September 22nd, 2011

#2955: Oh, for crying out loud-- I decided, before preparing myself for bed, that I would tidy the kitchen a bit, get the dirty dishes into the dishwasher and get it started, get the trash out, tidy the counters a bit...and when I grabbed my MP3 player from where I'd left it after cutting the grass the other day, I thought, "I think I'll listen to some music as I work--"

Then I said some very bad words, because I saw what condition my MP3 player was now in.

I have no f-ing clue how it ended up like that. I must've set something down on it, too hard, and broken the LCD, but I'll be switched what I did. It still works, mind you, and plays music as well as ever, but I can't see what's playing and if I ever screw up and switch the EQ to something else, I won't be able to get it back the way I like it.

In a fit of desperation, I went to Ebay:

...and bought three of them for the princely sum of $30, shipped.

"But why?" You ask. "Didn't you get that touchscreen one a few months ago?"

I did, a Trio whatever-it-was...but I like my little GPX player. It runs on AAA batteries so when it dies, I just pop in a new batt. It doesn't distort or clip when there's too much bass. The Trio is great for hooking up to the Jeep's car stereo; it's not-so-great for listening with headphones. So there we are.

Now I'll have three GPX MW238B players--though one is admittedly hot pink--to keep me going for a while. Until they invent something better.

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...and I got sucked into the Ebay vortex, looking at parts for the GS450. Things like brake shoes and stuff. *sigh* Now it's 5 AM and I'm still not in bed, and I've got errands to run starting at 11 AM today.

Oh well; I can always go to bed early tonight, I suppose....

#2956: Stupid people are so smart!

You see, if you have trouble getting people to return your calls and e-mails, it's because you're giving them accurate, concise, and complete information.

If you communicate poorly, however, it makes people panic and send you multiple e-mails and call you back immediately.

A few days ago I had to send an e-mail about setting a time and date for the memorial service, and having a luncheon, twice before I got any reply at all. It's usually like this; it's been the pattern since Mom died: whenever I needed something done, or some information sent to me, I had to badger people for it.

Last night I wrote my brother an e-mail intending to tell him I'd like to set up the chat with the pastor for Friday afternoon; but the way I sent it--because I was sleepy and not thinking straight--implied that I'd set up the memorial service for tomorrow afternoon.

That garnered three e-mails and a phone call all before 9 AM this morning.

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Dow was off some 300 points by 9:34 this morning. Okay, that's 300 points in four minutes, and as I write this it's off by 425. It's down 700 points since open on Tuesday.

Obamanomics! Hope and Change!

OBAMA 2012: Good for a laugh, bad for the country.

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If you or I turned out to have a moon rock, we'd go to jail for it. Clinton has one that belongs to the state of Arkansas, and all he'll have to do is return it.


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Yes, tolls paid to use toll roads are a highly regressive tax.

By the way: here in the Peoples' Democratic Republic of Illinoistan, they're fixing to double the tolls charged on Illinois toll roads. Let me tell you something interesting I noticed the other day on the way to my brother's house.

You see, back when Blagojevich was in charge, the Illinois tollways were converted to "open road tolling", the IPass system. If you have an IPass tranceiver, you don't even have to slow down; you just drive right under an archway festooned with antennas at road speed, and your transceiver does the hard part.

Until Blago hit the fuego, the signs on the archways said "Open Road Tolling" and mentioned "Governor Rod Blagojevich". After he was kicked out and Pat Quinn became our governor, the signs were changed to read "Governor Pat Quinn".

The signs now do not mention who is governor. And tolls are going to double.


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...also, what a great paean to unionized government workers that is: putting up signs, changing signs, taking signs down, "Look at how much signage-related work we've got! We're going to have to hire 10,000 more sign-changers to deal with the backlog!" *sigh*

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Corruption in the Obama administration. VDH FTW.

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The first three items on my "to do" list for today have been accomplished. The nice thing is, I no longer need to make any phone calls regarding the memorial service. I may need to talk to my pastor one more time, and there's an appointment set for me, my brother, and nephew, to talk to him about my sister; but otherwise that's all handled.

About 3 PM I'm going to set out on the motorcycle to run some errands, and then I've got therapy at 3:30. The errands and therapy will be the rest of my list for the day.

I might even get some cleaning done...after I take a freakin' nap.

I went to bed at 5 AM and managed to get to sleep sometime after 7...and was awakened at 8:15 by my brother's phone call. *sigh* After that I think I might have managed an extra hour or two, but I wouldn't bet on it. It sure wasn't much sleep.

Point is, by the time I'm done with therapy I expect to be "well done". I'll probably come right home and go face-down in bed without removing my helmet....

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All that being the case, I may actually be able to go to the Valpo gun show this weekend, depending on what time my sister and niece get in from Maine, and depending on my own energy levels. *sigh* It'd be nice to do something social this week.

Fun-social, I mean, not obligation-social, such as the impending obsequities for my late sister.

Assuming I can get to sleep, that is. Church is at 9 AM Sunday and I want to attend that, so I'll be going to bed around midnight and taking a whole Xanax.

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I finally got around to cleaning out my inbox. I didn't bother to count how many messages there were, but I had to scroll a lot to get to the top of the list. Now it's back down to a handful of messages.

I live such a stimulating life.

#2957: Tachyons?

Maybe. Experimental error is more likely, but since we're pretty sure that tachyons would be neutrinos of one stripe or another, it fits.

It also would be the first experimental evidence from particle physics that would make serious trouble for General Relativity.

The Feynman model says that antimatter is just normal matter moving faster than light. To us, the positron is moving left to right; but the positron is actually moving right to left, V>C. It's superluminal velocity inverts its time vector and apparent structure, satisfying the Lorentz-Fitzgerald contraction equation for cases where V>C...and so if it encounters an electron, the two particles annihilate each other. So--theoretically--if you're making antimatter, what's actually happening is that you're just kicking out some particles faster than light.

...but here's the problem: they don't appear to move faster than light. A positron can't go from A to B faster than a photon would. (If the positron is actually an electron moving from B to A at V>C, though, isn't that a moot point?)

What's happened at CERN is, neutrinos were created at A...and detected at B a few nanoseconds before a photon could have crossed the distance. There's no apparent temporal inversion, as you see using the Feynman model; you've got a neutrino going from A to B, apparently at V>C.

This is why it could set General Relativity on its ear...if this isn't experimental error.

The Theory of Relativity has not been falsified, ever. We keep it around precisely because every time someone does an experiment that tests its precepts, the theory is demonstrated to be sound. Every time. There has never, never, ever been an experiemnt run that falsified GR.

If this is not the result of experimental error, then the guys at CERN have discovered something very, very exciting indeed...but I'm not going to hold my breath.

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As planned, I rode the motorcycle to therapy and to do my various errands. Once done with therapy, I rode the motorcycle around a big square: Route 1 to Sauk Trail, Sauk Trail to Western, Western to Exchange, and Exchange to Super Burrito!, after which I returned to the bunker to feed.

...played WoW for a little while, and then flopped for three hours. Only three. *sigh*

Friday I must do some shopping, and finish cleaning. There is very little left to do in the kitchen--mainly wipe the counters and clean the floor--and the bathroom remains to be cleaned in its entirety. Alles in ordnung! ...or close to it, at any rate.

A couple days after I bought chuck roast at $4.19 per pound, of course it went on sale at $3.19 per pound. I'm going to buy a couple more 2 lb chunks of the stuff at that price, and chuck it (heh) into the freezer downstairs.

Still haven't done a damn thing about locating a cheaper source of beef than the local market. Trooper Lefty sent me some info, but with everything going on I haven't had a moment to think about buying beef at sane prices.

And I'm still thinking about trying to get a deer this season.


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I've been having fun with Erogami, though. Tanking is more fun that I thought it would be, though as my armor improves I find myself running out of rage mid-battle, because I'm not generating it fast enough, because it's increasingly hard to hit me.

I hit "revered" with Bilgewater Cartel (goblins) thus giving me a total of five 16-slot bags, so any subsequent rep gains will get me 16-slot bags for my bank tab. I've resisted buying netherweave bags at the auction house because--at least on Galakrond, horde side--they're too flippin' expensive. 22 gp buy-it-now--sheesh. I did buy one, though, because my bank tab was getting too crowded.

Before I took my nap, I worked on leveling fishing and cooking. I'm still a way from getting some useful recipes but I'm working on it.

I found myself with a couple of spare mageweave bags (12-slot bags) and was going to vendor them when I realized that I can resell them on AH because they're not soulbound. So I threw them up there for like 5 GP apiece, and we'll see how they do.

Once I've hit "revered" with the zombies and blood elves, I'll have all the cheap 16-slot bags I can get and will have to resort to buying too-expensive netherweave bags at 22 GP apiece. Oh well. Inventory management is a pain in this game but at least it's not impossible to master.

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When I was at the store last, I bought bagels and cream cheese, and I'm already down to 1 bagel and almost no cream cheese. *sigh* It's on the list.

There really isn't much that I need, but one item on the list is a bag of dry dog food. Whee!!