Wednesday, August 31, 2011

This song... makes me feel...

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Actually, Ron Paul could win. That's what scares the establishment

At just over 76 years old, and after both a long career as a congressman from Texas and as a medical doctor, Ron Paul is making the news a bit more than the establishment wants him to. Scratch that. Congressman Ron Paul is making a lot more news than the establishment wants him to. What is it about him, that the main-stream media is so afraid to point out his popularity among voters?

I have a few theories. But first, I want to point out a few things out about the guy. In a
Yahoo News piece I published on Ron Paul, readers can follow a link to a survey published by Fox News which shows the tremendous popularity of the man after the Republican debates just prior to the Ames Straw Poll in Iowa. Although the results of the survey indicate a clear majority of respondents chose Ron Paul as the winner, Fox News pulled the link to the results from their homepage.

At the subsequent Ames Straw Poll, the nuttier-than thou Michelle Bachmann won, but only by a very tiny margin over the Congressman from Texas, and she had to give out more tickets to the event than he did, to win it. With all of her efforts to get the target of 6,000 votes, she still only managed to win it by 152 votes. (Kudos to the LA Times for telling it like it happened, too. That's more than can be said by “Conservative” Fox News.) Power-mad Barbie paid more per vote than the good doctor.

On August 20th, 2011, The Hampton-NorthHampton Patch reported Ron Paul the winner of the New Hampshire Straw Poll, and barely a peep came out of the main stream media about it. He didn't just win it by some slight margin either. He took a commanding 45% of the votes, in front of all eleven other candidates!

His popularity is growing, and not just in the number of disruptions of public events by irrelevant Paulbots, as claimed by some guy named Eric on The Washington times last February. Why are members of the media working so desperately to ignore the man, if he's as irrelevant as a few of them claim?

Ron Paul threatens the power-base of the current system and the media itself. The popular, national news agencies and our federal government have worked long and hard over the years to establish their little daisy-chain arrangement. The press corps says what our bureaucrats want them to, and in return the bureaucrats let the press say what the bureaucrats want them to. What a sweet arrangement, huh.

With a president like Ron Paul, and his simple plan of a return to Constitutional principles, limited government, and a rejection of the cradle-to-grave provision for the parasite class by the government, he just wouldn't make enough news to justify reading/watching/listening to talking heads. Bad news, crisis and drama sells newspapers, not common sense. With as little of an agenda as possible, we might even have a rather boring presidency.

Ron Paul plans to eliminate the I.R.S. And to end the drug war. My goodness. With as much money as bureaucrats make off of those two institutions, there's now way the media can avoid being pressured into trying to ignore Ron Paul. Every crooked cop, every lawyer and every single political fat-bag in the country who derives their unearned income and undeserved power from the average American's propensity to be scared silly sees the man as a threat. We can only expect every shady interest in the country will do everything they can to blackout Ron Paul and his third run for the presidency of the Unites States in 2012.

And they will succeed too. They'll rig the game. They'll make sure to tell the major media (as sponsors, of course) exactly who we the people should be focusing on, as our best candidate for President. The press will paint a bad image of a good man. We'll see more stories of “Muslim threats,” the drug war, and the obvious need for more and more and more social welfare systems. They'll succeed in keeping the dumb-as-hell average American fooled. That is, unless his supporters make all the noise in his favor that we can. The powers-that-be in America today might own every last “journalist” in the nation. But they don't own us. Ron Paul 2012.

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Sunday, August 28, 2011

"I wanna fly, up to the sky"

Now this is one talented lass! Shan Shan is her name, and she's from Osaka. She's got a blog, 3 shops including a photography shop, a crafts shop and a clothing shop, she's a textile designer, and also occasionally writes and teaches! Wow. She also seems to be a rather good model. 
I love the look and feel of all her photos: the colours, the clothing and style, the lighting... beautiful.

Check out all her other stuff here!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Celestial Cats

So I've been seeing these images all over the internets for quite a while now, and I love them everytime I see them. There's just something very cool and mystic about it. And, of course, they're cats :)
They're created by ZipporaLux, a.k.a Boya Naomi Zippora Latumahina, photographer, illustrator & recent graphic design graduate.

Happy Friday, everyone! 
Have a great weekend, be mindful and make it count, no matter what you do :)

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Hey! I got an award!

Okay, so now I see a comment from another blogger telling me I won an award for an "inspiring blog." Well, okie-doke. I never really thought of myself as "inspiring," but if it'll help get another blogger a back-link, what the hell.

So, I'd like to thank the nice lady who runs
A Storybook World for her nice award. I can't help my suspicious nature, so if I'm offensive, I apologize. Usually, the only awards I ever get involve "the Google/Yahoo/Microsoft Lottery," or something to do with yet another dead uncle in Nigeria, y'know?

So, thank you.

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Space Skates and Roller Boogie!

Dug these old guys out the cupboard the other day and decided they deserved their own post - that's how much I love them. They're probably around 30 years old and belonged to my mom's younger sister, and were then handed down to me :)
Many good times were had, at first spending a lotta time on my bum, then rollin' around the house and down the road. They're really looking their age now, but I won't be letting go of them anytime soon, sentimental old sod that I am. They're so freakin retro-cool, stoked to own a pair of original skates before rollerblades took over :)

Couldn't resist delving into the past for some kitch kiffness...
Warning: If anyone's interest was in any way piqued by the above half of this post, the following bit will surely dash it to shreds.
Here goes anyway. Watch the video, it's fun :)
And do let me know your thoughts. Did you ever have skates? Were you a blader?

Roller Boogie Wonderland by Earth, Wind and Fire from the skating movie Roller Boogie, 1979.

And, of course, there had to be something about cats and skates, too.

Depression and Atheism

I promised this topic a while back. Sorry it's taken me a while. Actually, I don't know if I should apologize at all. It seems kind of silly of me to think that any of you wake up day after day thinking, 'is this that day that Ray will finally tell us about his atheism?' then being disappointed when I don't. Beyond silly, it's arrogant.

Nevertheless, I've been promising and not delivering for so long because this is something that never even occurred to me and I never really think about. I'm not really sure how to go about addressing the two topics as they relate to each other because, in my mind, they don't. Both things are deeply personal to me and have grown roots that are so old and deep that removing either depression or atheism from the earth of me would be, to say the least, disturbing. I'm willing to do so with depression; I'm not with atheism.

Let me start by saying that I believe I understand theists, specifically their perspective of atheists. I spent most of the first two decades of life as one. It seems hopeless to live without the belief in god. If no one created us, if there is no externally designed plan for my life, and, most importantly, if nothing happens when I die, if there's no reward for the good and no punishment for the bad, then what's point of it all? How can one live in a universe so empty of meaning, purpose and hope?

It's easy to understand why theists can believe that atheism and depression go neatly hand in hand.

I was depressed well before I became an atheist. The first time I seriously considered suicide was when I was around twelve. I had no reason to feel bad but I did. I felt so bad about myself, so unloved, so worthless, so invisible, that I went down into the basement where my dad kept his guns. I spent a long time sitting with a loaded rifle in my lap, bawling and blowing snot bubbles. I never could work up the nerve and when I heard the garage door opening - I had been home alone - I quickly unloaded the gun, put it back on the rack and went to hide in my room until I could calm down.

So, now, I've told that story. Didn't plan to but there it is. My point is that my atheism didn't lead to my depression. Clearly, I've struggled with some pretty classic symptoms of depression for most of my life and well before my, um, conversion.

Even though that's the right word I hate to use it. For me, at least, conversion carries a lot of baggage. When I think of conversion, I think of the scene in the New Testament when Saul is strolling to Damascus and has a massive, singular revelation that causes him to completely change the course of his life and, for some reason, his name.

My crossover from theism to atheism took longer than an afternoon walk. It was probably a very long time coming but, as a process of which I was aware, lasted about 6 months. I won't go into the gory details. I'd reached that time in life when one starts to consider his place in the world and I'd been exposed to enough of the church to understand that it was a very human creation instead of the holy, unquestionable institution that I'd been raised to believe in. These two things gave me the courage to actually consider the possibility that the faith I'd been raised in wasn't necessarily the truth.

I spent a very weird summer living in a crap apartment downtown, working the night-shift at a local factory and reading. I read everything I could about faith, theism and religion. By the end of that summer, I was settling a little uncomfortably into atheism. I still had those questions I mentioned above except without the hopelessness. In fact, as I look back now, I count this time as easily within the top five happiest points of my life.

In time, I've answered those questions for myself. Theistically speaking, I am incredibly comfortable in my skin. In fact, as I struggle with my expanding and contracting emotions, my professional life, and all the relationships in my life that I seem to subconsciously destroy one by one, my atheism is one of the most solid things about me.

Don't get me wrong. I'm not an evangelical atheist. I'm not crazy about my tax dollars going to blatant theism but I'm never participated in a lawsuit about it. If the mayor of my town wants to put one of those cheesy lighted nativity scenes in front of City Hall in December, go right ahead. I'm just saying that, of all those things that all of us struggle with internally, the theology thing is settled for me.

I don't know if I've covered this at all. As usual, I just cracked my head open a little and tried to give you a look. So, lurking and not so lurking theists, if you have any questions or comments, have at it.

Amazing stop motion video!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Famous Quotes About Sarah Palin, the Candidate

We don't really know for sure, if Sarah Palin is going to also throw her hat into the already crowded race for the G.O.P. Presidential nomination, but in a report from, former Bush adviser Karl Rove made the prediction she would. We can't really know for sure if she's going to announce her candidacy until she does, but imagine if she did. What kind of a candidate would she make? There's only one way to have any sort of an idea, and that's to look at what kind of an effect she had as McCain's running mate in the 2008 presidential election.

In response to her political gaffes on the McCain campaign trail in 2008, we have:

"If Palin were a man, we'd all be guffawing, just as we do every time Joe Biden tickles the back of his throat with his toes. But because she's a woman - and the first ever on a Republican presidential ticket - we are reluctant to say what is painfully true."

-Kathleen Parker, Nationally syndicated columnist with the Washington Post Writers Group

Then there's a fellow Republican from her home state of Alaska:

"She's not prepared to be governor. How can she be prepared to be vice president or president? Look at what she's done to this state. What would she do to the nation?"

-Lyda Green, State Senate President

Admittedly, those first two quotes could just be the natural course of politics-as-usual. So, let's hear from someone who worked closely with her:

"She is a diva. She takes no advice from anyone. She does not have any relationships of trust with any of us, her family or anyone else. Also, she is playing for her own future and sees herself as the next leader of the party. Remember: Divas trust only unto themselves, as they see themselves as the beginning and end of all wisdom."

-An anonymous McCain adviser, from a CNN report

Ouch. Well then, let's hear what Conservative commentators have to say about candidate Palin. Mind you, David Brooks is as conservative as conservative can be:

"[Sarah Palin] represents a fatal cancer to the Republican party."

-David Brooks, Conservative Commentator for The New York Times

What list of famous quotes would this be, without the musings of funny man Jon Stewart?

"Actually, when I think about it, Alaska's also near the North pole, so she she must also be friends with Santa." (In response to a Fox News commentator's remarks during the 2008 campaign, about how she knows international relations, because Alaska is so close to Russia.)

-Jon Stewart, from the Friday, August 29, 2008 episode of 'The Daily Show'

Thus far, we've seen a few quotes on Sarah Palin which mentioned her personality, and the viability of the woman as a presidential candidate. So, what is the amazing appeal she holds over so many? We might have the answer right here:

"I'm sure I'm not the only male in America who, when Palin dropped her first wink, sat up a little straighter on the couch and said, "Hey, I think she just winked at me." And her smile. By the end, when she clearly knew she was doing well, it was so sparkling it was almost mesmerizing. It sent little starbursts through the screen and ricocheting around the living rooms of America. This is a quality that can't be learned; it's either something you have or you don't, and man, she's got it."

-Rich Lowry, in The National Review

Could it be, so many relish the idea of a presidential candidate, on nothing more than charm and good looks alone? She certainly has those qualities, and she has them in boat-loads, too. But to not only be a viable candidate, the one who knocks an incumbent out of power, it's going to take a lot more than good looks and a charming personality.

And once won, it would take a lot more, in order to handle the job-at-hand of running the federal government of the world's greatest superpower. Perhaps the G.O.P. Might want to focus more on the candidates currently running, already.

Some more thoughts for Sarah Palin.

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Sunday, August 21, 2011

I do not like green eggs and ham!

So look what I got back from my cousins! I had loaned my childhood Dr. Seuss books to my aunt for my little cousins ages ago, and now that they've outgrown them, we've been reunited :D
Was relieved to find that they were a little rough around the edges with several more scribbles than I remember, but pretty well intact and in better condition that I feared :)
Man oh man, do I love books. Especially old ones. And especially these ones. I'm so glad to have them back!

Two of my faves are Green Eggs and Ham and The Cat in the Hat... 
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I also picked up an old copy of Rudyard Kipling's Just So Stories at a charity sale...

Folic acid update and some thoughts about obligation

So, it's been roughly three weeks, I think. I ran out of pills yesterday so right now I'm at about 18 hours since I took the last one. More are coming but I didn't plan well.

Again, I don't have much to report. I suppose I do feel a little more up these days. I'm feeling generally optimistic about the future. I don't know. Trying to get a bead on how I'm feeling, or more precisely, if I'm really feeling better than I did is like trying to trying to see a distant star in the night sky. When you look directly at the fainter stars they disappear and when you look just to the side of them they reappear. How can I describe something that disappears when I try to focus on it? This is going to take time.

In a previous post, I said something along the lines of owing you guys an update. In a few of the comments and emails that you sent me, you guys made it clear that I don't owe you anything. Strictly speaking, you're right. I am the king of this little blog and I can do whatever the hell I want.

When I started this blog, I just wanted a quiet little corner of the interwebs where I could go and whine about my problems. I didn't really much plan for readers. Publishing it publicly was part of the reason that it was therapeutic for me. I was shouting into the universe and not exactly expecting it to answer.

Then it did. A readership, a very vocal one, started paying attention to me. I blog on a number of websites, a couple that are much bigger than this one. One of my sites gets thousands of visitors a day but this blog with 60-90 hits a day produces almost as much reader feedback. My reward for cutting myself open and bleeding a little on the web has been an unexpected support network in you. Faceless and often nameless but support none the less.

It's very gratifying to get notes of sympathy and support when I'm have a tough time. Knowing that I've touched you or even helped a little, as some of you have told me that I did, helps me immeasurably. I'm getting way more out of this than you are.

So, yes, I do owe you.

Listen to this

For the first time since I started this blog, I have a whole stack of things that I want to say. In the past, my intent when I came here has been very singular and it was usually just to scream into the darkness. But, lately for some reason I've felt a new level of engagement with the blog and you guys.

Right now, though, I'm going to talk about podcasts. (Bare with me, this really is going somewhere.) When I first learned what podcasts were a few years ago, I didn't think that they were for me. That's really kinda silly because I've always enjoyed spoken word entertainment from listening to my Dad's Bill Cosby records when I was a kid to political talk radio to a whole host of NPR shows. It took me a while to warm up to podcasts but once I did I found a handful that, now, I listen to regularly: WTF with Marc Maron, Savage Love with Dan Savage, The Moth, The Smartest Man in the World with Greg Proops, and Judge John Hodgman.

Of those, the two that I never miss are WTF and Savage Love. All of them are entertaining and most make me laugh but I get something more out of WTF and Savage. Both men are intelligent, articulate, funny and bring a view of the world that's outside of the normal for me.

Now, here's why I'm telling you about this. In an episode of WTF from early June, Maron interviewed a man named Todd Hanson. Most of you probably don't know who Hanson is; I didn't. He's a veteran writer as The Onion. That alone makes him incredibly interesting to listen to. He's also suffered from long bouts of major depression most of his life. In his conversation with Maron he breaks himself open and gives us all a good look at what he's gone through. I won't say it's fun to listen to but it's certainly cathartic. If you get anything out of my little blog here, you definitely should listen to this episode.
Go here to listen.

A few notes: First, I suddenly find that I have a christian readership. I'm sure that there have been a few of you lurking out there all along but lately, well, you know who you are and you know what's been going on. I bring this up because if you have delicate ears when it comes to language and adult topics, you might not want to put this show in them. For the same reason, this probably isn't something you want to listen to on speakers at work. Second, Maron's shows' free availability expires so if you think you might want to listen this sometime but not just now, you should go ahead and download it. It might not be available when to you come back to it later. Third, if you're a weepy kind of person, don't listen to this in a place where you shouldn't produce a tear or two because you probably will.

That's it for now. Go, listen, you'll definitely get something out of it.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Ten great Fall preparedness resources

Fall is coming again. Some parts of the Northern Hemisphere are already feeling the little nibbles of chill in the early morning hours. And while this time of the year is one of the most beautiful and tranquil times of the year for many of us, it's also your last chance to get ready for the coming Winter.

I asked a few good writer friends to share with us some of their favorite resources. So, here they are. I hope you find a few of them useful. (Give these writers a good look-see. They have other works you might enjoy too. Well worth the time!)

How to Prepare Your Rose Bushes for Winter by Andrea Coventry

Roses are temperamental flowers, requiring a great deal of maintenance and care. Preparing them properly in the fall for the long, cold winter, will keep them vibrant throughout the spring and summer. Start preparing for the winter from the moment you purchase your new rose bushes. Read labels carefully to make sure that they are hardy enough to thrive in your zone. I have found rose bushes being sold in Rochester, NY that are only hardy to about 15 degrees Fahrenheit. Winters in Upstate New York get much colder than that. If you are not sure of your zone, check the labels. They usually have color-coded maps that indicate what your zone is. If still in doubt, check with the nursery.

In the fall, when they have finished blooming, you first want to be sure to
...go here for the rest.

It aint just the flowers you need to get ready in the Fall. You'll find, if you just bother to look around, there's a whole mess of projects waiting for you to get 'er done. So, here's a helpful list for the not-so-organized.

20 Gardening Tasks for October by Andrea Coventry

October is a great time in the fall to start getting your garden ready for the winter. There is always plenty to do.

1. Clean out the annuals.

Annual flowers are not going to make it through the winter, anyway. Start cleaning up the beds by removing the annuals. If you have a compost pile, add them to it. Otherwise dispose of them appropriately.

2. Cut back perennials.

Perennial flowers that have not yet been cut back should be cut back at this time. You can also cut back the decorative grasses.

3. Trim diseased or sickly areas on bushes, trees, and shrubs.

Only do simple trimming back of obviously dead or diseased areas on trees, bushes, and shrubs. Major reshaping is better left for the spring.

4. Dig up tuberous plants.

If you want to keep plants such as your tuberous begonias, dahlias, and cannas for the following year, now is the time to dig them up. Wait until the green areas have fallen back. Store them in peat moss in a cool area such as the basement. Replant them in the fall.

5. Plant bulbs.

You have been planning your spring display all spring and summer long. Now is the time to plant all of those bulbs. Use a bulb planter to make sure you...go here for the rest.

Whoo-WEE! All that work's got you tired, huh! Okay, maybe you've earned a break. You'll want to know what's coming up on the boob-tube:

ABC Releases New 2011/2012 Lineup of Shows by Karen Gros

ABC network released their new 2011/2012 television schedule the morning of Wednesday, May 18, 2011. The new lineup includes a mixture of very successful shows like Grey's Anatomy , Modern Family, Desperate Housewives and Private Practice along with a slew of new shows debuting in the lineup.

New shows include Good Christian Belles, Last Man Standing, Apartment 23, 101 Ways to Leave a Game Show, Man Up, Work It, Suburgatory, Expedition Impossible, Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition, Pan Am, Once Upon a Time, Missing, Charlie's Angels, Revenge, The River, Scandal, and ...go here for the rest.

Okay. Break's over! Now, getting back to work means you're going to need equipment right? So, here's a great resource, about exactly that! While you might think this would be a Spring-time article topic, it might surprise you to discover how much you can save by making these purchases in the Fall.

Lawn and Garden Tractors: A Buyer's Guide by Cherise Kelley

Here is an overview of 12 different riding lawn mowers and lawn and garden tractors. Advantages and disadvantages of each model are noted, including price. There are two major categories of lawn and garden tractors. Riding lawn mowers are good for mowing lawns, hauling (with optional wagon), and for raking leaves, which is known as lawn sweeping. As well as mow lawns, haul, and sweep, lawn and garden tractors with ground-engaging transmissions can also tow accessories that dig into the earth. Such accessories are aerators, cultivators, harrows, dethatchers, scrapers, and graders. These earth-digging capabilities are known as cultivating activities. OK, on to the lawn and garden tractors!

Husqvarna 27-HP Hydrostatic Ground Engaging 54" Cut Lawn and Garden Tractor - Model # 2754GLS - Available for...go here for the rest.

Well, there's more to most yards than just the lawn-care and garden prep. What about your patio?

How to Prepare Your Patio Garden for Winter by Sandra Petersen

You have taken the time to personalize your patio garden and to create a lush and shaded retreat during the hot summer months. Have you given thought to what you must do to make your patio garden ready for winter? The time for preparing your patio garden for the often harsh winter months is in the fall. This is especially true if your winter climate is one that includes snow and cold temperatures.

Bringing Patio Garden Plants Indoors

If you are planning on bringing patio garden plants inside for the winter, you should...go here for the rest.

With all that hard work comes not only the satisfaction of a job well done, there are also those terribly painful blisters.

Blister Care and Prevention by Sandra Petersen

Have you ever experienced this? Your feet feel hot and sweaty inside that new pair of hiking boots, but you have quite a distance to go before you can rest. You ignore your discomfort until you begin to limp. By then it's too late. You have developed a blister.

Or maybe the first day of spring yard work finds you using a push mower to cut the grass or loppers to trim away some overgrown branches. Your work didn't take very long, but now in the places you gripped the tool your flesh is raised and squishy to the touch. This, too, is a blister.

Blisters, also known as bulla, are the skin's way of protecting its deeper layers from bacteria. A blister is a layer of skin that rides atop a watery cushion of body fluids. If left alone, it would heal itself because the fluids would...go here for the rest.

This next friend of mine writes on all sorts of helpful topics. But, she's a little shy. So I chased down one of her topics. Who doesn't love to hike in the Fall?

12 Tips for Fall Hikers by Linda Ann Nickerson

Fall is a fine time for hiking. Trees explode with autumn color, while shedding their leaves to provide more expansive panoramas for wilderness lovers. Summer heat and humidity give way to cooler temperatures that only add to hikers' energy levels. Still, autumn hiking carries a few cautions and concerns of its own.

Here are 12 tips for fall hikers, to ensure safer and more enjoyable walks in the autumn wilderness.

Look to layers for autumn hikes.

Outdoor temperatures and weather conditions can change quickly, so smart hikers...go here for the rest.

While we're on the topic of Fall, don't forget all that good food. Here's a great recipe for Autumn get-togethers, and it's not just another chicken recipe:

Autumn Corn Bread by Linda Ann Nickerson

Made with ground maize (Indian corn) or sweet corn, this delicious traditional Autumn Corn Bread is a sure-fire favorite fall side dish.

Surely a staple of the first Thanksgiving feast, shared by the Plymouth Pilgrims and their Native American neighbors, Autumn Corn Bread is a popular Thanksgiving Dinner selection.

The American Minutemen of the Revolutionary War ...go here for the rest.

Y'know what? Fall is also the home of a couple of the best holidays, so why not share a turkey recipe (a really great turkey recipe) with you here, too? Even if you don't make it now, it's a recipe worth bookmarking for later.

Holiday turkey wrapped in bacon by Rachel de Carlos

Not everyone likes turkey, but this is one bird that everyone picks at, right down to the bones. Why? It's juicy. It has crunchy skin. And it has a bacon flavor from being roasted with a shroud of beautifully woven bacon strips. It looks good, it smells good, it tastes heavenly.

Choose whatever size turkey will feed your guests and allow for a day or two of leftovers. A fresh turkey will end up crispier and tastier, but frozen will work fine as long as you thoroughly defrost it in the fridge. This will probably take several days, so...go here for the rest.

Okay, enough with the food, right? Right! Now, on to the ever-important topic of auto maintenance for the Fall:

Auto Repair Advice: Tips for the Fall by Spencer E. Razo

This is going to be an interesting article for everyone to learn something about auto repair advice and tips for the up and coming Fall. With over 25 years of experience I have seen my share of vehicles coming into the shop on tow trucks during the Fall seasons. Most of these could have been prevented if the customers took the time to get their vehicles up to date on their maintenance schedules. The best auto repair advice I can give to you is have your car inspected every Fall and Spring. Plan on spending a few hundred dollars doing this. Anything over five hundred dollars I would get a second opinion.

The Fall weather will bring us a lot of moisture and rain. Worn out secondary ignition components will...go here for the rest.

Like I said, you should really get to know these authors. They're entertaining and informative. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. Feel free to share these with friends, too. Just send 'em this page, or give us a Stumble. Thank you for stopping by.

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A quick question

I'm worn out. It's been a long week and I've made some progress on that professional problem I alluded to in my last post. I plan to spend this Friday afternoon playing WoW.

So, the question: Is it wrong that I washed down my lunchtime dose of folic acid with a couple of ounces of whiskey? It didn't feel wrong.

Now, I'm off to kill some evil orcs and dragons!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Don't hug me I'm scared

An odd and somewhat disturbing video on creativity, created by This Is It Collective. Watch the whole thing ;)

Drugs were possibly involved in the process or inspiration for this, haha.

This is huge; it's not just the flu which might see its last days

When I first heard of this incredibly good news, I wanted to write from the same perspective of what I'd learned myself. But, that's just not cricket, right? So I put it up as coverage of what I knew was going to get most people's attention - the flu.

This is huge news! Look at all the diseases in the world caused by viruses. While I approached this topic from the angle of what it will do for the flu, there are so many more virally-based diseases. Imagine if we finally have a cure for the common cold...AIDS...that's going to be a great day, won't it? I hope you enjoy the piece.


The Cure for the Flu May Be Just Around the Corner on Yahoo News

COMMENTARY | Imagine a drug which kills most viruses. Not just a vaccination which needs to be tweaked each year by scientists hoping to stay one step ahead of each new strain. We're talking about a drug which simply kills most viruses, across the board. Imagine that.

The good news is, so have the scientists of MIT's Lincoln Laboratory. Published on PLoS One, the team consisting of Todd H. Rider, Christina E. Zook, Tara L. Boettcher, Scott T. Wick, Jennifer S. Pancoast and Benjamin D. Zusmanare are reporting a possible new drug that disallows viruses from replicating by causing an infected cell to commit cellular suicide (apoptosis) without harming uninfected cells.

Virus infections prove to be incredibly tricky to fight for a variety of reasons: First, there are lots of them, so what works on one disease might not work on another. Second, they
...go here for the rest.

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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Two and a half weeks update

Yes, Anonymous, I suppose I owe you an update.

I'm writing this later in the afternoon when I tend to be at my grumpiest so do take that into account.

I don't have much to report. Since we last spoke, I've had one pretty big life change - one that's greatly affecting my sleep schedule - and one professional slap. I don't really feel like getting too much into either of these except to say that both are leaving me feeling rather down on myself and in general.

Vague enough?

Anyway, I only say that as something of a way of giving folic acid the benefit of a doubt. I haven't noticed any improvement beyond what I described earlier and I find that I'm sleeping in again. However, I have real life reasons to be a bit depressed, not just the usual unbalance. Perhaps I'd be feeling worse than I do if it weren't for the supplement. It's impossible to say.

So, I'm down but only a little and certainly not out. And, most importantly I suppose, I still have hope.

There's your update. We'll see what time brings.

And, if you're on the edge of you seat about the atheism thing, sorry I haven't done that yet. As you can see, life has me a little distracted just now and since this is a largely non-paying gig, I have to prioritize my keyboard time. I'll get to it.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

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