Monday, November 11, 2013

Monday's Missives


  • This morning (1026/2013) I saw an article about the," terrible tally" of gunshot wounds in American children. The picture associated was of cute 3 year old boy who accidentally shot himself with a gun he found in his home. I had to read 7 paragraphs to find the stats were gathered from, kids and teens age 20 and under. That is so unbelievably dishonest. Another thought: there seemed to be some indignation registered over a jump of about 200 deaths per year from 1997 to 2009. With the economy, the increased number of males coming into their teens over those years and some other factors I would have guessed a jump about 4 times that much.
    From The Gio: a KKK Imperial Wizard shoots a cockroach off the wall of his house with a pellet gun. Unbelievably fitting- who could make that up?
  • I am kind of worried about myself and I'm only halfway kidding- I've started unintentionally spelling words more/less phonetically and using knew instead of new etc. It won't even jump out at me until I am proofing something I wrote. It isn't time to check me into an Alzheimers unit yet but I'll keep you posted.
  • One of the creators of Lorenzo's Oil died yesterday. I was surprised to learn the wife had died 13 years ago.
  • Tom Petty's music has been getting a lot of air recently it seems to me. I know it is odd but I think he stole the show in The Postman. Maybe even odder- I think if it was 45 minutes shorter that might not have been a terrible movie.
    I know the top one is true- the bottom sticker is making me think.

    I had no idea who Unknown Hinson was but I can guess I would dig his act.
  • Those Google Chrome laptops look like a good deal. 
  • I just saw an article which appeared to put down as wrong headed a rhino hunt auction that was intended to fund conservation efforts. Legal hunting as a conservation tool may be a bit ironic and a quandary even but it isn't contradictory.

4 comments:

Katy Anders said...

I do the same thing with the phonetic writing lately. This is troubling, as I used to be a real grammar and spelling Nazi.

I am chalking it up to not paying close attention.

The Donald said...

Lorenzo's Oil? No Royal Purple Synthetic, Tufoil, or Amsoil?

Actually, I remember Lorenzo's Oil (though I never saw the movie), as I knew someone with an infant child about 20 years ago, for whom it was suggested that LO might ameliorate the situation.

Ameliorate? OK, you can add vocabulary fascist for me, in addition to Katy's past vices. I'm not sure I've repented yet.

Samuel L. Jackson, er, I mean Samuel Langhorne Clemens is often attributed with coining, or at least mainstreaming, the quote: "There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.", which is apropos (there I go again) to the virulent anti-gun campaign, which has for decades intentionally inflated fantastic pseudo-statistics about firearms injuries by: Combining injuries and deaths; failing to distinguish between intentional and accidental shootings; and expanding the sample group age range (which just coincidentally includes a huge number of gang-bangers).

And one of the things that frosts my gizzard is that the one organization that has developed - and promotes - the most training to prevent firearms accidents is almost always vilified in the press.

One of the other bloggers I read is pretty peeved with the Libertarians of late - apparently some Dem operatives out of Austin helped prop up the Libertarian in the VA gubernatorial race - dividing the Repub's base and paving the way for former DNC Chair McAuliffe to take the prize. I self-identify as a small 'l' libertarian and vote for the candidate best embodying those ideals - which is almost always a Repub. Don't recall ever voting 'L' in a major contest, but I usually do, farther down on the ballot.

Research the G-chrome a bit. After a recent trip to BB, I was similarly intrigued, until I researched and found that, without a network connection, they have nearly zero usefulness. Am currently on the trail of an Android 10.1" tab with an accessory keyboard, 1.2 GHz quad proc, 1G RAM, 32G flash (+ SD slot), WiFi/BT, micro USB & HDMI - under $300. It has an 'office' suite (Polaris or Kingsoft) to manipulate my work files, and with PrintHand, can send direct via WiFi or BT to an enabled printer.

Agree with the seeming paradox on Rhino hunting. No real desire to shoot one myself, but the thousands of dollars (or equivalents) that go to villagers gives incentive for them to steward/protect them as a valuable resource.

I could be persuaded, however, to hunt mbogo, under the proper circumstances - encamped in a canvas tent among the mopanes, stalking by horse or other quadruped, and accoutered with a nice single-shot, or fixed breech double in the .45 caliber family or above (exception would be made for .375 H&H or .404 Jeffery). Bwana Donald, indeed.

el chupacabra said...

Katy- I think part of it may be our use of spellchecks and somehow the use of electronically stored material but I don't know. In another life I was an English major so I definitely feel your pain.

Don- I remember the buzz about that oil and was surprised to read when caught early in the diseases progression it is very effective.

Since that thought posted I was also less enthused about the google chromes and I have my eyes open again. BB has some good deals esp online for only a little more than the chrome.

Yep, I would go buff hunting but have no interest in hunting the rhino.

el chupacabra said...

Katy- I think part of it may be our use of spellchecks and somehow the use of electronically stored material but I don't know. In another life I was an English major so I definitely feel your pain.

Don- I remember the buzz about that oil and was surprised to read when caught early in the diseases progression it is very effective.

Since that thought posted I was also less enthused about the google chromes and I have my eyes open again. BB has some good deals esp online for only a little more than the chrome.

Yep, I would go buff hunting but have no interest in hunting the rhino.