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I hate that it always turns out to be the “best of poor choices”, or lesser of evils.

I like Bernie, but doubt he will get anything done with our government. I prefer him because he doesn’t appear to be as sinister or in the pocket of people/corps I dislike as much as Hillary, or especially the repubs.

Hillary is supremely qualified to be president, but I don’t trust her to do the job or back the horses I support. .

  • I’m against the Patriot act, (She is pro),
  • I’m pro legalization of marijuana. (she’s against)
  • I’m Pro-gay rights (She flipflopped)
  • I’m Anti Keystone XL pipeline, she’s supported dirty oil
  • I’m pro equal pay for equal work (so is she – so that’s one!)
  • I’m for a single-payer healthcare system (she really is not)
  • I don’t think work should be taxed at a higher rate than investment (she’s against, again)
  • I am (and was) against the 2002 gulf war (she was pro, but has changed her tune now.)

That said, I suspect she will win the democrat nomination, and that’s better than anyone on the republican side as far as I can tell.

As for Bernie –

  • He’s not a proven leader.
  • I wonder why Vermont’s two biggest political leaders, Governor Peter Shumlin and Senator Patrick Leahy, have endorsed Hillary.
  • He’s 75. That’s an old dude.  What’s his expiration date in a job like President?

So, his disadvantages seem to rise over Hillary’s (the bullet list above were all items Bernie and I agree on.)


Originally published at The Scotto Grotto (org). You can comment here or there.

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Feels like Florida with this filter.


Right after the rain



A quick moment in time here.

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According to reports the generating plant at Chalk Point is connected to a substation on Ryceville Road in Charles County. The insulator from this line failed and released the power line that connects to the substation which caught on fire when it hit the ground. Reports say the explosion was over 100 feet tall.

SMECO lineman, Kevin Thomas, said PEPCO and SMECO are jointly investigating the explosion, there is no estimate as to how long it will take to repair the substation. The utility companies are in the process of switching the power as a work-around. When asked why this substation was causing such a large outage Thomas said that this transmission line goes over the entire United States.

Power is beginning to be restored throughout the area.

Power outages may be linked to a switching station located in Charles County on Ryceville Road. Reports are also being made that 13 metro stations are without power.

There have been reported power outages across the entire Southern Maryland area.

Traffic lights out throughout Southern Maryland – treat intersections as a 4 WAY STOP & PROCEED WITH CAUTION.

Be on lookout for police on foot at intersections controlling traffic.

See the most updated SMECO map here:

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Let’s see here, dear journal…

Friday, Paul sussed out a great solution to the site’s issues – It’s loading now, and fast! After a week of data drag and timeouts he went with 2 things.

1) I changed how caching was done on her pages
2) I indexed 7 columns in her database
once that bottleneck was gone, all the Access-driven pages flew
it works so well I applied that caching model to our pages.
 On Test where there’s no caching, the combined total query execution time was around 230-250ms.  Throwing a 30 second cache on the 2 main queries that the others draw from dropped that to 5-11ms.

Upgrade to CF10 seems to be solidly in place now.

We should probably also find a list for CF9, because we picked those up during the upgrade from 8 too.

Friday night wasn’t much fun for me – long commute home, sitting next to a guy that was drunk. Apparently he does construction of some sort in DC. I relocated as soon as I could, but the first 45 minutes of the ride home was like being next to a smelly and loud goat.

Got home in a time to get back in the car and head south for another 45 minutes to Laughing Buddha for dinner with the in-laws.  The food there is usually very good, but they must’ve been having a rough night… this was the first time I didn’t want to finish my meal, or keep the leftovers. That said, they are awesome 99% of the time.  I’ll let them know later on – I’m confident that they can take constructive criticism.

Returned home, and promptly zonked right out.

Saturday was Pi / Pie / Pye day, of course.

Spent most of the day taking it easy – I drifted in and out of sleep pretty much until we left for dinner.. . recovering lost sleep after an exhausting week, I suppose.

We celebrated by  going for pizza at 3 brothers (after much deliberation – prior to that, it was going to be a trip to Annapolis for Cheeburger Cheeburger, then Maggiano’s, then the Double T Diner for Pie… ) I was perfectly happy with our Sicilian Pizza solution – I was fairly surprised that it is no longer on the menu, but they can do one if asked.

Post- Pizza, Chris and Allison bounced to TJ Maxx while Larry and  I hit Safeway for some essentials. Made it back home about 10 or so, and we stayed up for maybe an hour watching YouTube before hitting the sack.

Sunday we went to Brunch with the Meyers – met their daughter (Paige) their niece (Kelly), and friends Jeff and Lucie (and their two adorable kids, names out of my noggin) . Jeff and I hit it off pretty well, a common love of comics / RPG tabletop and classic video games. He may have convinced me to give Arrow another try.  Seasons 1-3 are on Netflix right now… if the bus has WiFi, I may make the attempt on the commute home during the week(s) ahead.

So, I finally got to eat at the Rod & Reel (Rotten Eel). The food was OK… standard buffet stuff. decent waffles, decent omelets. They weren’t very interested in high-speed busing the tables. There was a huge crush of people which meant lines and navigation issues. Our reservation was for 11:15, but we really didn’t get a spot to sit in until nearly noon.  Not my thing – plenty of other breakfast spots to visit.

Returned home and we zonked out again. After napping for a while, Allison and I just hit the house hard and caught up with a bunch of chores that just needed doing, and had been put off too long.  We ended up having leftover pizza for dinner, and sacking out after that.

My mood over the course of the weekend has been rather hyper-sensitive. Got a bit of a case of the hives, back was achy at the least and very painful at the worst. I was not a happy camper – irritable, cranky, and a bit negative in thought.

Newton was a good boy.

Originally published at The Scotto Grotto. You can comment here or there.

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Commute Conversation:

  • More issues w/ Geraldine – she’s done at her gig for sure
  • Books read as kids – SF/Fantasy (Madeline L’Engle, Xanth Series.)
  • Passing of Terry Pratchett
  • Good Omens
  • Neil Gaiman (Writing is good! Scientology and Amanda Palmer are blech!)
  • Al Gore on his part in the Internet, and his being misquoted

Newton was really grumbly last night – I got quite worried for a bit. He didn’t want to be touched at all. Low growls and stayed on his perch until I put on my CPAP. He settled down soon after, and was fine today. I was seriously considering taking him to the doctor if his issue continued this morning. Fortunately, he was in far better spirits and rambunctious, though I’ll be keeping an eye on him, since he’s had little sneezles off and on since winter came. I worry about my buddy… he’s getting older.

The newton (N) is the SI unit of force. It has dimensions m kg / s^2. My Newton is that integral to my world.

Mr. Wood went back to the hospital yesterday, right after coming home last night. I’m hoping he’ll be ok, but suspect that he had a stroke, and will need more in-depth care from here on. It’d be a shame if something happened to him on the same day as Sir Terry.

[Update - He passed away at 7pm last night. He was a great guy, a kind neighbor and friend to us.]

“All right,” said Susan, “I’m not stupid. You’re saying humans need … fantasies to make life bearable.”

Nᴏ. Hᴜᴍᴀɴs ɴᴇᴇᴅ ғᴀɴᴛᴀsʏ ᴛᴏ ʙᴇ ʜᴜᴍᴀɴ. Tᴏ ʙᴇ ᴛʜᴇ ᴘʟᴀᴄᴇ ᴡʜᴇʀᴇ ᴛʜᴇ ғᴀʟʟɪɴɢ ᴀɴɢᴇʟ ᴍᴇᴇᴛ ᴛʜᴇ ʀɪsɪɴɢ ᴀᴘᴇ.

“Tooth fairies? Hogfathers?”

Yᴇs. As ᴘʀᴀᴄᴛɪᴄᴇ. Yᴏᴜ ʜᴀᴠᴇ ᴛᴏ sᴛᴀʀᴛ ᴏᴜᴛ ʟᴇᴀʀɴɪɴɢ ᴛᴏ ʙᴇʟɪᴇᴠᴇ ᴛʜᴇ ʟɪᴛᴛʟᴇ ʟɪᴇs.

“So we can believe the big ones?”

Yᴇs. Jᴜsᴛɪᴄᴇ. Dᴜᴛʏ. Mᴇʀᴄʏ. Tʜᴀᴛ sᴏʀᴛ ᴏғ ᴛʜɪɴɢ.

“They’re not the same at all!”

Rᴇᴀʟʟʏ? Tʜᴇɴ ᴛᴀᴋᴇ ᴛʜᴇ ᴜɴɪᴠᴇʀsᴇ ᴀɴᴅ ɢʀɪɴᴅ ɪᴛ ᴅᴏᴡɴ ᴛᴏ ᴛʜᴇ ғɪɴᴇsᴛ ᴘᴏᴡᴅᴇʀ ᴀɴᴅ sɪᴇᴠᴇ ɪᴛ ᴛʜʀᴏᴜɢʜ ᴛʜᴇ ғɪɴᴇsᴛ sɪᴇᴠᴇ ᴀɴᴅ ᴛʜᴇɴ sʜᴏᴡ ᴍᴇ ᴏɴᴇ ᴀᴛᴏᴍ ᴏғ ᴊᴜsᴛɪᴄᴇ, ᴏɴᴇ ᴍᴏʟᴇᴄᴜʟᴇ ᴏғ ᴍᴇʀᴄʏ. Aɴᴅ ʏᴇᴛ ʏᴏᴜ ᴀᴄᴛ, ʟɪᴋᴇ ᴛʜᴇʀᴇ ᴡᴀs sᴏᴍᴇ sᴏʀᴛ ᴏғ ʀɪɢʜᴛɴᴇss ɪɴ ᴛʜᴇ ᴜɴɪᴠᴇʀsᴇ ʙʏ ᴡʜɪᴄʜ ɪᴛ ᴍᴀʏ ʙᴇ ᴊᴜᴅɢᴇᴅ.

“Yes. But people have got to believe that or what’s the point?”

Mʏ ᴘᴏɪɴᴛ ᴇxᴀᴄᴛʟʏ.

Originally published at The Scotto Grotto. You can comment here or there.

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This alert has been updated.
Winter Storm Warning remains in effect from Midnight Tonight to 9 pm EST Thursday.
  • Precipitation types, wintry mix, then all snow, heavy at times.
  • Accumulations: snow accumulation of 4 to 8 inches.
  • Timing: rain changes to wintry mix around midnight then all snow Thursday. Snow heaviest Thursday late morning to mid afternoon.
  • Temperatures: in the mid 30s, dropping into the lower 20s.
  • Winds: north 10 to 15 mph with gusts up to 20 mph.
  • Impacts: roads will be snow covered, visibilities will drop to around a Quarter-mile at times, making travel dangerous.
Recommended actions

A Winter Storm Warning for heavy snow means severe winter weather conditions are expected or occurring. Significant amounts of snow are forecast that will make travel dangerous. Only Travel in an emergency. If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight. Food, and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency.

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24 hours of gaming going to help sick kids.

Please help, if you are able.

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It's that time of year again!

I'm on a mission to save kids and I need your help. My local Children's Miracle Network Hospital treats thousands of children each year, regardless of their family's ability to pay. These kids are facing scary stuff like cancer, cystic fibrosis, and injuries from accidents to name just a few.

In about a month, I'll be participating in this huge worldwide celebration of the social impact of gamers of all kinds from video games to board games and tabletop RPG's! It's my sincere hope that you'll find it in your heart to support my efforts with a monthly pledge or one-time gift that will go directly to my hospital.

Your donation is tax-deductible and ALL PROCEEDS go to help kids.
I need your help to reach my goal for the kids. Please make a safe, easy donation online today. Click the "Support This Participant" button on this page to get started. Thank you so much for supporting my efforts!

Scott von Berg

A fundraising page for Scott von Berg

from Scott von Berg @ Google+

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Owings man arrested after falling asleep on bench with drugs on lap
North Beach, MD – 9/16/2013

By Press Release, Calvert County Sheriff’s Office

On September 13 at 5:43 p.m. Sgt. G. Hollinger responded to the intersection of Bay Avenue and 2nd Street boardwalk in North Beach for the report of an intoxicated person.

He observed a male sitting alone on a boardwalk bench who was asleep.  He had suspected drug and drug paraphernalia material in his lap and on the bench next to him.

Gerald G. Bowen, Jr., 28 of Owings, was arrested and charged with possession of a schedule II drug; Propacet, possession of a schedule II drug; Oxycodone, possession of a schedule II drug; Morphine Sulfate, possession of a schedule IV drug; Alprazolam, possession of a schedule III drug; Hydrocodone, possession of a schedule I drug; Marijuana less than 10 grams, and possession with intent to use drug paraphernalia; a metal smoking device. CDS Violation Case #13-54600

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Heading home a little early tonight - a few inches of snow, and I'd rather get home on my own in a more safe and sane ride. Since I left a little bit after 4:30, I should be home by 6:45 or so.

Hopped the Silver Spring red line to Fort Totten - Green line to the 904 line home.

Maybe we'll do a little distribution of fairy lights tonight? BHK got most of the holiday shopping covered... I'm impressed!

Applied for Starship Captain at Looney Labs... My profile, if you care to look! Not much there yet. More to follow when I can post from a comfortable chair at home.

1 year ago - lets enhance
2 years ago - rainy walkabout, bro issues, summertime / if you have ghosts,
3 years ago - no snow? Christmas pics, robot named pickle, origin of pretzel-fang pic, pye, bhk, tree, wii
4 years ago - Sasquatch Christmas lights, video, pics
5 years ago - quiz-meme, internet radio, lj gives us 10 gigs, sleepy newton pic, hawaiian christmas
6 years ago - hanging out with mel, planning a vacation, making fiends
7 years ago - christmas meme, china yung, return of the king, working at ACIM, shapeshifting comic characters
8 years ago - holiday cards, doodles, waiting for the new strongbad, waking up cooler than went to bed.
9 years ago -rot13, laws of robotics, burglars on webcam, earth as garden, modern ruins, excrescence, yellow wallpaper
10 years ago - boat parade, xmas cards, bigfoot vs chupacabra, positive side of dark stalker, dream posts begin, michael peter's rules

Originally published at The Scotto Grotto. You can comment here or there.

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So, It's August! Took some walkies up to the bay with BHK... was a little underwhelmed by Blondies beachwich - the service was superb, but the red velvet cupcake and the peanut butter cookie were both bleh.

I feel like a were-gator, all sleepy and a bit grumpy.

1 year ago - mushroom at cypress swamp
2 years ago - lughnasadh, black magic with Orson Welles, good quote, Christmas wreathes on doors in summer, water on mars, robostool , Transplants, Angie Goff Marathon, shapeways
3 years ago - Pepper pic form the garden, upcoming events, Emily reminds me of Wendy and monkey shenanigans, picture taken from subway ride to work, games, turning heat into electricity using sound, all optical magnetic recording, Kat tells BHK and me to get a room (in comments)
4 years ago - sharks don't have knees, boiled eggs, yoga, map issues, Dave nose-operation, 4-sec frenzy, Theoi project, FOLEDs, grammar rock, man tosses a car, hungry ghost month, TS Chris
5 years ago - peaceful Sunday, Rufus Xavier Sarsaparilla, PB-J time, Grizzly Golf Attack is true, "Pepsi brings your ancestors back from the grave."
6 years ago - Rob Shea Quote, appropriate for E-journals everywhere, I played with mercury, JL meme, music, Dave, Rain, Social entity, first hints at Mike-drama, search shortcuts, albinos of the 19th century, echolocation alarms
7 years ago - crazy dreams, Kate Bush, starmark poops but new gig, writing systems, non-castaways on gilligan's isle
8 years ago - istockphoto, dead links, Shitou Xiqian, smiled at, fortune cookie, walkerbot, Liver Eatin' Johnson
9 years ago - hungrybaby, New Apes movie lame, wiseacre, Champions stats for the Shadow, Dwayne Dibley?, Poul Anderson passes away, LJ moves in space
10 years ago - Everway character- wanders the storm pathGeotarget Geotarget
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Follow-up on the neighbor that was arrested the other dayRead more... )

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out on morning walkies


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newt and pye slacking with me in the office


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Mostly photos from the polar bear plunge, but some gaming (Valley of the mammoth – warning, cartoon nudity) and Hap-pye New(t) year!

Additional caution – if looked at too closely, you may see Scotto's hair front and or back.

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1 year ago – jaw a bit better, winter holidays over, Sean, J and Duncan visit

2 years ago - dinner and a movie w/BHK, rotoscope video, friday 5, cold weather - shelter hotline, orexin A vs narcolepsy,

3 years ago - The Library is Open

4 years ago - on call, nice day, rainbow love thingum
5 years ago - Mel lunch, food cravings, b/w picture of Scotto, torture
6 years ago - Henry Earl Likes to Party (he still does!), Glossary of Linguistics and Rhetoric, Tokyo bowl, playing with filters
7 years ago - Ticked at bro, want to try out for LSH
8 years ago - chilly, dream, Miss Cleo in trouble, digi cam shopping, Cinnamon Pecan Bread
9 years ago - super power desire, phonelessGeotarget

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when automatic panorama photos go bad... I'm a hovering decapitated head!

1 year ago - skipped shots, librarian movies, burning house / train display pics

2 years ago - got cold!!, super food!, I am Legend Dog, SP3 disabled file formats, freeware games, long live xp,

3 years ago - Newt & Pye wrestling and toy pics

4 years ago - security psa, hanging out with danny, relationship list, no software for christmas

5 years ago - Started using my paypal to go to charity, carnivore pigeons, Video-time with Mel, newt pics, prosperity gospel

6 years ago - outing review, saw Val & Rhonnie, google specific search, Bollywhat, missing the big mob poll answerers

7 years ago - linky linky, one word, communications breakdown begins, nifty flying guy, Belgians link to me, Dave's clutch breaks, cold mountain movie being made

8 years ago - rumors, comparing haunted house stories, smudge sticks (note to self, get more stuff to make more), defleshing (another news article gone...inspires me to put all my news articles behind lj-cuts for future ref) and naptime (naptime pix overwritten by other archive images)

9 years ago - dead phone, feeling love grow, Viet beer at the mall, lj & IM troubleGeotarget


Jan. 2nd, 2010 02:27 pm
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polar bear swim, before - note shaun's borrowing bhk's pink crocs.

1 year ago - danny b-day, amy heads home, crown earache, unique journal hits
2 years ago - Danny bday, Kat, Pam, age thoughts about myself, growing more beard for winter, beast sock monkey, webcomics, meme, polar bear swim

3 years ago - polar bear swim review, polar bears in general

4 years ago - prisoner commentary on my lack of things to say, linkies to cams, mugshots, thumbs up, tiny & affordable computers, ultimate showdown, windows security hole psa

5 years ago - Mel's Gram moves in, Dan doesn't meet her, on call, A&E, smallware, a resolution I fairly succeeded at, curry on the brain

6 years ago - dropload, shoot around corners, I first hear about how capital punishment is a far more expensive system than one whose maximum penalty is life in prison, Urban Exploration Florida

7 years ago - bro/taxi trouble, conquer the world, smoking gun mug shots

8 years ago - Random Name Generator, gunplay dream, family channel, Scotto's head,2001 review, Japanese space shuttle, Afghan sports, pee color

9 years ago - words within words, I disagree with Georgia O'Keeffe, LJ bumpyGeotarget

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[1] DCIM, 100SSCAM, 7 images, S6305228 - S6305234 - 11865x2264 - SCUL-Smartblend

panorama of where I walk most mornings. clickery makes biggery
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met neighborhoot cats mama -

crossed kitty - "squeaker"
black kitty "bat cat"
tigger analogue - "buddy"
mean looking kitty "pain"
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walking this morning with Chris and ducks


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