atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,

#1038: Arrgh.

Got my first ticket since 1996 last night. Damn it.

Driving the small truck for work, a light turned yellow and I stood on the brakes. When I was most of the way stopped, I was in the intersection (I thought) so I let up and drove through. Cop pulled me over. Ticket. Argh.

What grates about the whole thing is not that I got the ticket but the cop's attitude. He was a prick about it. Okay, I made a mistake, and I'm fine with paying the piper for it, but did he have to be such a jerk about it? I don't think so.

Oh well. $75 fine, $30 fee for traffic school, and it won't go on my record, so F it.

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And on to the usual linky-dinks in lieu of actual content:

Mazda has a shipload of cars that it can't/won't sell because it doesn't know what damage they may have sustained. So they've set up a "disassembly line". That's pretty interesting, and I have to agree with Mazda that it's better in the long run just to write 'em off and recycle the metal.

Is Jesus coming back in 2015? As a Christian, I would like to think so, but I'm pretty certain that it's not the way to bet. So you pentecostals and fundamentalists had better keep planning for retirement and everything else....

Speaking of Zimbabwe, a missionary there says, "This thing could get ugly." No no, it's already ugly. It's now just a question of how ugly it will get. If that shipload of Chinese armaments finds it way into Zimbabwe, it'll be pretty fricking nasty. So far, though, no African port has been willing to unload that particular ship o' death, which is helping to keep the ugliness to a minimum. For the moment.

"Pixie dust" helps a man regrow a fingertip. The stuff--processed from the lining of a pig's bladder--apparently tricks the healing process into regenerating tissue rather than just scarring over. When this guy got his fingertip severed by a model airplane propellor, his brother--a medical researcher--sent him this powder, which he applied faithfully...and now his finger has grown back completely, with nerves and fingerprints and everything. Awesome.

Iran won't accept dollars for oil, citing the fact that dollars are "worthless paper". Can we beat the living piss out of Iran yet?

Thank you ever so much, Jimmy Carter you douchebag.

Meanwhile, morons have taken over Iolani Palace in Hawaii. Oh, sorry; when I wrote "morons" there I actually meant "Hawaiian sovereignty activists".

Do I understand this? These idiots want Hawaii to be a sovereign nation? To be honest, I couldn't care less; let 'em secede...with one caveat: the United States doesn't give them so much as one thin dime of support or help. Period. Nothing, ever, not even if every volcano in the chain erupts at once.

You want to be a sovereign nation? Okay! Have a nice life.


* * * reports that the solar wind is moving at 450 km/sec and has a density of 3.4 protons per cubic centimeter. It's a gale!

Still no sunspots, though.

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The freeware anti-malware program I use is Avast!, and by and large I've been pretty happy with it.

Until recently.

The last time I booted my computer, Avast! reported that uTorrent was spyware and quarantined it. I had the devil's own time trying to get the desktop icon to be uTorrent's icon again; and the system still won't recognize .torrent files as anything useful, so Firefox won't funnel .torrent files to uTorrent the way it should.

In other words, thinking uTorrent was some kind of trojan or something, Avast! pretty well buggered my installation of it. Argh etc.

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Oh well. It could be worse, I suppose.

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