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Sporadic, Thy Name is Blog

I only work on this excuse for a blog when I happen to have the convergence of a WiFi hotspot and my handy laptop and a power outlet, as my handy laptop’s battery lost its will to live some time ago.  In a bow to Moore’s Law, the battery which my Compaq needs costs more than the whole computer is worth.  SO… since any fool would know this means I need a new computer, I do NOT get one.  No, contrarian that I am, I hold stubbornly to this increasingly obsolete folding magic box, hoping to wring every last bit of use out of it before we both wind up in the landfill. Ken and Brent and Alison, I’m getting all I can out of your investment!

Such a curmudgeonly attitude has at least once made me the master of my technological superiors.  About a year ago, a virus ran rampant which would allow me to open any application,but then would freeze the application and not allow it to function or close!  Including my version of Firefox.  I borrowed a computer, and found out that there was a fix available online.  However, since the bug had seized control of Firefox, I could not download the patch.  Enter our hero, unrecognized obsolescence.  I don’t use IE, and so the version of IE I had was elderly… so elderly, in fact, that the bug did not even recognize it.  I s-l-o-w-l-y downloaded the patch, rebooted, and voila!

Age and treachery win out once again over youth and skill.

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The pepperbox revolver is…

The pepperbox revolver was a little pistol with six barrels which was intended by its creator to fire one barrel at a time and then rotate to the next.  Interestingly, it would as often as not fire all six barrels en banc, astonishing the shooter and inconveniencing passersby.  Very effective, as “if it didn’t get what it was after, it would fetch something else”.  This little adventure in firearms was, in Mark Twain’s words, “confounded comprehensive”, which suits the purposes of this blog to a “T”. Here you will find religion, politics, rants on the sublime and the mundane and what may be most honestly described as a transcription of things said to my car windshield as I drive.  I refuse to repent if you are offended, and will promise no specific performance except to apologize if you get bored…


Charles Rolland

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