I have learned that Jack L. Chalker has died. This is sad news. He was one of my favorite authors. The world will be a slightly worse place now.
This reminds me of when Issac Asimov died. Sigh. I must be getting old when my favorite Science Fiction authors are dying…
While I was sitting at the light at Parmer and Metric, I witnessed a strange ritual that was held in the empty field next to a McDonald’s. There was a group of 6 or so people that were standing in a small circle facing each other. They looked like they were doing some calisthenics. I imagine that they were holding some religious ritual that was possibly related to McDonald’s.
It is a shame that the camera quality is so pathetic on this phone. A short movie would have exposed this unexpected cabal.
I baked some more bread today.
Update: I forgot to add that I made sweet potato french fries on Saturday. Very good!
I decided to take a big step. It is the second scariest moment of my life (the first being buying a new house). I have paid off my mortgage. The savings account was making a ridiculous rate so I thought I could at least not have to pay off interest on the house. This brings my savings down to an unconfortable level, at least for me anyways. And I don’t feel comfortable about my job security either. So, this year I will have to save big time! I am aiming for being able to live for two years of unemployment.
Yeah, I know I could have used that money to invest in something, but I have not have that good of luck with the stock market. I am much more concerned about security and reducing my monthly expenditures right now.
I played 6 games of High Society today during lunch and it was fun. They were quick, rapid fire, played in succession games. As we played each game, a “group mind-think” started to form on what certain items were worth and to not spend all of your low cards, and to mind “gaps” that form when money is gone from the game. Towards the end, we had all reserved our four highest cards and we were passing on later numbered items after spending all the we thought we could get away with. In the last game, a 2X doubler was completely passed on by everyone and then a final 2X doubler was passed on Mike and Dan. I had two money cards left in my hand. I needed to buy it to win so I spent my lowest cash card. Unfortunately, that moved me into a tie for the lowest remaining money and I lost the game! If I had only saved a 1 or 2 dollar cash card. I could have bought that doubler and won. Oh well, it was fun.
Global Thermal–Nuclear Warfare – ticalc.org
… wargames.zip. Filename, wargames.zip. Title, Global Thermal–Nuclear Warfare.
Description, The simple game of global thermal–nuclear war. …
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This obviously was not what he was talking about. I asked him what he was talking about.
He said it moved further down and was now number 6. So I look at it. It was this:
IMG Review: Big Bang Chess
… If I had to choose between a rousing game of Global Thermal Nuclear War, and
a nice game of chess, Iâ€™d take chess any day of the week. …
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That also was obviously not what he was talking about. So I ask him again, “Are you on drugs?-)”.
It turns out that I was using Firefox
and he was using Microsoft Internet Explorer.
So I try IE and I can see what he is talking about.
It seems that IE was showing me this:
And Firefox was showing me this:
This is on the same computer at around the same time. Two different browsers show two different results. Weird!