Archive for the ‘Economics’ Category

Buying from DELL is Hell!

November 2, 2012

Hmm, I’ve been trying to buy a  computer from DELL for the last 2 weeks.  First, they lose the initial order.  Then when I called about the 2nd order, they told me I needed to be validated.  When I finally, got to the validation number, non-human of course, I was given an invalid UPS shipping number.  Any human I spoke with was in Mumbai.  No Americans needed, please.  An none were able to solve my problem without transferring me to somewhere else.  DELL sucks in costumer service.

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

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.

An interesting article.

September 11, 2012

I highly recommend the article by Michael Grunwald in the 17 September 2012 issue of time: One Nation On Welfare.  Living Your Life on The Dole.

If you don’t subscribe to TIME, copies should be available at your nearest library.  The article may not be what you expect.

Memberships, Banquets, & rate increases, oh my!

September 9, 2012
Hullo Tolkien fans & scholars,
I would like to bring a few things to your attention.
1.  If you have not yet joined The 3rd Conference on Middle-earth, Part 2, please note that the cost of membership and banquet will go up on 23 September 2012.  I’m attaching the current flyer which has both the current rates as well as the new ones.
2.  To those of you who have joined The 3rd Conference on Middle-earth, Part 2, a big THANK YOU!  As above I would like to remind members who have not yet bought a banquet ticket, that the price will go up on 23 September 2012.
3.  The “Call for Papers” will be posted to the University of Pennsylvania web site towards the end of September.  If you are interested in presenting a paper or developing a panel, please go to our web site and review the “Call for Papers” there.  Presenters from 2011 have first call to be on the program.
A few areas I wouldn’t mind seeing covered:
The impact of The Hobbit & TLOTR on 1960s & 1970s popular music.
The visions of Middle-earth through art.
The astronomy of Middle-earth.  [When is Durin’s Day?]
The geography of Middle-earth.
The geology of Middle-earth.
The flora & fauna of Middle-earth.
The clothing of Middle-earth both from the books and the films.
The food of Middle-earth.
The poetry and songs of Middle-earth.
4.  Please drop by our web site and check out the 1st filming of The Lord Of the Rings, circa 1944.  It is a most marvelous film attempt.
5.  For any locals to Albany receiving this, I intend to be at the cinema on the night of 13 December to join the Line Party and watch the premiere of Part 1 of The Hobbit.  Please let me know, if you would like to join me.
6.  The conference will be dedicated to the memory of Michael N. Stanton, the author of “Hobbits, Elves, and Wizards,” and our fearless docent on our “Tour of Middle-earth” in 2004.
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

What is in it for you!

August 18, 2012

Ever wonder what NASA does for you?

Check out SPINOFF:


August 18, 2012

A new name for Republicans:  “Hood Robins!


August 17, 2012
Cj Cherryh

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August 6, 2012

I’m looking for Ms. Dorothy Guin Tompkins. Back in 1981, I bought a short story, “Gift,” from her for my anthology “Alien Encounters.” She lived at the time in Knoxville, Tennessee.

If you can help me get in touch with her, I would greatly appreciate it.