Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Strong Stuff..

A short but powerful article "Why I am an abortion doctor". It is a subject many would care to avoid. There are strong feelings on both side. I happen to feel many of the pro-life arguments are full of crap. It's amazing how they can scream about the sanctity of life and in their seal to protect it, they bomb, stab and shoot doctory.

You know, the people who spend a good chunk of their lives learning and then practicing medicine.

They are very keen to make abortion illegal, but have NO IDEA what to do with women who have them. Several studies have confirmed this. Check out this video that shows them absolutely stunned by the question "Should be prosecute women who get an illegal abortion?".

I'm tired of dumb people. We've tried letting dumb people run things. It didn't work out.

Lets give the smart people a try.

Monday, February 04, 2008

And his name is....


Can I attack that?

After MANY iterations and ideas ranging from Thorfin Skullsplitter to Fyoder we finally settled on something simple and appropriate. He has two large round spots on his but so he gets Spot.

Little One hissed and growled for two days, but yesterday seemed in a better mood. They will charge each other, then stop and look around like they're not sure what to do. Well, Spot knows what to do. He wants to PLAY. He will stalk little one and try to bat her on the head. Spot is a little skittish and has deemed the underside of the bed as his "Safe Zone" but is very curious and once snagged, is happy to sit in your lap and purr up a storm. He is just as quiet or more so than Little One. At first we didn't think he could speak at all but yesterday he make the slightest chirp. It's a start.

Then this morning Little one started acting way out of character. Sluggish, didn't want to go outside. She wouldn't even chase the Dot of Summoning (laser pointer).
Rossana also noted she hadn't eaten. So it was off to the vets. She had a fever but nothing else showed up in her tests. They gave her fluids subcutaneously (under the skin) which means she was handed back to us leaking a little. We're giving her antibiotics and she's resting in her tent.

Sunday, February 03, 2008

Take 2...

So two and a half days of reinstalls and XP still isn't working right. IE 7, windows update and other things just aren't working. The deal breaker is when I can't get any anti virus or Quicken to load.

I make some calls. I talk to some people who assure me that indeed I have to push the Big Red Button. They told me to do this originally but I though I could do this half-assed. Several friends admit that they do a re-install twice a year. I back up 72 GIGs of info onto a portable hard drive. I scan it with an online virus scan. I triple check for info I need to have. And then, I wipe the drive.

While the system formats I take a shower. It's a spiritual as well as physical cleansing. I have lost almost an entire week because of my mistake. And there is NO guarantee that my work, pictures, music or anything will still work when I restore it.

When it's done I start the reload. This time it goes much faster and workes much better. I get a LOT of hard drive space back. I download 82 security updates to XP. I restore my documents and so far (knock on wood) it all looks good. One of the most annoying things is trying to remember user names and passwords from various sites.

It is done. This system is clean.