May
20
2019
3

Florida Man keeps giving inert grenades to Goodwill.

Any other state, I’d be wondering if this is domestic terrorism. But, well, Florida. When they finally find the guy who keeps dropping these off, dollars to donuts he’s gonna be legitimately shocked at the news that he’s in trouble.

For the second time in a year, a grenade landed — but did not detonate — at a Goodwill store in Port St. Lucie, police said. 

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Officers evacuated the store for 90 minutes. A bomb squad technician determined the grenade was inert. 

A similar scene played out at another Goodwill store in the 1600 block of Southwest St. Lucie West Boulevard on July 27. 

Via Facebook.
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May
20
2019
5

So. Not dying!

Not that I expected anything really different from my check-up this morning, but it’s nice to hear anyway. Blood pressure fine, lungs fine, dunno what bloodwork is going to say when I go take care of that tomorrow, but everything’s functional. Asked for the shingles vaccine, but apparently there’s a national backlog or something.

Doctor did warn me that the colonoscopy carousel starts up next year, though. …Oh, boy. That’s gonna be fun!

May
18
2019
1

Guy jump-kicks Arnold Schwarzenegger, bounces.

Like you do.

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May
17
2019
1

Attn: my Patreon patrons.

Please click here for an announcement regarding my Patreon, going forward. Don’t worry, it’s nothing bad; I’ve just decided to dedicate a portion of my monthly proceeds to charity. Specifically, St. Ann’s Center for Children, Youth and Families. I think that it’s one that fits my charity criteria earlier — even if I do want to add that Oxford Comma. Ach, well: nothing is perfect.

May
17
2019
0

Good news: raven chicks born at the Tower of London.

There’s that legend, you see. ‘Tis said that if the ravens ever… oh, it’s showing up in the text below. Just read that, really.

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May
17
2019
3

I need a good Maryland-based charity for single parents.

The usual caveats: one where the money all goes to services, it has a good past record, and where I can do monthly automatic contributions. Religious-affiliated charities are fine, of course. I would prefer that assistance to one-parent families be the primary focus, but a general support charity would be an acceptable substitute.

May
16
2019
4

Ah, the Voynich Manuscript.

For those who don’t know: the Voynich Manuscript is one of those oddities that crop up in historical research from time to time. It’s supposedly a 15th century manuscript that’s written in this weird language and alphabet that nobody can read and has a lot of strange illustrations; I say ‘supposedly’ because even the date is a matter of some controversy. Carbon dating pretty much says that the vellum at least is likely that old, but a forgery put together by Wilfrid Voynich (20th century bookseller) or somebody else could still be maybe possible?

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May
15
2019
4

Suggestion box: interesting geeky aggregation sites.

I may be in a bit of a rut: checking the same six or seven sites all the time, then wondering why nothing new ever seems to be going on. Anybody got any good recommendations? Oddball would be nice. Oddball that doesn’t make me want to put my hand through a wall would be even better.

May
15
2019
0

Tweet of the Day, This Is Going On The Cover Of The Next SCA Baronial Newsletter edition.

Just see if it doesn’t.

May
13
2019
5

Tweet of the Day, I Don’t Exactly Disagree, BUT… edition.

I don’t exactly disagree, BUT: why do your children have access to your credit card in the first place? Mine don’t. It’s not that hard to set up, either.

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