Thursday, September 3, 2015

Dean Jones

                              


Thank goodness for this documentary that chronicled the musical Company, from 1970.

And, thank goodness for all those heartbreaking performances by the cast, and by Dean Jones, who passed away today.

He also should have been made an honorary Volkswagen spokesman.



Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Baseball Decadence

I was surprised by an alert on my phone that the Yankees were playing a day game today in Boston. What a boon! (Not Aaron Boone.) I quickly settled in to watch the game on the big screen.

So, the Yankees beat up on the hapless Boston starter, and got out to a big early lead. They are fighting for a playoff position, so every game counts. The Sox, heading to their third last place finish in four years, are just a shadow of their early 2000s selves. Doesn't take much to beat them these days, but I was reminded of that fateful day in October 1978, the day these teams squared off in a one game playoff for the Eastern Division title. With memories of the 'Boston Massacre' of '78, I looked up and found that that nearly thirty-seven year-old game is on YouTube in it's entirety. What a boon! (No, not that other glorious moment of '03.)

So, as the game today was being played in Boston on the big screen, I had that playoff game from '78 playing at the same time on the little screen on my phone. While I'm partial to Rizzuto, Messer, and White, it was fun and kooky to juxtapose that time and place with Kay, Flaherty, and Cone. Two games played at Fenway Park, almost thirty-seven years apart were unfolding in front of me simultaneously. This was what man-caving was all about!

While today's game had a few unexpected and unsettling moments late, the 13-8 win was fine by me. While the game from '78 played out with no doubts as to the outcome, the memories of that time washed over me. What a treat!



          

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Proof Positive

Denali Power : snopes.com:

'via Blog this'


The invaluable resource Snopes.com, has come up with irrefutable proof of the pervasive and unrelenting racism that has been part and parcel of the opposition to President Obama and his being thwarted by those racist obstuctionists in Congress and their radical conservative allies.

In short, "Denali" is not Kenyan for "Black Power".








Welcome to Sharia America

BREAKING: Kentucky clerk invokes ‘God’s authority’ (Updated) – LGBTQ Nation:


'via Blog this'


We have less and less credibility in the world when we challenge Saudi Arabia, ISIS et. al. for their "religious" based human rights violations.

We are worried about Islamic zealots in the middle east, but we are overrun by Christian zealots here at home.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Sending Out an S.O.S.

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Windows 10 is a month old. Like every previous iteration of Windows, a new release is fraught with niggling bugs, odd changes and unexplained phenomena, and Windows 10 is no different. That itself is not a surprise, but there is an infuriating situation that occurs with the newest version of Windows.

Non-techie people, first of all, have no hope. Never did and never will. They will have to continue to rely on knowledgeable friends or India based customer service and all the attendant frustration. The folks that kind of, sort of, feel comfortable enough to attempt to solve their own computer problems now have to deal with a different but no less frustrating problem.

The Google-verse, faithful friend to the DIY computer troubleshooter, at this point in time, is just not up to snuff when you attempt to tease out information about Windows 10. Just about every online search I've made to learn about or solve a problem with my spanking new Windows 10 installation is cluttered with solutions to these problems for previous versions of Windows, not applicable to Windows 10. It makes sense, when you think about it, but that's no help for the here and now.

I wish that Google could adjust their algorithms to account for this repeated phenomenon. A search for networking help should not return Windows XP info, particularly when the search specifies "Windows 10". The Windows XP info, with fourteen years of searches and hits obliterates info on the most recent release. There should be some kind of allowance by Google to account for this.

Of course, a properly documented operating system would make this a moot point, but I won't hold my breath waiting for Microsoft to provide reliable and searchable information on their most recent offering.

Cntrl-alt-del.


Tuesday, August 25, 2015

A Different Manhattan

                         

Naked body painted girls and Elmo's friends traipsing among a suburban mall setting is what Times Square has devolved into. Is it at all preferable to what Mick Jagger described in 1978?

There used to be neighborhoods in Manhattan. That's all gone now, but, there is an Olive Garden to feed the crowds in Times Square.

Feeling sick now.



Anarchy With a Beat

                               


Tragedy never sounded so good.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Not So Tiny Bubbles

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Now that China has discovered the wondrous ups and downs of crony capitalism, what will Donald Trump have to complain about as the Chinese economy blows up and perhaps weighs the world's economy down into a recession? "Those Chinese leaders are real smart! They are running circles around us!" Kind of rings hollow now doesn't it?

Then again, Trump has always been nothing if not hollow. He babbles more than a brook. 

Sunday, August 23, 2015

This Political Season

                          


One can listen to the cacophony of candidates, or sit back and have everything explained by R.E.M.

For now, I'll choose the latter.