We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
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Sunday, August 20. 2017
A few years ago I posted a photo of a garden shrub that I see occasionally thriving on the Outer Cape. Many of our readers concluded that it was Mexican Sage. It is not. I wasted some money buying a couple of Mexican Sages online, and they will not survive my winter.
I finally got to the bottom of it today. It is Vitex (aka Monk's Pepper, or Chaste Tree). The leaves look like marijuana leaves.
Vitex can grow into a small tree or, if pruned, can remain a small shrublike perennial. In northern climes, it tends to die back to the ground in cold winters (like buddleia) but comes right back up in spring.
This site sells a dwarf version which is exactly what I have been seeking.
Give it a try in a perennial bed as a bushy perennial. Butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds like it. It blooms all summer.
Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32
11:1 I ask, then, has God rejected his people? By no means! I myself am an Israelite, a descendant of Abraham, a member of the tribe of Benjamin.
11:2a God has not rejected his people whom he foreknew.
11:29 For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.
11:30 Just as you were once disobedient to God but have now received mercy because of their disobedience,
Saturday, August 19. 2017
Pic: Result from using incorrect wiring with the new fast hard drives.
Actually, I should correct something I said up above. I said a digital drive is "blazingly" faster. I probably should have said screamingly faster. I mean, there's really no comparison, as you'll see in the figures below the fold.
Continue reading "Doc's Computin' Tips: The solid state drive"
Jordan Peterson Sorted Himself Out at Age 25
Cereal Box Eclipse Viewer
Do you suffer from decision fatigue?
WHY BRILLIANT GIRLS TEND TO FAVOR NON-STEM CAREERS
Only In Cali: New Bill Would Imprison Healthcare Workers For Using Incorrect Pronouns With Patients
Want A $400K Grant To Watch Gay People Drink?
Time to re-name Yale
“Is This The Day The Internet Dies?”
“You Need Violence In Order To Protect Nonviolence”
And Yet President Trump, in His Classically Inartful Way, Was Absolutely Right
THE DEMOCRATS’ DANGEROUS DOLCHSTOSSLEGENDE - The Master Party would rather destroy America than question its own superiority.
Turkey to boost military cooperation with Iran after army chief's visit
Why terrorists are so focused on attacking Europe
The force that through the green fuse drives the flower
The force that through the green fuse drives the flower
The force that drives the water through the rocks
The hand that whirls the water in the pool
The lips of time leech to the fountain head;
And I am dumb to tell the lover's tomb
Friday, August 18. 2017
Selling emotional "news" to get people talking is a desperately-competitive big business. It's not about keeping you "informed." She confessed that she had never thought about it that way, that the media makes the news so people will watch it instead of CSI re-runs. She is young and innocent, but capable of learning.
Media amplifies what it wants to, and mutes what it wants to. In some ways, though, we all fall for it. This post itself is evidence for that. Are you excited about statues and Nazis, etc? Switch to Verizon and buy a new car. Next week, the media will create a fresh excitement for us suckers. Enuf said.
When you are hiking and pond-hopping in the sandy back roads of the Cape Cod National Seashore and encounter signs like this, ignore them. Everybody does. Just go on through to a lovely isolated ocean beach. In the 1950s and 60s, it was a nude beach for the artists, writers, bohemian free-love intelligentsia from Boston and NYC, and the horny modernist architects from the US and Germany.
More random pics of the place we love below the fold -
Continue reading "A few Wellfleet pics, Aug 2017, with restaurants and tides"
My house radio music has always been WQXR (live streamed or sometimes regular radio), but on the Cape I discovered Chatham's Cape Classical 107.5. They are at least as enjoyable as WQXR and they also live stream. OK, I do CDs also, but only radio introduces me to music I haven't heard before.
My perennial question to my readers is this: How do I get live-streamed music to go through my fancy speakers? Or is streamed music of such lousy quality that it doesn't matter?
What about a Bluetooth audio receiver? I don't know how those work.
I eagerly await suggestions.
Photo is Lincoln posing with Edgar Allen Poe in Brady's studio
See an animation of how the solar eclipse will look from anywhere in the U.S.
NYT: Jun Takahashi, sorcerer of fashion
HOW BASEBALL BECAME A PROFESSION
Why Millennial Women Are Failing and How to Fix It
You nonna's Italian-American cooking
If you like heartburn...
Vaginas absolutely need sex or they’ll become medically ‘depressed’
Is there a role for government here?
Look out, Amazon: China's Alibaba may soon be bigger
Why the North Pond Hermit Hid From People for 27 Years - Christopher Knight did not have a conversation with another person for almost three decades—but he committed roughly a thousand burglaries.
In India, an Uber for farm machinery aims to make a difference in rural areas
Why we need to curb our enthusiasm for scientific ‘breakthroughs’
Alexis de Tocqueville on Free Health Care
University cancels event called ‘The Stifling of Free Speech on University Campuses’
The "Diversity" Follies, Gender Edition
No, the Government Should Not Censor White Supremacist Views
Loonies are free to speak
Related, Missouri Senator: ‘I Hope Trump Is Assassinated!’
The Democrats Wanted Charlottesville
Media and Dems doing their darndest to shape our reality. They keep seeking to create Trump's Katrina - media did create Bush's Katrina successfully
Greenfield: Arrest the Editor of the Washington Post - Inciting violent riots should have consequences.
Like Trump said
Prominent Republicans Endorse Antifa
" The Republican Party is no more. It is dead. It has ceased to be. It has joined the choir invisible and is pushing up the daisies..."
ISRAEL ON THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BALFOUR DECLARATION
Alternative Facts Under NY Times Editor Matt Seaton - Newspaper Claims Eilat Was an Egyptian Port, Abbas Accepts a Jewish State, Israel Built no Arab Cities, Palestinian Factions Don't Call for One-State Solution
Thursday, August 17. 2017
The movie "Jaws" ruined beach fun for millions of people. Like "Psycho" with showers and "Snakes on the Plane" with airplanes, the idea was to make money by creating disturbing mental images for people who live lives blessedly free of elemental terrors. Shark attacks on humans are extremely rare, and probably mostly accidental. Still, the thought of it is disturbing and resonates with our deepest "monster under the bed" terrors.
I never saw Jaws. Didn't want to. I do know the famous lines from it, though. Great Whites are cold-water eating machines. They congregate where the food is. They will live on fish, but seem to prefer delicious mammalian flesh so they go where they can find it.
Does the Bird Dog family swim with the seals? Yes, and the gals often with wet suits that make them look like cute seals. You can't have a life if fear dominates every aspect of it. I do not frequent golf courses in thunderstorms, but I do not frequent golf courses anyway.
Posted by Bird Dog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 16:56 | Comments (7) | Trackbacks (0)
My observations are that people (mostly men) tend to feel useless if not emasculated by retirement, and end up finding new challenges. Forced retirement, due to health or being let go for whatever reason, is particularly crushing to the male self-image. A vacation is one thing, but a permanent vacation is not so special for most people. You can only play so much golf, and a wife usually does not want a guy hanging around a house all day.
What's your view? Is retirement a life goal or an ending of some sort? I clearly feel that it is a lousy life goal, because life is only today regardless of age.
Posted by The Barrister in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 13:28 | Comments (20) | Trackbacks (0)
I don't want to write a commentary on the violence in Charlottesville. What happened is terrible, wrong, and any discussion of violence begins and ends with the violent acts themselves, not the activity commentators choose to associate it with. I rarely take part in group protests or political gatherings because the likelihood of one outlier who wants to impart damage is very high and I neither want to be associated with, nor a victim of, poor individual choices.
I do want to write a commentary on the removal of icons and monuments. In Tuesday's morning news, Bird Dog posted an article about Confederate statues in the Capitol building.
Before I dig in, I want to point out that if a statue triggers your emotions, I suggest you think long and hard about why you're having an emotional response to an inanimate object. I'd further point out that if these emotions regarding the statue are related to taking offense, or increasing your anger or hatred, you may want to see a therapist. I'm not a psychologist or psychotherapist, and maybe one of our other writers who are in that field can elaborate (or even tell me I'm wrong) about this point.
Consider one fact. Since Monday, monuments around the US have been removed, sometimes forcibly, in an angry response to Charlottesville. Taking this further, New York's governor, and NYC's mayor, have decided to review and remove 'symbols of hate'. One NYC councilman said "if not hate, at least symbols of hurt." I'll have to send him my list of statues that 'hurt' me.
I think politicians, and people, get bent out of shape over strange things. When I see virtually any protest forming, I begin to think "Don't those people have better things to do?" It's been a long time since I marched or protested or did anything political in a group setting. I generally don't like aligning with large groups that claim to speak for me. But a bigger personal issue is the current mindset is the assumption that if you don't agree with removal, you must somehow be sympathetic to the white supremacists. Thought Police abound in today's society, driven by emotions of hurt and hate. Moral equivalency is employed with alarming regularity, often unnecessarily and ignorantly.
I'll relate one experience I had in which I'd have to admit I was emotionally 'triggered'. It was a great learning lesson. I was in college. I was working on a TV show about hunger for the college station. A speaker arrived and handed out leaflets. One person pasted several of them on the set. It was an elephant with "GOP" written across his chest, preparing to drop a nuclear bomb. This was 1984, I was 22 years old and Reagan was being protested regularly on campus. I stood up, stated my opposition to the leaflet on the set, saying it neither had anything to do with hunger, and had everything to do with politics which we weren't discussing. I was told to be quiet and do my job. I protested again, saying it "offended my sensibilities" and that I couldn't work on a project like this. The professor who managed the station walked over, put his arm around me and said "you will be asked to do difficult and uncomfortable things throughout your life, and on your job. If you allow your emotions to get the better of you, it will cost you your job. Today, if you walk off the set, you will fail the day's project." I walked off the set, took my "F" for the day and still got an "A" for the class. But I learned a lesson. Don't let your emotions overwhelm you. I could have done the work and still been effective at my job. Today, I guess I could've sued for a "hostile workplace."
Continue reading "Monuments, Identity and Race"
Canadians Can Eat Genetically Enhanced Salmon; Americans Can't
Applebee's Gives Up On Millennials After Failed Rebranding Efforts
WHAT TO DO WHEN THE COPS SHOW UP
A Navy SEAL explains what to do if you're attacked by a dog
Could Elite Colleges Expand?
CBS Brags: Iceland Has Cured Down Syndrome. But Can You Guess How?…
Professors Told to Treat Microaggressions Like Assaults
Don’t Even Think About Being Evil - Corporate America has managed to make higher education look like an open marketplace of ideas.
Can NY Times really win Sarah Palin case by proving Editorial Author didn’t read the NY Times?
Trump To Roll Back Yet Another Obama ‘Climate Change’ Rule
University Physics Researcher Chanda Prescod-Weinstein Denounces White Male Science
Baltimore Pulls Down Confederate Monuments In Dead Of Night
Trump Supporters In Seattle Demand Lenin Statue Be Torn Down
The Pandora's Box of Taking Down Confederate Monuments
Trump on Charlottesville: Danged if he does, danged if he doesn’t
Mr. President: Dismantle the Insurrection
Council on American-Islamic Relations: Tear Down Every Confederate Memorial
David Horowitz: Charlottesville Is Biggest 'Fake News' Story of Summer
The Rise of the Violent Left - Antifa’s activists say they’re battling burgeoning authoritarianism on the American right. Are they fueling it instead?
THE INVASION OF CANADA - A Somali immigration minister and an open border.
Practicing Coercive Diplomacy on the Korean Peninsula
Migrant Crisis Reaches Spain
Wednesday, August 16. 2017
Cloud Atlas — Marvelous, just marvelous. One of Tom Hanks' best.
The Martian — One of Matt Damon's increasingly good roles.
The Great Wall — Superb special effects, great monsters, seriously hot Chinese chick. What more do you want?
Rogue One — This is the '½' flick. It is, by no means, a 'great' movie, but there's an important point to be made.
As always, you're encouraged to click on the icon on the lower-right of the player's tool bar to open them up to full-screen size. Hit ESC to get back to windows mode when through.
Goodies are below the fold.
Continue reading "Movie Review: 3½ more great movies"
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The hate is terrible. Why can't people with different views tolerate each other? I can, no problem. Just change the subject when they get rabid. NEVER argue. It's not worth it because views arrived at by emotion or fashion can not be changed with logic.
Early this year, to deliver on my New Year's resolution, I started working out. I found this brilliant exercise for people who have a hard time getting into the habit of working out.
Here's how it goes - begin by standing on a comfortable surface, where you have plenty of room at each side.
With a 5-lb potato sack in each hand, extend your arms straight out from your sides and hold them there as long as you can. Try to reach a full minute, and then relax. Each day you'll find that you can hold this position for just a bit longer.
After a couple of weeks, move up to 10-lb potato sacks. Then try 50-lb potato sacks and then eventually try to get to where you can lift a 100-lb potato sack in each hand and hold your arms straight for more than a full minute. (I'm at this level.)
After you feel confident at that level, put one potato in each of the sacks...
Viking Fashion: Men And Women Were Vain And Very Clean During The Viking Age
Anti-Israel Curricula Used in World History Courses Across the Country
Subsidizing health insurance cannot ever get us to universal coverage
Google memo author exposes three of the most scandalous thought crimes of contemporary American society
Study Finds 3.5 Million Ghost Voters in US – More Than the Entire Population of 21 States
WaPo: Documents Show Russians Sought Meetings With Trump Campaign…and Team Trump Declined
Trump's Epic Presser Clarifies Three Truths That Have Driven The MSM Insane
NYT Illustrates Perfectly Why Conservatives Consider Mainstream Media Hostile
WASHINGTON POST: "START THROWING ROCKS"
Tuesday, August 15. 2017
Ineffective people seek somebody to blame
Now at Saks: Salt Rooms, a Bootcamp and a Peek at Retail’s Future
Granola: Not particularly "healthy" but tasty
To each his own. I think it's gerbil food
Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?
To The Progressive, Everything That Happens In Urban America Is Bad
Participation boost: Americans are still rushing back into the job market
The Eclipse as Dark Omen - America’s skies are set to dim at a strange hour of its history.
The Statues of Unliberty - Confederate leaders are honored with sculptures in the halls of Congress.
James Damore Confronts the Nagging Harridans of High Tech (and Loses)
Sundar Pichai Should Resign as Google’s C.E.O.
Google's search for non-white male employees shows few results (Asian now counts as white, I guess)
McArdle: As a Woman in Tech, I Realized: These Are Not My People
Conservatives say campus speech is under threat. That’s been true for most of history.
Violent Charlottesville Protester Claims 'Free Speech Does Not Protect Hate Speech'
Avoidable Mayhem - Why did Virginia’s political leadership order the police and National Guard to stand down?
How The Liberal Media Created Charlottesville
Antifa Website Calls for Violence Against Trump Supporters
So dumb they think he was serious
With Tom Price in charge, doctors are winning again in Washington
How Middle-Class Europeans Fare Under the Welfare State
The Forgotten South Vietnamese Airborne
Clarity on Israel Anti-Boycott Act
Our (too-occasional) contributor must be on the way home from their Sierra Nevada family camp because I was emailed a pic of their 11-mile driveway.
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