Archive for October, 2012

Weather report!

October 30, 2012

The passage of Sandy on the 29th was much less traumatic than predicted.  We did get some rain & wind, but for a quite short period.  Some additional rain & wind are  predicted for the rest of today.  Most lucky.  We’ve had much worse.  While the power flickered a couple times, it didn’t go off.

I got heat [& cooling]!

October 29, 2012

During the darkening day I had my heat pump replaced before the nasty weather set in.  At about 4 PM it  is  57 with a 15 mph wind, gusting to 25 mph.  Only expecting to get 1-2 inches of rain.  Not a problem.  The high winds could  be.  We shall see.

As a joke I posted to someone on FB, “Sandy” is G-d punishing NJ et el. for  allowing fags to live in NJ.  Sarcasm.  Within an hour or two some dim bulb pastor is out there saying the same thing and meaning it.  I wonder if he graduated from elementary school.

Line Party

October 23, 2012

Looking for folk in the Albany area who wish to join the Line Party for “The Hobbit, Part 1” on the evening of 13 December at the Crossgates Mall cinema.

Please contact me at on this.



October 23, 2012

The worst kind of people are those who confuse kindness for weakness. -Werner Makowski, banker (b. 1929)

Time for a change.

October 22, 2012

Sigh!  It is apparently time.  I’m giving myself a Chanukah present early.  I just ordered a new tower.  It is the latest & greatest from Dell.  Made sure it is compatible with Windows XP as I have some programs I wish to transfer to the new tower.

This also means I’ll have to learn how to use Outlook.  I do like Outlook Express.

It should arrive next week.

Words of Wisdom!

October 10, 2012

There is nothing in the constitution about making a profit, nothing about being “businesslike.”

A government should not be run like a business; a business should not be run like a government.  They are very different.

Robert Heinlein

Boston Book Festival

October 10, 2012

Hullo Tolkien Scholars & fans,


                Courtesy of

Our good friends at publishers Houghton Mifflin Harcourt wanted to be sure that fans in the Boston area know about a Hobbit panel, which will be part of the Boston Book Festival.  The panel features folks such as Wayne Hammond, Christina Scull, Corey Olsen (The Tolkien Professor) and another friend of TORn, writer and lifelong geek Ethan Gilsdorf.  The fun happens at 11am on Saturday 27th October – all details here.  (NB We have it on good authority that the ‘sneak preview’ of the film will not include anything not already seen in trailers – so whilst it may be new to some in attendance, we know that everyone here will have seen it already!)  What better way to spend a Saturday morning than in the company of fellow Tolkien fans?

From the Boston Book Festival’s site:


11:00am Boston Common Hotel: Hancock Room 40 Trinity Place

It’s the 75th anniversary of the publication of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit, so let’s celebrate!

Eru Ilúvatar willing and the crick don’t rise I expect to be there for the program. 


Yes, spending some hours with Tolkien fans IS a good way to spend a Saturday morning. 


I hope, you are planning on spending some time with us at the conference.


Elen síla lúmenn’ omentielvo!

Not all those who wander are lost.

Thain Peregrin Took II
The 3rd Conference On Middle-earth, Part 2

Great Smials
Tuckborough, The Shire


Practical Politics

October 10, 2012

I am reading “How To Take Back Your Government” by Heinlein.  While it is somewhat dated, it is still very relevant.  I suggest getting the 2012 edition edited by Patterson.  I’m only about 60 pages in.  It is a great read.


Ye gads!  He would have a field day with the current election.  He would have lambasted both candidates, but especially the Republicans.

I recommend this!

October 3, 2012
I recommend this.  I have contributed.

Not all those who wander are lost.

A method for tapping into the collective talents and resources of those connected to the Internet.

Kickstarter and Indiegogo: 
Two websites for crowdsource funding of projects of all sizes. They allow people to tap into the interconnectivity of the Internet for financial help.
Rebuilding of Fontage:
Indiegogo project working to get funding for rebuilding a long-time collection of fonts on the ‘Web. 
Is the website and passion my friend, Lin Daniel, has been working on since ’97
Bring this project up in popularity by visiting, allowing more of the Internet “crowd” to see it.
And if you’d like, add to the funding.

A nice Tuesday.

October 2, 2012

Stent replacement on the 27th, chemo today the 2nd.  Needed reward!

Sitar for Indian food tonight.  Sigh of contentment!