks for the suggestion, though, and the helpful words.
I'll hit the tip jar a little later today, but I sincerely hope you get better sooner rather than later. Sometimes recovery can take a while - I know - been there, done that. You always want it to go faster, but it never does.
I understand and respect your decision, but let it be known that the Farm barn will be less interesting without your active participation.
Thanks, old friend. I'm sorry we exchanged some harsh words a few weeks ago. I assume you got my email later. We go too far back to let a petty squabble come between us. Besides, are there any other boat captains here? We 'elite few' have to stick together.
When I bitched about not getting any better a month ago, it was your words that encouraged me to hang tough a little longer, and I have. But at this point, as I mentioned to BobZ, it's starting to wear me down mentally. So I figured it was time to take action and put health in the top slot.
Tom Francis is right ... sometimes recovery can take a while. have Faith.
you're a webmaster? I could direct a small account your way, revise a website and monthly updates.
now, as a fan of the Comin' Ice Age, I take exception to your alboreal warmin' position and offer a few minor corrections.
the name "Greenland" was probably a real estate marketing ploy (see the wiki article on Greenland, notes 9-11, cf "Hollywoodland"), the place was always marginal for european medieval agricultural practices, and the two colonies were not viable because of the vikings' inability to adapt.
Wir - Yep, an honest-to-goodness webmeister. Read this for some history. I'll email you about the job, and thanks for the mention.
As for Greenland, first of all, you can't cite left-wing, AGW-believing sites as sources. Wikipedia definitely falls into this category. I was reading about something a few months ago that had nothing, whatsoever, to do with global climate, then suddenly there it was; some mention of how "climate change" would alter whatever it was I was reading about. And that was hardly the first time. The site is infused with the perils of global warming.
As for the Vikings, the main point is that they were able to try. Even if they failed miserably at being farmers, the chance was still there. You don't see anyone talking about "fresh produce from Greenland" today. It would sound like some kind of twisted oxymoron.
Of course, with global colding just around the corner, it's silly even talking about this antiquated 'warming' stuff. Let's all try to stay up with the latest scientific discoveries, people!
Ah, right, thanks for the correction. As global warming has proven, there's a big difference between settled and unsettled science.
I'd honestly never thought about the difference until they came along, so I suppose I owe them my gratitude for the enlightenment.
I knew they were good for something.
I've sent Insty a link to the topic- maybe an Insta-tsunami will assist....
Thanks, Fred, but I won't get my hopes up. The guy probably gets 7,000 emails a day. I don't envy him. :)
hit the tipjar. Wish it could be more. You might take a look at Republic Wireless/ You buy their pre-configured droid phone then it's all you can drink via Sprint's network, for $20/ month.
Thanks and thanks. I haven't checked out the cheapie phone routine much yet. A couple of my neighbors use some company with a '10' in the name, like "Net10" or something, and they seem to work okay. I won't like having to start a stopwatch every time I make or receive a call, but what price, cheapness?
Doc, you may want to check out the signal boosters from Wilson.
They allow you to put an external antenna on your phone while it sits in a cradle. You need to buy the one matched to your service providers frequencies. You could use an android phone or a mifi on the device to share the wireless. I have a Sleek 800/1900 smart technolgy II signal booster from them and it does work. It comes with an itty bitty mag mount antenna for use on your car, but you can get bigger antennas at a flying J truck stop.
KF - Thanks for the suggestion. I already have a Wilson antenna, which definitely helped a bunch. I tried the booster, but it didn't do much so I returned it. Great company, though, very smart and helpful.
Been a little remiss...
I'll hit the tip jar...(USPS...not to Lance...mind you) and get a little sumpin' 2 U (2 weeks max)...
DM (and fer buddy),
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8xPATNglqIU (only thing missin' is ELH).
feel for you, I too live in a rural area and cel connections are the pits. T-Mobile swore up and down that my 2g would be replaced by a 4g tower within six months.
After 18 months and no new service I dropped them after sprint put in a 4g tower that I could get a decent signal from.
Now I am in a battle w/ T mobile over a $400 cancellation fee
Their salesman can lie all day long and get away with it apparently.
400 clams?? Shit, I thought most early cancellation fees were between $200 and $250. $400 is just scary.
Saw the link at Instapundit and came here. Then clicked on your AGW-opus out of curiosity and realized you used some 'C3' climate charts. Thanks!
I will be hitting the tip jar, btw. Best of luck!
I got all of those charts that are bunched together from a WUWT article. If any of them are yours, thanks, and excellent job. They're all crystal clear.
If you folks want to see a real jaw-dropper of an anti-AGW site, click on the 'Link' next to his name. An incredible amount of work.