Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Ten Best and Worst Jobs

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Mine's number seven, as usual. My sister's is six. I have a nephew with the number two job, university professor, although he's only adjunct, which I'm sure is not what they mean. I have another nephew with the ninth worst job, firefighter, but I've never heard him complain. Interesting that speech pathologist is tenth best. My wife works for one now, doing her paperwork.

Article in The Wall Street Journal.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Them

Hairy Reed on the cattle battle:
“Well, it's not over. We can't have an American people that violate the law and then just walk away from it.”
I like the way he talks about an American people like it's something outside, and probably below, himself. Most of us, if we were to talk about the American people, would say "we" or "us."

Not Hairy. To him we're subjects, not fellow citizens.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

NSA Knew and Said Nothing

Bloomberg says
The U.S. National Security Agency knew for at least two years about a flaw in the way that many websites send sensitive information, now dubbed the Heartbleed bug, and regularly used it...
So the agency charged with protecting our security knew for two years that our bank accounts could be hacked and said nothing about it. Great work, guys!

I hope they all wind up in political hell. (According to Dante, that's the innermost circle.)

P.S. If you don't understand how Heartbleed works, this comic explains it.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

It’s The Compliance That Hurts

The New York Sun reports that
Americans spend an estimated 6 billion hours and more than $160 billion on tax compliance. That dollar figure is not the tax payments, it's just the tax-related compliance spending on things like software, accountants, and lawyers.
I spent a little above average — in hours, not dollars — this year. Thirty-four pages of forms and hundreds of pages of instructions, including amended state and federal returns for 2011 and 2012, since I screwed up and missed a couple credits.

One of these years, by golly, I'm going to quit being so compliant.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Barbie and the Troll Doll

Annalee Newitz makes a fool of herself in io9.
So, why does it matter that Homo sapiens had sex with Neanderthals? It matters because now we have genetic evidence that humans as a species don't always kill and destroy what we don't understand. Sometimes, we fall in love and settle down instead.
Girls, girls, girls.

I hate to shatter your little sunshine family fantasy, but here's the more likely Neanderthal – H. Sapiens protocol:
  1. Kill all the men.
  2. Rape and kill (not necessarily in that order) all the women.
  3. Have a bite to eat.
And if you got a little squeamish reading #2, don't think too long about #3.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Switching to Chrome

If like me you're switching to Chrome, you'll want to check out the Definitive Guide For Securing Chrome.

You may also want to consider HTTP Switchboard ("NoScript on steroids") and Open Selected Links (a replacement for Linky).

In addition Kaspersky suggests 5 Chrome Plugins to make your browsing secure. I'm not that paranoid but I ought to be.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Average Barbie Is Just As Fake

An amusing little article by Virginia Postrel.
When I was a little girl, my favorite dolls came from Mattel and had wildly inhuman proportions. To me, they were magical and special and didn't look the least bit strange. But once, probably when I was making a Christmas wish list, my mother let her adult perspective slip. "You mean," she asked, with a disapproving edge, "one of those dolls with the huge heads?"

Yes, I spent my childhood playing with Liddle Kiddles, whose heads were roughly the height of their torsos and twice as wide. Yet never once, as a child or an adult, have I wished for a four-foot-high head. Toys exist in an imaginative world. Nobody expects them to be scale models of reality.

Except for Barbie, of course....
Read it all.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Just put it in the trunk.

cement_mixer_bmw_thumb.jpgI went to look at a used cement mixer in Cave Junction today. Old Montgomery Ward model. Heavy duty. They don't make them like that any more.

"I was kind of expecting a guy in a pickup," he said.

Pickup? Who needs a pickup?

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

It’s Out There

can_full_of_gold.jpgSometimes when you're out walking your dog and you see an old tin can it's just an old tin can. Other times it's an old tin can filled with $20 gold pieces.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Sarah A. Hoyt Illustrated

And then I was like... and she was like...

Indescribable. You must Read The Whole Thing.

I dont' expect you'll understand it any more than I did. But it sure was fun!