atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,

#3294: Driver's license renewed, and it took 5 minutes.

Most of that was navigating the Sec'y of State of IL's web site and punching in a 16-digit number, followed by my payment information.

One of the benefits of doing things like obeying the speed limit and coming to a full stop for all stop signs and the myriad of other things I do while driving that get me hated!!! by lots of other drivers because THEY ARE IN A HURRY AND DON'T HAVE TIME FOR MY LAW-ABIDING SHIT is that I get to renew my DL by mail or Internet, rather than having to go in to renew it.

It cost me $2 for the privilege of not having to go to the DMV. Considering that it's a 20-minute drive there on a good day and then another 20 minutes back, it would have cost me more than that to pay for the gas I would have burned driving there and back. (Well, unless I took the motorcycle. But who wants "helmet hair" when they take your DL picture?)

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For this, my old doctor refused to renew my RX for Xanax. Because Whitney Houston finally succumbed to a couple of decades of hard drug use and she'd taken some Xanax just before. Yeah.

Dude: I know it no longer matters since I fired you as my doctor, but I AIN'T WHITNEY HOUSTON. I mean, shit--if I were, I wouldn't be struggling to pay my f-ing bills, now would I?

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Econazi Ken Salazar's Department of the Interior has cooked the books to support removing dams from rivers. That's right: the science doesn't cooperate with your wishes, so change the science so that it will.

This is what they do.

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Incidentally, the polar bear population is doing just fine.
The debate about climate change and its impact on polar bears has intensified with the release of a survey that shows the bear population in a key part of northern Canada is far larger than many scientists thought, and might be growing.

The number of bears along the western shore of Hudson Bay, believed to be among the most threatened bear subpopulations, stands at 1,013 and could be even higher, according to the results of an aerial survey released Wednesday by the Government of Nunavut. That’s 66 per cent higher than estimates by other researchers who forecasted the numbers would fall to as low as 610 because of warming temperatures that melt ice faster and ruin bears’ ability to hunt.
See, the science isn't anything like "settled".

What a surprise, isn't it, that animals have some capacity to adapt to changing conditions? Isn't it amazing how living animals refuse to behave according to the way your equations assume they will?

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Looks like Arby's doesn't need my business.

And Walgreens, too, to a lesser extent.

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These findings are a blow to String Theory. To work, (at least some variants of) String Theory require that there be a bunch more dimensions than we experience.

We figure there are four: length, width, depth, and time. String Theory needs more; "twenty" is one figure that's been most commonly bandied about. These extra dimensions are essentially geometric points; they're "rolled up" in the parlance of string theorists, and they are from whence come the four fundamental forces.

String theory exists only as a tool to unify gravity with the other three fundamental forces (electromagnetism, weak force, strong force) because it alone doesn't operate on the same scales as the rest of them. The strong force, for example, only works across the diameter of a proton while the weak force is good for the diameter of an atom. Electromagnetism starts about where the weak force begins to peter out and works to macroscopic distances, but it's not really all that strong once you get past a few feet or so.

Gravity, of course, works on huge scale and is the weakest force of the four. Example: stuck to a piece of iron held upright, a very small magnet can hold itself up against the pull of the entire Earth. But the Earth can pull that magnet in from a long way away, while the magnet can't exert a similar force on a piece of iron at a similar distance.

The equations are different enough in scale that they don't really fit together. We have the equations for strong, weak and electromagnetic interactions over here, and gravity is wayyyy over there.

Part of me wonders if gravity is actually even a force in the same sense that strong or weak or EM are forces; what if it's just a 4-dimensional space-time manifold that makes it look like a force? But I'm not about to revisit that discussion here.

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Regarding the recent infestation of Macs with a trojan, Bad Example says, "Need me to get a stepstool so you can dismount your high horse?" And as one of his commentors remarks, so much for "inherently more secure".

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In 2008, it was a national crisis that gas was getting so expensive. In 2012, it doesn't matter.

Go on, media; keep on giving BHO the BJ. Make it obvious, because it only proves what conservatives have said all along: the media has a distinct liberal bias.

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Two from Denninger:

Bad news: seems like the credit cards are maxed out.

Good news: the latest unemployment figures, while bad, are "not the disaster being portrayed."

When you get to the point that "hey, it's actually not as bad as everyone says it is" is the good news?

Aye; ye're fooked.

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I'm gonna blockquote the entirety of a segment of Ann Barnhard's post today because she doesn't have a proper blog. (Okay, when a guy on LiveJournal is saying you don't have a proper blog? "Aye, ye're fooked!")
Which reminds me, have I ever shown you Michelle LaVaughn Robinson (later Obama)'s Princeton senior thesis?


You need to read this thing so you can get an appreciation of how low the affirmative action people will stoop. Read this and then understand that some poor kid who was brilliant and worked his butt off in high school DIDN'T get to go to Princeton because Michelle was given his spot. Read this and then sit in stillness for a moment and understand that this borderline-illiteracy got this woman not only a bachelor's from Princeton, but even more amazingly got her into HARVARD LAW. The Harvard Law entry committee absolutely had this thesis pass before their eyes, guaranteed. It is written, and written POORLY, at no higher than a SEVENTH GRADE LEVEL. Nevermind the complete inanity of the topic itself: White People are Mean and Black People Will Always Be Put-upon. Especially the ones who are handed an Ivy League education that they don't deserve. Yeah, yeah, yeah. Blah, blah, blah. Let's just give her a pass on that. LOOK AT THE QUALITY OF THE PROSE. It is STAGGERINGLY bad. I have to go to the late Christopher Hitchens and his summation of Michelle's thesis, because it cannot be said any better:
“To describe [the thesis] as hard to read would be a mistake; the thesis cannot be ‘read’ at all, in the strict sense of the verb. This is because it wasn’t written in any known language.”
One of the reasons the Obamas are such incredibly dangerous people, aside from their psychopathy, is the fact that they are enormously stupid people and they know this deep-down. They are desperate to maintain the con and thus are blackmailable by their handlers. Barry is, of course, doubly blackmailable because he isn't an American citizen. Hold on. He's triply blackmailable because he is an active homosexual. The psychological stress of all of this is why Michelle is such a miserable witch, drugging herself with designer clothes and plastic surgery, and why Barry is almost certainly dependent on drugs. Bottom line: THIS AIN'T GONNA END WELL, Y'ALL.
I don't know about BHO's drug dependence, and the homosexuality thing is a rumor; still--

You know, I do recall the story from the guy in Chicago who said he and ol' Barry O used to snort cocaine together and hump, but of course that story was quickly buried by an accommodating press...and the conservative side didn't want to jump on it for fear of appearing "homophobic", so the entire thing was quietly swept under the rug and forgotten.

Myself, I don't give a rat's ass what my elected officials do in the privacy of their bedrooms as long as they're not violating their oaths of office or their oaths of marriage, or committing any crimes. I do care about how their proclivities may affect their political positions, and if the shithead can't even keep from violating his wedding vows, expecting him to be true to his oath of office borders on insanity. ("He repeatedly cheated on all three of his wives," say Newt Gingrich supporters, "but of course he won't cheat on the Constitution!")

But there is a sizable fraction of people in this country--and plenty of them are Democrats!--who simply would not vote for a homosexual. If it were proven that B-H-O is a H-O-M-O, it would end up being pretty bad for him, electorally speaking.

No idea how much credence to lend to this, though. If we had, say, his college transcripts we might have some idea about how true or not-true these rumors are.

Oh! "The charge is serious enough that we must investigate!" That was the Democrat excuse for taking seriously the stories about George H. W. Bush flying to Paris in a SR-71 "Blackbird" to have secret talks with islamic dissidents from Iran in 1980, so they'd keep the hostages locked up until after the election.


But Ms. Barnhardt's point about our President and his First Lady being intellectual lightweights is not far off the mark. We've seen that Obama can't give a speech without a teleprompter; we've seen that he has no regard for anyone's expertise and will ignore the most sage advice in hopes of implementing his vision for the future--and then be astounded that spending hundreds of billions of dollars on eco-nonsense is failing to drive any kind of economic expansion.

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I was up until 5 AM finishing the redmarking of the novel. I slept a lot; when I got up I went to the computer intending to blog, but realized I had to go get some high-density food to eat now (right then, I mean) because I had to get ready for church starting at 5.

"Why?" You ask. "Wasn't the service at 7:30?"

Indeed it was. But I had a reading to do, and had been asked to be there at 5:30 so for the rehearsal.

Went to Culver's for the usual, came back and ate it while finishing my pre-blog surf; then got in the shower. I ended up getting to the church at 5:40, but the rehearsal hadn't started yet--the pastor's wife was in charge of the thing and she'd bought pizza for the hungry teens that would be doing most of the service.

Mostly, I sat and waited for my cue. But we were done before 7, and so I was able to go down to the choir practice room and do warmups and final rehearsal of our songs.

I was at church for three hours. Now I have a headache and need food again. *sigh*

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On the plus side I--as previously stated--finished with the redmarking. Next up is to do the actual editing; and once that's done I can do a final print and quadruple check it for errors, inconsistencies, etc.

But the editing comes first, and I'm even going to have to do some math to verify that I got the physics right in a few spots. (Nothing major--classical mechanics--but it's got to be right else I'll hear about it from every freshman physics major that reads this thing: "You got this WROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONGGG!!")

With all that (and the quadruple checking done) the next step is to find potential publishers. This is gonna be hard.

The funny thing: last night I was reading the thing and making the occasional mark, and when I'd take a break I'd feel guilty for staying up reading.

And then I'd remind myself, "Son, this is work. I know it doesn't feel like it, but that's what it is. You're doing this in hopes of making some money. It's work."


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