Month: December 2011

Politics: Gingrich to file charges against Pelosi if she slings the mud

Seems that Rep. Nancy Pelosi was on the Ethics committee while Newt Gingrich was in congress. She investigated him along with three others over the space of a year, and over 1,000 pages of information. I’m hoping Wikileaks gets it soon.

She knows where the bodies are buried. And now Newt Gingrich says he’ll file charges under the house rules if she releases that information.

It’s a dangerous game that Gingrich is playing. The mere hint of impropriety puts him into defensive mode which means he’s scared of what she MIGHT say.

And Gingrich tacitly acknowledges that there is ‘dirt’ to be slung. No matter how this plays out he’s toast.

We’re all aware of the levels of corruption in the political sphere. But we don’t like to be reminded about it during a political campaign. We get downright cranky in fact.

So one more in the Republican Clown Car falls. Meanwhile all is quiet about Romney, or mostly quiet. I suspect he’ll be the nominee but his Achilles heel is his flip-flopping. The DNC and Obama camp has a lot of material to work with there.

Astronomy: Night Sights

So around 5:00PM if you look to the east you catch the Moon being trailed by Jupiter just below and to the left of it.

Then if you turn about 180 degrees you catch Venus shining in the western sky. And Venus twinkles like crazy. Probably from the heat of it.

In city with horrid light pollution you can only really see the brightest things in the sky and the planets definitely count.

Sunday Dinner

So I decided I’d cook this Sunday. My two specialties are baking and roasting.

Did a nice tri-tip beef roast. First I brined it with salt, brown sugar and garlic powder mixed in warm water. Interesting that I had to add the word ‘brined’ to my dictionary.

Then a pat dry and season liberally with salt, pepper and garlic powder and then into a searing hot pan with a little bit of canola oil and brown and caramelize on both sides for about five or six minutes. Then straight into a 375F oven for about an hour.

Did the famous Macaroni and Cheese. I’ve at last found a cheese mixture that yields REALLY good Mac and Cheese. Once you use these cheeses you’ll never, ever go even for the Delux Mac and Cheese in a box.

I used 1,000 day old Gouda with some nice sharp cheddar. Shredded them both down until I had about 5 cups of cheese. Then used Thomas Jefferson’s famous recipe. I tend to over-cheese it because the 1,000 day old Gouda is incredible.

Had that with a little Cauliflower and Romanesco. The latter is a form of Broccoli that is more closely related to Cauliflower.

Even got those semi-baked dinner rolls and baked those, brushed with a little unsalted butter on top.

Yes there are leftovers! Because it’ll taste even better once it chills out and the flavors get to distribute around the meat, the mac and cheese, etc.

What the fuck happened to YouTube

So I logged on and I can’t stand the new YouTube. They’re trying to go all social media and ape Facebook but they fail miserably.

I liked it when my subscriptions were organized by user, not by date. And you can’t do that anymore.

I like the recommendations, but those are nowhere to be found.

So it looks like I’m in the market for another video hosting site that has two features. One is that it isn’t YouTube, the other is that I can easily post video here on WordPress from it. Any suggestions?

An observation derived from blog statistics

I noticed something recently. In addition to the increased daily traffic to the blog but then something else caught my eye.

I’m seeing an increasing amount of Tux the Penguin as the Operating System for visitors to this blog.

I’m a Linux fan, and Tux is the avatar for Linux.

Come on, how can you not love an OS that provides bit for bit imaging in the dd tool, or the advanced manipulation you can do to a simple file listing using the awk and sed tools.

For example, say you’ve got a number of files that have a number, followed by an underscore and then say a host name.

ls|awk -F_ ‘{print $2}’|sort|uniq will give you a unique list of just one occurence for each host. Try that in Windows.

Then there’s the scripting in BASH and Perl. And the ability to install Apache, MysQL and PHP and have a full up LAMP server.

So welcome my fellow Linux users.

You can tell it’s a Country Music special when…

So the TV was parked on ABC. It’s muted because I was watching Breaking Bad on Neflix, and Keyron was watching something else on his computer.

But I caught it out the corner of my eye. It had to be Country because the ham factor was pretty high.

And the other thing that gave it way, the fealty toward the military was a clear give away.

And then there was the audience shot. Overwhelmingly white, and clapping just ever so slightly off beat.
Yep, I at least understand the beat so I’m right on time. But as Keyron likes to say, I’m not white, but Italian.

Only half of course, but it’s the predominant half.