Month: May 2018

Chilli for dinner

So last night I made 8 shortbread cheddar biscuits. I jokingly said to someone he can now call me the Biscuit King. If you’ve ever seen Ferris Buelers Day Off you know he was Abe Froman the Sausage King of Chicago. I’m the Biscuit King of Providence.



What’s in it – let’s see:




Chilli Powder






Diced Tomato and Juice

Great Northern Beans

Red Kidney Beans

Ground beef (2lbs)

Salt and pepper to taste.


If you really want to stir the pot on YouTube

Make Vegans answer the question – did they do it for health or moral reasons? Of course the way I say it I say moral superiority.

Then I add that plants check off all the same boxes that chordates do.

You wouldn’t believe the amount of comments I catch on those two things. Vegans do not like to be told to stop eating everything. And then there’s the classification problem. Mammals are one thing, but then there’s the birds, the insects etc. When you come down to all life then you really have a problem.

So I countered I love pork too much to ever go even vegetarian let alone vegan. I think vegan is a bit on the lunatic fringe to be honest. But I did say I do my part to help the environment. All the light bulbs in this house are either CFL’s or LED’s. No more incandescent bulbs. Hasn’t been that way for years. And I generally eschew plastic bags when we shop. We have a bunch of fabric bags or rugged bags and we use those when we shop.

But we do not recycle – in fact not even available as our trash is hauled by a private concern. When we build our place I plan to have a compost bin for vegetable and fruit waste. Good example is peppers, the seed mass and the stem are usually thrown out.

And I tried to get us to use less paper towels – but they’re just so damned convenient.

And one thing that bothers me is plastic packaging of everything. I do like glass containers as they can in fact be fully recycled. Plastics are a crap shoot with recycling.

So we can each make choices that help the environment from using less energy to preventing more plastic going into the waste stream.

It’s a bit amusing to poke the vegans – they try to twist it in all sorts of directions to try to take umbrage at my statements. It’s hilarious.

The trick to speeding

So I realized – headed on I-95 South around 6PM – the highway was moving at 75MPH to 80MPH. Gads I love it that way. I wish more people did that.

Then of course coming back I hit 90MPH. In a minivan. And I managed to chirp the tires on the Honda Odyssey. Totally unintentional too which made oh so much sweeter. I had to explain again why that sound amuses me so. When I was 16 I had a 1976 Pontiac Trans Am with a 455 CID engine mated to a 4 speed manual transmission. Revving it up in 1st gear and dumping the clutch that baby would burn serious rubber. And ever since if I can get a car or truck to make the tires sing all the better.

I want Trump/Pence gone.

I’m hoping 2018 gives us Democratic majorities in congress. Then we can get to work getting rid of the idiocy of the Trump administration – and in fact calling it an administration is a curious choice of words – because it’s incoherent too.

And if folks think Trump is bad, what with the entire news cycle being dominated by his antics and scandals, they need to know Pence is no walk in the park either. He’s got his demons in the closet too.

And congress – some three dozen Republicans have said they’ll not run again. This is history making. And Democrats need to pick up 23 seats in the House, and only 2 in the Senate. I’d say that’s within the realm of the probable. Unless of course the DNC or DSCC et al fuck it up.

Oklahoma and Kansas wants to ban gay adoptions!

The legislatures in Kansas and Oklahoma are looking to ban adoption to LGBT citizens.

First of all I follow a channel on YouTube called Hoovie’s Garage – he’s pretty funny and based in the Wichita area. I suppose I’ll ping him and let him know I’m not happy about this.

But this type of thing has been occurring all over the United States – predominantly in the south or mid-western flyover states. And let’s not get into the debate whether or not flyover isn’t a pejorative. If you don’t live on the east or west coasts you’re in flyover country. But the religious bigots are pushing to limit adoption, or religious liberty bills that say they can discriminate against LGBT people etc. This all started after the Obergefell v. U.S. case found for plaintiff and legalized same sex marriage across the United States. So the bigoted assholes are trying to claim their religious beliefs trump civil society and in the process chipping away at the protections marriage provides.

The bigots can go and fuck themselves.

Finished Castlevania

So since I posted last I’ve plugged through to level 18.


Yup the game rolls credits plus you see the castle disintegrate. That’s the black pile of slag to the right.

And then the game continues to play – level 19, 20, 21, 22 and so on. What it does is mix in enemies from other levels. So in level 1 you get ghosts and bats. But I finished the first 18 levels successfully. Time for another game.

Much better progress in Castlevania

So I’ve been slogging through levels in Castlevania on the NES emulator.

Level 10 was a challenge but I made it through. Have the game on pause right now and I screen captured the following to prove I’m at level 14 now. That’s just 4 from the very end of the game. I know there’s a Castlevania II so I may have to download that.


I have the long life cheat enabled. That’s what is allowing me to conquer levels. Lots of fun. Never had this game in my original NES collection but glad I have it now.

YouTube fixed

So I had posted that YouTube was getting a little too greedy – trying to push ads which my browser dutifully blocks. I pay for the net connection I should be able to treat traffic as I see fit. Most of it blocked at the browser level or application layer – however really egregious stuff gets blocked at the firewall level network level.

So color me surprised – the powers that be at Google and YouTube must have heard people bitching like crazy because now videos just start playing, no delay. Interesting.