Try To Be Nice

Have the boys down for dinner and the Pens game, leave my computer alone for five minutes, and come back to this:


They think they are funny. I’m going to lick all the spoons, forks, and knives before I feed them again.

89 replies
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    raven says:


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    Baud says:

    Still better than Windows 8.1.

    (Just kidding. I kind of like the new windows.)

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    Greg says:

    Ha ha ha ha ha! That is VERY funny! I think they would be fun to hang out with.

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    Baud says:

    WTF, Newsmax?

    Hank Aaron Bombarded With Hate Mail

    Since when did Newsmax call the mail their readers send “hate mail”?

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    Suzanne says:

    That is so much less offensive than what I would have put on your screen.

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    Baud says:


    You used to work for U.S. Airways, didn’t you?

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    Schlemizel says:

    You have to hope that is all they did. You could be getting some verrrrrrry interesting emails in the next few weeks.

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    Walker says:

    Is your Desktop Folder really that clean, or did they do that too?

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    dmsilev says:

    @Walker: I was just wondering that. What sort of obsessive-compulsive manages to only have four icons on their desktop?

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    Baud says:

    At least they didn’t find your porn.

    [Looks at Richard Simmons wallpaper again]

    Or maybe they did?

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    dmsilev says:

    Just be thankful that it was a still and not a video.

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    cmorenc says:

    It could be worse. You could be trapped in a cabin on a rainy weekend with…Richard Simmons.

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    Hal says:

    @Baud: What’s hilarious about the Hank Aaron headline is that a few days ago it was about Aaron claiming racism against Obama. A fact a site like newsmax would dismiss as libtards playing the race card. I guess it’s hard to ignore death threats and blatant racism.

    Though they do have the O’reilly headline saying voter id laws aren’t about race. So I guess they are trying to make up for having to tell the truth.

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    TooManyJens says:

    Atlanta Juicers, this man is terminally ill and would like to know that his dog won’t have to go to Animal Control:

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    Roger Moore says:


    I was just wondering that. What sort of obsessive-compulsive manages to only have four icons on their desktop?

    I think I have fewer than that on my desktop at home. I don’t have much on my desktop because stuff never gets sent to the desktop in the first place.

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    Pogonip says:

    @TooManyJens: I read that; a lady in Atlanta with kids and a yard has already agreed to take the dog permanently when the time comes.

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    kindness says:

    Could have been worse.

    Could have been a Pegs Noonan Reagan pic.

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    Redshirt says:

    I think they’re telling you something, John.

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    FlyingToaster says:

    @dmsilev: I usually only have two, but I’ve de-hidden everything so I have .DS_Store and.localized showing up.

    Cole must have nice kids in his frat. But I’m with Suzanne; I’d have put something far, far scarier on his desktop.

    Both of my parents worked for TWA. Heh.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:


    Oh god.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:


    Oh thank goodness.

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    JustRuss says:

    What’s the problem? That wallpaper is FABULOUS!

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    My hat for Easter, let me show you it. I think it goes with my new spring look.

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    Well, at least it is not one of Bush’s paintings.

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    bago says:

    @Baud: WinPhone 8.1 is pretty awesome. It automatically allows you to share the wifi passwords you know with your friends, and will map out the nearest hotspot.

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    Lyrebird says:

    Sorry I’m in link-making-fail mode, but this is from a Raw Story article on a congresscritter from Fla telling an Arby’s employee why he (critter) opposes increasing the minimum wage. (Arby’s-person asked him to spend one day working at his min.-wage job.)

    “It does more harm to our economy,” he said again. “I was a child at age 12 mowing lawns. I have worked my entire life. I have walked that path many times that you’re working today. I’m glad that I did, because it built in me an appreciation for what I know this country allows me to have, and that is the enjoyment of the fruits of my labor.

    Why can’t we have more Betty Crackers and fewer of these posers? (ou bien “poseurs” si vous voulez) Stupid question. I earned money mowing lawns when I was 12, too… helped that I lived in an upper-middle-class neighb (where we barely scraped by) where all my neighbors had lawns. Helped that my highly educated parents could tutor me overtly and covertly to navigate a system that’s friendlier to people who look and sound like me in the first place.

    ANyhow, thanks for letting me rant, & here’s to more voter-registration drives!

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    khead says:

    Baud = full of win. And the thread is young!

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    rikyrah says:

    Archer Vice has been crazy this season.

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    jl says:

    Just giving Cole a hint that, with more exercise and healthful slimming diet, THAT could be the New John G Cole.

    Think of it as a complement.

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    max says:

    The only thing to do now, Cole Marge, is to break out the essential oils.

    [‘I hear Simmons is very popular with Subaru owners.’]

    p.s. Habs win!

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    @Redshirt: Ohai Redshirt, out of hibernation, I see. Has spring sprung in Maine?

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    bago says:

    @dmsilev: I’ve got none. If it’s not pinned to the taskbar, or findable via the 8 start/search screen, then it’s just uglifying the room around my powershell windows.

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    bago says:

    @Lyrebird: A 12 year old doesn’t have to pay for his food, his energy, housing, transportation……

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    p.a. says:

    @Redshirt: …not that there’s anything wrong with that…

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    Hawes says:

    These people have a future at USAir

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    scav says:

    seems to be a level of background random shooting that is ok in Kansas and nothing to get excited about. Spate of shootings on Kansas highways prompts intense investigation

    Police say 12 of the 20 incidents reported in the Kansas City area were ones in which vehicles were shot at randomly along a tangle of interstates. Police say those 12 shootings are connected, but would not elaborate as to any potential suspects.
    “It doesn’t bother me none. If he shoots me, he shoots me,” said Kathy Embley, of nearby Overland Park, Kansas. She drives through the area at least a couple times a week, and said she won’t change her routines.

    “It’s just somebody trying to scare people and accidentally shoots them … it gives him the glory of thinking he’s high-powered, scaring people and that makes a man out of him, he thinks, and he accidentally hits people is what happens,” she said.

    I do not understand this country. Two days ago there were Overland Park quotes “The thought of something like that happening is terrifying. In the Midwest we think we’re safe from this type of thing. But I guess it doesn’t make any difference now.” It’s all Midwest normal gunfire so long as the shooting is not road-rage (too Californian), overtly targeted and blatantly in bad taste? But hey?! Good ol farm-boys just out for a bit of fun? stuff happens.

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    MikeJ says:

    @bago: I forgot that you were Mr Powershell. At the next meetup I’m gonna hit you up for a script to fix permissions on files I torrentedborrowed from the library so Windows dlna server sees them properly.

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    Comrade Mary says:

    @Roger Moore: It’s a Mac, so it’s a lot easier to keep tidy. My Mac desktop is spotless (and Richard-less), but you don’t want to know about my Windows desktop.

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    🌷 Martin says:

    Cole isn’t showing his 2nd monitor, located below, showing a 777 stuck in his ass.

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    Exurban Mom says:

    OMG, you guys, Fargo on FX. Un.real. Billy Bob Thornton is … I can’t even. Not safe for kids, and they make that clear. Dark as hell. But so, so good. Martin Freeman really gets around.

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    chopper says:

    you should be happy they didn’t go with tubgirl.

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    mai naem says:

    Apparently ABC wanted credit on CPI’s Pulitzer Prize. Head honcho at CPI did not take it well and basically embarrassed ABC. This needs to be front paged.

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    NotMax says:

    They found your screensaver?

    In actuality, what is more interesting that that they already knew where to grab the image, if it really was “for five minutes.”

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    Hungry Joe says:

    I have a genuine Richard Simmons phobia. Nothing against the guy, but he scares the holy hell out of me. So one time about 15 years ago I was covering BEA (the booksellers’ convention) for my paper at the Javits Center in NY, and I rounded a corner on the convention floor and collided with him. He’d just finished a demonstration and was wearing a tank top and semi-shorty shorts, and glistened with beads of sweat, and … I’ve never recovered, really.


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    ruemara says:

    Let’s be honest. That’s the best you’ve ever looked.

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    Suzanne says:

    @Baud: LMMFAO.
    That’s actually the kind of stuff that Mr. Suzanne and I do to each other. Spawn the Elder is getting into the act. She secretly changed my Siri to have the voice of a British man. It’s pretty rad. It starts getting real when you open your iPad and voila, there’s a panda on a rocking horse.

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    Ash Can says:

    Is that your high school graduation picture?

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    JGabriel says:

    John Cole @ Top:

    They think they are funny.

    Now, now. I’m sure they just want to help you lose some of that weight you frequently complain of with a little help from Richard Simmons.

    They weren’t trying to be funny, John. They were trying to help.

    I’m sure of it. So don’t be mean. Be lean.

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    max says:

    @🌷 Martin: Cole isn’t showing his 2nd monitor, located below, showing a 777 stuck in his ass.

    I’m pretty someone could find that picture on the internet. If not before that USAir tweet, certainly immediately afterwards.

    [‘I am not going looking for it.’]

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    kuvasz says:

    John, you don’t do revenge well. How about making goose liver pate’ made from cat food and give them a treat during the game?

    Either that, or make sure that when they come over the next time all you have for brew is Iron City beer. That’ll fix ’em.

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    JGabriel says:


    I’m pretty someone could find that picture on the internet. If not before that USAir tweet, certainly immediately afterwards.

    Of course. That’s Rule 34.

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    GregB says:

    So the boys found your celebrity porn stash.

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    🌷 Martin says:

    Hey, how come nobody has FPed Oklahoma passing a law banning minimum wage increases.

    They really don’t miss any opportunity to prove Cleek’s law right, do they?

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    tal says:

    and come back to this

    deservedly so.

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    🌷 Martin says:

    And this Sewol ferry tragedy is just crushing. I don’t understand how they could have such a large loss of life on a ferry like that.

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    BillinGlendaleCA says:

    @🌷 Martin: You’d be surprised how lax safety is in Korea. Though it may be a rather wealthy country now, it still has vestiges of it’s earlier days.

    I’ve been to Jejudo twice, we flew from Seoul.

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    🌷 Martin says:

    @BillinGlendaleCA: And that’s really a shame. It’s a country that certainly can afford to get this right.

    OTOH, look at the fucknuts in this country that are more than happy to see an equal number of school kids shot each year, just so they can jerk off to Guns and Ammo.

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    opiejeanne says:

    @🌷 Martin: I don’t understand ferry trips that long. I live near Seattle, and lived for 9 years in the SF area, so I guess that colors my idea of how they should be used. I look at that map and wonder why there isn’t a ferry from the mainland nearest the island.

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    🌷 Martin says:

    @opiejeanne: Ferries are very efficient. When traveling to a large enough place, the ability to bring vehicles is pretty important (for commerce as well). The large channel ferries can bring a few hundred cars plus a few hundred semis and several thousand passengers. You’d need half a dozen airplanes just for the passengers, and many dozens more for the cargo. And if you’re only going a few hours, it’s usually no slower than the flight once you consider embark/debark times. And failure modes for a ferry are usually better than failure modes for a plane.

    But as Bill notes, a lot of that depends on safety and ship safety has a tendency to be a lot more lax than airplane safety.

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    opiejeanne says:

    @🌷 Martin: Yeah, I’m aware of the way they are used elsewhere; a friend’s daughter had a terrifying crossing from England to Spain, and I read a seriously good-natured account of a ferry going somewhere out of India on a really long ferry trip and the author described trying to sleep on the floor among all the people being sick, and the floor being wet.
    What I didn’t explain clearly is that I personally just don’t think of ferries as sea-going vessels.

    We’ve used the little bitty ferries and the really big ferries in Washington and elsewhere but the closest to open water we’ve been in was on a huge ferry from Port Angeles to Victoria, which is to say, not really, even though there are places where you are a long way from shore. On the fast ferry on that route we were involved in a rescue attempt, all boats changing course to pick up two guys clinging to their little fishing dinghy. A smaller boat got there first, but there were three ferries of various sizes, all sorts of sailboats, and a Coast Guard boat, The smallest ferry got there first. The water was about 45 degrees so it was a serious issue.

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    bago says:

    @MikeJ: Win32 permissions are primitive on FAT. If ther permissions come in the form of a sig attached to the file, good luck.

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    bago says:

    I mean from the OS viewing a file object you get to play with the following members.
    Mode CodeProperty System.String Mode{get=Mode;}
    AppendText Method System.IO.StreamWriter AppendText()
    CopyTo Method System.IO.FileInfo CopyTo(string destFileName), System.IO.FileInfo CopyTo(s…
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    CreateObjRef Method System.Runtime.Remoting.ObjRef CreateObjRef(type requestedType)
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    Equals Method bool Equals(System.Object obj)
    GetAccessControl Method System.Security.AccessControl.FileSecurity GetAccessControl(), System.Secur…
    GetHashCode Method int GetHashCode()
    GetLifetimeService Method System.Object GetLifetimeService()
    GetObjectData Method void GetObjectData(System.Runtime.Serialization.SerializationInfo info, Sys…
    GetType Method type GetType()
    InitializeLifetimeService Method System.Object InitializeLifetimeService()
    MoveTo Method void MoveTo(string destFileName)
    Open Method System.IO.FileStream Open(System.IO.FileMode mode), System.IO.FileStream Op…
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    Refresh Method void Refresh()
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    SetAccessControl Method void SetAccessControl(System.Security.AccessControl.FileSecurity fileSecurity)
    ToString Method string ToString()
    PSChildName NoteProperty System.String PSChildName=dwwin.exe
    PSDrive NoteProperty System.Management.Automation.PSDriveInfo PSDrive=C
    PSIsContainer NoteProperty System.Boolean PSIsContainer=False
    PSParentPath NoteProperty System.String PSParentPath=Microsoft.PowerShell.Core\FileSystem::C:\WINDOWS…
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    PSProvider NoteProperty System.Management.Automation.ProviderInfo PSProvider=Microsoft.PowerShell.C…
    Attributes Property System.IO.FileAttributes Attributes {get;set;}
    CreationTime Property datetime CreationTime {get;set;}
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    BillinGlendaleCA says:

    @🌷 Martin:
    @opiejeanne: I’m a bit surprised that they’d have a ferry from Inchon(right outside of Seoul) to Jejudo(do means island in Korean). I knew there were ferries between Busan, in the south, to Jejudo. I would think that would be a more efficient means of transportation going that far; train from Seoul to Busan, then ferry to Jejudo.

    I’ve been on the ferries in WA, since I went to grad school at the U. They do run a ferry from Seattle to Victora, which I’ve taken twice, that’s a pretty long trip.

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    bago says:

    but dlna apparently dlna just needs wmp visibility. So just adjust the ntfs share permissions to make wmp see it;.

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    bago says:

    SO much to play with on 8.1. So much.

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    scav says:

    Efficiency isn’t everything to all people at all times. Some might prefer to take the ferry all the way as, once on, there are no further decisions or transfers to be made (rather like the routing options that avoid interstates or left turns). If time isn’t a constraining factor, why not? There can be other motivations for taking ferries as well. One main reason people take ferries in Sweden is because once they hit international waters (however defined), it’s duty free. Massive sprees. I was on one from to Copenhagen which is a relatively short hop and some of their head of steam had been worked up in Copenhagen. I hear people take the Stockholm to Helsinki ferry (pretty sure it’s the overnight one) don’t get off the boat and sail back. Floating party. Sealink to Larne was just freaking massive, nothing exotic, just a little Irish couple whiling the night away telling us about the troubles. None of these whatsoever like the nice cozy WA ferries. Hard to judge scale (I was a kid for the Larne one) but I think several WA ferries could have fit into it.

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    Suffern ACE says:

    @scav: yes. It is the gun culture. Kay is much better at making this point than I will be. But note that when a gun kills someone, it’s just a different sort of death. Kids find a gun and shoot themselves accidentally? Well they’ve just somehow died and there’s not much that could have been done about it so no need to look into it too much. Someone shoots at your car and kills you? Well as long as they don’t mean it, then people just died somehow and there’s no need to worry about it. That trigger just was pulled by unknown person who isn’t responsible for the death. What can you do?

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    raven says:

    @BillinGlendaleCA: We take the ferry from Cedar Island to Okracoke and Hatteras. They are similar to the car ferries in the San Juan’s. It doesn’t really save much time to go that way but it’s a pretty run.

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    MikeJ says:

    @bago: Even when I give WMPNetwkSvc full permissions on a file it won’t show up. I’ve got my video dir set to give it permissions on any new file created in it. DLNA doesn’t see them. However, if I copy the file into one particular subdir that is working and then copy it back out, it then works.

    Obviously something is getting set when it hits the magic dir, even though WMP already had permissions before that. My half assed idea to avoid getting to the root of the problem and just make it work was a powershell script that enumerated the permissions on a file in that directory and applied that set to a new file. Or heck, just compared a working file to a non-working file. I’m doing this because I’m too lazy to copy the file to a USB drive and move it 2.5 feet, so I haven’t really put tons of effort into figuring it out. It is neat to browse all the video files on my computer from the big screen in the den or the blu ray player in the bedroom.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    The designated driver of this blog is asleep at the wheel.

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    raven says:

    @OzarkHillbilly: Speaking of drivers, thought of you last night when we watched Bus Stop. Not a great movie but Marilyn was awesome as the girl from the Ozark’s who almost married her cousin when she was 14!

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @raven: I have never seen the movie for some reason or other. Seen it as a play twice when friends were in it and enjoyed it both times in spite of them.

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    Mark B. says:

    It’s too bad he doesn’t have many shortcuts on his desktop. The thing we always used to do was to take a screenshot of a person’s desktop, then stash all of the desktop shortcuts in another location, then set the original screenshot as the desktop. Then when they click on what looks like their desktop shortcuts, nothing happens, and they think their computer is broken. It usually takes a non-techy person quite some time to figure out what is going on.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    Hmmmm…. Seems this blog is now sitting axle deep in a farmers corn field. Wonder how long before the tow trucks show up.

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    gnomedad says:

    This sort of thing wouldn’t happen if we armed motorists. Or had good-guy roadside snipers. Or something.

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    Baud says:


    To be fair, it’s hard to follow Richard Simmons.

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    debit says:

    @Mark B.: I used to work with hunt and peck typists. One day I popped all the keycaps off one terminal and then randomly reinstalled them. It was funny, until I had to fess up and fix it.

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    fidelio says:

    @scav: DIfferent people, different reactions. It may be that the first commenter was someone who was used to thinking of themselves in a nice “safe” suburb–and this woman isn’t.

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    CarolDuhart2 says:

    The Source of the RIchard Simmons Screensaver

    Waiting for Michelle Obama’s Workout tape though…

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    YellowJournalism says:

    “Sweat, you oldie!”

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    Redshirt says:

    @efgoldman: Given how this year’s Sox look, I might go back to sleep.

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    opiejeanne says:

    @scav: Depends on which ferry in Seattle you mean, because the ones to Victoria are BIG.

    And I’ve been on the ferry from Dublin to Holyhead. It’s about the same size but more of a tub. Going over there were rough seas and a lot of seasick passengers. Coming back it was a lot less rocky, and we talked to a grandmother and her daughter and the granddaughter about the difference between American bacon and Irish bacon. They were from Belfast but couldn’t fly home because that volcano in Iceland, henceforth known as Bob, was acting up. They did not want to talk about The Troubles or anything else Irish, other than the desecration of bacon by boiling it.

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    opiejeanne says:

    @raven: I love riding the ferries out of Seattle but we haven’t been on one in a couple of years. For ten years, every time we came up to visit our daughter we’d go to Whidbey at least once, and sometimes Bainbridge, because we were figuring out where we wanted to live when we retired. Whidbey was really getting our vote and we had narrowed it down to a place there and the house we live in now; what tipped the choice over to the mainland was a chance meeting with some people about our age who mentioned that medical care as you age is a good reason not to live on Whidbey.

    The smallest ferry I’ve seen is in Oregon, the Canby ferry. I think it will hold 3 cars. It runs on an electrical line overhead.

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    opiejeanne says:

    @raven: Beautiful shot.

    I meant to tell you that I liked the picture of Little Raven’s spot in your garden.

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