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Ron Obvious

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Current location: Seattle
Member since: Tue Dec 13, 2011, 10:37 PM
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About Me

I got the nickname Ron Obvious because -- in addition to being a huge Python fan -- my name really is Ron and I used to start sentences with \"Obviously\" a lot. Obviously, that\'s no longer a problem.

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Some day you'll understand...

A really good friend of mine called me a few hours ago and told me of his terminal cancer diagnosis. He's 60 years old, has three kids, and he's one of the nicest, most decent guys I've ever known -- he'd literally give you the shirt off his back. He also told me that he's credited our conversations with his voting for Obama, Gore, and Clinton, despite his growing up in an extremely conservative household.

He's a self-described Jesus freak, and I sincerely hope his faith helps him through this awful time.

My world is shrinking and I'm finding it difficult to process. Aww Hell, this isn't about me; it's about Dave and his family...


15+ Cats Who Just Realized You Took Them To The Vet

Encountering the old rectal thermometer:

More at the link

A Walk in the Woods (Bill Bryson, Robert Redford, Nick Nolte)

I tried to revive my old thread on this but I can't do that, apparently (too old?)

It'll be opening here tomorrow (it's listed as 'Labor Day Weekend'). Rotten Tomatoes is ambivalent at present, but the trailer makes me want to go see it anyway although we'll probably wait a few days. Did anybody here see it yet?

Here's a documentary about Bill Bryson's early life in Des Moines, IA, made when Thunderbolt Kid came out, presumably:


Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel - Sebastian

Still in the same place mentally I was this morning:

The pitch seems to be off, but maybe that's just me.

The Buoys: Give up Your Guns

I woke up with this song in my head.

The BBC refused to play this, but maybe it'll stir a reaction in those of of us who grew up listening to the North Sea pirate stations in the seventies: Radio Veronica, Radio Caroline, Radio Mi Amigo, Radio London, Radio North Sea, et al. A romantic period to be alive in...

This is the full-length version:

An atheist's favourite religious music

Don't worry, this is good stuff.

If I were to make a top ten of my favourite religious music, J.S. Bach would occupy 9 out of the 10 spots. This is the other one, the Miserere by Allegri. Legend has it that a young Mozart transcribed it from memory after hearing it once.

This is the classic 1963 recording by the Cambridge King's College Choir. The story goes that the young treble soloist, 12 year old Roy Goodman, showed up late to the recording, causing the choir director much anxiety, and sang this while still wearing his muddy rugby kit under his cassock and surplice.

Happy Easter!

Everyone's gone to the moon

Note: I happen to like this song. This is NOT meant as an endorsement of Jimmy Saville or Jonathan King!

Carl Sagan: A Glorious Dawn (Symphony of Science)

This came out several years ago, as the first of the Symphony of Science videos, produced by running spoken words through auto-tune. The results are pretty interesting, I think.

I had just about forgotten all about it but came across it again today. I don't know if this has ever been posted here before, but I hope it's new to some of you.


From enervate.

D: verb (used with object), enervated, enervating.
1. to deprive of force or strength; destroy the vigor of; weaken.
Synonyms: enfeeble, debilitate, sap, exhaust.
2. enervated

Now confess: how many of you thought it meant the exact opposite? I did, and I even studied Latin back in school.

Funny old language, English.

Hertz puts cameras in its rental cars, says it has no plans to use them

Of course they have no plans to use them. Of course not! They're just spending a lot of money alienating customers.

I confess I've never seen this, and I rent a lot of cars, but I suppose I better take some duct tape along next time.

This week I got an angry email from a friend who had just rented a car from Hertz: “Did you know Hertz is putting cameras in rental cars!? This is bullsh*t. I wonder if it says they can tape me in my Hertz contract.” He sent along this photo of a camera peeping at him from out of his “NeverLost,” a navigational device that the company has started putting in many of its cars:

“I even felt weird about singing in the car by myself,” he said. A Googling expedition revealed that my friend was not the first person driven to disturbance by the in-car surveillance system. A Yelp user was revved up about it. Disgruntled renters on travel forums like MilePoint and FlyerTalk want Hertz to put the brakes on “spy cams.” A loyal Hertz customer who rented a car in Chicago said it might make them never want to rent with Hertz again:

The system can’t be turned off from what I could tell. Further investigation revealed that the camera can see the entire inside of the car. I know rental car companies have been tracking the speed and movements of their vehicles for years but putting a camera inside the cabin of the vehicle is taking their need for information a little TOO FAR. I find this to be completely UNACCEPTABLE. In fact, if I get another car from Hertz with a camera in it, I will move our business from Hertz completely.

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