Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Liberal Logic

From an actual conversation about Washington state Governor Jay Inslee's carbon tax plan:

Me: His own commission said it could cause gas prices to rise by $1.76 a gallon

Liberal: I don't know why people keep harping on that, he isn't going to do it

Me: He gave a speech last week where he said he was going ahead with his plan.  Maybe people would stop harping on it if he would stop talking about doing it.

Liberal: You can always find someone who will disagree with any proposal

Me: But this was a commission appointed by him to study this specific issue, not just some random opposition

Liberal: Just because a couple commissioners disagree doesn't make it a bad plan

Me: These were the findings of the majority of the commission, not just a couple commissioners

Time to go back to work so off we go, end of discussion.  The problem is that this is a guy I like whose opinion in many things I respect.  Yet he is so blinded by his partisanship that he will say ridiculous things to defend his position.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Sometimes words don't work

I think I am pretty level headed.  I don't generally go off the rails when it comes to stuff.  I like good quality but I will usually only make a purchase if I either need the item or if I can foresee a future need.

I want this just because I want it.  It is one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen.  Full disclosure: I don't need another knife; I don't particularly need this knife; I just really, really want it.

The steel is Damascus steel.  It starts with five blocks of different steels welded together, and is folded eight times.  It is twisted during forging to create the metal pattern.  You can see the pattern here. 

I can't justify spending this much money on something that I really don't need and will never really use to its full potential and have no one to pass it on to. This is the kind of knife that I would see getting passed on, generation after generation.  I have no generations ahead of me.

But I still want it.  I blame Harvey at IMAO.  He linked to the video they made on their hand making process.  You have to watch and then you will want one too.

The Birth Of A Tool. Part III. Damascus steel knife making (by John Neeman Tools) from John Neeman Tools on Vimeo.

"Best comment ever" nominee David

Bionic Bra under development

And this from David:

If science fiction has taught me anything, it’s that the bra will become self-aware and go on an unstoppable rampage. “Crush. Kill. Destroy.”

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Stand With Hillary, Part 2

Hopefully you've had a chance to see the incredibly awful Hillary campaign country song, Stand With Hillary.  You almost have to wonder if it is a false flag operation, but no, someone really thought this was a good idea.

If you've seen that and gotten a good laugh, now comes the parodies.

Beautiful White Mountain adopts a chair

Dhaulagiri is the name of my second cat.  It means beautiful white mountain in Sanskrit, apparently.

Over the past few days she has claimed a seat.  She is here more often than not.

Monday, December 8, 2014


Good line to open (well, five minutes in) the first episode of Marvel's Agents of SHIELD:

What does SHIELD stand for, Agent Ward?

           Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division

And what does that mean to you, Agent Ward?

          That someone really wanted  it to spell SHIELD

Don't know how well it will go as I've heard sporadic reviews but it has a pretty decent cast.

Update: OK the flying '62 Corvette is cool too.


I've had my 80GB Ipod Classic for about six years.  Not sure exactly when I got it, but it would appear from the model number that they only made this particular one in 2007/8, and that seems about right.

Playing some music through my Blu-ray player last night while family was over and it just froze up the whole system.  Ipod froze, Blu-ray froze.  I unhooked the ipod and unplugged the Blu-ray, plugged the BR back in and it worked again.  The ipod, however, didn't.  Plugged it in to my laptop and it wasn't recognized.  It didn't seem to be charging either so I figured it was either the battery or the hard drive.  Can't test the battery but you can test the hard drive.  Diagnostic mode found using this excellent post by someone calling themselves

Ran the diagnostics and everything seemed OK.  Weird but restarted it again and now it works fine.

My guess is that the hard drive is starting to act up.  Several resets may have taken care of the problem, or maybe the diagnostics reset some stuff in the OS.  Either way, I guess I'd better be prepared.  Six years is not too bad a lifespan for an electronic item and now it looks like I'll get a bit longer, but need to start thinking about the options. 

I just put a 64GB memory card in my phone but I'm not sure how fast the read access is for playing music.  The battery life on the phone also isn't so great but I have spare batteries.  I'm also not thrilled with playing music through a computer or stereo using the headphone jack.  You just don't get the same volume or quality of music as through Apple's data jack.  I use the phone in the car all the time for podcasts and I have to crank both the phone and car audio volumes to get a reasonable level.  Not so bad if I am just listening to music through headphones but...