But here in an edge city in Maryland, the local digital channels don't come through without a bit of love from an antenna. Unfortunately, there is only on co-axial input on the tv. So I either get cable and analog channels or OTA and digital channels. This makes me sad.
I tried using a splitter in reverse. I didn't think it would work. It didn't. I suspect the only way to get both the antenna and the cable to work at the same time is a combiner of some sort. And even that may not do the trick. I'm guessing that there will be interference between the analog OTA and cable signals. I may just be screwed.
Suggestions are welcome, especially cheap suggestions.
Now that the election is well over, Bill Ayers comes out to address himself and manages to spend quite a few words saying almost nothing. I liked the point of his last paragraph. But most of what came before seems very much to me like a non-apology for blowing up other's people's stuff.
Salon, in an article debunking the Obama birth certificate conspiracies made a really good point, ``don't be too surprised if, sometime after Jan. 20, defendants in federal trials suddenly claim they can't be prosecuted. If Obama isn't really president, then laws he signs have no effect, Department of Justice prosecutors have no authority and judges he appoints aren't legally judges. Anyone who tells you otherwise is just part of the conspiracy.''
Good Economic Times for North Dakota. I suspect that when the zombie apocalypse happens, North Dakotians will be in good shape in more ways than one.
Obama is calling for a massive public works effort. Doesn't he know this has been tried before? Eisenhower tried that back in the fifties and we all know how that turned out.
The first complaint I've seen about separation between Church and State in the US having gone too far that I agree with. Well, maybe this one wasn't the first. But for the most part, I'd prefer that the feds stay out of my religion. However, when it comes to stripping the word `God' out of reproductions of monuments that have the word prominently inscribed, I think someone's being too touchy.
Cheating over Cheeta or as it's actually titled, A Lie of the Jungle. It would appear that the world's oldest living chimp is not the world's oldest living chimp and that the current owner of Cheeta has been cheated.
The End of the Revolution covers the decay throughout Castro's Cuba.
Friday was a very interesting lecture on the study of metaphysics as the science of being as being in the tradition of Aristotle and Thomas Aquinas. It was a very nice lecture. And, if they put up a video of it as they have of several of the other lectures in the series, I'm going to recommend it to a few friends. (Two other lectures I've found exceedingly worthwhile are Dominic O'Meara's The Transformation of Metaphysics in Late Antiquity and Carlos Bazan's On Angels and Human Beings. James Ross's Mere Metaphysical Possibility was also entertaining.)
Afterwards I was talking with some other grad students and the subject of the court cases concerning Obama's birth certificate came up. I was a bit surprised college educated adults had such trouble grasping what exactly a birth certificate is. It's not complex, at least not in the US. All it is the state certifying that it has a record of the named subject's birth. Back in the bad old days, sometimes this took the form of a photocopy of the actual certificate. More often than not, these days it consists of a computer print out of the relevant information. The latter is no less a birth certificate than the former. Technology marches on.
But the bit that really sticks with me is someone mentioned how Obama's election has a silver lining of sorts. It makes him feel perfectly just in his anarchist tendencies because now he can lawfully hate the entire US government. Alrighty, then.
My face is getting pretty fuzzy. I suppose No Shave November is over and then some. I think I'll keep going for a bit longer. December 24 seems like a great day to shave for more than a few reasons. On the other hand, I'm in increasing need of a haircut.
Weight varied from 174 to 176 this week with most days clocking in at 175. This is the first week in two or three that there where was noticeable progress in the downward direction. Hopefully the plateau is crumbling.
All my morning miles were under eight and a half minutes. I should push harder to get them all under eight.
Doing a bit of reading here and there, I discovered that situps do more for your legs and back than for your abs. I do need a strong back but I've got that territory covered with other exercises. Hence, I'm dropping situps from my regime for crunches (normal and `reverse') for the time being.
I racked the gallon of hard cider I started about a month ago. It needs to age a bit I think, but it's far better than I had thought it was looking to turn out based on the small taste I got after the first racking. It's a bit dryer than I like in a cider. I guess the next go around I'll try spiking it with added sugar. But the general method turns out far better cider than I've gotten in a bottle. And it's quite a bit cheaper too, $7 for a glass jar filled with a gallon of organic apple juice + ten cents worth of yeast. And a bit of effort. I bet it would be quite good mulled and spiced.
The new batch I started is samha. The recipe looks mostly like sugar water + yeast. Supposedly it's some sort of Scandinavian May Fair holiday drink. But it looks interesting as it uses brown sugar + table sugar. I'll be interested to see how that turns out.
The Sci-Fi channel had a not too unbearingly bad movie on a Cyclops during the reign of Tiberius Caesar. I wasn't paying close enough attention to whether or not the historical detail was done well. It was fun.
But the real jewel of the evening was the rerun of `Monster Ark.' Not because I watched it, mind you, but because the very idea is so awesome. The implementation of the idea, I suspect was more typical for a Sci-Fi channel special than Cyclops. But the notion of a second Ark from the days of Noah being filled with two of every wicked and evil creature is a grand one. Worthy of James Morrow's Bible Stories for Adults (especially #17: The Deluge) or Graham Greene's Twenty-One Stories (especially The Second Death).
Unfortunately that idea was not really the idea that was developed. I guess we need to go through life with the Sci-Fi Channel we have and not the Sci-Fi Channel we wish we had.
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