Conceived above a saloon, delivered into this world by a masked man identified by his heavily sedated mother as Captain Video, raised by a kindly West Virginian woman, a mild-mannered former reporter with modest delusions of grandeur and no tolerance of idiots and the intellectually dishonest.
network solutions made me a child pornographer!
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Saturday, November 22, 2008
I think, therefore I am. I think.
INTP - The Thinkers
The logical and analytical type. They are especialy attuned to difficult creative and intellectual challenges and always look for something more complex to dig into. They are great at finding subtle connections between things and imagine far-reaching implications.
They enjoy working with complex things using a lot of concepts and imaginative models of reality. Since they are not very good at seeing and understanding the needs of other people, they might come across as arrogant, impatient and insensitive to people that need some time to understand what they are talking about.
That sound you hear is Cindy laughing hysterically in the background.
Friday, November 21, 2008
The real turkey here is giving the interview
Not in Kansas any more...
Or, more accurately, Pittsburgh/Allegheny County. I almost missed this:
URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PITTSBURGH PA
309 AM EST FRI NOV 21 2008
GARRETT-WESTMORELAND-FAYETTE-PRESTON-TUCKER-INCLUDING THE CITIES OF... OAKLAND MD... GRANTSVILLE... GREENSBURG... NEW KENSINGTON... JEANNETTE... LATROBE... MONESSEN... UNIONTOWN... CONNELLSVILLE... OHIOPYLE... KINGWOOD... TERRA ALTA... PARSONS... DAVIS... THOMAS
309 AM EST FRI NOV 21 2008
...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM EST THIS AFTERNOON...
TOTAL SNOW AMOUNTS OF 4 TO 8 INCHES ARE EXPECTED... ALTHOUGH SNOW CAN ACCUMULATE OVER 10 INCHES IN SOME RIDGE TOP LOCATIONS BY THIS EVENING. NORTHWEST WINDS GUSTING TO 25 MPH CAN CAUSE BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW.
TAKE EXTRA CARE TRAVELING TODAY AS THIS HEAVY SNOW EPISODE CAN CAUSE SEVERAL HAZARDS SUCH AS SUDDENLY REDUCED VISIBILITY AND SNOW COVERED SLIPPERY PAVEMENTS. BLOWING SNOW AND DEEP SNOW DRIFTS CAN ADD TO TRAVEL WOES.
IF YOU MUST TRAVEL...KEEP AN EXTRA FLASHLIGHT...FOOD...AND WATER IN YOUR VEHICLE IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY.
The good news is my office in the new place here in Fayette City is on the top floor of the house and faces the river, so I'll be able to accurately determine visibility and, therefore, snowfall rates.
Maybe I should run up to the 24-hour Wal-Mart supercenter in Belle Vernon and buy some toilet paper. We don't need any, but isn't that what you're supposed to do when you're in a quasi-rural area and there's a storm coming?
(Update: Total accumulation received... less than an inch. And that didn't start until 5 pm.)
Totally unrelated strange coincidence: I'm originally from Homestead, PA 15120. Then I moved to South Park, which is right next to Bethel Park, 15102. Now I'm in Fayette City, which is right next to Belle Vernon, PA, 15012.
The possible combinations appear to be:
15012 - Belle Vernon, PA
15021 - Burgettstown, PA
15120 - Homestead, PA
15102 - Bethel Park, PA
15210 - Mount Oliver, PA (my daughter Sara lives there!)
15201 - Pittsburgh (Lawrenceville)
I also lived for a while in West Mifflin, PA 15122:
15122 - West Mifflin, PA
15212 - Pittsburgh' North Side; I worked there in the 80s'
15221 - Churchill, PA
Time to get the ADD prescription refilled, I think.
"The one with the cooties"
Thursday, November 20, 2008
I love Christopher Walken
Quotes of the day
A revolution is coming- a revolution which will be peaceful if we are wise enough; compassionate if we care enough; successful if we are fortunate enough- but a revolution which is coming whether we will it or not. We can affect its character, we cannot alter its inevitability.
Let no one be discouraged by the belief there is nothing one man or one woman can do against the enormous array of the world's ills, against misery and ignorance, injustice and violence... Few will have the greatness to bend history itself, but each of us can work to change a small portion of events, and in the total of all those acts will be written the history of our generation.
Progress is a nice word. But change is its motivator. And change has its enemies.
-Robert F. Kennedy (November 20, 1925 - June 6, 1968
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Quotes of the day
As long as people will accept crap, it will be financially profitable to dispense it.
Censorship feeds the dirty mind more than the four-letter word itself.
Chinese-German food is wonderful. The only problem is, an hour later you're hungry for power.
My Nebraska clothes set me apart
There's so much comedy on television. Does that cause comedy in the streets?
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Cab Calloway (December 25, 1907 - November 18, 1994)
Monday, November 17, 2008
It's Aquaman Week. Yawn.
I'm sorry, I just can't get too worked up over Aquaman.
He can talk to fish and breathe underwater? So can SpongeBob, who is vastly more entertaining. Does Aquaman even have a theme song?
Sunday, November 16, 2008
"This is strictly about whether or not a minority of senators is going
to prevent the president from being able to name and get confirmed
judges that he chooses after he's been elected by the American people.
And it's never been the case, until the last two years, that a
minority could dictate to the majority what they could do."
-Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) in 2005, when George W. Bush was President.
"I will lead a filibuster if the nominee is the kind of radical
leftist who decides cases based on empathy rather than the
Constitution or the law. And if that's what [Obama] intends to do,
then I'll try to get my colleagues to join in that as well."
-Senator Kyl, in anticipation of another President's appointments.
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The firstname.lastname@example.org e-mail address is now something other than email@example.com saga.
kgbreport.com used to be kgb.com until December, 2007 when the domain name broker Trout Zimmer made an offer I couldn't refuse. Giving up kgb.com and adopting kgbreport.com created a significant problem, however. I had acquired the kgb.com domain name in 1993, and had since that time used firstname.lastname@example.org as my sole e-mail address. How to let people know that email@example.com was no longer firstname.lastname@example.org but rather email@example.com which is longer than firstname.lastname@example.org and more letters to type than email@example.com and somehow less aesthetically pleasing than firstname.lastname@example.org but actually just as functional as email@example.com? I sent e-mails from the firstname.lastname@example.org address to just about everybody I knew who had used email@example.com in the past decade and a half but noticed that some people just didn't seem to get the word about the firstname.lastname@example.org change. So it occurred to me that if I were generate some literate, valid text in which email@example.com was repeated numerous times and posted it on a bunch of different pages- say, a blog indexed by Google- that someone looking for firstname.lastname@example.org would notice this paragraph repeated in hundreds of locations, would read it, and figure out that email@example.com no longer is the firstname.lastname@example.org they thought it was. That's the theory, anyway. email@example.com. Ok, I'm done. Move along. Nothing to see here...
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