It is a joy to be returned to Castellum SCP. It rained much of the night, provoking thankfulness that we motored home Saturday before the rains set in although it looks as if quite a bit of the week will be wet, at least according to the threats of the weather beavers.
On which note, back to gym this morning, commencing an abbreviated week since the truly Amerikan holy day of Thanksgiving will be observed, in compliance with the actions of POTUS#16, who, despite being a representative of Illinois, has little else in common with the current incumbent, especially with regards to maintenance of the nation. It seems amazing how well the previous did under such dire circumstances and how the current seems to promote dire circumstances.
The podcast this morning, at least the primary one, was an episode of the CBC’s “Best of Ideas” dealing with freedom of expression. I became rather distraught with the liberal babbling when they declined to explore the tool character of an axe and only concentrated on its weapon character. So much for objective discussion. I was re-attracted towards the end when the discussion bent into the realm of limits on free speech. This gave rise to my consideration is talking about the effects of climate change, such as reduced lifespan, disease, and starvation could be considered restrictable as hate speech?
But perhaps the best information I got this morning was a closed captioning on one of the electromagnetic audio-visual receivers – not sure what channel/network – that indicated, if I translated the hate text that results from speech recognition accurately, is that the Yankee government department of agriculture has declared, indirectly, that fast food – as in fast food restaurants – is unhealthy. What is notable here is not that we, at least the geeks and nerds, didn’t know this, but that the Yankee government would actually own up to it.
Speaking of admitting, I have to admit that I am very happy to get back to my own network. After most of a week’s stay at a hotel of a chain of the family of a pseudo-celebrity I am happy to once more make use of a network that (a) has some security, and (b) does not eat my browser tabs every time it wants me to revalidate my legitimacy. As a word of warning, if you plan on staying at one of these chain hotels and using their network – wired or wireless – make sure you have a good session manager in your browser. Otherwise you will lose links when it demands revalidation and takes over every tab in your browser, flushing the tab history when it does. I am not sure how much money I wasted but it was more than the cost of the room for a day with bashed connections.
Not that I expect most folks who stay at these hotels to benefit from this. After all, the chain caters to the business community and most business people are bogs but there are a few who are geeks or better and may save themselves some pain and loss hereby. It is also amazing that the network is open. Why the last three or four stays in a lesser chain all had secured networks. All it took was a call from a house phone to the front desk to get the ‘daily’ (?) key. And much better behaved validation. I guess the expensive hotels can get away with stercus IT because their clientèle are so techno-negative. Neuro-negative too?
The only bad thing I have experienced since returning was that I note the channels on the electromagnetic audio-visual receiver have already begun showing banal, saccharine, irrational, superstitious, mystical, unbelievable christmas programs. We ain’t even finished giving thanks yet and now we have something to be thankful for when the next holy day is past? Sounds like a cross between abortion and self-abuse. Except that it is only self abuse if we watch it, but regardless it’s either sadism or masochism.
No wonder parents tell children there is no Santa Claus as soon as they can. That way they can avoid being exposed to this audio-visual swill.