Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Kilted To Kick Cancer - toast the kickoff

It's September, which means that the annual Kilted To Kick Cancer fundraiser has started.  That's worth raising a glass to kick off the Kick.

Your humble host is in the middle.

But there's a reason for this season - men, get yourselves checked for prostate cancer if you (like me) are of a certain age.  Prostate cancer took Dad, but he caught it in time to get another decade.

And get kilted.  Chicks dig it.

And donate.  Donations for Team Borepatch are appreciated, but the point it to fund prostate cancer research.  100% of donations go directly to research.  So what are you waiting for?

Marine Close Quarter Combat Training During WWII

There's a couple of things that look very familiar.

Monday, August 31, 2015

The Pumpkin Spice Season is Beginning

There's no escaping it. Everything from Pumpkin Spice Latte to Pumpkin Spice Protein Powder will be on the shelves before the leaves turn colors. It's a conspiracy. Consider yourself warned.

Fatlighter, Fatwood, Lighter knot, etc.

My commenters got it right, that stump is pure resinous fatlighter. I think it's about a $150 worth, comparing it to what it costs from LLBean. I usually find them where a pine tree died standing and the resin ran back into the stump, then the tree decayed. I hadn't seen one in a couple of years and was happy to find it just walking through the woods.

Here's the wiki on fatlighter.
"Coniferous tree sap is a viscous liquid, that contains terpene, a volatile compound which is a type of hydrocarbon. Over time the evaporation of the terpene changes the state of the sap; it slowly gets thicker until it hardens into resin. New fatwood leaks the sticky sap, while in aged fatwood the sap has hardened and is no longer sticky. At every stage of the aging process, fatwood will burn readily, even when wet."

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Found Something In The Woods Today

I was out cutting what will be the last load of wood I need for this winter. It's always a good feeling to have the wood stacked. Every year I wonder if I can still do it with a saw and a splitting maul. I don't know how many more years I have, but at least this year, I still had it.

While walking around the woods, looking at the signs of summer ending, I noticed this stump. It was a couple of hundred yards from where the truck was, but I went back out and got the saw. Here's what it looked like on the truck. Next weekend I will split and cut this into very small pieces. It will probably be enough to start every fire we have this winter. I'll take some shavings and put them in a pill bottle in the bottom of my pack, too.

We played hookey yesterday

Rather than working on the house, we took the motorcycle out.   Roswell to Jasper on the back  roads is about as pretty as it gets, and I need to get more miles under the wheels.

There's a western wear store on Rt 5 just as you come into Jasper - it's a proper western wear store, as half of it sells livestock feed.  And they had this, which cracked me up:

Not what  you'd expect to find in Massachusetts, but par for the course in the north Georgia hills.

Then on to Rocco's bar where there were a dozen bikes parked out front and a Blues band playing B. B. King inside.  They were crazy good - it seems like local boys who like to get paid to have fun.

And yes, it was we that rode.  Co-blogger ASM826 was wrong when he said there are no women who want to meet men on the Internet.  Her kids call her the "Queen of the World" because she told them when they were little that all the fireworks on July 4 were because of her birthday.  Yes, she has as strange a sense of humor as I do, but we both seem to roll with each other's foibles.  And she likes to ride with me.

Pretty good excuse to play hookey if you ask me.  Sure beats painting the living room.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Trump Calls Out Huma and the Weiner

That is such a great title for a post. I have amused myself.

Seriously, Donald Trump called out Hillary Clinton's aide Huma Abedin and Huma's husband, Anthony Weiner. Accused them of sharing information Huma has access to because of her job. Here's a quote. This sort of thing is what makes Trump look so dangerous to both of the dinosaur parties.
"It all sort of came through Huma. Who is Huma married to? One of the great sleazebags of our time, Anthony Weiner. ... Now think of it. So Huma is getting classified secrets. She’s married to Anthony Weiner, who’s a perv. No, he is. He is. So she’s married. Now, these are confidential documents, she’s married to this guy, and guess what happens to Anthony Weiner?
A month ago, I see he went to work for a public relations firm. Can you believe it? Now if you think if Huma isn’t telling Anthony, who she is probably desperately in love with, in all fairness to Anthony, ’cause why else would she marry this guy, can you believe it? Can’t see straight. But if you were, look, think of it. So Huma’s got a lot of stuff, it’s coming through Huma, she’s got a lot of information, who knows. So she’s married to a bad guy.
I’ve known Anthony Weiner for a long time, I knew him before they caught him with the “bing bing bing,” and he was a bad guy then, and it turns out, he was a really bad guy. So she’s married to Anthony Weiner. Do you think there’s even a 5% chance that she’s not telling Anthony Weiner, now of a public relations firm, what the hell is coming across? Do you think there’s even a little bit of a chance? I don’t think so."

Bad idea

Roy Orbison - Uptown

America is a melting pot, and so is our music.  Country came from a mixing of many styles, including Gospel, Appalachian hill music, and western "Cowboy" music.  This morphed into Honky-Tonk, which became (with a smattering of Blues) the kernel of Rock 'n Roll.  The early days of Rock saw a lot of crossover artists - part Country, part Rock.

Roy Orbison was one of those artists.  This was one of his first songs that hit the Billboard charts.  It was influenced by the work he did with the "Nashville Sound" of Patsy Cline, but still has clear Honky Tonk roots.  I can imagine what this would have sounded like with Hank Senior singing it.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Charlie Daniels sends a love letter to Congress

Specifically, he'd love them all to resign:
I wish you bunch of sold-out, jaded, burned-out hacks would just go home and let some people who still have some vision and whose consciences haven't been seared past the point of reminding them when they're wrong take over and start to claw this nation back on to the path of sanity,

Your ratings are in the single digits, your morals are in the gutter, your minds are on self-preservation and somewhere along the way you traded your honor for political expediency.

You've violated your oaths, you've betrayed your country you've feathered your nests and you've sat on your hands while an imperial president has rubbed your noses in the dirt time after time.

You're no longer men, you're puppets, you're caricatures, jokes, a gaggle of fading prostitutes for sale to anybody who can do you a political favor.
Don't hide your feelings, Charlie - tell us what you really think.

Congratulations to Tam

Ten years of free bloggy ice cream.  That's like eleventy zillion years in Internet time.

Thanks for all the great posts, Tam!

What's the only thing powerful enough to stop the Surveillance State?

OAKLAND, Calif.—Weeks after Ars published a feature on the scope of license plate reader use, the Oakland Police Department unilaterally and quietly decided to impose a data retention limit of six months.


According to Sgt. Dave Burke, who is in charge of the city’s LPR system, this change was not in response to Ars’ article, but rather was made primarily because the LPR computer—a Windows XP computer with an 80GB hard drive—was full and apparently "kept crashing."

"We had no money in the budget to buy an additional server," he told Ars.
They collected almost 5 Million license plate scans, and only stopped because the procurement bureaucracy has essentially infinite impedence.
"We don't just buy stuff from Amazon as you suggested," Burke added. "You have to go to a source, i.e., HP or any reputable source where the city has a contract. And there's a purchase order that has to be submitted, and there has to be money in the budget. Whatever we put on the system, has to be certified. You don't just put anything. I think in the beginning of the program, a desktop was appropriate, but now you start increasing the volume of the camera and vehicles, you have to change, otherwise you're going to drown in the amount of data that's being stored."
The irony of this is pretty shadenfreudalistic.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

If We Could Talk To Ponies

Came in over the transom.

Quote Of The Day: ISIS edition

This is impossible to excerpt, but exposes the complete bankruptcy of our miserable pseudo-intellectual ruling class.

As TJIC once said on his late, lamented blog, this post is simply unimprovable.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

An Ashley Madison Analysis

This would be funnier if I didn't see just how sad and lonely it is.
Almost None of the Women in the Ashley Madison Database Ever Used the Site

 "What I discovered was that the world of Ashley Madison was a far more dystopian place than anyone had realized. This isn’t a debauched wonderland of men cheating on their wives. It isn’t even a sadscape of 31 million men competing to attract those 5.5 million women in the database. Instead, it’s like a science fictional future where every woman on Earth is dead, and some Dilbert-like engineer has replaced them with badly-designed robots."

Repeat after me, "There are no women that want to meet men on the internet.."

Laptop computer deal alert

I just got a new laptop: Lenovo B50 laptop for $199:

I'm posting from it now (well, queueing the post last night. Work with me).  Loading Linux on it today.

UPDATE 26 August 2015 09:26: The price has gone up a little since yesterday.