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Thursday, August 1. 2013
Well, let's start off with some good news, shall we?
Finally! After years of bureaucratic red tape as the barred owls' lawyers fought in federal court to have them un-barred from polite society everywhere, a verdict has been reached and the appropriate death sentences will now be meted out. These barred animals simply have to learn their place!
Studies are like statistics; always there when you need 'em!
And catch the misleading 'potent' part. Weed is the beer of the drug world.
Probably another one of those "Gosh, it looked so good on paper!" stories.
I'm not big on linking to left-leaning (delicate cough) "science" sites, but he nailed that one. If there was ever — and I mean ever — a case of 'learning from history', a blanket ban on porn would have to be near the top of the list.
If you're much into computers, the name 'John Dvorak' might ring a bell. I remember posting an article on him back in the late 80's on my BBS, so he's been around the block a few times. Being old and wizened, he obviously has had the time to thoroughly grasp life and whittle it down to its basic elements.
From his Wikipedia page:
So it's good to know he's keeping an eye on the important things.
He also begs... BEGS us not to buy or upgrade to Windows 8.1:
And I heartily agree. I did a review on Win8 back when it was in beta and what few additions have come with 8.1 are more confusing than helpful. If you've heard they brought the Start Menu back, far from it. You can still use additional programs to iron most things out, but hunting down, installing and setting up 3rd-party programs is beyond the average user's grasp.
Stick with Vista or Win7, that's my best and only advice. When Microsoft discovers that there are still people out here using real, live desktop and laptop computers and brings back all of the standard stuff in Windows 9, we'll be more than happy to consider it.
And, hey, you have to admire ingenuity. You say you live way up north and your quaint little town is shrouded in darkness for almost half a year?
You got a problem, you solve it. That's just the way life works. And I guess the question that arises now is, so what's your town done for its residents lately?
It was apparently struck down on a technicality:
In other news, bulimia is still legal, but I suppose it's next.
Finally, on an upbeat, comedic note, we have this laff riot:
As you'd expect, these AGC people are firmly in the bag:
These guys are just hysterical, aren't they? Still stuck in the old CO2 = Deadly Toxic Gas mindset with the only two variables being that the temp either goes up or down because of it.
Like I said, a laff riot.
Luckily, the sophisticated, urbane readers of Maggie's Farm (assuming that's not an oxymoron) are aware that good hard science now supports four vastly different climate models, giving each and every one of us the opportunity to choose for ourselves on this most critical of issues.
Options. That's what science is all about.
What a cutie!
As if her hairdo wasn't hot enough in the 'Before' pic, the new 'do' is positively gorgeous! Look at that sheen!
So there is some good news coming out of Washington these days.
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If you think Moochelle is a cutie, you must be smoking the weed yourself.
Peter - Would you consider your comment "racist", or merely misogynistic?
Doc, you're right, that hairdo is just fabulous.
Also, as a self-avowed 'glutton', myself, I highly applaud Judge Felding's wise and noble decision. Long live the constitutional right to eat and drink ourselves to death! (I just ate four pancakes for breakfast and I'm stuffed!)
(I just ate four pancakes for breakfast and I'm stuffed!)
You embarrass the word "glutton". Call us when you have four stacks of pancakes for breakfast, then we'll talk.
You don't seem to be pulling your own weight in exercising your right to be as fat as you want to be. What kind of shape is that to be in?
Loved the "pulling your own weight" line. The point is, Don, if you're still pulling your own weight -- then you obviously can't claim the title "glutton"!
On the other hand, it's all about perspective. I had one small powdered donut for breakfast this morning like usual. If I'd eaten four pancakes, I probably would have exploded. :)
What? Looking at a part time job in law enforcement?
Michelle, my gal, seems to fancy herself a white woman. She's got a great tan.
Fun post, doc! I hadn't heard about the overturning of the big soda ban. Judge Felding's quote was hilarious. I bought it right up to the "post-verdict news conference" line. Now that's funny.
And I remember thinking the same thing you did when I saw that AGC article a few days ago. Even the anti-AGW forces are going off the rails these days.
And I think that's a great look for the First Lady. If history is any judge, we're getting Bo tomorrow, right?
Of course you're getting Bo tomorrow.
As if there was any doubt.
Actually, I'm going to save Bo for the end of the Monday post.
Might as well end on a really upbeat note, right?
(those little paws are just adorable!)
"In other news, bulimia is still legal, but I suppose it's next."
Although just a throwaway line, there's probably some truth to that. If people want to pass laws to keep people from being too fat, what's to prevent them from trying to keep people from being too thin!?
And the porn article made all kinds of sense. Don't our 'betters' even READ things like that before attempting their idiocy? When you hear the term 'ivory tower', here's a prime example.
Two down, eighteen to go!
Re: the heliostatic mirrors.
Not many people know this, but in the original mythology, young Lex Luthor did this very thing to help Smallville, but accidentally set the town on fire, wherein Superboy saved the day. After a series of similar mishaps, Lex became bitter and jealous of the Boy of Steel, leading to a lifetime of anger and revenge seeking.
Michelle Obama is a very attractive woman, especially judging by First Lady standards. But she's not doing herself any favors with that new hair. She'll probably come to her senses.
PS, Thanks for the advice to stay away from the latest horrible Microsoft product, but I don't need it, because . . . well, you know.
From the comments to your Global Cooling link:
"Climate Forecast Change must be stopped. Think of the severe impact it will have on poor scientists trying to get NSF grants."
The AGW crowd are all CFC deniers.
The Z-Cluster do seem to have gone away for now. Dare we hope they were struck by a computer virus? After some burping and hiccuping, they may re-emerge as Ann Coulter.
"they may re-emerge as Ann Coulter."
You're in good form today. :)
The Z-Cluster inadvertently left a very revealing clue recently, which I'll include in my post on him/it/them should he/it/they return.
I hate Vista with the heat of a thousand suns. I've done everything I can to speed it up, keep it from hanging, etc. I followed all your instructions of a few years ago on how to make it better and I've taken my laptop to the local computer shop to have it cleaned up, etc.
It STILL is a piece of garbage. Hangs worse than ever. I can't even begin to be rational about Vista anymore except that all owners of Vista should be able to either get a new computer or sue the pants off Bill Gates.
Well, sure, but how do you really feel about it?
And why not pick up Win7? The 'upgrade' discs are only half the price of a full install disc, so it shouldn't be a wallet-killer. And that's not to mention how much you'll save on ulcer medicine.
I average 5-6 hours on my computer a day, more in the winter. Vista has been trouble free. No problems whatsoever. I often suspect when someone complains strongly about an operating system that either they are voicing their biases or if the complaint is legitimate they have installed some software that is causing them problems which they blame on the operating system. How can it be that my vista on my cheapo Walmart laptop runs flawlessly for years many hours a day 24/7 and someone else claims Vista just doesn't work?
I bought a new laptop last month and haven't even turned it on yet. I'm not crazy about Windows 8 format. But I suspect the worst I will see is a couple more keystrokes to get past the operating system to run what ever program I'm gonna use. And probably a few suprises here and there. I will admit I considered installing Vista on the new laptop but I suspect it will cost me a few dollars and probably cause more problems down the road. So for better or worse Windows 8 is in my future.
Good comments, like usual. Kathryn, if you're still reading this, go here and skip down to the 'Pre-Loaders' section. That's probably what's causing the problem. (It's a Win7 setup page, but it's the same for Vista)
GWTW, the biggest problem in Win8 is the Start Menu, but there are programs that'll put the old style on there, so that's the first thing I'd dig up. The one I use for Win7 is called "Classic Start Menu", and he may have a Win8 version.
Thanks, I may have to resort to that. My philosophy is less is more so I really don't like adding stuff on. I suspect I will just grin and bear it if Win 8 requires an extra step or two every time I turn it on. I may just clean it and remove everything from the screen but since I haven't even used it yet I'm not sure if that will work. I prefer just a picture of my choice on the desktop and to eliminate everything that I can from distracting from the picture.
Re: Using Science to destroy marriage/family
Good morning all: We have on so many occasions watched as the liberals dismantle this country one brick at a time. We know that they frequently use small universities (fiscally need) to conduct studies in collaboration with faculty at larger universities (politically needy) to run research projects. These projects,such as the one declaring homosexuality is genetic, are not new to us. But the intention (predetermined) of this one will surely be visible to all.
I d/l the Win 8.0 preview and found the GUI almost unusable. I d/l the Win 8.1 preview and the GUI is a vast improvement. Takes a couple of keystrokes to be on the good old Desktop, and you can stay there as long as you want. I suspect you can boot to the Desktop, but I haven't had time to find out yet (been teaching myself Nexus innards and fixes - there's a raft of "broken" ones on the market, cheap). Beneath the GUI, Win 8.x looks an awful lot like Win 7 looks an awful lot like Vista....
That's interesting. In the beta Win8 I previewed, it just took one click on the 'Desktop' square to bypass the whole tablet GUI and you were on the Desktop. V8.1 has a setting that bypasses the whole tablet thing, although I'd hardly call that a 'dramatic' improvement. Did you read Dvorak's article? He mentions the bypass thing.
Anyone else having problems with Skype lately? Since Microsoft took over it seems to be getting worse instead of better. We know a geek who was in on the ground floor of developing Skype, says we can expect more bad service. The Microsoft model will eventually force us into paying for the Skype service and the technology will still be bad (of course)!
Sad truth: those wonderful short haircuts like Michelle used to have cost A LOT OF MONEY to maintain! In order to get the hair to hang correctly it must be trimmed every 2-3 weeks by a real pro! However, her new hairdo is clearly a "grow out". She is trying to let her hair grow out and it look like ^&%$
Sorry about that--all us gals have been there /done that!
Hey! Just because the President's brother cross dresses is not an excuse to make fun of him.
Sorry, Doc, but mo' MO is too dang much! And it better be Bo and not BO tamarra or I'll have a hissy fit and you won't like it. (Though some may be amused.)
Actually, I just contacted the other bloggers here and they all said "Go with the hissy fit", so I'd be happy to do an entire post on Bo Tamarra if it'll help. Cherished offers like yours don't come along every day, and we all feel we should take best advantage of the current situation, you being right on the edge and all.
The post on First Dog Bo will be on Monday, not tomorrow, so hopefully the frustrating delay will add to your current state of hissiedsness.
For the camcorder video format, use WMV if you can. That'll give me the best source code for the post.
And thank you for your participation!
Hey, Doc, as the resident computer expert, I though I'd ask your opinion of this new government funded data recovery service
I laughed and laughed, but then I cried because it is true.
oops, wrong link
Yes, I've used their excellent service a number of times. Quick, efficient, and best of all it's FREE since it's taxpayer funded. I think even a skeptic like yourself would find it hard to find fault with those three accolades staring you in the face.
But you're welcome to try. :)
I tried the windows 8 beta on a spare computer and found it hard to use. I downloaded the classic shell to get the start menu back and that made it much easier to use. I think Win 8 is going to be another Vista. I tried Vista and stayed with XP.