Greater Metropolitan Arab is located atop Brindlee (other various spellings) mountain, which in turn is noted for its truck farming. Truck farming is noted for producing product continuously and incrementally over the growing season. By its nature truck farming has been popular in Alibam because it provided a home based means of feeding the family and the work was of short daily duration and amenable to children doing so, and since it was a family chore the government didn’t get involved.
The point being that if the silly season has arrived, then we may expect a fairly continuous crop of silly, and that is exactly what the feeds provide this day.
We start with an article on how the aurorae are produced by magnetic storms a third of the way between Tellus and Luna. [Link] The silliness here is the inspecificty of the reportage, we are largely left to surmise that the storms are closer to Tellus than Luna since the description is vague and inspecific. Isn’t it wonderful how traditional media journalists can ruin anything good, sort of like dumping old crankcase oil in the ‘niller home churned ice cream?
Next, we learn that eating tofu reduces sperm count in men. [Link] Now I eat a lot of tofu and beans – my cardiologist Displacement Current Squared has me on a modified version of the Mediterranean Diet and that diet makes use of bean protein a lot in place of flatulent meat animal and after a couple of years on the diet I find I like it better than what I used to eat. But I do sometimes miss biscuits and drippings gravy, which are noted for making men impotent due to excess salt. Makes you kinda wonder if eating is adverse to reproduction, doesn’t it?
I am told most seriously by the Economist [Link] that telecommuters need more than email and a broadband link. Living in the hinterland where, because I live in the central part of Greater Metropolitan Arab, I have three choices of broadband: DSL from the Oneonta Telephone Company – by far the better choice if one wants to coexist with bureaucracy; the cable company, one of those who arbitrarily censor downloads and email; and the cellular company who offers catch as catch can access. My fellow citizens living in other parts of the city have choices ranging from three to zero in number. And those outside the city limits, in the county do so with the comfort that they have no more than one, and usually zero, choices of broadband provision. So thank you very much for your traditional media blathering.
It seems that HP is preparing a reduced price/capability (?) alternative to its Eee opponent the 2133 Mini-Note. [Link] We may only hope that they will offer this one with a useful alternative to MegaHard slavery. The SLED on the 2133 is as user useful as a hammer lacking its head. Oh, and with splinters! The hardware is nice, almost half of what one expects from the folks who gave us the HP 35 in the mid ’70′s, back before profit ruined the company. Of course it is available with a spayed/neutered version of XP – the ambiguity is determining which gender should apply; it is hard to tell from the plumbing. Meanwhile MegaHard reports that its successor to Vista is “on track.” [Link] Except for the folks who have to administer “managed” windwos desktops – a fading bunch now that the fraction of boxes that is organizational has fallen below 0.5 and dropping and since IT became a “blue collar” paying – we have to wonder who really cares other than those of the human race incapable of using any other OS. Between the Apple OS – despite its obvious comparison to a wet suit in a shower – and the various versions of Linux – what the Founding Fathers would use!? – is there anyone left who really matters? Outside of the Yankee government, of course.
The answer to that is a resounding yes. I have numerous colleagues who are excellent people but for some reason choose to be the mental and work slaves of MegaHard. For many it is what is imposed on them by their employing organization both directly and derivatively. For most however it is a matter of having inadequate knowledge, probably the result of a congenital lack of will power, perception, and and analysis that robs them of knowing what they are limited and subjected to and of what their alternatives are. The basest few are those damned by a disdain for education and inquiry and economic decrepitude. One even finds it most telling that christian adherants are almost uniformly MegaHard minions.
But in recognition that they are still good people – after all we do identify with Sparticus more tham with republican Rome do we not? – today is Systems Administrator day. [Link] This may seem rather aspecialized holiday until one thinks that over half of all boxes are in private hands and most of those boxes have a systems administrator who is their owner-user. This could easily be the second largest holiday in the American pantheon, raight after Kuly Fourth which celebrates every citizen now and previously. Boo Yah Guys! Gals! Folks!
And while we are picking on folks, let us again find fault with traditional media. The baised support that the traditional media have for Windows is seconded only by their acognitive support of the Irish politican O’Bama who is wracking such havoc on the serach engines of Crimson Tide fanatics. We note the comment “Open source software, while possibly still more secure than Windows, still has its own security issues to deal with” [Link] by what it negates, that open source software is at least as secure as Windows and usually more so. Indeed most recent tests have shown significant differences in Windows versus various versions of Linux. Shall there be any tears shed at the graves of traditional journalists?
On which matter we find reserach from fair Harvard et al. that under similar circumstances older people sleep less than younger people. [Link] The reportage is that this indicates the older need less sleep; nowhere does it address the well known fact, even to me by personal observation, that older people have more trouble sleeping for a variety of reasons having to do with relief from discomfort, ache, and pain. We have to surmise that the denizens of the other shul on the Charles have once more been drinking from it.
Our last bit of traditional media silliness – incompetence in action is a story of a man masked in a shirt and armed with a sword robbing a Dunkin Donuts. [Link] The most casual of inspections indicates that the man in question is clearly a shirt ninja armed with a batlet, probably therefore a Klingon shirt ninja. What is thus particularly notewirthy is not at all mentions, namely the strong liklihood that Klingons have developed a taste for doughnuts to accompany blood wine.