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I remember this as your previous avatar on gnu social, or... are you yourself Benjamin's tulku?
  

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You know, the shovel really was a ground-breaking invention
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A few days ago the power went out at the shop and the $EMPLOYER was all whopper-jawed as to what we could do with the internet out. I commented that I was born before the internet so I know how to live without it. I wasn't sure of this so I looked it up. In fact I really was born before the internet. Jury is still out on whether I can live without it or not.

Last night I bumped into the old TV show CHiPS on amazon. My Mom used to watch this show every week when I was growing up. I watched two or three episodes last night and none of the crimes were murder. I even predate every TV show having a dead body and violence in it.
  
HA! One of my favourite Dragnet episodes was a purse snatching. Friday goes to all these bizarre places chasing down the snatcher and ends up at this freaky beatnik/protohippie/pregrunge party peopled by teenagers. The contrast between the uptight Friday and the kids was funny enough but then he starts monologuing about the beauty of the American Way and how criminals are almost traitors.
  
ohohohoh! I found Mission Impossible on the mighty amazon!
  
But then there was Perry Mason, and it was always murder. But cleanly done, and maybe not even shown, don't recall that much


Mus not forget all those old westerns too. Lots of murder and mayhem in them
  
I am not sure if it is worth a write up or not but I have been experimenting with VeraCrypt, the Hubzilla dav, and three different operating systems. It has been fun and interesting for me but not sure it'll interest anyone else. Encryption inside of encryption inside of encryption might be a touch paranoid
  
I've been playing around with Veracrypt on Hubzilla files. All using a dopey old Android phone. Fun stuff.
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For those that don't know Son#1 is severely autistic. He is non-verbal and generally not very communicative. Here is what was going on today (from an email to my parents):

So [Son#1] is in a mood today. He is rearranging furniture, not helping with chores, and just acting terdy in general. We can't figure out what he wants. [The Mrs] hands him a piece of chalk and says "draw what it is that you want." This is what he drew...



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While for many this may seem silly for me and The Mrs this is a *MAJOR* victory.
  
Wow, Christmas came early this year. :-) heavy black heart
  
To continue the story with today's news (also from an email to my parents):

Son#1 spent most of the weekend, after putting up our little tree, trying to pack *us* some clothes for a trip somewhere. This morning The Mrs gave him a crayon and asked him "what do you want" again.

He drew off a pumpjack. And then did the sign for Grandfather and then said "PawPaw."

PawPaw (The Mrs' dad) used to take him out to see the pumpjacks. PawPaw passed on four years ago on Halloween. We have taken Son#1 to see the grave a couple of times but how can anyone possibly explain something like this?

I am sorry, son. We wish PawPaw was here too
  
crying face heavy black heart - he sure is a sweety. :-)
  
Nickel's worth of free advice- a day when it is 105+ degrees is *NOT* the day to try to minimize the garage. I feel pretty much like poop.
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A year or two ago I watched a movie that claimed to be based on this book. It was a vapid affair which appeals to people half my age with more testosterone than sense.

Recently, someone told me that the book was good and nothing like the movie. With some dubious thoughts combined with zombies not really being my thing I decided to give the book a listen.

I have listened to about half of the book thus far and I got to say I am enjoying this one. It follows a oral/people's history approach in telling of the war against the zombies. In the telling of the tale themes such as the ineptitude of government, the atrocity of war, and suvivalism are explored.

While "zombies" may not be my cup of tea I am rather enjoying this book and am saving the #audiobook to listen to it again in the future. Yes, unless the author mucks up the second half, this book will be worth a re-read or two.
  
I agree that zombies are stupid, but it has been an interesting study into how people might react when the world goes bottom-up.
  
The book is fucking fantastic, which is why the movie makes me so angry. There are so many inventive scenarios that happen in the book that never get mentioned (The development of DeStRes. People living on a nuclear submarine. An entire city on stilts. Astronauts stranded in the ISS.)

The format of the book and the way it was written were also elements that gave me joy. The whole thing feels like a PBS documentary focusing on one of the most difficult struggles in human history.
  
cc: @books
  
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One of the most beautiful places I have ever been, Molas Pass south of Silverton, CO
  
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Somewhere north of Durango, Colorado and south of Silverton, CO
  
Wow, I just want a horse and a cowboy hat looking at that. :-)
  
The road from Durango up to Ouray is called the Million Dollar Highway (this picture was taken on part of that road) and is one of the most beautiful drives in the Continental US. Not only is it beautiful but the road is so dangerous that it tends to be quiet too and that is a big plus in my book

.U.S. Route 550 - Wikipedia

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U.S. Route 550 (US 550) is a spur of U.S. Highway 50 that runs from Bernalillo, New Mexico to Montrose, Colorado in the western United States. The section from Silverton to Ouray is frequently called the Million Dollar Highway.[3] It is one of the roads on the Trails of the Ancients Byway, one of the designated New Mexico Scenic Byways.[4] U.S. 55...
  
I just read that article all the way through. I can honestly say that I have driven the entire length of that road from Montrose, CO all the way to Bernalilo, NM. I had not though about that fact before. The whole road has beauty though a huge chunk of it is in the high desert of New Mexico.
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Did you hear about the blind prostitute?

You have to hand it to her...
  
Hello from andhub I see no posts but we'll see if I can post
  
hello ...same today in my phone
  
I know it's a setting somewhere but I don't remember which one
  
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The old Reagan County Courthouse in the ghost town of Stiles, Texas
  
Google Maps I know it is evil Google but I want to see the Courthouse from the satellit

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Find local businesses, view maps and get driving directions in Google Maps.
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First United Methodist Church in Stanton, TX

  
Can I just say EW! here!

Attempted theft of George Washington's head - Wikipedia

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In 1830, an attempt was made to steal the skull from the remains of George Washington, which resided in a tomb at Mount Vernon. The thief instead inadvertently decapitated the body of one of Judge Bushrod Washington's in-laws. The desecration of the Washington family crypt prompted a new, more secure, burial vault to be constructed. Following his d...
  
This is kinda cool

Mount Vernon Virtual Tour

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Explore the Mount Vernon Mansion, Estate, Gardens, Gristmill, Distillery and Library through beautiful 360 degree panoramic photography.  The second best way to see Mount Vernon.
  
I love Mount Vernon. They have a surprisingly good restaurant there with things you don't see many other places, like the creamy peanut soup.
  
On a bit of a lark we went by Lubbock Lake Landmark today. I have been to Lubbock all of my life and didn't know this was there. If it wasn't 110 degrees F we might have done a little exploring around the place. It is an active archaeological site. We did hit the high points of the museum and started the hike around but it was too hot for that.

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Lubbock Lake Landmark, also known as Lubbock Lake Site, is an important archeological site and natural history preserve in the city of Lubbock, Texas. The preserve is 336 acres and is a protected state and federal landmark. There is evidence of ancient people and extinct animals at Lubbock Lake Landmark. It has evidence of nearly 12,000 years of us...


Here is the website for the Texas Tech website to Lubbock Lake
The Landmark has 4.5 miles of walking trails The native grasslands of the Southern High Plains are disappearing. Explore the Landmark's efforts to restore the prarie The 2018 Field Season application is now online Engaging Folsom Hunter Gatherers with 3D Technology For thousands of years, across hundreds of generations, people have come to Lubbock ...
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Granted this is a very rough draft, as in so rough we can't even call it in alpha yet, but I am kind of having fun flexing the writing muscle again.
Here is the latest version of my #bad scifi  story. Yes, I know it is bad. Read the story and find out why.
  
I love the way the story comes together as you explore by writing - thank you for sharing. :-)
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@Andrew Manning and @Haakon Meland Eriksen (Els Mussols) It is ironic that Andrew brings up the author talking in the story. On a good number of the stories that I have written I have absolutely no idea what a story is about or where it is going when I sit down to write. Most of these stories start out just like this one with me leaving little notes to myself throughout "hey let's do this!" or "that is really a dumb line" sorts of things. After I reach the end of the story I go back and edit the thunder out of it, usually killing a few thousand words and taking me out of the story. I have never thought of leaving me in the story. It could be fun, but like Andrew said, a small dose of that goes a long way.

EDIT: P.S. and this particular story is in some major serious need of editing! I reread it last night before I wrote page 10, you guys have some incredible fortitude to read this! :-) Thank you!
  
As long as there is something there, previewing texts is fun.
  
While doing some research to find out what "science fiction" actually is I bumped into Lord of the World - Wikipedia. There is #librivox of it so I may give it a go.

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Lord of the World is a 1907 dystopian science fiction novel[1] by Monsignor Robert Hugh Benson that centers upon the reign of the Anti-Christ and the End of the World. It has been called prophetic by Dale Ahlquist, Joseph Pearce, Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis.[2] Monsignor Robert Hugh Benson, a former High Church Anglican Vicar, began writing ...