Election Woes
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Afternoon watch, 7 bells (3:50 pm)

I'm mostly pretty quiet about politics. It seems that every year the television commercials get worse. I realized years ago that I wasn't voting for someone so much as voting against someone else. But this year things are starting to wear on me.

First, it's the presidential election. The state of Idaho has four electoral votes. They will go to the republican candidate and everyone knows that. Which means my presidential vote means exactly jack squat, because the end result is I'm voting republican whether I agree with the party or not. I would feel so much better about voting if I knew that it was one person one vote.

For the record, I consider myself a moderately conservative independent with a live-and-let-live philosophy. The way I see it, both main political parties are out of touch with the people and tend to listen to the noisy (or wealthy, campaign-contributing) few. I understand that politics are about compromise, but honestly feel that my presidential vote does not count one tiny bit.

Second, these crazy school reform laws. It's taken me weeks of reading and research to come to my own conclusion. I feel sorry for people that get their opinion from the television, but can't help believe that it is the main influence for a large percent of Idaho residents. I was leaning against props one and three, but fuzzy on two. That was until the pro-props 1-3 supporters were finally ordered to be revealed to the public. The mayor of New York City, really? This is a bill that is not supported by the people and is mainly funded with out-of-state money. Aside from altruism (ha!), why do these supporters care about an out-of-state-for-them law? I don't know, but my guess would be some kind of vested, and probably monetary, interest.

So here I am, stepping down from my soapbox. Will I vote? Absolutely. Do I believe my vote counts? Yes, for Idaho laws. Not one bit for the presidential election.

There, that's enough political rhetoric from me for the next several years. By the way, I have been using the same can of shaving cream for two past presidential elections, this will be the third. That makes it at least 8 years old. It's not very good any more. But I hardly ever use it, I just use warm water and scrape.

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What’s Up Lately
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Last dog watch, 8 bells (8:01 pm)

It seems to me that I must report with a sigh that social media has somewhat replaced my blogging habit. I used to blog pretty regularly but for the last several months have really fallen away from it. So here's a review of what's been going on at Casa de Cord:

I was elected to be the Executive Director of the Kootenai Amateur Radio Society for 2012. Mainly because I was willing to serve. This is the 40th anniversary of KARS' founding. We have some fun stuff going on this year, and the big Ham "holiday," Field Day, is coming up in June.

Tonight I was part of the KARS Wednesday night round table on 144.2 Mhz (upper sideband). The round table has been a fun radio activity and doesn't take much of my evening.

I've been busy at work and at home, and when I have time I like to play a few games. Mostly Dwarf Fortress and Towns.

I'm very comfortably settling in to being a Dvorak typist, but frequently have to switch back and forth at work. All my home systems stay in Dvorak mode unless my wife is using it.

I just finished reading

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Jul 20 2011
Staying In Touch
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First dog watch, 1 bell (4:42 pm)

We live in a wonderful age. It amazes me how accessible things are today. If I want to read a book, I can buy it and read it on my Kindle in under a minute or two. If I have a question, the Internet has an answer. Well, it has several answers, and most of them are junk, but you get my meaning.

This year is my 20th high school reunion. I moved to Idaho for the last year and a half of high school, but was invited to attend a reunion in Hood River OR, where I originally went to school. Nobody in Idaho ever contacted me about a 20th here, and I wouldn't go if they did, but that's beside the point. So I set about trying to find some of the few friends I had back then with whom I haven't been in contact in the last two decades.

I was successful, and better than I had hoped, but it lead me to think about how connected we are today, and how much easier it is to stay in touch with people than it ever has been before. With social networks like Facebook, Twitter, and the new Google Plus you can't hardly stay away from people unless you never join in the first place.

Twenty years ago, I might send a letter if I had your address, or call on your birthday if I had your number and remembered your birthday. Today with email and text, tweets, wall-posting, or stream-sharing such a contact takes moments, and can be done whilst waiting in the checkout line at the grocery store.

These truly are amazing times in which we live.

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Oct 14 2010
Mess With the Blank
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First watch, 5 bells (10:48 pm)

Let's have a thinking exercise. Take the phrase mess with the bull, you get the horns and make a new one in the same spirit.

For example, I'll start a couple:

Mess with the cat, you get the fuzzy ears. (not so good)

Mess with the moose, you get the antlers. (better)

Mess with the angler fish, you get the lantern thingy. (awesome)

Now you try!

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Aug 16 2010
If I Owned a Gas Station
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Forenoon watch, 8 bells (12:05 pm)

I would put short hoses at the pumps to punish the people that pull up on the wrong side just to get a quicker spot.

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Jun 24 2010
Oversubscribed
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Afternoon watch, 3 bells (1:47 pm)

I'm feeling a little oversubscribed. Between Twitter, RSS feeds of my favorite sites, and (sigh) Facebook, I typically get at least two copies of every bit of information, and frequently all three.

What I need now is a good duplicate-detecting social site aggregator.

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Jun 5 2010
A Nice Day Outside
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Forenoon watch, 4 bells (10:05 am)

Means I'll have a nicer day inside while it's still Spring…

Stupid allergies.

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Jun 3 2010
New T-Shirt Idea
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Afternoon watch, 2 bells (1:03 pm)

I would pay money for a Porkins is my wingman t-shirt. Someone should make one so I can buy it.

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Feb 17 2010
It’s Been Quiet
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Afternoon watch, 1 bell (12:37 pm)

I haven't had much to say here, and like my mom always told me, "If you don't have anything snarky to say, don't say anything at all." At least that's what I think she said.

Well, maybe that's what I heard.

Anyway, work is as busy as usual, not enough hours in the day, blah blah.

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Feb 12 2010
What I Really Want
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Forenoon watch, 2 bells (9:24 am)

My wife asked what I wanted for Valentine's Day. I said I didn't want anything, no big deal. What I didn't say was what I really wanted: robot pants and a velociraptor with head-mounted lasers to do my bidding.

To be fair, they'd be pretty expensive.

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Feb 3 2010
Baby Pigeons?
Posted in Random Thoughts, Risible Department
Forenoon watch, 3 bells (9:46 am)

Everyone that's seen a pigeon raise your hand.

Now, everyone that's never seen a baby pigeon lower your hand.

Notice how few hands are left up? Why is this, you ask? Lacking better scientific evidence, let me explain it by asking two more questions:

Have you ever seen a fat pigeon? Yes? Okay, ever see one so fat it couldn't fly? No?? Of course not!

Pigeons are like amoebas in that they reproduce asexually. You see, when a pigeon reaches a certain size after gorging itself on fattening tourist fare, it splits into two smaller, hungrier pigeons. This is why you see so many at heavily-trafficked tourist destinations like Piazza San Marco in Venice. It also explains that, while you may see a few corpulent pigeons, you'll never see one so morbidly obese that it cannot fly.

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Dec 29 2009
Lost and Found
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Afternoon watch, 5 bells (2:37 pm)

I lost a filling over Christmas. I found out that I need a crown to replace it. Fortunately, no root canal was necessary. My excellent dentist took care of it right when I called. He did a great job of making sure I was numb before drilling, too.

Holy cow I just had to blow my nose with half my face numb. FAIL!

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Dec 28 2009
Something Broke
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Afternoon watch, 7 bells (3:40 pm)

My Sunday Twitter Updates didn't sync here yesterday. I blame the INTERNETS. They're always breaking crap.

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Dec 9 2009
What’s Going On?
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First dog watch, 4 bells (6:21 pm)

Well, the short answer is not much, really. I've been collecting addresses for Christmas cards and I have a few to write tonight. We'll probably mail them out on Friday.

It's been pretty darn cold here the last three days or so, low temps in the single digits. I had to dig out my long scarf!

I'm going to make some more sourdough tonight, and look up a holiday cookie recipe to make tomorrow.

I haven't posted much because work has been busy, and if I log in during the evening hours I'm probably playing M.U.L.E. and not blogging…

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Sep 2 2009
Burning Question of the Week
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Forenoon watch, 1 bell (8:44 am)

How is killing the only two evil Jedi in the universe bringing balance to the Force?

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