She Haz A Happy

The Lovely Mrs. Robb, enjoying the inaugural fire in our new fireplace.

Check Snopes. Please.

Always check Snopes before you post the latest viral chain memetic agent.  Quest.  Thing.

The misinformation du jour relates to having to post something on your Facebook wall [1] to keep the company from appropriating your pictures, posts, etc. and using them for their own nefarious purposes.

Oh noes!

Needless to say, there are a lot of people doing exactly that.  They are also encouraging others to do so, too, despite the fact that... well, it's useless.  And annoying.  So, you know, don't do that.

Besides - Batman disapproves, and you don't want to be on Batman's wrong side, now, do you?

[1] Yes, yes.  I know it is a "timeline" now.  I am officially an old fart.  Now get off my lawn, you dang kids!

He Forgot How To Cat

Me: He's doing it wrong.
She: Well, if he can't fit in it, he'll sit on it.
Me: It's like he graduated last in his cat class. The remedial cat class.
She: He does make a pretty good dog.

On The Perils Of Excessive Caffeine Ingestion

It's national Coffee Day!  Here in PA, we have a convenience store chain called Sheetz, and they decided that in honor of the day, they would launch their new, fresh-ground coffee blend... and give away free coffee all day!  W00t!

Srsly. Planning my route to work now. By the time I get there, I will be on the verge of merging with the Speed force. My name will become a Killing Word. Chuck Noris will make memes about me.

Update: Sheetz #2. Free coffee mug. Score!

Update: Sheetz #3... Man, this is gooood coffee! :-)

Update: Sheetz #4. Don't recall ever seeing this one... Could have sworn it wasn't there yesterday.  Man, they put up new stores FAST!

Update: Sheetz #5. I'm a little lost... Think I took a wrong turn. It's OK, though, plenty of time to make it into the office.  This one is calling their coffee "Mrs. Todd's Wild Blend" :-)

Update: Sheetz #6! Had a nice chat with the cashier about their new color scheme. The purple & gold is nice.

Update: Just realized the guy at the last store was speaking Spanish... I don't speak Spanish...

Update: Sheetz #7? Or #8? Could have sworn I hit another one in there... Maybe I'm seeing double, heh! Gooooood coffee, though!

Update: Sheetz #9. Me and my (current!) coffee!

Yr Gentle Hoste

Except... I was sure I left home wearing a button down gray Oxford this morning...

Update: Sheetz #10. Well, She'TZ.  Are they rebranding to go with the new color scheme?  Huh.  Everyone in the store is all excited about last night's presidential debate. How did I miss that? And when did Virginia Montanez throw her hat into the ring?  Her Pigeon Eradication Plan for improving the economy sounds awesome!

Update: Shétes (neé Sheetz) #11.  An "upsale convenience space", apparently.  Tried to get one of their new Breakfast Stir Fry Fajita Stuffed Sausages, but the cashier said they don't take "Mon'ply paper". What idiot decided to put Simon Cameron on the  on the new bills?  Eh.  The coffee is still good, and still free!

Update: Sha-Tze #12. My caffeine levels cannot be expressed by mundane numbers. I am partially fused with infinity, doomed to wander the multiverse from Sheetz to She'TZ to Sha-Tze to Shétes.  Always hungry, always dependent on the kindness of strangers as I try to find my way home. President Montanez has said that she and Wendell the Manatee are working on a solution because my presence is causing a "potentially catastrophic strain on the fabric of the cosmos", or something.

Well... at least the coffee's still free!

And it's gooooood coffee, man ;-)

Heads Up To iOS 9 Users...

You might want to think about disabling the Wi-Fi Assist feature:
In terms of data usage, Wi-Fi Assist doesn't just help maintain interruption-free connectivity when the user leaves home; it also activates the cellular data connection whenever a user's Wi-Fi signal gets weak, even at home.
While users with larger data caps may not mind, those stuck on more limited data plans probably don't want their cellular data connection kicking in without warning in a scenario in which a Wi-Fi signal, even a poor one, is still available.

"A first impression of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania"

A wonderful article with some great photographs by the friend of a friend.

Particularly tickled in that the initial photographs are from the riverfront nearby my office.

As a bonus, I found a link to the Discover the Burgh blog, where they just happened to have a post up about 30 Pittsburgh Local Resources We Love.  Triple win!


If you are fortunate enough to have children, you quickly realize that your milestones in life are no longer marked by what you do, but by what they accomplish.

First steps.  First words.  First day of school.  First time int he pool.  First overnight away from home.  First crush.  First big game.  First date.  First driving lesson.

First job interview.

Eldest Daughter will be hitting that particular milestone this Friday.  In a complete reversal of anything that I would have expected from her based on her general tom-boyishness, she is excited at the opportunity to work at a shoe store.  (Granted, it is a somewhat upscale shoe store, but still...)

No guarantees, of course.  I've coached her a little bit on dress and demeanor for the interview, and she's doing her research before hand to scope things out.  Plus, she has an older friend (one of my former Sunday School kids, a quite lovely and wonderful young lady) who is going to take her shopping this week and help her pick out something appropriate to wear for the interview.  She's a smart, friendly, outgoing kid.  She'll do fine.

At least, that's what I tell myself.  I think I may be more anxious than she is.  However it goes, though: I'm proud of her.

Harsh, But Fair

The Campaign Commercial I Want To See

[BERNIE SANDERS is hustling down a long hall in Congress, surrounded by aides who are talking animatedly with hm.]

[ELIZABETH WARREN is hustling down a similar hall, also surrounded by aides who are handing her papers and discussing something heatedly.]

[PULL BACK the camera to see that the two of them are approaching the same corner of a hallway from opposite directions... at which point they collide, and papers go flying everywhere.]

[ZOOM IN on aides from both sides scurring to gather up the papers as SANDERS and WARREN pick themselves up.  When they are on their feet, the aides hand each of them a stack of disorganized papers.]

[SANDERS and WARREN begin looking through their papers.]

SANDERS: Hey! You got your stupid populism in my crappy socialism!

WARREN: What? You got your stupid socialism in my crappy populism!

[Both pause for a second, and start to smile... FADE OUT to a political rally where an two indistinct individuals are on stage, and the crowd is cheering.  ZOOM IN on JULIA and PAJAMA BOY at the rear of the crowd.]

JULIA: Like, you know, wow!  She is so, like, you know, wow!  Everybody says she's cool, and I think she's cool, and she's like, you know, going to do cool stuff!  She said so!

PB: Oh, yeah!  Cool stuff like FREE COLLEGE FOREVER!  I can put off becoming a functional adult INDEFINITELY!

JULIA: Thanks, Bernie Warren!

PB: Thanks, Elizabeth Sanders!

[JULIA and PB look at each other and laugh.]

JULIA and PB: [together] We don't even know who's who!

[FADE OUT to logo/voiceover]

ANNOUNCER: Sanders/Warren 2016.  Crappy Ideas For Stupid People.  Or... Stupid Ideas For Crappy People.  Whatevs.