Archive for July, 2010

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Where have I been?

July 27, 2010

This is not me!

Let’s see, we were on vacation in Orlando with the kids and grandkids. It was hot, but we had a great time. The Sea World water park, Aquatica, is outstanding. The Sea World/Aquatica/Busch Gardens ticket is the best bargain in Central Florida.

I’ve been working a lot with SharePoint in all its forms, 2003, 2007, 2010, and an add-on called SharePoint LMS. Most of it has even been for money!

I started the blog www.keepamericansfree.us. I’m working on a series of excerpts from the Anti-Federalist Papers. Go there to read about it.

No spacecraft modeling for months. Just no time. Some gardening, and I’m fighting a losing battle with a family of rabbits.

The diet is still going on, but I’m losing weight very slowly now. Still, I’m down 62 pounds since Easter. That ain’t bad. Physical training has been going pretty well, and that’s a big plus. My goal is still 100 pounds.

Since my Mac died I’ve had to transfer a lot of stuff to the new school Toshiba that has Windows 7 and Office 2010. It’s actually a pretty decent machine. Not that I’d throw out a new Macbook Pro, of course!

No SharePoint work today. Gotta go to the doc to check on the diet stuff. Go check out the beginnings of the AntiFederalist stuff.

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On the other hand…Windows 7 is…pretty cool.

July 24, 2010


OK, I have to admit it. Microsloth finally got something pretty much right. It still hangs, but it’s light years better than any Windows OS I’ve ever worked with. I’m running it on a new Toshiba Portege tablet. It’s pretty, it works well, and has some nice features. So far setting up a printer on the home network was incredibly simple. If you have Win 7, and you haven’t tried this, open a bunch of windows, then hit Control-Windows Key-Tab. Cool, right?

I also like Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010 far better than the 2007 versions of both. If you don’t have Office 2010, you should get it. You should also get the Missing Manuals for Windows 7 and for Office 2010. They are both very good and the Office MM book came out about five days ago. David Pogue wrote the Win 7 book so you know it’s good.

There. That gives y’all somethin’ to do.

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My iMac is dead.

July 24, 2010

Suddenly last Saturday I got a hashy screen. On restart I got a blue screen. I opened my 5-year-old G5 iMac up and six capacitors were distended or showing brown stuff leaking out. A new motherboard is…too expensive. Anybody wanna buy me a new MacBook Pro? I can’t fix it unless I am a soldering robot.

Seriously, I need a new Mac very soon…

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A new blog

July 4, 2010

By the way - click the logo above.

I’ve started a separate blog: www.keepamericansfree.us. Protecting our freedoms is so very important today, and so many freedoms are being chipped away daily right now, that we need to focus on that process more than anything. This is especially important between now and the November elections. I’ll be spending a lot more time there for a while. I really want to dig into the whole problem of preserving our liberties in the face of the current Washington situation. It’s not a conservative blog, it’s not a libertarian blog. It’s a blog that I’ll use to work out my thoughts about what it means to be an American. Perhaps I should say, what I think it should mean to be an American, since today we seem to be losing much of the “Americaness” of our culture.

And please check out freedomisnotfree.com, which helps our wounded veterans, their families, and the families of our fallen.

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“…it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”

July 4, 2010

Please celebrate Independence Day - treasure your freedoms!

IN CONGRESS, JULY 4, 1776

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America

When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. — Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their Public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.

He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected, whereby the Legislative Powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.

He has obstructed the Administration of Justice by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary Powers.

He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.

He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.

He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power.

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:

For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:

For protecting them, by a mock Trial from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:

For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:

For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury:

For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences:

For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies

For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:

For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.

He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation, and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & Perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.

He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these united Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States, that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. — And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.

— John Hancock

New Hampshire:
Josiah BartlettWilliam WhippleMatthew Thornton

Massachusetts:
John HancockSamuel AdamsJohn AdamsRobert Treat PaineElbridge Gerry

Rhode Island:
Stephen HopkinsWilliam Ellery

Connecticut:
Roger ShermanSamuel HuntingtonWilliam WilliamsOliver Wolcott

New York:
William FloydPhilip LivingstonFrancis LewisLewis Morris

New Jersey:
Richard StocktonJohn WitherspoonFrancis HopkinsonJohn HartAbraham Clark

Pennsylvania:
Robert MorrisBenjamin RushBenjamin FranklinJohn MortonGeorge Clymer,James SmithGeorge TaylorJames WilsonGeorge Ross

Delaware:
Caesar RodneyGeorge ReadThomas McKean

Maryland:
Samuel ChaseWilliam PacaThomas StoneCharles Carroll of Carrollton

Virginia:
George WytheRichard Henry LeeThomas JeffersonBenjamin HarrisonThomas Nelson, Jr.Francis Lightfoot LeeCarter Braxton

North Carolina:
William HooperJoseph HewesJohn Penn

South Carolina:
Edward RutledgeThomas Heyward, Jr.Thomas Lynch, Jr.Arthur Middleton

Georgia:
Button GwinnettLyman HallGeorge Walton

(my thanks to ushistory.org)