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Month: March 2011

Monday miscellany

I was always skeptical about Liberty Dollars. But counterfeiting? Terrorism? That’s insane. Kent McManigal has a fervent rant on the guilty verdict against Bernard von Nothaus. (Tip o’ hat to Rational Review News.) OMG. All the embarrassing coincidences! As with nearly everything else, attitude turns out to be more important than tools when it comes to saving energy. Obama is a war monger as well as a war mongering criminal. And a liar. But you knew that. Nothing new here. But if the Nobel Peace Prize committee had any shame (which they don’t and never have), they’d be voting on…

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Rethinking a bug-out

I spent most of this weekend updating my emergency preparations, with an eye especially to earthquake and tsunami preparedness. Like most of you, I’ve always had a bug-out bag — a grab-and-go kit — around the house. But I realized as I worked yesterday that I never took those kits completely seriously. Thing is, I didn’t believe I’d need to bug out. Until now, I’ve mostly lived in the sort of places other people would bug out to. Cabin Sweet Cabin was high on a hill outside of a small town (and was probably the most earthquake-safe structure in the…

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Faux tiling — all done

A couple weekends ago I blogged about starting a faux tiling job on the sun porch of my new-old house. All done now. 🙂 Here’s the room with the finished floor: Here’s the photo my friend took before I bought the house. Nice difference, eh? The sellers, who kept tropical birds, left that bird cage, so I “funkified” it a bit and used it. Now I’m on a thrift-store hunt for a large stuffed parrot or cockatoo to live inside. Except for the rug in the foreground and the peacock feathers (which came from the local farmers’ market), everything in…

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Okay, Chicken Little. But …

It would take most readers of this blog about 10 seconds to spot 10 egregious problems with this so-called news item. It’s unthinking, uncritical, hysterical newscasting at its worst. But once we’ve gotten that out of the way … However irresponsible it may be to report without fact-checking that “supermoons” and fish kills mean an earthquake is going to hit the West Coast in the next week, why not use this moment to our benefit? If we live on the West Coast we know we’re going to get an earthquake — a giant one — sometime. Some people are betting…

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Close enough to bucolic

I might not live in the backwoods any more. But close enough: I took this photo yesterday morning through my sun porch window. Horses walking down the street isn’t exactly an everyday sight here. But the critter in front lives on a muddy half acre about six blocks away. He’s a friendly old guy. Always comes over to the gate to say howdy, so the dogs and I are well-acquainted with him from our walks. I wasn’t the only one who grabbed a camera. A few minutes later, a neighbor mom came running out with her toddler and snapped a…

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Friday miscellany

Wow. Have you seen that video of the kid finally striking back against a tormentor? here and here are a couple of follow-ups. Apparently there was no injury, though you’d swear the little bully would have gotten a broken leg out of it. Sucks that the victim got the same punishment as his tormentor. Washington wrecks your washing machine. SecurID. You may have one. Careful. Turns out not to be so secure. Via The Agitator: Resilent Japan. But as the author, Jesse Walker, is quick to say, it’s not just the Japanese who respond well in the midst of catastrophe.…

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Thursday miscellany

Read this account of an Anonymous hacker with a full shaker of salt at hand, says C^2. It’s interesting, but you do get the feeling the author took everything in uncritically. I’ll bet every dog lover already knows this. (NY Times free subscription link.) But this display of loyalty amid disaster might still surprise — and bring a tear. (Tip o’ hat to P.T.) And from Jim B. in a recent comment section: very cool temporary shelter.

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