Arguing With A Dang Computer

I’m a reasonably good automobile mechanic and a very good computer programmer. Put the two together, however, and I got stymied by our 2003 Dodge van. Here’s the backstory. I started learning to be a mechanic on the remote cattle ranch where I grew up. If you live at the far end of nowhere, you…

Going Against The Odds

You know how people say “What are the odds?”, meaning that something probably did not happen by random chance alone? I got to thinking about that saying regarding the current situation with the Mueller investigation. I read that: None of the 16 lawyers known to work for special counsel Robert Mueller are registered Republicans There…

Meditations on Mortality

Since my age starts with “seventy”, I’m in what I call my “Middle Youth”. I figure that “Late Youth” starts at seventy-five, so I’ve got a few years until then. And as befits a man in his middle youth, I’ve been giving some thought to the idea and the reality of death. Both my parents…

Reds Under The Bed

Last year during the election campaign, the servers at the Democratic National Committee were penetrated by still unknown actors. From early on, I’ve held that the Russian Government did NOT hack the DNC computer. I have not seen any evidence that says otherwise. Here are two equally probable Russian suspects with no ties to Vladimir…

Fire in the Wine Country

My thanks to those who have asked if we are OK given the ongoing fires in our area. Fortunately, we are in lots of smoke depending on the wind, but we’re a ways from the fires. Here’s today’s fire map. We live about where the “d” in “Bodega Bay” is on the left of the…

Too Good To Not Quote

Here’s a Letter to the Editor regarding some African students attending Oxford in England. They have been demanding that the statue of Cecil Rhodes at Oriel College be taken down on the grounds that Rhodes was a racist … which he was … Dear Scrotty Students, Cecil Rhodes’s generous bequest has contributed greatly to the comfort…