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!

Thursday, February 13, 2014

My Mother the Car

Instapundit earlier linked to an article on Mental Floss about the 11 Features You No Longer See in Cars. They are
  1. Bench Seats
  2. Tailfins
  3. Ashtrays
  4. Spacious Trunks
  5. Full-Size Spare Tire
  6. Floor-Mounted Dimmer Switch
  7. Vent Windows
  8. Horn Rings
  9. Audible Turn Signals
  10. Suicide Doors
  11. Control Knobs
Of those the ones I miss most are Bench Seats, Spacious Trunks, Vent Windows, and Control Knobs.

Really, the last one, if you take off the Knobs, says it all. In the old cars, you were in Control. In the modern version, the car is in charge: “Sit down and shut up, peasant. I — the car — will decide when to turn the lights on, to lock the doors, how to restrain you, whether we should accelerate, how hard to brake.”

“You get to choose what color you want — as long as it's black.”

Thursday, February 13, 2014


Note: I originally posted this on February 1st, but something went wrong and the post disappeared. Here it is again.

One of the more intersting articles today is Nicholas James Pell's on the neoreactionary movement, AKA the Dark Enlightenment, a name chosen, I suspect, to be deliberately provocative.

It provoked me, at least, to toss a few books into my shopping cart, but not to the point of actually consumating the purchase. With luck I will think better of it in the morning.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Watching the Weather?

Then you'll also want to read the Area Forecast Discussion, dig throught the MesoNet Observations, consult the Advanced Hydrologic Predictions, watch the Enhanced Radar Image Loop, and check out the ODOT Road Conditions.

If you don't live in Southern Oregon, you'll want to make minor adjustments to get your local products. Because after all, if you work for a living and pay taxes, you've already paid for them.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Constantly, Reliably Failing

Holman Jenkins puts the substation attack in perspective.
One expert suggested if the assault were widely replicated around the country, it could take down the grid. Well, yes, but it would require an army....

The grid consists of about 14,000 transmission substations and 48,000 distribution substations, most protected by a chain-link fence and nothing else. Which is fine: The system is designed to roll with equipment failure, whether instigated by squirrel or moron.

The power industry likes to credit itself with 99.999% reliability from the perspective of any given customer, but from the perspective of 300 million it's a thing constantly failing. Half a million Americans on average each day experience a power outage of an hour or more, with roughly 3% caused by sabotage — amounting to 15,000 victims a day. And though the Metcalf attack is called sophisticated, it was crude and loud compared with quietly cutting through a fence and turning a valve to drain transformer coolant, as occurred during a strike at a New Jersey utility in 2005, as happened repeatedly to Niagara Mohawk in 1995, as happened to six rural Kentucky transformers in 1993, etc., etc.