Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Lazy Summer Days Happening Now

Almost July.  Better get another post in for the fun of it.  Just had some real summer weather here and glad for the AC.  Oh yes.  I enhanced my carbon footprint significantly.  But I could also breathe.  Gotten accustomed to that habit.  Supposed to be cooler outside but it hasn't happened yet.  Try it later on.

So what have I done of any import lately.  Nothing.  Just lazing around.  Haven't written a review lately even.  I do have one sort of done but don't like it.  If I don't like it I suspect the author wouldn't either.  They can take criticism pretty well but what I've got now doesn't do that or praise him for his efforts.  Give it another try later.  

The problem I'm having is that I'm too close to the material this time.  Not sure why and that's probably what the writer was hoping for but I can't back off enough to be objective or at least not as subjective.  Give it some more time to ferment and see what happens. 

The oilspill is beginning to be old news.  At least, the talking heads aren't ranting as long about it.  That's a sign it's losing its ratings appeal.  A bit passed sixty days is about as far as the public outrage can last.  Drive thru food and microwave cooking have taken its toll.  OK, maybe it's more than that but I don't feel like chasing that rabbit today.  Like I said--just lazing around.

In fact, I'm reading some of Hitchhiker's Guide.  You know Douglas Adams work, right?  Read nearly all of his stuff I can find.  So much fun.  If you haven't ever read his stuff, get a copy and do it now.  Too good to miss out on.  The copies I have are old, old paperbacks that I bought old.  Even better for the effect.  I think so anyway.  One day I may get that fake leather compilation someone put out a while back.  But only after the paper ones have disintegrated.  In fact I think I'll try the great outdoors ago and read some more now.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

BP, Ranting, and Checking Out

Might have a new look. Check it out after I'm done here. If it worked it was really easy to do. Like easy. Most of us do, I guess.

Tired of all the BP bashing, ranting, dodging yet? I am quite sure I am. What is all that posturing about. Will it fix anything? Bring back those that were killed on the rig? Restore the Gulf to its pre-spill condition? Nope. The question is whether the folks in power and those in the know will do anything that really matters to fix both the spill and whatever caused it to happen in the first place. And will any of them look for better methods to clean up when it happens again.

Yeah, it'll happen again. No sets of rules or pieces of equipment are fail proof. And accidents will still occur. And since no one seems ready to give up oil and petroleum products, like plastics, we really need to get serious about this. I think so anyway. And now.

Remember everyone laughing at a movie line that said something like, "Greed is good." Well, not so funny any more. Greed drives the bottom line and doing whatever it takes to make that line more impressive. Profits are a must, but at what cost? This isn't exclusive to BP. It's the mind set of business. The same business that funds politicians who also aren't opposed to lots of dollars around them and their bank accounts. So while these same politicians act so outraged with all this mess let's not forget who is going to accept the generous campaign contributions that keep them in office.

As for the "little people" comment made, most of us are the little people. We are the ones who have no say in all of this. Sure we can vote, but will the next guy be any different? It takes enormous sums of money to make it to Washington and even more to stay. We are the ignorant masses, hoping that someone will look around and see what we see. Promises are nice, change comes slowly and believing what we're told or can glean from our government and other sources has gotten to be a farce.

OK, OK. I'm ranting at the ranters. So what. It's the only thing I can do for now. Besides wait and watch.

Last time around, I mentioned I had signed on to Twitter. Well, after a few days I dumped the account. Talking to the universe and no one at the same time seemed futile. I tried it, didn't like it, and left. Maybe some other time. In another life.

I feel so much better now. Think I'll publish this and go have a cookie or something.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Testing New Stuff

Test flying my new computer. So far so good. The old one decided to have a melt down almost literally. Don't know about that sort of thing or why they decide to do that, just that they do. RIP the old and move on with the new. And move is what the mouse does now until I get used to the pad being a little left of where the other one was. Sort of a game---find the mouse.

Must talk about the weather. It is positively the best right now. Sun, breeze, cool. Just the opposite of a few days ago. Feel like a different person when the weather is good. Got to find a way to keep that going. oh, yeah.

Decided to try Twitter. Not sure about it yet. Bunches of odd little quips that don't seem to relate to anything around them. Just odd blurps. Sort of IM to the universe. Then some big brother program somewhere sorts them for references relating to a particular word. No one seems to care about that, I guess. Makes you wonder if other communications are as easily monitored. Have to think they are. But if whoever wants to wade through all that looking for some "subversive" stuff, have at it.

Apparently, I chose a screen name that got a couple of folk's attention and I now have a couple of followers of unknown sorts. But I must say it makes me feel powerful to say I tweeted the President. Like he actually reads any of that. This is still new to me and I hope it begins to make more sense soon. Otherwise I'll just unjoin. If that's possible. This is social? Networking? Give it some time and see what happens.

Speaking of the President, is it OK for him to be looking for some ass to kick? Not sure that's a presidential function. Officially. Pretty sure it happens, but that's what staffers are for. Right? Bet the Chief of Staff is experienced. Just had to get that out of my system. I liked the cool, calm guy better actually. A nice smile someone's direction and their career is over. Histrionics are for the divas. Or the guys on the bottom of the ballot.

So far I have nearly located with some accuracy the back space key and the delete key, going back to the new keyboard. Since that is the case it must be time to close this for a while. Need to collect a few more UVA/B/Gamma rays now. You'll notice I avoided all things oilspill.

Well, almost. My thought on that is if more folks spent more time working on the fix and less on accusing any one except themselves it'd be a good thing.

There now. Time to go.