July 6th, 2010

#2147: Miscellany

What do you do at 2 AM when you can't sleep and are too sleepy to play WoW? You fire up your laptop which hasn't been moved in six months and you run Windows Update.


7 of 31 complete.

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I looked up the manual for the ATV that Sailor V was hooning around on Sunday. Turns out that if you place the ignition switch in the center position, you should have headlights. Had we known that, he wouldn't have had to drive the thing home in the dark from where we were lighting fireworks.

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It's been a bit more than a month since I ordered my Aluratex eReader. The ship date is two weeks from now.

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I was laying in bed, trying to sleep, when I realized that one thing keeping me awake was that I was hungry. I headed out to the kitchen intending to heat up a hot pocket, but wore my flip-flops because while it was cooling from incandescence I wanted to go outside and get an idea of what the weather was like.

After hitting the can I decided to go to McDonald's and get a Big Mac, so I crammed a hat on my head, grabbed my accoutrements, and went.

I got a bit scared on the way home because I was feeling so incredibly sleepy, but I made the trip without incident; and I sat in my rocking chair and ate the entire thing. It was the first time in more than a month that I'd eaten an entire serving of french fries (but for the few that I gave to the cat).

The fries had salt on them, of course; and now I feel a lot better than I did. I'm still tired but I don't feel exhausted any longer, which leads me to believe that Gatorade is not the do-all-be-all of summertime hydration. I probably got low on sodium and Gatorade doesn't appear to do much of anything about sodium.

It reminds me of the time my Mom and I went to Great America in 1998. After tramping around the park all day and riding roller coasters on a beautiful indian summer afternoon, we were starting to feel really run-down and were thinking about leaving...but I decided to have one of those big, soft pretzels with the gigantic rocks of salt on them (description is slightly hyperbolic)...and Mom had some of it, and we perked right up: we were tired because we needed salt.

...and we stayed at the park for several more hours after that.

From this point onward I'll make sure to have some salty snacks with me when I know I'm going to be out in the heat for hours. Gatorade alone doesn't seem to cut it.

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The laptop's done with Windows updates and I'm starting to fade out again. Oh well.

#2148: Journalism FAIL

Yeah, have someone who knows nothing about cars write an article about cars. Then you get this howler:
Toyota is announcing the inevitable, that the latest Lexus spring valve defect is going to become a full-fledged recall in the U.S. The fear is that the defect can cause the cars to stall in traffic.
Emphasis mine, because further down in the text comes this bit of information:
"In the covered vehicles, due to slight variations during the manufacturing process, some foreign material may have contaminated a small number of the valve springs. If a vehicle is affected, there is a remote possibility that abnormal engine noise or idling may occur. In extremely rare instances, the engine may stop while the vehicle is in operation," Lexus says in its announcement.
Emphasis also mine.

In the direct quote it's a "valve spring" and in the journalist's own words it's a "spring valve". It's the kind of mistake which can only be made by someone who is completely ignorant of how cars work. One would think that a professional journalist would make sure he's getting his terms right before handing the article in to his editor.

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"Heat blankets US as workers return after holiday".

Translation: "OMG it's going to be so hot in New York this week, I don't know how I'll stand it!"

It could be 104° in Kansas for a month straight and AP wouldn't notice, but as soon as hot weather makes it to the coast, oh no, it's a major heat wave that "blankes" the entire country.

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Nuke the leaking well. Yes, I said "nuke it". I've said it before.

There are about two miles of rock between the oil and the sea floor. Drill a hole about three thousand feet down, parallel and close to the leaking one, and place a compact nuclear device in that shaft. Set it off.

The nuclear bomb will vaporize a certain volume of rock depending on its yield. The shock wave will pulverize the rock beyond that volume; the result will be that the hole will be buried under an avalanche of debris. If this is done correctly, the leak will stop.

No radiation will escape and the flow of oil will stop. Anyone who wants to access that oil in the future will have to pick a different drill site, becuase the void and debris in the area of detonation will not make for good drilling. (The stuff that came up from drilling there would be mildly radioactive and could be flushed away with water.)

People discussing "the nuclear option" seem to think the nuclear bomb would be set off on the sea floor, which would be counterproductive at best. Doing that would make the problem worse, as the wellhead would be gone and the hole would be completely open, allowing an unimpeded flow of oil into the water.

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I'm going to do another blogroll post, but first I have to decide how to present it. In the past I've just posted names, but I'm thinking now about doing a list with hyperlinks--which will be a pain in the ass, but never say I don't suffer for you. It would raise the likelihood that people will actually go visit those links, which is the entire reason you post a blogroll in the first place.

I dislike that LJ has no good way of letting you set up a blogroll in a sidebar. Without going to an entirely different site, I have approximately two options: 1) like it; 2) lump it. So I "lump" that LJ has no good way....

I realize that LJ is not seen as a "serious" blog forum, because it's primarily a social networking site, but with just a few minor changes the place could also be a blog forum--but I'm not in charge of that, so F it.

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Anyway, some of that heat which is "blanketing" the US is here today, as the high is expected to be 90°. And it looks to continue at least until Thursday.

I still feel drained from my night of revelry on Sunday. I find it incredible that I am still this tired two days later--and I didn't have so much as a drop of alcohol. (In fact, I don't think I've had any alcohol this year. I'm such a party animal....) Having a lot of fun is tiring, and I know this, but come on.

When you're driving 10-odd miles to light fireworks--and having to drive the same distance home afterwards--getting drunk and/or high makes absolutely no sense. Even if I didn't have to go anywhere I still wouldn't want to have been drinking before or during the lighting of fireworks, because drunk=stupid and "stupid with fireworks"="emergency room".

And I've never been interested in intoxicants, anyway. Call me weird if you must.

But coming off a several year period of no fun and then actually doing something purely for the fun of it I think I sprained something, and it's making me awfully damn sleepy. WoW is down for the usual maintenance anyway; back to bed.

It would help if I could actually get more than a few hours' sleep at a time, though. I don't know WTF is going on with me. Oh well. Back to bed anyway.

#2149: Notice how many of them have spanish names.

Michelle Malkin has a post up about "Musicians for Open Borders", which is a bunch of liberal pants-wetters from California protesting the enforcement of existing federal immigration laws by the State of Arizona.

You can scan the list if you like. A lot of them have spanish or spanish-like names. (Big surprise, that.) The one name I recognized for sure was "Nine Inch Nails". "Tenacious D"--Jack Black and his butt buddy--was not on the list though I know they're part of the boycott. Such as it is.

I strongly suspect that none of them are bands I would listen to except by accident, anyway. Them refusing to tour Arizona is really going to put a headlock on the artistic community there, isn't it? I mean, how will Arizona cope without "Los Faggots"?

As for "Tenacious D", that's not even a real band to begin with. It's something Jack Black made up in order to have something about which to do comedy shorts when his acting career started sucking. As far as I know the only "Tenacious D" album is the soundtrack for the "Tenacious D" movie, and 90% of the music on that thing is shit. Two songs on it are worth listening to, and one of them you can't listen to in public because of all the swearing.

Oh--a quick look at Amazon.com shows there's a CD from 2001 called, eponymously, "Tenacious D", and the review paints it as more of a comedy than music album.

All of this is pretty freaking stupid. (I notice that "Hall and Oates" is not on the list, either, but they also support this stupidity.) I wonder how many of those bands were actually scheduled to perform in Arizona before this? How many actually had to cancel concert dates to take part in this "boycott"?

I'd suspect the number approaches zero. Which is pretty much the aggregate IQ of everyone taking part in this nonsense.