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Water Cooler / Humor / Apolitical Aphorisms
« on: November 01, 2014, 12:38:33 PM »
These are some oldies but goodies that someone sent to me in an email.
If God wanted us to vote, he would have
given us candidates.
The problem with political jokes is they
~Henry Cate, VII~
We hang the petty thieves
and appoint the great ones to public office.
If we got one-tenth of what was promised to us in these
State of the Union speeches, there wouldn't be any inducement to go to heaven.
Politicians are the same all over. They
promise to build a bridge even where there is no river.
When I was a boy I was told that anybody
could become President; I'm beginning to believe it.
Why pay money to have your family tree
traced; go into politics and your opponents will do it for you.
Politicians are people who, when they see
light at the end of the tunnel, go out and buy some more tunnel.
Politics is the gentle art of getting votes from the poor
and campaign funds from the rich,
by promising to protect each from the other.
I offer my opponents a bargain: if they will stop telling lies about us,
I will stop telling the truth about them.
~Adlai Stevenson, campaign speech, 1952~
A politician is a fellow who will lay
down your life for his country.
I have come to the conclusion that
politics is too serious a matter to be left to the politicians.
~Charles de Gaulle~
Instead of giving a politician the keys
to the city, it might be better to change the locks.
There ought to be one day -- just one --
when there is open season on Congressmen.
Water Cooler / This and that / The Loma Prieta Earthquake and the Number 33
« on: September 02, 2014, 04:10:44 PM »
Recently, we had a 6.0 earthquake in Napa which is not too far north of Berkeley where I live. That event lead me to YouTubing old earthquake footage and at some point I came across the Loma Prieta earthquake of 1989, which is actually the biggest earthquake I have ever personally experienced. It was a long shaker and I will never forget it!
If you recall, it happened during the start of Game 3 of the 1989 World Series between the Oakland A's and the San Francisco Giants. I have been listening to John and Adam on No Agenda for a long time talking about the number 33 so it caught my eye when I watched that old World Series footage with Al Michaels and Tim McCarver. Around 4:18 into the footage they were showing highlights of the previous 2 games and Dave Parker hit a ball that bounced off of the 330' wall (see the 33 John and Adam?). It was not quite a home run but it allowed Jose Canseco (#33) to score a run at which point the broadcast cut out. The screen goes black and then you can hear Al Michaels saying something about we're having an earthquake...
It's just another curious coincidence that the number 33 is the number of the last player shown before the quake hits and the broadcast fades to black.
The Tech Section / Tech Rants And Raves / My Wife's Android Lost All Of Its Data, Temporarily.
« on: June 27, 2014, 11:09:04 PM »
My wife and I both have Android smartphones. I walked into the kitchen the other day and my 6 year old was holding my wife's smartphone in his hand and he had a guilty look on his face. I asked him what he was doing and he said he was trying to guess Mommy's phone code. My wife has a 4 digit code on her phone that you have to enter to unlock it. He wanted to play, "Angry Birds" but he had not asked first.
I asked him for the phone and when he gave it to me there was the little Android on the screen and a message that said, "Erasing". I do not remember if there were any other words there but it was obviously too late because the erasing bar was almost done. When I got my wife's phone restarted it asked me if I wanted to use the English language to set up the phone. I knew we were in trouble then and that all of her contacts, photos, music, and other files would be gone.
Fortunately, I had backed up her phone six months ago so she only lost some of her data and she was able to retrieve most of her contacts back from Verizon. I had backed the phone up on her desktop computer mainly because the automatic backup service was lacking. It was always running out of storage space and backing up things at the most inconvenient times.
My wife asked a Verizon technician how our son had managed to erase all of the files in the first place and the technician said that our son had probably gotten into the menu settings and accidentally done a factory data reset on the phone.
I was astonished. I thought that you had to stick a paperclip in a really small hole or something and hold it in for 10 seconds to perform a factory data reset. How could it just be a simple option a couple of menus deep that anybody could select and accidentally erase all of your phone's data? Should not this "setting" at least be password protected??
What would have saved us a lot of aggravation would have been a message such as, "Warning! You have selected the factory data reset option. All of your phone's data and files will be lost permanently. Please enter your phone's 10 digit ID number to confirm." That probably would have stopped my 6 year old from doing what he did. Oh well, I guess all things considered, we got off lightly.
The Tech Section / No Agenda Unleashed/Comments / Please Get No Agenda Shows Down to 2 1/2 Hours
« on: June 07, 2014, 06:34:47 PM »
I usually enjoy listening to No Agenda shows with John and Adam on my commute to work. On a long commute, I listen to about an hour a day which works out to about 5 hours a week. My problem is when shows exceed 2 1/2 hours in length I start to fall behind.
Right now, I am nearly 5 shows behind which makes it difficult to comment and/or contribute to the show. Your analysis of current events is quite unique, so I wish you guys would figure out a way to make the shows a little shorter without cutting content.
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