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The 300 Spartans

Not really.  But close!

WordPress software informed me yesterday that I now have 300 (three hundred) followers of Guffaw in AZ!

This means three hundred folks actually pretend to want to read stuff I have written (or have stolen borrowed).   This is a far cry from the initial 10 (#10 being North, the first follower unknown to me from the Internet only) since I began blogging March 6, 2011.

Thank You!

I do recognize some of the number are folks who play Facebook games, ‘friending’ me that I might friend them back.  But, it’s been a few years since I was in junior high.  Hopefully, they actually read the blog, regardless.

Of course, I am still surprised ANYONE does.

This whole blogging thing continues to be amazing.  I’ve had commentary and/or email from folks in the Americas, Europe, Asia, including a woman blogger in Pakistan!

And service personnel everywhere!  Thank you and all veterans for your service!

And thank you all for stopping by.

Sometimes, The Internet Is GOOD! (Czasami Internet jest dobry!)

I had a recent stray blog comment post regarding a post I made some time ago.  Many times when this happens, it’s simply
SPAM, and I ignore it, or mark it as such.

This time, the comment was in POLISH!  :-)

Odnaleźć dziś na prawdę świetnego bloga nie jest takie łatwe,
dlatego cieszę się, że tu trafiłem

So, with the substantial aid of Google Translate, I translated it, and responded in kind:

Find today really great blog is not so easy,
I am glad that I came here
Dziękujemy! Prosimy o ponowne
(Thank you!  Please stop by again…)
Of course, it still might have been SPAM, but they weren’t selling anything, so I thought might as well be polite!

 

Missing Guffaws

Nope.  I’M not missing…

But, with all going on in the World as of late, guffaws on this blog certainly have been!

With that in mind:

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More Browser Follies!

WELL…

After the chautauqua that was getting my ‘good’ computer back on line and working properly, I switched from IceDragon back to Firefox.  An updated version.

And all was right with the World.

Except, of course, my inability to leave comments STILL on certain BLOGGER Blogs.  Not all, just some.  Sigh.

At Murphy’s Law’s suggestion, I kept plodding at the problem.  I reinstalled Opera, and was able to comment on more blogs, and pretty pleased with myself.  I was even able to leave a comment on Lagniappe’s Lair (Murphy’s Law)!

But then, I was unable to post comments on Bell’s A Ringing (again) and now Lagniappe’s Lair (yet again)!!  AARRGGH!

So, I’m off to try Google Chrome, again later this week.

Insanity is doing the same thing repeatedly, expecting different results – Benjamin Franklin

(NOT) My Dinner With Andre’…

But rather, My Breakfast with Murphy’s Law!

This new-fangled Internet thing is a fantastic place!  Not only do we get to have stuff delivered by The Brown Truck of Happiness ™ after a few clicks of a mouse (funds or credit permitting), get to communicate via Email, text, and Skype, but sometimes we get to develop friendships unheard of only a few years ago.

I am speaking, of course, of meeting persons we otherwise previously might have no knowledge of.  Like fellow gun bloggers!

Sure, we can speak on our cellular telephones with such folks, and that too is very cool.  But sometimes they have the means to visit our communities old-school.

And we get to break bread together.

Murphy’s Law and I have exchanged numerous emails over the years, and commented on each other’s blogs.  I was fortunate yesterday to have him pass through my little berg and take me to breakfast!

@ 0700  (Yikes!)   He originally wanted 0600!

To be fair, he was on his way South, and wanted to cross the bulk of the desert before the heat of the day.  As it was 108* here, yesterday, I completely agreed.

We met at a local, independent diner not far from where I live.  We compared notes about our lives, disabilities, guns and such, and had a great time.

I only hope (as I don’t have the financial means to travel) that he’s able to stop by again some time.  Perhaps in the more temperate months?  (hint, hint).

As we say here in the Southwest (if we’re sick-and twisted. as I am):  Vaya con queso*, my friend!

*go with cheese

Proto-Geek Memories

After a few days of successfully rehabilitating my desktop all-in-one HP 300-1020 touchscreen I hearkened back to days of yore (of my what?)…

Of my former computers.

Prior to this one, I’d a series of increasingly-faster tower systems, starting with a 286 and ending with some Pentium variant.  And beyond.

Originally, I’d access the Internet via dial-up.  You remember – SHHHHHHH, followed by electronic bing-bong tones and then a connection – if we were lucky.  And then it was bbs (bulletin board services) and IRC (internet relay chat) connecting with people in places like Scotland and Germany.  (Finland bbs’ers disavowed me because I was an American!)

I remember chatting on a bbs with a guy whose handle was broomhandlemaus (or something) who told me he collected broomhandle Mausers.  How cool was THAT?

I chatted with some women, too.  The less said about that, the better.

But the 286 wasn’t my first computer.

My first cost me $20 in 1986 from a department store.  You hooked her up to a B&W TV (as a monitor) and used a tape recorder for memory(!)  She was a Timex-Sinclair 1000 !

ts1000I’d no money initially for the 16K memory add-on (it came with 2K resident), and had many peripherals available – including a printer!!!  But alas, with no money, and no modem, I’d no way to connect her to the outside world…  Eventually, I did get the 16K memory, though!

I remember hunt-and-peck entering machine code for hours to get a simple row-column program to appear on the TV, only to have the tenuous connection to the add-on memory break, and the screen go dark.  Of course, this was before I could save it onto the tape recorder.

Sigh.  Back to square one.

I even remember Computer Shopper Magazine having a center section entitled The Timex-Sinclair Survival Column.  Obviously, with memory technology passing her in light years, it no longer became practical to connect 10 and 20 machines together to build robots, and such.  And they went into the dust bin of history.

But, she taught me a lot, and more importantly set the computer hooks in me.

And, here I am today, communicating World-wide with friends on the Internet, and writing a humble blog.

Who knew?  :-)

Blogger’s Rights

90 Miles From Tyranny posted a compendium of the legal mumbo-jumbo, specifically aimed at bloggers.  So I HAD to steal copy and post it!

Seriously, it’s good information regarding legal precedents in the blogosphere.  I advise all my brethren and sistern to drink from his pool of knowledge:

Bloggers Rights

Bloggers' Rights
One of EFF’s goals is to give you a basic roadmap to the legal issues you may confront as a blogger to let you know you have rights and to encourage you to blog freely with the knowledge that your legitimate speech is protected. To that end we have created the Legal Guide for Bloggers a collection of blogger-specific FAQs addressing everything from fair use to defamation law to workplace whistle-blowing.
In addition EFF continues to battle for bloggers’ rights in the courtroom:
Bloggers can be journalists (and journalists can be bloggers).
We’re battling for legal and institutional recognition that if you engage in journalism you’re a journalist with all of the attendant rights privileges and protections. (See Apple v. Does.)
Bloggers are entitled to free speech.
We’re working to shield you from frivolous or abusive threats and lawsuits. Internet bullies shouldn’t use copyright libel or other claims to chill your legitimate speech. (See OPG v. Diebold.)
Bloggers have the right to political speech.
We’re working with a number of other public-interest organizations to ensure that the Federal Election Commission (FEC) doesn’t gag bloggers’ election-related speech. We argue that the FEC should adopt a presumption against the regulation of election-related speech by individuals on the Internet and interpret the existing media exemption to apply to online media outlets that provide news reporting and commentary regarding an election — including blogs. (See our joint comments to the FEC [PDF 332K].)
Bloggers have the right to stay anonymous.
We’re continuing our battle to protect and preserve your constitutional right to anonymous speech online including providing a guide to help you with strategies for keeping your identity private when you blog. (SeeHow to Blog Safely (About Work or Anything Else).)
Bloggers have freedom from liability for hosting speech the same way other web hosts do.
We’re working to strengthen Section 230 liability protections under the Communications Decency Act (CDA) while spreading the word that bloggers are entitled to them. (See Barrett v. Rosenthal.)

Guffaw, Now PLEASED!

I sometimes get frustrated with the ‘stuff of life’.  I’m disabled, on a small disability income, my 15-year old Oldsmobile is more or less parked for lack of funds for needed repairs, and with my disabilities regarding walking, standing or even sitting it is sometimes difficult or painful.  And a little less than two years ago I lost my home of 18 years.

Yes, sometimes I whine about other stuff, too.

BUT, I try to keep a stiff upper lip.  And keep chipping away at those things that I can do something about.

My stand-alone desktop computer has been waylayed for a little over a month.  For most folks having their home computer not functioning correctly is an annoyance, but in the grand scheme of things it’s not that big a deal.

BUT, not being very ambulatory, and now even less mobile, it became readily apparent my computer is a window to the outside world.  My email, and 3-year-old blog being it’s primary functions.  I can talk back to the TV, but it rarely responds.

FORTUNATELY, my roommate J loaned me an old laptop she wasn’t using for me to keep up with the day’s events and continue to publish my blog (such as it is) daily, as I’ve done since March 6, 2011.

For this I am forever grateful.

Being less-than-competent with regard to computer/Internet stuff, I’ve not been able to diagnose the problem with my computer, determine if it was even repairable, or what the cost might be.

J left town to visit her daughter and become a tourist for the holiday weekend, and I’m left as the dog wrangler again.  This is okay, because I love the dogs (and the cat – more or less) and it gives me more time to try to move files to the laptop and play at fixing my old computer.

I DID IT!

Somehow, something inadvertently changed a couple of settings (not me!) – I changed them back (with about 100 missteps in the interim) and now the computer connects to the Internet, again!!

HUZZAH!

I’m using my original machine to write this!

This may not be watching a rose bloom, or being in love, or a new car, but DAMN I’m pleased!

pleased frog

 

It’s all a matter of perspective…

…and not giving up.

Regular readers know I’ve been having difficulty recently both with my computer(s) and connecting to the Internet.  Thankfully, these issues appear to have been resolved.

Sort-of.

You see, since my original computer tanked, I have been able to borrow a friend’s.  It’s older and has issues of it’s own.  And it didn’t help that there were ‘problems’ transferring files from the old computer to the newer.

Things take time.  And much of that has been resolved.

Being disabled and fund-challenged, I sometimes get impatient.  Much of what I do on the Internet makes up for not having much of a life.

But I’m feeling much better now!  (John Astin as Buddy on TV’s Night Court)

My old bug-a-boo browser IE (8, 9, 10, 11) has been replaced by Comodo IceDragon, and now back to Firefox.  And except for missing many files still resident on the former machine, things ARE better!

Gotta have faith, right?

I’m BACK!

Thanks to the extreme capabilities and generosity of my Roommate, who not only found an old laptop for me, but, spend many hours rebooting/reconfiguring the router so we could again enjoy the wonders of the Internet!

There IS a learning curve, as this is a Windows 8 machine, and none of my blog prep files have yet found there way here, but, I AM BACK!

Thank you for your patience.

Guffaw

"One morning I shot an elephant in my pajamas - how he got in my pajamas I dunno!" - Groucho Marx as Captain Spaulding in Animal Crackers

This election is not about who gets voted off the island.
It’s about who is at the tiller of this Republic’s Ship of State. - Guffaw

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The Four Rules

1. ALL GUNS ARE ALWAYS LOADED.

2. NEVER POINT YOUR MUZZLE AT SOMETHING YOU ARE NOT WILLING TO DESTROY.

3. KEEP YOUR FINGER OFF THE TRIGGER UNTIL YOUR SIGHTS ARE ON THE TARGET AND YOU ARE READY TO SHOOT.

4. KNOW YOUR TARGET AND WHAT'S BEYOND.

Certified EVIL!

FEAR

"I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain." - Bene Gesserit, from Frank Herbert's Dune

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“F**k Civility. Hyperbole, passion, and metaphor are beautiful parts of rhetoric. The marketplace of ideas cannot be toned down for the insane.” - Penn Jillette

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