December 27th, 2006



Chasing the Wild Goose Dept.

I was told I had two parishioners undergoing surgery today, so I interrupted my vacation to drop by the hospital. One was totally unknown to the hospital -- so, if he's having surgery today, I don't know where it is. The other wasn't there, either -- but checking around, they found that he's due to have his procedure tomorrow.

Same ol', same ol'. Why do I bother?

Good-bye, President King.

Gerald Ford died yesterday. (His surname at birth was "King.") He was a class act. I am proud to have voted for him in 1976. I imagine a lot of people who voted for the execrable Jimmy Carter now misremember their behavior in the voting booth -- not unusual, since painful memories tend to get edited by the brain.

I went to the church shortly after noon to deliver the mail. While there, I dropped our flag to half-staff.

LJ to Mozilla: DROP DEAD

The new update page is crashing my browser again. Damn.

Eye in the Sky Dept.

The new Google-earth is really something. I can see my cabin in the woods, and even the stone fence lines that run down the sides of the holler. Spooky -- especially when you realize that this is just what's available to civilians. The military has cameras in space that'll read manhole covers.

I tried zooming in on some places I've been overseas in Tanzania and the UK. They're there, but the resolution you can get with googling the US isn't there. I don't know whether that's to avoid an international incident, or whether it's just not economically feasible to add a lot of shots to a dbase that few customers in America will want to view.

Dear LJ Fairy:

When reading my "recent entries" on my computer with Internet Explorer, I get an effect rather like a .txt document: each paragraph is a single line running across the screen. In other words, there are no "soft returns" anywhere.

When I go to previous entries (before the top screen), or when I click on comments to view only that entry, this effect goes away, and the lines resolve themselves into paragraphs on one screen without needing to scroll laterally.

My Mozilla browser doesn't do this. Does anybody have a clue what's going on?