Census meme

Census meme - US style
1960 - hmm.  I'm not sure?  Maybe still in the Philippines?   I remember the houses there, but not which one when.  Then Dayton OH, and St. Clair Shores, MI - neither recorded by the census.  I can look up when we came back.  Will ask my mother if she remembers, or it should be on the passport.  I know we were back by the fall of 1960, when I started first grade.

1970 - thehouse my parents owned from 1955 to 2009.  Selling it last year was difficult, for me and my mother.  They bought it when he was going to get out of the service, but then he stayed in and ended up in the Philippines for a year and a half.  My grandfather lived there, while they were gone. to college in Hartford CN, then Williamsburg, Va.  Then grad school in Knoxville, TN.  Then an apartment in Alexandria then to the next Census location

1980 - Condo/townhouse in Fairfax County.   Moved into a townhouse and then out to the Chicago area in 1988 and into the house we have now.

1990 current residence, Aurora, IL
2000 current residence
2010 current residence.
on the dock

Music theory

Nicked from nancylebov 

C, E-flat, and G go into a bar.

The bartender says, "Sorry, but we don't serve minors." So, the E-flat leaves, and the C and the G have an open fifth between them.

After a few drinks, the fifth is diminished; the G is out flat. An F comes in and tries to augment the situation, but is not sharp enough.

A D comes into the bar and heads straight for the bathroom saying, "Excuse me. I'll just be a second."

An A comes into the bar, but the bartender is not convinced that this relative of C is not a minor. Then the bartender notices a B-flat hiding at the end of the bar and exclaims, "Get out now! You're the seventh minor I've found in this bar tonight."

The E-flat, not easily deflated, comes back to the bar the next night in a 3-piece suit with nicely shined shoes. The bartender says: "You're looking sharp tonight, come on in! This could be a major development." This proves to be the case, as the E-flat takes off the suit, and everything else, and is now au naturel.

Eventually, the C sobers up, and realizes in horror that he's under a rest. The C is brought to trial, is found guilty of contributing to the diminution of a minor, and is sentenced to 10 years of DS without Coda at an upscale correctional facility. On appeal, however, the C is found innocent of any wrongdoing, even accidental, and that all accusations to the contrary are bassless.

The bartender decides he needs a rest - and closes the bar.

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Toy! Only a toy, but a nice toy for certain purposes.

I bought this cheap, cheap, cheap android tablet from Walgreens.  It's a Maylong M-150 and for $99 I think it will works for me.

It looks like there will be an additional $20 coupon available over Black Friday as well.

I've loaded the Kindle, Nook, iReader and eReader applications on to it and for my purposes (an alternate ebook reader, web surfing email check  and social media around the house) it will do.  This is the biggest attraction really - a portable device to read all my older ebooks including the secure Mobipocket.

Several significant weaknesses - the biggest is battery life - an hour to an hour and a half max.  So don't go more than a very short distance from the charger.

The screen is very old style (it comes with a stylus, which I have managed to lose already in 48 hours.) and you need it for precision unless you have fingernails.  The screen is very soft too - I've already put a scratch in it.  If you have used (are using) old school Palm devices, it's very like those screens.  It takes a while to get the hang of it, and there's some significant negative transfer between technique for using this screen and for any modern touch screen.

The SD slot is badly designed - you have to have the card aligned just right or you are trying to push it in above where it goes.  And the earphone and power are right next to each other - I put the power cord in the earphone jack at one point and was thinking the reviews about problems with charging were right, until I realized what I had done.

USB and ethernet connection are on a dongle and kind of awkward. 

and it's only Android 1.6.

All that said - it is an inexpensive practically disposable convenience.  Not remotely a substitute for an iPad.  Much, much lower end.  But a lot cheaper.

And it might be useful for people with kids who are old enough to develop the technique for the interface.


Beginning work on genealogy again.

So - newly encouraged by the last meeting of my genealogy group, I am once again starting on the intimidating task of trying to organize and gather information from my great grandmother's letters.  I had gotten as far as getting each letter into an archival sleeve, and in date order.   Some of them I had gotten unfolded and out of the envelopes (each letter with its envelope is in a single sleeve.) 

I am continuing with the unfolding tonight.  and am hoping to do a little bit regularly.

More than 8 months of letters, several a week.  usually three 8 1/2 by 11 sheets, folded like a booklet.  So twelve five by eight pages, on almost transparent paper.

I was trying not to stop and read but I did pause when she was writing about seeing the English Royal family visiting Nice - and wondering whether the snapshots my grandfather had taken would come out at all.  (They did.)

I stopped tonight's effort after the letter I pulled out which scattered some bits of paper confetti on the table...

It was from the Carnival celebrations they had attended in Nice, where they were staying.  I'm not sure what to do with  confetti from 1897, but I think I got it all back in the clear sleeve.  It was only a few pieces, really, but still.

The Expendables

The Expendables.  Action movie - nonstop violence & explosions.  (Although with an minor  postmodernist twist)

Ok, if you have a movie starring Stallone, with Stratham and Jet Li (and uncredited bits by both Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger) you can expect that there a great many things will explode, and there will be guns.  Very big guns.  And knives.  and more explosions and fires and car chases and crashes.   And a mysterious failure of all mechanisms used to shave the lower half of men's faces.

(The upper half of some character's heads in such movies remain mysteriously cleanshaven.)  It must be leaning heavily on its comic book origins, and some of the character interactions and asides clearly had implications and depths for some of the audience that went over the heads of the uninitiated. 

So the post modernist comment?   Postmodernism is self referential - Arnold Schwartzeneggers bit and Willis's are the most obvious;  there is a level on which this makes a little bit of fun of the genre it is a part of...

Oh, and for those who are following a recent resurgence of an older movie meme - This SO flunks the Bechdel Test.