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Doesn’t It Hurt Your Eyes to Look at That?

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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!

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