Sunday, July 27, 2014

Gandolf quote

Is that right? I thought you were the bird. - Gandolf Greybird

Friday, July 25, 2014

Friday Links: July 25

Potty trained parrot.

David Copperfield once made muggers think he had nothing on him to steal. [link]

Diggy Diggy Hole - music video

Comic book character inspirations. [link]

Vegetables are any plant you eat. [link]

The only non-indian survivor of the 7th Cavalry at Little Bighorn. [link]

Finally, a good reason for disliking Jimmy Carter. [link]

Spot on Peter Griffin impersonator with iffy audio.

A penguin that goes to the shops. [link]

The Science of Doctor Who by Brian Cox. [link]

Some of Weird Al's new stuff. Word Crimes and Tacky. [more]

Harrier makes an emergency landing on a cargo ship.

Kid dies because school wouldn't let him carry his inhaler. [link]

Coyotes and badgers sometimes hunt together. [link]
This explains the holes my brother has been having to fill up in his fields.

Bird migration wasn't something people knew about until surprisingly recently. A crane with a spear through it's neck introduced the idea. [link]

Queen Elizabeth aging via money. [link]

3D print Barbie some armor. [link]

Game: Purrmageddon - play a cat in a giant mech suit smacking down the best defenses the planet can muster. [link]

Man vs TGIFriday's Endless Mozarella Sticks. Careful notes of a day spent choking down breaded cheese. [link]

Pictures of Hitler practicing his hand gestures. [link]

Ultra-black material invented. [link]

Thanks to anti-vaxxers, the immigrant children are better vaccinated than Texans. [link]

Stand your ground laws don't stop crime, do increase homicides. [link]

What happens when you decriminalize "indoor" prostitution? Rhode Island accidentally found out. [link]

A timeline of indian land loss. [link]

Bacteria that live solely on electricity. [link]

Sleeping in colder rooms helps you lose weight. [link]

Seaweed beer. [link]

14 fact about the child-migrant influx. [link]

Spray cake in a can. [link]

Video of the creation of a nuke-built lake. [link]

There's an airborne version of MRSA. [link]

Monday, July 21, 2014

Bye bye, Walgreens

So, I'd stopped in to my local Walgreens to pick up some medications and snacks when a rather hostile employee drove me out. I had a couple of plastic bags in the car, so I brought them in with me to reuse them. Hardly the first time I've done that in this or any other store. I'd gotten my meds, some snacks, and was getting some foot powder when someone shelving some stuff asked me what I was doing. Confused, I answered that I was picking up some foot powder. "You can't put that in a bag." Thinking she was joking I asked "What?" Her hostility increased. "You can't be putting stuff in a bag." "I can't use a bag to carry my groceries to checkout?" "No! You might be stealing!" I can kind of understand the thinking. Sure, there's security stuff on the meds to sound alarms as I leave and I'm pretty sure someone would object if I just walked out with bags of stuff. But, sure, I suppose. So I emptied the bag and handed it to her. I then started picking my stuff up. "YOU CAN'T DO THAT!" "I can't carry my groceries up to the register in my hands, either? You're really going to have an attitude about that?" I had a bit of attitude myself at this point. "You can't do that!" So I set everything back on the ground and said "Fine. I'll get them somewhere else." and started walking out. She followed me and called a code something or other. Presumably it meant shoplifter. I turned, pulled the other empty bag out of my pocket, "Here, you can have my other bag, too, if it'll make you feel better." and left the bag hanging there in the air. A few steps later I pulled out my wallet, took out my Walgreens card, and tossed it at her. "Here. You can have this, too. I won't be needing it after this." I then left, went to the CVS a mile up the road and spent $78 there.

I've e-mailed Walgreen's customer service about it. It's not really fair to stop doing business with someone and not tell them what happened to make you stop.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Friday excuses

I had family in town and work to do. So this got zeroth priority and you get no links.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Friday Links: July 11

Some vampires were staked through the legs. [link]

Monkeys and humans fight over water supply. [link]

How morning sickness helps the fetus. [link]

Chimp in a zoo shows advanced planning skills. [link]

Birth control for men that we can't get our hands on. [link]

Poor boys get PTSD when moving to better neighborhoods, but poor girls thrive. [link]

Hawaii's beaches are made of fish poop. [link]

The founding fathers were hard drinkin' men. [link]
"That's 54 bottles of Madeira, 60 bottles of claret, eight of whiskey, 22 of porter, eight of hard cider, 12 of beer, and seven bowls of alcoholic punch. And what will your friends be drinking this evening?"

We can't take pictures of the Milky Way from the outside, so what galaxy is it that's shown in pictures? [link]

NASA can take tax deductible donations. [link]

Goldman Sachs demands Google unsend an e-mail. [link]

August 23

More on the Stargate movie reboot. [link]

We let you carry your guns openly for one day, ONE DAY!, and you're already drawing on each other in the QwikEMart. [link]

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Late night thought

Everybody should kill one person at some point. It's a once in their lifetime experience.

Monday, July 07, 2014

Neighborhood landscaping

This is my hood. You should be able to click to enlarge the picture. The street names have been removed to make it harder for my old university to find me.

Let me tell you what you're seeing.

The blue rectangles are properties I own at the moment. This will likely be added to, soon. If I had the money there'd be a lot of blue on this map.

The green rectangles are lawns that I've been caring for this summer. Four of them I've been taking care of all summer and they look great. Two others straight across from my house have only been taken on recently. One has a little old lady on oxygen whose son is worthless. As of this weekend I'm hopping her privacy fence and mowing her lawn and doing battle with the Virginia Creeper on both sides of the fence. The other is owned, but neglected. It houses many rats that you can hear dying at night. I'm committing lawn genocide and picking up the trash dumped in her yard. This weekend I started some flowers that bees like in pots so I can transplant them once the genocide is complete.

The red rectangle are yards that I took care of last summer. One was abandoned because the house was sold and is being repaired. Another was abandoned because of heavy dumping. All four had fences that were torn down.

The green line is the route that Gandolf and I walk on our Poison Ivy extermination walk. Last summer I only covered my block and the one north of it as well as weeds on sidewalks around those blocks. This year I started covering the full length of my alley. My alley still gets sprayed for all weeds, but the full alley was being targeted for Poison Ivy. I expanded to the next alley when I was looking at properties on that street and saw how horrible they were in the back. It was about a month before I could complete the circuit of the alley and get back home before the bottle ran empty. Any empty house's yard is a target. And stuff I can reach in occupied houses.  I just started doing the alley to the west in the last few weeks. I had probably half a bottle of spray left when I get home.

The black dots are points of particular interest.
First, you see my route take a little jog beside a building north of my block. That building was once 1/5 covered with Poison Ivy. Deformed versions of it continue to try to come back. I won't let it. Other stuff is moving in and I'm trying to be picky about what I allow.
Second, far to the north is an amorphous black blob. That's a field of Curly Leaf Dock. That weed was a major target of last year's genocidal campaign and is included in this years. I poked at the field a bit, but didn't do any serious damage. I may get serious now that the second growth of the summer is starting. One of my neighbors is going to get me some bamboo to plant over there to crowd out the dock and serve as a decorative sound barrier for the trains that pass on the far side.
Third, by the loop-de-loop, is the abandoned community garden. Ten foot fences surround it and are covered with honeysuckle, English Ivy, Virginia Creeper, and Poison Ivy. I was able to target the Poison Ivy fairly successfully. It was a daunting task, though.
Fourth is a batch growing along the side fence of a yard. I can only get what's near the alley.
Fifth is just a messy yard that I use to gauge weed behavior in the area. Poison Ivy moved in that yard this year. That yard also tells me when to watch out for more Curly Leaf Dock.
If I have some left when I get close to home I then cut over to
Six. Former nice landscaping for a back fence. It will be nice again once I get rid of this major infestation. I blew a quarter of my bottle on that last week.
Seventh is a row of bushes that were heavily infested. The more I kill the more I find.
Eighth is an alley that starts with a condemned house that's overgrown. I'm trying to kill the vine back enough that I can move in with limb nippers.
Then I come back and finish on the other side of the fence from dot number one.