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{ Monthly Archives } October 2007

Americana, pt. 4

Tonight’s offering is a Kansas map published by Rand, McNally in 1908. There are two interesting details. 1) Roads are not marked; just railroads. Folks here knew how to get to the neighboring towns. What was important was where you had to take your farm products to get them shipped to market, and that meant […]

Priceless lines

This is why I read dispatches from TJICistan: The furnace part should arrive with in a few days…but, to be honest, I sort of enjoy waking up in a chilly (56 degree F) house, and immediately making a fire in the woodstove. It makes me feel like an old-timey New Englander. And then, of course, […]

A rather smallish link festival

In lieu of actual content, I thought I would provide you with the following links for your edification and amusement: Pictures of the rescue of a bear that got stuck under a bridge (via Coyote Blog) The BlameBush! website which has found the real cause of the California wildfires: Bush’s No Child Left Behind program. […]

The “I guess I really am getting that old, but if I ever lose the will to live I’ll get by with a little help from my friends,” Friday Random Ten

I guess I’m going to have to start listening to my dad’s Tommy Dorsey and Glenn Miller LP’s.  Listening to something from before I was born, in theory, might give me some new perspective. Or not. Anyway, here’s today’s list: 1.  With a little help from my friends – Joe Cocker 2.  Ramblin’ Man – […]

And now a word from our sponsor

This evening’s post is being brought to you by the new Ubuntu Linux release.  Actually, it is interesting.  I wish I could get a screen shot that did it justice.  It looks a lot cleaner than it did previously, at least to my eye.  If you have never had an opportunity to play with multiple […]

The “What’s a nice group like you doing in a list like this?” Random Ten

I actually spun this up last week at work, but then left the list on my desk. I decided to post it this week, because I really enjoyed it; not a single song on here that I didn’t like. 1. A Question of Time – Depeche Mode 2. The Incumbent – Soul Coughing 3. Fever […]

Trying to unleash the inner geek

The newest Ubuntu Linux version was released today. I’ve read there is some cool stuff in it like NTFS file support (so that I can read and write to files on my Windows drive) and some eye candy stuff. Unfortunately, every Ubuntu user in North America is apparently trying to do the same thing, so […]

I am a very bad person

The tag on this film is “If you laugh at this you’re a very bad person.” I laughed. (via SDA)

A not quite picture perfect Sunday not quite morning

So it isn’t really Sunday morning and it hasn’t been one of those “movie moments” where the lovers lounge in bed reading the paper, drinking cappuccino, listening the sort of funky, slightly obscure, makes you want to go out and buy it, absolutely perfect for the moment music. The Head Rat and I did spend […]

Rain makes stuff wet!

From the “Captain Obvious” Department: On my way to visit my folks this afternoon, the Head Rat and I stopped off for coffee.  As we were leaving the establishment, we noticed that we had landed smack dab in the middle of an angry gathering.  Some guy was trying to sell watermelons out of the back […]

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