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Vox Veterana Archive

In which Sig has collected the entirety of his wisdom scribed at VoxVeterana.com prior to its conclusion--a rather short collection, admittedly.

Automotive note to self

Don't set the parking brake when freakishly cold weather is predicted that night, because you won't be able to drive the next day.

Sig

Technology in the home

Executive summary: We bought some more home electronics so we could separate the television function from the computer function, and then we moved the television back into the computer room for unrelated reasons.

I'm not sure it's possible to have a dignified name for a wiki.

Seriously, "TiddlyWiki?" It sounds kind of naughty.

This and that

In which Sig and Sunbeam have a busy, busy weekend doing Army junk. Some of it was shiny.

Intolerance notes

A long boring post about CoG, political intolerance, and proposition 8.

C'mon people, it's multiple choice.

It's a civics quiz:

Are you more knowledgeable than the average citizen? The average score for all 2,508 Americans taking the following test was 49%; college educators scored 55%. Can you do better? Questions were drawn from past ISI surveys, as well as other nationally recognized exams.

Gah. 49 percent?

So I tried it.

You answered 30 out of 33 correctly — 90.91 %

Average score for this quiz during November: 77.6%
Average score: 77.6%

I probably would have got those other three if I hadn't been too busy in school learning about how socialism is the wave of the future. To be fair, a few of those questions were kind of tricky. "What would a government do if..." Wait--a smart government or a dumb government?

[Courtesy of the David Boze blog.]

Sig

User account fail

I had someone e-mail me recently asking how they would go about creating an account to allow them to comment. I had forgotten until I looked into it that I'd turned off do-it-yourself account creation. The spambots seemed to be abusing it, I recalled, but I couldn't remember the details. So I re-enabled it and went about my business.

I looked into it some more and then I disabled it again. Spam accounts outnumber real user accounts by about 400 to 1. I need to look into the current Drupal software tools and modules and see what I can do about that.

In the meantime, if you truly want a user account, shoot me an e-mail. If you just forgot your password, there's a link on the login box/page.

I will try to write more soon, but my monitor is on a different floor from my computer right now, where it's fulfilling its actual primary duty as a television. Specifically, it is allowing my wife and I to watch Supernatural season 3 together from the couch--an option not available in front of my computer.

Sig

This is depressing.

Do you really think they cherry-picked these people? I thought it was rather instructive that they were more familiar with the Republican candidates than the Democrat candidates.

Sig

Let's agree not be crazy.

Neoceocon has a great article on avoiding the dangers of Obama Derangement Syndrome. I have already been accused of this, in essence if not in name, for asserting that I will not vote for Obama in 2012. (Apparently it's prejudicial to disagree with a political agenda and believe that you'll still disagree with it in four years.)

Her basic argument is that we should not take counsel and direction from our fears about what an Obama presidency will do, but instead focus on evidence as it arrives. It's good advice.

Here's the first batch, from a since-removed Change.gov posting of President-elect Obama's agenda for urban policy:

Obama and Biden also favor commonsense measures that respect the Second Amendment rights of gun owners, while keeping guns away from children and from criminals who shouldn't have them. They support closing the gun show loophole and making guns in this country childproof. They also support making the expired federal Assault Weapons Ban permanent, as such weapons belong on foreign battlefields and not on our streets.

The bitter gun clingers at NRA-ILA have a summary here, along with a cached copy of the agenda so you can read it yourself.

The cached page also had the bit about raising the minimum wage to $9.50 an hour. Let's have a moment of silence to admire the stupid.

I was going to buy a pistol, but now I'm wondering if I shouldn't save for a so-called assault weapon before they skyrocket in price--and then become unavailable.

Sig

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