Thanks For Sharing Auspicious Paintings

Today I went into the bowels of the blog comments, to find a comment a friend said she had left, but which did not show as a comment.

Apparently WordPress has decided, randomly, to just start protecting me from comments by some of you by trashing them directly, putting you in the same bin as the troll that shall not be named.

Some old denizens of hundom like Mary Catteli, or TXR get put there randomly for a few comments, some which are something like “yeah, exactly.”

The ways of the wordpress are so inscrutable that I BET you we could make it into a devination instrument.  You know, like tea leaves.  “If the comment spammed by wordpress are about kittens, there is a chance a tall stranger from over the sea will arrive bringing money.”  Eh.  WordPressmancy.  It’s an idea.

But in the bowels of the blog there are in fact a bunch of comments by what appear to be robots.  This is the type of comment that’s left so that they can leave a link to something.  Perhaps they’re only fascinating as an example of mechanical translation, but they are certainly an endorsement of the idea that mechanical translation alone will never work.  I imagine the reason people in Star Trek got in so much trouble is that they went around saying things like “Thank you for auspicious posting of information sharing.”

Take this post, for example:

Thanks a lot for sharing this with all people you actually recognize what you are speaking approximately! Bookmarked. Kindly also visit my site =). We can have a link exchange contract among us!

As all of you know it is a goal with me to share my posts with people who KNOW I’m speaking APPROXIMATELY.  I’m not sure how one speaks approximately, but I approximate like nobody’s business. 😀

Or this one, left, on, of all possible posts, the one that is entitled “I Am Alive” and which explains why there was no blog post earlier:

There are undoubtedly a good deal of particulars like that to take into consideration. That is a fantastic point to bring up. I provide the thoughts above as general inspiration but clearly there are questions like the one you bring up where the most vital thing will likely be working in honest great faith. I don?t know if finest practices have emerged about things like that, but I’m positive that your job is clearly identified as a fair game. Both boys and girls feel the impact of just a moment’s pleasure, for the rest of their lives.

the only question I brought up was whether I was still alive.  I’m obviously working in honest grate faith.  As for finest practices and my job being identified as a fair game, it’s full of idiocy.  As the master (RAH) said “Surely the game is rigged, but don’t let that discourage you.  If you don’t bet, you can’t win.”

On the fill in post by Havelock:

Thank you for the auspicious writeup. It in fact
was a amusement account it. Look advanced to more added agreeable from you!
However, how could we communicate?

I don’t know, buster.  Can you meow?  I warn you, this cat aspirates his meows.  He’s high class.  (And not I’m not joking, he aspirates his meows.  Which should NOT be possible.

This on the post announcing I can’t write because I have the flu:

whoah this blog is magnificent i love studying your posts. Keep up the good paintings! You understand, many individuals are hunting around for this information, you can help them greatly.

So…. individuals are hunting for information that I convey through paintings to help them greatly?  Dude, there’s an entire story in that.

Anyway, I’ve now rescued my friend’s comment, and as you can tell got completely derailed for the day.  Also, wordpress is as silly as ever.  If you notice a comment disappearing, please tell me, as it’s clearly more unaccountable than normal

Meanwhile wordpressmancy predicts a day of heavy coffee and decongestants, with a high probability of three non fic articles and hopefully an incidence of fiction.

138 thoughts on “Thanks For Sharing Auspicious Paintings

    1. Our hostess paints with words, drawing a clear painting of the knowledge she wishes to impart to us lowly minions

  1. I probably won’t be saying anything useful until I get my sleep a bit better sorted out.

    I’m glad to see at least one of my pokemon comments made it out of the thing. (And the other one I may have simply erased before trying to post.)

    1. My border collie attempts to talk when she’s really upset; usually if we’ve been gone all day. She’s more coherent than the spammers. 🙂

        1. Something about the telephone(s) hurts her hearing, so “call” is a dangerous word to use in her earshot. Especially on a day when the duck/geese hunting is going strong. “I’m a herder, not a gun dog.”.

        2. We had a cat who — while a mutt he could pass himself off as a Maine Coon — who delighted in snow, especially when t was six inches or more deep. There was a fir tree just off the porch whose lower boughs would be borne down by the snow and our cat delighted in ensconcing himself in the shelter thus created, waiting patiently for unwary flying food delivery.

          1. Whenever a kitten volunteers to join our household, I try to keep them in for a year, and start letting them out when it either snows (less likely locally) or is raining really hard; to teach them to stay next to house. One rare snow day, let out almost year-old kitten. Did the “what’s this cold wet stuff”, kitty step, proceeded to lay down in it an plow through. Current 2 year-old cat (had since he was 3 weeks old) consistently comes in from storms soaking wet, gets treats, dried off, and goes right back out, to get soaked, again. He has been spotted playing with raindrops as rain comes down. Have 2 cats who won’t go outside, too wet & cold; only 2 of 12 we’ve been successful with (okay one will go out onto the house roof in evenings in summer, but that’s it). They keep flying food from nesting in house eve’s, and squirrels from planting involuntary trees in the yard.

            1. One of our cats got out one day when we lived in Great Mistakes, IL. In January. High for the day below zero. We found her the next day under the neighbor’s shed. For the rest of her life she would walk up to any door, look outside if you opened it- and never, ever cross the threshold. Proof that cats are intelligent and can learn.

              1. We are in the Willamette Valley (W. Oregon), so getting below 0, even if it snows, or we get a silver thaw (heavy ice), does not happen. Even in the Cascades, which gets lots of snow, below 0 is rare. Middle teens is about it. Heck snow above 6″ is rare (exception Jan 1969). Yes cats can learn. But only if THEY want to, our wants, not so much.

                1. Did my big shopping run to Green Bay today. When I got home, I was transferring all the goods from the side porch to the kitchen and all three cats decided to make a run into the porch.
                  Isabeau and Allie decided in seconds to reverse course, and Annie jumped to the window to look for squirrels, but came almost instantly when I called her back in.
                  It was 15 to 20 in the porch. Annie always makes the break, thinking I am gonna go into the basement and she can get into trouble down there. The other two will now wait until spring before trying that again, but they both tend to sleep in front of the registers for the heat.

                  1. Our 19 year-old cat sleeps on top of the heater vent. She was so happy when we switched from ceiling electric to forced air natural gas; mostly because went from less heat in most of house (because the ceiling heat could not be turned off 100%, just turned way, way, down) except for wood in center, to heat wherever there were these nice new vents. Ceiling heat in Oregon is EXPENSIVE, and worthless. House is old enough when electric rates were cheap. Not so much anymore. Verifiable savings about $100/month, more if we’d actually been using original heat, full blast. Figured 5 year payoff for all the work. It’s been 10.

                    1. I used electric for heat in Texas, but would have preferred gas. Up here in the U.P. it had to be natural gas whether forced air or boiler/radiator or I wasn’t considering it for purchase.
                      My High/low Summer/Winter is reversed here, but last bill with the week + of sub-zero temps was still lower than my highest Texas bill of trying to AC in a month of 100+
                      And my house is not well insulated (built in 1949 with true 2x4s for walls and rafters), so I’d hate for electric alone here. My energy bill is both Electric and gas on the same bill (Wisconsin Public Service even though I’m in Michigan)

                    2. Do not have Air Conditioning as part of furnace. Not normally worth having air at all until recently, and that is more because of “age does not care for heat at night” than changing weather patterns. House is old enough that walls are not as well insulated as they could be (1972-ish). If we can cool down the house at night, then the house stays cool/tolerable all day, better if no one is going in and out. Since we are retired, house is not just shutdown all day. Have had an in-wall Air conditioner in Family Room over garage for about 16 years, finally added portable one downstairs, used them maybe 10 days last summer. Humidity is NOT a problem here. My EWEB (power, water, sewer) costs stays the same all year, as most charges apply. What little Air Conditioning in summer off sets the extra heating for the Travel Trailer to prevent line freezing in the winter. Gas. <$6/summer, Spring, & Autumn months, and $60 to $125, winter months. Trust me I know we have it better than most. I whine about my $150 to $400 monthly EWEB bill, but I've seen legit monthly $600 – $1200+ utility bills for utilities in CA. Wrote Utility software, option as part of a suite of software for Counties managing small community/housing utilities; testing the program involved live (not faked/made up) actual data.

                    3. It is quite humid here, but I am on the river, a bit more than 2 miles from the Green Bay. The rental I was in had no AC (it was also one of the houses I considered buying) but I just moved down into the basement to sleep and was fine. I can’t take the heat like when I lived in south Louisiana and had no AC in my bedroom.
                      This place has a small AC, but it sure doesn’t work hard to keep the lower floor cool. If I get the upstairs bedroom going it will be a touch warm in summer, but I can change the airflow and probably be fine.

                  2. Electric strip heat is the most expensive type of heat. Heat pumps are better, but at the UP latitudes even the ground loop systems have problems (ground loops at upper latitudes tend to take out more heat in the winter than they pump in during the summer). Somewhere in the mid thirties to upper twenties Fahrenheit ambient temperature, heat pumps uses strip heat to supplement things. They also come one during the defrost cycle.

                    For a nightmare electric bill, imagine a central cooling system running at the same time as strip heat. Yes, it happens.

                    1. Oh yeah!
                      Heat pump stuff never did catch on up here.
                      (back to trying to type after the cat sat on the number pad enter key)
                      But someone did try it. Now they do the geotherm ground loop thing more for cooling, and the heat is still gas.

                    2. I was reading an article about the Levittown housing project, which was pretty fancy when it was built. The houses had hydronic heating; copper pipes running hot water through concrete slabs.

                      One of the former tenants mentioned it was common to see the dogs all lined up in a row on the floor, along the path of one of the heating pipes…

                    3. I was watching a YouTube vid about a small house/trailer build, and she used heated floors for it. I mentioned the critters like heated floors and she said her pup REALLY loves the heated floor.

                    4. I run into that with Air and furnace since the two aren’t connected. Just made sure furnace is to way lower than the Air Conditioner was ever going to get temp down to. Plus we use the furnace Air Blower w/out heat for air flow.

                      In Longview, WA, we had baseboards electric heaters (utility electric costs very low in WA in general) and zero insolation; yes cheap, but opens up a whole new set of problems with safety.

                      Sister’s house (newer, and much, much bigger) currently heat & cool with electric, not gas. They can’t get it. She uses propane tank for her gas stove, and fireplaces.

                    5. My mother once taught in a school with the heated pipes in the floor. She attributed that to ruining her feet. She ended up with thickened skin on her feet to the point of cracking.

                    6. A neighbor, who moved several hundred miles north but continued to see after his old home place where his aunt lived, opted for a fuel oil system in an area where all the heat was electric, wood, or propane. The fuel oil was a grade of kerosene, and it heated the rooms by baseboard radiators. It might have been a good system where it was common, but, here, where no one knew how to service it, it was a nightmare. We ended up going down there quite a few times on that heater. We weren’t heating and air folk, but they were neighbors. Finally, he got rid of that system and went with a more conventional one for this area.

                    7. We’re one of the places where #2 Kerosene is used for heat. The heaters I’m familiar with are made by Toyotomi, and so far, all I’ve had to do was change the tank’s fuel filter element and paint the tank. This is after a dozen years. Our neighbors use a couple for heat (battery backup for the electrical section), while I use mine to keep the barn/shop from freezing. The controller goes down to 50, but I have the sensor mounted just above an old-school nightlight so the barn stays in the high 30s. A wood stove takes care of heating when I’m in there.

                2. We’re east of the Cascades (Klamath County), and while we haven’t had subzero temperatures this winter, we’ve had several mornings barely above zero. (Our record cold was -28F.) If it gets below zero, the dogs are very quick in the kennel, then they want to come back in. When it gets really cold, one dog tries to alternate a three-foot stance. She’s pretty quick in nasty weather. :).

                  The house is manufactured, so we’re pretty well stuck with electric heat, but it’s forced air, and the insulation is pretty good. 2 x 6 exterior walls (R-19 insulation), and floor and ceiling R30 to R38. December or January can be spendy, though we get some heat from a sunroom and the backup propane stove. Air conditioning isn’t worth it; when we get really hot days in the summer (95-100), we’ll cool off the house as much as possible first thing in the morning, and maybe lose a bit of heat in the evening. We don’t think it’s a good idea to sleep with windows open, what withvarious varmints, four and two footed…Some folks use swamp coolers; we’re dry enough, but I don’t like them. Way too much mold potential.

                  It’s looking to stay dry, so the studded snow tires are coming off one of the cars in a month or so. We can get a lot of ice with little provocation, so I try to keep one vehicle set up for those “gotta go now, dammit” runs. (I’m seeing eye doctors in Medford a lot, so the cross-Cascade car will keep snows on a bit later. That highway can be a bastard when it ices up.)

                  1. Once upon a time, they put gas furnaces in manufactured homes. Know one fellow who learned the hard way that there’s a difference between gas regulators when he put one salvaged from a tobacco barn on his manufactured home. Fortunately, it only knocked him out the door when he tried to light it.

                    Usually manufactured homes now go for electric strip heat. The largest residential winter bills we see are for those homes. Worse, people who bought them saw it was a forced air unit and assumed it was a heat pump. Un-uh. You can get them with heat pumps here, but that’s not standard.

                    Have seen duct work come down on them, too, dumping all that nice, hot, air, into the crawl space. That one went with an electric heater to warm that room, and all that together made the meter spin. Ended up there as part of a high bill complaint.

                    OTOH, there was one high bill complaint where the heat coming out the door was almost enough to knock us down. They had it way hot in that manufactured home.

                    1. I bought a manufactured home new in 2004. It had an electric furnace, but didn’t come standard with A/C, so it was added on, and they didn’t upgrade the blower, AND i suspect the ducts leaked into the crawlspace significantly, because in winter I could see “steam” coming from the vents pretty heavily.

                      Winter and summer were pretty miserable, because we couldn’t get it warm enough in winter or cool enough in summer, even though the heating or A/C ran constantly, and yeah, bills were horrible.

                    2. Back in 2005, you could get a permit for a DIY installation of a propane heater. (The county also had enough people to go around looking for code compliance, so a permit was A Good Idea.) I assume somebody screwed up miserably, because the heater for the pumphouse had to be installed by a licensed contractor by order of the state fire marshal. I could do all the electric and plumbing I wanted (all the interior wiring was mine, but the plumbing and running the feed through the 350′ trench got subbed out), but no more gas hookup.

                      One neighbor had a heat pump in their large house (big fireplace sole backup), but they had a solid year of weekly visits from the Carrier people. The house listing says electric forced air, so I assume it’s a resistance heater now, much like ours. The owner had a toxic personality, so there was a minimum of small talk. (Glad there is no telepathy; I’d have been in a duel with that guy…)

                    3. My supervisor got a new heat pump maybe a year before we did. He went with the top-of-the-line super efficient model with all sorts of bells and whistles. We went with a more modest middle-of-the-line unit that was more efficient than the bottom-of-the-line units, but weren’t top of the line. It wasn’t just cost: When we learned it was the most common unit the heating and air company installed, we knew they had experience with it and likely kept the parts on the truck.

                      So far my supervisor has had endless problems with his, beginning with an incorrect installation and continuing with issues like parts and repairs. Meanwhile, we’ve had one design defect that the repairman said “I’ve got a fix for that,” and other than a call I made recently (false alarm: unit was working properly), it’s worked fine.

                  2. CA examples I cited before are from Counties just across the border, from you. Although electric costs are not all their problems. Cost of water doesn’t help. East of the Cascades, across the high desert and more eastern mountain ranges, approaching the Oregon borders, can get colder than the Oregon Cascade Passes, even if they don’t get as much snow. Cascades can and do, drop below zero (especially further north), but nothing like the Rockies, central prairies and NE. Still gets cold enough to kill, if one gets into trouble and is not prepared.

                    1. Klamath Falls runs about 10F cooler than Medford, but due to our microclimate (valley bottom, just above the river), we run 5-10F cooler than K-Falls. Chemult (east of Crater Lake) runs a bit cooler, and they get a lot more snow than us.

                      My wife used to go to a yarn shop in Ashland. One morning the people were complaining of a 40F morning. We had 4.

              2. Then there’s my Dope on a Rope (he’s tied up because otherwise he flat forgets to come home for days on end) who has the most marvelous short plush coat, and at zero (F) is too warm and enjoys a good roll in the snow.

                The other cats (who lack such insulation) have a heated bed in the porch, so when it’s below zero where do they sleep? under an unheated outbuilding with a pretty good wind tunnel through its gappy foundations. WTF??

    1. Probably. There’s a story in most shopping lists. Once was in a discussion where a writer got an idea thinking about getting an idea from shopping lists.

  2. I keep getting ones from with some really strange, quasi religious stuff and “daddy said” lines. I have no idea what’s with those and I do not intend to find out.

    On a slightly more serious note, Guess-Who has appeared once or twice using fake names and IPs. He just won’t quit.

    1. So, he’s still attempting access to a computer system which he’s been expressly forbidden to enter?

      1. Yeppers. Shadowdancer caught his new IDs and warned me. I should have guessed from the negative and off-the-wall comment he left.

  3. And my comment on the spam/trashed comments got caught in the spam/trash because of including part of a spam’s URL. 🙂 Ah, WordPress.

      1. Yeah, well, when one is owned by Google a certain presumption of non-innocence is in order.

        Damore Suit: Google Caters to Furries, Transgenderism, and ‘A Yellow-Scaled Wingless Dragonkin’
        An endorsement of gender identity based on biological sex is considered beyond the pale, but according to the suit Google fosters many “alternative lifestyles” beyond transgenderism. “Furries,” for instance, dress up and act like animals. A movement of “human pups” mixes BDSM and gay sex with the “lifestyle” of grown men dressing up and acting like dogs. One of the more straightforward of these “lifestyles” — polygamy — merely involves marrying more than one person, usually men marrying multiple wives.

        Twitter and [REDACTED]book enable and encourage swarming behaviour, thus provoking expressions of outrage by the intemperate and intolerant. It is akin to returning to High School without the ameliorating benefit of knowing the term is limited.

            1. well, they were bad enough they needed a constant reminder to the negative anyhow . . .
              come to think of it.
              Take back your insult of lemmings!
              meanie (~_^)

    1. Should be interesting to see if this gets sent to spam. Email from my prior company does, no matter how often I de-spam it, email, and the website. Small company, very target is not general populace, so they don’t register their URL, with every certifying agency. ( Short for Cascade Software Systems Cost Accounting Management System, indicating company and product name as it is commonly known as.

  4. Those are f’ing funny. I would have guessed foreign rather than bots, but who knows.

    And yes, WP has been really goofy as of late. While in WP Reader yesterday it said there were 374 comments, when I opened it up, it would only show me 4. I reload the page, there are now only 54 comments, but I can view all of them. Reload again, won’t show me any comments at all. Reload one more time just because I’m a glutton for punishment. There are now 374 comments, and I can actually expand out to view everything. Yeesh!

    1. I try to avoid using the WP reader, but lately they’ve been jiggering all the comment reply notifications to send you to the reader instead of the website.

  5. I am the business manager and accountant for a Nigerian Prince who is a great fan of your paintings. He has instructed me to bestow upon you a considerable sum in the hopes that you will continue your most excellent works. All I require is your bank account number to facilitate the transfer payment.

    1. First thought was “Who’s that guy who managed to twice scam the scammers of this type?”
      Then I thought of the leftoids who were gonna prove online gun sales are an easy way for the nefarious to buy a gun illegally.
      It was great “success” as they did find “fraud”.
      Two of the online sellers took their money even after they implied, mentioned, or had it come up they could not legally buy guns!
      Those two sellers kept the money and did not deliver the guns.
      every other online seller refused

      1. Ever since reading that I’ve been wondering. Did they charge the two non-seller sellers with wire fraud? I can imagine some really good defense strategies for court…

        1. I hadn’t heard. I have to wonder though, is it actionable fraud on their part when someone approached and wanted to pay them to break the law, but they didn’t break the law even after being paid to do so?
          “I thought it was a gift your honor”

          1. Sounds like a guy calling the cops because his pot dealer gave him oregano (where pot is illegal).

            1. Some decades ago, the local sheriff’s office got a call about stolen wacky weed. When the deputy arrived at the seen, he found a stoned suspect walking around with a bag of the stuff. Before the deputy could act, the caller came out, pointed, and identified the bag as his.

    2. Fabulous. Unfortunately, I’m away from home at the moment, and I don’t have any bank statements with me, so I’ll need a couple of days to get the number.

      Meanwhile, I need something from you. To make sure that you are a real person and not a bot, I need you to send me a picture of you wearing bunny ears (the rabbit is traditionally a sign of good luck in my culture) and holding up a sign that says “I AM DORKUS MAXIMUS” (“DORKUS MAXIMUS” is an archaic phrase that means “totally legitimate accountant.”)

  6. My mind has flown to the highest reaches of space. (Voice over) Just a dime a day will save this poor mind from being scattered to the void. *music starts Only you can save this poor mind.

  7. I suspect some of those posts may be by non-English speakers. Which raises the question of whether they are taking your posts, running them through a translator so they think they know what you’re talking about, writing their replies in whatever language they use, and then running that back into an English translation which they then post on the site.

    Oh brave new automated world! We have the multiple choice of ignoring it, being irritated with it, or laughing until our sides ache. I’ll take a drink and the laughter.

    1. I get this depressing mental picture of The People’s Liberation Army Auspicious Link Factory #41, with rows of political prisoners forced to leave clickback spam comments in order to get their daily gruel.
      If they’re bad, they get assigned to the dreaded Room 770.

  8. Since we don’t have telepathy, all speech is approximate. More or less.
    As for the others, I am reminded of Salvor Hardin who applied symbolic logic to the Imperial Ambassador’s various utterances and found that by the time he canceled out the dribble and goo, there was nothing left at all.

    1. Thank goodness we don’t have telepathy. There are minds that I very much do not want any sort of contact with at all, and minds out there that would doubtless feel the same about me. But that’s only the tip of the ‘berg.

      Thoughtcrime would no longer be an amusing joke. It would be real, literal, raw and ugly truth. Imagine what some true believer could do with it. Bad things.

      On the upside, doctors wouldn’t need to ask you where it hurt. Downside again, privacy would be a thing of the past- and how this would change humantiy would be huge. Upside, sharing the joyous moments in life would be pretty danged awesome. *chuckle* Depending on how it worked, things could become unimaginably bad* and amazingly good at the same time. There’s probably a story or two in that (and already are a few I’m aware of).

      *: Well, we probably *could* imagine it, but I wouldn’t particularly want to.

      1. Since the things I don’t say are often more pointed than polite and I’ve been told I have no tact anyway, It’s probably on balance a good thing people that people can’t hear what I think.
        Most of the ones that have tried to try to tell me what I’m really thinking wind up instead revealing what they are thinking, and it’s seldom nice.

        1. I’m imagining the perils of public speaking and the whole “just imagine everyone in the audience is naked” thing (which never did much to relax me and often left me feeling more than a trifle nauseated) when I expanded it into politicians addressing crowds …

      2. Thoughtcrime is a crime within the hallowed search halls of the G-plex. Just see the recent Damore et al. lawsuit filing for how it’s enforced.

      3. Bob Silverberg did a novel, Dying Inside (IIRC) about a telepath depicting life as an experience akin to being trapped on a subway with folks carrying ghetto blasters blaring out an endless cacophony of discordant tunes.

        1. Darkover Novels by Bradley. Whole world with castes of telepaths. First thing taught when it manifests, no matter the age, but usually young teen, is control & blocking, and consequences of doing neither; very stringent set of rules, many stories exploring. Not that telepaths don’t communicate mind to mind, but not without consent on both sides.

          Body language VS what someone is saying can be bad enough, without reading what they are actually thinking.

          1. I don’t know who first pointed it out, but if telepathy were real, it obviously is a negative factor in survival, because no one nor is any species telepathic.

  9. “Perhaps they’re only fascinating as an example of mechanical translation, but they are certainly an endorsement of the idea that mechanical translation alone will never work.”

    Mechanical translation is certainly a very difficult technical problem for natural language, due to the difficulties context and ambiguity introduce into the parsing. (Word equivalency/appropriateness between languages is another issue entirely.) By contrast, context-free languages (e.g. programming languages and various data formats) are often amenable to reliable mechanical translation.

  10. Truly great paintings are always subject to some degree of interpretation — it is their metaphorical quality which gives them power — thus you are “speaking” approximately when you post those in honest great faith.

    Nothing is nonsense if you dial down deeply enough.

    1. Signs point to YES.
      Signs point to NO.
      Signs point to many things, three days old.
      Combine this with all less sense-making posts and send to a major publishing house (for fun and, maybe, PROFIT). (With no return address.)

  11. Those posts read like the instructions for odd off-brand Japanese electronics; the ones that are probably Japanese translated hastily into English by somebody who’s milk tongue is Korean.

      1. I’ve always referred to it a Japanese translated into English by someone who speaks Polish. But now that I’m thinking about, I should go with a really out there language- Basque.

        1. I only named Korean because it was a plausible scenario, what with the number of ethnic Koreans in Japan ans their social status (low). My first though, when I ran into this, was Swahili.

  12. I am certain every author has ernest hopes for an amusement account. And a travel account. And one for frivolities. Lots and lots of well-populated bank accounts.

    So the commenters doomed to comment purgatory are not wrong.

  13. My last cat could purr on both the inhale and exhale. No idea how she did it. My parrot terrorized her with dive-bombing passes.

    1. Friend of mine had a parrot and two cats. The cats were terrified of the parrot because it meowed back at them and could fly…. 😎

  14. I’m rather disappointed that none of your commentators suggested the you could make $5000 dollars/week selling your auspicious paintings on Google if you would just click here…

  15. Does colorado require a prescription for Pseudoephedrine? we’re not quite to that point in Alabama yet, and I dread the day it happens.

    Anyway, the real reason I post tonight is that your Heinlein quote is resonating especially hard for me right now; I had some lab work hit my doctor’s office while I was returning home from the ‘Bama game tuesday afternoon, and I have leukemia. Shockingly, it’s apparently not related to the chemo or rads I had for esophageal cancer five years ago; just bad genes. Philadelphia negative, which is a huge downer, but they’ve got a phase 3 clinical trial I’m going to sign up for on tuesday. You can’t win if you don’t play, and by G_d I’m playing. So warm thoughts of health, safety, and security to all, and if anyone wants to sign up for the bone marrow registry, it wouldn’t hurt my feelings any.

    Sorry for the huge downer, Mrs. Hoyt. I’m still pretty emotionally labile right now, and am probably telling more people about this than I should at this point in the game. I do want to thank you for helping to keep me entertained for so many years, between the blogging and the fiction. Don’t know what I’d do if you, larry, or marko quit writing. So thank you, from the bottom of my heart.

    1. the weird ‘present your license so it can be checked on the computer’ for pseudoephedrine is federal laws not state…

      1. yeah, we’ve got the federal registry stuff here for sure, but most of the neighboring states have also gone to requiring a prescription as well; the MS state police have a really grotesque habit of staking out the state line waiting for people coming back from AL pharmacies. after 40 years of chronic sinus suffering, I know what works for me, and the continuing efforts of the politicos to make it more difficult for me to get functional medication is more than irritating.

        1. Flat State’s laws were a real pain for students because you had to have an in-state license to buy the stuff, and the pharmacists were better than bar-staff at catching fakes. Those of us with in-state licenses but no or just mild allergies sometimes shared our “stashes” with out-of state students, or out-of-state faculty.

          1. I was first given pseudoephedrine back in the late Sixties when my doctor determined it was the best treatment for my sinus headaches. I was able to buy it over the counter in jars containing 100 of the little pills. Nothing else has ever functioned quite so well at keeping my head’s air ducts operative.

            Damned meth-heads.

      1. Hummm…mmm. I don’t have one (yet — I’ve recently had a sharp reminder that my family history is not altogether promising) and I am registered, but I think I need to update my contact info.

  16. Did somebody say something about non-fiction?

    The Dems don’t want anybody yearning to breathe free – they need reliable voters!

    Give Us Your Poor and You’re Tired, but Make Sure They Wish to Breathe Free
    By Sarah Hoyt
    This week, as I’m trying to get over upper respiratory crud, the world has been going mad over the president referring to some countries as “sh*tholes” and wondering why we need more people from them.

    As the left is throwing themselves on the floor and refusing to breathe, lost in the noise and grinding of teeth is the fact that these words apparently came up during a discussion of the lottery visas which aim at increasing our “diversity.”

    In other words, these are visas we give to people because they tan an interesting shade, or come from “underrepresented” countries, in order to…. I don’t know. And neither does anyone else. No one has ever, in fact, demonstrated any benefits to “diversity” of genetic background or gender chromosomes, or any other the protected classes that count as “diversity.”

    In fact, what we know of tribal societies trying to transition to the modern/country age is that the more people identify with their tribal sub-identity, the less well integration will work, and the more the country will be held down. Unless that is our intent, then what really is the point?

    As for referring to these countries as sh*tholes, really, honestly, do you think he’s not echoing the opinions many people are afraid to voice out loud?


    I still don’t get how they claim Trump us racist for condemning countries for corrupt incompetent government. Do they think that is a cultural/racial thing?

    1. hhmmm it posted below
      copy and paste here :
      of course it’s raaaacist. don’tchya hear the dog whistles?!
      unfortunately they have mistaken tinnitus for the sound of a whistle.
      Well, of course, when you are such a massive racist, you think any criticism is obviously for racist reasons. There can be no other reason, surely!

      1. and I know dang well I didn’t hit the wrong reply button as I read RES via feed and didn’t even go to the bottom of his comment so it was well off screen

    2. It’s a reflex, RES. If Trump says anything, it MUST be raaaaaacist or sexxxxxist, by definition, because, you know, he’s (whispering) white..

      1. My problem is I demand they tell me credible lies, not pee on my leg and tell me it’s rain. I live by the cde of Detective Munch: “I’m not Montel Williams.”

        Det. John Munch: You’re saving your really good lies for some smarter cop, is that it? I’m just a donut in the on-deck circle. Wait until the real guy gets here. Wait until that big guy comes back. I’m probably just his secretary. I’m just Montel Williams. You want to talk to Larry King.

        Bernard: I’m telling you the truth.

        Det. John Munch: I’ve been in murder police for ten years. If you’re going to lie to me, you lie to me with respect. What is it? Is it my shoes? Is it my haircut? Got a problem with my haircut? Don’t you ever lie to me like I’m Montel Williams. I am not Montel Williams. I am not Montel Williams.

        Bernard: Who’s Montel Williams?

        Det. John Munch: I’m not Montel Williams.

  17. of course it’s raaaacist. don’tchya hear the dog whistles?!
    unfortunately they have mistaken tinnitus for the sound of a whistle.
    Well, of course, when you are such a massive racist, you think any criticism is obviously for racist reasons. There can be no other reason, surely!

  18. The ways of the wordpress are so inscrutable that I BET you we could make it into a devination instrument. You know, like tea leaves. “If the comment spammed by wordpress are about kittens, there is a chance a tall stranger from over the sea will arrive bringing money.” Eh. WordPressmancy. It’s an idea.

    WordPresstination. 🙂

  19. Matt, hang tough with leukemia trial. Agree with you re this blog and books over years. Hubby’s diagnosis after 3 different hospitals, every test you can imagine (he let them do colonoscopy on grounds that they had poked every thing else), etc. etc. is a rare, treatable auto-immune disease. Last hospital misdiagnosed as CHF and nearly killed him; we transferred him out. Thank you all for prayers and comments. They have helped me cope. (Two outside barn cats have beautiful thick coats with cold weather today high to be in 40’s I think. Inside sweet dog (not hunting type) thinks it’s too darn cold, goes out for 3 minutes and immediately wants back in. Lots of things browned by frost. Have worn some sweaters for first time in a couple of years.) PS WP lost long comment re Hungarian revolution other day before I could send. Aargh.

    1. Yes ma’am! while this obviously isn’t a diagnosis I wanted, it could still be worse. Met my oncologist today, and I was impressed. smart, funny, and willing to listen to my wife (MD, boarded in family with an AQ in palliative) and I.

      I fully plan on going mean little redneck on this disease.

      1. Keep on. My plan is when the gentleman with the scythe comes from me to make him take me kicking screaming and trying to scratch out the eyes which he don’t got. I advise the same.
        And keep us posted.

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