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Friday, July 7. 2017
The Maggie's Farm editor ate my homework. It does that once out of every five tries or so. It keeps me guessing in the most piquant fashion. The Maggie's Farm computer console is hooked up by a leather strop to the hub of Bird Dog's Farmall, and sometimes, if the humidity is high, the belt slips. Oh well. You'll have to skip my scintillating insights for today, and just read the boring old newspapers:
Your brain is 2/5ths as powerful as the most powerful computer ever built. It's not your brain's fault you use it to watch pro wrestling and worry about vaccines and autism. You could be doing something useful with it.
Theodore Dalrymple is one of maybe five intelligent persons currently writing for the internet.
Real scientists observe things and ask questions. Fake scientists make pronouncements and ask for edicts. This is real science.
I'd have left an upper decker.
How a grape blight resulted in the most famous photograph of all time.
Got that? Hamburger Helper is too hoity toity for poor people now.
It's agitprop. Posing. The police pretend to police while the rioters wreck stuff. The world has raised an entire generation of Wild Ones: What are you protesting? What have you got?
The nonsensical rulings are over. Not because the judges have gotten religion. They just know they'll be overturned and they'll look like fools. To paraphrase Jennifer Cavalleri, Gorsuch means never having to say you're sorry.
Goofy projects deserve a goofy design, I guess. If arithmetic isn't your strong suit, coal costs maybe $40 a ton. It cost 55 million dollars to build a solar array to avoid buying 40 million dollars-worth of coal.
Super Gonorrhoea? They'll probably make him into a Marvel superhero in the next edition.
It was kind to help her out instead of citing her.
First-time offenders? What does that mean? They were all virgins? There's a program? Back in my day my friends just slapped me on the back and said attaboy.
Have a great Friday, everyone!
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Fake scientists make pronouncements and ask for edicts federal grants.
"High-end consumers are shifting toward fresher items with fewer processed ingredients while cost-conscious shoppers are buying inexpensive store brands."
Huh? I guess I'm high-end* on my high-end, and cost-conscious on my low-end. Following the example set by Howard Johnson's former executive chef, Jacques Pepin, and passed down to me in my short stint as a cook at a California HoJo's restaurant, the clever cook uses a combination of fresh and prepared ingredients to quickly concoct dishes that might otherwise require hours.
Of course, my idea of processed foods are things like yogurt, cheese, tomato sauce, and the occasional can of peaches. Chef Boy-ar-Dee canned ravioli was a big treat when I was eight years old; now, not much.
*Anyone who buys staples at Whole Foods is a fool.
We just got sick of paying more and more for ever shrinking boxes of Kraft Mac n Cheese. Which weren't cheese, neither.
Hey, why the knock on pro-wrestling!?
(NJPW is seriously worth it)
"It was kind to help her out instead of citing her." - He should have done both.
"The police pretend to police while the rioters wreck stuff." - I have tools to handle those sorts of pests.
"Theodore Dalrymple is one of maybe five intelligent persons currently writing for the internet. "
Victor Davis Hanson
yup, that's about it. More time to read comic books.
I think you're wrong on Hamburger Helper being too hoity-toity. It clearly ain't hoity-toity enough, or HH's generic boxes are selling too well.
re Your brain is 2/5ths as powerful as the most powerful computer ever built. It's not your brain's fault you use it to watch pro wrestling and worry about vaccines and autism. You could be doing something useful with it.
That is so true and I put myself at the top of the list of those who are wasting their brain power.
"while the four attend a program for first-time offenders."
I find it hard to believe that this was their first time to show their ass in public.
Much ado about ...
“I could not observe exactly what was going on, however both couple(s) were extremely closely embraced,” Turner wrote, according to Cape Cod Times. “Each embraced couple were at a minimum kissing and stumbling about in the waves.”
No kissing so far out in the water that your footing is being washed out from under you by the waves.
But apparently, in Liberal Mass, there was a crowd tut-tutting over the shenanigans of these youngsters. Next thing you know they'll be listening to ragtime and wearing flapper dresses.
The Maggie's Farm editor ate my homework. It does that once out of every five tries or so."
Yes, verily, those who do not save keystrokes are doomed to repeat them.
"Welcome to Hell". Awesome, that over 100,000 young and middle aged people have so much unstructured time, they can take a break and show up in ,to destroy the very mechanism that got them their leisure time and made their lifestyle a possibility.
Roger de Hauteville: If arithmetic isn't your strong suit, coal costs maybe $40 a ton. It cost 55 million dollars to build a solar array to avoid buying 40 million dollars-worth of coal.
So it's relatively cost-effective, depending on the price for coal, and reduces emissions of CO2, SO2, NO, particulates, CO, various hydrocarbons, ash and sludge, trace amounts of heavy metals, along with millions of gallons of heated water. It also avoids the problems associated with mining, processing, and transporting the coal, including strip mining.
While there is some pollution due to the manufacture and recycling of solar panels, it is much less than that from burning coal.
This ignores so many of the serious problems with PV. They only provide power for 6-10 hours a day with varying power levels from 0 to about 90%. They are not producing power for 18-14 hours a day and coal or some other fossil fuel powered plant has to take up the slack. But you cannot turn a fossil fuel plant on and off so the backup that any PV or wind system requires must run 24/7/365 regardless of what the PV system is doing.
You also underestimate the costs in energy/money/pollution that a PV system creates. A PV panel will never in it's usable life create as much energy/electricity as it will take to mine the materials, manufacture the panels and associated equipment, transport the raw materials and finished goods and install and maintain. It is a losing proposition and is only made possible by huge upfront subsidies hidden subsidies throughout it's useful life. It is a dead end propped up by special interests, politicians and your tax dollars.
"Got that? Hamburger Helper is too hoity toity for poor people now. "
Um, no. And your attitude could use a serious adjustment.
We're certainly not poor, but why should I pay extra for the brand name when the generic is just as good ... if not better?
Sounds more like common sense than 'hoity toity.'
RE Eno peeing in the fountain:
I suspect eggheads & wannabes would be offended by Eno peeing on the fountain, but Duchamp would likely applaud.
I still love the guy for having helped bring us Talking Heads. Great music that sounds like it still holds up, to my ear - unlike much late 70's / early 80's pop.
Agree, he was involved in alot of music back then that's aging well. Talking Heads, Bowie, Here Come the Warm Jets, Another Green World, Exposure etc. I still enjoy this music.
"The Story Behind the World’s Most Famous Desktop Background"
This story is not correct. I've driven past that spot hundreds of times in my life. The Windows desktop background shot is of a cow pasture near Stornetta's Dairy, which straddled the Napa and Sonoma County line. It's along Route 121 (the route to Napa from the City going over the Golden Gate).
It had always been cow pastures from the time I was a little kid. You can tell because you can see the cow trails in the grass (cows typically graze horizontally across hillsides and wear trails into them). So there was no prior vineyard there that had been pulled out because of the phylloxera, at least during my lifetime.
Sometime in the past few years, though, the pasture was converted to vineyards (I don't get to Napa much any more, because most of my family in Napa Valley has died or moved away--rich tourists and dot-commers buying second homes there has driven a lot of the local people out). Stornetta's is gone too.
O'Rear is a very famous landscape photographer in Wine Country, and has done several big photography books of Napa Valley. I have a couple of them.
Thanks for the correction.
That cow pasture is the desk top on my Mac Pro.
At least the woman on the scooter wasn't in the left lane, signaling a left turn. She was on the shoulder, where she should have been. She really wasn't causing any harm as long as she was on the shoulder. Some places out West, where the Interstate is the only road, farm and other slow moving vehicles safely operate of the side of the road--or at least it used to be OK back in the day when I lived out there.