Monthly Archives: January 2014

Webpage Coder’s “Senior Moment”

Dreamtime output outlined in red.

Bill Keevers took a little afternoon siesta while coding this file for City of Sacramento residents to report missed service for "solid waste" pickup. (Read "garbage").

Bill Keevers took a little afternoon siesta while coding this file for City of Sacramento residents to report missed service for “solid waste” pickup. (Read “garbage”).


www.foxnews.com/travel/2014/01/14/airline-passenger-falls-asleep-with-finger-on-slash-key/
AirPassengerFallsAsleepOnSlashKeyWe know that poor ventilation can sometimes leave airline passengers feeling sleepy.

But one busy traveler drifted off on his flight –but not before he took his finger off his laptop keyboard.

A video uploaded on YouTube showing the sleeping man with his finger stuck pushing the ‘////////////’ key on his keyboard went viral, and has been watched 100,000s of times.

Entitled “Dude sleeping on jet w/finger on slash key,” it was apparently shot by his seat mate.

Auto Insurance Discounts You May Have Missed

http://lifestylejournal.com/are-you-being-overcharged-for-your-car-insurance/

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Here are a few points that will help lower your car insurance expenditures.

  • Realize that you can always switch insurance companies – Most people think they are locked into their car insurance policy until renewal time. That’s 100% false. You can cancel any car insurance policy at any time, and get a prorated refund. This encourages shopping around (more on this later).
  • Drive less than 35 miles per day – We’ve found that many car insurance companies don’t ask how much you drive (they’ll leave it up to you to ask them.) Make sure you bring this up, and ask if there are discounts if you don’t drive very far (like less than 35 miles a day).
  • Your credit may matter, also – If you have good credit, it could lower your premium. Ask about it if your credit score is 650+.
  • Ask about other discounts, like occupation and hybrid cars – Some companies offer discounts to “low risk” occupations (like engineer, teachers, scientists, etc.) Ask if your occupation qualifies. Some companies also offer discounts for electric cars / hybrids.
  • Compare, compare, compare – We cannot stress this enough. Remember earlier where we said you can get out of your current policy? That makes shopping around for the best rates very easy. The savings to be had by doing a little comparison shopping can be huge – often hundreds, if not thousands of dollars!

America ill-prepared for marijuana mayhem

www.foxnews.com/opinion/2014/01/10/america-ill-prepared-for-marijuana-mayhem/

By Dr. Keith Ablow – January 10, 2014 – FoxNews.com

With many states legalizing medical marijuana, and Colorado legalizing recreational marijuana, we are about to learn what I already know as a practicing psychiatrist: Marijuana is not harmless and will lead many millions of people into addiction, depression, psychosis, anxiety and lack of motivation.

I support legalizing marijuana, because I do not support the government making the decision whether people use it or not.

I also don’t like jailing people for the same behavior (drug use) that so many of our elected officials have engaged in. And I believe strongly that, in carefully selected cases, marijuana (and other potentially addictive drugs, by the way) can be very useful, medically.

Here’s the big trouble, though: We are way behind the curve educating people about the risks of marijuana abuse and dependence—which could cost us many billions of dollars and ruin many, many lives.

I know this sounds alarmist, but it is true, and we are completely unprepared for the fallout.

Research studies show that cannabis users are at a 40 percent increased risk of psychosis. Research studies show that marijuana may well be a risk factor for schizophrenia, depression and anxiety disorders.

And research shows that marijuana is linked to a syndrome in which people have little motivation to pursue goals and interests that they once found compelling. Continue reading

Hillary’s Hit List

http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/presidential-races/195188-hillarys-hit-list
By Amie Parnes and Jonathan Allen January 12, 2014


Clinton’s Body Count

Inside a cramped third-floor office of Hillary Clinton’s once-bustling presidential campaign headquarters in the Ballston neighborhood of Arlington, Virginia, Kris Balderston and Adrienne Elrod put the finishing touches on a political hit list.

It was late June 2008, and Hillary had dropped her bid for the presidency. The war room, where her brain trust had devolved into profanity-laced shouting matches, was empty. The data crunchers were gone. The political director had drifted out. A handful of Hillary’s aides had already hooked up with Barack Obama’s campaign in Chicago. Continue reading

Charles Rice

Charles E. Rice is Professor Emeritus at the University of Notre Dame Law School.  His areas of specialization are constitutional law and jurisprudence.  He currently teaches “Law and Morality” at Notre Dame.

Charles E. Rice is Professor Emeritus at the University of Notre Dame Law School. His areas of specialization are constitutional law and jurisprudence. He currently teaches “Law and Morality” at Notre Dame.

From: Sacra-Pizza-Man
Sent: Monday, January 13, 2014 9:13 AM
To: ‘Charles Rice’
Subject: Suburban Sacramento CA. (RE: Where is Presentation Parish?)

Where is Presentation Parish?

Suburban Sacramento CA.

Sacramento Bishop Jaime Soto stood up to the homosexualists.

The Pastor, young Fr. Leatherby’s family business was boycotted by them.

The Sisters are of the same order that produces EWTN’s “Truth in the Heart” and came in 2nd at the American Bible Challenge


Thanks! Great people.

—–Original Message—–

From: Charles Rice
Sent: Monday, January 13, 2014 8:59 AM
To: Sacra-Pizza-Man
Subject: RE: a fan page

Thanks very much. I hope it will do some good. Where is Presentation Parish?


From: Sacra-Pizza-Man
Sent: Saturday, January 11, 2014 6:00 PM
To: Charles Rice
Subject: a fan page

http://www.presentation-r2l.org/the-golden-age-center/

SONY® CARDIOID DYNAMIC MICROPHONE F-98 INSTRUCTION FOR USE

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SONY® CARDIOID DYNAMIC MICROPHONE F-98INSTRUCTION FOR USE

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INSTRUCTION FOR USE

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It performs equally well when used for instrumentalists, singers (solo or group), and public address. The thin tapered shape comfortably fits in the hand. Light weight, the F-98 is ideal for use in “on-the-spot” interviews. Its high output makes it particularly suitable as a tape recording microphone.

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MONOPHONIC RECORDING

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Cardioid Pattern

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Sons of the Fair Star, by Ambrose Bierce (1842 – c. 1914)

In Which the Author Speculates on the Habits of Industry
on an Alien Planet Populated by a Nation Similar to His Own

The inhabitants of Mogon-Zwair call themselves Golampis, a word signifying Sons of the Fair Star.…They hold, with the best, wisest and most experienced of our own race, and one other hereafter to be described, that wealth does not bring happiness and is a misfortune and an evil.

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Ambrose Bierce (1842 – c. 1914)

None but the most ignorant and depraved, therefore, take the trouble to acquire or preserve it. A rich Golampi is naturally regarded with contempt and suspicion, is shunned by the good and respectable and subjected to police surveillance.

Accustomed to a world where the rich man is profoundly and justly respected for his goodness and wisdom (manifested in part by his own deprecatory protests against the wealth of which, nevertheless, he is apparently unable to rid himself), I was at first greatly pained to observe the contumelious manner of the Golampis toward this class of men, carried in some instances to the length of personal violence; a popular amusement being the pelting them with coins. These the victims would carefully gather from the ground and carry away with them, thus increasing their hoard and making themselves all the more liable to popular indignities.

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Kleingeld (Small Change) – 2000 Oscar Nominated Short Film

When the cultivated and intelligent Golampi finds himself growing too wealthy he proceeds to get rid of his surplus riches by some one of many easy expedients. One of these I have just described; another is to give his excess to those of his own class who have not sufficient to buy employment and so escape leisure, which is considered the greatest evil of all.

“Idleness,” says one of their famous authors, “is the child of poverty and the parent of discontent”; and another great writer says: “No one is without employment; the indolent man works for his enemies.” In conformity to these ideas the Golampis—all but the ignorant and vicious rich—look upon labor as the highest good, and the man who is so unfortunate as not to have enough money to purchase employment in some useful industry will rather engage in a useless one than not labor at all.

It is not unusual to see hundreds of men carrying water from a river and pouring it into a natural ravine or artificial channel, through which it runs back into the stream. Frequently a man is seen conveying stones—or the masses of metal which there correspond to stones—from one pile to another. When all have been heaped in a single place he will convey them back again, or to a new place, and so proceed until darkness puts an end to the work. This kind of labor, however, does not confer the satisfaction derived from the consciousness of being useful, and is never performed by any person having the means to hire another to employ him in some beneficial industry. Continue reading