slithey toads n all

Stuart Wood said…over at Sic Semper Tyrannis

The first debate summed up in poetry:

JABBERTRUMPY (Apologies to Lewis Carroll)

Beware the JabberTrump, my girl!
The names that bite, the lies that catch!
Beware the Cuckoo Birds, and shun
The frumious Right-Wing Batch!

She took her Factual Sword to mind
Long time the Orange foe she sought
So rested she by the Tumtum tree,
And stood awhile in thought.

And, as in uffish thought she stood,
The JabberTrump, with eyes of flame,
Came whiffling through the tulgey wood,
And Tweeted as it came!

One, two! One, two! And through and through
The Factual Blade went snicker-snack!
She left it dead, and with its head
It went galumphing back.

And, hast thou slain the JabberTrump?
Come to my arms, my beamish girl!
O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!
She smiled, as did the world.

Arches Park in Utah Panorama Video by My Big Sis

My Big Sis Thinks She’s A Mountain Goat 5.51 miles of hiking

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Fixing Hen of the Woods

To eat immediately, cut in strips and saute in butter; garlic, salt and pepper to taste.

To freeze, cut thin strips (so they freeze fast), spread apart on a baking tray and give them 24 hours as cold as your freezer can go.
They won’t last forever frozen… use them within a month or two.

Drying – again cut in thin strips and place in an oven at 170 degrees 8 to 12 hours when they should snap, not tear. Then store in glass canning jars. Reconstitute by soaking for 30-45 minutes.

Susan H Lawler is the Mushroom Lady of SE Rochester… here’s her 7 1/2 pound Hen Of The Woods she foraged today.

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Drought Map for Sept 20th 2016

Aurora Over Greenland

“Imagine the icebergs calving in the background and hearing some whales going about in the sea around the fjord with a huge corona forming above our heads!” describes Elzein. “The bright moon was a superb addition to the magic,” reports Rayann Elzein from the UNESCO Ilulissat Icefjord World Heritage site in Greenland

Why Self-Driving (or autonomous) Cars?

GREED…. Via Bob Cringely

So everyone is going to need a new car.

Mandatory replacement is a glorious thing for manufacturers. It’s like that box of baking soda in the back of your refrigerator that you are supposed to throw away every 30 days. The golden era of the record business was when vinyl gave way to CDs and we all paid again to buy the same stuff we already owned. It happened again when we converted our VHS tape libraries to DVDs and to some extent when we gave up physical media for iTunes.

It’s a glorious thing, the prospect of selling 200 million brand new cars and trucks over a 2-3 year period. And it’s coming, it’s absolutely coming.

Ford says it will have a self-driving taxi without a steering wheel in service by 2021. That’s a key data point because there’s no way Ford can afford the liability of putting those truly driverless cars on the road if they’ll be mixing it up with me in my 1994 Jeep Grand Cherokee that still smells faintly of mice.

For autonomous cars to be successful they will have to totally dominate, which will require new laws, getting old cars off the roads. This is the part they couldn’t do back in 1995. The banks will have to lend lots of money (with federal guarantees, I’m sure), old cars like mine will have to be melted down. It will be a huge endeavor that will also involve a serious increase in electric vehicles.

And it will happen. Shit, we all know there’s a recession coming after the election, followed by Japanese-style deflation unless we can find a way to really juice the economy. George W. Bush used a housing bubble for that after 9/11 but those tricks have been all used-up. And there’s no more room for the Fed to drop interest rates.

So autonomous cars it must be.

Appealing to both sides of the aisle, car factories will soon be running three shifts, infrastructure will be rebuilt at the same time, and even global warming will be quietly addressed if not accepted on the right — all while saving lives and increasing elderly mobility.

Heck of a deal. I’ll just whistle for my car like Roy Rogers summoning Trigger.

But will I have to also give up my Bugeye Sprite? Probably, unless Sundays are made non-autonomous car days.

I’m not saying this is entirely a bad thing or even mainly a bad thing. or even mainly a bad thing. It’s just a thing we’ll have to deal with. And I thought it was only fair to tell you it’s coming.

By Robert X. Cringely|August 25th, 2016|2016, Economy,