November 30th, 2017

#6010: THAT is why.

Here I complained about feeling very unsafe atop a ladder that I had to use in a precarious position. Mind you, the ladder was solid as the Rock of Gibraltar and there was no reason for me to be afraid it would fall or collapse, but as I said at the time the consequences of such a fall could be disastrous, which is why I was so nervous.

"Wimp! You had nothing to worry about! Even if the ladder did dump you, it's only ten feet or so!"



That guy, on his 40th birthday, fell about as far as I would have fallen had the ladder in the staircase dumped me. He did the simulation with the dummy to show everyone what happened, because he didn't have a camera on when it did (or if he did, the footage was unusable for this or that reason).

He broke his femur, badly enough that he had a 6-inch incision in his hip where they operated on him to get him patched back together. From a 10-foot fall.

And he's forty, ten years younger than I am.

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Well, today is the last day of November, already. Where did the month go?

Plus side, while firing up Netflix to watch another ep of Hinterland the other day (Welsh name: Y Gwyll) I saw that Broadchurch season 3 has already made it there. So once I'm finished with Y Gwyll's 3rd season I'll have that to watch.

Interestingly enough, Y Gwyll means "the Dusk". And here I thought I'd learned the Welsh word for "hinterland". Looks like they use "Y" for "the", anyway.

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Well, I'm starting to look forward to Christmas. I guess that's something.

#6011: Not to put too fine a point on it, but THAT IS WHY YOU GOT TRUMP

Newspaper calls Mike Pence a liar even as it admits that what he said is true. The statement Pence made: "There are more Americans working today than ever before in American history."

It turns out to be the 100% unvarnished truth. The newspaper in question doesn't like that truth, though, so they call it a lie and ask, "How can Pence get away with making such a grand statement?"

That sort of leftist bias in the media--which has been pervasive for a long time but more carefully hidden--is why we have President Trump.

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I was telling my wife this just the other day. You know, before the sexual revolution and womens' lib, if some creep put his hands all over a woman, uninvited and unwelcome, it was just possible that he'd get a visit from the woman's father, brother, or significant other, in which said worthy would feed the cad some of his own teeth.

That's not how it's done any longer, of course. That's why these sleazy crudbuckets with no self-control can flourish.

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You people are fucking idiots. I can't even approach the complete lack of non-thought required to get to where those brainless morons were that resulted in that picture. Holy crap.

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Pixy is watching Slayers. Slayers was pretty decent, as I recall; though I haven't watched it in two decades, I did enjoy it. Megumi Hayashibara did the voice for Lina Inverse, the main character of the show, and I actually have a Lina Inverse figure I bought at one AnimeIowa or another.

Never saw the whole thing, though.

Addendum:

After reading Pixy's post, I had the OP for that series going through my head, and I didn't even watch the video. That's one I can sing in Japanese, by the way.

#6012: You're kidding, right?

Trying to pay the electric bill via phone today. Amount due: $120.39. I entered $121.00 to make it easy on myself.

System: "This payment is below your balance due."

NO, IT IS NOT! YOU PIECE OF JUNK!

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Had a second person come out to look over the estate furniture, in hopes of being rid of it. He told me flat out that the dining room set is not worth the time it would take him to haul it away; not very long ago, he said, he sold a similar set--with table, six chairs, and china cabinet, in better shape--for $100 all-in.

He then gave me some contact information, an appraiser and a resale shop. I'll contact them tomorrow (as it's after business hours now) and see what I need to do. I want this stuff out of here but it's not worth selling; still, I do not want simply to throw it away.

Old pianos, similarly, are apparently not very valuable. Guy told me there have been times when they just dumped pianos into garbage trucks--and that jibes neatly with what I've been hearing from other sources.

What we have here is a house full of white elephants. And I'm the one who has to figure out how to get rid of them without pissing anyone off. So what I'm going to do is to get it appraised, then sell it for what the market will bear. If that's $100, too bad.

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New study suggests aluminum is cause of autism. Autistic brains contain more aluminum metal. This is interesting to me; aluminum is not immediately toxic like many other metals, which is one reason why we use it in so many things (also because it's cheap and very easily worked).

I seem to recall hearing, some time ago, that aluminum exposure was also a risk factor for Alzheimer's. I wonder if that ever went anywhere?

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Anyway, "miles to go" and so forth. *sigh*