Church & State Debacle In Ventura, CA: Church Gets Shut Down Helping Homeless

Church & State Debacle In Ventura, CA: Church Gets Shut Down Helping Homeless

The Road To Hellsville: Kellogg’s Hydrogenated Snake-Oil


Hydrogenated oils in one of your “healthy” brands, Kellogg’s? Is it really so much of a stretch to say this reminds me of the old Kellogg’s history of enema-cures and other crackpot snake-oil’s embellished by “The Road To Wellville” film?

Switching gears a little…


Not that they’re perfect, but at least Post (in this instance) realizes customers find the lack of HFCS appealing.

The Road To Hellsville: Kellogg’s Hydrogenated Snake-Oil

Surprise Hefeweizen!

JosephsBrau Bavarian Style Hefeweizen

JosephsBrau Bavarian Style Hefeweizen

Birthday beer sampler’s are great! A lot of surprises can be had in these wonderful assortment boxes.

Every beer in Trader Joe’s JosephsBrau Summer Sampler was a welcome surprise… except the Hefeweizen.

I have never had a Hefeweizen that I didn’t like, until now.

Bubble gum? Really?!

My birthday was the 9th of June, & the only bit of the assortment that I didn’t make short work of – more than a month later… were these little hefe’z.

I liked every other offering in the bunch. I just wish these lonely little bastiches weren’t staring back at me so sadly in the “last to be picked” line – only to require a bit of lemon juice to ease them to their end.

*DISCLAIMER/Deflection – Various positive reviews populate the interwebs regarding the beer in question.
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Surprise Hefeweizen!

A Look In The Mirror: Are We Who We Think We Are?

There’s a lot to be said about not showing your ass all over the place.  Most of us can agree, it’s definitely the way to go if you can help it.

Bobby Burns and Walter Stull: Motion picture scene

But if it’s a choice between lying & pretending vs. showing my ass, then you can hopefully expect my ass…

If the choices are:  a)pretending I’m one way in front of people, while being a different person elsewhere (lying to myself & others)… or, b)showing my ass, bearing my faults even as they show less-savory aspects of myself…

See, we’re all in progress, but are we actually IN progress?… We all have things to work on, but how am I supposed to keep growing if I pretend my past didn’t happen the way it did?  I’d be delusional.  If I tried to take credit for the positives in the lives of everyone I ever had contact with… while pretended I had little to do with their failures?

The Cowardly Way (cinema 1915)

If I can’t call a spade a spade, who should ever want to play cards with me?  If people couldn’t trust my word until I got caught in the reality of a situation, how trustworthy & honest would that make me?  If no one could count on me to look at myself at least some of the time, how could they expect true answers from me on anything?
Who can lie to themselves & be honest to everyone else, or anyone else?  When we believe a lie so hard… aren’t we opposed to even the possibility of what is true?

If I thought so little of myself or the people around me, I should just go be a politician – at least then, people should know what they’re getting in to.

[Motor traffic and pedestrian traffic lights], n.d. by Sam Hood

I’m not saying it’s impossible for a person who’s in denial about their past role in the lives of their spouse & kids, etc, to, for instance, admit the stoplight is red or green.  But I can only be as honest with you as I am with myself.  I couldn’t tell you that stoplight was green if I had convinced myself it was red or yellow.

Every person is different, but the necessity of looking at one’s self is universal.  I think I’m going to use the reminders that sparked this post to try to further examine my own self-evaluation.  How do you take a good hard look at yourself?

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A Look In The Mirror: Are We Who We Think We Are?

The Holy OS Wars

This is kind of a response to a post on Lifehacker

Could this be how the different OS users seem to each other?…  I mean, have you ever noticed how the OS debate always has people responding defensively, as if their choice is being repressed or somehow threatened?  Is it at all likely, that all these defensive/offensive people have any reason to feel that way?… Unless we’re talking about them all being victims of Microsoft, Apple, or Canonical exploiting their pocket-books, it might be an eye-roller…


Constructing window frames for huts in France

Windows users getting defensive might resemble feelings of being the “everyman” that gets downtrodden by “the man” when it’s convenient… you know, the kid in school who got bullied occasionally, but also bullied just as much – but remembers getting bullied.


Apple-bobbing at Ditherington Hallowe'en party

MAC users getting defensive could seem much like the indie music fan with enough disposable income to go to shows all the time, but “no one understands” your “complicated & sophisticated” 1st-world problems…


Participant sitting with a penguin on the Palmer Peninsula, Antarctica c.1962

Linux users getting defensive might look like someone who has found religion & want to peacefully go about the rest of their existence… until they can’t deal with the stigmatized feeling & deliberate incompatibility anymore & finally start telling you why your OS is leading you straight into techno-hell!  But you started it.  And you still want to kill them.

So what do you think?…

I’m hopefully poking fun at all of the above, without getting too nasty in the process.  I think it’s been long enough that feelings on these 3 might actually have largely changed.  I mean, so what if there’s tons of people using Linux when they don’t know it’s Linux (phones & various other devices)… Isn’t that how Windows got so much market share?  People just bought a PC & used what was on it & what hopefully worked.  Does anyone other than the tech-heads care that much?

Please, do chime in – just leave the jerk-pants at the door.  😉

*This was originally commented on Google+.

**Brief disclosure:  I use Linux distros most of the time these days, used Windows previously at home (much like everyone else who bought a new PC), as well as in the workplace, & I used MACs back as a Computer Graphics Major.

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The Holy OS Wars