Tuesday, 28 April 2009

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Somehow in the midst of Monday...


I managed to miss the Morse code geekery.  But that’s a great thing about the internet:  Stuff hangs around (at least for a while).

Start here (Hey, Roberta, did’ja get your mail?), then go here, and here.

Related:

Jeffrey Herman:  CW on 500 KHz

(O.G. took a run at learning International Morse about 35 years ago, but never completed the process:  Like the Pogo character “I can write but can’t read,” having about 90% of the character-to sound table still in memory, but no facility with the reverse.

Later I got involved with “professional” radio (hey, it’s “professional” if you get paid, right?), where my only encounter with Morse was hearing the “ • – –   • – –   • • • –
top-of-the-hour ID from the National Bureau of Standards station WWV when we synced the studio clocks.)

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Saturday, 25 April 2009

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Embarrassment... (Pause. Resists temptation.) discovered


Some folks are good at recovering after an error, others not so...

Start here (where it was first... erm... “spotted”), then go here (where there are screenshots).

(That the individual involved happens to be a pompous lefty makes the circumstances only more tasty.)

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Friday, 24 April 2009

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“...because kittens and explosives don’t mix”



Via:  SayUncle

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Wednesday, 22 April 2009

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Early one morning at the supermarket



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Happy 7th, Mark


(What would you do if I sang out of tune?)

“It was seven years ago today[1]
     Mark ’n’ Dolly taught the band to play
They post every time they’ve got a chance.
     And-tho they’ve never had an Instalanche[2]
If Liberty’s[3] what you’re about
     Then you really ought-a check ’em out:
Mark and Dolly’s
BabyTrollBlog
Land!”

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[1] Actually yesterday, but what’s one day in seven years?

[2] Inexplicably, true.

[3] “You may not be able to impose democracy on a country, but you sure as hell can impose socialism. Stop it!” - Dolly

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Tuesday, 21 April 2009

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Send some good thoughts Skyward


Sky on the couch, April 8, 2009
Mark writes:

He’s been feeling poorly here of late.  Then, Saturday, he got boosted. All the good vaccines and stuff...

...So soon after losing Siamon, we’re (I hope understandably) paranoid.  It would be a mitzvah if you could keep him in your warm thoughts over the coming days.
Done.  Go and do likewise.

UPDATE 090422 14:18Encouraging words.
090423:  More.

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Monday, 20 April 2009

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Protectin’ the old home place...


I know now that if  I ever need to beef up home security, you don’t need any fancy electronics, big guns, or vicious dogs.  Just tape a simple handwritten sign to the doors...

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CNN comes out for “fair use” in reporting



More here (via Likelihood of Confusion via IP):
The purpose for Founding Bloggers’ posting of the CNN footage is crystal clear: to comment on and criticize CNN's reporting on the “Tea Party.”  Such a use is right in the heartland of the fair use doctrine; the statute specifically mentions “criticism, comment, [and] news reporting” as protected uses that are “not an infringement of copyright.”  17 U.S.C. § 107.  To quickly run through the four fair use factors as they apply here:
  1. the use is transformative (for critical comment);
  2. the CNN footage is factual, not fictional, and was previously broadcast;
  3. the amount used is small in relation to the whole CNN broadcast; and
  4. any effect on the market is minuscule (and if fewer people watch CNN because this video causes them to think less of its coverage, that's simply not cognizable harm).
Many fair use cases are difficult, close calls--but, given the facts as I know them, this is an easy one.


Elsewhere:

Related:

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Cats-ing up


(Technical difficulties on Saturday, then time spent pigging out on Ancient. Cantonese-American.Cuisine instead of blogging on Sunday => no posts.  Herwith, some cat-related items that have been waiting in the queue.)

Chasing down last weekend’s suddenly-discovered tax anomaly meant I missed Mark’s kitteh update (and pictures) at BabyTrollBlog.  Welcome Isabelle, Aqua, Jazz, and Schuyler![1]  (Don’t miss the pair of unlinkable pictures on the main page, either.)

Friday was Happy Tigger Day at Meyrl’s.

Speaking of Glorious Gingers, want one?  (Earlier.)  (Via Wildrun.)

And Bruwyn is getting bigger.

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[1]  UPDATE 090422 14:10:  For the benefit of the unobservent (like me[2]), Mark brings everybody up to speed by explaining exactly who came home.

[2]  I blame the stupor induced by Form 1040 (and associated schedules).

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Saturday, 18 April 2009

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That’s some high concept thinking there


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