Thursday, October 24, 2013

Here’s To Us

Mr. and Mrs. DurandFor our twenty-sixth my bride and I travelled to Bandon, as we often do this time of year, and stayed at Windermere, stopping first at the fish market for fresh-shucked oysters, steamer clams, and rockfish, because our room has a kitchenette.
Bandon BirdieWe tossed the fish in the fridge, took off our shoes, and headed down to the beach.

Sunset, low tide, and moonrise all came together on the 17th of October, along with the balmy fall weather — days in the 70s and nights in the fifties — that is generally the best of the year.

Back at the ranch it fell to yours truly to prepare the evening meal. Boil half cup water, add some white wine, toss in the clams. Squeeze half a lime over the rockfish and the rest over some gin. Dip the fish in egg and oat flour and slap it in a hot buttered skillet. Pour the gin into the cook, bread the oysters and drop them in more hot butter next to the fish. Fix another drink, turn the fish, set the table, pour some wine...
Heceta Head LighthouseUmpqua River LighthouseThe next day we toured up the coast with stops here and there.
beverly_beach_26_mini_thumb.jpgWe stayed the second night at the Beverly Beach campground. What we saved on lodging we spent on a fine meal at Gracie's Sea Hag in Depoe Bay.

On Saturday we drove over to Oregon State University to visit our youngest daughter, and then back home.

All in all a very happy anniversary.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

News From the Vortex

Some pretty cool things wander out of the canyons of Gold Hill.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Never attribute to malice...

Article in The Wall Street Journal.
Chronic electrical surges at the massive new data-storage facility central to the National Security Agency's spying operation have destroyed hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of machinery and delayed the center's opening for a year, according to project documents and current and former officials.

There have been 10 meltdowns in the past 13 months that have prevented the NSA from using computers at its new Utah data-storage center, slated to be the spy agency's largest, according to project documents reviewed by The Wall Street Journal.

One project official described the electrical troubles — so-called arc fault failures — as "a flash of lightning inside a 2-foot box." These failures create fiery explosions, melt metal and cause circuits to fail, the official said.

The causes remain under investigation....
If it's behind the pay wall, e-mail me and I'll send you a free link.

Monday, October 7, 2013

The Default Process

The New York Sun asks What if America were to default?
Our prediction is that millions would be thrown out of work, housing prices would collapse, people's savings would be wiped out, and we would be forced to retreat in war. Congress would be deadlocked, foreign governments would be calling for the establishment of a new international reserve currency, the Middle East would be in flames, Communist China and Russia would be flexing their muscles, and the unemployment rate would soar and stay above 7% for four, five, or six years or even more, and the Federal Reserve would be looking irrelevant.

If that sounds a lot like the past six years, it's no coincidence....

Friday, October 4, 2013


We are unable to confirm the rumor that the man who set himself on fire on the National Mall was the lead programmer of the [Obamacare] website.
Jerry The Geek
LOL, as the kids say.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Tech S’port?

feral_goober_tech_sport.pngStolen from Lumberjack, who stole it sommer else.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

No Penalty

Read the stinkin' fine print.
  1. IN GENERAL. The penalty provided by this section shall be paid upon notice and demand by the Secretary, and except as provided in paragraph (2), shall be assessed and collected in the same manner as an assessable penalty under subchapter B of chapter 68.
  2. SPECIAL RULES. Notwithstanding any other provision of law
    1. WAIVER OF CRIMINAL PENALTIES. In the case of any failure by a taxpayer to timely pay any penalty imposedby this section, such taxpayer shall not be subject to any criminal prosecution or penalty with respect to such failure.
    2. LIMITATIONS ON LIENS AND LEVIES. The Secretary shall not
      1. file notice of lien with respect to any property of a taxpayer by reason of any failure to pay the penalty imposed by this section, or
      2. levy on any such property with respect to such failure.
In other words, if you don't buy their stinkin' insurance, and you don't pay their stinkin' fine, they can't do a stinkin' thing about it. Except, of course, nip your refund.

So fix your W-4 so you don't get a refund. Is that so hard?