It's actually NICE outside, with temps ABOVE freezing (wow)!
The forecast for the rest of the day will see a high around FIFTY degrees today with mostly sunny skies and a slight breeze to get you in the mood for SPRING...should it ever decide to get here.
But, this will be short-lived, and by Wednesday morning, well...let's wait and see, hmm?
In ANY event, we can still take time to pour a nice warm cup of coffee, tea, or cocoa, and take a gander at what's been on my mind over the weekend.
*** First out of the gate today is the capture of "Mr deuce-deuce", the thug-ass perp that was shooting at a witness who is scheduled to testify in an upcoming case.
Here's the story link:
U.S. Marshal Service that made the collar down in Indy (the perp and his g/f were getting ready to head out to AZ).
But you have to give an assist to the FWPD gang unit for providing information that may have been instrumental in capturing this asshole.
But we see the "hype" connected to this "new" gang unit...when the FWPD has had one all along...not to mention the Safe Streets Task Force (combined agencies) formed back in 2011.
If anything, you could say that diligent police work is finally paying off, and it's not to be attributable solely to either Chief Hamilton OR Rusty York, the newly-appointed Public Safety Director.
We'll see what happens when the weather breaks and the mooks go back to doing what they do best - causing trouble.
*** The facts are this - Windows XP will no longer be supported in less than ONE MONTH from now.
|We're soon to be screwed|
We've got THREE systems that run on XP, and soon we'll be left with few options...and three fully functioning hardware platforms.
This pisses me off to no end, as the planned obsolescence is becoming not only tedious, but expensive.
Think on this - XP has been around for a dozen years, so in some peoples' minds, that renders it "old-hat", but rather than UPGRADE the software to make it the best O/S on the planet, Billy Gates went to Windows Vista (crap) and then Windows 7 and now Windows 8 (both beset with their own plethora of bugs and patches...like butching things together on the fly, as it were.
|You JUST got screwed.|
Naturally, this is all an aside from the HARDWARE issues.
|You're GONNA get screwed|
That's hardly a saving grace when you have to shell out several HUNDRED bucks every so many years, right?
(and pray the onboard software will be supported until it's time to buy the NEXT computer)
It makes me wonder if there was a mass EXODUS away from Microsoft, if that would shake their tree ENOUGH to wise them the hell up?
You certainly would raise a stink if your refrigerator, range or dishwasher only lasted 7-8 years...or your TV wasn't keeping pace with the technology after less than TEN years, hmm? What if you had to get a new CAR every 3-5 years, because of planned obsolescence and "hardware" failures?
USED to build things that LAST...why the hell did we EVER get away from that, and is it really worth it to do so?
Every question you ask only seems to create more questions...not answers.
*** I watched with anticipation the new COSMOS show last night, and I have to say I came away from it a bit dismayed.
ORIGINAL Cosmos show (recently on Nat Geo channel) with the late Carl Sagan, who was a master at his craft, and an extremely erudite individual.
PBS back in 1980.
Now, it's 34 years later, and I guess I've changed somewhat...certainly learned a lot more than I knew back then.
|Now THAT makes sense to me.|
One major change (to me, anyway) was the LACK of live actors portraying the people involved with the discoveries of man and his place in the universe.
The new series uses animation (cartoons), and to me, that doesn't have the "maturity" the original series had.
The animated sequences were fairly well done, but missed the mark for me.
Another thing was the lack of "big" words...and I know that sounds kinda "weird"...LOL.
Sagan had a knack for using language that would get me looking into the dictionary to find out what it means, or he would simple explain it.
I suppose in some respect, this series although very well produced and executed, clearly demonstrates that our society has been, to some degree... "dumbed down", and I don't mean that in a derogatory manner towards Dr. Tyson...he's just reading script, and he's a sterling and passionate example of what a follower of true science is.
I think the series opener COULD have been a lot more and built upon the original series because of the advancements in science and our understanding of the universe since 1980...it just fell a tad short.
I won't go as far to give it a thumbs-down, however.
Maybe it will grow on me in future episodes.
*** Lastly today, everyone getting into this "Daylight Saving Time" spirit yet?
It's a complete and utter WASTE (imho). Indiana should have NEVER gone over to it.
TWICE a damn year, either.
I'm wanting to know what EXACTLY are we SAVING anyway?
Okay, so I put on the outside lights an hour LATER...big frigging deal...I turn them OFF an hour later as well...no energy costs being saved.
Businesses have the SAME open and close times...no saving THERE either.
It gets lighter later and stays lighter later...I'm not seeing a damn thing change.
Farmers still get up before dawn and go to bed after dusk...no change there.
Hell, they don't even NEED clocks.
Besides, if we are "saving " daylight...WHAT are we saving it FOR?
We can't store it away for the Winter...can't trade it off on Wall St., and we can't even sell iit to some schmuck for some fast cash.
I would like to have the money SPENT (read wasted) to enact such an inane piece of legislature...
Could buy a LOT of stuff with that kind of scratch, couldn't we?
Stay SAFE out there,America.