Category: General

Fixing the Formatting

For my frequent visitors, you probably noticed issues with the formatting. Namely places where quotations should be are a small string of symbols. Apparently, this is caused by so-called smart quotes. Fecking hell.

Anyways, The Brother found a fix. At least for the ones I’ve done in Scrivener – aka Badmoon and ZS. I’m going to fix those first. Then I’ll look at how to do the others. Please be patient.

Edit 1: Finished with Badmoon

This Is THANKSGIVING! (Punts Bad News Into The Pit)

I first saw the story of the teen accidentally invited to Thanksgiving a couple of years ago on the Book of Face. According to this USAToday article they are keeping the tradition going.

What started as a text to a wrong number has led to years of friendship and shared Thanksgiving meals for Jamal Hinton and Wanda Dench, a holiday tradition born from a happy mistake that’s gone viral every year since.

In 2016, Dench sent a text to a number she believed belonged to her grandson to invite him to Thanksgiving dinner at her home in Mesa, Arizona. Turns out, she accidentally texted Hinton, a complete stranger at the time.

Hinton asked who the number was and when Dench sent a photo of herself to him, he replied, “You not my grandma. Can I still get a plate tho?”

“Of course. That’s what grandma’s do … feed everyone,” Dench replied.

Since that text mixup, Hinton has received an invitation to celebrate the holiday with Dench’s family every year.

It was a very tearful to see last year’s picture, as Dench’s husband had passed. Yet this story gives my optimism a shot in the arm. These small acts of kindness, these small acts of family building, are what make humans human.

I look forward to seeing how the tradition continues.

Tri-Link Wednesday

The Brother shared a NY Times article on glitter. Yeah, I was surprised about how cagey people were about how glitter was manufactured. I still maintain that glitter is the herpes of the craft world. And I detest how endemic it is on girls clothing.

Miguel (via Lawdog) brings us a helpful hint. BTW Miguel, great job on the weight loss!

And on a more serious note, Reason has an article on the Firearms Policy Coalition filing in opposition of Texas’s new abortion law. They assert that turning the citizens against each other to stop abortion can be done to stop the citizens from exercising their Second Amendment rights.

Why Do We Need To Change the Name?

There’s a local brouhaha about changing the name of a local road. Thankfully, it’s not over if the road was named after a problematic person, but because it’s named after a problematic reptile

From the article:

A debate is brewing over the possibility of changing the name of Moccasin Wallow Road in Parrish.

“Moccasin wallow, that’s where the moccasins wallow” said Pat Neal, president of Neal Communities. “That’s where the cottonmouth is, a venomous snake, the only venomous snake in Florida.”

That’s one of the main reasons the developer is hoping the name changes. He would like to see it changed to a name like North River Road. His North River Ranch development is now being built in Parrish.

The story is pretty much set out as developer versus locals, and I’m usually leery of those kind of tropey narratives. Still, I haven’t heard any local outcry against the current name. Yeah, both my brother and I found the name amusing when we each came down here for the first time. However, that’s one of the charms of living in a small town-ish area.

I’m one of the 3,000 signatures on a local petition to keep the road name. I know Parrish is slowly turning from “old Florida small town” to “new Florida suburban center along the 75 corridor.” Yet, as it becomes more uniform with other areas, it would be nice to keep some of our uniqueness. Like a road name “Moccasin Wallow.”

Linky, Linky Linky

It’s been a while since I did a link post. And right now, I’m not in the mood to do a bunch of hard thinking.

First up, we have an article from Popular Mechanics musing if the Army’s super-secret 1,000 mile super gun could herald the return of the battlewagons. I’m skeptical, but I do like the concept of the battlewagons returning to dominance.

Next is a somewhat humorous post about a Portland gunfight in 1989 between Army Rangers and the Crips. Seems a young man in the Army decided to dabble in the real estate market, tried to turn a neighborhood around by documenting the criminal element, and when they came a-callin’, followed the important rules of gunfighting. Namely have a gun and bring all of your friends and their guns. In this case, the friends were members of the Second Ranger Battalion.

Finally, a local story about two men going to the burn ward after a bad thing happened while reloading. This kinda put paid to The Wife signing off on me having a reloading bench in the garage of the new house.

Videos For Posterity – Beirut Explosion and Phil Collins

Part of my purpose for blogging is not only to share my thoughts with the few folks who read them, but also as a time capsule of my thoughts for my future self to reflect upon. The last ten days have brought a myriad of videos that I want my future self to remember. As long as YouTube keeps them up.

First, is the Beirut Harbor explosion. What happens when 2,700 tons of ammonium nitrate cooks off? Nothing good.

Related, a bride was doing a photoshoot at the time. This has also become iconic.

The aftermath is kinda scary. That circular inlet thingy. Yeah, that’s where the warehouse holding all the AN was. I’m impressed that the grain building behind the warehouse wasn’t obliterated.

Now, to offset the horror, let’s look at two teens experiencing Phil Collins’s epic hit “In The Air Tonight.”