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Title: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: heironymouspasparagus on January 20, 2012, 08:37:20 am
Inimitable - not to be confused with inimical.


A Victorian computer.  If only these had been around in Victorian times - just think how much further advanced our society might be.  And no, I did not take the name from him.  He obviously has some similar past influences.  I have had the name for 40 years.

http://steampunkworkshop.com/victorian-all-one-pc

Love the guitar amp, too!

http://steampunkworkshop.com/nathans-guitar-amp



Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: heironymouspasparagus on January 20, 2012, 08:39:28 am
There seem to be a lot of this happening around the country lately.  Is there some vigilantism going on?  (Not necessarily a complaint - just curious.)

http://news.yahoo.com/man-convicted-killing-ga-girl-found-dead-232416627.html



Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: heironymouspasparagus on January 20, 2012, 09:08:11 am
Fancy keyboard anyone?

http://www.datamancer.net/keyboards/keyboards.htm



Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: Teatownclown on January 20, 2012, 09:54:05 am
There seem to be a lot of this happening around the country lately.  Is there some vigilantism going on?  (Not necessarily a complaint - just curious.)

http://news.yahoo.com/man-convicted-killing-ga-girl-found-dead-232416627.html



These violent crimes have always happened but now they are amplified by the internet.

Actually, we live in less violent times than ever before. There's less killing due to wars. There's an actual drop in victim crimes which may explain the need to incarcerate more victim-less criminals to fill the gap in prison population. >:(


Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: Conan71 on January 20, 2012, 10:13:47 am
This is a good catch-all Heiron.

Ever think of trying ritalin?  :P


Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: heironymouspasparagus on January 20, 2012, 10:18:58 am
These violent crimes have always happened but now they are amplified by the internet.

Actually, we live in less violent times than ever before. There's less killing due to wars. There's an actual drop in victim crimes which may explain the need to incarcerate more victim-less criminals to fill the gap in prison population. >:(

Was not so much commenting on the actual crime as much as how there seem to be a lot of criminals ending up hanging themselves recently.  Always hear about one from time to time, but there seem to be more in the last year or so.



Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: heironymouspasparagus on January 20, 2012, 10:24:28 am
This is a good catch-all Heiron.

Ever think of trying ritalin?  :P

Cannot be accused of thread drift or hijacking - by definition, the drift is inherent and institutionalized if not actually required.

As commented previously....

Roses are red...
Violets are blue...
I'm schizophrenic...
...and so am I!


Feel free to disseminate, dissipate, drift, or otherwise wander aimlessly through the dusty, musty hallways of your mind!



Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: Conan71 on January 20, 2012, 10:25:29 am
Cannot be accused of thread drift or hijacking - by definition, the drift is inherent and institutionalized if not actually required.

As commented previously....

Roses are red...
Violets are blue...
I'm schizophrenic...
...and so am I!


Feel free to disseminate, dissipate, drift, or otherwise wander aimlessly through the dusty, musty hallways of your mind!



The only problem I have with your drift and hijacking is you do not mention Marshall's beer often enough in your meanderings.


Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: heironymouspasparagus on January 20, 2012, 10:27:58 am
Marshalls!
Marshalls!
Marshalls!


Oh, wait...I left one out - Marshalls!




Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: Hoss on January 20, 2012, 11:00:58 am
Marshalls!
Marshalls!
Marshalls!


Oh, wait...I left one out - Marshalls!




Be more specific...


Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: heironymouspasparagus on January 20, 2012, 12:44:53 pm
Be more specific...

Conan, you are gonna have to help me out here on the specificity.  I don't do beer, so not sure how to address this.



And while I'm at it - saw Newt last night blasting the moderator for asking a personal related question.  This from the guy who was commenting sometime back about how politicians must expect to be questioned about their personal life.  Yeah,...that's the Newt.



Title: Re: Re: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: Hoss on January 20, 2012, 01:20:25 pm
Conan, you are gonna have to help me out here on the specificity.  I don't do beer, so not sure how to address this.



And while I'm at it - saw Newt last night blasting the moderator for asking a personal related question.  This from the guy who was commenting sometime back about how politicians must expect to be questioned about their personal life.  Yeah,...that's the Newt.

Hint:  they make more than one type of beer.

Sent from my Atrix4G with fat fingers


Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: heironymouspasparagus on January 31, 2012, 10:33:42 am
And with all the other so-called "bad news" from the RWRE - here we end up with another decreasing deficit.  As opposed to increasing deficits.  Still too big, but definitely better, especially considering the way it WAS headed...

Unfortunately, likely to stay here until the question of revenue is resolved - 2013 at the soonest.

http://news.yahoo.com/us-budget-deficit-dip-1-1t-152358458.html

History;
FY 2012: $1,101 billion
FY 2011: $1,299 billion
FY 2010: $1,293 billion
FY 2009: $1,413 billion  - Bush's last budget
FY 2008: $248 billion
FY 2007: $161 billion




Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: heironymouspasparagus on February 02, 2012, 11:51:15 am
And now for something entirely different.

This is pretty good and just completely entertaining.  And casually related to Oklahoma's own - Sonic!  

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_RzBpTSNLG8


I gotta find a Sonic at lunch!!

Have the craving for cheese on my tots now.




Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: dbacks fan on February 02, 2012, 10:26:59 pm
Jeez I miss Sonic. I can remember when tots with chili and cheese wasn't on the menu. (ans yes, I have one of their aluminum trays with the yellow coated window hooks)


Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: heironymouspasparagus on February 03, 2012, 08:18:02 am
Jeez I miss Sonic. I can remember when tots with chili and cheese wasn't on the menu. (ans yes, I have one of their aluminum trays with the yellow coated window hooks)

All 'ya gotta do is move back.

Souvenir hunter!


For some reason, this little video brings back lots of memories, not just from Sonic, but Pennington's, the Admiral Twin, King's Food Host...all that old good stuff.




Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: Conan71 on February 03, 2012, 08:27:34 am
All 'ya gotta do is move back.

Souvenir hunter!


For some reason, this little video brings back lots of memories, not just from Sonic, but Pennington's, the Admiral Twin, King's Food Host...all that old good stuff.




We used to love to mess with the cooks at King's by getting on the phones in various booths and calling in all sorts of crazy stuff like fart burgers.  Hillarious to a six year old mentality.


Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: heironymouspasparagus on February 03, 2012, 08:30:27 am
We used to love to mess with the cooks at King's by getting on the phones in various booths and calling in all sorts of crazy stuff like fart burgers.  Hillarious to a six year old mentality.

Must have been at age 16.

I loved their hot fudge sundaes!! 




Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: Conan71 on February 03, 2012, 08:32:09 am
Do you remember when it closed?  Didn't it become a Kip's Big Boy before it finally got mowed for the QT at 31st & Sheridan?


Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: heironymouspasparagus on February 03, 2012, 08:44:27 am
Do you remember when it closed?  Didn't it become a Kip's Big Boy before it finally got mowed for the QT at 31st & Sheridan?

I think it was a Big Boy for a little while.  There was a really bad barbeque place there for a few minutes, too.  Plus a couple other places - pizza maybe??  Not sure.  QT didn't come along for a few years.



Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: heironymouspasparagus on February 03, 2012, 08:48:06 am
Cheese Frenchie!!



Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: dbacks fan on February 03, 2012, 07:43:57 pm
Drove past a Bob's Big Boy yesterday, and it reminded me of friends I graduated with that attempted to steal the Big Boy statue from the one on Memorial and the BA back in 1981.


Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: Conan71 on February 04, 2012, 03:15:58 pm
Drove past a Bob's Big Boy yesterday, and it reminded me of friends I graduated with that attempted to steal the Big Boy statue from the one on Memorial and the BA back in 1981.

Attempted?  I thought that actually wound up on the front lawn at Hale?


Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: heironymouspasparagus on February 05, 2012, 08:21:13 pm
Not sure about the Big Boy, but we put a neighbor's VW Beetle up on his porch one time.  Sideways.





Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: Red Arrow on February 05, 2012, 08:38:09 pm
Not sure about the Big Boy, but we put a neighbor's VW Beetle up on his porch one time.  Sideways.

There were some really small Subaru (I think) cars that were easily lifted by a few strong teenage pranksters.  I know of one that was blocked up just to the point of the wheels being just barely off the ground.  It was difficult to see it by just looking.


Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: heironymouspasparagus on February 05, 2012, 09:07:31 pm
Took about 10 or so of us.  Mean little f's!

Had another one who 'loaned' his car out from time to time.  Would talk about how some weeks he got worse gas mileage and some it would be really good.  It was really the same all the time - just when it was borrowed, sometimes gas was put in and sometimes not.  It was also fun to get a couple gallons to add from time to time at random just to mess with him a little.  He would fret and stew about how mileage was getting worse.  Then excited about how great it was.



Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: heironymouspasparagus on February 05, 2012, 09:09:08 pm
Ok, just finished watching the most important - the only meaningful 40 seconds of the Stupor Bowl!!


Liked seeing Giants win just 'cause I like Eli Manning.



Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: Red Arrow on February 05, 2012, 09:10:54 pm
Took about 10 or so of us.  Mean little f's!
Had another one who 'loaned' his car out from time to time.  Would talk about how some weeks he got worse gas mileage and some it would be really good.  It was really the same all the time - just when it was borrowed, sometimes gas was put in and sometimes not.  It was also fun to get a couple gallons to add from time to time at random just to mess with him a little.  He would fret and stew about how mileage was getting worse.  Then excited about how great it was.

Reminds me of a MASH episode when Hawkeye and BJ were adjusting the size of Winchester's pants.  I think the close was something like "next week he gets shorter".


Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: heironymouspasparagus on February 05, 2012, 09:25:59 pm
Reminds me of a MASH episode when Hawkeye and BJ were adjusting the size of Winchester's pants.  I think the close was something like "next week he gets shorter".


They got the idea from us.  We did it in 1968 - they were over a decade later...



Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: heironymouspasparagus on February 05, 2012, 09:52:41 pm
Finally made it to McNellies this weekend.  Excellent.




Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: Red Arrow on February 05, 2012, 09:59:31 pm
Finally made it to McNellies this weekend.  Excellent.

Even I have been to McNellies a few times.  What took you so long?


Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: heironymouspasparagus on February 05, 2012, 10:18:24 pm
Even I have been to McNellies a few times.  What took you so long?

You are much more a "social butterfly" than I am.


We have started a concerted effort to try all the places we can downtown.  Except The Sushi Place.  We tend to get stuck in our rut and go to the same old places when we find something we like.  Looking for new ruts.



Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: Red Arrow on February 05, 2012, 10:34:24 pm
You are much more a "social butterfly" than I am.

Not likely.


Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: heironymouspasparagus on February 05, 2012, 10:41:31 pm
Not likely.

I know - we are both engineers, but you don't have kids, so you inherently have more social life.



Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: Red Arrow on February 05, 2012, 10:45:07 pm
I know - we are both engineers, but you don't have kids, so you inherently have more social life.

My squeaky wallet trumps your kids.


Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: heironymouspasparagus on February 05, 2012, 11:04:34 pm
My squeaky wallet trumps your kids.

Your airplane habit trumps the squeaky wallet claim.

My habits are cheap, like coming up with recipes using tomato paste as a base. (Ketchup, tomato juices, barbeque sauces, pasta sauces, etc).  Or various recipes using dried beans of different types.  Raw material costs of 0.50 per can and $10.00 or so per 50 lb bag.



Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: Red Arrow on February 05, 2012, 11:23:32 pm
Your airplane habit trumps the squeaky wallet claim.

I used to have money and a potential social life.  Now I have an airplane habit.  No money left for a standard social life.  I'm not complaining, just noting. Your kids probably cost more than my airplane habit. (Especially if you helped put them through college.)  Can you buy preowned kids less expensively than new ones?  I see people in WalMart all the time with kids in the shopping basket.  I haven't really looked but haven't seen kids on any of the shelves.


Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: heironymouspasparagus on February 05, 2012, 11:26:31 pm
I used to have money and a potential social life.  Now I have an airplane habit.  No money left for a standard social life.  I'm not complaining, just noting. Your kids probably cost more than my airplane habit. (Especially if you helped put them through college.)  Can you buy preowned kids less expensively than new ones?  I see people in WalMart all the time with kids in the shopping basket.  I haven't really looked but haven't seen kids on any of the shelves.

No.  Even used ones are obscenely expensive.  Never on the shelves - in the back stockroom.  Gotta ask for them.



Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: Red Arrow on February 05, 2012, 11:27:44 pm
No.  Even used ones are obscenely expensive.  Never on the shelves - in the back stockroom.  Gotta ask for them.

I think I'll let that opportunity slide by.
 
 ;D


Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: Townsend on February 14, 2012, 11:35:37 am

Informative:  4'9" Colombians aren't just for drug mules anymore.  You can feed them to Sea lions.

Shakira Attacked by Sea Lion

(http://cdn.thedailybeast.com/content/dailybeast/cheats/2012/02/14/shakira-attacked-by-sea-lion.img.204.136.1329239348108.jpg)

http://www.thedailybeast.com/cheats/2012/02/14/shakira-attacked-by-sea-lion.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter (http://www.thedailybeast.com/cheats/2012/02/14/shakira-attacked-by-sea-lion.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter)

Quote
Shakira is spending Valentine’s Day with a bandaged hand after getting a little too much love from a sea lion while vacationing in South Africa. The singer wrote on Facebook Monday that she approached a group of sea lions because she thought they were cute, when one lunged out of the water and chomped her hand. "[It] looked me in the eye, roared in fury and tried to bite me," she wrote. Her brother helped wrestle her free. Shakira added that she thinks the sea lion was attracted by her shiny BlackBerry, which she was using to take photos, thinking it was a fish.

So if you meet a hungry sea lion, that's how you friend up.  Her hips won't lie.



Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: heironymouspasparagus on February 23, 2012, 05:23:26 pm
And once again Newt shows not just how irrelevant he has become, but how completely out of touch with reality he remains....

Gotta get me a Chevy Volt!!

http://autos.yahoo.com/blogs/motoramic/chevrolet-volt-owner-shows-newt-gingrich-put-gun-215713371.html



Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: Conan71 on February 23, 2012, 11:15:46 pm
Don't laugh when you see a Bianchi carbon framed bicycle carrying a gun rack.  Just chuckle and say: "CONAN!!!"  I promise, I wave before I shoot.



Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: Red Arrow on February 23, 2012, 11:32:11 pm
Don't laugh when you see a Bianchi carbon framed bicycle carrying a gun rack.  Just chuckle and say: "CONAN!!!"  I promise, I wave before I shoot.

Interesting concept.  Hand guns or long barrels?  Would you put the barrel of a rifle or shot gun next to the rear wheel opposite the chain side with the stock facing forward so you could easily reach it in an emergency?  I am thinking anything mounted to the front fork would be unwieldy.  Would you make a combination gun rack and water bottle carrier?


Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: Conan71 on February 24, 2012, 09:42:47 am
I was thinking along the lines of a scabbard

(http://www.hydra-glide.com/pix/1942%20XA-1.jpg)

A free Marshall's to the first person who can correctly identify that motorcycle (manufacturer, year, model).


Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: Townsend on February 24, 2012, 10:01:42 am
I was thinking along the lines of a scabbard

(http://www.hydra-glide.com/pix/1942%20XA-1.jpg)

A free Marshall's to the first person who can correctly identify that motorcycle (manufacturer, year, model).

HD, 1942, WLA


Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: Conan71 on February 24, 2012, 10:02:14 am
HD, 1942, WLA

Nope, try again.


Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: Townsend on February 24, 2012, 10:03:56 am
Nope, try again.

HD, 1943, WLC


Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: Conan71 on February 24, 2012, 10:06:32 am
I'm impressed, but that's strike 2.

WLA

(http://static.ddmcdn.com/gif/1942-harley-davidson-wla-and-xa-2.jpg)

WLC

(http://media.kickstatic.com/kickapps/images/29029/photos/PHOTO_11550413_29029_2720246_ap.jpg)



Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: Townsend on February 24, 2012, 10:08:08 am
I've exhausted my military channel knowledge.


Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: Conan71 on February 24, 2012, 10:10:34 am
Hint: There used to be one at the 45th Infantry Museum in OKC and I've owned three of them in the past.  They are somewhat rare.


Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: RecycleMichael on February 24, 2012, 11:09:03 am
I believe that is one of them scooters.

Do I win?


Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: dbacks fan on February 24, 2012, 12:38:03 pm
Not sure of the model, but isn't that an Indian?


Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: heironymouspasparagus on February 26, 2012, 02:01:19 pm
Don't laugh when you see a Bianchi carbon framed bicycle carrying a gun rack.  Just chuckle and say: "CONAN!!!"  I promise, I wave before I shoot.




I carry the .45 in the front handlebar bag.



Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: Conan71 on February 27, 2012, 10:27:41 am
Not sure of the model, but isn't that an Indian?

Nope.  But Indian had a similar model as a result of a competition for a government contract to develop a motorcycle which would tolerate desert warfare.  The prize was to be an initial order of 25,000 units to the successful design.  The Harley WLA and Indian Scout both had real limitations for that sort of environment with the traditional v-twin layout of one cylinder in front of the other and primary and secondary chain drives which would be chewed to pieces by desert sand.

This is a 1942 Harley-Davidson XA shaft drive. 

It copied the boxer motor of the BMW R-71 which put the cylinders out in to the air stream on both sides of the bike.  The Indian variant was the Indian 841 and it took a configuration similar to Moto Guzzi with an opposed "V" layout rather than a "flat" or "boxer" layout.  Harley produced about 1000 as did Indian.  Reputedly, they never made it to active duty as a contract was awarded for the Jeep in the meantime.  It was obviously a much more stable platform for desert war and could transport more men and equipment.

I guess I get to buy myself a Marshall's ;)

(http://static.ddmcdn.com/gif/1942-indian-741-and-841-6.jpg)


Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: heironymouspasparagus on February 27, 2012, 09:37:01 pm
Vespa.



Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: heironymouspasparagus on February 28, 2012, 05:34:41 am
Interesting article about factory jobs.  Keeping in mind this is a snapshot of today's situation.  If there is a large movement to vo-tech, the pay will go down, but there is some good stuff happening NOW.

Caveats;
The Baltimore machine shop owner says his TOP guy makes $30 per hour.  That is about $60k for full time work.  To get to 100k, 'ya gotta do a whole lot of overtime.  The 'top guy' equivalent here would be about $22.50 for similar standard of living (using CNN Money cost of living calculator).  Anyone except the 'top guy' would probably be about $10 to $17 per hour here (based on the plants that I have direct experience with).

Not horrible.

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/100-000-factory-job-whats-145600750.html



Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: TheArtist on February 28, 2012, 07:57:55 am
  That "newer stuff" they made in the 40s is ok and all.  But I am more partial to certain items from an earlier time period... especially when they happen to be Art Deco.  8)    And for all those tough guys that say they wouldn't be interested in an Art Deco Museum... oh really?

(http://img36.imageshack.us/img36/8993/072610artdecomotorcycle.jpg)

(http://img37.imageshack.us/img37/2523/smoothnessbikeweb.jpg)

(http://img805.imageshack.us/img805/1994/killingerfreund.jpg)

(http://img545.imageshack.us/img545/4770/1938phantomcorsairweb.jpg)

(http://img191.imageshack.us/img191/5339/20100507delahayeimage.jpg)

(http://img268.imageshack.us/img268/2599/1930mercedesbenz710sskt.jpg)

(http://img215.imageshack.us/img215/1673/15585509.png)

(http://img38.imageshack.us/img38/7250/bowdenspacelanderbicycl.jpg)

And just for fun.

(http://img545.imageshack.us/img545/7844/onewheelmotorcycle1931w.jpg)


Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: DolfanBob on February 28, 2012, 10:38:50 am
Those are freaking awesome pictures.


Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: heironymouspasparagus on February 28, 2012, 08:53:45 pm
Wow!  Those are amazing.  I would buy one of those like the black or the red one...



And now for something different.  One of the best renditions of "Over the Rainbow" I have ever heard.  Funeral at end.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=V1bFr2SWP1I



Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: heironymouspasparagus on February 29, 2012, 08:29:23 pm
Found a little place just a little bit north of town.  Well, maybe slightly more than a little bit... Milwaukee.  Ironic, ain't it - go to Milwaukee, birth place of American beer - to drink Irish beer.

Mo's Irish Pub.  Had an amazing Shephard's pie.  Brought to the table in it's own little cast iron kettle.  Just like great, great, great, great, great grandma used to make...

Had a sampler of the Trinity of Irish beer.  Guinness, Harp, Smithwick's.  Wonderful.  I am now inspired to go try Marshall's...
Tomorrow there is live music, so may have to go back.  (See video at end of their page.)  There was a shuttle to a game last night - couldn't even guess who was playing.

http://www.mosirishpub.com/milwaukee/index.html




Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: heironymouspasparagus on March 03, 2012, 09:28:56 pm
1942 XA.

Horizontally opposed engine - can see the cylinder there on the side - the case/block has what looks like fins to me.  Can't really see that well - old eyes going bad.


This months HOG magazine shows a pretty cool 1940 WLA (page 9).  Can tell it is well used.


Edit:
Ooops...just read far enough to see you already answered it!  Well, the HOG magazine still has some pretty good pics.



Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: heironymouspasparagus on March 04, 2012, 08:20:44 am
Side note - Helmerich & Paine has the Space Center near 36th, south of the BA expressway - a complex of buildings made using tip up concrete construction.  Would anyone here happen to know who the architect/engineering firm are who designed it?  Maybe they did it in house?  (Yeah, I know...that was 30 years ago or so...)



Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: heironymouspasparagus on March 06, 2012, 10:10:51 pm
And now, after self-taxing to the tune of $50 million to buy the GM plant and give it to the Air Force at Tinker, layoffs will occur.

Inhofe made some buzzing insect noise.  Made as much sense as anything he ever says.



Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: heironymouspasparagus on March 06, 2012, 10:24:26 pm
Patriot Burger and Grill and propane.

In this weekend's version of "The Travels", found a really good hamburger place in Nowata, OK.  It has been a small abandoned building for years, just north of Cherokee Street, on highway 169, west side of road.  Burns Propane people have fixed this up and turned it into a good little burger place.  Prices were good, and food was very good.  (Fried pies were a bit of a disappointment, but nothing else was.)

Very friendly and great service.

Yum!



Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: heironymouspasparagus on March 06, 2012, 10:55:45 pm
Letterman has been displaying magazine covers on a billboard outside his theater, starting with Sports Illustrated and Model Railroading.  Tonight the graphics department didn't quite get the cover finished but it was supposed to be Newt Gingrich on the cover of Double Chin Magazine.  Missed out big time!





Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: heironymouspasparagus on April 18, 2012, 10:11:58 am
Here is an interesting place to go when you really want to know what is going on behind the scenes at your favorite restaurant.  Health Department inspection reports.  Some of my favorite places exist in a state of "I don't wanna know..."  You can find your favorite place, too!


https://www.phin.state.ok.us/Inspections/index.aspx


Joe Momma's
https://www.phin.state.ok.us/Inspections/index.aspx

Top That
https://www.phin.state.ok.us/Inspections/index.aspx

McDonald's
https://www.phin.state.ok.us/Inspections/index.aspx

Compadre's
https://www.phin.state.ok.us/Inspections/index.aspx



Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: AquaMan on April 18, 2012, 10:34:14 am
I pay close attention to the staff outside the back of a restaurant as I pull in. Then I make note of their bathrooms. Nasty people smoking out by the dumpsters, scratching their butts and flipping their butts is like an anti-billboard for the restaurant. Dirty, stinking bathrooms give an indication as to the condition of their kitchen as well.

Thanks for the links.


Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: Conan71 on April 18, 2012, 10:47:21 am
I pay close attention to the staff outside the back of a restaurant as I pull in. Then I make note of their bathrooms. Nasty people smoking out by the dumpsters, scratching their butts and flipping their butts is like an anti-billboard for the restaurant.

Thanks for the links.

Hate to make you shudder, but that’s just about every restaurant in town.


Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: Gaspar on April 18, 2012, 10:55:54 am
Hate to make you shudder, but that’s just about every restaurant in town.

I watched a couple behind the counter at Bueno today playing kissy-face.  

Twas odd.





Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: Townsend on April 18, 2012, 11:22:41 am
I always hope against hope that "laves sus manos" isn't just a decoration.


Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: DolfanBob on April 18, 2012, 11:22:46 am
My other half lives by what her Dad taught her.
If the front door glass is clean when you enter the restaurant. That means they care about the rest of the business.  


Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: Red Arrow on April 18, 2012, 11:38:59 am
My other half lives by what her Dad taught her.
If the front door glass is clean when you enter the restaurant. That means they care about the rest of the business.  

Great!  Now we'll have a bunch of restaurants only cleaning the front door glass.  Thanks a bunch.
 
 ;D


Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: DolfanBob on April 18, 2012, 11:42:08 am
Great!  Now we'll have a bunch of restaurants only cleaning the front door glass.  Thanks a bunch.
 
 ;D

Oh wow. I hadn't thought about that.


Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: Teatownclown on April 18, 2012, 12:17:26 pm
I pay close attention to the staff outside the back of a restaurant as I pull in. Then I make note of their bathrooms. Nasty people smoking out by the dumpsters, scratching their butts and flipping their butts is like an anti-billboard for the restaurant. Dirty, stinking bathrooms give an indication as to the condition of their kitchen as well.

Thanks for the links.

Totally agree....just returned from a week in NYC and was amazed at how clean the city is these days....especially all the restaurants. Tulsa? Beware.

The most impressive thing was what "no smoking" has done for cities and their citizens. You barely see any discarded butts anywhere. And the streets and sidewalks were never in better condition. Kudos to Bloomberg.


Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: Breadburner on April 18, 2012, 08:07:16 pm
Wow...THCcLown had a clean thougt....!


Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: heironymouspasparagus on April 19, 2012, 08:05:16 am
Wow...THCcLown had a clean thougt....!

Hell has frozen over.

Now, it's YOUR turn!!



Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: Conan71 on April 19, 2012, 08:06:07 am
Hell has frozen over.

Now, it's YOUR turn!!



I’ve known BB for over 30 years.

It’ll never happen...


Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: heironymouspasparagus on April 19, 2012, 09:25:53 am
I’ve known BB for over 30 years.

It’ll never happen...


Condolences!



Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: Teatownclown on April 19, 2012, 12:04:09 pm
Wow...THCcLown had a clean thougt....!

Yes, but the women there walk all the time. Easy on the eyes and a thing of beauty. Here, fat took shape.... ;)


Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: heironymouspasparagus on May 10, 2012, 12:45:54 pm
This is stuff that Powell has said before - and been demonized by the RWRE over, but sometimes there is an enlightening breath of fresh air to revisit the truth.  Too bad we had to kill all those kids and spend all those trillions just to satisfy Cheney/Murdoch/Rove's desires to play their vicarious game of "cowboys and Indians" with real flesh and blood and resources.
May have to buy his book.

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/lookout/colin-powell-u-set-war-iraq-u-n-143557873.html


Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: heironymouspasparagus on May 22, 2012, 08:38:14 am
And now we again see how "enlightened self interest" is gonna protect regular people in the stock market - so we really don't need any government oversight...

Facebook may actually be a 'buy' before long...


http://finance.yahoo.com/blogs/daily-ticker/facebook-bankers-secretly-cut-facebook-revenue-estimates-middle-133648905.html;_ylt=Am0JJkgnEuBUV.XbeK_KMCaiuYdG;_ylu=X3oDMTQzOWJ0djZlBG1pdANGaW5hbmNlIEZQIEp1bWJvdHJvbiBMaXRlBHBrZwNhODFmYmQ5Zi04NWZkLTMxY2ItYjg4MC04YTJmOWVjZmJhOTIEcG9zAzEEc2VjA2p1bWJvdHJvbgR2ZXIDNWI3YTJmMTAtYTQxOC0xMWUxLTk2ZjYtNWExM2IwNWE5MGIy;_ylg=X3oDMTFpNzk0NjhtBGludGwDdXMEbGFuZwNlbi11cwRwc3RhaWQDBHBzdGNhdANob21lBHB0A3NlY3Rpb25z;_ylv=3


Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: heironymouspasparagus on May 26, 2012, 09:19:24 am
Just got off the phone with Windstream concerning internet service for a friend.  They advertise 3, 6, and 12 mbps speeds.  But when I actually got a little further into the discussion, they told me they can only guarantee 65% of the advertised speed.  So, when I challenged them about telling stories about the true speed (65% of 12 is actually about 7.8 - the speed seen at the site), they took umbrage that I would imply they were not telling me the real values.

And then they hung up on me.

This was Customer Lack Of Service - not tech support!  Tech support was very helpful and actually told me the truth. 



Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: patric on May 26, 2012, 10:06:10 am
Hetre's a random example of bad reporting:

TULSA, Oklahoma - An air and ground chase led to the arrest of a Tulsa man overnight. A Tulsa police helicopter first spotted a Chevrolet Camaro moving at a high rate of speed at about 2 a.m. Saturday and called in ground support.

Officers in patrol cars chased the suspect a short distance, but backed off from the ground chase for safety reasons, according to Corporal Gene Watkins with the Tulsa Police Department.

The air pursuit continued all the way to the suspect's house in the 3000 block of South 137th East Avenue where the driver pulled into his driveway. Ground units responded and arrested Junior A. Vallebravo, 26, on complaints of reckless driving, failure to yield to an emergency vehicle, and obstructing or resisting officers.


Fail to yield to a helicopter?
...and having the helicopter INITIATE a ground chase just for a speeder?
Wasnt the helicopter supposed to make ground chases unnecessary?  That's what we were told when they bought them.

Seriously, he drove home.  They could have mailed him a ticket.


Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: Red Arrow on May 26, 2012, 10:45:59 am
A Tulsa police helicopter first spotted a Chevrolet Camaro moving at a high rate of speed at about 2 a.m.

I doubt anyone cares about this but me but:

A rate is a change of something with respect to time.  Speed is a change of position with respect to time. A rate of speed is a change of speed with respect to time, often called acceleration.  Basically the helicopter spotted a Camaro accelerating briskly.  Acceleration can be either positive or negative.  The Camaro driver was either on the gas or on the brakes pretty hard.  The statement about a "high rate of speed" actually says nothing about how fast the vehicle was actually traveling.

Note to anyone else who might actually understand what I am talking about.  Speed is not a vector quantity so a change of direction (going around a curve) doesn't enter into this discussion.


Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: patric on May 26, 2012, 12:39:44 pm
The statement about a "high rate of speed" actually says nothing about how fast the vehicle was actually traveling.

Yet it's common boilerplate language that lazy reporters don't bother to address.


Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: heironymouspasparagus on June 07, 2012, 01:27:36 pm
Viet Nam in the news again today.  Soldier's letters coming home.


http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/trending-now/veteran-letters-home-43-years-death-162103248.html



Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: heironymouspasparagus on June 23, 2012, 01:46:13 pm
K-Mart/Sears

I bet corporate is actually wondering why the company is doing so badly... here's an example - they don't keep parts available for clothes dryer for more than about 15 minutes after they ship it out the door.  (Well, maybe a slight exaggeration - 12 or 15 years or so).  But hey, why would anyone want to repair something rather than go buy a new one!!

Hmm...now that I think about it, Samsung and LG are looking pretty good.  (It will never be a Kenmore or Whirlpool ever again.)



Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: heironymouspasparagus on November 04, 2012, 10:55:58 am
And now for something entirely different;

It's a cold, cruel, dog-eat-dog world out there and sometimes I feel like I'm wearing Milk-Bone underwear.  But compared to this little lady, I got it pretty easy. 

http://www.grindtv.com/outdoor/blog/39711/sea+otter+jumps+on+a+boat+to+avoid+getting+eaten+by+killer+whales+video/



Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: heironymouspasparagus on March 26, 2013, 06:30:51 pm
Just realized...  Easter and April Fool's on the same day this year!!  This could be great.

Tell the kids to search for eggs you didn't hide!!



Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: Teatownclown on March 26, 2013, 07:32:31 pm
Just realized...  Easter and April Fool's on the same day this year!!  This could be great.

Tell the kids to search for eggs you didn't hide!!



You are reckless...and wrong AGAIN!


Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: heironymouspasparagus on March 27, 2013, 06:18:18 am
You are reckless...and wrong AGAIN!

Curses to those calendars that start on Monday!!

Geez....what's wrong with Lotus Notes..?  Wait... question answered.



Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: heironymouspasparagus on May 15, 2013, 11:32:19 am
Kind of neat little break in the day....

http://www.upworthy.com/the-final-epic-act-of-the-departing-commander-of-the-international-space-station-truly-rocked-2?g=2&c=ufb1



Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: BKDotCom on May 15, 2013, 01:32:56 pm
Site's down
here it is on youtube
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KaOC9danxNo[/youtube]


Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: heironymouspasparagus on May 15, 2013, 02:40:14 pm
And for your daily exercise...plus Marshall's!!  This IS the whole package!!  I may have to start a company.....

http://www.ecochunk.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/Pedal-pub.jpg


Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: heironymouspasparagus on May 20, 2013, 08:58:17 pm
Now here is a sandwich shop!  As close as Plano and Dallas - dangerously close!!  I wish they would hurry up and move to Tulsa....this competition would be very good for the state!

http://capriottis.com/


Rock Bottom ain't too shabby, either!  And their Dark Angel brew is....well, it's got me drinking beer again, and that takes a LOT!!

http://www.rockbottom.com/



Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: heironymouspasparagus on October 14, 2013, 08:18:55 pm
In the ongoing quest for good food, we revisited a place we haven't been to for quite a while.  Silver Dollar Cafe in Collinsville.  In the past, it was for the steak - at the original one north of Pawhuska off of highway 99.

This time we just wanted a burger and had heard they were pretty good.  Turns out they were much better than good!!  They are incredible!  They say they grind the beef in house, and I can believe it.  The burger was about 1/2 lb - and that was the small one!  Glad I did not order large!

Very subtle flavoring - the meat flavor came through marvelously!  I did add a touch of salt and quite a bit of pepper, but I like pepper in a big way!!  Even going so far as to carry a small McCormicks pepper grinder with when go to most restaurants.

If one is looking for a very nice drive in the country, this is a nice place to stop for a great burger along the way!




Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: Conan71 on October 15, 2013, 08:26:46 am
Along those lines, if you happen to be in Coffeyville, you can pass on Hog Heaven BBQ.  I had lunch there with a buddy yesterday and I can only assume they are doing the "Cookshack shortcut".  Very tender meat, very little smoke signature.  There was literally water left under the pork and brisket when it was finished.  No, not runny fat, literally water.  That tells me they are heavily embalming the meat before it goes "in the cabinet".

Ribs were so-so.

You probably would like their sides.  Potato salad and slaw were the highlights of the meal. That's pretty sad when the sides are more memorable than the meat at a BBQ joint.

Never trust a BBQ place that doesn't have the wonderful smell of smoke either inside or outside the building.


Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: heironymouspasparagus on October 15, 2013, 08:33:08 am
Along those lines, if you happen to be in Coffeyville, you can pass on Hog Heaven BBQ.  I had lunch there with a buddy yesterday and I can only assume they are doing the "Cookshack shortcut".  Very tender meat, very little smoke signature.  There was literally water left under the pork and brisket when it was finished.  No, not runny fat, literally water.  That tells me they are heavily embalming the meat before it goes "in the cabinet".

Ribs were so-so.

You probably would like their sides.  Potato salad and slaw were the highlights of the meal. That's pretty sad when the sides are more memorable than the meat at a BBQ joint.

Never trust a BBQ place that doesn't have the wonderful smell of smoke either inside or outside the building.


Been there, done that, got the t-shirt...!  I also was unimpressed.

Now, on the way BACK from that - at the very south edge of Nowata on the west side of the road (Highway 169) is/was a little barbeque trailer that is occasionally open.  Haven't been there this summer, but last year, they were very good.  It is another one of those things where the old guy who started it was amazing, and he retired, left it to the next generation and they try real hard, but aren't quite as good as the original.  This one has maintained better than most in that circumstance....the kids were doing well the last time we were there.

The old people were always set up in the parking lot of Homeland there at the intersection of 169 and Main, but they brought it home about 5 or 6 few years ago.  We've been going there a while...








Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: heironymouspasparagus on January 14, 2014, 09:22:09 am
Dedicated to the unenlightened amongst us...


You may not like guns.  That is your right.

You may not believe in God.  That is your choice.

But if someone breaks into your home, the first two things you ARE going to do is;

1. Call someone with a gun.
1. Pray they get there in time.





Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: Townsend on January 14, 2014, 12:12:38 pm
Dedicated to the unenlightened amongst us...


You may not like guns.  That is your right.

You may not believe in God.  That is your choice.


Neither of those statements sound right.

You may think of telling that story without the "that is your right" and "that is your choice"


Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: AquaMan on January 14, 2014, 12:26:35 pm
Dedicated to the unenlightened amongst us...


You may not like guns.  That is your right.

You may not believe in God.  That is your choice.

But if someone breaks into your home, the first two things you ARE going to do is;

1. Call someone with a gun.
1. Pray they get there in time.





I enjoy your passion but the first thing I will do is whisper to my very protective dog who likes to sleep by my door, "mailman!...squirrel!" and if the intruder doesn't leave post haste he either gets bitten or hit by my baseball bat.

Anyway, I play the percentages.  62 years have gone by and I haven't found use for a gun other than shooting at targets and admiring their workmanship. Thieves have taken my tools, my lawnmowers, my bikes and my yard ornaments, but, praise the Lord, I haven't provided them any guns.


Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: heironymouspasparagus on January 14, 2014, 02:05:39 pm
Neither of those statements sound right.

You may think of telling that story without the "that is your right" and "that is your choice"

You have the right to like or dislike pretty much anything you want - specifically guns in this case, or frivolous wars fought to salve one's ego - and nobody has the right to try to take that away from you.  Goes to the whole pursuit of life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness thing.   

Also, since I happen to believe that we have the right of religious choice (a recognized right - sort of - in this country; not so much in others), then one would have the choice to believe in God...or not.

The rest is kind of self explanatory. 



Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: heironymouspasparagus on January 14, 2014, 02:11:44 pm
I enjoy your passion but the first thing I will do is whisper to my very protective dog who likes to sleep by my door, "mailman!...squirrel!" and if the intruder doesn't leave post haste he either gets bitten or hit by my baseball bat.

Anyway, I play the percentages.  62 years have gone by and I haven't found use for a gun other than shooting at targets and admiring their workmanship. Thieves have taken my tools, my lawnmowers, my bikes and my yard ornaments, but, praise the Lord, I haven't provided them any guns.


In other words, you have never had the direct confrontation implied by this story.  Sadly, many do each year.

What if he has a bat and takes out your dog?  Then swings faster than you?  If I cannot run away, then I prefer to deal with it from a slightly longer distance and remain above that fray.


70,000 people a year are injured with lawn mowers every year...

"According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, a moving lawn mower blade is powerful. “The energy transferred by a typical lawn mower blade is equivalent to being shot in the hand with a .357 magnum pistol.”

So, since you have "provided" implements of destruction to thieves in the forms of lawn mowers, you are contributing to the destruction in our society..... (lol).

http://svhealthcare.org/newsreleases/2012/06/cutting_the_lawn_dont_become_an_injury_statistic/



Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: Townsend on January 14, 2014, 04:37:33 pm
You have the right to like or dislike pretty much anything you want - specifically guns in this case, or frivolous wars fought to salve one's ego - and nobody has the right to try to take that away from you.  Goes to the whole pursuit of life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness thing.   

Also, since I happen to believe that we have the right of religious choice (a recognized right - sort of - in this country; not so much in others), then one would have the choice to believe in God...or not.

The rest is kind of self explanatory. 



So the right to not like guns is written down.

You think faith is a choice?


Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: AquaMan on January 14, 2014, 05:54:35 pm

In other words, you have never had the direct confrontation implied by this story.  Sadly, many do each year.

What if he has a bat and takes out your dog?  Then swings faster than you?  If I cannot run away, then I prefer to deal with it from a slightly longer distance and remain above that fray.


70,000 people a year are injured with lawn mowers every year...

"According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, a moving lawn mower blade is powerful. “The energy transferred by a typical lawn mower blade is equivalent to being shot in the hand with a .357 magnum pistol.”

So, since you have "provided" implements of destruction to thieves in the forms of lawn mowers, you are contributing to the destruction in our society..... (lol).

http://svhealthcare.org/newsreleases/2012/06/cutting_the_lawn_dont_become_an_injury_statistic/



Great. Now I have stolen lawn mowers on my conscience!

I actually have two loudmouth dogs that spring into action at the sound of a cautious cat crossing my front yard at 3:00am. One would really hurt someone. They know this house in the dark better than a bat wielding burglar though at best they are early warning systems if someone is determined. Then you can tell the reporter that you tried to warn me. ;)

Look, you are wrong about me not having any confrontation with a gun wielding criminal. I walked in on a robbery in progress at a nearby convenience store where my two young kids were busy looking for pop and candy. No big deal really. I opened the door for the guy because his arms were full of cigarette cartons, cash and a pistol. He said thanks. My cool thinking saved us all some additional heartache. He was caught and is serving time. And, I accosted a prick stealing Halloween decorations off my porch whereupon he offered to beat me. I chased him off the porch and knocked him to the street where his accomplice was waiting in a car. No, they aren't true home invasions with wild eyed murderers, but both were accomplished without gun play. I see lesser disagreements all the time end in gunshots and tragedy.

I play the percentages with non gun ownership just I like do with seatbelts. Thousands of homes are broken into out of hundreds of millions. Odds are if you own a gun you are more likely to be injured by it than if you don't. Increases the likelihood of theft as well I would guess.

But I totally affirm those who don't wear helmets and those who carry. I think we can co-exist.



Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: heironymouspasparagus on January 14, 2014, 09:18:33 pm
So the right to not like guns is written down.

You think faith is a choice?

Sure it is - part of the inalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.  Some people's pursuit of happiness is to dislike guns.  I absolutely believe they have that right and support their exercise of that right.... up to the point where it interferes with MY right to like guns (and own them and use them in various shooting sports).


Do you feel faith doesn't have an element of choice?  Maybe I am looking at it from the "other end" of the process....belief in a faith comes to me after looking at what is in my heart and mind and then choosing to act accordingly.  

I guess I'm not sure how one could believe something if they didn't choose to do so...??  Like people who hear all evidence showing the age of the earth as dramatically more than 6,000 years, but still choose to not believe its age.  






Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: heironymouspasparagus on January 14, 2014, 09:34:19 pm
Great. Now I have stolen lawn mowers on my conscience!

Look, you are wrong about me not having any confrontation with a gun wielding criminal. I walked in on a robbery in progress at a nearby convenience store where my two young kids were busy looking for pop and candy. No big deal really. I opened the door for the guy because his arms were full of cigarette cartons, cash and a pistol. He said thanks. My cool thinking saved us all some additional heartache. He was caught and is serving time. And, I accosted a prick stealing Halloween decorations off my porch whereupon he offered to beat me. I chased him off the porch and knocked him to the street where his accomplice was waiting in a car. No, they aren't true home invasions with wild eyed murderers, but both were accomplished without gun play. I see lesser disagreements all the time end in gunshots and tragedy.

I play the percentages with non gun ownership just I like do with seatbelts. Thousands of homes are broken into out of hundreds of millions. Odds are if you own a gun you are more likely to be injured by it than if you don't. Increases the likelihood of theft as well I would guess.

But I totally affirm those who don't wear helmets and those who carry. I think we can co-exist.



As well you should...lawn mowers are dangerous!!

Sorry to hear about your events.  If I can avoid violence in any fashion, I am more than willing to run away at a seconds notice - that is always my chosen response.  Sadly, too many times gunshots do occur.  And millions of times a year (if one can believe anything the FBI says), bad people doing bad things are foiled in there nefarious schemes by armed potential victims.  That tired old hack about the owner more likely to be injured than if don't is another one of those "Brady Bunch" urban myths that just isn't real.  Right up there with the "fact" that "everyone knows" that Obama wasn't born in Hawaii, but Kenya.

There are thousands of homes broken into just in Tulsa every year.  Many millions nationwide.

 


Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: Townsend on January 14, 2014, 10:40:18 pm
Sure it is - part of the inalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.  Some people's pursuit of happiness is to dislike guns.  I absolutely believe they have that right and support their exercise of that right.... up to the point where it interferes with MY right to like guns (and own them and use them in various shooting sports).


Do you feel faith doesn't have an element of choice?  Maybe I am looking at it from the "other end" of the process....belief in a faith comes to me after looking at what is in my heart and mind and then choosing to act accordingly.  

I guess I'm not sure how one could believe something if they didn't choose to do so...??  Like people who hear all evidence showing the age of the earth as dramatically more than 6,000 years, but still choose to not believe its age.  






We differ in our understanding.


Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: heironymouspasparagus on January 15, 2014, 03:18:53 pm
We differ in our understanding.


Are you just locked into your belief without the ability to adjust based on additional info?




Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: Townsend on January 15, 2014, 04:36:03 pm

Are you just locked into your belief without the ability to adjust based on additional info?




IMO, liking something or not liking something isn't really a right.  You just do or don't.

As far as a faith goes, I'm not sure you choose to have a faith in something.  You have a faith or you don't.  I've never made a choice to have faith in anything.  I do or don't.


Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: heironymouspasparagus on June 06, 2014, 08:45:59 am
Just couldn't resist this - kind of like "Burning Man" or Sturgis for Goth's...


Hearse Con, be there or accept your role as a bitter failure at life.
http://www.hearseclub.com/hearsecon/hearsecon.htm




Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: heironymouspasparagus on June 06, 2014, 09:37:37 am
And who could possibly ever imagined that retail would be a great place to work...??!!   Costco #2.

Wanna bet WalMart is paying attention and gonna pick up on that?


http://www.glassdoor.com/Top-Companies-for-Compensation-and-Benefits-LST_KQ0,43.htm?utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter&utm_campaign=Comp&Benefits14&utm_content=Comp&Benefits14


Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: Gaspar on June 06, 2014, 10:19:03 am
And who could possibly ever imagined that retail would be a great place to work...??!!   Costco #2.

Wanna bet WalMart is paying attention and gonna pick up on that?


http://www.glassdoor.com/Top-Companies-for-Compensation-and-Benefits-LST_KQ0,43.htm?utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter&utm_campaign=Comp&Benefits14&utm_content=Comp&Benefits14


Costco is also significantly more expensive for the equivalent (staple) products at Sam's or even Walmart.  Salary and wage costs are simply passed to the consumer.  A Wholesale club's primary market is businesses that use them for basic staple supplies.  

For instance, we buy our printer paper from Sam's for $7.28 a ream.
(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3906/14359939035_9eb488ec5a.jpg)

When Costco opens, there is very little chance we are going to buy the same product for $11.89 a ream.  Heck! The savings on one ream pays form my gas to drive to Sam's 20 times over!
(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5526/14380124943_f7f6203998.jpg)

Employee wages are all relative to consumer prices.  If you want to celebrate companies that pay higher wages for similar work, make sure you and the businesses you frequent shop there.  For most of us, who need wholesale products, the Sam's price is far more attractive, and there is no shortage of friendly helpful staff.  It is responsible for us to buy our wholesale supplies from the vendor that offers the best price because we then get to pass that savings to our customers.

Note: McGill's also pays their cooks more than Steak n' Shake.  I don't frequently take the kids to McGills for a burger.

It's wonderful that we will now have these options for wholesale to the public clubs, because they offer some different products.  I'm glad that heiron will now have a place to shop guilt free, but I'm still buying my paper and supplies from Sam's at the best price.  ;D


Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: heironymouspasparagus on June 06, 2014, 10:29:29 am
Costco is also significantly more expensive for the equivalent (staple) products at Sam's or even Walmart.  Salary and wage costs are simply passed to the consumer.  A Wholesale club's primary market is businesses that use them for basic staple supplies.  

For instance, we buy our printer paper from Sam's for $7.28 a ream.
(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3906/14359939035_9eb488ec5a.jpg)

When Costco opens, there is very little chance we are going to buy the same product for $11.89 a ream.  Heck! The savings on one ream pays form my gas to drive to Sam's 20 times over!
(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5526/14380124943_f7f6203998.jpg)

Employee wages are all relative to consumer prices.  If you want to celebrate companies that pay higher wages for similar work, make sure you and the businesses you frequent shop there.  For most of us, who need wholesale products, the Sam's price is far more attractive, and there is no shortage of friendly helpful staff.  It is responsible for us to buy our wholesale supplies from the vendor that offers the best price because we then get to pass that savings to our customers.

Note: McGill's also pays their cooks more than Steak n' Shake.  I don't frequently take the kids to McGills for a burger.

It's wonderful that we will now have these options for wholesale to the public clubs, because they offer some different products.  I'm glad that heiron will now have a place to shop guilt free, but I'm still buying my paper and supplies from Sam's at the best price.  ;D


OUCH!!  Zing, zap, POW!!  Got me!!  Oh, woe is me....  WOE IS ME!!!


Oh, wait.... except for the FACTS, that always seem to get lost in the shuffle....

You are comparing 8" x 11" at Sams.  And 11" x 17" at Costco.

The SAME paper at Sam's is $11.98 - or about what... 9 cents MORE than Costco...??



Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: RecycleMichael on June 06, 2014, 11:38:51 am
Costco is also significantly more expensive for the equivalent (staple) products at Sam's or even Walmart.  Salary and wage costs are simply passed to the consumer.  A Wholesale club's primary market is businesses that use them for basic staple supplies.  

For instance, we buy our printer paper from Sam's for $7.28 a ream.

When Costco opens, there is very little chance we are going to buy the same product for $11.89 a ream.  Heck! The savings on one ream pays from my gas to drive to Sam's 20 times over!


You are buying the wrong paper.

First of all, you don't need 98 brightness. 92 brightness is great and has a better look with less bleach used to produce. Secondly, you should be buying recycled paper. When you buy recycled, it creates a demand for recyclers to sell their product. It is as important as recycling itself to buy stuff that is recycled content.  

I would recommend this paper. It is comparable with what you buy now and 30% recycled content.

http://www.staples.com/Staples-30-Recycled-Copy-Paper-8-1-2-inch-x-11-inch/product_492071


Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: RecycleMichael on June 06, 2014, 11:41:37 am
I have also tried this paper and loved it. It is not made from killing trees but from killing plants (which are easier to grow). It is made from sugar cane.

http://www.staples.com/Sustainable-Earth-by-Staples-Copy-Paper-8-1-2-inch-x-11/product_398457


Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: Gaspar on June 06, 2014, 11:54:45 am

OUCH!!  Zing, zap, POW!!  Got me!!  Oh, woe is me....  WOE IS ME!!!


Oh, wait.... except for the FACTS, that always seem to get lost in the shuffle....

You are comparing 8" x 11" at Sams.  And 11" x 17" at Costco.

The SAME paper at Sam's is $11.98 - or about what... 9 cents MORE than Costco...??



You are correct.  I'll buy my paper at Costco.  Good catch.  I missed it.  In fact it seems that Costco beats out Sam's in most categories.  I stand corrected.
http://www.businessinsider.com/sams-club-vs-costco-vs-bjs-2013-4



Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: heironymouspasparagus on June 06, 2014, 12:11:56 pm
You are correct.  I'll buy my paper at Costco.  Good catch.  I missed it.  In fact it seems that Costco beats out Sam's in most categories.  I stand corrected.
http://www.businessinsider.com/sams-club-vs-costco-vs-bjs-2013-4




Not always they don't - just like Sam's is NOT always the best buy over WalMart and even Reasor's.  One MUST watch them all; all of the time.  When in OKC area for a few days, I always make it a point to go to Crest - really like the stores - overall, they probably run maybe 10% higher than WallyWorld, but there are a LOT of things where they are the same and sometimes cheaper.  

And I don't mind paying a higher price for the exact same article IF there are offsetting features to the experience that make it worthwhile.  I like the layout and look and feel of the Crest.  Plus the smaller herds of people.

I bought a Linksys router (EA6500) in town rather than saving $20 mail order due to "immediate gratification" considerations, plus, I had a brick and mortar place to return to if there were issues, plus it supports, in my small way, to the employment of a fellow Tulsan.  I also don't do the "self-checkouts" - I HATE those things - because it is just so aggravating to me to do the scanning beyond about 3 items, plus it just means another person possibly out of a job.


As far as Sam's versus....I have kept that membership primarily for tires.  I have enough vehicles that I get to buy tires for, that it pays the membership cost every year PLUS a bunch.  I will certainly be checking Costco, too.  I am very anal about tires - will only use Michelin - and there is one particular type that I have used on all the cars and light trucks for probably 30 years and just have no interest in trying anything else.  When you can consistently get 85,000 to 90,000 miles on a set of 3/4 ton light truck tires with no blowouts, well, why mess with success!!  (Flats are different from blowouts, and those are easily fixed by many shops...)








Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: dbacksfan 2.0 on June 06, 2014, 12:17:02 pm

And I don't mind paying a higher price for the exact same article IF there are offsetting features to the experience that make it worthwhile. 


This is why I prefer Costco over Sam's Club. Costco just has a nicer feel to it, and the people that work there are much friendlier than Sam's.


Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: Gaspar on June 06, 2014, 12:17:34 pm
  I also don't do the "self-checkouts" - I HATE those things - because it is just so aggravating to me to do the scanning beyond about 3 items, plus it just means another person possibly out of a job.


Not always.  Go to Depot and they have one lane open with one checker and a whole line of people, and 4 self-checkouts with one customer and 4 employees attempting to help that customer figure out why his item won't scan.

Jason's Deli recently put in a self-service kiosk that requires an employee and a manager to help customers figure out how to use.

Until we get RFID tags on everything, there will always be the need for people to pass things over a laser, and push the "credit" button for you.


Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: heironymouspasparagus on June 06, 2014, 12:20:31 pm
Not always.  Go to Depot and they have one lane open with one checker and a whole line of people, and 4 self-checkouts with one customer and 4 employees attempting to help that customer figure out why his item won't scan.

Jason's Deli recently put in a self-service kiosk that requires an employee and a manager to help customers figure out how to use.

Until we get RFID tags on everything, there will always be the need for people to pass things over a laser, and push the "credit" button for you.


I hate the self serves at all those places - Home Depot used to be my only "go to" place...the last time I was there was over a year ago - for just that reason!!

I also don't do drive thru's unless literally forced into it!  Makes the family crazy, but 90% of the time we are in and out faster!!  And I point that out to them when they say something to complain about it!





Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: rebound on June 09, 2014, 09:59:32 am
Jason's Deli recently put in a self-service kiosk that requires an employee and a manager to help customers figure out how to use.
Until we get RFID tags on everything, there will always be the need for people to pass things over a laser, and push the "credit" button for you.

I don't understand why people have so much trouble with the self-checkouts.  I love them, and both of my kids now use them with no trouble.  Sure, every now and then a code won't scan, but then you just do a manual entry and key in the SKU ID off the barcode.  I use the self-checkout anytime it is offered.

As for RFID,  I wouldn't hold your breath.  The price of the tag is still far too high to allow putting one on each small item, and it is those small/cheap items that are the predominant number of items purchased.  The tag providers and industrial printer mfgs are working on direct-printing the tags on the labels using metalic ink, which is pretty cool and should get the cost down, but even then there are numerous form-factor and environment issues to overcome.  And then of course the stores would have to upgrade all the current machines with RFID readers.   It will be double-digit years before (if) RFID is the mainstream product ID at an item level.

 


Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: heironymouspasparagus on June 09, 2014, 10:24:44 am
I don't understand why people have so much trouble with the self-checkouts.  I love them, and both of my kids now use them with no trouble.  Sure, every now and then a code won't scan, but then you just do a manual entry and key in the SKU ID off the barcode.  I use the self-checkout anytime it is offered.

As for RFID,  I wouldn't hold your breath.  The price of the tag is still far too high to allow putting one on each small item, and it is those small/cheap items that are the predominant number of items purchased.  The tag providers and industrial printer mfgs are working on direct-printing the tags on the labels using metalic ink, which is pretty cool and should get the cost down, but even then there are numerous form-factor and environment issues to overcome.  And then of course the stores would have to upgrade all the current machines with RFID readers.   It will be double-digit years before (if) RFID is the mainstream product ID at an item level.

 


Puts someone out of a job.  And if anyone thinks that "savings" is gonna hit the price one pays, well, I got some really good swamp land for sale....



Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: rebound on June 09, 2014, 11:41:29 am
Puts someone out of a job.  And if anyone thinks that "savings" is gonna hit the price one pays, well, I got some really good swamp land for sale....

Well, I was referring more to why people have so much trouble with the actual operational process, not the greater societal implications.  But fair enough that point. 

I'd suggest though, that same argument ("puts someone out of a job") could be made for just about any/all business improvement enhancements.   I don't always buy lowest-cost, because I put a lot of weight on other criteria such as location, local-owned, style, etc.  But from a business side, I can't fault the low-cost operators for continuing to try to cut more expenses from their supply chain. 


Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: heironymouspasparagus on June 09, 2014, 01:28:27 pm
Well, I was referring more to why people have so much trouble with the actual operational process, not the greater societal implications.  But fair enough that point. 

I'd suggest though, that same argument ("puts someone out of a job") could be made for just about any/all business improvement enhancements.   I don't always buy lowest-cost, because I put a lot of weight on other criteria such as location, local-owned, style, etc.  But from a business side, I can't fault the low-cost operators for continuing to try to cut more expenses from their supply chain. 


Larger philosophical point that I feel goes to the general ineptitude of management as taught by "Harvard School of Business" (HSB MBA) approach.  Starting at a fixed point in time, say today, and I have 1000 people employed by my company, and I have ongoing productivity improvements to the tune of 2.5 to 3% per year.... does that mean I can/should/desire (to) cut the extra 25 or so people that now exist in the place?  The HSB MBA approach would say yes; cut costs!!  As in no forward thinking at all.  I would propose to use some actual management skill (reference Peter Drucker) and use those people to make the enterprise MORE successful.  Do things better.  Do more things with the same head count.  Invent new things to do/sell/manufacture.   In other words - Thimk!!


Related to the whole minimum wage discussion - if one cannot justify a project/chore/work process to be worth at least $12.00 per hour, one has insufficient imagination and management skills, and the job should actually not be done at all, at least in the fashion currently performed.  At the most basic level, someone hired to sweep the shop floor (my first job) - if that is not worth the money, then a bigger broom is needed, so the job takes less time.  Then keeping the coffee-maker full can be added to the job, causing a dramatic increase of productivity, depending on the shop!  When maximum productivity is achieved there, as in larger coffee machine, perhaps, add another chore - shoveling out the barn where the boss boarded his daughter's horses.  Making donut runs for the shop in the new 1968 Corvette the boss bought the daughter for 16the birthday, but drove to work himself quite a bit.  Add other chores such as; sheet metal work, welding, painting, electrical, as time permits after the basic tasks complete.

This is literally a history of my first job - it was a magical wonderland compared to the fast food stuff all my friends got to do!!  That is how productivity is leveraged.  He did NOT let me go or reduce hours when we changed from a 24" push broom to a 48" sweep, allowing me to complete in about 20 minutes what previously would take about 2+ hours (it was a big shop!).  Oiled sawdust was added as well as the wider sweep, giving a much more effective sweep and dust control, dramatically reducing the times the broom had to be pushed over a certain area.  The additional items were then able to be performed, dramatically raising my value as an employee, PLUS I got the benefit of getting to drive that 1968 Corvette several times a week!!   Plus a half gallon of Jack Daniels as "Christmas Bonus" every year!!  A massive WIN-WIN for both of us!!




Anyone/everyone catch that little thing I left up in there??  First time through?  I know you have all seen the sign!!  Or hope so....



Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: heironymouspasparagus on June 18, 2014, 06:03:03 pm
Am wondering if anyone - in particular our Owasso or Collinsville area friends - have had occasion to use the services of Thomason Air Conditioning in Collinsville.  Small company that seems to be under the radar of the big review facilities.  Thanks ahead of time!



Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: patric on July 09, 2014, 08:11:31 pm
...'cause I have no clue where to categorize this:

Law enforcement officials in Prince William County, Va. have come up with a truly creative way to combat the dissemination of child pornography: create more child pornography for comparison! Their first subject could be 17-year-old Manassas City resident Trey Simms, who faces two felony charges for allegedly sexting his 15-year-old girlfriend. Prosecutors intend to prove Simms’s guilt by forcing him to provide police with photos of his erect penis, for which a judge actually granted a search warrant.

http://www.salon.com/2014/07/09/virginia_police_have_a_warrant_to_take_photos_of_a_teenage_boys_erect_penis/






Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: heironymouspasparagus on July 09, 2014, 08:23:12 pm
...'cause I have no clue where to categorize this:

Law enforcement officials in Prince William County, Va. have come up with a truly creative way to combat the dissemination of child pornography: create more child pornography for comparison! Their first subject could be 17-year-old Manassas City resident Trey Simms, who faces two felony charges for allegedly sexting his 15-year-old girlfriend. Prosecutors intend to prove Simms’s guilt by forcing him to provide police with photos of his erect penis, for which a judge actually granted a search warrant.

http://www.salon.com/2014/07/09/virginia_police_have_a_warrant_to_take_photos_of_a_teenage_boys_erect_penis/





Definitely not what I had in mind when starting this topic, but certainly falls into the category.... all of them, actually.


Geez, just when you start to think the weird can't get any weirder....we jump straight to bizarre!!



Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: Conan71 on July 10, 2014, 11:54:53 am
...'cause I have no clue where to categorize this:

Law enforcement officials in Prince William County, Va. have come up with a truly creative way to combat the dissemination of child pornography: create more child pornography for comparison! Their first subject could be 17-year-old Manassas City resident Trey Simms, who faces two felony charges for allegedly sexting his 15-year-old girlfriend. Prosecutors intend to prove Simms’s guilt by forcing him to provide police with photos of his erect penis, for which a judge actually granted a search warrant.

http://www.salon.com/2014/07/09/virginia_police_have_a_warrant_to_take_photos_of_a_teenage_boys_erect_penis/






But, couldn’t you claim that the prosecutors are now soliciting teen porn from the 17 year old boy?


Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: Townsend on July 10, 2014, 12:10:02 pm
But, couldn’t you claim that the prosecutors are now soliciting teen porn from the 17 year old boy?

Creepy perverts.

"Post it to NAMBLA, boys!"


Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: heironymouspasparagus on July 10, 2014, 12:25:35 pm
But, couldn’t you claim that the prosecutors are now soliciting teen porn from the 17 year old boy?


That pretty much is exactly what is happening.   Philosophical question - is breaking the law ok to do to stop someone breaking the law?


Is it ok for the police to shoot someone to stop him from committing suicide?



Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: rebound on July 10, 2014, 01:44:28 pm
Sorry,  Porky's Flashback...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=9wSOyyKHQU0



Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: patric on July 10, 2014, 01:44:57 pm
Creepy perverts.
"Post it to NAMBLA, boys!"

The PD just backed down from the warrant due to criticism (those pesky armchair quarterbacks) and conceded the teen penis photos police got during the takedown are sufficient.

Maybe there's going to be some sort of lineup, like a Chat Roulette Dragnet?


Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: Hoss on July 10, 2014, 02:31:09 pm
The PD just backed down from the warrant due to criticism (those pesky armchair quarterbacks) and conceded the teen penis photos police got during the takedown are sufficient.

Maybe there's going to be some sort of lineup, like a Chat Roulette Dragnet?

First time I saw this story I couldn't help but think of the movie "Porky's".



Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: heironymouspasparagus on August 03, 2014, 06:13:39 am
Random thoughts morning.....more often than not....


http://kitchentabledevotions.com/when-a-nurse-says-goodbye/


Have had as many as many as 5 nurses in the immediate family, and all were this kind of person.




Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: heironymouspasparagus on August 12, 2014, 06:46:18 pm
And as always, we can depend on Faux to be at the bottom - in the gutter!

http://news.yahoo.com/video/fox-news-host-apologizes-calling-000006480.html



Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: Hoss on August 12, 2014, 07:34:43 pm

In watching the segment in which this happened, to his defense, he seemed as if he were thinking out loud.

Shep Smith, as far as I'm concerned, might be the sanest member of the Faux News camp.  I suspect it won't be long until Ailes can't intimidate him much anymore.


Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: heironymouspasparagus on August 12, 2014, 09:27:51 pm
In watching the segment in which this happened, to his defense, he seemed as if he were thinking out loud.

Shep Smith, as far as I'm concerned, might be the sanest member of the Faux News camp.  I suspect it won't be long until Ailes can't intimidate him much anymore.


Then that just shows how far gone the entire Faux entity is.



Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: heironymouspasparagus on August 17, 2014, 11:37:21 am
This by Business Insider would be comical if it weren't so serious for the economy and safety on the road!  There is no acknowledgement or recognition of the facts of driving a truck for a company... no mention of how many, if not most of the trucking companies steal from the drivers (Can you spell Covenant...)  Push drivers to drive illegally and punish them if they don't.  Provide periodic audits of driving logs, then punish again when the driver has complied with the initial push from their dispatcher to avoid that first punishment.  Pay the equivalent of about $6 an hour IF you don't drive legal.  Less if you do (and don't forget the punishment!) 

3 weeks out - 2 days home.  Any questions?

Local companies in all parts of the country overload trucks dramatically - to the tune of 140,000 to 160,000 lbs - with the legal limit of 80,000, without special permits.  Every one of our small regional companies does that.  Then require drivers to go the back roads to get around weigh stations, which also gets punishment from the highway patrol if caught.  And the overweight ticket....   

3 trailers?  Really???   Probably the single most dangerous affliction besides recaps on the steer tires that the industry inflicts not just one the driver, but others on the road.  Federal generated problem - the Fed allows 3 trailers!  If you have driven the Turner Turnpike more than about twice, you must have seen that kind of mess.   And yeah, recaps on the steers is strictly forbidden - I can give names of 2 companies in Tulsa who do it as standard procedure.

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/heres-real-reason-why-trucking-134655908.html



Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: heironymouspasparagus on August 27, 2014, 05:23:13 pm
I hope I don't have premonitions - that previous post was only a few days ago!  Well, here is a case of 3 trailers happened this afternoon about 3:00 pm today.  Plus one other truck and an SUV.  Too early to tell exactly what happened, but it certainly wasn't help by having a train of trailers!

Tractor burning at 1 second.  Trailer 1 at 5 seconds.  Trailer two almost hidden in smoke at 12 seconds.  Trailer 3 at 15 seconds.  Other truck at 18 seconds.  SUV in front of second truck.

Wife and two sisters got caught in the traffic about 10 minutes after this happened, getting free of it about 3 hours later.

http://www.local8now.com/home/headlines/I-75-in-Campbell-County-shut-down-in-both-directions-for-tanker-crash-272921011.html



Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: heironymouspasparagus on August 27, 2014, 06:03:46 pm
Sad.  Stabbed and killed in the line of duty.  OKC K-9.

https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10152663071964169&fref=nf



Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: heironymouspasparagus on September 01, 2014, 03:07:39 pm
Gotta buy some lumber.....   Lowe's it is!!

http://www.examiner.com/article/billionaire-threatens-charity-donations-if-pope-continues-support-for-the-poor


Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: heironymouspasparagus on September 30, 2014, 02:15:59 pm
I am wondering if anyone here knows of an architect in town doing extreme energy efficiency design?  Heavy on the residential, but with some light commercial experience...?

Keywords;  rockwool,  Swedish platform framing, earth-coil exchangers.



I know a guy who describes it as being able to cool the house with a bowl of ice and a fan.  Being able to heat with a couple of candles.



Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: RecycleMichael on September 30, 2014, 06:10:31 pm
http://www.1architecture.com/


Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: heironymouspasparagus on September 30, 2014, 08:25:59 pm
http://www.1architecture.com/


Thanks!  They look interesting.


Kinda heavy on light commercial, but may do some residential.  (I saw a couple of houses there.)


Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: heironymouspasparagus on October 02, 2014, 02:12:58 pm
Wisconsin is enjoying the same kind of nonsense we get to indulge in....  plus, they have their own "Mary Failin'...."  (Scott Walker).


http://action.allianceforsolarchoice.com/page/s/mke-solar-choice



Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: heironymouspasparagus on December 18, 2014, 06:32:29 pm
Found this somewhat interesting....

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/brandan-robertson/4-teachings-of-jesus-that_b_6343320.html?ncid=txtlnkusaolp00000592


Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: heironymouspasparagus on January 22, 2015, 11:39:48 am


I am told that someone has used my name in vain on the Tulsa World site.... just a note to anyone/everyone - this is the ONLY site I have set up an account with this name and have never posted anything on the Tulsa World site under any name.  So, if you see this name over there, it is not the authentic, genuine me!   Accept NO substitutes!!!





Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: Conan71 on January 22, 2015, 12:30:31 pm

I am told that someone has used my name in vain on the Tulsa World site.... just a note to anyone/everyone - this is the ONLY site I have set up an account with this name and have never posted anything on the Tulsa World site under any name.  So, if you see this name over there, it is not the authentic, genuine me!   Accept NO substitutes!!!





Are you sure it wasn’t heironymouspbroccoli?


Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: heironymouspasparagus on January 23, 2015, 05:04:49 pm
Are you sure it wasn’t heironymouspbroccoli?

Don't know... is there a "spin-off" guy using that?

All hearsay since I don't go to the Whirled site.


Having a "Guy Fawkes-ian" type event/moment...  Cool !!!



Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: heironymouspasparagus on February 16, 2015, 10:14:19 pm

So tonight there is a special on bourbon on the Ascend network.... people with money must be getting so bloody bored...paying $5,500 for a bottle of Pappy Van Winkle!  Really...??  Give me a break!!

Mila Kunis has her very own dedicated barrel she is gonna pick up in the next few years from the distillery.  Bourbon is becoming one of the latest fads for people with more money than brains....like Harley became in the 90's.

I would bet that all these "new" drinkers could never pick out their favorite in a true blind taste test.  I think the term is "tragically hip"...






Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: Conan71 on February 16, 2015, 11:01:46 pm
So tonight there is a special on bourbon on the Ascend network.... people with money must be getting so bloody bored...paying $5,500 for a bottle of Pappy Van Winkle!  Really...??  Give me a break!!

Mila Kunis has her very own dedicated barrel she is gonna pick up in the next few years from the distillery.  Bourbon is becoming one of the latest fads for people with more money than brains....like Harley became in the 90's.

I would bet that all these "new" drinkers could never pick out their favorite in a true blind taste test.  I think the term is "tragically hip"...


Or did you ever think you’d hear of a “magnum of beer”?  Beyond that, paying $35 for said magnum of beer.  Shouldn’t that still be the price for a decent single malt Scotch or a good bourbon?  (less government greed tax)


Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: Red Arrow on February 16, 2015, 11:43:26 pm
Or did you ever think you’d hear of a “magnum of beer”?  Beyond that, paying $35 for said magnum of beer.  Shouldn’t that still be the price for a decent single malt Scotch or a good bourbon?  (less government greed tax)

$35/magnum is about $8.25 for a 12 oz size.  I've seen some craft beer singles in that range.  I think one of Prairie's offerings is in that range.  It's above my price point except for maybe 1 (12 oz) bottle if it is rumored to be reeeeealy good.


Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: Hoss on February 17, 2015, 12:22:43 am
$35/magnum is about $8.25 for a 12 oz size.  I've seen some craft beer singles in that range.  I think one of Prairie's offerings is in that range.  It's above my price point except for maybe 1 (12 oz) bottle if it is rumored to be reeeeealy good.

Prairie Bomb is quite the...

Would taste great over vanilla ice cream.


Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: heironymouspasparagus on February 17, 2015, 11:49:20 am
It's beer...

And bourbon...


Not a faddish source of all pretensiousness!!  (Is that a word...?)



Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: rebound on February 17, 2015, 12:16:15 pm
It's beer...

And bourbon...

Not a faddish source of all pretensiousness!!  (Is that a word...?)

Didn't see the special, but I've paid over $100 for various bourbons before.  But those were special buys.  I generally drink the stuff in the $40 range.

I read a great article on Pappy Van Winkle (I've never had it), and was very impressed with their marketing.  PVW is made at Buffalo Trace distillery, which makes numerous brands of (varying quality) bourbon.  So it's not like they couldn't make more PVW if they wanted to.  But their marketing position is to intentionally not make enough to fill demand, and thereby keep the price exorbitantly high.   People want it because they can't get it, not because of how good the bourbon is.  (I understand it is good, but my goodness.  I tried to find some, and best I could get was a few hundred for a bottle.)


Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: Conan71 on February 17, 2015, 12:26:21 pm
$35/magnum is about $8.25 for a 12 oz size.  I've seen some craft beer singles in that range.  I think one of Prairie's offerings is in that range.  It's above my price point except for maybe 1 (12 oz) bottle if it is rumored to be reeeeealy good.

I’ve bought a few in that range and my satisfaction rate is about 50%.  I generally ignore Prairie’s big releases any more, not worth the artificial shortage they create by sending large amounts of distribution outside the state.  This is one reason I will always be a Marshall loyalist (aside from they make really good beer and Eric is a neat guy) is they take care of the home market first. 

I splurged and bought Anthem’s Festivus, their Christmas beer in a bomber or magnum.  I ended up pouring out over 1/2 the bottle, it had a metallic taste and generally was not a good beer MC and my friend who was over at the time agreed.  You have to understand, the only other thing that would make me drain-pour a beer is if I knew it were laced with cyanide.  It takes a lot to get me to pour one out.


Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: DTowner on February 17, 2015, 01:33:19 pm
Didn't see the special, but I've paid over $100 for various bourbons before.  But those were special buys.  I generally drink the stuff in the $40 range.

I read a great article on Pappy Van Winkle (I've never had it), and was very impressed with their marketing.  PVW is made at Buffalo Trace distillery, which makes numerous brands of (varying quality) bourbon.  So it's not like they couldn't make more PVW if they wanted to.  But their marketing position is to intentionally not make enough to fill demand, and thereby keep the price exorbitantly high.   People want it because they can't get it, not because of how good the bourbon is.  (I understand it is good, but my goodness.  I tried to find some, and best I could get was a few hundred for a bottle.)

Pappy's is pretty fantastic.  While bourbon is having its day as the trend du jour, the crazy pricing is mainly about supply and demand.  The good bourbons being sold now were put in barrels several years before the bourbon boomlet began. 



Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: heironymouspasparagus on February 17, 2015, 02:05:21 pm
Pappy's is pretty fantastic.  While bourbon is having its day as the trend du jour, the crazy pricing is mainly about supply and demand.  The good bourbons being sold now were put in barrels several years before the bourbon boomlet began. 




We are in the midst of the "bourbon boom" (fad).

This is one of those things where people bored with their last "big thing", spend stupid money responding to propaganda (marketing) and couldn't tell you anything real beyond mouthing the platitudes they hear around them.  Caramel and vanilla in bourbon...yeah, I guess...tastes more like bourbon to me.  I would bet that there aren't more than a few hundred people in the country who could tell you differences between bourbons in a blind taste test....  Fred Noe or Jimmy Russell probably could.  But both of them said in this show that it don't really matter - if it's bourbon, drink it!!  It's all good.

Heaven Hill had a fire and was bottling Beam for a while....so how did all those Heaven Hill aficionados respond to the contamination of their favorite?  They didn't know at the time.  There was an interesting comment about distilleries - either they have had a fire, or they are waiting to have a fire....  Yep.  I can see that.



In other markets;
Louis Vitton
Armani
Rolex
Mercedes/BMW
Prada


Really??  Pretentious nonsense for people with more money than brains.  Travelpro is gonna give better luggage results.  Mens Warehouse has serviceable suits (it's a suit, for crying out loud).  Casio makes a great timekeeping piece of electronics.  Toyota and Honda make better cars.  And Prada?? Geez....



Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: Conan71 on February 17, 2015, 02:50:14 pm
I read somewhere that many boutique brands are being made by larger distilleries who private label for them.

People want to appear prestigious.  Granted there are some products superior to others, but most of it is marketing hype to appeal to the ego.

I used to think expensive cigars were great.  That is until it dawned on me that every cigar left me wondering which of my cats took a dump in my mouth as I slept after smoking one.


Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: dbacksfan 2.0 on February 17, 2015, 02:56:57 pm
I read somewhere that many boutique brands are being made by larger distilleries who private label for them.

People want to appear prestigious.  Granted there are some products superior to others, but most of it is marketing hype to appeal to the ego.



You can insert Vodka, Tequila, Rum, Whiskey, and Champagne into that as well. They all have had their time as the got to have, new hot thing. Want to bet Gin is next?


Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: Ibanez on February 17, 2015, 03:16:05 pm
As someone who has been drinking Bourbon since before I was legally old enough to do so this whole trendy Bourbon fad pisses me off. Not only that it has made the price of my favorite type of alcohol increase far too much.



Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: DTowner on February 17, 2015, 03:18:47 pm
I don’t know about fires and whatnot, but I disagree all bourbons are the same.  You don’t have to be a whiskey aficionado to note differences in sweetness and spice and other flavors between one bourbon and the next.  In fact, I think it is always surprising at a tasting how wide the range of flavors can be between the different brands.

Pappy’s and other premium bourbons have been known as such for a long long time.  It’s only now that there’s a bourbon boomlet has it created the phenomenon of waitlists for the best stuff.  And yes, the Kennedy-type trust funders and newly minted techie billionaires are looking for the next thing to wear/drink as a symbol of their desire to project status.  That said, bourbon is not like vodka and some other spirits, the distillers simply can’t turn up the dial to 11 and crank out more of it for immediate sale.  In the meantime, the market speaks and prices go up for the good stuff.


Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: heironymouspasparagus on February 17, 2015, 03:24:13 pm
As someone who has been drinking Bourbon since before I was legally old enough to do so this whole trendy Bourbon fad pisses me off. Not only that it has made the price of my favorite type of alcohol increase far too much.



Life and bourbon selection was so much simpler when I was 15.... we had a guy who would sell you a bottle, either brown or clear booze - your choice.  Guaranteed to be at least 3/4 bottle, depending on supplies, but most of the time full bottles.  $5.00.

Not bad.  If he got several less than full bottles, he would just poor from other bottles to fill them up.

Tasted like bourbon...even when there was some of that nasty Scotch stuff mixed in....



Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: RecycleMichael on February 17, 2015, 03:45:53 pm
I am going to start a magazine/blog that goes to a different local bar each week and writes about their bourbon selection.

I'm calling it Bourbon Tulsa Weekly.


Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: Ibanez on February 17, 2015, 03:54:41 pm
I am going to start a magazine/blog that goes to a different local bar each week and writes about their bourbon selection.

I'm calling it Bourbon Tulsa Weekly.


(http://mlkshk.com/r/HL7Q)


Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: heironymouspasparagus on February 17, 2015, 05:57:48 pm
I am going to start a magazine/blog that goes to a different local bar each week and writes about their bourbon selection.

I'm calling it Bourbon Tulsa Weekly.



That's a great idea!  Looking forward to it.

I got a gift membership to a "whisky of the month club" from the kids.  Pretty cool.  3 at a time, quarterly.  Don't know what I will do between times - I guess go back to the old standby Wild Turkey.

Old Pulteney - single malt scotch, so I don't hold out much hope...  It says, "Robust, with a delicate hint of sea air".  Mmkay...

Black Dirt
McKenzie



Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: heironymouspasparagus on February 23, 2015, 06:07:01 pm
KOCO 5 news in OKC just reported on a couple of losers arrested for stealing mementos from the fence of the OKC bombing memorial...!

Ya just gotta share your head about how truly stupid people are.  Not to mention disgusting low-life scum.







Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: heironymouspasparagus on March 26, 2015, 09:04:45 am
So last night, Sand Springs really caught the brunt of the storms, no doubt.

I happened to be in OKC area and was returning from Norman when stopped in Moore at their community center at 4th street and I-35 to take some pictures of some really beautiful cloud formations sweeping across the road.  Just as I finished the last shot - none of which turned out at all - SWMBO was screaming, "There's a tornado..." over and over.  Five seconds later, the debris cloud hit me.  It is a lot like standing in a sandblaster.  Large limbs blowing by, metal roofing, rocks, dirt, etc.

Got in car and drove south as quickly as possible.

Local news there was saying F0 or F1.  Nope.  At least F2 - many roofs taken off houses, schools.  Luckily, no where near as bad as 2013 or Sand Springs!








Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: heironymouspasparagus on April 06, 2015, 08:12:26 am
Just ran across a video of the stupidest person in California....the gray t-shirt.


http://www.statter911.com/2015/04/04/must-see-video-handling-the-citizen-complaint-on-the-grocery-store-run/



Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: heironymouspasparagus on April 06, 2015, 08:09:30 pm
And this was very refreshing.... Failin'....Inhofe....etc....

https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=1055775911102946&fref=nf



Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: heironymouspasparagus on September 23, 2015, 08:37:34 am


http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/drug-ceo-will-lower-price-daraprim-after-outrage-n431926


One of this clown's quotes.....

"It's very easy to see a large drug price increase and say 'Gosh, those people must be gouging.' But when you find out that the company is not really making any money, what does that mean?" Shkreli said in a phone interview with NBC News Tuesday. "It's very hard stuff to understand."

Gosh...you mean as CEO he did not do his "due diligence" on the $55 million dollar acquisition of that one drug to verify it was profitable?  Well, that's what hedge funds do, isn't it?  Buy money losing products for tens of millions of dollars....

Not hard to understand at all....it is the logical conclusion of the rush to deregulate we have had in this country since 1981.  All this with the background fact that taxpayer's pay on the order of 1/3 of the research costs that are making this such a money "losing" proposition for him.  So, even with 33% corporate welfare, he still can't make money selling it at only 13 times the total actual cost.... Sounds like corporate malfeasance to me...






Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: cannon_fodder on September 23, 2015, 12:30:16 pm
The risk in drug manufacturing is the sunk cost of R&D. You spend millions developing a heart pill, and it doesn't have the heart impact you wanted it to have (well, in that case you sell it as a penis pill and make BILLIONS. Bad example, but you get the point). If you develop a product that does work, you have to hope the side effects don't offset the benefits such that it gets FDA approval. You also have to hope that it can compete on the market.

Then, you have 14 years to make your money back and profit before generics come in.

It is a tough industry.

BUT... when the drug is long since established. Is the only product for the job on the market. And requires no marketing... then the formula is easy.  Volume*Price-cost=profit.  Not a lot of variables in there.  Volume has been steady for decades. Certainly you can fudge the cost here or there, but fairly set. And price is whatever you want to set it to such that you make a profit in the short term and discourage market entry in the long term (product out of patent).

In this instance, the idiot got greedy and jacked the prices up suddenly. Certainly he could have wielded a 20% increase and few would have taken note. Double it and several would have been upset, but no news story. But 5000% over night?  Idiot.

Now there will likely be some new market entry and he will cut his price due to pressure in the interim. In the long view, this is fodder for more governmental control of the industry.


Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: Conan71 on September 23, 2015, 03:09:23 pm
The risk in drug manufacturing is the sunk cost of R&D. You spend millions developing a heart pill, and it doesn't have the heart impact you wanted it to have (well, in that case you sell it as a penis pill and make BILLIONS. Bad example, but you get the point). If you develop a product that does work, you have to hope the side effects don't offset the benefits such that it gets FDA approval. You also have to hope that it can compete on the market.

Then, you have 14 years to make your money back and profit before generics come in.

It is a tough industry.

BUT... when the drug is long since established. Is the only product for the job on the market. And requires no marketing... then the formula is easy.  Volume*Price-cost=profit.  Not a lot of variables in there.  Volume has been steady for decades. Certainly you can fudge the cost here or there, but fairly set. And price is whatever you want to set it to such that you make a profit in the short term and discourage market entry in the long term (product out of patent).

In this instance, the idiot got greedy and jacked the prices up suddenly. Certainly he could have wielded a 20% increase and few would have taken note. Double it and several would have been upset, but no news story. But 5000% over night?  Idiot.

Now there will likely be some new market entry and he will cut his price due to pressure in the interim. In the long view, this is fodder for more governmental control of the industry.


I saw the interview with him last night.  He’s a smug little tool.  People’s lives depend on the drug.  You don’t just go in and raise it from $14 to $750 overnight and expect there not to be significant blowback.  Of course, he claims the exorbitant price will end up funding research for a much better drug.  than this one.


Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: heironymouspasparagus on September 23, 2015, 05:06:21 pm
The risk in drug manufacturing is the sunk cost of R&D. You spend millions developing a heart pill, and it doesn't have the heart impact you wanted it to have (well, in that case you sell it as a penis pill and make BILLIONS. Bad example, but you get the point). If you develop a product that does work, you have to hope the side effects don't offset the benefits such that it gets FDA approval. You also have to hope that it can compete on the market.

Then, you have 14 years to make your money back and profit before generics come in.

It is a tough industry.

BUT... when the drug is long since established. Is the only product for the job on the market. And requires no marketing... then the formula is easy.  Volume*Price-cost=profit.  Not a lot of variables in there.  Volume has been steady for decades. Certainly you can fudge the cost here or there, but fairly set. And price is whatever you want to set it to such that you make a profit in the short term and discourage market entry in the long term (product out of patent).

In this instance, the idiot got greedy and jacked the prices up suddenly. Certainly he could have wielded a 20% increase and few would have taken note. Double it and several would have been upset, but no news story. But 5000% over night?  Idiot.

Now there will likely be some new market entry and he will cut his price due to pressure in the interim. In the long view, this is fodder for more governmental control of the industry.



This one has been around 60+ years.  It is a treatment for malaria and something for AIDS.  And back when it was developed, Federal research money was a MUCH huger part of the funding to drug companies - WE paid for the development of this drug!  I have a relative who spent several decades at Eli Lilly back then doing the drug development thing...he talks, so I know how that stuff worked at that time.  

This particular one costs pennies to make - ANY development costs were amortized many decades ago.  They were already selling it for $13+ per pill.  This sleaze bag is just the same as the CEO selling tainted peanuts.  The only difference is that he has the real opportunity to kill thousands, where peanut-boy only killed 9.

There should be more government control of the industry, since we are subsidizing it so heavily.  Just like there should have been real reform to banking back when W gave $2.5 trillion to the banks in about two weeks...

Still not hard to understand at all....




Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, - building questions
Post by: heironymouspasparagus on October 20, 2015, 01:59:09 pm
Greetings and Salivations!

Am wondering if anyone out there in TV land - perhaps and Architect or Builder - has any experience with Durisol and/or Fab-Form ??   (If one has, one will know what they are...)


Regards,
H


Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: heironymouspasparagus on January 15, 2016, 03:03:51 pm
Oldie but very good.



https://www.youtube.com/embed/70Ikj1hZDnw




Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: heironymouspasparagus on February 16, 2016, 12:24:03 pm
So amazingly disingenous....Greta this time....her pathetic "crocodile tears" moment about the Carrier people losing their jobs...!!

Due to the policies of the Clown Show she is part of and the path traveled by her group since the Reagan era.

https://www.yahoo.com/news/video/greta-real-reason-1-400-022415589.html


As if she ever gave a hairy rat's a$$ about the workers in this country!!



Next she will be spouting lies like she thinks we should raise the minimum wage!!  Like so much of the extremist right is trying to use to cover their past.





Title: Miscellaneous distracted various and inimitable
Post by: Edwardsa on April 27, 2016, 08:58:18 pm
Oh and with the mix that will be made can I make multiple infusions with it or is it going to be just one use per infusion?


Title: Re: Miscellaneous distracted various and inimitable
Post by: heironymouspasparagus on April 28, 2016, 12:29:57 pm
Oh and with the mix that will be made can I make multiple infusions with it or is it going to be just one use per infusion?


Ok.  I'll bite...it is just too obtuse for me today....


Huh??



Title: Re: Miscellaneous distracted various and inimitable
Post by: Townsend on April 28, 2016, 01:48:28 pm

Ok.  I'll bite...it is just too obtuse for me today....


Huh??

(https://i.imgflip.com/139xwe.jpg)


Title: Miscellaneous distracted various and inimitable
Post by: Edwardsa on April 28, 2016, 09:53:29 pm
Oh and with the mix that will be made can I make multiple infusions with it or is it going to be just one use per infusion?


Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: Hoss on April 28, 2016, 10:11:14 pm
Smells like spam.


Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: heironymouspasparagus on April 29, 2016, 09:49:33 am
Smells like spam.



Mmmm...!!  SPAM...fried, with eggs over easy, and home fries!!

Gotta go to Hawaii....soon!!



Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: heironymouspasparagus on April 29, 2016, 09:57:04 am
I saw the interview with him last night.  He’s a smug little tool.  People’s lives depend on the drug.  You don’t just go in and raise it from $14 to $750 overnight and expect there not to be significant blowback.  Of course, he claims the exorbitant price will end up funding research for a much better drug.  than this one.


Resurrecting the old....have a sister who just recently got caught in one of those events.  Don't know what the drug was, but she was at $3.00 per pill.  About 4 months ago, it jumped to about $45 a pill.  



Yeah, Republicontins, there's nothing wrong with healthcare in this country that a little more deregulation won't fix....





Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: heironymouspasparagus on June 22, 2016, 09:37:01 am
Ok...what is the deal with AAON ??   

2015 annual report with a picture of a city skyline on the front cover.  One might think, or at least hope, this hometown company headquartered here would maybe use Tulsa's very nice skyline.....

One would be tragically wrong!   It's Los Angeles.

Is this an omen?  Is Norman getting ready to bail on Tulsa?  What is going on ??



Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: cannon_fodder on June 22, 2016, 11:01:53 am
2015 = LA
2014 = Drummers, OMG, they're moving to Drummerville!
2013 = Colorado Mountains,OMG, they're moving to Colorado!
2012 = Snow covered trail, OMG, they're moving to Minnesota!
2011 = "Welcome to the State of Success," OMG, they're moving to an island in the Caribbean!
2010 = tree in a wheat field, OMG, they're moving to Kansas!
2008 = A ginger looking longingly at the sun. Seriously, that's the cover. I assume it means they're moving to Scotland.

Click it, you know you want to:
https://www.aaon.com/Documents/Investors/2008/AAON_2008_AnnualReport.pdf

[edit] I missed a year somewhere...[/edit]


Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: heironymouspasparagus on June 22, 2016, 11:04:32 am
2015 = LA
2014 = Drummers, OMG, they're moving to Drummerville!
2013 = Colorado Mountains,OMG, they're moving to Colorado!
2012 = Snow covered trail, OMG, they're moving to Minnesota!
2011 = "Welcome to the State of Success," OMG, they're moving to an island in the Caribbean!
2010 = tree in a wheat field, OMG, they're moving to Kansas!
2009 = A ginger looking longingly at the sun. Seriously, that's the cover. I assume it means they're moving to Scotland.

Click it, you know you want to:
https://www.aaon.com/Documents/Investors/2008/AAON_2008_AnnualReport.pdf


Oh, my geez.....

Have been trying to get in the door there, but maybe not so much now....


Somewhere along the line, they should have Tulsa.  At least every few years in rotation...


Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: heironymouspasparagus on August 16, 2016, 07:49:34 am
Once again, the Supreme Law of the Land is being treated like a piece of toilet paper!  I guess it's no surprise since that is exactly what every single "law and order" candidate - RWRE - has advocated for decades....  And just as Trump and his Clown Show are all about abrogating treaties, they find ample precedent to get away with it once again internationally and internally!  Why don't they just mow down those protestors with machine guns - it always worked before....!!

This is just "backing up" and coming from a different direction.  If they get this one built, then a simple extension to Gulf Coast is easy.  And then it is just a few short miles to connect to the TransCanada line coming from the north!   Anyone out there believe they have given up on that bad idea??

All without the publicity or pesky details of actually following the law!


http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/37222-lakota-lead-native-americans-ranchers-and-farmers-in-fight-against-dakota-access-pipeline



Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: heironymouspasparagus on September 14, 2016, 09:30:58 pm
Anyone out there "lucky" enough to need an EpiPen??

There is a long sordid tale of mystery and intrigue surrounding this.  Quick little side trip first for a compare/contrast moment



I have have known for decades about Federal funding - that's US people - of drug research...like the EpiPen.  Exactly the EpiPen.  Invented by a guy named Sheldon Kaplan.  At a place where he started in 1973, creating the device, originally called the ComboPen.  Patented in 1977, which as is typical gained large profits for the company and nothing in particular for the guy who made it happen.  He got to "keep" his job....

The U.S. Patent and Trade­mark Office was so impressed with him that in May inducted him into the National Inven­tors Hall of Fame, in Wash­ington, D.C., - noting that “since its intro­duc­tion in 1980, the EpiPen Auto-​​Injector has saved count­less lives.”  I am sure he was very happy that he was able to contribute so greatly to the advancement of healthcare - it is a noble ambition and goal, even if others are...how to phrase it...??....sleazy?? enough to gain massively from it while freezing out the guy whose back they ride on...?   Is that accurate enough, even if somewhat indelicate??

So let's stop right here for a minute and think about what this short introduction means.  Here is an invention which was patented almost 40 years ago.  Which was able to gain patent protection again in 2006.  WAY after the expiration of any legitimate patent protection.  But wait, there's more!   This just "coincidentally" was a product that was written into Federal law as a required item for schools across the country to buy and have on hand in case of emergency.  A good idea in itself.

The sleazy part of this then starts to surface when one realizes it was pushed hard by Senator Joe Manchin from West VA.  Who just happens to be the father of the CEO of Mylan Pharmaceutical.  The company that somehow managed to get another patent on existing technology.  And raised the price to over $600 for a mature product that SHOULD be in the public domain and absolutely generic by this point.  And was totally funded over 40 years ago by the US taxpayer.  Who is now being raped by a corrupt and paid for government. 

Quaint little side note - Faux News is now starting up their line of BS on a charitable organization that received $6 million for helping set up medical programs due to the fact that John Kerry's daughter is the head of the organization. 

Note the contrast - corporate bad behavior (regardless of political affiliation) gets a pass - is even encouraged in the name of capitalism, since Mylan is probably a component of Faux News buddies portfolio, while deomonization occurs of a program where they cannot skim millions off the top.

George Kaiser and some of his buddies could do a lot worse than fund research into a new EpiPen type device to replace the Mylan product.  And make it open source, so potentially deadly events won't be penalized with monetary raping and pillaging.









Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: heironymouspasparagus on September 15, 2016, 08:59:13 am
Ha!!  I love this...GM is finally coming out with a car design they had back in the early 80's!

New York Times guy is really coming down hard on Tesla since they have taken a measured, well thought out approach to product introduction, including support infrastructure!   He has been paid to push the "goodness" of the GM offering, even to the point of casting aspersions on Tesla quality.  As compared to GM.... yeah...right...!!  

I wonder if GM is gonna provide free 'fuel' for the life of the car, like Tesla is doing??  

And the styling -- geez... it looks like a very poorly copied Prius!!  Bu$$-ugly!!  As we have come to expect from that "Good GM feeling..."  It may well appeal to the great unwashed GM Fanboy masses taste - all of which is in their mouths!

http://www.chevrolet.com/bolt-ev-electric-vehicle.html


GM quote -
“We have 108 years of manufacturing know-how,” Pam Fletcher, G.M.’s chief electric vehicles engineer, told me. “This is what we do.”

NO mention about doing it RIGHT !!

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/15/technology/how-did-gm-create-teslas-dream-car-first.html?WT.mc_id=2016-KWP-AUD_DEV&WT.mc_ev=click&ad-keywords=AUDDEVREMARK&kwp_0=228437&kwp_4=871479&kwp_1=426149&_r=0




Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: AquaMan on September 15, 2016, 09:03:56 am
We should really rename this topic, "Liars, Cheats, Chiselers and Thieves".


Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: rebound on September 15, 2016, 09:37:42 am
We should really rename this topic, "Liars, Cheats, Chiselers and Thieves".

We hear it from the people of the town, they call us...


Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: AquaMan on September 15, 2016, 09:48:18 am
Tramps and thieves. The inimitable Cher. Pretty sure she is 90% plastic by now.


Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: dbacksfan 2.0 on September 15, 2016, 10:06:33 am
Ha!!  I love this...GM is finally coming out with a car design they had back in the early 80's!

New York Times guy is really coming down hard on Tesla since they have taken a measured, well thought out approach to product introduction, including support infrastructure!   He has been paid to push the "goodness" of the GM offering, even to the point of casting aspersions on Tesla quality.  As compared to GM.... yeah...right...!!  

I wonder if GM is gonna provide free 'fuel' for the life of the car, like Tesla is doing??  

And the styling -- geez... it looks like a very poorly copied Prius!!  Bu$$-ugly!!  As we have come to expect from that "Good GM feeling..."  It may well appeal to the great unwashed GM Fanboy masses taste - all of which is in their mouths!

http://www.chevrolet.com/bolt-ev-electric-vehicle.html


GM quote -
“We have 108 years of manufacturing know-how,” Pam Fletcher, G.M.’s chief electric vehicles engineer, told me. “This is what we do.”

NO mention about doing it RIGHT !!

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/15/technology/how-did-gm-create-teslas-dream-car-first.html?WT.mc_id=2016-KWP-AUD_DEV&WT.mc_ev=click&ad-keywords=AUDDEVREMARK&kwp_0=228437&kwp_4=871479&kwp_1=426149&_r=0

You should see the new Mercedes electric car............

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=arQ8_PW-RiA (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=arQ8_PW-RiA)


Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: heironymouspasparagus on September 15, 2016, 10:31:41 am
You should see the new Mercedes electric car............

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=arQ8_PW-RiA (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=arQ8_PW-RiA)



That's hilarious!!

BMW and VW are moving on this, too, apparently.  This is why Elon has put all of Tesla's patents out there for anyone to use - he is encouraging development of viable EV's by more than just one.  Evangelism at it's best.






Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: Red Arrow on September 15, 2016, 04:52:11 pm
You should see the new Mercedes electric car............
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=arQ8_PW-RiA (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=arQ8_PW-RiA)

Now for the big question.... Coppertop or Energizer?


Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: heironymouspasparagus on September 15, 2016, 06:15:21 pm
Now for the big question.... Coppertop or Energizer?



Coppertop.  The pink bunny is lying!!



I worked at a place one time where we did a lot of battery testing and they were both very close - along with Ray-O-Vac, but coppertop had a tiny edge in power delivery and life....statistically insignificant, but a little.  Geeky, huh?






Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: heironymouspasparagus on September 20, 2016, 08:14:27 am
Now this....



https://gigapixel.panoramas.com/oklahomastate/football/20160917/




Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: heironymouspasparagus on September 22, 2016, 07:29:22 am
In other world news....

http://cityworldnews.com/native-american-amnesty/



Title: Miscellaneous, - Obama Vetoed !!
Post by: heironymouspasparagus on September 28, 2016, 04:28:18 pm
Obama's first veto override!!  

I am firm believer in vetoes and overrides.  They are a couple of the core actions of our Republic.  This one should prove to be very interesting - the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act - link below.

We now are allowed to sue Saudi Arabia and try to prove them responsible for 9/11 on a personal basis.  And I see no mention of a statute of limitations, so presumably we could sue for the Beirut bombing that killed so many Marines!  Or any of many different actions occurring over the past... how many years?   We...well at least us Irish...could presumably go back and sue England for terrorism in their actions during the potato famine where the UK confiscated - stole - enough food out of Ireland in the worst couple of years of the famine to feed the entire population of Irish.  The ones that survived as well as all who died and emigrated!  Four times over!   If that isn't terrorism - intentional extermination by starvation, then what is??  I gotta find a lawyer...!!

But.  And there is always a but.  Now that the veil of sovereign immunity has been blasted out of existence, that most likely means at least some other countries will respond in kind.  We just gave them the keys to the kingdom.  Which means that now Palestinians can sue over the US role of support for Israel during the late 40's when we helped Israel come into being...and every event since.  

Iran can sue for the US CIA role in deposing the elected government and installing the Shah of Iran.  

Panama could sue over the US role in getting rid of their leader and putting in Manuel Noriega - that was George H W Bush when he was head of the CIA in the 70's.  Incidentally, George had to go back a few years later as President and "fire" Noriega from the position.  Wouldn't be surprised if a variety of people sued the US over the use of drones for the last few years, for the death of all those civilians.

Would using torture in violation of US and International law be considered terrorism?  Wonder how many ex Guantanamo residents are gonna hop on the bandwagon?

And what about all those descendants of the First Nations people??  Native Americans.  I got a feeling that the entire last 400 years could yield some things that could be considered terrorism.  And since they are, by definition, sovereign nations, well, what is to stop each individual from suing?

This was a stupid bill.  It IS a really BIG ole can of worms.  It is gonna get messy.   CIA Director John Brennan released a statement on Wednesday also opposing the bill, saying;

"The most damaging consequence would be for those U.S. Government officials who dutifully work overseas on behalf of our country," he said in the statement. "The principle of sovereign immunity protects US officials every day, and is rooted in reciprocity. If we fail to uphold this standard for other countries, we place our own nation's officials in danger. No country has more to lose from undermining that principle than the United States—and few institutions would be at greater risk than CIA."

Yeah....about that...I think he may be right.


Be sure to read the latest law of the land....!

https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/senate-bill/2040/text



Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: AquaMan on September 28, 2016, 06:42:39 pm
Well, yeah, but Obama was against it. So, they had to override it. The people demanded it didn't they? I was most surprised it was a 97-1 vote in the Senate.


Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: Red Arrow on September 28, 2016, 09:02:18 pm
Well, yeah, but Obama was against it. So, they had to override it. The people demanded it didn't they? I was most surprised it was a 97-1 vote in the Senate.

I thought there was more than 3 Democrats in the Senate.
 
 ;D


Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: heironymouspasparagus on September 28, 2016, 09:13:18 pm
Well, yeah, but Obama was against it. So, they had to override it. The people demanded it didn't they? I was most surprised it was a 97-1 vote in the Senate.


I am not surprised at all.  If I had been there, I would have voted override, too!  It had to be done to cover their butts.  As it stands, I am betting it doesn't really mean anything until the Senate takes some action on treaties...??  There is a policy of sovereign immunity that must be disassembled...and I have no clue how 'formal' the situation is, but there must be something more than just a handshake.  That would be a surprise - if there are not formal words.

One situation that I know is formal is our status of forces agreements - we have written arrangements, presumably that rise to the level of treaties - that keep our soldiers 'out of reach' of foreign governments.  If we really act on this, then those agreements will quite probably be abrogated, leaving our military personnel open to prosecution in the country they are stationed.  And given the history, particularly in Okinawa, of military rape and violence, we should be very cautious going forward.

Look for preemptive lawsuits from other countries!  I would be willing to bet that 9/11 survivors won't be the first to file.  I bet people from somewhere else will start filing suits in their countries first.   Not sure if this allows them to file here, but that would also be on my list of attempted things to do....










Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: erfalf on September 29, 2016, 05:54:21 am
I haven't been keeping up on this (thought it was quit superfulous but whatever). Is this not the second time he vetoed this legislation, or a similar iteration of it?

And another thing, how do we think we can effectively legislate our standing in another country? Do the trials take place here? This all just seemed so out there. I mean it's just been in the news about the Tribunal with Iran, which seemed to work as well as I assume you could hope considering the parties involved. Is that not the best tool for something like this?


Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: cannon_fodder on September 29, 2016, 07:36:02 am
Stupid idea. This bill is sold as targeting Saudi Arabia, but it really targets any country that supports "terrorism." It sets the precedent that the citizens of a nation get to define what terrorism is, decide which nations are guilty of supporting it, decide if that support led to an attack on US soil, and then take the assets of that nation.

Guess which country has the most assets in foreign nations. Go on. Guess.  I'll wait...

RIGHT! The USA. We have air bases, embassies, ports, enclaves, and all sorts of equipment all over the world. While the USA is the home of tons of sovereign investment from foreign countries (that is to say, nations who have excess cash invest it here), our government owns assets we consider vital to our national interest. Oh, and guess what... other countries aren't as careful about declaring the property of US companies or US individuals to be fair game and "nationalizing it" to satisfy what they see as a "debt." What's that Exxon? You want your oil platform back? Excuse me John Deere, but that factory has gone to pay your nations debts.

Now, guess which country goes around the world pissing people off more often than any other nation. Go on. Guess. I'll wait...

RIGHT! The USA. Since the end of WWII the US has averaged as many as 260,000 foreign nationals killed each and every year. We've invaded more countries since the end of WWII than anyone else. We carpet bombed major urban centers as recently as the 1970s. We still fire missiles from drones about 10 times a month that occasionally hit wedding parties. We have troops in as many as 130 countries. In many instances, even our allies consider the bad actions of a few of our troops to be terrorist activity. Certainly it would be possible to find a group of 9 out of 12 Okinawans to agree on that. And its their perspective that matters.

Now, I'm not saying we are a horrible country and that we don't do more than any other country to avoid collateral damage --- but that's a matter of perspective. I suppose the Vietnamese would probably say we never should have been there. Same with many Afghans and Iraqis. Certainly most Yemenies and Pakistanis would stand up and say they don't give a crap about how careful we are, we shouldn't be killing any of their citizens from 10,000 feet.

We also tend to support insurgent groups against countries we don't like. To us, the Kurds fighting in the middle east are rebels fighting for freedom. To the Syrians, the Turks, and even the Iraqis - they are terrorists trying to destroy their country.  Same with groups we support in Yemen. Or Afghanistan. And on and on an on. More often than not, I think the US argument is the right one. But that doesn't matter when its some foreign countries citizens deciding if they should take US assets and given them to one of their own.

And hey, what do we have to lose other than trillions in over seas assets? Oh, that's right, trillions in foreign investment in the United States. I'm sure Kind Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud will just hand over a check for a zillion dollars when a group of pissed off New Yorkers tells him to. Or, maybe they just divest and take their money elsewhere. And you don't think clever people will find other instances they can use to sue foreign countries in the US? Don't forget, diplomatic installations, military bases, territories, there are many places that count as US soil...

Will the US Courts be responsible and stop "truthers" from running amok? Probably. Will a Bahrain court be as careful? Doubtful. And the only assets we have there to lose are a major airforce base, the home of the Fifth Fleet, and Central Command. No big deal.  Oh, but they wouldn't do that to us. We are too important. Why should our own logic and laws apply to us? It probably won't, as long as we remain the most powerful country and there is no other option but...

There's a reason Bush said no and Obama said no. Oh well. Sovereign immunity has only worked for the US for 240 years.

Again, I think the US does a good job of being careful with our power. But under this precedent, its not going to matter what the US people say.


Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: heironymouspasparagus on September 29, 2016, 07:44:47 am
Panama

Libya

Egypt

Venzuela

Phillipines

Iraq

Iran

Palestine

Afghanistan

Nigeria

Congo

Japan

Vietnam

Laos

Cambodia

Germany  (remember the firestorm bombings of Dresden?  They do.)


Maybe we can start a pool predicting which country will sue us first!!??




Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: TulsaMoon on September 29, 2016, 09:03:43 am
The elections are coming!! The elections are coming!!

IMO that's the only reason this is such a (Trump voice) HUGE deal.

I have been doing a bit of reading, yes hard to believe, and please correct me if I am wrong, but don't we already have mostly the exact same thing on the books?

Title 28 USC 1605: General exceptions to the jurisdictional immunity of a foreign state, and Sec. 1605A. Terrorism exception to the jurisdictional immunity of a foreign state   Tunnel through all of it and you find an amendment passed in 2008.

http://uscode.house.gov/browse/prelim@title28/part4/chapter97&edition=prelim



Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: AquaMan on September 29, 2016, 09:16:55 am
Apparently this is mostly for show in an election year. The original bill was pretty tough, but the one passed over the veto is not going to do what 911 families thought it would do. Thus 97-1 vote. It looks good but legally, like H pointed out, will be hard if not impossible to collect on. Each verdict won would require Congress to approve the seizure of assets, ours or theirs. Other countries of course will want our assets but have to balance off the support they receive from us. Both political parties and their candidates can claim victory but no one comes out ahead. Except maybe that a country may think twice and make more computations of benefit/loss before they support nefarious activities. You think we will?

On the other hand, the families of the Murrah building domestic terror bombing haven't received much help according to many of the survivor families. Nowhere near the payouts to 911 families. Go figure.


Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: patric on September 29, 2016, 07:10:26 pm
Its the 29th of September and Lowes already has Christmas lights in stock.

But the selection now is really good.  If I could get away with putting them up in this weather...

/distraction


Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: erfalf on September 30, 2016, 05:29:48 am
Its the 29th of September and Lowes already has Christmas lights in stock.

But the selection now is really good.  If I could get away with putting them up in this weather...

/distraction

Ever been to Hobby Lobby. Will BLOW YOUR MIND!!!

Seriously, their calendar must move up slightly every year. Pretty soon they are going to be rolling out the fall decoration in March, Halloween in April & Christmas in May.


Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: Townsend on September 30, 2016, 11:17:27 am
Whoa whoa whoa guys...What's up with the WAR ON CHRISTMAS?

(http://media.salon.com/2015/07/bill_oreilly8.jpg)


Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: heironymouspasparagus on October 14, 2016, 09:24:14 am
I have driven around the country quite a bit and have told friends and family that "Okie Driving" is not just an Oklahoma phenomenon.  Most are skeptical.

Well, now I have proof!!


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0tSwJ8zesOM


Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: Hoss on October 14, 2016, 09:49:42 am
I have driven around the country quite a bit and have told friends and family that "Okie Driving" is not just an Oklahoma phenomenon.  Most are skeptical.

Well, now I have proof!!


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0tSwJ8zesOM


This is why BMW drivers get the reputation as doosh rockets.


Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: heironymouspasparagus on October 14, 2016, 10:41:12 am
It's every type of car...  Used to be Cadillacs and Continentals.... Land Rover drivers seem to be wanting in on the action, too.




Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: Conan71 on October 14, 2016, 10:54:41 am
This is why BMW drivers get the reputation as doosh rockets.

It seems to me the chances of someone using a turn signal or driving courteously seems to be the inverse of the sticker price of the car they drive.


Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: heironymouspasparagus on October 14, 2016, 01:22:41 pm
It seems to me the chances of someone using a turn signal or driving courteously seems to be the inverse of the sticker price of the car they drive.


That makes me the best and nicest driver in the state - mine don't ever have stickers...the current ones all cost less than $3,000....




Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: Conan71 on October 14, 2016, 03:18:03 pm

That makes me the best and nicest driver in the state - mine don't ever have stickers...the current ones all cost less than $3,000....




But do you signal with your middle finger often?


Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: heironymouspasparagus on October 14, 2016, 09:10:54 pm
But do you signal with your middle finger often?


Not as much as you might think.  I am very calm driver.


Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: AquaMan on October 16, 2016, 08:38:37 am
I carried about 7000lbs of amped up football players to a football game Friday. As I made a left out of the school parking lot, a car a block away started to honk and wave their fingers furiously at me for having the temerity to turn in front of them. I remarked to the coach, that they must be friends of his trying to get his attention. "Should we stop and be friendly?" He seemed to consider it but simply cursed and said they weren't friends of his but he sure liked the way I drive.

You just never know what's waiting behind the doors of the car you just fingered. :)


Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: heironymouspasparagus on October 24, 2016, 09:44:01 am
I carried about 7000lbs of amped up football players to a football game Friday. As I made a left out of the school parking lot, a car a block away started to honk and wave their fingers furiously at me for having the temerity to turn in front of them. I remarked to the coach, that they must be friends of his trying to get his attention. "Should we stop and be friendly?" He seemed to consider it but simply cursed and said they weren't friends of his but he sure liked the way I drive.

You just never know what's waiting behind the doors of the car you just fingered. :)


That's why I am always a polite driver.  I can make mistakes and others can be counted on to make them.  Not worth the high blood pressure.

Had a guy got so pissed one time 'cause I was only doing the speed limit - he wanted to go faster, I guess...even though he had another lane to go to...he got out of his car at a stop light with a very large wrench and came toward me yelling, screaming, threatening - all the typical 'entitled' fancy expensive car guy stuff...  He got within about 20 feet of me and I simply, quietly asked him, "Are you sure...?"  Only words I said.  While making sure he saw the 1911  .45 automatic I carry.  He said no problem, he was just leaving....

True story.





Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: heironymouspasparagus on December 19, 2016, 05:54:46 pm
Anybody know anything about W. L. Walker, Co in Tulsa?   I thought I had heard of most of the smaller manufacturing shops around, but that one is new to me... some interesting products...




Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: heironymouspasparagus on February 21, 2017, 04:33:02 pm
In particular for William the Artist... but others may appreciate it too!


http://www.boredpanda.com/artists-work-for-free-ryan-estrada-emmie-tsumura/


Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: heironymouspasparagus on September 22, 2017, 12:24:47 pm
Good day to post about Tesla.


This is for anyone interested in 'geeky', 'how it's made' stuff.  Tesla factory front to end.  I particularly liked the motor section and the inverter section.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AVCCroN7vS0



Title: Re: Miscellaneous, distracted, various, and inimitable
Post by: heironymouspasparagus on November 01, 2017, 10:58:11 am

I may have posted this before...if so, it's worth repeating...

Since one of the big controversies in the nation today revolves around the flag, I thought this might be of some small interest.  And I'm gonna make a sweeping comment/bet here - that nobody has heard this version before.

Click on the link - a bar just below the program title has an arrow to click to listen. Then, one can listen to the entire show, worthwhile but the part of interest here is at 1:50:00. Click on the grey bar across the bottom of that small window - over on the right side, almost directly under the vertical bar between elapsed time and total time - bar shown as red in this example;

1:50:00 | 1:59:15


Worth the effort....

https://www.prairiehome.org/shows/57219