Georgia Gun Law

Gov. Deal said he hoped that the state’s newly enacted Safe Carry Protection Act, which makes it legal to carry guns in bars, schools, churches, and some government buildings, would send the message that Georgia was taking its competition with Florida “very, very seriously.”

“In recent years, if you wanted to fire off a gun any damn place you pleased, there was a sense that Florida was the state for you,” he said. “We’re hoping to change that perception.”
Andy Borowitz

Borowitz was joking about what Governor Deal said, of course, but the law is no joke.

According to the Washington Post article What Georgia’s Expansive New Pro-gun Law Does, the stated purpose of the law — which goes into effect this July — is to protect “the basic constitutional rights of the roughly 5 percent of Georgia residents who hold licenses to carry weapons.”

This law gives added protections to those who have played by the rules – and who can protect themselves and others from those who don’t play by the rules.
—Governor Deal

The most interesting thing to me, besides the fact that guns will be allowed in schools and churches with permission, is it expands the state’s “Stand Your Ground” law. Before, you would have immunity from prosecution if you killed someone using a legal firearm in self-defense. Now, “this bill provides that a person will be immune from prosecution in using deadly force in self-defense or defense of others or property even if the person utilizes a weapon in violation of [the Georgia Firearms and Weapons Act].”

I told Andy it will be an interesting experiment. He doesn’t think it will change anything. Do you agree?


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Life is a shipwreck but we must not forget to sing in the lifeboats.
–– Voltaire

I don’t think life is really a shipwreck, I think right now the world is more like the Titanic. There are warning signs, but it hasn’t hit the iceberg just yet. So what do we do? For me it’s not wasting the precious time I have left. Splash more paint with festive abandon!

Do you think I’m too pessimistic?


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Pluto, Lydia Springer's pig

Pluto, Lydia Springer‘s pig
(bikehikebabe’s grandpig)


Change is sometimes hard when you like the way it was.

Pluto has outgrown his old bed, but he still prefers it to the new one they bought him. Do you ever feel that way?


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The Purpose of Art

He had a clear idea of what art should do for us: it should make us happy and enhance our quality of life.
—-Olivier Berggruen about Matisse, quoted in The Wall Street Journal

Do you have any feelings about the purpose of art? I agree with Matisse, for me art is about enhancing our everyday lives, not about prestige and investing. But not everyone agrees.

I saw a video once about the history of a famous painting — I think it was either by Vermeer or Renoir, but I can’t remember — that was bought by a Japanese collector who kept it in a vault. His will said it was to be destroyed when he died, apparently for some estate tax reason. Fortunately someone talked him into changing the will, and the painting survived to be enjoyed by others.

What do you think he thought the purpose of art was? What about you? Would you be an art investor if you had the chance?


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Good Thinking!

Coffee flour anyone?

This coffee flour is gluten free and contains more iron than spinach, more protein than kale, and more fiber than whole grain flour, Businessweek reports. It doesn’t contain high levels of caffeine — a person would need to consume 16 slices of coffee flour bread to get the jolt of one cup of joe. And instead of tasting like coffee, the flour’s flavor has hints of floral citrus and roasted fruit.
—-Coffee Flour Coming Soon to the Baking Aisle, Discover Magazine

Again, creativity is not dead. A lot of the coffee plant is wasted to get the beans, so some people are trying to do something about it. Coffee beans are the seeds of the coffee cherries, and coffee producers usually throw away the rest of the fruit. CF Global Holdings is trying to create a good use for it.

For farmers and families in coffee growing countries, it will create sustainable jobs and a new revenue source for some of the poorest areas of the world. For the environment, it will remove botanical waste from streams and soil, strengthening the land and lives of the people and species there. And for the rest of us, it will add a nutritious and distinctly flavorful ingredient to the global menu.

It’s scheduled to be sold in 2015. Would you be interested in trying it?


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We all know that Botox is used cosmetically to reduce wrinkles, but it has other uses. It started as a treatment for crossed eyes, and now it’s used to treat chronic migraines (lasting over four hours a day at least 15 days a month), essential tremors, and a number of other ailments. The use that intrigues me is lessening the symptoms of depression. Botox is injected between the eyebrows to keep depressed people from frowning, and it helps.

But the use that makes me laugh is by a company called Pokertox. It injects Botox into the faces of card players so they’re insured of having poker faces. Creativity is not dead.

Do you know of anyone who has ever used Botox?


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Yesterday I talked about the line in a shareholder’s report:

We improved revenue performance by slowing the rate of decline.

Andy and I thought that was funny. I wasn’t so tickled when I got this message on my Mac the other day:

Time Machine completed a verification of your backups. To improve reliability, Time Machine must create a new backup for you. Click Start New Backup to create a new backup. This will remove your existing backup history. This could take several hours. Click Back Up Later to be reminded tomorrow. Time Machine won’t perform backups during this time.

Huh? They verified my backups and are going to remove all history of them? Sure enough, they did remove all traces. Why make me have to contact Apple (I didn’t have luck looking on the internet and am still covered under Apple Care) to find out they meant

Time Machine has discovered your backups have been corrupted and can’t repair them. You will lose all access to them and will have to start over — this may take several hours. If you want to wait, click Back Up Later to be reminded tomorrow. Time Machine won’t perform perform backups during this time.

Did they really think using the terms verify and reliability would make me miss the fact the system failed to protect my backups? That didn’t happen. They just wasted my time on top of everything else.

Has obscure language ever wasted your time? Was it because the person writing/speaking had poor communication skills, was trying to put a positive spin on a situation, or because lawyers somehow got involved?


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Better Than Nothing

A line in a recent shareholder’s report:

We improved revenue performance by slowing the rate of decline.

It’s better than nothing, but we’re not apt to buy more shares.


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Lunar Eclipse


Lunar Eclipse, NASA

It was cloudy Monday morning, so we didn’t think we had a chance of seeing the total lunar eclipse. But then it cleared off in the afternoon, and we had a great view from our porch in the wee hours of Tuesday morning. I was playing in here and went out every half hour or so, and Andy got up to see it in its prime, with the reddish copper glow.

It reminded us of an eclipse when Kaitlin was young. We spent the night on the land and watched the event from the comfort of our sleeping bags. Neat stuff.


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The Snail

The Snail by Henri Matisse

The Snail by Henri Matisse

Right click on photo for Tate Museum version.

It’s not supposed to look like a snail. It’s how Matisse felt about snails:

For me nature is always present. It is always when I am in direct accord with my sensations of nature that I feel I have the right to depart from them, the better to render what I feel.

I confess, it took me a while to figure out where the essence of the snail was, and I’m tempted to do my own with that part a bit more pronounced. But the piece does inspire me. I like Matisse’s cutouts better than his paintings because I like the colors and simplicity.

In Masterpiece: A Radical’s Emancipation of Color Richard Cork says of The Snail

The cutout technique enables Matisse to emancipate colors, so that they can sing with even more festive abandon than he had achieved in his most daring oil paintings.

I won’t argue with that. I’m all for colors singing with festive abandon.

Cork says when he was an adolescent he showed his school art teacher a picture of it in a magazine. The teacher said testily,

Oh, sonny, anyone can daub flat paint on pieces of paper, cut them up with scissors and stick them together like this.

That sounds good to me. Festive abandon it is.


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