No blog stuff today. The computer is 100% busy “Handbraking” some movies down to iPod format. The previously owned Dell computer is completely maxed out by the task. But, I gotta have a couple of movies in the iPod.
One more note to family about funerals. If my time comes when I am in Hawaii – on the Big Island. Use the Dodo Mortuary. I love the name. The only thing good about dying would be to have the Dodo Mortuary burn my dead ass and then to have the remains buried in the “Dinosaur Cemetery” in Colorado. But, I don’t know if Dinosaur Colorado has a Cemetery. Or, if they have one, if it is called Dinosaur Cemetery. But, there is a Dodo Mortuary, has been for over 100 years.
Sarah Palin – It is rumored that she will sue anyone who – as we say in Hawaii – talk stink – about her. Or as MomIda would have said “If you can not say something nice…”. Seems to me that suing folk for talk stink would just about end your political career. Which would be a really good thing in Sarah’s case. If she promises retire to private life, I’ll promise not to mention her again.
Note to Family: Today Carlton asked me to look up Rapp Funeral Home on the internet. Someone told him it was the cheapest place in the area to get cremated. So, here it is: Rapp Funeral and Cremation Services Another sign of advancing years I am guessing. Or maybe just too much Michael Jackson.
Just upgraded my Firefox to 3.5 on the Ubuntu machine. Software installs are much more, shall we say, interesting with Linux. But, everything went as well as could be expected. Seem to have misplaced my “user profile”. But, that makes for a good time to refresh all the passwords that the browser has been allowed to store. I keep my bookmarks with FoxMarks – so no problem there. I downloaded the plugins that I recall using. So, I am good to go. I think.
A friend of Carlton’s seems to have caught an email virus. Good to be using Ubuntu.
The horror, the horror … I just discovered that Neil Diamond and Barry Manilow are both on TV this evening. Carlton will be stuffed into the earphones. That’s for sure. And, I’ll go out and enjoy the evening on the “porch”.
About the Carlton image. It was taken in 1997 or 1998 in exciting downtown Medora ND. I had some old images – which for no apparent reason existed only in an old Corel format. I found an old copy of Corel Draw and fired it up which allowed me to open the image files. It wasn’t worth the effort. But, there was a lesson to be learned… Be careful how you save your images.
I am about ready to spring for a Leica D-Lux-4 camera. Bigger and better image quality than the FX01. But more user friendly and lighter than the brick L1.
What the hell is going on? There was a shooting at “my” Apple Store this morning.
And Sarah Palin says byebye to being govenor of Alaska. Good for Alaska. Bad for the rest of us. Something must be up. Is she going to give Rush Limbaugh a run for his money as a rabid talk radio host? Is the law closing in?
My bet is on the talk radio hostess. Or the law. Or just terminal hubris. She just will not go away.
Neither will Michael Jackson – and he is dead.
Today, I went to Hillwood Museum in NW DC. It was Marjorie Merriweather Post’s house and is now a “house museum”. That lady lived large. She was only child of Mr. Post Cereal and was married to, among others, EF Hutton. She could afford to live large. Her house makes all of the suburban Mac Mansions appear even more pathetic. She had a safe in her closet that is as big is my fridge. Her kitchen is as big my apartment and I doubt that she ever went in it. Why would she. She had a staff of 50.
Last Wednesday evening when I went to Ft McNair for the US Army Advertising Twilight Tattoo – I ran out of “film” in my big camera. Just when the light was getting interesting and when the performers were on my side of the parade ground. I decided to take some pictures with my elderly FX01. I set the ISO to 400 – which is way out of its comfort zone and snapped away. What ever happened was what I planned.
I did not look at the pictures until yesterday – and was pleased to find some good light captured. Bigger versions are just a click away. Speaking of away – why doesn’t Sarah Palin go away? And stay there. Far away.
More about my aging body. “They” want me to get a CT Scan and see a urologist. The CT Scan is a little spooky. What if something bad is found? I don’t for a minute believe “they” can find anything from a CT Scan that I want to know about.
Or maybe I do want to know if I have some fatal problem. I have lots of DVD’s that I haven’t watched. And some good books (audio and print) that I have been saving for “later”. Would hate to die with the last Harry Potter book unread. Or without watching the original “Day the Earth Stood Still” one last time.
More magnolia shots – this one with the cheap old little FX01. Not as good as with the big one – but not bad either.
Al Franken, finally got elected to the Senate. I wonder if he gets back pay from January. There is hope for Kinky Friedman.
When I was having blood testing related to my blood pressure meds – “they” decided that my “bad” cholesterol needed lowering. So what? Everyone’s bad cholesterol needs lowering. I am going to ignore my Bad cholesterol. That is what I have been doing for years.
“They” also found microscopic evidence of blood in my urine. Well, if you read up on it – lots of old folk have that. And most of the time “they” can find no cause. Less than 2% of the time is it cancer somewhere up the line. And, if it is, do I want to know? So, I think I am going to ignore that too. Don’t ask. Don’t tell. Nobody gets out alive anyhow.
May Bernie Madoff live a long life. And may he have a neo-Nazi in the cell to his left and Muslim terrorist in the cell to the right. Would not want him in a cell with a neo-Nazi or terrorist – they might kill him. That boy needs to live to see his 100 birthday.
Actually, a more fitting punishment would be to have him and his wife live out their lives on social security in New York City. Without the benefit of a rent controlled apartment. But that would be “cruel and unusual”.
My pursuit of a less paper lifestyle at home is coming along nicely. And, I did an assessment of the stuff that I have in my kitchen – culled out what that hasn’t been used since we moved to the apartment. (Well, I did save the brass candlesticks and the box of candles in the event of power outage. Carlton isn’t much for candlelight dinners.)
Words from Edmund Burke to ponder.
“Mere parsimony is not economy. Expense, and great expense, may be an essential part of true economy.
Economy is a distributive virtue, and consists not in saving but selection. Parsimony requires no providence, no sagacity, no powers of combination, no comparison, no judgment.”
You know you are old when you are going to visit someone in an “old folks” home and they are not your parents age, but your age. Actually it is a pretty upmarket old folks home. Each resident has their own wine locker. So, I am taking a bottle of “Liberty School” as a house warming gift. Carlton wanted to re-gift something – no – you don’t give folk who are downsizing stuff. Especially stuff that you don’t want.
Speaking of stuff. The Panasonic 14-150mm f/3.5-5.6 Vario-Elmarit Aspherical MEGA O.I.S. Lens for Four Thirds System Lens that is on my lust list seems to only be available in Japan. Anybody out there actually ordered something that cost more than $200 but less than $2000 from overseas. I am wondering about how the thing gets thru customs and how you pay. Might should just go to Singapore (which is on my must visit list) and buy one in person. That would make the lens cost as much as a Leica M8! Might should just get a Leica M8 and a couple of lens – blast a big hole in the cash account.
Speaking of cash – notice how little money you are “earning” on your CD’s/money market accounts. Might as well spend it on toys. Life is uncertain.
Last night I went to the US Army Old Guard’s Twilight Tattoo. A first class advertising campaign.
I didn’t get any good photos. But, seems to me that the two images above illustrate the importance of lighting. The left image looks rather sinister. Is that armed man going to open fire on the people stuffed in the stands. The right image only looks sinister to old anti-war activists like me. Most would see a friendly soldier.
In the background is one of the main buildings of the “Army War College”. Do they have a football team? What about cheerleaders?
Army War College – in the olden days the War College maintained a cadre of personnel called “The Enemy Army”. As I recall the enemy spoke Esperanto, had uniforms, the whole deal. I wanted to join the Enemy Army.
Gotta feel sorry for Farrah Fawcett – not only did she die – but after about six hours her death was upstaged by Michael Jackson.