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Journal Journal: Agorophobia 2

“Say, Ed! How was your trip? Lager?”
“Hi, John. Yeah, I’ll have a lager. The whole trip was lousy, a journey through hell all the way.”
“Didn't you fly Green-Osbourne?”
“Well, yeah.”
The bartender swore; he was a wealthy man who owned the bar he was tending and quite a bit of Green-Osbourne Transportation

Comment Re:Trump supporters? (Score 1) 40

That flag was the battle flag of an army who fought Unites States soldiers. As such, it belongs in the ranks of the Isis flag and the Nazi swastika.

And "overbearing federal government?" Hoo, boy... Here's a hint: Neighborhood associations are NOT part of the federal government.

Comment People have no couth. (Score 1) 5

The damned smart phones were invented fifty years too late, right when the GenXers were too busy to teach their kids manners. It's just plain RUDE to talk on the phone or text when you're having a conversation with someone else. Pulling out the phone when it hasn't rung is the height of rudeness.

Telephone etiquette was worked out a century ago. If you have compeny and the phone rings, you say "excuse me", answer the phone and say "I have company, can I call you back?" and the polite answer to that is "sure" unless it's an emergency.

My eighty eight year old mother rages about that behavior, and believes it's the smartphones themselves that causes it!

It isn't internet dysphoria, it's "I'm sick of assholes" dysphoria.

Comment Re:All I saw was: (Score 1) 4

"Blah" originated with Lucille Ball in the "I Love Lucy" TV show, often seeming to say "Blah, blah, blah." But her husband IRL and on the show was a Cuban immigrant. What Lucy was really saying was in Spanish, "Habla, habla, habla," which translates to "Talk, talk, talk."

Comment FFS (Score 1) 1

He never bragged about grabbing mens' crotches, nor called Rosie a redneck, honkey, or cracker or insinuated that her ancestors made her unfit to be a judge, or said that Europe was sending rapists and murderers here, not their GOOD people.

Comment Re:Simple. (Score 1) 7

A trick I learned from my dad (which would no longer work, as incandescents are obsolete) was hang a trouble light next to the battery. Another was to warm the battery up slightly by turning the headlights on for thirty seconds. Where your starter will run that cold battery don completely and quickly, the small amount the lights need pulls anough electricity from the battery to warm it.

Comment Re:Simple. (Score 1) 7

My eighty seven year old mother calls it "having a senior moment". At 64 I have a lot of them. "What the hell did I want from the bedroom?" Only 50 and fearing a heart attack? Does heart disease run in the family?

Comment Re:(1,2,3,4!) (Score 1) 4

Kids these days! You've never heard of the Beatles? Opening lyrics to a song (linked).

As to "locker room talk" there's a difference between bragging about your sexual prowess and BRAGGING ABOUT SEXUAL ASSAULT. Honestly, I served four years in the military and never heard a singe man bragging about kissing women who didn't want to be kissed and GRABBING STRANGERS' CROTCHES, He's far worse than a pig, he's sick.

There are three kinds of Trump voters:
1. Hard-core Republicans like all four of my late grandparents who wouldn't vote for anyone who wasn't Republican (although my grandparents would have probably sat this election out)

2. Racists, bigots, and cowards who fear terrorists

3. Fools who are dumb enough to believe that Mars will look bigger than the moon tonight due to [Facebook gabble globbel] as well as Trump's equally stupid lies

Comment Story Behind the Story (Score 1) 4

There's a story behind this story; parts of it are actually real! Last year I got an email from a fellow who ran an iPhone app business and was hosting an art show there, and asked me to write about it and visit it if I was in New York. There were links to pictures of the exhibit, which I followed.

The story jumped into my head as I was looking at the pictures. So the email in the story is real, even though my name's not Stan and I don't work for a newspaper or am in New York. The exhibit itself was real when I wrote the story, although it's probably long been taken down. The address is real, the artist's name is real.

Of course, little if anything else is.

I shopped it around to maybe a dozen magazines, and Tor has had it since December. It will be in the book I'm releasing next year, Voyage to Earth and Other Stories.

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Journal Journal: The Exhibit 4

(Non-borked version is at my web log. Slashdot, please fix your buggy code!)

The entire universe was turned inside out and upside down and completely backwards today, and I must have been the only one to see it. It all started with an innocent looking email.

Comment Not quite (Score 1) 2

Do you still owe federal taxes after taking all legal deductions? If so, then you support the troops. Waving flags and saying "Yay, troops!" isn't.

If, on the other hand, you wind up with a zero federal tax bill (and you have to ve very, very rich and at the same time a bad enough businessman that you lose huge sums of money in a year) than no, you DON'T support the troops.

It galls me that none of the four candidates have ever served in the military, and one of them was a draft dodger who claims that because he was in college with a big draft lottery number he couldn't serve. That's rank, foul bullshit. I was going to college and had a draft number of 365 (none larger, it was based on birthday), and I joined the Air Force and served in Southeast Asia. With that, denying that McCain was a war hero and dissing a goldstar family,I can't see how any veteran could vote for him. If I were a hard-core Republican instead of a RINO, I'd vote for Johnson despite his seeming lack of newspapers to read.

Comment Re:Seriously...music off YouTube...? (Score 1) 310

Well, when I was 16-24yrs, I was into and enjoyed high fidelity stereo....my friends all did as well.

Er, not unless your parents and friends' parents were very well off, or all of them were in the military and bought their equipment duty-free in Asia you didn't. Before digital, in America a high fidelity stereo (let alone quadraphonic system) would cost your a couple grand.

I used to have an audiophile-quality system I bought stationed in Thailand, but it was stolen in a burglary. I have a pair of JBLs now, three way with twelve inch woofers. I miss my old stereo.

But I rip from YouTube occasionally, and rip from KSHE every Sunday night when they play six full albums. With Windows all it takes is Audacity and a setting in mmsys.cpl to capture a signal sent to your sound card, you don't need those goofs' web site.

I make CDs from KSHE's albums for the car, and they sound as good as factory CDs -- in the car. Their difference in quality in the house with the JBLs is marginal. It's a LOT better sound than a cassette recorded at home.

If you're in St. Louis (I'm not) you can plug your digital FM radio's "out" jacks into your computer's input jacks and you actually will have CD quality music.

The labels are fighting a losing cause.

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