On account of me potentially fumble-fingering the last version, and new yearly data being available, here is an updated version of the last one:
If anyone has any data from England and Wales that goes farther back than 1967, I would appreciate it – I have data on the US going back to 1960, but I want to compare equivalent time spans. The intersection point of those two trendlines is now about 40 […]
Unless you have the pleasure of working from home (which, generally I do, so “win” on that), a get-home bag is probably a good addition to your back seat / trunk.
But what, exactly, is a “get-home bag”? Simply put, it is a collection of supplies that will help you get from where you are (probably your office or equivalent) back to your house, should that prove difficult for some reason.
What constitutes […]
Since my last “SWO Life” post was such an educational hit, I thought I might expound upon a somewhat related point that, even to this day, throws Better Half for loops.
Hopefully all of my readers are aware of this, but sleep is hard to come by in the military, and the Navy is certainly no different.
When ships are in port, life is fairly easy; Officers’ Call is at 0700 or 0730 […]
So my legal name is not “Linoge”. Obviously. In fact, more people than ever before know my legal name on account of it being emblazoned across my media credentials at the NRA Annual Meetings*.
And yet I go by “Linoge” here on the internets and you call me “Linoge” here on the internets, because that is how I have chosen to identify myself and that is what I have asked you to do. Obviously […]
So Dennis of Dragon Leatherworks made Gay Cynic a holster, and the former requested that the latter wear it at the Boomershoot dinner… and he did:
Yes, those are rhinestones… everywhere. Yes, the buckle is even… better? Yes, that is legitimate rabbit fur. No, I will not be ordering one myself.
I did, however, sport this shirt all day today:
No, I am still not a brony; I can safely […]
I recently wrote this somewhere else, and it was sufficiently amusing for the audience there that I thought I would share it here:
Just when I thought he could not be a bigger tool bag, he went and hit up Sears.
In retrospect, though, that was later downgraded to “Harbor Freight”. In any case, the context is unimportant, and so is the person in discussion for that matter, but I figured it was […]
Now that my father is on the road to recovery and I am back on my apparently usual side of the country, I have two takeaways:
First, do not get cancer. Obviously this is not something you can always control, but if you do have control over it (say, by stopping smoking), I would suggest exerting that control.
Second, cancer sucks, chemotherapy sucks, and radiation therapy sucks, but here is the news you […]
If your phone has the ability to blacklist numbers (and, thankfully, CyanogenMod does), I would go ahead and blacklist the 1.268.762.**** area code and prefix. In fact, unless you have family, friends, or other people in Antigua and Barbuda who would otherwise be calling you, I would recommend simply blacklisting the entire 1.268.* area code. It turns out jackasses from that area code are doing some kind of “one-ring scam”, and calling them back – […]
If your job application system requires me to upload my resume, and then type my resume into your specific text fields all over again, your job application system sucks. I understand that recruiters and HR weenies want applicants’ information to be in an easily-searchable, standardized format, but if that is really the case, stop wasting everyone’s time and internet bandwidth with actual resumes.
There has not been a great deal of movement on the […]
I wonder what UPS drivers think of the people / places they deliver to.
For example, my parents live on a cul-de-sac, and we heard the Brown Truck of Joy coming from a long way off. So, since I was expecting a package, and since any distraction is welcome at this point, both my mother and I got up and met the UPS driver at the door. He said he had a package for […]
Alright, I am officially not a fan of North Carolina. Since moving to this state…
- My DSLR has broken (refuses to auto-focus). – My printer has died (printer head went kaput, and those cost more than printers). – My new-to-me Land Rover Defender’s engine detonated for no apparent reason. – My desktop’s video cards are exhibiting all the classic symptoms of spontaneously combusting in the near future (no, I do not overclock, and yes, […]
Let me tell you a story, though an admittedly dry, boring one.
Regular readers will know that I am a United States Navy veteran*, and, specifically, a Surface Warfare Officer; in short, this means I directed other people to drive ships around oceans. However, while ships are in port, they have something called a “quarterdeck”; I have no idea what happens to the quarterdeck when the ship is underway, but think of it like […]
This probably comes as no surprise to some of my readers, but I grew up in a very conservative family, and for many years, I had a… shall we say "less than salutary" view of homosexuals, transgenders, queers, and all of the rest of the terminologies and categories people can fall into other than "straight and square". I would not say I was homophobic, per se, simply because they did not frighten me, but rather […]
Based on personal experience and for a plethora of reasons I am simply not going to get into on here, if I should ever find myself in the market for an early-model, older, non-American, or otherwise importable Land Rover again, I will not be using GMR 4×4 out of Charlotte, VT. I wish I could tell you who I would use, but I have insufficient experience with any other company. Although, really, this whole experience […]
Not sure I needed to know about this.
Or, rather, I am not sure you needed to know about this. Now I can make whatever future ramblings I bother to write even more indecipherable. Like this:
I am vaguely amused that the BBC never bothered to actually formalize the Gallifreyan language, with this translation process being pioneered by an enterprising teenager, but he even went so far as to formalize the […]
Another person I know on the intertubes – and a little in person, too – has accomplished the rather impressive task of taking an idea from nebulous form to printed (at least digitally) word, this time in the form of Take The Star Road. Peter, the proprietor of Bayou Renaissance Man has been working on this story for quite some time, and the initial reviews (I have not had a chance to read it yet) […]
Some time ago, an acquaintance of mine expressed to me that she always liked me because I "have a serious amount of ‘I don’t give a f*ck’", and actually go out of my way to say things – to be specific, I put in to words what other are unwilling to unable to express, for a variety of reasons, and direct those words to people largely unaccustomed to hearing them, for any number of reasons. […]