Random musings on whatever subject strikes my fancy, published every other day.

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The Star

The Star of the County Down is an old Irish folk song with many, many recorded versions out there.

I originally came to like this song from a very down-tempo version of it, something similar to this (not this one exactly, the one I heard was still a bit slower). I liked that one fine.

So when I first heard Van Morrison do this next version:

I thought, what’s his freakin’ hurry?

But then I heard the O.G. do this

I can get behind this version. After all, it’s the Irish Rovers.

But the next one really gets the blood flowing:

Anyway… feel free to link your own in the comments.

If Only

What’s depicted in this item are five scenarios from “parallel earth”, which is to say, one where the leadership operates in the interests of the people.

It’s really worth checking in. If only to imagine what an improvement even one of these could be, let alone all five.

Not Going to Let It

I am not letting even this asshole ruin my day.

Now you just know this car was parked by a male who has let the vehicle he uses to go to the grocery store define way too much of himself.

Poor idiot.

Social Media Update

It’s been a year+ since my last post with this title so… why not. And as always, this is Where To Find Me.

Facebook remains off-limits for me (by choice, in case you were wondering). I have found it useful to install this browser extension, Impulse Blocker, and set it to prevent my browser from going there. Not because I am ever tempted, but because booby-trapped links are fairly common.

I tried a Mastodon site for a while but it did not suit me. I am not sure if that’s down to Mastodon itself or this particular instance of it. I did not care for the local term for a posting. In my old-fashioned brain, a “toot” is quite a different utterance.

I am on Twitter and LinkedIn, more for professional purposes than anything else. And Reddit is an interesting place to discover new things. Reddit also hosts many passionate user communities of tech I use, which makes it a sometimes-OK place to get help. Some such “communities” can only mock people who don’t already know the answers to the questions they ask. But “hey, it’s worth a try” is my guiding principle in situations like that.

My microblogging platform of choice remains diaspora*. I moved my base in May from pluspora to diasp.org. Both are fully federated so the difference is really just technical. Pluspora went through a spell of reliability and performance issues, while diasp.org is solid so far.

Finally, this looks interesting: Minus. A social network where you get 100 posts for your lifetime limit. That’ll keep the noise down, won’t it? You’d think.

We’ll see.

Eternal Flame

Eternal Flame Falls is a unique attraction of Western New York.

You’re seeing that right. That’s a naturally occurring methane leak in a niche at the back wall of this waterfall. And it’s kept burning. One article we saw prepping for this hike recommended bringing a lighter to reignite it just in case.

The water volume was very low today, which made a few parts of the approach to this easier. Because the only way to get to this is, directly upstream.

Today we hiked to see it. And we got emphatically reminded how out-of-practice we are at hiking. The walk in and out… we had to take it very slow. But we got it done, and here I am at home, relaxing and blogging about it.

It’s all good.

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