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Sep. 23rd, 2010

EarthMoon

Strangeness

I don't understand computers.

I was going to send a friend a link to our work website.  I typed into my Firefox browser  rossandwhite and then hit Ctrl-Enter (which adds the www. and the .com), and up pops a site for Engelhardt Enterprises.  I go and tell our AR/OM and the we go show our "IT" guy.  He types in our domain name and it comes up fine.  We come back to my puter and type in the domain name, this time www.rossandwhite.com and I still get Engelhardt.  I hit F5 and Shift-F5.  Same result.  I do a web search for Ross and White and click on the link http://rossandwhite.com and the site comes up fine.  But still I get Engelhardt if I use the www. prefix.  Everyone else (well the three people we checked) seems to get the correct rossandwhite page.

So why would my computer (and ONLY my computer) seems to be pulling up an incorrect web page?

Sep. 16th, 2010

EarthMoon

And now for something completely different.....

I  normally don't do this.  I normally don't tell people because then everyone starts to comment and try to be supportive, and it starts freaking me out.  I start to get overwhelmed, and my mind starts working overtime.  I get all kinds of questions.  Well, you get the point.

But that strategy hasn't exactly been working out for me.  Maybe I .....   Ah, hell!  I don't know what I need to do.  But I do think I should be able to trust and share things with my friends more than I do..... So anyway ..... I have a date Saturday evening.  Someone I've been messaging with for a few days now.  I obviously don't know all that much about her at this point.  Normally I might start pointing out the potential flaws and drawbacks.  Anyway, the more I go on the more mental obstacles I'll probably create for myself, so I am going to stop now.....

Wish me luck ..... but not too dramatically.  LOL

Sep. 10th, 2010

EarthMoon

Dreams

Had a strange dream, one that I haven't had before but it feels like possibly a new recurring theme, like driving with no brakes, or getting on the school bus with no shoes on, etc.

In this one, I was at a friend's house.  This is a friend, from online, I've only met a couple times and not recently, so I don't know why it was him.  I discovered that I had left my cell phone at home.  I wanted to call my dad at home and tell him not to lock up the house (?) so that I could get in and get my phone.  But I couldn't remember my dad's cell phone number.  I could remember the old home phone from the house that they no longer (in real life) live.  What's strange is that I knew the phone number was no longer any good, but in the dream, that was the house that I needed dad to leave unlocked for me.

By the end of the dream, I think I got the phone number correct.  I used to have everyone (of importance)'s phone number memorized, but since having a cell phone, I no longer store them in my memory since I usually have my phone.    Maybe this is my unconscious telling me that I need to correct that and actually keep track of peoples' phone numbers better and generally rely less on technology and more on my mind like I used to.

..... Come to think of it, this may be due to my increasing fear/concern that my memory is going due to age and lack use.

Sep. 9th, 2010

EarthMoon

Top 250

Meme copied ..... blah, blah, blah

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Sep. 7th, 2010

EarthMoon

Quotes of the Day

“A human being is part of a whole, called by us the ‘Universe’ —a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts, and feelings, as something separated from the rest—a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circles of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”
~ Albert Einstein

"Too many people don’t know that when they harm the earth they harm themselves, nor do they realize that when they harm themselves they harm the earth."
~ Rolling Thunder, Cherokee

"Mankind must put an end to war, or war will put an end to mankind. War will exist until that distant day when the conscientious objector enjoys the same reputation and prestige that the warrior does today."
~ John F. Kennedy

Sep. 6th, 2010

EarthMoon

That was a lot of fun.

I just had breakfast with a friend of mine whom I would consider (I think he'd agree) part of the "Christian Right."  He's a great guy.  We disagree on most subjects, but we have an agreement that neither of us is trying to "convert" the other, and neither of us will get personal or take things personally.  Easier said than done, I know, but it has worked well so far (and today was no exception).  We get together once a month or so, give or take.  Today, after catching up a bit on topics like fishing and vacations, we discussed things such as the "mosque" in NYC and Islam, Mormonism, music, all kinds of things.  Then he dropped the bomb: he doesn't believe in evolution.  We discussed this and its implications.  He backed off his statement a bit by saying that he doesn't believe in evolution from one species to a new species.  I don't honestly know enough to get technical on this point.  I tried to explain about the flagellum (whatever it's called) and explain away the "rat trap" theory presented by creationists.  I explained that I (and I'd argue any true scientist) have no problem with teaching "alternate theories" in school, as long as it's a part of the philosophy or theology curriculum and not as part of biology or chemistry.***  The point of this isn't that one of us is right or wrong, but that is entirely possible to have a civil conversation with someone of an opposing viewpoint without an end goal of converting the other side.  And it was all very enjoyable.

We met at a little local restaurant at 8:00am and didn't get out of there until about 11:30am.  I always feel a bit guilty about sitting at a restaurant for such a lengthy period of time, so I left a tip of slightly over 33%.  Even so, I feel a bit guilty about it.


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***If responding to this post, PLEASE refrain from attacking my friend because of his beliefs or anything of that nature.  That's not the point of this post, and I might just delete it.  You don't need to convince me of evolution, and I'd rather you not try to convince me to end discussions with this person either or how stupid or ignorant you think he is.

He wants me to watch Ben Stein's Expelled. (The link seems to have evolved out of existence. LOL!)  As painful as that may be, I would like him to watch Judgment Day: Intelligent Design on Trial, so we'll probably "trade" videos next time we meet.  So while I've been meaning to buy it for some time, I'll probably need to just order it online soon.

Sep. 2nd, 2010

EarthMoon

Southern Cross

by Crosby, Stills, and Nash
album Daylight Again

link to song


Got out of town on a boat
Goin' to Southern islands.
Sailing a reach
Before a followin' sea.
She was makin' for the trades
On the outside,
And the downhill run
To Papeete.
Off the wind on this heading
Lie the Marquesas.
We got eighty feet of the waterline.
Nicely making way.
In a noisy bar in Avalon
I tried to call you.
But on a midnight watch I realized
Why twice you ran away.
Chorus
Think about how many times
I have fallen
Spirits are using me
larger voices callin'.
What heaven brought you and me
Cannot be forgotten.
I have been around the world,
Lookin' for that woman/girl,
Who knows love can endure.
And you know it will.
And you know it will.
When you see the Southern Cross
For the first time
You understand now
Why you came this way
'Cause the truth you might be runnin' from
Is so small.
But it's as big as the promise
The promise of a comin' day.
So I'm sailing for tomorrow
My dreams are a dyin'.
And my love is an anchor tied to you
Tied with a silver chain.
I have my ship
And all her flags are a flyin'
She is all that I have left
And music is her name.
Chorus
Think about how many times
I have fallen
Spirits are using me
larger voices callin'.
What heaven brought you and me
Cannot be forgotten.
I have been around the world,
Lookin' for that woma/girl,
Who knows love can endure.
And you know it will.
And you know it will.
So we cheated and we lied
And we tested
And we never failed to fail
It was the easiest thing to do.
You will survive being bested.
Somebody fine
Will come along
Make me forget about loving you.
At the Southern Cross.

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I absolutely LOVE songs about the Sea and boating
EarthMoon

It's a shame when folks be throwin' away a perfectly good white boy like that.

This is priceless.  Apparently John Cusack, playing on the whole 'Islamic Mosque at Ground Zero' kerfuffle, tweeted the other day that they should build “A SATANIC DEATH CULT CENTER AT FOX NEWS HQ AND OUTSIDE THE OFFICES ORDICK ARMEYAND NEWT GINGRICH-and all the GOP WELFARE FREAKS.”

Of course Fox News went crazy: Cusack is attacking people and calling for the "Satanic death" of people, etc.  Whatever.  After claiming that their own commentators such as Beck, O'Reilly, Hannity, etc, don't incite people to violence when calling on people to "reload" and for "revolution", of course they take the opposite position when a celebrity makes an ironic post contrary to their agenda.

Cusack has long been outspoken about politics. He supported Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential election and has contributed to The Huffington Post, but this is the first known time he has stooped to the level of making threats.

And while the U.S. Constitution protects Cusack's right to speak his mind, some critics say he should be more careful about what he says, since he has more than 200,000 Twitter followers.

“His provocative tweets could easily incite a rabid fan to commit violent acts against Fox News Headquarters and others he names," said Dr. Carole Lieberman, a Beverly Hills-based psychiatrist and author of "Coping With Terrorism: Dreams Interrupted."

"Fans could not only be influenced because of their devotion to Cusack, the man, but also because of their love for one of the characters he plays,” she told Fox411.

Cooper Lawrence, the author of “Cult of Celebrity” told Fox 411: “The fear isn't that a celebrity will influence someone to do something violent or out of character due to the sheer devotion to the celebrity, the fear is that someone who is already vulnerable, mentally disturbed, already considering something dangerous, may be encouraged to do so if it is advocated by their favorite star,” 

Lawrence explained that while celebrities don't make healthy people do things they wouldn't normally do, they could impact someone who is on the fence or mentally unstable.

 “John Cusack has to know that his words carry weight because he is an actor beloved by many generations of folks who may not get his humor and might think he is calling for something more sinister. The responsibility is on him to not abuse his fame to influence something negative on the off chance that even one person takes his words to heart,” Lawrence said.

 
Stanley Fish has a good column which expresses something I've thought for quite some time: 

If the bad act is committed by a member of a group you wish to demonize, attribute it to a community or a religion and not to the individual. But if the bad act is committed by someone whose profile, interests and agendas are uncomfortably close to your own, detach the malefactor from everything that is going on or is in the air (he came from nowhere) and characterize him as a one-off, non-generalizable, sui generis phenomenon.

How long before Fox News begins attributing the actions of the guy who was killed at the Discovery Channel to "his leftist agenda" or call him a "radical environmental terrorist" or some such thing?
 
 

Aug. 20th, 2010

EarthMoon

Extremist Makeover

Once again, Jon Stewart NAILS IT!

The Daily Show With Jon StewartMon - Thurs 11p / 10c
Extremist Makeover - Homeland Edition
www.thedailyshow.com
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The night before, he did one of his parodies (mockeries) of Glenn Beck.  Pretty funny.

Colbert had on Jon Krakauer, who wrote a book about Pat Tillman's death in Afghanistan.  I checked my library and they don't have it.  But they do have the book that Mary Tillman, Pat's mother, wrote, so I guess I'm going to have to go back to the library again - I was just there last night.  I now have WAY too many books to bring on vacation.

I think people may have forgotten that Gen. McChrystal, who was recently fired for his comments to Rolling Stone, was instrumental in either instigating or perpetuating the cover-up of Tillman's death.  That's why I was not AT ALL sorry to see him go.  Frankly he should have been dishonorably discharged about 6 years earlier, imho.
EarthMoon

Bus Wash

Whenever someone asks me what I do, I reply that I work for a small manufacturing company that builds "vehicle wash systems."  After a blank stare, I then add, "We build big car washes, except they're for trucks, trains, and buses."  That elicits a slightly less blank stare.

http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/54ea28e7#/54ea28e7/17

So, if anyone is interested, here's a picture of part of one of ours systems that is in a recent publication.  The picture on the right on page 17, obviously, and there's a blurb by our president (referred to as "company principle"), another pic of our tanks on page 20, and another on page 21.  (The picture on page 18 doesn't look like ours, but I could be wrong.)  Pretty much everything you see in the first and last picture is from us, and the pic with the tanks has a few things visible that were part of the building (not provided by us).

So, there you have it.  No more blank stares allowed now!
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