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I just joined Netflix, and I'm not sure why. [Apr. 24th, 2016|06:33 pm]
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I've had a hankering to watch the original Mel Brook The Producers recently, and I was surprised to find that I don't own a copy. We had been planning on signing up for Netflix anyway, as my wife is a fan of Daredevil, and there's lots of obscure movies that I'd love to watch without having to buy them.

Well, I guess I'm going to have to buy it.

They did not have the 1968 The Producers. The only Mel Brooks that they had was To Be Or Not To Be, which I have on DVD.

They did not have Robot and Frank.

They did not have A Beautiful Mind.

They did not have The Gods Must Be Crazy.

But they did have Steven Chow's first big movie, God of Cookery. So I guess that's something, I'm just not certain what.

I'm very disappointed. I guess my video library will continue to grow.

In all fairness, Amazon Prime also did not have the 1968 Producers, I'll have to check it for the others.
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"Boo hoo" indeed! [Apr. 21st, 2016|06:40 am]
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"Running for president is a significant sacrifice...There is almost no personal time...Time with my family is non-existent... Health and sleep are limited... The constant attacks never stop...My days are no longer my own..."
-- Sen. Ted Cruz in a fundraising email

"Two words: Boo hoo."
-- Sen. Elizabeth Warren in response

Being the President of the United States is a horrible job that destroys people. Take a look at Obama's photo on Inauguration Day, now take a look at one of him now. And he has another 7 months to go. I just finished a book ("Standing Next To History"), sort of an autobiography by a Secret Service agent who was on the Presidential Protection Detail under Ronald Reagan (he came on after the shooting). He said that Reagan took every opportunity to escape to Camp David on the weekend. I can't blame Reagan in the least.

If somehow, by some horrible twist of fate, Cruz gets elected, he's going to fantasize about how easy it was on the campaign trail.
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Thomas Jefferson on Trump [Apr. 15th, 2016|06:17 am]
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This is forwarded from Sherry Gottleib – “Jefferson on Trump” --
"There is also an artificial aristocracy founded on wealth and birth, without either virtue or talents... The artificial aristocracy is a mischievous ingredient in government, and provisions should be made to prevent its ascendancy."
-- Thomas Jefferson, third US president, architect, and author (13 Apr 1743-1826)

(From Joe Haldeman's LJ blog)
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While changing your ethos is good.... [Apr. 12th, 2016|05:58 am]
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"You have to treat 'em like s**t."
-- Donald Trump on women, 1992

"You once said the best way to treat women is to treat them like doody."
"I never said that. It was attributed to me."
"I see. So you treat women with respect."
"I can't say that either."
-- Donald Trump in conversation with Howard Stern, 1993

"Nobody respects women more than I do. Not even close."
-- Donald Trump, 2016

And considering his comments about his daughter, I imagine the earlier statements are more accurately representative of where he stands.
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Marx on Politics [Apr. 10th, 2016|09:33 pm]
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Groucho Marx, that is.

"Politics is the art of looking for trouble,
finding it everywhere,
diagnosing it incorrectly,
and applying the wrong remedies."
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SUCK! [Apr. 4th, 2016|09:11 pm]
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Major suck!

I'm in Omaha. Got a call two weeks ago that a friend's wife passed away unexpectedly in her sleep. Her memorial is tomorrow, so I left home Saturday and got in last night (it's a bit over 900 miles). Sadly Russet had to work so I'm solo. Fortunately this week is spring break, so I would normally be off Wednesday through Friday, so I'm not losing too much there. I was best man at their wedding 16 years ago and they photographed mine 11 years ago.

So it's pretty sucky.

Tonight I open my spam folder, I like to give it a quick glance occasionally to make sure nothing important slipped through, and I saw a spam from an old friend. It was obviously one of these where somehow his email address book was copied. I didn't need to open it to know it was spam, it was obvious from the title. Plus, there's the small matter that he's dead. He took his life a year or two ago.


I really didn't need something like that right now. Terry, in addition to losing his wife, found out that his dad had stage 4 cancer in his spine. I'm also going through medical drama with my dad, we should be getting test results soon and an indication as to what is going on.

But getting an email from a dead friend? That's just 100% pure suck.
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Ah, Richard Nixon: The Gift that just Keeps Giving [Mar. 30th, 2016|05:24 am]
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"We knew we couldn't make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin, and then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities."
—Nixon aide John Ehrlichman on the War on Drugs
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To quote the Beach Boys: Oh, Wouldn't It Be Nice! [Mar. 15th, 2016|05:28 am]
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"[The protesters] represented Bernie, our communist friend...Bernie Sanders is lying when he says his disruptors aren't told to go to my events. Be careful Bernie, or my supporters will go to yours."
-- Donald Trump

"Send them. They deserve to see what a real honest politician sounds like."
-- Bernie Sanders

I would SO LOVE to see a debate between the top two of each party! It would be quite interesting to see what it would do to Trump's polling numbers. Our country has become so polarized that it seems that people can't even listen to what the other party is saying anymore.
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Another rough week for Rock: RIP: Sir George Martin, the "Fifth Beatle", and Keith Emerson of ELP! [Mar. 12th, 2016|11:00 pm]
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Sir George really helped make the Beatles what they became. This tribute in Rolling Stone is quite interesting, contrasting his approach compared to Brian Epstein's. He was 91.

Keith Emerson took me by surprise. He was one of my 'introduction to rock' bands when back in the late '60s/early '70s my brother and I and some friends discovered a station wagon with boxes of LPs in the back. It was in a semi-demolished apartment complex, the car clearly abandoned and undriveable. There were albums by Elton John, King Crimson, Crosby Stills and Nash, Emerson Lake and Palmer, Moody Blues: it was an amazing find and totally changed my taste in music as my dad was an inveterate C&W listener and mom listened to whatever he did. I have no idea where my taste in classical came from.

Anyway, Keith passed Friday at 71. Comments to this Rolling Stone article (with auto-start music video) mention that he was diagnosed with cancer last year: apparently his death was a suicide and may have been from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

In addition to Emerson, Lake and Palmer, Keith recorded with Greg Lake and Cozy Powell as Emerson, Lake and Powell and later got back together with Carl Palmer and recorded the album 3.

I don't have a lot of ELP on my phone, but I was able to put together a 15-20 song playlist and listen to it tonight while doing errands, we're in Phoenix right now for my mother's birthday so I don't have access to my full library.

Very sad. I would say that it's been a rough year for musicians, which it has, but I imagine that any given year there are lots of musician deaths.
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The fast food chain Wendy's had a data breech [Mar. 3rd, 2016|06:32 am]
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This one is slightly different. The thieves were more careful with how they're using the cards, and credit unions are being hit hard. One CU manager mentioned in the story said that they've gone through half their budget for credit fraud for the year -- IN JANUARY.

I have lunch at Wendy's once or twice a week, and I always use my debit card. I haven't seen any activity on my account since the information about the breech surfaced a month and a half ago, still, I should either start carrying more cash for lunch or use my credit card more. The credit card is still vulnerable to data breeches such as this, but American law gives you stronger protection and reduced liability for a credit card versus a debit card. The problem with going to cash for such transactions is that my bank doesn't have a branch or ATM down here, so I'd be getting nibbled by out of network fees.

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