Wednesday, 28 October 2009

Clipfile

Clipfile - October 28, 2009

“One of the proper functions of government is to maintain the correct distance between ‘a little weird’ and ‘illegal.’” - Charles G. Hill

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Tuesday, 27 October 2009

Meta

’Twas on a Sunday afternoon, some Bloggers I did spy...


Arrived late (following a drive up from Kentucky), but not so late as to miss Sunday’s festivities[1].  New people this time (in no particular order): Owen, Wayne (yet another one!), and Jay (who also has a neat,[2] albeit somewhat neglected, Installations blog).  Turned out once wasn’t enough for brave folks Midwest Chick and Mr.B, both of whom made welcome reappearances.  Also in attendance: Regulars Brigid, Joanna, Roberta, Tam, Og, and Red (his blog has a new name), plus readers!

The weather was perfect for sitting outside,
Autumn Leaves in Broad Ripple
except most of the exterior tables were occupied by the Brewpub’s annual pumpkin-carving contest[3].  Contestants ranged from little kids to the Ripple’s artistic types; entries ranged from
the artistic...

through the clever...
to the disturbing (use your imagination!).

Altogether a fine time (as usual).  Next chance coming in November (date and venue t.b.a.), all readers and bloggers are invited!

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[1]  Links in bold point to other people’s reports. Roberta’s has pictures!

[2]  for certain (i.e., “techie”) values of “neat”

[3]  This year’s official photos not yet posted, the link is for 2007’s contest winners.

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In Passing

Small bear, small beer...


(Only a little guy - 125 pounds.)


More about last week’s “Beer Bear” here(Turns out they weren’t out of Hamms.)

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In Passing

Final chorus completed...


...the Beezer Song comes to the end:

My dear friend Beezer has gone to the Rainbow Bridge.  He died Friday night, at home, with his beloved mombean.


No matter how long they’re around, it’s never long enough, is it?

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Friday, 23 October 2009

Meta

Reminder - BlogMeet October 25



(Stop the Zombie Menace!  October 25, 2009.) more...

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Thursday, 22 October 2009

Linkage

Poke ’em with a stick...


Shermlock stirs things up:

Dear Colleagues:

I'm offended that the Office of Equal Opportunity feels that due to the color of my skin or ethnicity (it’s not clear which) I’m unable to render a decision of the same value as someone who does not share my background.
Alinsky Rule 4, right?  (You dog, you!)

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In Passing

Movin’ on up...


Blair’s place frequent commenter “Margo’s Maid,” goes legit, revealed as guy. (NTTAWTT)

Via: Paco

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In Passing

The endless campaign(er)



(When you don’t want to do what you’re supposed to do, do something you want to do- and hope nobody notices.)

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Monday, 19 October 2009

In Passing

So this bear walks into a store...

He Knew What He Wanted Dept
WKOW-TV:
The bear made his stop Thursday night at Marketplace Foods in Hayward [Wisconsin], walking through the automatic doors and heading straight into the liquor department.

The bear climbed a 12-foot shelf and sat there for an an hour until employees evacuated customers and called wildlife officers.

The DNR tranquilized the bear and removed it from the shop.

The bear did not consume any beer.
...cause they were out of Hamm’s.

Via: “eddiebear” (appropriate!)

UPDATE 091027 16:30: Welcome Tamsters!  More about the bear in the comments; security camera photos here.

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Saturday, 17 October 2009

Meta

Blogger captcha hunt redux


Attention Blogger(.com) buddies:  Those fun guys at Google/Blogger have pushed out yet another code “improvement” that (again) means no comments captcha display for some browsers.
How can you verify the word when you can’t see the word to verify?
As I wrote back in March:

Blogger does some kind of a code revision, and the captcha starts getting trapped amid security authentication and permissions problems.  And (needless to say) if I don’t get served the captcha, I can’t authenticate my comments.  Unfortunately, I don’t get any error messages at this end...

...Iin the meantime, folks who use Blogger comments ain’t gonna be hearing a lot from o.g.  Because, much as I love you all, loading Internet Exploder solely for the purpose of making a comment is not going to happen.
This spring it took ’em more than 2 months to get around to fixing it.  Which wouldn’t have been too bad, except it’s not the first time: We went through the same thing about a year ago.

How much do you want to bet that somebody with a bright idea keeps replacing the captcha display code with the same faulty lines, which means no captchas (again) until enough users scream and somebody else fixes it.  After which everything works fine until the next revision comes up, by which time Person A has slipped the bad code back in. Rinse and repeat.

Seems to call for a comment like this one, which I recall seeing somewhere...

/* Do not change this code.
*Especially* do not change this code to anything like ...

Changing the code in that way WILL break functionality.
Which I have had to repair, four times already.

And as certainly as night follows day, the prospect of fixing your broken c*ap a *fifth* time will lead to *me* hunting *you* down and breaking your head - first.

You have been warned. */


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