Thursday, September 18, 2014

Hello blog. Did you miss me?

Fun times, my getting a new tablet and trying to set a new Google password.  Jeez, used their recovery text msg option 1 too many times and got locked out until 17 September, fun times.

In the meantime, got a tube size increased on the catheter inserted through my abdomen into my bladder and now damn thing doesn't work.

That and a touch of pneumonia landed me in the hospital.  Plus my presence no longer desired at Carnegie Gardens/now doing business as Wave Crest Health and Rehabilitation am moving to Island Health and Rehablitation where will have to provide my own Television and receive little health care and no Rehabilitation.

Damn, have looked for a decade for somewhere in Central Florida that does Neuro Locomotor Training, which I read about but basically a fancy name for putting someone in a weight bearing sling and then manipulating their limbs walking on a treadmill.  That therapy leads to a host of possible positive things but no 2 people react the same way, and treatment not widely used in the States United of America, more widely used in Germany and the Scandinavian countries.

Damn, have I finally become a prisoner of Acronyms, land of capital letters and shallow characterizations, the most important in my life SCI for Spinal Cord Injuries?

Damn, after working all those years to recover and to work as a wage slave in America and achieve and maintain some degree of independence and now get stuck right back in a wheel chair and having to try to find a way back to independence.

Well, fuck it, back to the drawing board.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican, state of Delusional

Sure, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), also known as Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), consists of indiduals following a lunatic vand they all want to include Americans.  Since as an American that includes me, I feel perfectly fine blowing these misbegotten sons of goats to Hell or where ever their prophet Mohammed said they should go.

Screw them; bomb them; blow them into a bloody mist coating rocks in the desert.

Nevertheless, one ought not live in fear nor spew idiotic statements into making every American send money to the RepubliKKKan party, quiver in fear, and wet their pants, especially no such spewing from a sitting US Senator from SC, who shall remain namelesss; I'm looking at you, Lindsey Graham.

The Senator, obviously having binge on Supernatural and morning glory seeds, conjured up apocalyptic, delusional metaphors to laugh at:

Graham, like some other lawmakers, maintains that the Islamic State is poised to attack America and possibly wipe out humankind if it continues to expand its reach.
"They will open the gates of hell to spill out on the world," he said. "This is not a Sunni versus Sunni [conflict]. This is ISIL versus mankind."

Yup, versus all Mankind and Womankind and presumably transgendered kind, and truth, justice, and the American Way.

Lindsey, buddy, take you medications and try to calm down.  Su re they want to kill any Americans they can catch, but 'tain't worth getting all in a tizza about

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Escape from the Nursing Home @ The Piranha Club!

Fight Pediatric Cancer!

Fight pediatric cancer by entering drawing for 4 championship club box seats to watch a Florida Gator game.  Can't hardly get better than that!

Iffen y'all ain't Gator fans, enter anyway and give me the tix if y'all win.

Don't let the link less website throw you off.  It sez, "Cancer is the #1 disease killer of children in the U.S.," and looked like a link but 'tweren't.  So, goog'ed on your behalf and found that statement stated at American Childhood Cancer Institute.

So come on ever'body, writing a check easier than ice bucket challenge.  Plus, this contest at least gives us poor folk a chance to watch Gators in luxury.

 God bless y'all.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Reject & Protect: Opening Ceremony (RejectKeystone XL and Protect Mother Earth)

Friday, September 12, 2014

Wild for Oscar Wilde

Irish Central ran piece on Oscar Wild's 10 best sayings, seems after my own heart.

“Always forgive your enemies, nothing annoys them so much.”

“True friends stab you in the front"

“We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Dr Zeuss Sez....

I do not like the View nearly as much as I do like the Chew.  Do you too?

Ray Rice's Wife Blames Media for Her Husband Knocking Her Unconscious

For the love of god, can anyone ever admit a mistake and take responsibility for it?

Now comes the now wife of Baltimore Ravens woman beater blaming the media for taking away her now husband's livelihood.For goddess's sake, woman no one owes Mr. Rice a living.  As a public figure in a sponsor driven league, Mr. Rice had an obligation to observe a higher standard than common folk.

A higher standard, mind you not for the fans or all the little wife beaters of the future wearing a Ray Rice Raven jersey but for the unending rivers of money flowing from the companies buying 1 million dollar 30 second ads during the Super Bowl.

Bad press can kill the cash cow.

Meanwhile, back on planet earth:

At least, this sad incident of all too human behavior allows us to see various levels of hypocrisy: that of society which condones violence and allows to slake our bloodthirstiness within the confines of "sports:" of the NFL which failed to look for evidence that TMZ found; of the media which condemns and becomes judge and jury; of my male brethren who let cruel macho images colour their thinking; and ultimately my own hypocrisy for failing to live out the words which come out of my mouth and my watching this "sport."

Among the most hypocritical we find the words of the union chief of the National Football League Players Association, a man who makes his living off getting better working conditions for men killing themselves for entertainment of the masses: ["For our union, we have an unshakable position against any violence, certainly domestic violence included," NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith said at the Seahawks' facility in Renton, Washington.]  emphasis added because, c'mon, "condones no violence," my ass, they surely as hell condone lots of violence of very large and fast men colliding violently with each other.

So yes, I don't think to cast the first stone but nevertheless must condemn the reprehensible action of Mr. Rice and hope he goes through counselling and soul searching, and the couple can work things out.

But he needs a year off from football.

Also quoted from Christine at her party of one: "Domestic violence is no joke. The National Domestic Violence Hotline 1−800−799−SAFE(7233)."

Monday, September 8, 2014

NFL: What did you know and when did you know it?

Oh My Gawd!  The NFL has maintained since controversy broke over Ray Rice knocking out his then fiance that they never saw, could not get, and indeed that no tape existed from inside the elevator the couple went to ride.

Nevertheless, "An employee of the hotel  -- which just shut down for good -- tells TMZ Sports he was working there at the time and says the NFL saw the elevator footage before imposing the 2-game suspension."  (Emphasis added because WTF?  Thought the NFL wouldn't lie to us.  Seems they demand much more integrity from players than they show themselves.)

Now however, the NFL and Baltimore Ravens have gone from blaming the victim for provoking the attack to finally and belatedly cutting ties with Rice, perhaps ending his football playing career.

They got there after viewing video provided by TMZ Sports from inside the elevator.  Who even knew TMZ Sports existed?  Not I, writes the sports idiot spending 90% of his waking hours watching sports.

As a man tempted at times to strike his bi-polar wife with "issues."  Mt Moms, however, would have risen from her urn and beat my ass had I succumbed to temptation.

Read more:

Andre Debose Punt Return vs E Michigan - 9/6/14

Dare Dolphins Drones Dream? Miami 33 New England 20

Miami, playing at home, comes back in the second half to beat New England 33-20.  We drones can celebrate tonight, but the Dolphins schedule shows a game in New England on 14 Dec.  Too many Dolphins seasons started well only to have the rest of the division reel the Fish in and keep 'em out of the playoffs.

One of the Marino years, the Fins started 7-0, beating teams down in the South Florida heat and humidity, yet still missed the playoffs with a sore armed University of Miami grad (Craig Erickson?) at quarterback after Danny injury and no running game to speak of, a recurring theme in Fish history for like forever.

So one fears this win more a Patsies falling to Earth rather than great win for the Miami Air Breathing Fish.  How many times Can Cameron Wake force fumbles on sacks?

With my nostalgia, Jason Taylor still superior as he'd get sack, force fumble AND score a TD after scooping up the ball.  So Cameron, dude, you can still do better.

Look at the link; Wake gets by the tackle so fast the camera can't follow him.

Friday, September 5, 2014

The Evil Empire Strikes Back, Uses the Satire Against Siri

Even though your intrepid reporter doesn't need, want, or care about "smart" phones--and frankly abhors the waste of resources and people who think they need and must have them--reviewing gives me one more thing to kvetch about.

[Microsoft is taking its ongoing offensive against iPhone’s voice assistant, Siri, into a somewhat higher realm of satire in a new video spot called “Let the Healing Begin” that's set to launch on YouTube next week.

The video spot is obviously timed to coincide with Apple’s big Tuesday event where one or, possibly, two bigger iPhones are expected to be launched.

The “Let the Healing Begin” spot features a small group therapy session with people seated in a circle talking about problems using Siri....

In a deep-dive review of the low-cost Lumia 635 smartphone for Computerworld, this reporter found Cortana to be one of the device's strongest features because of its ability to link maps and Web information to specific voice requests.]

Ouch!: 50 Cal. Desert Eagle and Girls don't mix

Oh Crap! Big Brother is watching, and He has your address

We might consider age as adding a reluctance to embrace new fads, which much of new technology amounts to.  A smartphone amounts to a small computer that you can make phone calls with and which allows the guv'mint (sic) and private companies to find and track your physical location.

We curmudgeons do not live as Luddites; we just wait 10 years to let the gadget gurus decide what they will market to us next.

This carries the advantage of not having naked pictures of ourselves hacked from the "cloud,." or failing to realize privacy settings on an iPhone don't affect the automatic backup feature which sends everything up to damnable cloud even if unbidden by the user.

Technology curmudgeons also don't get busted for posting pictures of their pot on Instagram.

[“Marijuana” is one of about 400 “hot” keywords that are monitored by government agencies on social media. Social media monitoring is not new, but apparently some people either do not know about open-source intelligence (OSINT), or choose to disregard the list of terms in the Department of Homeland Security National Operations Center Media Monitoring Capability Desktop Reference Binder. So what might happen if you post a picture of big fat bud of pot on Instagram? Busted!

A teenage girl in Louisiana was allegedly “part of a group taking photographs of marijuana and posting them on the social media site Instagram.” The details are fairly sketchy at this point, presumably because it involves a 17-year-old minor. St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office told WAFB that “a detective with the narcotics division saw a picture of people with marijuana on a social media site and began an investigation.” At any rate, detectives showed up at the teenager’s home and “found her to be in possession of the illegal drug. She was released on a summons to appear in court on December 11, 2013.”

KATC added that during the investigation, the detective learned the residence where the pot was located. It does not say how that was determined; perhaps the teenager did not strip the geo-tagged locational metadata from the photo? Back in 2010, the creators of I Can Stalk U tried to raise awareness about hidden metadata added to smartphone photos. If you don’t disable geotagging and post your photo online, a person is “allowing their movements to be recorded and analyzed by anyone: from a government to a nosy neighbor.”

The St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office is one of several that are part of the Gulf Coast High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area; as a side note, the parent agency is the DEA and you might recall the DEA’s High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) program being mentioned during revelations about the Hemisphere Project.

After Andrew Hicks obtained a Hemisphere Project presentation, we learned it “covers every call that passes through an AT&T switch - not just those made by AT&T customers - and includes calls dating back 26 years.” The New York Times reported, “Some four billion call records are added to the database every day, the slides say; technical specialists say a single call may generate more than one record. Unlike the NSA data, the Hemisphere data includes information on the locations of callers.”] emphasis added because WTF!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Burning Man Pictures from Mark Morford


[This is Big Al. He’s from NOLA, representing regional Burners. Cool in B/W, I think. “The NOLA burners create a similar effigy every year for Burning Bayou, their local burner-friendly event, at T-Bois Blues Festival in Larose, Louisiana,” says the Burning Man art guide.]

Movie Criticism

Generally hate the writings of self-styled critics. The only thing giving title to them comes from having prople even stupider than themselves pay them to write about those who create art.

The writing of critics proves themselves unable to feel the all too human tingling at the back of the neck during a suspense movie, the stirring of excitement during a cowboy or action novel, and a stirring in the loins on contemplating any art concerning the human condition.

In short, "Silent Bob" and Kevin Smith rule!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Project Suds Reaches Out to Homeless Veterans

Too often on this blog my writing deals with what angers me, and by gawd we have much to cause righteous fury.  So let me take a moment to inform about and applaud Project Suds, created and run by an American Legion Auxillary, which reaches out to homeless veterans and does their wash for free.

No matter how fastidious or creative these shelter challenged get when setting up their camp sites, doing wash proves problematic.  They have to use buckets to do their wash and have to choose between washing clothes and eating some days.

Project Suds, conceived of by Auxiliary 163 president Ann King-Smith and others, does the laundry for homeless veterans who come out of campsin the woods to get clothes washed, breakfast, and a modicum of respect. most importantly.

[The homeless veterans said that having clean clothes, knowing that there are those who care enough about them and treat them with respect does wonders for their self esteem. They said they more often are treated with suspicion and disdain in public.

“Everybody think because we are homeless we’re dirty,” {Russ} Marquis said. “We want to be clean.”]

Thr project works so well it has received a national award, one of only six projects to "win," and has spread to other states.

Some times, the simplest gestures mean the most.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

The Termnator: And So it Begins

Scentists, bent on hastenng the end of human cvilization and makng us kneel to our robot overlords, have created a cloud of memory programs for robots to lean from.  No word yet if scientists plan to include Asimov's three laws as a required download so at least our robot overlords won't cap us.

[Researchers are creating a single, massive repository of robot knowledge so machines around the world can learn from each other.

Dubbed Robo Brain, the repository, which robots can access over the Internet, is designed to let the machines draw on its more than 10 terabytes of data whenever they need it. The knowledge store resides on Amazon Web Service's public cloud.

"I'm really looking forward to building this brain, with all this information that robots  need," said Ashutosh Saxena, an assistant professor in the computer science department at Cornell University. "Instead of teaching each piece of knowledge to each robot, when a robot goes out in the real world, it can query the brain and learn how to do things...."

Part of what can be laborious and time consuming about building efficient robots is that each machine has to learn so many individual tasks, Saxena explained to Computerworld. Every robot has to be taught the same thing, such as how to open a carton a milk, time after time....]