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I’ve been remiss…

Good morning, Netizens…


For the better part of the last three days I have been engaged in what some of my peers might call the eternal trial by fire, as a server hard drive over which I am responsible failed after 3 years, six months and change. What this implies is that for the last 72 hours I have been largely working 16-18 hours per day refitting a new hard drive and performing a restoration process which, fortunately, worked as planned.


There are a lot of people who are attempting to sell backup solutions for computer users, and over the years, I have always stuck with the free solution that has worked so well for everything I do, the Unix “tar” program. As always, the backups it creates worked just fine, and thus for the future, my reputation is secure. (huge sigh of relief) In some cases, it can take days to write a decent tar backup script, but once you have it down pat, you can sleep nights.


Unfortunately, that has left me somewhat distracted from the business of tending the Community Comment, but as of last night I was able to sleep beneath the bar in the Virtual Ballroom, my mind secure and my heart once more beating its normal rhythm. There is nothing like watching a hard disk shred itself to setting your poor heart to pitter-patting like a sparrow wearing tennis shoes on steroids.


Unfortunately, the beautiful warm weather that I occasionally admired out the window while thus engaged in my real day job is going, going gone! Instead we will be seeing possible showers, perhaps even a thunderstorm, and much, much cooler.


I guess I’ll put away the Sea-N-Ski lotion for another few weeks.


Dave





Wild Card Sunday April 19, 2009

Good afternoon, everyone…

Since we are in the process of a “ramble” to Ione and beyond, I regret I will have little to say this afternoon except here is your Wild Card for today. Use it with care…

Dave

It’s Good News Week…

Good morning, Netizens…


It’s good news week,
Someone’s dropped a bomb somewhere,
Contaminating atmosphere
And blackening the sky,
It’s good news week,
Someones found a way to give,
The rotting dead a will to live,
Go on and never die.

Have you heard the news?
What did it say?
Who’s won that race?
What’s the weather like today?


(Original Lyrics by Hedgehoppers Anonymous in 1965)


Gaza medical officials say about 850 Palestinians have been killed in the Gaza Strip in the 16 days since Israel’s military offensive began. Israeli sources have unofficially stated that they will continue the slaughter until there are no more Palestinians left to launch rockets in their direction. That or until someone bombs Iran, in which case all deals for humanity may be off, but perhaps not.


The Golden Globes awards will take off tonight at 5:00 PM Pacific Standard Time, covered by NBC and MS-NBC in sumptuous detail. I guess that beats watching the NFL Playoffs, depending upon which golden globes attracts one’s interests, either prurient or otherwise. Do you have prurient interests? Nah, I didn’t think so. If you’ve seen one set of Golden Globes, you’ve seen them all, haven’t you?


Speaking in dire tones of the potential closure of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, the Seattle Times has posted an article http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2008614615_pisale11.html that bears close scrutiny because it states, in part, “Don’t count on bloggers or talk radio to fill the gap”, said former state Supreme Court Justice Phil Talmadge, another committee leader: “They mostly talk about what’s in the newspapers.” I would hope the people in this Blog talk about everything including some things not in the paper.


It’s 6:38 in the morning. What’s the weather like today? I don’t know. (Dave opens his window overlooking the Virtual Ballroom entrance) It’s dark. It’s still very dark outside. Since I cannot see the stars or moon, I think it is cloudy. That’s about as good a weather forecast as you get from the talking heads on television who, it seems, never look at the skies anymore, especially on weekends.


Dave



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