Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Wodka When I was a child

I can remember when I was a wee kx59 listening on the AM car radio to the news reports on the trip down to Galveston about the leeegal ranglings over legalizing that  "EVIIIIL" liquor by the drink.
In the early sixties, you had to bring your own bottle to the pool hall or "lounge". The proprietors were prohibited from serving you anything other than the "set ups".

Our local Vietnamese boat person small business owner and success story, owner of the closest liquor store to the BAR Corp. Hq. pitched a Vodka to the Lovely Belle that we had not heard of before.

Belle, ascribing to the scientific axiom that sample size will defeat margin of error, uhm,  bought a rather LARGE bottle.

This evening I have sampled the test specimen and give it two thumbs up.

I am a big fan of Tito's, distilled in Austin.

Space City Vodka happens to be distilled in my home county*.  It is very good, and very smooth Vodka.

*I'm going to have to find out if they give tours....and free samples.  I'm pretty sure I could drive that far home.

All Your Security aRe OuRs

Kaspersky*, the computer security folks, have unearthed "The Equation Group".  This group is apparently so good at writing malware that it cannot be erased by reformatting the hard drive.

I'm posting this mostly to give the ever 'puter security savey Borepatch a heads up so he can 'splain what this truly means to highly educated and licensed rednecks like me.

After reading the article, plan "A" for the BAR Corp HQ infrastructure is to store the family vacay pics on an off network storage device, buy some spare hard drives and keep the Ubuntu install USB drive handy.

All dumbassery** aside, the Equation Group periodically filters down spy tools to lesser mortals like the guys that created Stuxnet.  Stuxnet was no kiddy script. This was the malware used to disrupt the Iranian Iranian Nuclear program.  Eventually, this is going to get down to flannel shirt and stretch pants wearing parent's basement living malcontent-ed hackers.

There was some quote attributed to the Rothschilds long ago, something to the effect of, "give me control of your currency, and I will control your country."

That has been trumped. "Currency" has been replaced, for the most part, by numbers in computers.  If you have control over the correct computers, and need more money, just add a few zeros to the balance.

Ah, I remember the internet. I really enjoyed it. Between these Equation folks and the FCC deciding they need total control over the internet, fax machines and paper are looking pretty good again.

* Kaspersky Lab and their virus and malware proteciton software is highly spoken of by the outsource IT folks I've used over the years.  However, Kaspersky is Ruski.  Edward Snowden, of NSA whistleblower fame, is currently in Russia.  The bit trail of this "discovery" is pointing towards the NSA.

** I learned that word from my Uncle Jay.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Well, it certainly wasn't me

There's a 67% chance someone will win the power ball jackpot tonight.
Posted yesterday 2/11/15

Interesting site I ran across this evening. I just love statistics and  graphs and charts and data 'n stuff.
Fermentation Infermation rools!

Turns out 3 someones won the $546 million jackpot.

On occasion, I will buy a lotto or powerball ticket*. I don't have any magic numbers I pick so for me to win would require a double lightning strike.  One, I'd have to randomly buy a ticket. Two, the quick pick numbers would have to match the numbers that come up, against a bazillion odds.

I'm not greedy. $546 million isn't necessary. If I could net 2 or 3 million, I'd be good to go.

*I've decided there are no gambling neurons in my brain whatsoever. I've been to Monte Carlo, Las Vegas, and a cheesy Indian reservation casino and gambling bores me to tears.  Apparently the vicarious thrill pro sports neurons are normally in close proximity to the gambling neurons as well, as I could give a shit about pro sports. Period.
College sports...nope not there either.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Laughing here...

Waiting on detail work to get finished on my car which was sorely needed thanks to scooter riding in the back with snacks and etc..    
Got a chuckle when detailor opened the trunk and had a quizzical dog look when he saw a stockpile of range targets in there... 
He is probably going to do a better than average job on it I am sure... 


Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Nah, that's not it

Hillary Clinton MIA for the last six weeks.

Playing it safe.

My theory is that she's letting the sutures heal from the face lift.
Mark my words and watch for forthcoming pics.

Presentation Matters, part Deux

Paul Rogers, aka front man for Bad Company* with Jeff Beck covering a Foghat song you might know of, if you were born before the Apple IIe computer.
That is some righteous blues rat thar.

Hat tip to the lovely Belle, who used to post here.

* I saw Bad Company on their way up, and Led Zepplin on their way down in the same weekend.
Bad Company won.

Monday, January 26, 2015

In Music, presentation matters

Robert Plant and Alison Krausse.
Black Dog.
Speed and Volume aren't everything.

Case in point:

Easily Amused

The last time I bought a laser bore sight for the pos Mosins, I burned up the itty bitty batteries playing with the cats.
Having misplaced said bore sight, I hit Amazon the other day to replace it seeing as the seismic recoil had rattled the scope mount loose.* Some Loctite is in order.

This time I bought a laser pointer. The Maine Coon mix,  Peavey, is still staked out in the bookshelf across the room watching for that little red dot that disappeared through the wiring hole and hid.
The laminate floor is not helping one bit. :)

*  Yes I know, I've sullied the purity of a historical WWII era rifle by putting a scout scope on it.
Snicker. Pbbttpptth! snort. sneeze. damn beer burns the nasal passages.  If these rifles cost more than $140, of course I wouldn't have done so. Cheap rifle, cheap ammo, big boom and a muzzle flash that sets the rough on fire and knocks everyone's target down from the shock wave.
Big fun.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Meanwhile, elsewhere

Lovely sunny day down here today. Sixty-eight degrees.
Ya'll stay warm up yonder. Looks like a boat load of Global Warming  Climate Change is headed your way.