I spent five days in Richmond watching French films, and the most ironic thing I saw was on the airport newsstand.
I couldn’t resist sharing a link to this recent news about my favorite three-letter agency. I’m not sure which troubles me more, that the TSA couldn’t be bothered to perform its most basic function, or that such a large part of the traveling public doesn’t recognize the screening is little more than security theater.
Today I finally removed the ability to create user accounts on this blog. Initially I required a user account for commenting, but I haven’t required one for almost two years, and since that time there hasn’t been one new account that wasn’t spam. If you already have a user account and still want to use … Continue reading Removed new user accounts
Since I resumed blogging a couple years ago, I’ve tried to focus mostly on the matter of the blog — the words, the photos, and so on — and not to pay much attention to the form, which is just an out-of-the-box WordPress template. However, over the weekend I did make one tweak that will … Continue reading Form and matter
As much as I enjoyed watching the Patriots score 25 unanswered points to erase an enormous deficit in regulation — and then score another six on their next drive to win the game in overtime — for me, the highlight of Super Bowl LI was hearing the crowd boo Roger Goodell as he presented the … Continue reading Ideal gas law
I spotted this sentence today in the online version of the Telegraph: A recent health study suggested that half of French adults are now overweight. However; only 15 are technically obese. I’m pretty sure it’s supposed to read “only 15 percent”, but I find the typo at least somewhat believable.
A beautiful woman walks into a bar. She has wild, dark, curly hair. She wears glasses. She has a smile from ear to ear that shows off a mouth full of braces. She sports a heavy scarf, as if unaware she’s in Phoenix. She approaches with great confidence. She takes a seat across from me, … Continue reading A woman walks into a bar
The 2016 U.S. Presidential election is over and settled, so the question I’m posing is basically a thought experiment at this point, but it’s worth pondering: Would the judicious use of modern encryption have changed the outcome of last month’s U.S. Presidential election?
It’s election season, and I’ve recently been noticing an uptick in the number of mainstream media stories purporting to fact-check candidates’ statements from debates, rallies, advertisements, and so on. Do you ever wonder who’s fact-checking the fact-checkers?
We arrived safely in Luxembourg. I was internet deficient for a while.
I want to say one more thing about comments that I didn’t say last night: I really enjoy them!
With less than forty-eight hours remaining until we embark upon our next adventure, I thought I’d catch up on a couple administrative items for this blog. E-mail subscriptions I know a number of readers still use the daily e-mail feed from Feedburner. It’s not going anywhere, so quite unlike Obamacare, if you like your feed, you … Continue reading Administrative stuff
With just a few weeks remaining until Kathryn and I start a couple weeks of intensive French lessons, I thought it would be a good idea to review the handwritten notes from my last intensive French class, which was just twelve short years ago. Unfortunately, the time I set aside yesterday for reviewing the notes … Continue reading Hidden treasure
Monday night I was able to relive my teenage years at the Guns ‘n Roses concert at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. What a great show!
One drawback of blogging from a smartphone: sometimes it’s difficult to recognize a truly awful photo from a five-inch screen. Evidently that was the case Monday evening from the concert, which shocked even me when I saw it on a full-size monitor. The important thing now is to take full responsibility. My lovely wife Kathryn, … Continue reading Mea culpa
I’ve been to University of Phoenix Stadium several times before, but this is the first time for a concert. The first opening act is on the stage right now. The crowd is slowly trickling in.
It’s been over a year and a half since I renamed my blog to my amateur radio callsign, but so far I’ve made few references to the hobby. Once upon a time, not so long ago, if you wanted to get a ham radio license in the United States, you needed to be able to … Continue reading KK1B Straight Key
Kathryn and I send out a few dozen Christmas cards every year, a handful of which get sent by airmail to other countries. Occasionally we even get a few cards from aboard ourselves. Yesterday, for the first time, we received a Christmas card in Luxembourgish. Fortunately for us, the note inside was written in English.
I am currently in the process of migrating to a new smartphone, but I’m still waiting for the new phone to arrive. In the meantime, since I’m switching service providers too, I’m temporarily using a combination of my old smartphone and a third interim smartphone. After I complete the migration, if you’re one of my … Continue reading Smartphone migration
Are you using an iPhone or an Android-based smartphone? Have you installed Signal yet? If not, please stop what you’re doing and install it now! iPhone Android Why Signal? I owe a debt of gratitude to my good friend Dan for bringing Signal to my attention last year. Actually, he told me about its predecessors … Continue reading Install Signal on your smartphone now!
The prayer to St. Michael the Archangel has been on my mind and lips quite often since learning about the attacks in Paris last week. Last night I looked through my files to see if Kathryn had captured an image of St. Michael during our California Missions pilgrimage in 2012. It turns out she had. … Continue reading St. Michael the Archangel
A couple weeks ago I attempted to give my wife a description of some items I was about to order. When my words failed to complete the description, I grabbed a pen and a pad of paper and drew a freehand sketch. When my nephew was at the house last weekend, he found the sketch … Continue reading Sketchy purchase
Two weeks ago, I was planning to post this photo from our 2013 trip to Chartres. Since then, Kathryn and I have been emotionally distracted by a hospitalized family member whom we’ve visited almost every day. Now I have the urge again to look at something beautiful. Some of you may remember this photo from my old blog. I’ve re-cropped … Continue reading Something beautiful