Friday, June 17, 2011

Anyone got a spare furnace?

Last week, we pumped $800 into the heat pump, and it was working, mostly. Then it let out the magic smoke. This time was the fan motor, and we were looking at another $700, minimum. That was it.

Fortunately, we got some mercy from our store: they gave us almost half-credit for the repairs (which means they made WAY too much money off the repairs), and we got a good efficiency for the money. I'm still hoping that we might get the tax credit for it, but I sure wasn't bumping 1 SEER for a $300 credit.

Now we're hot until Monday, and broke after that.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Hania Videos

I've posted about Hania Lee before, but there's two videos (one older, one newer) that take her songs to a new level.

First, Alice is Dead. The video's by xmillsa.

(Safari and YouTube5 get rid of the Flash)

Now, the newer video, for Two's a Party, by Chupydo. Not quite as artistic, but still striking:

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Quote of the day, from Jastrow

"For the scientist who has lived by his faith in the power of reason, the story ends like a bad dream. He has scaled the mountain of ignorance; he is about to conquer the highest peak; as he pulls himself over the final rock, he is greeted by a band of theologians who have been sitting there for centuries." - Robert Jastrow

Friday, June 3, 2011

John Edwards is not guilty -- of campaign law violations

Now I'm depressed. I have to defend John Edwards.

John Edwards couldn't keep his pants zipped. It's a common problem, but not excusable. His buddies had no business aiding and abetting the lying.

However, they most certainly did NOT commit election finance fraud. The Justice Department has no business stretching finance laws that far.

Edwards may be guilty, but he's not guilty of that.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

I'm starting to sign on to the "more disasters" camp

We've had 2 major metropolitan tornados in a week, and three in a month. What kind of idiot does it take to quit supporting the Palestinians and reject our stealing of our kid's future?

Mr. Obama, quit backing the terrorists. Period.