Wednesday, March 04, 2015

My Thigh Deletes Apps on My Phone

Yes as strange as that sounds that's exactly what's been happening.

I’d noticed in the past few weeks that apps on the main screen of my phone were getting deleted somehow. I’ve had to download the Webster dictionary twice. For the life of me I couldn’t figure out how this was happening. But it started to get annoying. Of course with an app being deleted all the other apps rearranged themselves on the screen so it was hard to find things sometimes.

Then the other day it became clear why it was happening. I’d pulled my phone out of my pocket. I noticed all the icons on the first screen on my phone were bouncing around with the X up in the corner which allows you to delete them. I quickly got all the little apps to stop bouncing.

A thought occurred to me on how my apps were disappearing. I put the phone back in my pocket with the screen facing toward my thigh. I walked a few steps and pulled the phone out of my pocket. Sure enough all the apps for the icons were bouncing again.

Somehow my thigh activated the apps when I was walking. Once that happened as I continued to walk the phone rubbed against my thigh and that caused an app to get deleted. The dictionary is the app that's been deleted more than the others. Not sure what to make out of that.

This usually happens when I wear dress pants for work. I've never had it happen when wearing jeans. To prevent this from happening I now have to wait until the phone goes to sleep. Then it is safe to put it in my pocket.

2Political Episode 97


2Political Podcast Episode 97 is now available. You can listen to it or download it from the podcast site, You can leave comments there as well as download or listen to any episode (you can access the five most recent episodes from the list on the right side of my blog).

Today we talked a bit about the New Zealand elections, which Arthur mentioned back in Episode 95. He talks in more detail about the nuts and bolts of how election campaigns are done in New Zealand, sharing some things he hasn’t really talked about on his blog or his AmeriNZ Podcast, either. That leads to a discussion about voter turnout, and how low turnout affects the result.

Jason's cat even has a few things to say!

Everyone's welcome to leave a comment (agree or disagree!).

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Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Tuesday Treat

Here are a few panels from Peanuts to liven up a Tuesday afternoon.

Hopefully they bring a smile to you. I know they do me. A smile is needed as DC faces once again some fun mixture of freezing precipitation this afternoon.

Can’t Govern Themselves Out of a Paper Bag

The promise from the Republicans after the November election was they would show the country they were more then the party of no. More than obstructionists. They would actually have plans on how to run things. They’d pass legislation. There would be no shut down of the government. They would be a united party and they would get things done. President Obama would be shown as the person blocking getting things accomplished.

And that is working oh so very well for them:
House Republican leaders will face a familiar dilemma this week when they try again to approve funding to keep the Department of Homeland Security functioning through the end of September: They know their party is too divided to resolve the crisis on its own but fear the political fallout if they rely on Democrats to get them out of the jam.

After a humiliating defeat of their original funding plan Friday afternoon, House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) has just five days to craft a new outline to keep DHS funded or face the politically debilitating prospect of at least temporarily shutting down an agency designed to protect Americans. By late Sunday, Boehner’s House Republicans had no clear path to a solution other than retreating from their demands that the DHS funding measure include provisions that would block implementation of President Obama’s executive actions on immigration.

Good to see the Republicans once again and always put their party ahead of the country. Can’t possible offend those far right conservative Tea Party members. Least they throw a tantrum like some four year old that doesn’t get their way. This charming group of adults:
is led by a breakaway faction of Republicans working under the banner of the Freedom Caucus, 10 lawmakers who repeatedly object to leadership’s moves as insufficiently conservative. This group decided it no longer trusted the original conservative caucus, the Republican Study Committee, and formed their own smaller, purer caucus.

Closely allied with outside conservative groups who have agitated for an aggressive line, even if it means shutting down the DHS, that caucus led the way in rallying 52 Republicans to oppose Boehner’s three-week funding plan and, initially without Democratic support, tanked that vote.
What this shows is the main stream Republican Party still cannot control these bunch of babies who are holding the governing of this country hostage to their whims. Far be it that Boehner put what is important to the country first and tell these people exactly where to go.

But in order to do that Boehner would have to turn to the Democrats in order to pass legislation. Something he is obviously not ready to do. Maybe at some point Boehner will actually act like the Speaker of the House of Representatives instead of the Tea Party’s lackey.

But I wouldn’t hold my breath.

 It seems Boehner allowed a clean bill to be voted on late this afternoon. The vote was 257-167 with all the Democrats voting for it. Boehner could have done this last week with the same results. But he must do Kabuki Theater with the Tea Party first. This is not the way to show you can govern. It shows just how spineless Boehner is. 

Monday, March 02, 2015

More of Our Wonderful Wintery Weather

I didn't realize until I headed out this morning just how much more freezing rain came down after I got home Sunday afternoon. I had to grab hold of the hand rails on my steps with both my hands and walk down the steps sideways. My steps were a sheet of ice. I was concerned I was going to end up on my ass.

I saw that if I could get to the sidewalk I would be safe. Luckily no ass landings. I walked to the Metro without any incident. Some of the time I was in the street.

The sidewalks by work were another story. Part of the sidewalks consist of these small red bricks. They look really pretty but they freeze much more quickly then a regular cement sidewalk. There were a couple of tense moments on that walk. But I made it there in one piece.

It seems there is a possibility of more freezing rain tomorrow afternoon. Then some snow on Thursday which could turn out to be more than just a couple of inches.

Where or where is spring.

Sunday, March 01, 2015

Wintry Weather Welcomes in March

A new month and not a big change in the weather. Yesterday was cold but sunny.

Today. Well today has been a mess. It started out with a few flakes of snow. Then a little sleet. Then it switched over to freezing rain.

Here's the overview from the Capital Weather Gang:
  • Freezing rain is falling throughout the metro region, after an earlier brief period of sleet and snow.
  • Side streets, sidewalks, driveways, bridges, ramps, overpasses and any untreated surfaces probably stay slick everywhere through the afternoon and into the evening.
  • Be very careful on main roads and interstates too, but the March sun and temperatures rising into the upper 20s mean that main roads and highways may fare at least a little better than they did last weekend as we get into the afternoon.
  • The slightly colder north and west suburbs will see the worst icing impacts, but icy roads are expected even in the city and to the south and east.
  • Temperatures creep up to near freezing by 7-10 p.m. as precipitation tapers, but icy conditions linger into the night
I met up with my friend Tom for lunch. We were going to go to open houses after that. Went to one but found out it was cancelled. We decided not to try and go any more. Stopped off for some hot chocolate and then we both headed for home.

Here are a few of my pictures of the wonderful freezing rain we got today.

    A Plethora of Putty Cats

    After volunteer night, I went to Pot Belly to have dinner. It took me a little while to find a parking space near there. But I finally did. When I got out of my car all of a sudden all these cats appeared. They were in a yard near my space and either jumped over or came through a fence.

    There were six in all. I was very surprised by this. They were friendly but a little scared of me as well. When I came back to my car they were still there.

    Here are a few pictures of them.

    Our Thursday Snow

    DC had another round of snow on Thursday part of what seems like this never ending winter. Not was bad as last year because last year we had the Polar Vortex. But this one has stayed around a little too long for my taste. We don't get a huge amount of snow, which by the way I would be fine with. We get just enough to throw everything out of whack and cause huge amounts of panic.

    That's what's getting on my nerves the most the panic. The media especially on TV are just over the top. There hasn't been a major snow storm that has impacted the immediate DC area. Yet you would think it was the end of the world.

    Hoping spring is soon at hand. Then the media can start obsessing about how hot it will get.


    The snow started a little while after I got up

    Came down at a pretty good clip and covered things rather quickly

    Because it had been so cold it stuck right away

    Thursday, February 26, 2015

    Dermatological Update

    I went back to the dermatologist last Thursday. This was to finish up withe my mole that had Squamous Cell Carcinoma.

    Before they did that I had the rest of my spots looked at. He didn’t find anything that was bad. I had him freeze off a couple of things on the side of my face. There was nothing wrong with them but I had the unfortunate habit of picking at them. I thought the smart thing was to just get rid of them.

    Then it was on to the mole. They numbed up the area around where the mole was. This is the procedure he then followed:

    Curettage and electrodesiccation

    This treatment removes the cancer by scraping it with a curette (a long, thin instrument with a sharp looped edge on one end). The area is then treated with an electric needle (electrode) to destroy any remaining cancer cells. This process is often repeated once or twice during the same office visit. Curettage and electrodesiccation is a good treatment for superficial (confined to the top layer of skin) basal cell and squamous cell cancers. It will leave a small scar.

    He said before the procedure that the electrodesiccation burns the area around the spot of the tumor. And that it produces a smell that I might not be use to. Because it is burning skin and some hair. It was a strong smell.

    I almost laughed of what it reminded me of. When I was growing up you could burn your paper trash. I’d take it out to the back yard and put it in a wire trash can. I'd then light a match, start the paper on fire and watch burn it. We’d burn the hair from our dog when he was brushed. That’s exactly what the smell reminded me of. I called my dad after I was finished and told him what happened. When I told my dad about what the smell reminded me of he burst out laughing.

    After they were done, they put a big bandage over the area they worked on. The whole thing took about half an hour. I got my instructions on wound care and off I went. I need to go back every six months to check to see if anything else develops. I'll probably have to do that for several years. Hopefully after that only once a year. Hopefully, with a few precautions, I won't have to worry about this again.

    Tuesday, February 24, 2015

    2Political Episode 96


    2Political Podcast Episode 96 is now available. You can listen to it or download it from the podcast site, You can leave comments there as well as download or listen to any episode (you can access the five most recent episodes from the list on the right side of my blog).

    Yes, we're back again—we told you so! Today we start out talking about the Alabama circus and the larger issues involved in the tired rightwing talking points about marriage equality, defiance of Supreme Court rulings, and so on. Arthur mashed two different religious references together—did you catch it? Trust us, he knows his mountains—including the one the radical right needs to get over.

    Everyone's welcome to leave a comment (agree or disagree!).

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    Monday, February 23, 2015

    The Boomer List at the Newseum

    A great series of portraits at the Newseum in an exhibit called The Boomer List.

    Here's a little more about it:

    “The Boomer List: Photographs by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders,” the exhibit you will only see at the Newseum, features 19 large-format portraits of influential baby boomers — one born each year of the baby boom, from 1946 to 1964. Award-winning photographer and filmmaker Timothy Greenfield-Sanders (“The Black List,” “The Latino List” and “The Out List”) chose as his subjects boomers who reflect the depth, diversity and talent of their generation. The exhibit, created in partnership with AARP, will be on display at the Newseum through July 5, 2015.
    A little more about it from an article in the Washington Post:

    If it sounds like a dream collection of cover shots for a year and a half of the AARP Magazine, you are close. “The Boomer List” was commissioned by AARP after an executive saw Greenfield-Sanders’s 2012 HBO film, “About Face: Supermodels Then and Now.”

    AARP’s Myrna Blyth, looking to the 50-year landmark for the youngest in the group, asked him, “Do you have thoughts on boomers?”
    Portraits of people born each year of the generation would make a nifty “Boomer List.”
    His challenge then was represent each year with a balance of races, gender, culture, commerce, sports and activism, celebrities and non­celebrities.

    Filling all that criteria in 19 slots, representing 76 million people, was like “working on a Rubik’s cube in the dark,” Greenfield-Sanders says.

    “There were certain categories we wanted someone from, and Vietnam is a good example,” he says.

    “There are only a certain amount of veterans left, and those are the early years.”

    A pretty impressive display of people and very interesting pieces on each. Here are a few pictures of the exhibit.

    Lincoln Exhibit at the Newseum

    This is such an amazing exhibit at the Newsuem. It shows the coverage by the New York Herald of the Lincoln assassination:

    To mark the 150th anniversary of the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln, the Newseum will display an unparalleled collection of New York Herald special editions from April 15, 1865.
    The exhibit brings together all seven editions for the first time since 1865, beginning with the 2 a.m. edition, which contained the first Associated Press report that Lincoln had been shot. The display also includes a recently discovered 8:45 a.m. “extra” that was one of the first newspapers to report the president’s death.

    With this exclusive exhibit, visitors will be able to view the newspaper’s complete coverage of the tragic event as it unfolded.

    There's also a great video that talks about the events of that evening.

    This is a must see if you visit.