So, I had myself a bit of a scare, this week. I got a notification to restart my laptop to install updates, so, the next time I was not using it, I initiated the restart. A message appeared that the installation would take a while, and my PC would restart several times during the process. However, the first time it shut down, it stayed off, and even pressing the power button would not turn it back on. OH NO! After a bit of troubleshooting, I noticed that the power cord had a bit of damage. I just happen to have a spare power adapter, with several sizes of interchangeable cable ends, so I found the correct size for my laptop, and plugged it in. Fingers crossed, I pressed the power button…AND IT STARTED UP! WHEW! I was prepared for a large repair bill, but, now, a replacement power supply will only cost me about 100 bucks, via Amazon.
The update didn’t take. Due to the power fail, and aborted restart, my computer reset itself back to the previous configuration, so I had to do it all over again, which took about an hour. The update was the Anniversary Update for the Windows 10 OS. It made a few subtle changes to the way the OS worked, especially how the Edge browser operates. One change I don’t care for is that a few of my bookmarked sites won’t load any more. I just get the message that the certificate is not valid, which is a good thing, I suppose, since that would mean the site isn’t perfectly safe. And the update did specify that it was mainly for online security. Instagram is also acting weird. Embedded Instagram videos won’t play on Tumblr sites any more, and I often have to refresh Instagram sites a few times to get them to load. Hopefully I will learn of a fix for this after a while. I also got a notification that I had been assigned a Skype account, which I don’t really care for. I had not previously created an account as I did not wish to use the app. I guess all I have to do is to just not open it. I just hope I don’t start getting email or other types of notifications from people who want to go online with me via Skype. One odd thing I have noticed is that, when I click on the link to a new site, in my bookmarks list, the page I am currently on always automatically scrolls back to the top. Not that it matters. It just seems odd. And wouldn’t it take some specific (unnecessary) programming to cause it to do that?
Update: The next morning, I was notified of another required restart, to install an update of the Adobe Flash Player. After that restart, the Instagram issue seemed to be gone. Does Instagram use Adobe? Damned if I know. All that really matters is that the issue with it is solved. I did see that invalid certificate warning again, though. And it happened while trying to open my Outlook mail, that I have been accessing via the same link for years, so I was almost certain that it is safe. I discovered that the warning seemed to actually come from my antivirus software. I temporarily disabled the antivirus software, and the message did not appear. I have no idea why this only started after the OS upgrade. It must have changed the site certificate somehow.
It seems that many U.S. citizens are taking advantage of recent and current wars in the Middle East to loot antiquities and export them to America for auction. And profit.
I had asked this question in the past, and, now, I have the answer: Yes, people who take selfies in dangerous locations are dying from it. More than from shark attacks. While that number is still fairly low, it is happening enough that tour guides are having to caution people to watch where they are walking, instead of looking at their phones.
The story behind today’s safety elevators.
I can very easily believe that this theory is a valid one. After all, Trump can’t normally stop talking about himself, except when it makes him look bad.
Speaking of looking bad, his son isn’t doing himself any favors, here. Don Jr. recently posted this on his Twitter feed, and, possibly, became more loathsome than his father. Are there any documented cases of refugees killing anyone in North America? If they wanted to kill people, wouldn’t they have stayed at home, and participated in the war? Then, again, seeing things like this may make some refugees want to kill certain North Americans.
…But Americans still expect to be treated with respect when they travel to other countries.
Regular readers know I don’t like guns. I will support anyone who feels the need to own a rifle, maybe even a handgun, for personal protection, and/or property defense, especially if they live in a rural area. But no way do I understand why anyone needs to own 17 guns. That would mean a situation where a family of 8 would have to have a gun in each hand, and I can’t see that happening. Who would they be “defending” themselves against?
Kodak discovered, in 1945, that the U.S. Army was testing atomic bombs, when the fallout from them ruined the X-Ray film Kodak was selling.
How to start a fire with a lemon.
It seems amazing, to me, that, after there have been so many leaks, people continue to take nude photos and send them over the internet. I am of the opinion that the people who do this, and have their pics illegally shared, get what they deserve. But, then, no one has ever asked me for a dick pic.
There is a service that claims to be able to alert you if your personal information becomes public property, but the method it uses seems rather iffy,
What kind of jerk gives a 10 year old who is raising funds for charity counterfeit money?
In this quiz, I wasn’t too disappointed to only get half of the answers correct, since I am not American, and guessed at most of them.
You have to wonder how some people made it to adulthood.
The same kind of people who, since there is no disclaimer here, saying that this is supposed to be a joke, would probably actually try it. I followed the link from a “cool stuff” page, which did not publish a disclaimer either. So I think someone should actually drill a hole in their phone, and then sue the site. Or, perhaps, even the person who originally posted the video, since he runs an actual tech based Facebook page.
HA! More happy news from Apple.
You have a personal worth of 30 billion dollars, and you are bored, so what do you do? Why, something so outrageous that it is sure to make the entire world angry at you.
Yet another bunch of Pokémon Go players have gotten the game banned. This time, in a Tokyo park, due to their carelessness and filth.
For those of us who are unable to attend the current Heart/Joan Jett/Cheap Trick concerts, here is Ann Wilson and Robin Zander covering Love Hurts.
I liked the tune 3 A.M. Eternal, by the band KLF, and still do. I think it has a very catchy beat. Until now, I had not been aware that the band purposely self destructed, and, among other bizarre things, burned 1 million pounds. Here is their strange story.
Norm McDonald tells Howard Stern about how the Celebrity Jeopardy sketches came to be on SNL, as well as a few anecdotes about Burt Reynolds.
Who remembers Red Skelton? He was not only a very funny guy, but he did it in a way that was suitable for the whole family. His poem actually made me laugh out loud while I was alone.
Having trouble stopping your baby from crying? Try slurping noodles at it.
(SIGH). Once again, not interested. Don’t worry about the patent, dude. I doubt if anyone wants to steal this idea. I saw a close up photo of one. The burger didn’t even look like real hamburger, more like one of those preformed mystery meat patties.
Not interested in this, either. A chip so “hot” it is only sold one at a time.
Good Grief! If you want a burger that doesn’t contain meat, why not go to a vegan restaurant, and just not make a huge deal of it?
Google Street View blurred a cow’s face, and it has gone viral.
Have issues in tight spaces? Stay away from Delhi.
I wouldn’t say I am outraged, more confused, because, as the article states, the reason for this makes no sense. I hope very few of those who received a license actually gets a kill. Wolves are well known to avoid humans as much as possible.
The largest great white shark ever filmed.
“Need blankie, Momma!”
Who’s walking who, here?
Get it together, dog! Do you have tunnel vision?
This is downright amazing! A hawk flies in between two people.
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Saw this posted on Redditt with the caption “Dear Macys: its September still. Calm the fuck down.” I think it would be easy to stop this kind of thing from happening. Everyone just needs to NOT buy Christmas related items until the first of December. If there is no profit in displaying goods, you can bet the stores will stop doing it.
Seems like an awful waste of perfectly good beer. Beer that they are going to smell like until they go home and change. And, possibly, stink up the cab they ride home in. Not to mention that someone besides these two will have to clean up the mess they made.
The girl in the back looks amazed. And the one on the right looks as if she has already given up.
I had not been aware there was a mini eclipse at the beginning of the week. On September 16th, the Moon got a little darker as it passed through the outer edge of the Earth’s shadow. This is called a penumbral eclipse.
“Edmontonhenge” on September 18th, when the setting sun aligns with the main street through our city’s downtown area, Jasper Avenue. Hell for drivers, though.
I don’t know who this cross between Teva sandals and UGG boots was aimed at. Maybe the blind?
I do know who this is aimed at. Those people mentioned up above, who own an average of 17 guns. If it is real, that is. Which I was not able to verify. But I did see a pink Glock, during my search, so a pumpkin spice one existing is believable.
The fact that he thought he could get away with this makes me wonder how many people are “in on it”.
I wonder who was responsible for this genius move.
I think an opal is a much nicer stone than a diamond.
You go, granny!
In a previous post, I shared an article which stated that those layered rocks which the Curiosity rover sent pictures of back from Mars were created from sand that had been blown by the wind. It turns out that my original belief, on seeing them, that they were formed by water, was correct. First the wind blew the sand into large dunes, and then they were covered by water.
Clouds have been discovered on Saturn’s moon Titan that the moon does not have enough material to create.
I hate teasers. Why can’t they either just keep quiet, or spill the beans? Still, exciting news.
The Rosetta spacecraft is preparing for the final act of its mission.
Something for those who insist that we are the only “intelligent” civilization in The Universe.
Suppose some other beings did come to visit…How do you suppose they might greet us?
Bruce McCandless making the first untethered spacewalk.
The editor of the http://goodstuffsworld.blogspot.ca/ was kind enough to send me this compilation of 1950’s hot rod and classic car magazine covers. If you click on the “Home” button, you will find more old-timey automotive, and other throwback stuff.
Going back even further, here are some colorized photos of vehicles from the 1910’s and 20’s.
Continuing with the old car theme, a slideshow from the 2016 Ypsilanti Orphan Car Show. This show features auto brands which have been discontinued.
For those with an abundance of money, there are some truly outrageous automotive luxury features available.
If you own an older Toyota Tacoma, you should get the frame checked by a professional.
I think the Mercury Cougar was a very good looking automobile, at least the 1960s and 1970s versions. The very first Cougar ever built will be on display at the Carlisle Ford Nationals next June.
Before we move on to more recent models, here is a 1947 Lincoln Continental.
This 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 429 sold for $255,000 at the inaugural Mecum Auctions Louisville sale.
WOAH! That’s some torque! I think this car should have some suspension work done, though. With the body an frame twisting like that, is all of the power getting to the ground?
Paddy was looking for work, and his mate told him that they needed someone up at the Blacksmiths. Paddy went to see the bloke, and said, “My mate tells me your looking for someone to work here.” “Yes, that’s right.” said the Blacksmith, “Can you shoe Horses?” “I’m not sure,” said Paddy, “but I once told a Donkey to fuck off.”
A man spies a letter lying on his doormat. It says on the envelope “DO NOT BEND .” He spends the next 2 hours trying to figure out how to pick it up.
When Liam decided it was time for his friend Brendan to part with his virginity, he accompanied him to the local whorehouse and explained Brendan’s condition to the madam. “Don’t worry, my boy, we’ll get a nice lass to take care of ye,” she promised. “Ye just do your part and make sure ye wear one of these.” And the madam took a condom out of her drawer and rolled it down over her thumb by way of instruction. Brendan parted eagerly with his money and bounded up the stairs to Room 12, where a cheerful farm girl soon showed him the ropes. After he’d come, a frown passed over her face. “The rubber must have torn,” she muttered. “I’m wet as the sea inside.” “Oh no it didn’t, Miss,” Brendan cheerfully reassured her, holding up his thumb as evidence. “It’s good as new.”
While in line at the bank one afternoon, my toddler decided to release some pent-up energy and ran amok. I was finally able to grab hold of her after receiving looks of disgust and annoyance from other patrons. I told her that if she did not start behaving “right now” she would be punished. To my horror, she looked me in the eye and said in a voice just as threatening, “If you don’t let me go right now, I will tell Grandma that I saw you kissing Daddy’s pee-pee last night!” The silence was deafening after this enlightening exchange. Even the tellers stopped what they were doing. I mustered up the last of my dignity and walked out of the bank with my daughter in tow. The last thing I heard when the door closed behind me were screams of laughter.
Driving with my young boys, aged 4 and 6, to a funeral, I tried to prepare them by talking about burial and what we believe happens after death. The boys behaved well during the service. But at the grave site I discovered my explanations weren’t as thorough as I’d thought. In a loud voice, my four-year-old asked, “Mom?” “Yes,” I whispered.
“What’s in the box?”
“It’s funny,” says Samantha, “Peter’s balls are always cold as ice when I’m sucking his dick.” “You know what?” replies Jenny. “It’s exactly the same with my Richard…” They turn to the third blonde and ask, “When you blow Chris, are his balls cold, too?” “Ugh! That’s disgusting! I never put Chris’s thing in my mouth!” “You’re crazy,” one of the blondes pipes up. “A good blowjob is the best way to keep a guy. You should try it.” She says she’ll think about it. The next morning, they meet at the cafe and the blowjob novice is sporting a wicked shiner. “Whoa!” the first blonde asks. “How did you get that black eye?” “Chris hit me when I was blowing him,” she says. “What on earth for?” the second blonde asks. “I don’t know,” she replies. “All I did was tell him how strange it was that his balls were so warm, seeing as how Pete’s and Richard’s are so cold.” (note: this site does not condone violence against women)
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