Slideshow articles

By | Friday, October 21, 2016 at 7:35 am

I don’t know about you, but I’m sick of “slideshow” articles everywhere these days.  Just trying to get through one you can see the benefits for the site owners–a 20-page slideshow allows them to show 20 times more ads on the page, giving them that much more ad revenue, even though the percentage of people actually stopping to read or click on an ad on those pages is probably very very small.  And if you’re not careful, some of those “ads” will only get you into yet another slideshow “article!”  Madness.  A recent South Park episode I watched explained it perfectly, though the episode was about something else entirely.

I dislike these slideshow articles so much now that I am more likely to immediately close my browser window than continue through each “slide” once it first opens.  And what if you want to PRINT an article? Not a chance.  They’ve basically become as annoying as the ads themselves!  In some cases, however, there may be something you can do.  Check out this article for the scoop.  I know I’m not alone.  Read on.

Bad Boys, Bad Boys

By | Thursday, October 20, 2016 at 1:33 pm

I typed this up back on 12/01/2016 when I was laid off from work, and often drove to the Job Center to look for work and to walk indoor laps when it’s cold out.  For some reason I never published it, I only saved it as a draft:

I got pulled over by the KPD this morning in Carol Beach, just after pulling away from the shoulder on 7th Avenue, on my way to the Job Center.  Right away I noticed it wasn’t just one, but two squads, so I pulled to the shoulder again, thinking they were going to fly by me on a call, but they didn’t, they were actually pulling me over.  I thought quickly about all the possible problems they could have noticed so quickly and nothing clicked.  My license is fine, the car is registered, it’s running fine, and even all the bulbs were checked during my last oil change.  The officer got out and stood behind my car at a distance, looking around inside my car through the rear window, right hand on the butt of his holstered gun.  He said something, but my windows were up, so I couldn’t hear him.  I rolled my window down and said “What was that??”  He asked me to place both hands on the top of the steering wheel, so I did.  Then he approached the driver’s side door and asked why I was parked on the shoulder back there (while still looking around inside me vehicle).  I told him I was using my cell phone.  He said “OK, that’s fine.  Did you happen to see a man walking around in the area, possibly carrying a gun?”  I said no, I hadn’t.  He said they had a report of a suspicious person in the area.  Then he said I was free to go, and thanked me for my cooperation.

I guess they probably thought that maybe I had picked up this suspicious person while I was pulled over, or had seen something.  It was a totally justified traffic stop, but it stood to remind me of just how dangerous their jobs really are.  I could have been carrying, or doing something illegal and been paranoid, or unstable.  You just never know.  I certainly don’t think I could ever do that job.  I’m glad there are others who can though, and are ready, trained, and willing to protect the rest of us.

Mysterious plastic doodad

By | Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at 11:24 am

goodwill-thingKevin recently found this plastic thingie on his bus.  We didn’t know what it was, but I knew how to find out.  So I took a picture of it with a solid background and used Google Image Search to find out what it is.  Google showed similar images found on the web, and we quickly learned that it’s a earbud cord hanger.  You wind your earbud wires around it to keep them from getting all tangled up in your pocket.  Kevin is using it now, and it works.

Election 2016

By | Tuesday, October 18, 2016 at 11:25 am

Everyone asks where I stand on the presidential election.  My answer is “as far away as possible.”  This year’s election is, by far, the worst I’ve seen.  It’s always been a mess, from what I’ve seen, and there’s always been mudslinging in both directions, but I don’t think it’s ever been this bad or this nasty.  And I believe that’s because Donald Trump never imagined he’d be in this position.  He’s clearly not cut out to be a politician.  At all.  So there’s all this ugly past history of his that keeps popping up, and in turn his campaign keeps digging for something worse on Hillary Clinton, resulting in the fiasco we have now.

Who am I voting for?  I’m not saying.  I feel this is a private decision everyone should make on their own.  Publicly announcing your “side” only alienates you from certain groups of people, and these days it can bring out the worst in some people.  I’ll vote, that’s for sure.  Everyone should.  And early–the polls on election day this year will most likely be pretty busy, and we just might have a record turnout, so I’m going to vote early to avoid as much of it as possible.

Either way, we all know one of the two major candidates will win no matter what happens, and that’s sad.  The options this time around are just too small, in my opinion.

Creepy Clowns

By | Saturday, October 15, 2016 at 8:14 am

pennywise-in-my-living-roomThe whole creepy clown phenomenon is silly.  They say Stephen King started it with Pennywise from “IT” (shown here, as I’m watching it this morning as one of my haunting season favorites).  Well, IT (the book) was published September of 1986 and the movie came out on November 18th, 1990–30 and 26 years ago, respectively.  Wow, am I old.  Still, let’s move on.  It’s not just me, listen to the Master:



Hey wait a minute. Now that I think about it, the book came out exactly 30 years ago… and in the story, every 30 years the creature–IT–returns to Derry to kill and abduct more children! OMG, now it’s all making a little more sense if Stephen King is responsible for starting this thing!