Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Schools Are Opening And All's Right With The World

The normal things are happening around here and that is one of the best signs.

Schools are starting. Buildings are being built. It is good when things stay the same about most things.

The headlines about wars in other parts of the world belong in other parts of the world. A big part of our need for government is for safety and consistency. Let us get on with our lives without needing to worry about idiots trying to blow up buildings.

I do not know what most of them hope to gain anyway. You still live and die and pay taxes no matter who is in charge. Keep the government as unobtrusive as possible while still doing its job.

You should not even completely stop people from making mistakes. Mistakes can turn into innovations in the right circumstances. Who really knows until it all works itself through?

So let the dummy have his way as long as it does not hurt some one else.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

In The Blink Of An Eye

Today is the big day of the eye examination. It happens every couple of years.

You look at a little house in a field. Then you look at a spot and they blow air into your eye.

Nothing much to it.

You look at a row of letters with each eye and then you look at them again through a bunch of different lenses.

Finally you get drops in the eyes and after a while get another examination..

If you are lucky and your eyes have changed you get to pick some new frames and lenses  to look through.

I actually got an added benefit - genuine Polaroid to cover my eyes when I walked outside because my eyes were dilated from the drops and the glare can be pretty intense.

Not bad for about an hours time.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

You Are There

This was one of my favorite programs in the 1950s: It took a historical event and inserted a modern newsroom and reporters to report on it.

You Are There

The programs were great and at the end of the program, after Cronkite summarizes what happened in the preceding event, he reminded viewers, "What sort of day was it? A day like all days, filled with those events that alter and illuminate our times... all things are as they were then, and you were there.":

On to where I am now. It is starting out as a nice day. Maybe thundershowers later but for now - great.


...And I am there!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Robin Williams

One of Robin Williams most memorable scenes.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Disbelief About Time

Here it is Sunday night already and the 4th of July weekend is almost over.

I remember when I was little how impatient I was for things to happen. Time seemed to just creep along.

Now I think about something and all of a sudden it is over. It never fails.

There is one good aspect to this though. I do tend to get tired of Christmas music rather rapidly each year and before you know it the 6 months or so of commercials is over before you know it. Same thing for snowstorms and other weather things. Before you know it they are over.

Maybe that is why I am acquiring grouch tendencies. No significant holidays. Anybody got any ideas?


Tuesday, June 24, 2014

A Day To Remember?

Not really so far...
  • This afternoon
  • Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 4pm. Cloudy, with a high near 84. Breezy, with a southwest wind 18 to 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
  • TonightShowers and thunderstorms likely, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after midnight. Some of the storms could produce gusty winds and heavy rain. Low around 68. Southwest wind 13 to 18 mph decreasing to 7 to 12 mph after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.
This is really just a normal un-noteworthy summer day.

It is kind of nice right now. Not too much hot sunshine to deal with. It is just nice for a walk and a wander through the back yard.

Roses are past their peak and the day-lilies have not flowered just yet. Kind of an in-between time.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Password Changes

Ebay is the latest company I have heard from that is asking people to change their passwords.

You really have to be concerned about this sort of thing because it seems to be getting more frequent.

You are told to watch for charges on your bill that you did not make. Fine, but who knows what are legitimate bills or not with all the mumbo-jumbo that appears on the statements. A company with a certain name can be billing under some totally unrelated seeming corporate name and scanning a list, who can be sure? Then take automatic payments and what are you supposed to think. The wonders of the electronic age!

I have so many different passwords that the only way I can keep track is by using a password manager. I have the pro version of Roboform and it is a lifesaver. It is free up to 10 passwords but with all my surveys and other stuff I probably have well over a hundred. It is also pretty good at filling in forms where you are constantly putting in things like your name, address, email and so forth. It is really handy at keeping track of password changes.

Over the years I have had a few issues with the program but nothing serious or unresolvable, just aggravating. This would probably be the case with anything so I just go along with it.

I can not see the security situation improving in the foreseeable future. Security systems and hackers are both improving their capabilities so you just have to protect yourself as best you can.