My brother likes the new layout of Not Pillage. I'm not certain that I do. I actually liked the whole simplistic black and white thingy. No artifice, no pretension. Black words on a white screen (YOU KIDS GET OFFA MY LAWN!) But I just couldn't deal anymore with video being relegated to too small a space. So I changed it.
Over 9 years ago, I decided to go with the Typepad basic service. Wordpress wasn't available yet, and I liked the people who created, own and run 6 Apart. Even though, as a basic subscriber, I don't have the options of stylesheet design and layout I would wish, I still have a robust and secure internet presence. I could transfer to Wordpress now, but No. The reasons are many.
1) Few things amuse me more than people claiming ownership over a webspace that they don't pay for. I don't want to be 'that guy'.
2) I could pay for hosting and still use Wordpad, but that seems a bit inconsistent when I have what I want. My blogging has never been about saving money.
3) Though I have sassed them before, and they have sassed me back, I still like the people who run and created Typepad.
4) It ain't Blogger.
This layout is okay. It's starting to grow on me, and I can introduce a bit of color when I need to.
If ever there was a video that required the full exposure a new layout could offer, this is it:
The election is coming. It is time to make a choice. There are those who would have you believe that Obama is a bad choice and I'm just telling you that he's better than the alternative. No fucking way. He is *BETTER* than the alternative, but this sad-sack bad-choice crap is just that, crap. I don't like getting shit on by the rich, and I don't really care that drone strikes should have me getting even more shit on by the rich. There are those who believe that one should willingly hurt oneself to support a morality that favors others (when the truth is it won't favor those others at all.) 'We need to punish bad doers by punishing ourselves' they will claim. Nope. No I don't. I need no such thing.
Drones are the weapons of the future, here now. They will be used by any President elected, including Jill Stein. That is the way of technology; I know because it's my business to know. If you want universal peace, then write in Ron Paul. Me? I'm voting for the people who will favor what and how I live. These are my choices:
I haven't a doubt that I will be accused of 'only supporting Democrats'. I've been doing the blogging thing for 9+ years. You don't think I've seen all this bullshit from right or left before?
Mark, don't comment here. I've no interest in what you have to say. Stick to your own smug-ass site-o'-bullshit and leave my space alone, troll. You don't know much of anything, so shut up. Mark Tokarski:
I was going to wait until closer to Halloween, but I just had to see it again. So, once agin, let's get down with Naked Ape:
On Monday, I returned to work after two weeks off (except for the day I had to go repair a computer so that we could actually ship things out, and being the MOD on Saturday with two weeks worth of invoices to reconcile.) The Credit Card processing failed which required about an hour to convince some tech support stooge that the problem was on their end, not locally. Just for the record, retail doesn't work all that well without credit anymore. I also had to cope with the fact the University's IT control is in complete disarray. Enough of that.
Tuesday was relatively peaceful, save for still dealing with the muck that comes when an outlet's only support isn't there for a period of time.
Wednesday was very interesting. Leave the work stuff aside (as I don't like writing about it anyway.) The building next door, ten feet from our house, caught fire. Most exciting. I was in the backyard and I smelled smoke. Our neighbor to the south only has wood heat, and I thought what was smelly was his lighting of the stove. That happens. Then a window blew out on the backside of the building to the north, so I ran inside and called 911.
I got hung up on by the 911 operator. She asked me the usual questions, name, address blah blah. She asked me the address of the building on fire. I told her I didn't know the exact address but it was probably 417 or or 419 on our block. (The addresses are a little weird here given block size and the configuration of the business designates.) I did tell her that it was the building directly to the north of us. She asked other questions, do you see flames: no. Do you think someone is inside: I don't know. She asked for my address again, and I told her. She asked for the address of the fire, and I again told her that I didn't know for certain but it was at the corner of Broadway and Avocado, just north of our house, across from the Bozeman Brewing company. She asked me my address again, and for the address of the building on fire. I was pretty frustrated at that point, and said "They'll see the smoke!" which was poring out of the back of the building through the broken window at that point. Her response was adorable: "There's no reason to be like that, Sir."
Seriously? Was the building next to her house on fire? No? No reason to be like that when I've already given the best description possible? I started to respond, and she hung up on me. I immediately ran outside and hooked up the hose. Even though the police wanted me to move across the street, No. This is my house, these are my animals, and I was going to defend it at all cost. Regardless of what I currently think of 911 dispatch, the response from the Bozeman police and the Bozeman Fire Units was absolutely tremendous. They knocked that fire out in one helluva hurry. I tend to think the speed of response was due, in part, because they saw the fricking smoke, just like I said.
There are some folks who want to give me credit for quickly calling this in. I don't feel like I deserve it. Others called this in as well, and they may have actually had an address that would satisfy dispatch. The response from the city's first responders deserves the credit.
Yesterday, our boiler unit decided to go even more wonky than it has been. In the last two days, I've put out $350 for plumbing. Go us!
I could write (and originally intended to) about the lame bullshit foisted up on other Montana blogs. It really isn't worth it; they really aren't worth it. It just hasn't been a nice week. This is not how I intended to spend October.
Not that it much matters at this point, but my personal webspace turned 9 years old last month.
As I spent time this afternoon attempting to put together a new Halloween playlist, I kept gravitating towards one particular song. It's dark, and angry and I love it for its honesty. Way on back in the early 1980s, Rush recorded the album Moving Pictures. I've purchased it on vinyl, which I still have, and purchased it on CD. Terrific as it is for it's better known songs, it is my favorite for the song Witch Hunt.
This year, more than 28 some years ago, the message of that song rings true.
The righteous rise, with burning eyes of hatred and ill will.
I have been lead to believe that many of the intelligentsia don't like the band Rush all that much. Too bad. This song is terrific Halloween music, and it makes a point that should sink home to any who will blindly excuse the religiously gullible. Evil doesn't control us, manipulate us or create us. It comes from us, is suckled and is fostered by us. Often it is supported by those who willfully ignore one thing in favor of others.
On this Columbus day, there are many who would hold that one man was a genocidal maniac when actually all he did was change the make up of how humans would create their future. It shouldn't really be celebrated but doesn't need to be denigrated either. I know many folk who believe in Pagan magic, but seem oblivious to the idea that if their idea of magic worked, hundreds of millions of Christians would already have brought the rapture. Well over a billion Muslims would have seen infidels destroyed. At least dozens hope that what they hold as a Kumbaya will defeat candidate X, Y or Z. OR ... it could simply be that we are humans who overlay what has been with what we would want, a very thin veneer of righteousness, and gosh aren't we individually cool?
Rush will likely be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame this year. Yes, I am one of the assholes who's lobbied for this honor, because they truly deserve it.