Jan 182018
 
  • Decided to base my Monday morning go-to-work decision on whether it looked likely I’d be involuntarily out Tuesday. I said it did, so I worked Monday, and took the holiday time Tuesday. Had enough to do remotely yesterday that I’m not all that behind. I love it when a plan comes together.
  • The boys are going to end up with a one-day week. Theirs was one of the few school systems still out today, instead of delayed. (Sounds less ridiculous when you consider that Ardmore is also included in “Limestone County Schools.”)
  • Our low for the entire weather event was 6.6º F. That’s as cold as I can recall it ever being here, at this house, since we moved in 17 years ago.
  • I remember telling you I was going to start Ozark. When was that? Oh, I see it was only about five months ago. Well, I didn’t, but I really am watching it now. I’m making friends with the treadmill, and compelling episodic television is about the best treadmill companion there is. Maybe I’ll even try something longer after I’m done with this (it’s only ten episodes so far).
  • Danica Patrick’s retirement plan is to run this year’s Daytona 500 and Indianapolis 500, and the hard part of the puzzle just fell into place. GoDaddy has announced it will sponsor her for both races. Finding a seat for her will be easy now. (Not that it was ever going to be particularly difficult.)
  • Now that I have saved a little bit of money for a laptop, I’m not sure I want to turn loose of it for that. Funny how that works. I’m still running this netbook with Lubuntu on it, and it’s a little slow, but it works fine. (And it actually has me thinking I may want to stay with Linux for a mobile rig. Repurposing a decent Chromebook is an intriguing option for such.)
  • Catch Arrival while it is available on Amazon Prime. Marvelously thoughtful and profound science fiction. Saintseester told me I would enjoy it. She was right.
 Posted by at 11:00 am
Jan 112018
 
  • Today is Human Trafficking Awareness Day. Check out the North Alabama Human Trafficking Task Force, as well as our Twitter page.
  • I’m optimistic that last week’s “adventure” with being hacked is over. I’m not going to be particularly specific about what happened because I’m a little paranoid about drawing new attention. I will say that: 1) it’s highly likely an automated program jacked my blog and then alerted a person to it; 2) there is strong evidence that deleting the existing plug-ins directory removed the vulnerability; and 3) reacting mostly calmly saved me a lot of trouble. If you want to know any more, ask me privately.
  • I’m still getting BoWilliams.com back like I want it. There were several bits of functionality I really liked that were from rather old plug-ins, and it’s more of a challenge than I anticipated putting those pieces back.
  • We landed the Toyota-Mazda plant! This means 4,000 high-quality direct jobs, and probably ten times that many supporting jobs. It will be the fifth major automotive plant in the state, and the fourth final assembly plant. I love the diversification of the labor force this brings to the area. The downside for us is that we’ll be in a mostly urban environment in three to five years. When we built this house in 2000, it was in the sticks.
  • We are watching Planet Earth II on Netflix right now, and it is a worthy successor to the original. It’s some of the best stuff ever put on television. The imagery is simply spectacular.
  • I recently encountered a listicle that claimed collectible status for Apple /// computers. I was highly skeptical until I found this on eBay. I’ve written of my old system before. I used it all the way through college graduation in 1992. It was considerably nicer than that system on eBay. We threw out probably three complete systems when Dad moved from the old house.
  • This simple silicone bowl for popping popcorn in the microwave is fantastic. If you want to make popcorn better for you at home, and you don’t want to mess with a dedicated countertop appliance, pick this product up. This is a genuine life improvement for $16. No connection other than being a satisfied customer.
  • The weather gets seasonal again tomorrow. It won’t be a pleasant weekend to be outside.
 Posted by at 7:20 am
Dec 212017
 

When I got home from work last night, I turned the air conditioner on. Today is the first day of winter. Snow is semi-plausibly forecast for ten days from now. It used to please me when the days started getting longer again. Now I’m ambivalent about it at best. I used to dislike winter a […]

 Posted by at 1:46 pm
Dec 072017
 

Well, I wish our first genuinely cold Saturday was full of football, but no matter. I’m still going to make chili, and we’re still going to have a fire. The worst commercials of the 21st century are the “some people still like cable, just like some people like…” Direct TV commercials. They are deeply unfunny, […]

 Posted by at 10:41 am
Nov 302017
 

There are not-so-far-fetched scenarios that will probably put Alabama in the playoff. I’m fine with whatever happens. I was castigated earlier this year for suggesting that Alabama was missing the X-factor this season, but I still don’t think it’s such a silly view. You know how if you drink 2%, 1%, or skim milk long […]

 Posted by at 10:34 am