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Worldcon [Aug. 22nd, 2016|12:05 pm]
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The 74th World Science Fiction Convention was amazing! I saw a bunch of friends, met some great people, got an armload of free books (!) and learned a bunch of stuff about science, writing, and asteroids. (I got to say good morning to John Scalzi!) I got back home yesterday evening. This week, it's two days at work, and then I'm off again for Burning Man-- just enough time to unpack, wash and repack again.
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Gas [Aug. 16th, 2016|09:25 pm]
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Last week it was up to $1.99, then went all the way down to $1.84, but today the price of regular unleaded gasoline is back up to $1.99 a gallon in Broken Arrow.
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Take America Backward [Aug. 13th, 2016|09:57 pm]
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More Keith Knight.
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Good Question [Aug. 10th, 2016|10:54 am]
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In June, the Trump campaign raised $51 million in donations. That was followed by the campaign raising $80 million in July.

...The thing is, the campaign has practically no "ground game"-- that is, local and state offices, with people making phone calls, putting up posters, handing out buttons, stuff like that. Likewise, the Trump campaign has spent almost nothing on TV and radio advertising, compared to the Clinton campaign which has spent almost $90 on ads.

This begs the question: Where's all that money going? *LINK*
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Whole Lotta Words [Aug. 8th, 2016|07:14 am]
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Today is the birthday of Charles Hamilton, recognized by the Guinness Book of Records as the world's most prolific author. Using at least 25 pen-names, it is estimated Hamilton wrote over 100 million words in his lifetime, the equivalent of 1,200 modern novels (according to Wikipedia). He is best known for for the Greyfriars School stories, written under the name Frank Richards. Today is the 140th anniversary of his birth.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Hamilton_(writer)
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Always Tell Me the Odds [Aug. 7th, 2016|10:38 pm]
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According to Nate Silver's Election Forecast, this fall is not looking good for Donald Trump. True, Trump has strong odds in many states, but the big picture is how many Electoral Collage votes he can carry.

In Oklahoma, for example, Trump has over a 98% chance of winning the state. Great... except Oklahoma only gives him 7 electoral votes. Hillary Clinton currently has over a 99% chance of winning California, which would give her 55 electoral votes.

I'm not sure the Trump campaign even considered the Electoral College in their strategy. (By the way, Nate Silver is the guy who accurately predicted Obama would win in 2012, despite polls saying otherwise.)
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Changes [Aug. 4th, 2016|08:54 pm]
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This week, we grudgingly shuffled into the 1990s when we finally got rid of our waterbed. It had been a fixture in our house for years, but it was time to move on. We now have a modern, traditional mattress and it works fine. I sleep well on it. The only difference is, the bed doesn't bloosh when I climb in any more.

If anybody wants a king-size waterbed mattress, it will be on my curb tomorrow until the trashmen pick it up.
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Notes from the Republican Utopia [Aug. 4th, 2016|07:28 pm]
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At least 11 ultra-conservative Kansas state congressmen lost their primaries this week to more moderate Republicans. Even the senate majority leader lost his seat in the backlash against the governor's trickle-down economic measures. *LINK*
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Gas [Aug. 3rd, 2016|10:08 pm]
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It's a good think I filled up when it was $1.75 this morning, because this evening regular unleaded gasoline is selling for $1.89 a gallon in Broken Arrow.
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You Know... [Aug. 2nd, 2016|09:56 pm]
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It's nights like this that make me wonder...

Should I start drinking whiskey?
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