I’m so glad I’m not the president. I think President Obama did the right thing about reporter James Foley — refusing to consider ransom but trying to rescue him. Then Obama was criticized by some for mentioning the attempted rescue — the argument being it might make future efforts for other people harder. Now he’s criticized for going golfing and having some fun after giving this speech:
George W. Bush did something similar during his presidency, then he decided it had been a mistake and gave up golfing for the rest of his time in the White House. Do you think Obama should do the same thing?
I’m inclined to cut him some slack — I think of Lincoln in the White House reading humor, sharing it with others, and laughing to keep his sanity. He was severely criticized too.
I’m just so glad I’m not the president.
August 23, 2014
For years, police have been in a cat-and-mouse game with an unexpected foe that can frustrate investigations—antivirus software.
— Wall Street Journal, Antivirus Works Too Well, Gripe Cybercops
It’s nice to know we haven’t been wasting our money all these years. Yay, anti-virus programs!
August 22, 2014
For better or worse, drones are becoming more affordable. This one from Hammacher Schlemmer costs only $1300.
I can certainly understand why a lot of people would want one, but I’m hoping there won’t be too many buzzing about around here. Already national parks are banning them because of complaints about disturbing the peace and bothering the wildlife, not to mention the potential dangers to peoople down below if one of them crashes.
What do you think? Do you think they wil be more of a boon or a curse?
August 21, 2014
Two more rats from the truck. The numbers are now
Well house — 4
And we had 0.8 inches of rain in a half hour Sunday evening. The culverts needed some attention but were not seriously blocked. It was a lot better than it could have been.
Culverts before Andy removed the rocks.
After Andy removed rocks
There are a few more pictures on Flickr if anyone is interested.
August 20, 2014
I find this video to be incredibly sweet and incredibly sad.
What do you think?
August 19, 2014
The rat zapper in the truck got yet another rat yesterday. That makes a total of eleven rats in less than two weeks — four in the well house, seven in the truck. As I’ve said, Andy usually gets only one or two rats a year, so there’s a lot more of them this year.
Packrat in rat zapper.
As usual, Andy put the rat outside on the ground.
A raven was watching him from about 50 yards away, but it didn’t seem interested in the rat. Andy went for a couple walks, and when he came back over an hour later the rat was still there.
Raven watching Andy.
Presumably the bumper crop of rats and rabbits means there’s been a plentiful food supply for predators and scavengers. The raven must not have been very hungry.
August 18, 2014
Torben sent me this video.
It reminds us of Montana.
It also reminds me of Typhoon over at The Thundering Herd. His exuberance is always getting him into trouble.
What am I doing wrong now?
I can occasionally still muster up some exuberance. What about you?
August 17, 2014
tammy hasn’t been with us the past couple of days because she was in intensive care for her malignant high blood pressure. For those of you who haven’t been following her peanut on the table, she’s been ordered to have complete rest. As she says,
am to stay quiet from now on.
very little tv
no calls on phone lasting over 3 minutes
no reading of news or watching news
She does have her brother nearby, and her new cardiologist is a blessing too. She’s supposed to keep monitoring her blood pressure and report regularly.
So she will be offline for the indefinite future,
letting you know
i’m gone from my beloved peanut here.
yet. once again.
only this time i’m thinking for real and for long.
She does know she has a lot of friends who love her and wish her the best. About all we can do is send our prayers/good wishes.
Bless you, tammy. Take care! We miss you already.
August 16, 2014
The forecast Tuesday said there was a good chance of flash flooding yesterday.
We were lucky — we only had 0.13 inches of rain, so the roads and culverts weren’t affected. Needless to say, we were pleased.
The not-so-good news is one of Andy’s pumps failed, so he had to order a new one. He had only used it for about 100 hours, so he’ll give the new one a good workout before the 30-day guarantee is over.
We’re not complaining. We would much rather have a failed pump than washed-out roads.
August 15, 2014
Andy harvested our cherries Tuesday, and we ate them that night.
Our cherry harvest
Hey, it’s better than nothing. And hopefully it’s a good omen for the future.
August 14, 2014