Saturday, December 16, 2017

Bluetooth for My Wife's Jeep

I bought this a few days ago; it plugs into the AUX port on the stereo, and allows your Bluetooth-equipped phone to talk through the stereo.  It has a microphone in the unit that at least in the garage seems to do a fine job of picking up my voice.  Still experimenting to see how to make it automatically answer an incoming call, see if it will respond to voice commands.  Downside is that it precludes use of the USB drive for my wife's many CDs.  I suppose I can copy them on to her phone, and figure out how to control playing them by voice command.

Only downside of this unit is that it was supposed to be new, but is clearly a return and thus lacked instructions.  I found them on the maker's website and it was as painless a pairing as I have ever seen.

That Snow Plow

It has been amazingly effective for several winters, but it needs to mount on a front trailer hitch receiver, which we had installed on the TrailBlazer.  There is none available for the Jeep Renegade, which we did not even think about at time.  So I guess it's time to sell the plow.  The downside of living in near-wilderness.

The Prozac Seems to Be Helping the Cat

He still wants a pistol with a non-opposable thumb adapter for Christmas, but the puppy seems a bit less aggressive, and Tater isn't marking to show his displeasure.

I take Rosie out in the morning to eat breakfast and do her after breakfast constitutional.  I give her a bowl of kibble, and a fried egg on top, which she just loves.  If you know the slightly vulgar joke where the tapeworm says, "Where's my quiche Lorraine?" it is that look and demand of expectation as stares in the rear door window while I cook it.

Friday, December 15, 2017

You Don't Say

A well-known women’s rights lawyer sought to arrange compensation from donors and tabloid media outlets for women who made or considered making sexual misconduct allegations against Donald Trump during the final months of the 2016 presidential race, according to documents and interviews.
California lawyer Lisa Bloom’s efforts included offering to sell alleged victims’ stories to TV outlets in return for a commission for herself, arranging a donor to pay off one Trump accuser’s mortgage and attempting to secure a six-figure payment for another woman who ultimately declined to come forward after being offered as much as $750,000, the clients told The Hill.
And yes, she also represented Moore's "victims."

Interstellar

When I saw it,  I was impressed how good the science was.   I am watching a documentary about Interstellar's science,  and I was surprised to find out Prof. Kip Thorne was the executive producer.   He teaches at CalTech.  When I was in high school,  I attended a lecture by him about black holes.

Not Sure What Happened to the Rest of the World. ..

I hope it did not hurt too much.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

I Would Never Write This As Fiction; too Unbelievable

12/13/17 The College Fix:
About one percent of campus is available for student expression, but they must get permission from Martha Spack, director of student development and leadership. The speech zones are available for use between 8 a.m. and 9 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Anywhere else on campus, students must get permission 72 hours in advance from Spack, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs William Stripling or his designee, according to the suit. The policy “outlines different areas for speech and literature” – in some places, students can hand out literature but not verbally engage passers-by.
The suit says Hoggard and “another individual” set up a table at the edge of a student union building hallway Oct. 11. They told passing students about “their First Amendment rights” and asked them to support the club’s pursuit of official university recognition.
An administrator and campus police officer told them they were violating the “Freedom of Expression Policy” and couldn’t talk to students outside the designated speech zones. They would told they would be punished and potentially arrested if they didn’t stop immediately, according to the suit.
I am reminded of when the Sandinista government of Nicaragua started censoring newspapers for reporting that they were being censored.  But public institutions today are increasingly Sandinista in temperament.  I keep hoping Republican legislatures will notice and take action.