This shows the house and a tree in the yard festooned with lights. Last week, the lights on the house were flickering about as fast as the tree lights were, and it was bright and it was fast. There are fewer lights on the tree, and because they're not arrayed against a reflective surface (unlike the ones on the house) the strobe effect isn't as powerful.
It's not in focus because my cellphone camera has extremely poor low-light performance characteristics. What do you want from a $50 phone? Anyway, you get the idea.
I still wish I'd taken a video of the strobe effect last week. Dang.
At any rate, I don't really object to my neighbor's decorations, and I'm not being critical; I just think it's kind of funny, is all. I do know that the controllers in Christmas lights tend to be made cheaply and have no (or very little) temperature compensation for the timing circuits--at least if you pay any reasonable amount for them, and not "This string of 100 lights costs a mere $400!"--and a setting that works fine during the day, while you're stringing them, will be utterly crummy after the sun sets and the temperatures dip. Heck, I have a set of icicle lights which behaves the same way, and when I put them up outside I have to adjust them a few times before they look nice and don't flash like an old theater marquee.
But the fact that I understand the situation doesn't mean I'm not going to get a laugh out of it.
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Trump: "We're at war; get it through your head." Finally someone running for office has the balls to speak the truth about islam, instead of mouthing platitudes and appeasement.
Demographically speaking muslims are a very tiny minority in the United States, so it's not like Trump is throwing away the support of a key interest group, here. And the people who refuse to support him because of his stance on this only make him look better when they denounce him for speaking the truth.
If islam wants to be at war with us, then it's time for us to acknowledge that we have to fight that war, and to do what the United States has always done: fight it to win, and finish it.
This really isn't that complicated.
If Muslims can legitimately demand that people praise Allah or die, we should be able to equally demand that they REJECT ALLAH or stay the fuck out.Amen, brother. Amen.
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Today I have very little that needs doing. For the most part, it starts and ends with me going to the store and making dinner; otherwise, nada. Tomorrow will be a little more efforty, but not much.
I can live with that.