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.
When Perrodel Pájaro said it was going to be a 'long' weekend this morning, he wasn't kidding. With the 1st falling on a Friday, you can bet this'll be a 3½, if not 4-day holiday for many. Here's to ya. <clink!>
If you're looking for something to do, I have a few ideas to toss into the mix.
Do I really have to tell you how important this next election is? Are you honestly just going to sit there on your duff the whole time, or are you going to be a part of it? If Obama is reelected, who ya gonna blame? Everybody else for not being more proactive?
I'll be debuting this site next week sometime, but it's rarin' to go now:
If you're one of those 'blogger' type o' guys, please grab the link and spread it far and wide.
Unless you'd rather go through four more years of this, of course.
Finally! At last you don't have some cheap, paltry excuse to hand the wife on why you can't get to all 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 or not.
A water heater is a pretty good example. Because they're large, they look kind of 'serious', 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 so the inlet and outlet pipes match up. And, just between you and me, a pipe wrench is probably cheaper than a 4-hour visit from the union plumber.
Now in Deutsch, Français y Español!
*discounting coincidence, of course
I rarely write unless I have something new to add to the narrative, or a fresh slant on something. The OJ jury got it right. Magellan was a lie. Maggie's Farm is politically centrist. You know, the usual kind of wild hyperbole you expect in the blogosphere. A nice little intro to my unique style is here. The main site is here:
And for your visual delight:
Fly The Friendly Skies
Have you heard of Google Earth? It basically lets you fly around the globe in your own personal space ship, then zoom way in to look at your topless neighbor sunbathing historical monuments. It's a series of constantly-updated images from every spot on the globe, and there are big sites out there dedicated to posting the latest crazy/odd/beautiful spots people find. You click on the link and your own program takes you there. Very cool.
There are gigantic 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 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 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 hysterical.
Thankee. There's a very interesting tour on the Google Earth site of 'hi-res' spots. There's just a few of them around the globe, but they're friggin' awesome. Hi-res stuff is pretty amazing. I use to have some Java applications on a site and one of them was the "magnifying lens", and I had a super-hi-res pic to use it on. Great stuff.