Welcome Back


After months of inactivity and the relentless torrent of monthly bills for hosting and domain name ownership, I have made the move back to WordPress. My hope is that I can continue to write on subjects that you and I enjoy without the expense. We’ll see.

I am going to play with the site a bit, so if you notice changes, or want to offer suggestions, just email me.

As always, thanks for reading…..


Thank God they’ve found a name for it. Knowing the problem exists is a big part in taking steps……… NOT. For the past few years my wife has been, shall we say, concerned about my little problem. Frankly, at times, I’ve been a little worried myself. I couldn’t put my finger on the time when I noticed that my life had changed, and, like so many others, whatever it was, it came slowly, silently, until the realization dawned that I was different from the way I had been.

Let somebody else explain it……

When he hooked up volunteers to a brain-scanning machine, the preferred pictures were shown to generate much more brain activity than the unpreferred shots. While researchers don’t yet know what exactly these brain scans signify, a likely possibility involves increased production of the brain’s pleasure-enhancing neurotransmitters called opioids.

In other words, coming across what Dr. Biederman calls new and richly interpretable information triggers a chemical reaction that makes us feel good, which in turn causes us to seek out even more of it. The reverse is true as well: We want to avoid not getting those hits because, for one, we are so averse to boredom.

It is something we seem hard-wired to do, says Dr. Biederman. When you find new information, you get an opioid hit, and we are junkies for those. You might call us ‘infovores.’

For most of human history, there was little chance of overdosing on information, because any one day in the Olduvai Gorge was a lot like any other. Today, though, we can find in the course of a few hours online more information than our ancient ancestors could in their whole lives.

…. technology is playing a trick on us. We are programmed for scarcity and can’t dial back when something is abundant.

There, we can say it. I’m addicted to information. I need another hit of that opioid……

Thanks, Wall Street Journal

A Shameless Cut & Paste

Thanks to Theo Spark for this wonderful little story:

Dear Technical Support,

About 18 month ago, I upgraded to GirlFriend(tm) 1.0 from DrinkingMates(tm) 4.2,which I had used for years without any trouble. However, there are apparently conflicts between these two products and the only solution was to try and run GirlFriend(tm) 1.0 with the sound turned off.
To make matters worse, GirlFriend(tm) 1.0 is incompatible with several other applications, such as BoysNightOut© 3.1, Football© 4.5, FlashCar(tm) 2.5 and Playboy© 6.9. Successive versions of GirlFriend(tm) proved no better. I tried a shareware program, Slapper(tm) 2.1, but it had many bugs and left a virus in my system, forcing me to shut down completely for several weeks.
Eventually, I tried to run GirlFriend(tm) 1.2 and GirlFriend(tm) 1.0 at the same time, only to discover that when these two systems detected each other, they cause severe damage to my hardware. I eventually upgraded to Fiancée(tm) 1.0 only to discover that this product soon had to be upgraded further to Wife(tm) 1.0. While Wife(tm) 1.0 tends to use up all my available resources, it does come bundled with FreeSexPlus and CleanHouse 2007. Shortly after this upgrade, however, I found that Wife(tm) 1.0 could be very unstable and costly to run. Any mistakes I made were automatically stored in Wife(tm) 1.0’s memory and could not be deleted. Then they resurfaced months later when I had forgotten about them. Wife(tm) 1.0 also has an automatic Diary, Explorer and E-mail filter, and can, without warning launch TurboStrop and Whinge. These latter products have no Help files, and I have to try to guess what the problem is. Additional problems are that Wife(tm) 1.0 needs updating regularly, requiring ShoeShopBrowser for new attachments and HairStyleExpress which needs to be installed every three weeks. Wife(tm) 1.0 also spawns unwelcome child processes that are a heavy drain on my resources. Also, when Wife(tm) 1.0 attaches itself to my Audi TT hard drive, it often crashes. Wife(tm) 1.0 also comes with an irritating pop-up called Mother-In-Law, which can’t be turned off.
Recently I’ve been tempted to install Mistress(tm) 2007, but there could be problems. A friend of mine has alerted me to the fact that if Wife(tm) 1.0 detects Mistress(tm) 2007, it tends to delete all of your Money before uninstalling itself.

I think he’s got it figured out…..

About the Switch

Earlier, I made a reference to comments and whether or not they would make the transition and join my posts in this new universe called WordPress. Turns out my fears were unfounded, and in the founding is a short lesson. If you use a full featured blogging package, like I did with Typepad , your comments function is built in and is very robust.

With that power came a monthly fee.

When it came time to start a second blog, I opted for a free platform (name not mentioned here). Anticipating a flood of comments, I installed a 3rd party comments package. It is the 3rd party package that did not make the crossing. It is of little import since the paucity of comments is too embarassing to discuss in detail.

Although WordPress is free, it comes with much more functionality than the unnamed platform (although I still have to embed links in HTML by myself).

Lesson: Do your homework before establishing a blog, and carefully study the platform of choice. Remember that free often means “less power” and plan accordingly.

If You Made the Jump

Thanks for making the trip to the new site. It looks like the posts from the old site made the transfer, but I haven’t checked comments and pics, which, I hear, require a little more manual intervention. Fortunately for me, and unfortunately for my stats, there are not a lot of either category to worry about. In fact, if it turns out to be too much, I just might forgo the work.

More later……

Moving On Up!

  Having been a contributing member of the blogosphere for about 12 months, your humble scribe has finally achieved the measure of success that comes from being noted in another blog. Apparently, the number of faithful readers has doubled, not counting yours truly, and we have been noticed by American Entropy, a fellow member of the Lowcountry Blog Roll. We were kind of hoping to be linked by, say, Instapundit, or maybe National Review Online, or my ultimate hero, The Belmont Club, but it is not, yet, to be. I guess everybody has to start somewhere, so we’ll take the attention of AE as it  comes our way with a measure of gratitude.

Apparently, some pearls of wisdom emanating from this blog caught the eye of our fellow blogger, who, according to his preferred method of debate, chose to respond by first sending out some withering words intended to insult the Agricoli, followed by linking to his side’s talking points. Fair enough. We’re big boys here in the land of Agricola, and we can take a little deconstruction of our opinions and linkage. But we’re still kind of stuck as to why debate from our associate has to first belittle before refuting. It’s not as if anything he writes is going to hurt my feelings, and gratuitous insults don’t really carry the weight of, say, parental approbation. Oh well, he’ll, hopefully, grow out of it, and we’ll look forward to a more reasoned exchange of ideas, opinions, and yes, facts. 

Meanwhile, we will continue to search the blogosphere for information to present at our place, in the sincere hope that the sweet light of reason might eventually seep into the subconscious of our enthusiastic mate. To quote our state motto: Dum Spiro, Spero.

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