A Summer Ague

Paul Johnson in one of his books says summer wasn’t always regarded as the long, joyous FESTIVAL!  it is now.  It was a time of scarcity, after the last of the previous harvest had been consumed and the new one wasn’t in yet.  And it was a time of illness.  Mysterious fevers like the “sweating sickness” that killed all of Thomas Cromwell’s family within a day or so.

I just experienced one.  On Wednesday we went clay pigeon shooting, as is our wont.  I ate a good steak dinner with hearty appetite.  Then..I felt chilled, although it wasn’t a cool evening.  I did my chores at home and got into bed before 9!... [Read More]

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Cool!

Trump wants the US to buy Greenland!  I looove that!   We’re in Seward’s Folly, Louisiana Purchase , territory.    What if those deals hadn’t transpired?

This shows vision,  focus on the future.  Oh I hear Denmark is being coy, but:  the tremendous confidence, the unshaken faith in our country’s. expansionist future , demonstrated by even broaching this acquisition —Trump is one in a million, we’re so lucky to have him.

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Bloom Where You’re Planted!

(Written for a friend 😉)

The saying has a folksy,  feisty vibe, some might say a particularly American vibe, so, if we could get it to catch on, the Left of course would deplore  it.    Yet the first time I ever heard it was (wait for it!) on NPR, maybe ten years ago.  The interviewee was pointing out the pretty much inarguable fact the the solution to the problems of everybody in the world cannot be to come here; people will have to bloom where they’re planted. Even back then, the interviewer didn’t like it, but the best she could muster was a noncommittal grunt.... [Read More]

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Italic ?

We need to explore this issue.

First off, I love Italy and Italians. I speak a bit of their language, visited a lot of Italy, I have many Italian American friends, and thousands of hours of experience with the ‘race’ having lived years in South Philly.... [Read More]

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An Example of the Windows Vista UI Frustration

This poor guy (anonymous1996) asked some GREAT questions.  Great responses received — not so much.  I’ve fixed some of the typos/usage just for readability.

Also, I am not responsible for any flashback that certain Ratburghers may experience from the end of the thread.... [Read More]

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Gas Who?

In a lively IRL conversation with a brilliant Ratty  (hi Phil!) and my equally brilliant husband, we agreed that,  if we got rid of farting cows à la Green New Deal,  and all Earthlings started eating vegan, our human collective gaseous eruptions  would be voluminous,  and probably  exceed any negative effects of bovine emanations.  Food for thought…..

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I Want My Old Windows Back

As much as I like Windows 10, I also liked Windows 7 a whole lot.  XP was very good, and after an abortive attempt at replacing it with the simply awful Vista, Microsoft pulled their heads out and produced the magnificent Windows 7, which has never locked up on me, on any machine, in something like a decade of use.  The key user interface improvement that Seven made on Vista was to undo much of what Vista had attempted — that is, Seven reverted more to the XP interface.

And Seven begat Eight, which was similarly awful, and Eight begat 8.1, which atoned for the sins of eight by not locking up so much, and by — yup — reverting the UI back to a more Seven-ish experience.  Which was more like XP.... [Read More]

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Oh Ruby…..

I’m getting this overpowering déjà vu  ever since Epstein’s  death was reported.

In 1963 I was a kid, still very much a totally self-centered innocent, barely aware of any events at all from the big grownup world—when it suddenly intruded on my consciousness with a BANG💥.  Of gunfire.  In fact, two such bursts in quick succession: JFK’s assassination, followed very shortly by Jack Ruby’s assassination of Lee Harvey  Oswald :  surely at that time “the most hated man in America.”... [Read More]

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