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We Need A (Data) Doctor Here!

(Obviously, an epidemic of hard drive crashes!)

Reading From the Same Playbook

hard drivesNow the EPA has also lost emails due to hard drive crashes?

GEE, I wonder if I told the IRS MY tax records were lost due to a bad hard drive?

fuggetaboutit

 

h/t Larry

“It’s Never As Easy As It Looks!”

When I was a P.I., working the Bob H. at T.E. & A (enough initials for you?), I remember getting cases that had little information with which to start, but soon, all fell into place.  And others that appeared to be a slam dunk, only to get mired in something complex and nerve-wracking.

I remember sharing my observations about all this with Bob, and he responded, “It’s never as easy as it looks.”  I told him we should have a sign over the squad room with that very saying.

Fast-forward from 1981 ’til today.  Here I am, post car repair.  My 2000 Olds Intrigue has been rapidly deteriorating over the past couple of months, in need of new front brakes and some-kind of engine-repair, minimally, just to keep her road worthy and safe.  (She also needs two tires, and A/C repair, but, those will have to wait. :-(  )

I just don’t have the funds.  I live paycheck-to-paycheck on my disability.

My dear roommate offered to front me some funds to get the necessary repairs done!  We got the car into a local garage of good reputation, and waited.  Turned out the engine problems were the result of the old ignition switch failing.  We opted for the generic switch over the factory ($300 difference!) and this gives me one key for the door, a second for the ignition.  No big deal, right?

Well, not exactly.  These are not your grandfather’s ignition switches.  Seems they are having difficulty getting the security of the key to match the security programmed into the car.  Or something.

It’s never as easy as it looks!  And all this to make a 15 year old beater drivable again.

Sigh.

(Update – I got my car back, ignition switch now working, and engine running better than before, but not like new.  The brakes have been replaced, but the dashboard brake light comes on after about 20 brakings and stays on until the car sits for about 20 minutes(!)  Of course, it’s SUNDAY, and the earliest I can get back to the garage is Tuesday.)

It IS never as easy as it looks!

:-(

(Update Two – I bought two ‘gently used’ tired for the front, as the ones I had were paper thin.  Good news – they hold air, and are balanced!  Bad news – my right front wheel has two partly stripped lugs.  So I’m running on four instead of six.  It’s always something.)

(Update Three – my SESservice engine soon – light went on when I dared drive FIVE miles, yesterday!)

Big Changes Here @ Rancho Malario

“Here’s a line of peasants leaving Rancho Malario, to make room for YOU!”  (from the Firesign Theatre, having little to do with the following post…  NO, where I live is NOT Rancho Malario!)

Well, my lovely roomie has decided to move her unfinished, unrestored, ’62 Chevrolet Corvair Wagon to it’s proper place in the resident’s storage lot immediately West of our townhouse!  (I’m certain complaints about it being an eyesore to the HOA from anonymous, whining neighbors had nothing to do with her decision.)  Her dream was to have it fully restored to cosmetic and drivable condition, but, unfortunately, financial considerations got in the way.

20140611_142437(This was a car she and her last husband acquired and drove together in the 90′s, before his untimely demise in an industrial accident.  As such, it’s a proper memory of him, and represents why she hasn’t just sold it to some collector.)

This means I’m able to move my recently-made-drivable 2000 Oldsmobile Intrigue to the second spot under the resident’s covered parking, and out of the direct sunlight!  In most regions, this would be no big deal, but in the sunny Valley-Of-The-Sun (temperature today 105) this is a BIG DEAL!

Especially as while drivable, the Olds remains un-airconditioned, so every little bit helps!

In other news, my roomie is leaving today for her sister’s in California for a well-deserved vacation and to conduct some family business.  This means once again, I am the Dog (and Cat) Wrangler! – now with Puppy!

Not a problem, as they love me and I them, and this gives us a break from each other.

AND I GET TO PARK IN THE SHADE – WOO-HOO!

Wrongway Corrigan Redux

There seems to be a plethora of local news stories of late regarding persons driving the wrong way down local highways and impacting other right-driving persons, sometimes fatally. (Phoenix area)

PHOENIX — Three fatal head-on collisions caused by wrong-way drivers in the last week have caused Arizona law enforcement and transportation officials to hold an emergency meeting Sunday on how to deal with the problem.

The latest fatal collision occurred early Sunday morning when two people were killed after their car was struck by a wrong-way driver on the Santan Freeway in Gilbert, Arizona Department of Public Safety officials said.

The fatal crash is the third head-on collision caused by a wrong-way driver in six days that have claimed the lives of seven people — including an off-duty police officer  (USA Today)

It came out that alcohol was involved in one of the crashes, and hasn’t yet been ruled out in the others.

WTF?

And now, with State-legal medical marijuana paving the way for general legalization…?  Don’t give me that “I’ve never known anyone on weed to drive poorly” speech.  I’ve seen them and I’ve known them.  Impairment is impairment.

And if they still don’t enforce the DUI/DWI laws for alcohol (because, you know EVERYONE drives after 3 or 4 drinks, especially politicians), what happens next?

At least Wrong Way Corrigan was skilled and never killed anyone!

(This doesn’t mean I’m against alcohol and marijuana use.  It means if you are impaired – don’t drive.  With this holiday weekend looming I thought this was a good thing to mention.  Because Memorial Day is all about partying, right?  :-( )

 

Well, Here I Go Again!

I’ve recounted before in these pages how I am at best a proto-geek.  I knew and know geeks, nerds and geniuses, and pal around with them, but never made the cut with regard to technical knowledge.

(Much as I am with car mechanics – I know where the brakes are and what they do – I just cannot repair them!)

Yes, things have improved from fledgling Guffaw in the 80′s with his Timex-Sinclair 2k computer.  And from the 1992 286 machine with a 300 baud dial-up modem.  But this computer/Internet jazz is still in it’s infancy.

If I turn on the television or the radio, it works!  I don’t have to replace parts or fiddle with it’s innards to get it to work correctly.  THIS is my hope for the evolution of the whole computer thing.

I did ‘something’ to Judy’s printer (with her generosity we share) with regard to the wireless settings.  The short answer is it no longer works, wirelessly.  As we both have physical issues, running up and down the stairs to see if something printed is a problem.  So, we connect (or try to) wirelessly through our router, and viola, printouts!  Until I messed something up!

I spent hours searching the Internet for answers, but, to know avail.  I finally decided to bite-the-bullet and buy a newer printer.  After much research, I found a similar model, with even simpler wireless connectivity, and doled out the funds.  Thankfully, they’ve gotten even less expensive!

After a minor snafu with Amazon Prime (two-day shipping isn’t always) I received the printer, and set it up.  The computer itself told me it was correctly set up, and PRESTO!

Nothing…

SO, I spent over TWO HOURS with an East Indian Help Desk tweaking the computer, the printer and my brain.  STILL nothing.  Finally the techoguru (who spoke perfect English, but with a VERY heavy accent) said I should change the settings on my firewalls, or even turn them off!

And, of course, there was little knowledge I could use from the Internet, as I AM NOT A GEEK!

And it STILL says it’s correctly connected and IT STILL WONT PRINT!

arrghGOOD NEWS UPDATE!  After all of the above trials and using suggestions from the comments (Thank You!), AND removing one of my firewall programs (there are others), AND reloading the drivers, I now can FINALLY PRINT!!

 

 

No More Registration!

(courtesy of Joe Huffman)

Cars should be treated like guns

Gun owners are hostile to having guns registered and requiring a license to own them. The fear of having that data in the hands of the government is justifiable. Not just stories like the Belgian Corporal from 75 years ago on another continent but the stories in present day from Connecticut, New York, and California.

Now we have conclusive evidence that car licenses are also subject to abuse.

It’s time to treat cars like guns. No more registration.

H/T To Tamara K. for the retweet of Kirk Freeman.

Uh, wait a minute?

You mean a free people should have a right not to be tracked incessantly by the State-run computer system?  Their vehicles should be able to move freely without encumbrance, unmolested?  Untracked?  Unrecorded?

WHAT IS THIS, THE GERMAN DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC?  UNITED STATES?

Not with a Guffaw, but with a Hubba-Hubba!

Whenever I have posted too many serious posts in the past, I remedied doing so by posting a few guffaws, e.g. jokes, cartoons and funny pictures.  To lighten the mood.

AND, because it’s MY BLOG!  :-)

Again, I’ve posted a litany of serious posts, mostly regarding governmental abuses.  And it’s got me down.  But, instead of guffaws, I decided to invoke Rule 5*, instead:

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Alice Krige

Blair Brown

Blair Brown

Dana DelanyDana Delany

Diana Rigg

Diana Rigg

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Kaley Cuoco

Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe

SIX of my favorite women!  SO many choices…sigh.

*Rule #5 Post – Celebrating Women

“Lions and Tigers and Software, Oh My!”

lionsWhen, oh when, will computers (and software) develop to the point they can behave like older electronics, e.g. TVs, stereos and such?

Obviously, the goal is to turn on the computer (or awaken it) and have it go to the correct page, and do what is asked for it to do, not unlike turning on the TV and having Edmus Scary’s Late Nite Horror Show with Plan 9 From Outer Space showing, as one intended.

If you’ve been reading me for over a month, seek professional help. you know I’ve been having issues with browsers and such.  I finally found one that seems to work, and have added security and malware programs, and things have been better, BUT…

NOW, I find I cannot post comments on BLOGGER-based blogs certain BLOGGER-based blogs!  I do the set-up, my identifiers, hit enter and poof – the posts magically disappear!

I’m having ‘issues’ with three or four blogs, but the most difficult is one of my daily readers, who comments on GiA almost daily, Rev. Paul of Way Up North.  It’s most distressing and embarrassing as he is not just a fellow blogwriter, but a friend!  Apologies to another friend, Lagniappe’s Lair (Murphy’s Law) as well, for the same issues!

If you’ve not seen a comment from me as of late, and use Blogger, THIS is why!

I’ve had problems with BLOGGER, before.  It’s why I now blog on WordPress.

Ah, BLOGGER, my old friend, I’ll chase him ’round the moons of Nibia and ’round the Antares Maelstrom and ’round perdition’s flames…no, that’s not it…

I’m using Comodo IceDragon as a browser; Windows 7 Home Premium, WordPress as a blog publisher; security by Malwarebytes, Comodo, Kasparsky, and Windows.  Add-ons include DoNotTrackMe, Ghostery, and PrivDog.  Any suggestions?

Anyone else having ‘issues’ posting comments on specific Blogger accounts?

Beer Gut

beer gutMan’s gut fermented food into alcohol, making him drunk, case study finds

(CNN) – Most beer guts are the result of consuming fermented brew, but a new case study describes a rare syndrome that had one man’s gut fermenting brew, not consuming it.

It’s called gut fermentation syndrome or auto-brewery syndrome, and it’s “a relatively unknown phenomenon in Western medicine” according to a study published in July’s International Journal of Clinical Medicine. “Only a few cases have been reported in the last three decades” according to Dr. Barbara Cordell, the dean of nursing at Panola College in Carthage, Texas, and Dr. Justin McCarthy, a Lubbock gastroenterologist, the study’s authors.

The most current case comes courtesy of an unnamed 61-year-old Texas man who for five years seemed to be drunk — all of the time.

Sounds like some bloggers I’ve run across!

No, not me.

PS – because Squeaky Wheel informed me of the real health issues in this post, she asked for a link to the original article.  Here ya go Squeak:  http://www.cnn.com/2013/09/19/health/gut-fermentation-syndrome/index.html

 

Injuns!

redskin

Above is the official Cleveland REDSKIN team logo.

In no way does it appear disrespectful to a proud heritage of third Stone Age peoples found on these shores when the Eurotrash first appeared on the scene 521 years ago.  (Columbus – or longer?  Vikings?)

Nor does the moniker REDSKIN, which while slangy to me, is no different from Black, which seems to be one of the other accepted terms (at least this week).

I love how there were probably six people nationwide who were bothered by REDSKIN, until some politicians decided to make it their cause celebre’.  Probably because any other issue – immigration, tax reform, privacy, budgets, national security, the military, wars, debt ceilings, government slimdown ad infinitum, ad nauseum were being ignored by said politicians.  They had to hang their hat on SOMETHING!

I wonder if all the previously-conquered peoples of the World – you know, the ones who were outright slaughtered unless they assimilated into the victor’s culture, are even around to complain about the names of sports teams named after them?  I suspect most of them are not, or are wise enough to pick and choose their battles if they are.

We certainly didn’t do right by the American Indian*, and ‘awarding’ them crap land and special separate citizen status with their own ‘nations’ is part of that.  Didn’t Separate, But Equal fall by the wayside some 117 years ago? (Plessy vs. Fergusson)

Along with the top-flight federal government health care they receive.  Wait!  What? They don’t?

Perhaps there’s yet another lesson in that?

*NOT Native American.  Hell, I was born here, I’M a Native American!  I side with Russell Means (now deceased leader of the American Indian Movement and libertarian), who said, I’m an American Indian.  You’ll note American is listed first!”

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