Monday, 28 May 2012

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Memorial Day in France


Before I left France, I attended my last Memorial Day ceremony at the Suresnes American cemetery.  Back a year ago, I was very very busy and was only a month away from moving permanently, but I absolutely wanted to take the time to go...

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Sunday, 27 May 2012

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What we have is a failure to communicate


I swear, kids these days:

-I left a lot of messages on her Facebook wall.
-Facebook!  Facebook?  Why don’t you email her?
-No one has an email address, dad.
-Really?
-Well, they might, but they wouldn’t look in their inbox and answer you...
-Why don’t you call her on the phone?
-She’s like my friends.  She doesn’t know how to answer a phone.
-What do you mean?  They all have $500 phones.
-They don’t know how to answer them.
-How can that be?
-They all are iPhone type slabs and they have to lock them so they don’t butt-dial 911 and their mother twenty-five times a day.  They can’t unlock them fast enough to answer them.
-Well, why don’t you leave them a voicemail and tell them to call you back?
-Dad, they have no idea how to use voicemail.  All their mailboxes are full and have never been listened to.
-You’re making that up.
Also, why texting is not for communicating information...

Via Tam, who claims to have "sent maybe two dozen text messages” in her life.

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Watch what you say


The Daily Mail:

The Department of Homeland Security has been forced to release a list of keywords and phrases it uses to monitor social networking sites and online media for signs of terrorist or other threats against the U.S.

The intriguing the list includes obvious choices such as "attack,” "Al Qaeda,” "terrorism,” and "dirty bomb” alongside dozens of seemingly innocent words like "pork,” "cloud,” "team,” and "Mexico.”
"Pork” is obvious: Just think of all those right-wing extremist "Porkbusters,” right...?

The Mail’s story has the complete list.  For future reference (and as a service to readers who might want to maintain a low profile), I’ve linked it in the sidebar: You’ll find The DHS Suspicious Words List in the Useful Stuff section.

Elsewhere:

Related:

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Wednesday, 23 May 2012

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The blanks: Filled in


FYI:  Roberta’s handy guide to completing the new form 4473.

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Monday, 21 May 2012

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Retro do-it-yourself


"RobotGrrl” over at Evil Mad Scientist Labs turned up a 60s-vintage Heath VT (as in "vacuum tube”) voltmeter kit.  So why not put it together?

Assembly starts here.

(Have to check my parts cabinet, I may have that capacitor bracket she’s missing.)

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Wednesday, 16 May 2012

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The mask comes off


Not that this should surprise anyone...

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