Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Another School District Fears Picture of Gun

Mike McDaniel weighed in on a Washington Post story;

New York high school bans National Guard recruiter from distributing National Guard T-shirts (and bars students from wearing them)

Long story short- The shirts have a silhouette of a guardsman with rifle in front of the American flag and “National Guard” across the top. The school district has a policy forbidding students from wearing anything that has a weapon on it.

“Superintendent of RCS Schools, Alan McCartney says rules are rules and if an exception is made for one shirt with a gun on it, where do you draw the line? “One of the problems you have in school during this period in our history is that the weapon becomes the focal point for some people,” McCartney says…. “[T]his has nothing to do with patriotism, nothing to do with anybody disliking the military, it has nothing to do with the recruiter himself, it just has to do with the fact that there was a weapon on the shirt and that just doesn’t have a place in a high school,” he says….”

Two paragraphs in Mr. McDaniel’s piece jump out at me-

“Where do you draw the line? I’ll be glad to explain. Schools are not there to “educate students to be neutral,” but to be proud of their nation and grateful to those that defend it. A substantial part of the educational process is transferring the values that have made America successful and free to new generations such that they too will appreciate the value of liberty and the sacrifices that must be made to keep it. The wearing of a National Guard t-shirt seems among the least offensive symbols a teenager might choose to embrace.”


“Any school superintendent or principal that can’t see the difference between honest patriotism and frivolous, nihilistic, bloody video game images, and the clear line dividing them, calls into question their fitness for their position. Violence is carried out by individuals, not the tools they employ.  Firearms are neutral, neither good nor evil.  A rational policy would proscribe depictions of violence, not the implements of liberty.”

Another example of ‘zero-tolerance’ equals ‘zero-thought’.

Read both articles, they are concise and to the point.


Monday, August 18, 2014

Outlook 2010 Reminders are screwed up.

My Outlook reminders were popping up every 5 minutes no matter what I set the delay for.
I don't know how Outlook keeps track of reminders, but something was corrupted.
The fix:

Start --> Run; "outlook.exe /cleanreminders"

Problem solved.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Greenshot screenshot tool

Lets be positive today, m’kay?

Once in a while I need to create a guide for users to accomplish some task or fix something on their computers. Taking screenshots, editing them, etc is a pita to be endured because that’s just the way it is.

No more!

Thanks to they guy named Gambette who lead me to Greenshot.

What is Greenshot?

Greenshot is a light-weight screenshot software tool for Windows with the following key features:

Quickly create screenshots of a selected region, window or fullscreen; you can even capture complete (scrolling) web pages from Internet Explorer.Easily annotate, highlight or obfuscate parts of the screenshot.Export the screenshot in various ways: save to file, send to printer, copy to clipboard, attach to e-mail, send Office programs or upload to photo sites like Flickr or Picasa, and others.
…and a lot more options simplyfying creation of and work with screenshots every day.


Go feel the love.


Thursday, June 26, 2014

Just Have to Say…

I don’t know if I’ll post here regularly in the future, if ever. Maybe I’ll just throw something up here when the mood strikes, like now ‘fer instance.

I’m watching the news this week, keeping up on current events, politics, etc. and I just have to say…

Fuck you.

The folk hurting kids, the politicians, the criminals… All you assholes out there:

Fuck you.

Fuck you.

Fuck you.

Ffffffffffffffffuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuucccccccccccccckkk Yuuuuuuuuuuuuooooooooooooo.

That is all.


Thursday, May 08, 2014

Feed The Brain

Online Learning: Teach Yourself Python in Less Than 4 Months, Part I

The purpose of this article is to lay out a general time management template for anyone who wants to jump in to programming and computer science with little or no experience in the field.  A future article will flesh out the details, providing links to learning resources and other materials freely available online.  [Edit: See the second article in the series, which covers learning benchmarks for beginner Python programmers.]


Online Learning: A Bachelor's Level Computer Science Program Curriculum

A few months back we took an in-depth look at MIT’s free online Introduction to Computer Science course, and laid out a self-study time table to complete the class within four months, along with a companion post providing learning benchmarks to chart your progress. In the present article, I'll step back and take a much more broad look at com-sci course offerings available for free on the internet, in order to answer a deceptively straightforward question: is it possible to complete the equivalent of a college bachelor’s degree in computer science through college and university courses that are freely available online? And if so, how does one do so?

Friday, March 21, 2014

Where’s my McFlurry, dammit?!

Woman allegedly set car on fire after man refused to buy her a McFlurry


Witnesses said a woman set a man's car on fire in Jacksonville after he refused to buy her a McFlurry at McDonald's.

Fucking Florida…

There is a rule that goes something like “Only date a woman who’s a little crazier than you can handle…”

I should start writing these down.


Thursday, March 20, 2014

Who do I have to blow to get medico to peek in my ear?

There has been some pressure in there, off and on, for a month+. The ringing (Tinnitus?) is starting to be a problem. I don’t want to go to the Doc-in-a Box walk in clinic and spend who knows how long in the waiting room, so I called the local clinic conglomerate to make an appointment. Wading through the options I finally get a live person on the line.

Me: I’d like to schedule and appt.

Voice: Do you have a primary care physician?

Me: No, I just need to see someone about an possible ear infection.

Voice: I’ll transfer you to dsjfhdifasdfidfi (garbled), they have a list of doctors currently accepting new patients.

Me: Wait, I’m not looking for a new…

She transferred me. Bitch.

Robo-Operator: Thank you for calling blah blah blah if this is an emergency hang up and dial 911 blah blah.

Me: Grumblefrakinshit

Robo-Operator: Press 1 for something or other. Press 2 for infernal medicine something else. Press 3 for who-the-fuck-cares….

Me: Grumblefuckpainintheassgrumble:

Robo-Operator: …Press 39 for…

Me: Goddamit!

And I hung up. Red took pity and called for me. In 3 minutes I had an appointment for tomorrow morning.

So pissed off right now…