Thursday, March 31, 2011

HP Deskjet 970cse Printer

I do not know how long I have had this printer but it still works flawlessly. I paid for quality and I got quality.
I do not know whether Hewlett-Packard still makes printers of this quality but if you want quality go for it if you can find it.
I am very happy with this printer. Hewlett-Packard if you are reading this post, "Thank You."
Let me know if you still make this printer so that I can tell others about this. I tried to reach customer support but you are bogged down with nonsense that goes nowhere.
Sometimes you pay for quality and you get it.
Good Morning. Mom is off today. We she came in last night (yesterday afternoon her butt was dragging, she was tired and sore) it was all the arthritis acting up (cold weather changes, rain, wives tales).
So today she will veg-out on the computer. Her computer room door is closed and I hear the cat scratching on the door (they love to be around human beings). The door is closed because the cats did a bo-bo on the floor and we want to place new floors down but not over stinky floors (so no cats in the room). Mom want to do the hallway and living room at the same time as our son's room so when you visit we will be moving out furniture (into our daughter's room and into the dining room/kitchen).

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Good Morning. It is 41 degrees outside and 70 inside this abode. Gray skies are in my view as is the green grass. I remember that the red-buds are revealing their presence on our two trees. New shoots are popping up from the earth, most are Lilies. Our yard is full of what some call weeds, to me they are just green and purple plant life and making a Spring showing as life emerges from a cold winter.

Monday, March 28, 2011

SearchMyDiscs:CD/DVD Database

After spring like weather last week we are now back down in the 30's. I was tempted to put my tomatoes out on the deck as well as my Aloe plants in the garage out on the deck. It is a good thing I waited, I would have lost them all. Putting tomatoes in the ground to early does nothing for the tomatoes as they just sit and wait for warm soil temperatures. I had a heater in the garage that kept the garage near the Aloe plants above freezing and they thrived out there. They all look comfortable and healthy. A word of warning they sunburn easily so keep them in partial shade for a while outside. They do better indoors.
Ask and you shall receive.
Mom and I went to the show and saw, The Lincoln Lawyer (2011) with Matthew McConaughey who as always has a nice presence on screen. This is not a love story but a murder mystery. It was good and comfortable to watch. The new projector system at the theater was as close as some HD screens we see at video TV displays. That was pleasant surprise as I was wondering how long the theaters were going to lag behind today's technology.
I bought a external DVD-RW/CD-RW LightScribe Mobile Slim Line Drive. It is USB powered and is a bit slow but it is reliable. My DVD/CD drive on my laptop was dying and needed to be replaced. The good thing about it is that it can travel to mom's desk top and back up her computer with DVD disks.
I have a disk cataloger on my desktop in my daughters room; it reads all my photos and data disks and tells me where and what disk my data is stored on by the volume number which I placed with ink on the outside of the disk. It is worth the cost.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

"Orders from a higher authority:"

I sat on the plane writing this thought: How many of us live in a safe haven? Our protective shell, our home in a nutshell. Peace and safety surrounding our being. How does this cave of modern times differ from the time of bears breaking into our cabin and confronting us? We still deal with
earthquakes, rains and tides but our relative safety is quite good. How did we ever get to this place of comfort where the local government does not pry into our being? We hear about the rampage but the flooded waters move elsewhere.
As the plane landed a strange site appeared in my view. People were standing like statues looking like an abstract painting in orange. Some stood on bandanas, some on rifles. They were scattered about like droppings from a plane.
So what is going on I ask? Someone handed me a folded paper with writing on it. The paper said,
"Orders from a higher authority:"
The sun was hot. Heat wavered over the red earth. The shine of wet skin could be seen for miles. Our higher authority had given the order. The earth looked like hell. For as far as you could see they had come, so there they stood. Most were in agony. The physical and mental adjustments were excruciating. Bodies were shaking internally. They were ordered to stand still and at attention, so they stood. Acres of aches stood still. Emotion reverberated in their minds but they had orders. They would stand until they got it right.
A lifetime of hate was being forced to the surface. He was ordered to stand still. He was told that peace would come. He was wired like steel. He had the strength to endure this pain and he would. He was ordered to do so. He stood like a statue, with his weapon or bandana under his feet.
Peace and Goodwill Prevail.
These orders came from a higher authority.
They must stand still for peace.
You can go to work and slay beef, fowl or pork and not to many folks will say what you do is evil. You provide a service for the folks in your neighborhood. You can on occasion just decide you have had enough and call work and say, " I won't be in today."
You take the day off and enjoy what life gives you. You made a decision, a simple decision.
The folks in the West and Middle East can lay their weapons down on the ground and stand on them at attention. They can contemplate peace. They can stand thirty soldiers deep. They can stand and think and do nothing but fight for peace in their solitude. They can stand erect until every muscle in there body aches for peace. They can let every killing emotion pass through their system of thought. They can stand still until peace comes over their bodies. Some will want to strangle the veined throat of their neighbor but they must stand still for peace. This is a very painful process as they look down at their killing weapons. They must follow orders they are now soldiers for peace. They must stand still for peace."

"Confucius thought that a ruler who had to resort to force had already failed as a ruler",
so that is where the world is now. We are standing in the timeline of violence.
When one man stands still and ends the violence another man will shoot him off the pedestal of peace.
How many men will die for nothing?
This is what they can do.
They must stand still for peace.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Bob Dylan: It's All Right Ma I'm Only Bleeding

Darkness at the break of noon
Shadows even the silver spoon
The handmade blade, the child's balloon
Eclipses both the sun and moon
To understand you know too soon
There is no sense in trying.

Pointed threats, they bluff with scorn
Suicide remarks are torn
From the fool's gold mouthpiece
The hollow horn plays wasted words
Proves to warn
That he not busy being born
Is busy dying.

Temptation's page flies out the door
You follow, find yourself at war
Watch waterfalls of pity roar
You feel to moan but unlike before
You discover
That you'd just be
One more person crying.

So don't fear if you hear
A foreign sound to your ear
It's alright, Ma, I'm only sighing.

As some warn victory, some downfall
Private reasons great or small
Can be seen in the eyes of those that call
To make all that should be killed to crawl
While others say don't hate nothing at all
Except hatred.

Disillusioned words like bullets bark
As human gods aim for their mark
Made everything from toy guns that spark
To flesh-colored Christs that glow in the dark
It's easy to see without looking too far
That not much
Is really sacred.

While preachers preach of evil fates
Teachers teach that knowledge waits
Can lead to hundred-dollar plates
Goodness hides behind its gates
But even the president of the United States
Sometimes must have
To stand naked.

An' though the rules of the road have been lodged
It's only people's games that you got to dodge
And it's alright, Ma, I can make it.

Advertising signs that con you
Into thinking you're the one
That can do what's never been done
That can win what's never been won
Meantime life outside goes on
All around you.

You lose yourself, you reappear
You suddenly find you got nothing to fear
Alone you stand with nobody near
When a trembling distant voice, unclear
Startles your sleeping ears to hear
That somebody thinks
They really found you.

A question in your nerves is lit
Yet you know there is no answer fit to satisfy
Insure you not to quit
To keep it in your mind and not fergit
That it is not he or she or them or it
That you belong to.

Although the masters make the rules
For the wise men and the fools
I got nothing, Ma, to live up to.

For them that must obey authority
That they do not respect in any degree
Who despise their jobs, their destinies
Speak jealously of them that are free
Do what they do just to be
Nothing more than something
They invest in.

While some on principles baptized
To strict party platform ties
Social clubs in drag disguise
Outsiders they can freely criticize
Tell nothing except who to idolize
And then say God bless him.

While one who sings with his tongue on fire
Gargles in the rat race choir
Bent out of shape from society's pliers
Cares not to come up any higher
But rather get you down in the hole
That he's in.

But I mean no harm nor put fault
On anyone that lives in a vault
But it's alright, Ma, if I can't please him.

Old lady judges watch people in pairs
Limited in sex, they dare
To push fake morals, insult and stare
While money doesn't talk, it swears
Obscenity, who really cares
Propaganda, all is phony.

While them that defend what they cannot see
With a killer's pride, security
It blows the minds most bitterly
For them that think death's honesty
Won't fall upon them naturally
Life sometimes
Must get lonely.

My eyes collide head-on with stuffed graveyards
False gods, I scuff
At pettiness which plays so rough
Walk upside-down inside handcuffs
Kick my legs to crash it off
Say okay, I have had enough
What else can you show me?

And if my thought-dreams could be seen
They'd probably put my head in a guillotine
But it's alright, Ma, it's life, and life only.

by Bob Dylan

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

We Have Four Seasons in Kentucky

And those seasons are distinct not just a reminder on a Calender.
Good Morning. Mom is off to work and I am doing chores outside. I had strapped everything down for the winter as well as provide some hiding places for the cats in winter on the deck. I will move their shelters and arrange the deck for warm comfortable weather. It is very windy this morning and I will move things that want to fly away indoors or away from the winds.
The grass is green and growing, not quite tall enough for the Easter Bunny to hide in yet but it is very green. Everything is turning green.
The birds are singing quite loud this morning and I find it quite enjoyable.
Everyone is active outside, not so much enduring the cold of winter but relaxing in the warm Spring days. Colors are active and new as well as new leaves and flower buds.
It is time to turn the soil over.
The Ohio river is high and slowly falling. Where is the Spring rain? It is in the river and very full lakes and ponds. Warm weather will evaporate the water and it will fall in the garden.

by Joni Mitchell

I came upon a child of god
He was walking along the road
And I asked him, where are you going
And this he told me
Im going on down to Yasgur's farm
Im going to join in a rock' n roll band
Im going to camp out on the land
Im going to try an get my soul free

We are stardust
We are golden
And weve got to get ourselves
Back to the garden

Then can I walk beside you
I have come here to lose the smog
And I feel to be a cog in something turning
Well maybe it is just the time of year
Or maybe its the time of man
I dont know who l am
But you know life is for learning

We are stardust
We are golden
And weve got to get ourselves
Back to the garden

By the time we got to woodstock
We were half a million strong
And everywhere there was song and celebration
And I dreamed I saw the bombers
Riding shotgun in the sky
And they were turning into butterflies
Above our nation

We are stardust
Billion year old carbon
We are golden
Caught in the devils bargain
And weve got to get ourselves
Back to the garden

Monday, March 21, 2011

March 21, 2011

In this MegaVote for Kentucky's 1st Congressional District:

Recent Congressional Votes

  • Senate: Additional Continuing Appropriations, 2011

  • House: Additional Continuing Appropriations, 2011

  • House: NSP Termination Act

  • House: NPR Federal Funding Ban

  • House: Afghanistan Withdrawal resolution

    Editor's Note: The Senate is in recess until Monday, March 28, 2011. The House is in recess until Tuesday, March 29, 2011.

    Recent Senate Votes

    Additional Continuing Appropriations, 2011 - Vote Agreed to (87-13)

    The Senate gave final approval to the latest short-term continuing resolution, which funds government operations through April 8, 2011. The president signed it into law the next day.

    Sen. Mitch McConnell voted YES......send

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    Sen. Rand Paul voted NO......send

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    Recent House Votes

    Additional Continuing Appropriations, 2011 - Vote Passed (271-158, 3 Not Voting)

    The House passed this short-term continuing resolution funding government operations through April 8, 2011. The measure cuts $6 billion from the current budget. The Senate passed the resolution later in the week.

    Rep. Edward Whitfield voted YES......send

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    NSP Termination Act - Vote Passed (242-182, 8 Not Voting)

    The House voted to rescind $1 billion in unspent funds designated for the Neighborhood Stabilization Program, which provides grants to state and local governments to purchase abandoned or foreclosed houses. The Senate is unlikely to take action on the bill.

    Rep. Edward Whitfield voted YES......send

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    NPR Federal Funding Ban - Vote Passed (228-192, 1 Present, 11 Not Voting)

    The House passed this bill that would prohibit public radio stations from using federal funds to purchase programming content from NPR. The bill is unlikely to see action in the Senate.

    Rep. Edward Whitfield voted YES......send

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    Afghanistan Withdrawal resolution - Vote Failed (93-321, 1 Present, 17 Not Voting)

    The House defeated this resolution calling for the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan no later than the end of 2011. Significant troop level reductions are not scheduled until 2014.

    Rep. Edward Whitfield voted NO......send

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    Carrie Rodriguez "Absence"
    I hears this a moment ago about the Nuclear Plants in Japan, "I would say optimistically that things appear to be on the verge of stabilizing."

    Pops Staples

    In 1967 Sylvia Williams had a few records at Tolstoy farm and one recording was of Roebuck "Pops" Staples singing, "Will The Circle Be Unbroken". That was the first time I had ever heard the song. Today I know most of the history involved with the song. I could not find a Youtube of Pops singing the song.

    Sunday, March 20, 2011


    Call it what you will. At an early age I was prone to suggestions. I followed, I knew I was one of the sheep, open to suggestions, I followed, I listened. As the years went by, I realized with some help, that everyone was saying the same thing, using different words, but the meaning always came out the same. A different color, a different flavor. A painted picture, a written song. I realized that we all have realized, in our own way, the truth of the matter. We have all solved the mysteries of life. The trick is to understand your friends way of life, to understand what he says is the truth. I am open to suggestion. I may smile, nod my head and not understand a thing you say.
    Humans create ideas. They send these ideas to others. We see or hear these ideas and we feel emotions.
    We read what people go through to sustain their dignity. We share their emotions as they stream across our sight.

    Our health.

    I feel good at this moment. Whatever I had was a symptom of my aggressive behavior toward my lung congestion and it hurt my lower intestine. At this moment I am fine and my system feel normal. Good body behavior was what I was after.
    I was not active yesterday and the rest helped my body. Mom may have caught a bug from me or from someone at work. I am not sure. Mine started with my lungs filling with cat dust from our curtains (just like swallowing the dust from my vacuum cleaner container). It was that bad and I knew it at the time.
    Everything is fine now with me. Mom I am not sure of, we will see in the morning.

    Friday, March 18, 2011

    (Reuters) - Japanese on burying a crippled nuclear plant in sand and concrete

    Radiation from Japan will be a constant

    Radiation from Japan will be a constant until it is contained.
    Radiation that is not contained will cause problems until it contained or moved. It cannot be dissolved as in wiping it away as you do your counter top, it will just transfer to your cloth.
    When they say one thousand years to decay they mean one thousand years.
    An open container of radiation is giving off radiation and it will do so for a thousand years.
    Putting a concrete Dixie cup over it did not work in Japan. The genie got out of the bottle and he is radioactive uranium.
    How do you contain a duster like this?

    Monday, March 14, 2011

    I have to admit that today started out just a little bit better than yesterday. Well for one mom did not have to go to work. Well for one today is a birthday and that is something that is always special. Well for one my friend did not have the shingles. Well for one today is the second day of Moms "Another Birthday" and we intend to celebrate with a party.
    I sometimes wonder where all these great days come from. Well I do have a throat that is swollen from all the drainage and coughing. But I slept like a baby screaming and wanting a bottle and other child like influences of sleep.
    My computer is not acting as it should and it is making we wait on the letter "t" or it is not finishing up my sentences.
    This coffee and honey did a nice thing to my throat.

    Happy Birthday
    Little Sister

    Sunday, March 13, 2011

    This is a photo of Big Bird being removed from a PBS network station.

    Space Duct Tape Could Confuse Mars Rover

    I have a old phone for sale.

    Anyone needing a old phone for their museum, I have one.

    OK- huh!

    I thought I would post this, then read or see it.
    Mom got up at 0430 (0330 yesterday) and she said ugh! as her morning greeting to me. I told her to veg out today at work. It is Sunday. She can spend her day in the lounge watching cartoons with the old tired employees.
    Shingles came up in a conversation yesterday and I cringed remembering what a pain in the ass they are. I took two dosing's of cough syrup in the last 20 hours and I am going to keep it up until my lungs are nice and clean.
    I think Kentucky plays basketball today. I missed the game yesterday because of my travel schedule.

    Saturday, March 12, 2011

    I just got home from a NARFE Convention Planning Committee Meeting and a side trip to my sisters in Berea Kentucky. I had a great time at both places.

    Wednesday, March 9, 2011

    I am up early and mom is getting ready for work.
    It is warm and raining outside this morning and dry indoors. I have adequate protection from the weather in my abode. It was built in the early 1970's when carpet was king and wood floors had become too expensive for new home owners. This is our third roof, second bath, second kitchen, second carpet and new all weather window, a picture window, a new sliding glass door and a wonderful deck outside of the sliding door. The sliding door and deck have made a small home into a wonderful view and area to be in.
    I have caught some dander from our curtains when I chased a cat off our bookcase. I double washed the curtains twice too hopefully remove the discomfort of the loose dander that caused serious damage to me when I inadvisedly shook them. My body has waged a war on the dander and I have been coughing hard for 3 days trying to displace the dander trapped in my lungs.

    Tuesday, March 8, 2011

    8 track

    8 tracts of music as opposed to stereo (2 tracks or 2 microphones listening). If each section of an orchestra had it's own microphone then we would have at least 6 tracks of music. Brass, strings, percussion, woodwinds, keyboards and bass sounds. Some tape recordings have 8 tracks ( 8 microphones listening). Digital recordings can have as many as they please to unite. Tape is analog which records the spectrum of each note. The sound and the listener can playback any part of the spectrum. Digital is what is placed on the disk and can only be adjusted digitally.
    Analog is variable. Digital can placed on a disk in exact minute detail.

    The Gift of Memory

    The Gift of Memory does help record history and mothers and fathers
    remember what grand parents say.
    What a wonderful gift. Having recorded the thoughtful works of mankind.
    We have libraries though out the world of recorded events.
    Today we have a whirl of data stored on computers,
    whether it survives is just a matter of time. Lets hope that it does.

    Monday, March 7, 2011

    It is Monday Morning and it still looks gray outside, it is about 31 degrees out there.
    I made a real cup of coffee on my machine and it is so much better than the decaffeinated coffee I normally have in the morning.
    Mom asked me to pay some bills this morning and I did.
    I sent some folks some information on how to do there Chapter Blogs and I got one response. It is a bit of a challenge for someone in their 70's but "heh!" why not give it a whirl.
    I will do a little more provoking by sending those folks the log-in and passwords to their chapter blogs.
    Later this morning I will re-pot some new shoot tomato plants that came up yesterday. I will put the in gallon containers with some plastic wrap to heat them up. Tomatoes are hot tamales, they love the high humidity of the south. Our tomatoes are nothing short of spectacular.

    Sunday, March 6, 2011

    The Sun Day

    It is Sunday morning and it is 71 degree inside and 32 degrees outside. Mom is home and the television is blaring loudly as I type. Overwhelming is my choice of words for this Sunday morning. I prefer the quiet of the machines to start my days. I use this computer to see the words of others on this planet. Some are political, some are scientific, some make me laugh and some just say hello and offer the loving greetings of morning. Television offer information plus the propaganda of commercialism. As a source of information it is only one way, it tells what it wants you to know and if you do not like it turn if off. My computer offers a blank page and asks me to give you the colors of my morning view in Western Kentucky. My computer is also quiet. I do have a choice to crank up the songs or keep them quiet so the prayer of understanding my position on this planet can be understood. It takes a while to understand why I am here but it is a task I enjoy by seeing what I see and having the white cat rub my leg in acknowledgment.

    Mom turned off the TV.

    Our grass outside is green is some places and a mixture of dead winter grass and new growth. Some buds are showing on trees and bushes. The sky is overcast and gray and there is no breeze. The wind did blow hard during last weeks thunderstorms and my pool cover billowed like a dome over the pool. All is quiet and still this morning.
    I do hear ringing in my ears but I have no clue as to whether it is the sound of technology or just ringing in my ears. I do hear motors turning fans and pumps pumping water over falls.
    At times the cicadas make this ringing sound but not today.

    Last week I did re-pot my tomato plants into gallon pots, I put them deep in the pots with plenty of room for more soil. I covered each pot with clear plastic wrap halfway across the top to heat the soil, but still offer the plants some fresh air.
    I talked to a gardener about the deer problem and he said to use a chicken wire fence that leans 45 degrees.

    Saturday, March 5, 2011

    The world is overwhelmed with information. So the world leaders go back to the old rules of conquer and wipe the slate clean. But we move so much faster because our voice shifts rapidly. They speak as world leaders but we speak as one with many voices on the same page from across the planet earth.

    La Nina lives up to predictions

    Ohio river Stages

    Good morning. We had thunderstorms last night and the area got about an inch of rain. The Ohio river is high and at a stand (When it is that big the river is wider and can hold more water so it takes a lot of rain to make it rise, it is very high this morning.). I asked mom to watch the roadway this morning for standing water as back water gets over our roads when the river is this high. I give her a call and see what she says.
    I feel good and so does mom.
    My river stage website got about 20 hits this morning.

    Friday, March 4, 2011

    Good Morning as in I am happy I awoke this morning. And in the next 25 years if I do not awake then post something nice for the folks at home.
    Mom is off at work and she feels great as I do. I sometimes wonder why she is capable of going to work. I need to be near a restroom as now my legs and internal systems age. So much for working hard and walking on rip-rap and pulling yourself across swift moat in a john boat to get to work. Did that for a year or more as they completed their experimental wickets at Smithland (no photos).

    Thursday, March 3, 2011

    Good Morning. I feel good, my back aches a little but I carried bags of salt and kitty litter the day before yesterday and that was too much for my back. Sometimes I get lucky and the back on this fella really goes down hill and sometimes it is just sore. At the moment it is just sore with no back aches that last a little too long.
    Mom is off today and she is sleeping in at the moment. She feels good mentally and physically. She loves the idea of talking to people but does not like the pay, that is not up to standards.
    I am wondering when our governors are going to be asked to give up their high pay and benefits.

    Wednesday, March 2, 2011

    Happy Birthday Brian
    I awoke very tired this morning. It is 31 degrees outside our home and a comfortable 71 degrees inside.
    I know that we have been writing about our lives for 5000 years and I think during that time man has been comfortable. Man has continually fought wars to jockey for position in man's hierarchy.
    At the moment the United States best resembles the Feudalism of the late 1400. The wealthy have all gone to their castles while the governors strip the workers of their money and benefits. Lancelot has been sent to Afghanistan. Guinevere has been making the rounds of the talk shows, she looks pretty much like a worn party girl.
    Mom works all day today.

    Tuesday, March 1, 2011

    It is 26 degrees here at our home. We have a heavy frost on everything.
    I awoke and I feel fine. Mom felt good last night before bed and I heard no complaints this morning.
    Today mom gets her drivers side door window fixed. It failed last week to raise up; so today it goes to the shop. It should be done by the time she gets off work at 1300.
    Our underground spring changed course during the heavy rain and it bubbled up in our front yard. This morning it is there but not bubbling as it did last night. It is time for some pipe to give it some place to go (as in around our home).
    I did this when I first moved here but I did a job with the tools I had at hand.