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May 31, 2013

A Tale of Two Vets

Boxing great Joe Louis (on the left, below), who served in Army during WWII and actor Lee Marvin (on the right), who served in the Marine Corps during that same war, are buried next to each other in Arlington National Cemetery.

May 30, 2013


wuther wuth·er [wuhth-er] verb (used without object) British Dialect

(of wind) to blow fiercely

Oddly enough, that's how we Texans pronounce "weather"...although when the wind blows fiercely, we call that a normal day here in the Panhandle.

Let's Talk Top Five

The most widely spoken languages in the world are, in descending order: Chinese, English, Hundustani, Spanish, and Russian.

Source: The Old Farmer's Almanac

May 29, 2013

Birthday Wisdom

Your Birthday's Wisdom is Thought
You believe a mind is a terrible thing to waste, and you try to exercise your brain as much as possible.

You are intrigued by almost everything, and you are curious about the world around you.

You want to travel to foreign lands, read lots of books, and master many subjects.

You love to go on all sorts of adventures, especially the kind that don't require you to leave your room.

Birthday - Paul McCartney

Born Today

Born on this Day

King Charles II, Patrick Henry, G. K. Chesterton, Bob Hope, John Barrymore, John F. Kennedy, Dennis Hopper, Barry Goldwater...

And me.

May 27, 2013


mordacious mor·da·cious [mawr-dey-shuhs] adjective

1. biting or given to biting.
2. sharp or caustic in style, tone, etc.

Many message board comments are unnecessarily mordacious.

The Olympics & War

The Olympics have been canceled five times because of war; once during WWI in 1916, before the Winter Olympics were introduced, and four times during WWII, both summer and winter games in 1940 and 1944.

Chain Gang - Sam Cooke

Love Sam Cooke's music and especially this song. My folks had several of his albums and I almost wore them out playing them over and over again.

The Funky Wall Test

I liked all the walls, but after careful consideration, I chose the metal one. If you had a floor drain, you could just hose them off.

You Are Independent

You live a self-directed, autonomous life. While no person is an island, you do your best.

You like to have the freedom to choose as much as you can. You know what's best for you, and you enjoy being self-reliant.

You hit a wall when you are force to cooperate or work in a group. You don't work well with others, even if you are the leader.

In fact, you can do any group task more easily and quickly simply on your own. And that's what you end up doing.

You break through walls on your own - using your own means and your own schedule. You are best when left to your own devices.

You trust yourself more than anyone else in your life, and you should. You have a great track record. 

Dueling Philosophers

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.

-George Santayana

It is the soothing thing about history that it does repeat itself.

-Gertrude Stein

May 25, 2013

Rhiannon - Fleetwood Mac

A Pair of Abigails

There have been quite a few U.S. Presidents with the same first name; there have been three Georges: Washington, H.W. Bush and W. Bush.

The names John and William tie for second with four apiece;  John: Adams, John Quincy, Tyler and Kennedy. The four Williams are Harrison, McKinley, Taft and Clinton.

The most common name for Amercian presidents is James; Monroe, Madison, Polk, Buchanan, Garfield and Carter.

Yet, there have been only two First Ladies with the same first name: Abigail Adams, wife of John (on the left, below) and Abigail Fillmore, wife of Millard. (on the right)

May 20, 2013

Life's a Beach

Your Ideal Beach Vacation Is Cozy

Your idea of a day at the beach is one that feels as natural and as homey as possible.

You dream of living at the beach, and even if you can't live there permanently, you'd like to be there a while.

Your dream beach getaway would place you right on the beach with your own private quarters. 

You'd love to wake up to a beach sunrise and wind down with a beach sunset. And listen to the ocean crashing as you sleep.

For you, the beach is a place to get warm and sleepy. Once you get comfortable, you never want to leave.

More than any type, you belong on the coast permanently. If it isn't already, then it should be your home.

Dangerous Knows Dangerous

Richard Nixon once referred to Timothy Leary as "the most dangerous man in America". Leary, a clinical psychologist and LSD advocate, was a counter-culture hero in the psychedelic 1960's and advised that generation to "turn on, tune in, drop out."

Nixon calling Leary "dangerous" was a proverbial case of "pot, meet kettle".

Legend of a Mind - The Moody Blues

May 17, 2013


motza mot·ser

noun Australian Slang

a large amount of money, especially a sum won in gambling.

Since I've been online, I've learned a lot of slang from my friends in other countries, but I've never seen/heard this one used.

Whatever the opposite word and meaning is, that'd be the word I'd have to use. I am not a bad poker player, but not a good one, either, mostly breaking even. I never had much luck at all betting on football games. (I once lost an entire paycheck betting on the Cowboys) I used to like to play scratch tickets, but winning tickets are few and far between - my average is less than the stated odds on the back of the tickets.  I seldom even win a flip of a coin.

The Mega Millions lottery is tonight ($190 million) and the Powerball ($550 million) tomorrow. Here's hoping I have motza after either one. If I do, I might just take a trip to Australia so I can use it and have people understand what I mean.

May 14, 2013

If I Fell - The Beatles

My favorite Beatles tune and IMHO, the prettiest melody and lyrics of them all.

Personally Prioritized Principles

You Prioritize Principles
When making a big decision, you turn to the moral guidelines that you follow. You trust them to show you what's right.

Whether you're religious or simply philosophical, you have an ethical framework that you're serious about following.

When it comes to what's right, you don't think things are as gray as they seem. People just want to avoid doing what they need to do.

It isn't easy to behave ethically, and that's why you put so much emphasis on it. You think people should be recognized more for upstanding behavior.

Those who don't know you well may call you obstinate and inflexible, but little do they know how much flexibility your ideas about morality give you.

By having a clear idea of what is right and wrong for you, you trust yourself to be adventurous and open. You know you'll stick to your guns when you need to. 

I have principles; I just misplace them now and then.

Jackpots, Stocks & Socks

There's a lottery frenzy going on right now;  the Mega Millions jackpot is $170 million and the Powerball is up to $350 million.  I bought a QP (quick pick) ticket for each earlier this evening.  I don't expect to win either, but it sure would be nice.

I sometimes visit a lottery forum and *sometimes* enjoy reading the comments.  I was surprised at the level of contention over how people should invest their money or even spend it.  I did enjoy one obviously young man's recent post with pics of all the things he would buy;  a few sports cars and a house that looked larger than many hotels I've seen.  It had a game room with a dozen arcade games, pinball machines, 2-lane bowling alley, a huge gym, a man cave with a gigantic video screen and bar.  There were so many photos of things he would buy it took a minute or so to load even w/ my fairly fast connection.   Some castigated him over his conspicuous consumption dreams but others laughed and said more power to him. (my thoughts)

Other people said they'd live in swanky places such as Beverly Hills or Malibu while others said they wouldn't want to live in those type places.  I agree with the latter.  Some said they would want to have multiple houses and live in Hawaii or Florida during the winter and in the north in summer. (Me? I'd be worrying about the one house while living in the other)  One woman wants to live in Paris, something I would never, ever do.  I don't really have any desire to visit France except for the Normandy D-Day beaches.

The investment advice varies greatly, too.  "Buy gold and silver!" declare some.  "Diamonds!" say others.   Some say they'd play the stock market. (and I expect the stock market *might* play THEM) A few take the survivalist route,  say they'd buy a place in the mountains with plenty of guns, freeze dried foods, etc.  I guess that's OK, but it certainly wouldn't be enjoying your new-found wealth, at least not to me.  (as I've mentioned before

One guy distrusted the stock market and other investments so much he said he'd just as soon stuff it all into a mattress.  That's a little TOO cautious for me, but I have always thought I might make a pillow full of cash.  I don't know if that would make me sleep easy or not sleep at all worrying about it, but....

Some of the best arguments are over taking the lump sum or the annuity.  When purchasing my lottery tickets, I always opt for the lump sum for several reasons.  One, the highest tax bracket just increased this year from 35% to 39.6%.  Taxes very seldom go down.  Secondly, the annuity would give you a guaranteed income for its length (26 yrs on Mega Millions, 30 on Powerball) but I'm getting to the age where I most likely wouldn't see the last checks and even if I did, I might not have the mental facilities to endorse them. 

Maybe a good investment would be a nice retirement home and pay the employees very well and also stipulate that, on the day after I died, they were all fired.  I imagine I'd get some great care.

As I said, I doubt I'll ever win the lottery,but if I do,  I plan to give all my winnings away. 

Yes, all of it;  to charity, friends and family, but also to current land owners, building contractors, auto dealerships, airlines, resorts, cruise ships, restaurants, clothing stores, etc.  Of course, I'll have to give the govt. 39.6% plus what they'll take after I die, plus taxes on my earnings from investments.(that mattress idea looks better all the time)

I don't think I could ever be obscenely extravagant, but who knows?  I once read Justin Timberlake wears brand new underwear every day.  I never found out what he did with the old ones, but he could probably make a pretty good amt. by selling them on Ebay.   I might do something like that, only with socks, although I doubt anyone would want my "old" socks, even with only one wearing.  I guess I could donate them to charity. (after washing, of course)  OTOH, I could probably hire someone to come in and sort and match them, that would be the main reason I'd wear a new pair every day.  I really hate having to try to match up nearly identical white socks.

May 13, 2013

Horrible Hyena Humor

When a hyena is making its signature laughing sound it's expressing frustration, usually when fighting a more dominant hyena or other hyenas for food.
That bit of trivia reminds me of an old joke:

An old man took his grandson to the zoo and during the tour they stopped in front of the hyena cage. The tour guide said:

"This is the laughing hyena, so called because of its distinctive bark which sounds like laughter. It eats 45 lbs. of meat a week and only evacuates once a month."

The old man snorted and dryly said: "Hmmph! If that S.O.B. eats 45 lbs. of meat a week and only craps once a month, I don't see what the hell it's laughing about!"

May 10, 2013

Big Cats Like Boxes, Too!


whangdoodle whang·doo·dle [hwang-dood-l, wang-] noun Slang.

a fanciful creature of undefined nature.

That sounds a little naughty and I suppose it could be if you wanted it to be, especially if used as a verb.

May 8, 2013

Balls to the Wall - Accept


logomachy lo·gom·a·chy [loh-gom-uh-kee] noun, plural lo·gom·a·chies.

1. a dispute about or concerning words.

2. an argument or debate marked by the reckless or incorrect use of words; meaningless battle of words.

3. a game played with cards, each bearing one letter, with which words are formed.

I see the first definition all the time. Someone will make a spelling mistake or misuse a word in a post about a controversial subject and someone else will ridicule them for it, then someone else will defend the original poster and ridicule the ridiculer and others will chime in on one side or the other and sometimes the person who made the mistake will reply, either slamming the critics or laughing it off and the original contention will be forgotten.

Another argument I saw not long ago was in regards to the second definition. It was in a political forum and someone said "They just tow the party line." and a reply said it was "toe".  The first person came back and said no, it was "tow", as in pull behind them.  That went on for several dozen posts with both leaving links "proving" the other was wrong. 

Ah, such is the Internet, huh?  One big logomachy. 

I Know Judo & Karate

And quite a few other dangerous words.

You Are Capoeira

You are lively, fun, and open to new experiences. You love to travel and discover new things.

You are joyous and prone to celebrate. You are the type of person who likes to work hard and play even harder.

In life, you are intuitive and street smart. You understand others well and are able to predict their next moves.

And while you can see what others are up to, few know what your plans are. You like to play it coy.

In a battle, you try to outsmart your opponent before you get outsmarted first. It's all about trickery and listening to your gut.

You like to have a worthy opponent. It's fun to battle if someone comes close to matching you in wits, cunning, and strategy. 

This won't mean much to anyone but my old MSN Groups friends, but I was familiar with Capoeira because "Topher", the one-time manager of the help group Community Feedback was a devotee of that particular martial art. After he mentioned it in a post, I researched and read about it. After Groups went belly-up, I ran across the word again somewhere and did a combination search for that and Tophers real first name, Christopher, and found several profiles of him.  That's been a couple of computers ago and several years, so I don't remember the particulars.  Other than his penchant for sucking up to "AC" and "KT", he was a pretty good guy.  He never banned me, so that's my criteria for "pretty good". -grin-

May 7, 2013

It Won't Be Long Now

This popped up on my Google Reader page earlier today:
I knew it was going to happen but I had put it out of my mind.  I've migrated my feeds to other platforms, but stubbornly kept using Google Reader.  I'm used to it, it's user friendly and I like the features, esp. using it to share articles here or on Facebook.  I had suspicions that the end might be near when I noticed the Official Google Reader Blog hadn't been updated in a year.

It seems like Google rolls out a new feature only to stop two others. (and they more-or-less admit to that on the official blog linked to above) Most of the things went by the wayside without much protest, but I've been reading all sorts of groans and moans over this decision.  Some people have a bi-polar view (at least confusing) towards the end of Google Reader while others say it will be a good thing for RSS.  I'm not particularly angry over their decision, just mostly disappointed.

I guess Google's reasoning behind it is to force more people to use their Google+ but I'm not a big fan of that.   I don't want to get my news via social-type media.  I don't think Twitter lends itself well to news, but it can be used for that, I suppose. I follow some local media's Facebook pages for area news, but I do more with my reader than just news.  I follow a few political sites (many fewer than I did a year or longer ago) and like to keep up with some sites that offer some interesting and informative content, but mainly I liked my reader because of the recipe site feeds.

Reader made it much easier for me in regards to the latter.  I could quickly scroll down the titles, clicking on those I thought I might find interesting and/or want to save.  I'll eat most anything, but if the recipe is "Stuffed Mussels", I am apt to pass them up.  I don't dislike mussels, it's just that I am far away from the ocean and would never buy the days old seafood even if it WAS at my local grocery store. Anyway....

I really haven't decided which service I want to use to replace Google Reader; none of them really float my boat.  I'm still looking at other alternatives, but I had better hurry and decide.  I'll write another post when I do.

UPDATE: As I said, I had tried out a few other readers, but hadn't liked them nearly as much as I did Google Reader, but I believe I'll settle with Feedly for now until I find something better.  It's available as an add-on with different browsers (I prefer Firefox) and the integration of my Google Reader feeds went seamlessly .  I don't like that I had to allow it access to my Google account, but so did others in order to get my reading list and there's really nothing in my email account that I wouldn't mind someone reading.  I do a lot of online business and I guess the worst that could happen would be someone reading my credit card balance statements. (I wish I didn't have to read them) The passwords for those sites are different than that of my Gmail account, so I'm not worried about that.

The rest of the feeds I had tried were too "busy" looking and hard to navigate.  I still haven't completely sussed out Feedly, but I'm sure I'll get the hang of it.  The best thing about it is that it's FREE, a prerequisite for using a reader.  Some of the highly recommended applications cost quite a bit for their services and personally, a dollar a month would be more than I'd want to pay, much less than the $5-10 wanted from some of the others.

I'll keep everyone informed.  Well, all four/five of my regular readers, that is.

May 6, 2013

Another AT&T Rant

Went to my AT&T page to check the status of a recent order. They were supposed to be sending me another modem, but I got an email announcing they were sending out a repairman. I want the modem but don't want the repair call. They've been out here before, no need to come back and pretend there's something wrong w/ my connection when all the problems stem from their DNS servers.

After waiting ten minutes for the page to load, I finally get this error message:

'Bout time they owned up to their problems.  After their outage back in Jan/Feb, they finally admitted the problem. The outage started a couple days after I signed up for the service and the online help techs were swamped and when I finally got through I was instructed to power the modem on/off, reset it to the original settings, yada yada yada.  I had already tried all those things or I wouldn't have put myself through the frustration of calling technical support. I estimate that, with wait time and listening to instructions that I had already done, they wasted five/six hours of my time.  If they had only admitted the problem was on their end, I wouldn't have become so angry. 

Guess I'll call them tomorrow to cancel the repair visit.  I've had pretty good luck all weekend w/ my connection;  it was only down for a few times late last night and has been up all day today, but it's getting close to time for it to go out again, regular as clockwork.   The last tech I spoke to told me that was prob. because of interference from street lights.  Good grief, the lights have been on for hours before I start having problems.  I'm really tired of their runarounds.

May 5, 2013

Feet Trivia

I was reading an email trivia newsletter and this was one of the questions:

Name the things that you can wear on your feet that begin with the letter 'S.'

The answer was:

Shoes, socks, sandals, sneakers, slippers, skis, snowshoes, stockings.

I'd say smell, too.

For What It's Worth - Buffalo Springfield

I'm A Flake

Since oatmeal wasn't a choice.

You Are Easygoing

You live a life of contentment, relaxation, and smiles. You refuse to let the world get you down.

You have as many worries and problems as most people, but no one could ever tell. You don't get buried in negativity.

In general, you are sweet and optimistic. You expect the best out of life, and you are easily pleased.

The smallest things can light up your day. It doesn't take much to make you happy, and you love surprises.

You are youthful because you have held on to your innocence. You refuse to let yourself get cynical.

When life hands you lemons, you don't just make lemonade. You open up a lemonade stand. 


I am NOW since my divorce.


droll [drohl] adjective, droll·er, droll·est, noun, verb,


1. amusing in an odd way; whimsically humorous; waggish.


2. a droll person; jester; wag.


(used without object)

3. Archaic. to jest; joke.

I've been told my humor is droll. I've been accused of purposely trying to rile people up on message boards. I'm not afraid to take a chance. It's a fact that I'm getting on up there in years, so...

I'm an old, bold, droll troll.

May 3, 2013

love is patient

From the website:

The collage process used in this process is based on Voronoi algorithm, which creates polygons from a list of points on the plane. Each polygon is defined by the set of points that are closer to a point on the list.

Each photograph is associated to a dot. The more the dot is isolated from the others, the more its polygon (the mask) becomes larger, revealing more of the photograph.

The autonomous movement of the dots is defined by a constant speed and an iterative random variation on the direction.

Lipstick on Your Collar - Connie Francis

And, in related news: Some Lipsticks Contain Toxic Metals

May 2, 2013

Sunny Me

The results might have been different had I taken this quiz on a 100 degree day, but since it's cold, damp and miserable outside....

Never really thought of myself as having a sunny disposition.

Your Weather Personality is Sunny

You're the type of person who really appreciates perfect weather - not too chilly, not too warm, and of course the sun is shining.

You love to be outdoors. You find nature soothing and inspiring ... especially if you're out there getting your heart rate up.

Nothing motivates you more than a sunny day. Even when you're feeling down, waking up to rays of sunshine makes you feel like anything is possible.

On the other hand, a bit of gray and clouds can make you down in the dumps. You're always more sluggish when the sun is hiding.

You like to be outdoors, and you try not to let inclement weather stop you. That being said, you do prefer to be comfortable.

Whenever you find yourself in a sunny climate, you try to be outside as much as possible. You love dining al fresco and outdoor malls. 


saccharine sac·cha·rine[sak-er-in, -uh-reen, -uh-rahyn] adjective

1. of the nature of or resembling that of sugar: a powdery substance with a saccharine taste.
2. containing or yielding sugar.
3. very sweet to the taste; sugary: a saccharine dessert.
4. cloyingly agreeable or ingratiating: a saccharine personality.
5. exaggeratedly sweet or sentimental: a saccharine smile; a saccharine song of undying love.

"Revenge is sweet, saccharine sweet." That's stuck in my head ever since I read it in one of my sister's Trixie Belden books when I was a kid. 

Sukiyaki - Kyu Sakamoto

Originally titled "Ue O Mui Te Aruko" (I'll Look Up While Walking)

From Wiki:

Released by Capitol Records in the US as Sukiyaki (Capitol 4945), it topped the Billboard pop charts in the United States for three weeks in 1963 -- to date the first and only song sung entirely in Japanese to do so.

The lyrics were written by Rokusuke Ei and the melody was composed by Hachidai Nakamura. The lyrics tell the tragic story of a man who looks up while he is walking so that his tears won't fall. The verses of the song describe him doing this through each season of the year.

On August 12, 1985, Kyu Sakamoto died in the crash of Japan Airlines Flight 123. Before the doomed aircraft hit the ground, he managed to write a farewell note to his wife, Yukiko Kashiwagi.