Thoughts and bits

People who are skilled with big huge power tools like backhoes and lifters and such things are amazing to watch as they do incredibly delicate tasks with them.

There’s something wrong when the gas station at the rest stop on the toll-highway is almost $.10 less than the average price in the surrounding area.

To the idiot in the newer model Audi with the official plates that starts with PD and end with 2F.  This is the 3rd time in 6 months that you have blown by me at an extremely high rate of speed while I was on my way into work.  The only reason I’ve not called that 800# on your license plate to report your mad driving skillz is cause it amuses me to no end when, 15 minutes later in my drive, I pull up behind you in the turn lane at the major intersection.  However the amusement only lasts so long.  If I’m doing 60 in a 55 and you blow by me at such a high rate of speed I have trouble reading your plate, you’re going WAY TO FAST to even consider stopping when that deer steps out infront of you, much less that child….

Also, to another idiot, it behooves you to actually READ the email before having a complete panic over it, doing it in the opposite order just convinces me that I’m right about how stupid you are.


VA governor didn’t realize just what “trans-vaginal” meant.  Even though a physician specifically explained it.


Iphone user wins $850 in small claims court from AT&T over throttled connection.

Ok, a couple of these are photoshopped, but some of them are scary….

Pretty sure this says bad things about your parenting skills, and about the bank tellers who were robbed through the drive-thru.

FBI has trouble retrieving their GPS units after being forced to turn them off.

Restaurant tells parents to take unruly kids outside.

Wyoming considers the feasibility of buying an aircraft carrier.

Bread Baking by the Adaptive Curmudgeon

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Now I bake bread.  I’m not a master baker or any such, but I can bake bread and have it turn out decent.  My father, who taught me, ought to do it professionally but he decided that it wouldn’t be fun then, so he wisely decided to stick to baking for friends and family only.  So I KNOW what all this stuff is thats being talked about, and the descriptors and side comments are leaving me in stitches.  So totally worth the read, and shaping up to be a good set of instructions on bread baking.  If you’ve always wanted to learn, go read.


Not to long ago Borepatch commented about how frustrated he was with Firefox 10.0.2.  And at the time I was a little baffled, I wasn’t having any MORE issues with the newest version than I had been having previously.

I think thats changed.  Previously there were couple websites that I was having issues with, but nothing major, they were sites I didn’t frequent much so it wasn’t an issue.  The previous update started doing some odd things trying to keep Firefox on top on my screen.  Not a huge deal, just occasionally annoying when I’d, say, click to open a file to upload and Firefox would decide it needed to be ontop…..of the little window it opened to choose the file to upload.  Minimizing and restoring the window solved the problem every time, so whatever.

Now, I have this habit of not bothering to turn off my computer every time I walk away from it, I’m sure this is costing me in electricity, but it means that I can walk up to my computer, do something, and walk away again without having to wait for it to boot up every time.

This morning I get up and realize that not only had I forgotten to shut the computer down for the night, but I also forgot to close Firefox.  Well, whatever, thats what screen savers are for.  So I sit down and start browsing my morning comics, morning blogs, news….why is Firefox suddenly SLOWER than HELL and so is my computer???  Suddenly Firefox is using every piece of my computer’s function it can get ahold of.  WTF??  Close and restart FF and presto, no problem, even when I open the million tabs like I tend to do in the morning.  Its STILL using a painfull percentage of the computer’s memory, but not like it was.  *sigh*  Seriously Firefox??  I guess its time for me to pick a new browser…..


This is the current weather map:

They were predicting as much as a foot for some areas, I donno about us but I can promise that the wind has blown away the majority of the snow.  There was a couple inches on most of the yard first thing this morning, 6 to a foot in sheltered spots.  Not sure how much has fallen since.  Apollo’s THRILLED.  Taking him out now requires LONG periods of time as he’ll walk several steps, then dive into the snow to roll in it, get up, walk several steps, dive into the snow…..

In reference to that idiot who wants to make social media for gunnies

I stated before that I’m likely way to small stuff (and barely a gun blog) for him to bother with, but just in case, I quote from Lawdog:

1) I will not be joining this site “Smoke and Thunder”, so if you see my name there, it isn’t me.

2) Nor do I give the site “Smoke and Thunder” any permission what-so-ever to use anything written by me on this site, or by me on any Internet forum or medium, beyond the minimum amount permissible under the “Fair Use Doctrine”.

3) Furthermore, I deny the site “Smoke and Thunder” permission to use any of my intellectual property, wholly or in part, for financial gain.



Note: This does not apply to the Purveyors of  Fine Mountain Man Accoutrements.  Thats a different bunch of people.

Look’it what I found!!!! (Help it broke part 2)

Original post.

After much digging and frustration with people who apparently think that metal hair claw clips should be covered in gaudy “jewels” I found THIS.  Not quite identical to my old one, but stainless, and not horribly expensive even once shipping is added in.  I think I’m still going to try swapping out the spring with one from a plastic clip, but I’m going to order a couple packages of those ones too, just in case!