A friend of mine was criticized for her “endless LOLs” and considered breaking herself of the habit. Fortunately she reconsidered.

So what does LOL mean? How is it used? According to Wikipedia, it was first used as an initialization for “little old lady” (that’s me!) Then it meant “laughing out loud” and even “lots of luck” or “lots of love”. But now it isn’t used so much as a reaction to something hilarious but more as a way to lighten the conversation.

And that’s a lot closer to the way my friend uses it. She uses it to convey lightheartedness and joy. When she uses it she reminds me of Snoopy dancing with exuberance. And we all know what Snoopy would do if Lucy told him he was acting like a buffoon:

So this LOL (Little Old Lady) says to you all (critics included), Lots of Luck and Lots of Love. Happy Valentine’s Day!

Keep dancing.


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Computer Backups

I automatically back up my computer using Apple Time Capsule, but a couple of times the backup became corrupted and I lost everything and had to start from scratch. So from time to time I back up to other external hard drives. I’ve only been doing that every month or so, but probably should do it more often because of my photos.

I used to back up my posts from time to time, but now I pay $5 a month to have Sucuri do it for me. Since I post every day, it’s well worth it for my peace of mind.

How often, if at all, do you back up your data?


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Once Again

Once again, DPLDT.


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What a Difference!

It’s been mostly sunny and dry here the past few months, so I keep forgetting that it’s supposed to be winter. That’s not the case with Kaitlin, Torben and the pups.

Kaitlin wrote that it has been a hard two weeks for the pups.

A few mornings where absolute was less than zero-bad for paws (although we did walk to the neighbor’s and back for Sammy), and many days where temps were in single digits/wind chill at or below zero.

And she has been doing a lot of shoveling. Fingers crossed it eases up for them!


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The Enlightenment Is Working, He Says

So, my last post was a bit about gloom and doom, but Steven Pinker in his essay The Enlightenment Is Working disagrees with it and with anyone who says the world is getting worse. He says,

Such gloominess is decidedly un-American. The U.S. was founded on the Enlightenment ideal that human ingenuity and benevolence could be channeled by institutions and result in progress. This concept may feel naive as we confront our biggest predicaments, but we can only understand where we are if we know how far we’ve come.

You can always fool yourself into seeing a decline if you compare rose-tinted images of the past with bleeding headlines of the present. What do the trajectories of the nation and world look like when we measure human well-being over time with a constant yardstick?

He proceeds to talk about the increase in literacy, safety, human rights, governments responsive to their citizens, and environmental awareness.

To what do we owe this progress? … The Enlightenment is working. Our ancestors replaced dogma, tradition and authority with reason, debate and institutions of truth-seeking. They replaced superstition and magic with science. And they shifted their values from the glory of the tribe, nation, race, class or faith toward universal human flourishing.

The world isn’t perfect, there are plenty of problems to be solved. Shouldn’t activists be talking about them, stirring people up with pessimistic assessments? Yes and no. Yes if it gets us to focus on possible solutions, no if it leads to fatalism or a radicalism that calls “to smash the machine, drain the swamp or empower a charismatic tyrant.” Trump is alarming, he says, but a lot of corporations, governments, people are pushing back, so don’t give up hope. Stay clear-sighted and do what we can to be constructive.

Sounds good to me. There are no guarantees, but at least we can play our part well.


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I’ve been watching (The Great Courses DVDs Greece and Rome: An Integrated History of the Ancient Mediterranean and Ancient Civilizations Before Alexander) and listening to/reading Charles Freeman’s Egypt, Greece and Rome: Civilizations of the Ancient Mediterranean to help put our present world changes in perspective. But I don’t think I’m quite as excited as Ziggy about living through those changes. It would be interesting to see what happens, but from a safe place.

I partially agree with rat, getting older may be a blessing. Maybe we were born at the right time and will have shuffled off before it gets too bad.

I don’t agree with pig, though:

One thing I’m sure of, though, no sense ruining the present by worrying about the future.


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A Natural Consequence

Getting old is like climbing a mountain; you get a little out of breath, but the view is much better!
—Ingrid Bergman

For me that’s a natural consequence of

Stay curious and open to life. No matter what happens keep learning and growing.

What do you think?


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The Fastest Car in the Universe

Yay, Elon Musk! Falcon Heavy: Elon Musk’s giant SpaceX rocket makes triumphant launch.

He took a huge risk — he thought there was only a 50-50 chance it would work, but he still had fun with it:

Elon Musk and SpaceX could have tested the Falcon Heavy rocket’s ability to launch heavy objects into space the traditional way: by loading it with massive blocks of concrete or steel.

But instead, Musk launched his own midnight-cherry-red Tesla Roadster on Falcon Heavy, which successfully lifted off from its launchpad at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Tuesday afternoon.

A prettier payload than blocks of concrete or steel, the car is helmed by “Starman,” a dummy wearing the stylish yet functional SpaceX spacesuit.

“Silly, fun things are important,” Musk said of his payload choice during a press conference after Tuesday’s launch. “The imagery of it is something that’s going to get people excited around the world, and it’s still tripping me out.”
The Tesla Roadster that SpaceX launched to Mars orbit is equipped with cameras — and Elon Musk has promised epic views


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You Can’t Blame a Pup ….

You can’t blame a pup for trying.


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I Have Retained That One

That reminds me of a verse I read in the Wall Street Journal over 40 years ago:

I wish I could retain,
By some Herculean feat,
As much of what I read
As I do of what I eat.

My hats off the to author, whoever he was. I have retained that one even after all those years.


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