Open thread by DougJ| April 22, 20131:45 pm| 46 CommentsThis post is in: Open ThreadsFacebookTweetEmailTalk about whatever.
Needs moar Scottish Fold.
Follow the tweets for #LibJobShadowFL, and see what librarians are doing today! (hint: lots of librarianship)
What’s the latest on Scotty Beat? He could primary Susan Collins from the right if he’s not busy.
Any recommendations for a laptop with docking station? The old 2008 desktop runs verrrry slowly and it looks like I might be traveling a fair bit in the near future. (So, I need a laptop.) But my better half likes the big screen and stand-alone keyboard of the desktop (So, I need a docking station.)
Thoughts? Recommendations? Insulting commentary?
Stupid winter weather. Spring fail.
@Francis: I used Dells with docking stations for many years. My advice would be to get the smallest laptop you can that is dockable, then the biggest external monitor you can afford. Best of both worlds.
Off to work. Don’t wanna go.
Today could be a full blown Mockumentary day.
Seems as if many pundits, bloggers & the MSM have just gone off the rails and are doubling down on their dumb-shittedness (Sully (cough, cough)).
@imonlylurking: umm, sorry, that might have been me. I must confess to playing with the GoogleDoodle long enough to figure out I could make it snow. Also, the flowers are likely dandylions, I’ve seen fireflies, and played making it windy. I’m a sad sad sad example.
…and his name is really Angus. I saw that box at Costco and knew there was a photo opportunity. It was empty, though, so he can’t has cheeseburger.
Find a used HP 8440w with an Advanced Docking Station. We rolled it out as our corporate-standard about three years ago. Despite the fact that some of our people could inadvertently turn a coffee machine into a WMD, they keep cranking away. I have one myself and it’s a damned tank. The docking station is the only one I’ve seen which will drive two DVI monitors, natively, to 1920×1200. They’ve got just about every worthwhile port, also too. Forwearning, it does take a fair amount of desk space. HP is also somewhat of a pain in that neither their docking stations nor power supplies support more than a few models each.
We went to visit the harbor seals at the seal rookery in Carpinteria (CA) yesterday. My pictures didn’t turn out well, so here’s someone else’s photo to give you the general idea.
The little buggers are surprisingly hard to see because they’re almost the exact color of the rocks (for evolutionary reasons, obviously), but it was fun to see them basking on the beach and playing around in the waves.
I’ll support this thought with the added caution to by one with a discrete video card, not just motherboard video. A big monitor deserves a decent video card.
Why do you need a docking station for just a monitor and a keyboard (and mouse)? Or are there other peripherals involved?
Was anyone else surprised that the number of deaths in West, TX was as small as it appears to be (14?).
@scav: How on earth are you getting it to snow? Mine is just sitting there-if I click on it I get a bunch of stories about Earth Day. My GoogleDoodle must be broken.
@Trollhattan: Yes, absolutely. Spend a bit more (not a ton more) on a better video card for the smaller laptop.
I’ll echo the question though – why do you need a docking station? You can easily use an external monitor, keyboard, and mouse without one.
@imonlylurking: Have you clicked on the sun to get it to animate? Cycles through the seasons and several days / phases of the moon at night. Clouds for precip. good luck.
Sister Rail Gun of Warm Humanitarianism
Huh. I missed this, somehow.
Bachmann’s ex-chief of staff breaks silence in ethics probe
@Steeplejack (tablet): Internet connection (yes, I don’t have a wireless router), speakers, easily accessible USB ports for iphone and camera.
@scav: Apparently I got the non-animated version. I’ll have to try it when I get home-maybe the animation is blocked on my work laptop.
According to President Worse-than-Bush’s spokesman, Tsarnaev will be tried as a civilian, not as an “enemy combatant.” Lindsey Graham could not be reached for tantrums at press time.
Lindsey Graham, resident JAG-off.
Yes, somewhat. It speaks to their ability to warn/evacuate the town (tornado drills?) and that it occurred in the evening, when the schools were not in session. So far as I know, everybody killed was a firefighter. They were the ones let down by poor knowledge of the site and bad decision making by the commanders. There will be hell to pay, even in Texas.
That they were illegally (federal statute) storing orders of magnitude more solid fertilizer on site has to count for something. Also, too, it turns out the plant wasn’t nearly as old as I’d first been led to believe; rather, the site was once a grain facility that had partially been converted to fertilizer processing.
@BGK: Looks a like a boxaholic in the making.
The President is letting his nerd flag fly at the White House science fair. He seems to genuinely enjoy it every year.
In today’s Google doodle, I like the bear that comes out of the cave and returns inside it. Something comes out and return into the other cave but I can’t tell what it is.
@imonlylurking: They never animate for me at work. Something about their version of IE or security or something I guess. At home on Firefox (and I think on Safari) they work fine.
@imonlylurking: That is possible. When you get to another computer, click on various things and see what happens.
I’m no techie, but I’ve had a Dell laptop with docking station at work for years (several laptops and docking stations, that is). I like them just fine.
@PurpleGirl: I think it’s just another bear with a fish.
Someone call the unskew the polls guy. Elizabeth Colbert is up 9 v. The Appalacian Trail/Father of the Year/Ex Husband of the Year Mark Sanford.
ETA: Jenny Sanford’s favorability ratings down after turning Mark in for trespassing.
Oh, man! That brings back memories of my youth. My HS boyfriend went to Brooks Institute in Santa Barbara for his BFA (he is now a fairly famous food photographer). He lived in Carpinteria while in college and I used to come out every spring (usually about a month in April and May) to visit. Lots of seals, lots of surfers. I actually learned how to surf from some of the surfer dudes there while he was toiling away in school. He had a ’67 Mustang convertable and he’d let me have it while I visited. I got hit on constantly when I was in that thing.
The seal rookery is awesome, isn’t it?
Keeping fingers crossed.
@Trollhattan: Me too man. Me too.
OT, but do you deal with water issues in Sacto? Curious based on past comments/interactions. If you want to discuss off forum, you can email me at my nym at g mail.com
@ranchandsyrup: Her actions must have hurt her with the creepy stalker ex-husband demographic, which is probably quite large and influential in South Carolina.
Yeah, was glad to hear it too. It sounded like it could have ended up being much higher.
Once did a pilgramage to Brooks when they were still in Montecito and I was considering going full-time pro. What a spot–closest thing to heaven on earth I’ve seen in the lower-48.
@beltane: That’ll teach the wimmens not to speak out against their men for breaking their legal obligations that they agreed to.
@ranchandsyrup: Actually, I used to be a California water lawyer until the recession drove the demand (for both water and water lawyers) way down. What’s your interest?
I can do so tonight, commie left-coast time.
My fellow greater Bostonians, I share a virtual moment of silence with you.
Does anyone know why Elizabeth Shue wasn’t in The Karate Kid II? I can’t find anything online.
And in today’s installment of “if we ban guns, murderers’ll just use hubcaps”:
A hubcapman took at least two shots at a security officer outside the Watts Bar nuclear power plant in east Tennessee and then escaped in a boat, a spokesman for the Tennessee Valley Authority said.
The incident, which is being investigated by the FBI and local police authorities, occurred just before 2 a.m., Sunday. TVA spokesman Jim Hopson said the suspect has not been apprehended.
The power plant, which was not damaged during the hubcapping, was put on an “unusual event” status—the lowest caution level for a facility regulated by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Hopson said. The facility remained on that status through early Sunday afternoon, he said.
“[A]nytime you have hubcaps thrown at a security officer at a nuclear plant, that’s a big issue,” Hopson added.
The episode began when a security officer on patrol outside Watts Bar plant noticed an individual standing on the Tennessee River bank on the plant property. Hopson said the officer challenged the individual, believed to be a white male wearing a hooded sweatshirt.
The suspect pulled a hubcap and threw it at least twice at the officer, Hopson said. The security guard returned fire and called for backup. The suspect was able to access a flat-bottomed boat and escape downstream. The exchange occurred in less than a minute, Hopson said.
Where did the Boston bombers get their explosives, guns, and ammo? Maybe through the gun-show and private-sale loopholes?
Richie Havens passed away…
This is the best cover of a Beatles song ever by one of the greatest bands ever. Second best cover of a Beatles song is Kenny Rankin’s version of Blackbird.